Leadership & Team

Vice Chairs

Suprotik Basu
Alan Batkin
Kathy Calvin

basu_suprotikSuprotik Basu is Chief Executive Officer of the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria. He concurrently serves as CEO of the Global Health Alliance, an initiative to bring business leaders and business approaches into the effort to achieve the world's global health goals.Prior to his appointment as CEO, Mr Basu was Managing Director of the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria, and joined that office at its inception in 2007.

From 2007 to 2011, he co-chaired the resource mobilization activities for the global Roll Back Malaria Partnership through its Harmonization Working Group, which has assisted in the mobilization of over US$3.5 billion in additional resources for malaria control efforts in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He previously served as Public Health Specialist at the World Bank (2002-2007), where he provided implementation support for over US$700 million in grants and interest-free loans across 18 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and India. Mr. Basu serves on the boards of the Global Health Alliance, Big Win Philanthropy, the Global Business Coalition for Health, the Micronutrient Initiative, Princess House Inc, and Brooklyn Defender Services. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Johns Hopkins University.

Since March, 2007, Alan R. Batkin has been Vice Chairman of Eton Park Capital Management, L.P., a global, multi-disciplinary investment firm. Prior to joining Eton Park, he was, from 1990 to 2007, Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., a geopolitical consulting company which advises multi-national companies on business and political issues around the world. He was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers from 1972-1990. Mr. Batkin is a director of four New York Stock Exchange-listed companies.

Mr. Batkin is Chairman Emeritus of the International Rescue Committee (after having served as Co-Chairman of the Board from 2004-2010). He is a Trustee of The Brookings Institution, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Millennium Promise and a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. He is a member of The Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue.

Kathy Calvin is the Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation advocates for the UN and connects people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. As a public charity with many other partners, the UN Foundation's work is focused on decreasing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a clean energy future, using mobile technology for development, and improving U.S.-UN relations. Prior to joining the UN Foundation in 2003, Kathy served as President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation, guided AOL Time Warner's other philanthropic activities and was the chief architect of the company's corporate responsibility initiatives. She joined America Online in 1997 as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer.

Immediately prior to joining AOL, she was a Senior Managing Director at Hill and Knowlton, a global public relations company, where she led the U.S. Media Relations practice. For 12 years before that, she was the Director of Editorial Administration for U.S. News & World Report. From 1976 through 1984, Kathy served as Senator Gary Hart's press secretary in his Senate office and 1984 Presidential campaign. Throughout her career, Kathy Calvin has taken an active role in a range of philanthropic activities, including the boards of the International Women's Media Foundation, City Year, Internews, Newseum, Share Our Strength, the United Nations Association of the United States of America, and the East-West Center. Kathy is a graduate of Purdue University and the recipient of numerous awards for leadership and philanthropy.


Gary Cohen
Renuka Gadde
Dr. Eric Goosby

Gary Cohen is executive vice president of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a global medical technology company with over $7 billion revenues and 29,000 employees in 50 countries. He serves as board chair of the CDC Foundation and a board director of the Perrigo Company, the US Fund for UNICEF, GBCHealth and the Accordia Global Health Foundation. He also serves as a Commissioner for the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children, chair of the CDC/Corporate Roundtable on Global Health Threats and an advisor to the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health and the Clinton Global Initiative. Gary and the BD team are extensively engaged in collaborations across the public, private and NGO sectors to address health needs in developing and emerging countries. He has served as an advocate, speaker and expert panelist on global health, child immunization, HIV/AIDS and health system strengthening,

in venues including the United Nations, World Bank, World Economic Forum (Davos), US Department of State and Council on Foreign Relations. Gary founded Together for Girls, a new partnership to address the human rights and public health impacts of sexual violence against girls, comprised of UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UN Women, the World Health Organization, the CDC, the US Department of State - Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator (PEPFAR) and Office of Global Women’s Issues (GWI), the Nduna Foundation, BD and other partners. He has been honored for his humanitarian work by MESAB (Medical Education for South African Blacks), B’nai B’rith International, the US Fund for UNICEF, the Nyumbani Home for HIV positive children and the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation. He earned a BA from Rutgers College and a MBA from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management, and previously served on the university’s Board of Trustees.

Renuka Gadde is Vice President, Global Health, at BD. She provides overall leadership for BD’s Global Health activities in emerging and developing countries. Among her key areas of responsibility is extensive external engagement with ministries of health, international agencies and non-government organizations, and significant internal engagement across BD’s units, geographies and functions in support of the Company’s strategies, products and programs that advance global health needs and efforts. Ms. Gadde is the lead for several public-private partnerships, many of them with PEPFAR and engages with global and local international organizations to advance global health needs and strengthen health systems. Ms. Gadde joined BD in 1997 and relocated to the US in 2002 in the position of Director, Strategic Planning and Development for BD Medical. In 2004, she became the

global leader for Immunization and Injection Safety,responsible for our auto-disable and reuse prevention product lines, and also serving as BD’s Key Account Manager with UNICEF. In 2008, Renuka moved to Preanalytical Systems as Senior Director, Global Health. In this role, she was responsible for safe blood drawing initiatives and product development for developing and emerging markets. Ms. Gadde represents BD in several external speaking engagements and serves on the external advisory Council for the University of Michigan’s center for Global Health. She is also the board alternate for the private sector delegation of the Global Fund and a board member of African Science for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM).

Dr. Eric Goosby is the UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis (TB).  In his capacity as Special Envoy, Dr. Goosby works toward raising the profile of the fight against TB. His mandate is to promote the adoption, financing and implementation of the World Health Organization’s global End TB Strategy after 2015, including its ambitious international targets for TB prevention, care and control, while pursuing the TB targets described in the Millennium Development Goals. Dr. Goosby also serves as Professor of Medicine and Director of Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy, Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.Previously, Dr. Goosby served four years in the U.S. State Department as Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, overseeing the implementation

of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). While at the State Department, he also led the Office of Global Health Diplomacy, advancing the United States’ global health mission to improve and save lives and foster sustainability through a shared global responsibility. As CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, 2001-2009, he played a key role in the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS national treatment scale-up plans in South Africa, Rwanda, China and Ukraine. During the Clinton Administration, Ambassador Goosby was Director of the Ryan White Care Act at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and later, served as Deputy Director of the White House National AIDS Policy Office and Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy at HHS. 

Austin Hearst
Dr. Charles MacCormack
Jennifer McCrea

Austin Hearst is a media executive, film producer and philanthropist.  He plays a leadership role in the still family-owned Hearst Corporation, one of the nation’s largest diversified media companies where he has been a member of the board of directors since 1990.  Austin is also vice president of special projects for Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, the operating group responsible for the Hearst Entertainment interests in cable television networks, including ESPN, Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY; television production and distribution; newspaper syndication; merchandise licensing; and ventures investments.  He is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Chestnut Holdings LLC, a private equity and agricultural development company. Austin is actively involved in a wide range of civic, philanthropic and global humanitarian causes, including early childhood development projects with Save the Children and the government of Bhutan, and community agricultural projects in South Sudan.

He is on the board of directors of Save the Children USA, an organization he has been closely involved with for more than 20 years. Austin also serves on the board of advisors of the Blue School, and Karuna Shecken, a non-profit humanitarian organization focused on providing education, healthcare and social services in the greater Himalayan region. With a strong determination to make a difference Austin has leadership roles in many nonprofit organizations, that includes serving on the board of councilors of the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communications, the board of Pacific Crest Outward Bound, the executive committee of National Outward Bound and the advisory council for the United States Committee for Refugees. Austin is a vice-chair of the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria and helps lead the team focused on Community Health Workers.

Dr. MacCormack is the former President and CEO of Save the Children US, an independent nonprofit organization with programs in the United States and more than 50 countries. He also serves on the board of directors of the International Save the Children Alliance, which implements programs totaling $1 billion for children in 120 countries, and is former chair of the board of InterAction. He co-chairs both the Basic Education Coalition and the Campaign for Effective Global Leadership, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was selected to participate on the Founding Committee of the United Nations University, and served as a member of the United States Delegation to the 1997 World Food Summit and the 2002 General Assembly Special Session on Children.

Prior to his current position, Dr. MacCormack was President of World Learning (formerly the Experiment in International Living) from 1977 to 1992, and was Assistant to the Dean of the International Fellows Program at Columbia University. Dr. MacCormack received his doctorate and master’s degree from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City and a Fulbright Fellow at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas.

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For the past 25 years, Jennifer McCrea has worked with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, including Millennium Promise, Acumen Fund, Donorschoose.org, Grameen America, Teach for America, Witness, Comic Relief, X Prize Foundation, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, Rhode Island School of Design, Robin Hood Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations, Creative Commons, Pencils of Promise, New Profit and many others. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and founder of Exponential Fundraising. She is also a Henry Crown Fellowat the Aspen Institute,serves as an

advisory board member of the MIT Media Lab and the Blue School, and is a co-founder and board member of the Quincy Jones MusiQ Consortium. She is also a co?founder and CEO of the Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born HIV Free, an initiative of the Global Health Alliance that brings private sector resources and acumen to the goal of eradicating mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015. In September 2013, Jennifer’s book, The Generosity Network, written with philanthropist Jeff C. Walker, was published by Crown Publishing at Random House.

John Megrue
Lauren Moore
Angela Mwanza

John Megrue, Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer of Apax Partners, U.S., an independent global private equity advisory firm managing over $37 billion in private equity funds. He is a member of the Global Executive Committee, Investment and Approval Committees, and the Global Co-Head of Retail and Consumer Group. John originally joined Apax in 1988, and rejoined in 2005 from Saunders, Karp & Megrue. An active champion for extreme poverty eradication and the development of global health systems, with a particular focus on issues impacting women and girls, John currently leads the Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born HIV Free (BLC), an initiative of the Global Health Alliance that brings private sector resources and acumen to the goal of eradicating mother-to-child transmission of HIV. 

He is a Director on the Board of Millennium Promise, an organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty through integrated, community-led development and a Board member of Grameen America, a microfinance nonprofit that provides loans, savings programs, credit establishment and other financial services to entrepreneurs living below the poverty line in the United States. John graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Lauren Moore joined Johnson & Johnson in October, 2015, in the global role of Vice President, Corporate Citizenship. Lauren is responsible for driving strategy development and implementation of the company’s Corporate Citizenship and strategic philanthropy. Lauren also oversees the J&J Patient Assistance Foundation and the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust. Lauren comes to Johnson & Johnson with a very strong track record of leading social responsibility strategies that yield positive business, social and environmental impact. Most recently, Lauren led the development and implementation of eBay Inc.’s first social innovation strategy focused on creating economic opportunity, powering charitable giving and enabling greener commerce. As the Head of Global Social Innovation, Lauren guided her team’s efforts to bring this vision to life around the world, partnering with employees, customers, retail partners and other stakeholders to help eBay Inc. achieve both positive business performance and lasting social impact. Lauren joined eBay Inc. in 2009 as the President of eBay Foundation.

Prior to joining eBay Inc., Lauren served eight years as Director of Giving for Starbucks Coffee Company and Executive Director of Starbucks Foundation, with responsibility for Starbucks philanthropic and community initiatives worldwide. She helped build the first Corporate Social Responsibility team at Starbucks and was part of the leadership team that produced the first Starbucks Corporate Social Responsibility Report, including public goals, in 2001. Prior to her work at Starbucks, Lauren held leadership roles in several nonprofit organizations. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards of directors, community commissions and advisory panels. Currently, Lauren is a member of Aspen Institute’s Business & Society Leaders Forum, Cornerstone Capital’s Global Advisory Council, GOOD Worldwide Inc.’s GOODcorps Lab and Council on Foundations.

Angela Mwanza received her M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Konstanz, Germany and an M.B.A. from Johnson, Cornell University. Angela serves on the Advisory Boards of Johnson, Cornell University Business School and Entrepreneurship@Cornell. She also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Doris Duke Foundation and for Grassroot Soccer. The latter is a charitable organization that works with youths and is dedicated to the fight against HIV/ AIDS primarily in Africa. Most recently, she joined the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs' Council as a Founding Member.

Further activities include her memberships with the Social Investment Forum and the Economic Club of New York. Angela hails from Lusaka, Zambia, attended high school at a boarding school in Zimbabwe and currently lives with her husband Todd and their three cats in Brooklyn, New York. They are avid travelers having visited many countries across the globe. Most recently their travels took them to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Angela has also run 4 marathons, the last 3 in New York and used this as an opportunity to raise money for charity.

Dr. Naveen Rao
English Sall
Jeff Walker

Dr. Rao is a trained medical professional from India. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency Training and Chief Residency at the New York Infirmary Beekman Downtown Hospital, NY. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was Associate Director Department of Medicine at Beekman Downtown Hospital and practiced Internal Medicine in New York City for 10 years prior to joining Merck in 1993. Dr. Rao spent the first twelve years of his tenure at Merck & Co., Inc. in New Jersey working within the Research Laboratories and Human Health Divisions where he held several positions of increasing responsibility. In 2005, Dr. Rao went to India as the Medical Director of the newly formed MSD Pharmaceuticals Ltd, local affiliate of Merck. His responsibilities included establishing clinical research, medical affairs, and regulatory centers of excellence within the Medical Department.

In 2007, Dr. Rao was promoted to the position of Managing Director for MSD Pharmaceuticals Ltd., India. He held that position for 3 years during which the subsidiary grew significantly. During his tenure as Managing Director, MSD India won many peer recognized awards including the Frost & Sullivan Best Emerging Pharmaceutical Company Award for 2009. From 2010 to 2011 Dr. Rao held the position of Head Medical Affairs for Asia Pacific based out of India. In May, 2011 Dr. Rao was tasked with leading the company's Merck for Mothers maternal mortality initiative and is now based in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.

English Sall is a board member of the Sall Family Foundation. In her role as a Vice Chair of the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria, Ms. Sall helps lead a team focused on Frontline Delivery and Community Health Workers. Additionally, Ms. Sall is currently a Maverick Collective Member, working on community health systems in Zimbabwe,  and is also a board member of Aspen Management Partnership for Health, The EndFund, Jacaranda Health and Maverick Next. Ms. Sall is pursuing her PhD at North Carolina State University.

Active board member, consultant and advisor to non-profit institutions and social enterprises, Jeff Walker currently serves on the Boards of New Profit, Berklee College of Music, Morgan Library, Lincoln Center Film Society, Millennium Development Goals Health Alliance, the Miller Center and University of Virginia’s Undergraduate Business School, where he was President for ten years. He is also a Co-founder and Co-chairman of Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, Chairman of the Council of Foundations at University of Virginia, serves on the Visiting Committee at the Harvard Business School and is on the Advisory Boards of the MIT Media Lab, the Blue School, the Tibetan Village Project and Ideo.org. He is also President of 15 Central Park West. Previously, Jeff was Executive-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, focusing on Social Enterprises and Collaboration and a lecturer at the Kennedy School. At Harvard, he also helped to develop and launch “A Course

in Exponential Fundraising” for nonprofit leaders at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. He served as the Chairman of Millennium Promise, an incubator to eliminate extreme poverty with the United Nations and Columbia University and was the long-time Chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello), where he still serves as an emeritus trustee. He also Co-founded and was Chairman of Npower, an organization that provides shared technology services to nonprofits. Jeff was Chairman and CEO of CCMP Capital, the $12 billion successor to JPMorgan Partners, JPMorgan Chase & Co’s global private equity and Chairman of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. A Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant, Jeff graduated with a B.S. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Rebecca Affolder

Director of United Nations Relations
and Peace Initiatives

Taylor Buonocore Guthrie

President, Born Free

Alan Court

Senior Advisor to the UN Special Envoy

Rebecca Affolder serves as Director of United Nations Relations and Peace Initiatives in the Office of Raymond Chambers, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General. She also currently serves as a Senior Adviser to the Global Partnership for Education. Prior to this, Rebecca served as Senior Officer and Team Leader in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, from 2009-2016. While there, she oversaw the development, launch and first phase of the Every Woman Every Child initiative. She advised on Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s strategic work to advance global health, development and partnerships, managing key relationships with senior partners and representatives on behalf of the Secretary-General.In this capacity she also supported the leadership of the UN’s responses to Cholera and Ebola, most recently as Special Adviser to Dr. David Nabarro.

Other previous posts held include Head of the GAVI Executive Office in Geneva and Member of the Secretariat to the Commission for Africa, chaired by the UK Prime Minister in 2005. Rebecca began her career in Government, working in various roles with the UK Department for International Development, the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Canadian International Development Agency. She holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Alberta. She has lived, worked and/or studied in Canada, Kenya, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States.

As President of Born Free Africa, Taylor leads Born Free’s strategy and operations, with a focus spanning partnership building, advocacy and philanthropic investment. Leading Born Free's partnership with the Government of Kenya, Taylor scaled Born Free’s model for philanthropic investment in talent to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV. In partnership with government teams, she recruited and built a team of eight top tier local professionals within Kenya’s public health system that helped double Kenya’s progress toward the elimination goal in just two years. Other major partnerships for which Taylor was responsible included relationships with co-investors M.A.C AIDS Fund, Johnson & Johnson and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and Born Free’s campaign with Vogue.

Taylor has held a variety of roles around the world consulting on leadership and talent development across the private, non-profit and public sectors. She currently is scaling a conversation-based model for relationship and team building, called Convers(ate). Previously, she was a Senior Advisor to Rio Tinto’s operations in Mongolia, where she designed a rotational executive development program to build the first generation of Mongolian executive leaders, and mentored a team of six high potential women. She began her career with the management consulting firm, Mercer, helping to align business’ human capital strategies and operating models and talent to their business objectives. Taylor holds a BA in History from Colgate University.


Alan Court is currently Senior Adviser to the United Nations’ Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria.  Prior to this he had a long and distinguished career with UNICEF. Until 2008 he was the Director of the UNICEF Programme Division, where he oversaw UNICEF’s program policy, guidance and management that assisted staff in the implementation of UNICEF programs and played a central role in guiding UNICEF programmes towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

Between 2000 and 2005 Mr. Court served as Director of the UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen, where he was credited with turning the division’s function into an innovative and cutting edge one that provided essential commodities and services to Governments through a mix of program and procurement services that directly impacted implementation as well as delivery performance specially in Humanitarian Emergencies.

Before this Mr. Court had a long and distinguished career in the field including postings as UNICEF Country Representative in India, Deputy Regional Director of the Americas and Caribbean region in Bogotá, Colombia, Representative in Bolivia, Special Representative in the former Yugoslavia and Representative in Chad. He also served in Nepal, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Prior to his UNICEF career Mr. Court worked with Non-Government Organizations in Bangladesh and in Education in the United Kingdom. Mr. Court holds a Masters Degree in Rural Social Development from the University of Reading School Of Education, UK.

Chris Engler

Office Coordinator

John Fedor

Office Director

Meghan Gilfillan

Director of Programs
and Strategic Partnerships

Chris Engler is the Office Coordinator for the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria. In this role, Chris supports daily functions of UN Special Envoy's team. Prior to joining the team, Chris worked various administrative jobs in the private sector, while simultaneously staying active in his local community.

He also spends time volunteering for his alma mater, St. John's University, where his fundraising efforts have benefited organizations such as Bread For Life, The Wounded Warrior Project, and Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts. He graduated with a Bachelors in Theology with a minor in English.

Prior to joining the Special Envoy’s Office, John spent 11 years with Gap Inc. He began his career there while in high school and worked his way up from part-time employee to top 100 store managers in the company. With a strong background in human resources, logistics and employee development, John provides essential operational support to the Special Envoy’s Office.  
John holds a degree in Political Science and International Studies from The New School in New York City. In his spare time John enjoys traveling, culinary exploration and sports of every kind. 

Meghan Gilfillan is Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships at the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria. In this role she manages cross-sector partnerships to further the strategy and objectives of the Special Envoy. Meghan oversees the coordination of programs across the office’s portfolio of work and has a specific focus on domestic economic development.

Meghan is the Co-Lead of Changemaker Chats NYC, a nonprofit organization that aims to equip and empower women with the know-how and networks to be more effective changemakers in their lives. Meghan holds a BA in History and International Studies from Boston College and is an active alumna, serving as a Mentor in the Council for Women of Boston College.

Phyllis Heydt

Vice President, Frontline Delivery

Wendy McWeeny

Senior Advisor

Tina Moore

Director of Social Media

Phyllis Heydt is a Vice-President at the Office of the U.N. S­pecial Envoy for Health, and the Global Health Alliance. She focuses on frontline health delivery systems. As part of her current role she co-founded the Aspen Management Partnership for Health and co-chairs its Advisory Board, and co-founded the Financing Alliance for Health. Phyllis previously worked in the Strategy Team at the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, and as an Engagement Manager in McKinsey’s healthcare practice in Germany and London.

Phyllis is passionate not only about health care delivery and performance overall, but also has a particular interest in health access issues and assistive technologies for people with disabilities. She co-founded and is a board member of Discovering Hands, an award-winning international social healthcare enterprise based in Germany. (www.discovering-hands.de). Phyllis holds a Masters of Economics and Business from the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland, and a Masters in International Health Policy and Health Economics from the London School of Economics.

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Wendy McWeeny is a Senior Advisor at the MCJ/Amelior Foundation where she oversees the foundation's international portfolio. In this role she helped to establish Millennium Promise, an organization focused on meeting the MDGs by 2015 and Malaria No More, which is dedicated to ending deaths from malaria.

Wendy also supports the communications efforts of the Special Envoy's Office and special projects, including the partnership with Harvard University's Defeating Malaria Initiative and the UN Secretary General's MDG Advocates. Wendy holds a BA from Princeton University where she also earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson school.

After an initial career in PR and advertising for luxury brands, Tina Moore began her focus on social media in 2009 at Katalyst.  She joined the Special Envoy's Office to engage more deeply in humanitarian pursuits.   Tina creates and executes social media campaigns around health and peace initiatives for the Special Envoy’s Office.

Tina lives in Los Angeles where she is a member of the Women’s Advisory Board in West Hollywood, focused on ensuring that all women have a chance to succeed. She holds a BA in English and Human Development from Boston College.

Jasmine Nelson

Director of Strategic Planning
and Special Projects

Claire Qureshi

Vice President, Frontline Delivery

Robert Valadéz

Director of Communications,
Campaigns and Special Initiatives

Jasmine is currently the Director of Strategic Planning and Special Projects for the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria. She co-leads on the office’s malaria initiatives and is a member of the Malaria Partnership’s Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Steering Group. In addition, Jasmine provides support to the antimicrobial resistance and economic development initiatives. Prior to this role, Jasmine worked for the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) where she managed Head of State events, production of the ALMA Scorecard for

Accountability and Action, and led on ministerial and ambassadorial trainings for the ALMA app. Jasmine serves as a mentor and Earth Science Instructor to high school students with the Upward Bound Program at NYU and is also the founding member of a dance company. Jasmine holds a Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from New York University.

Claire Qureshi helps support efforts on community health and frontline delivery for the Office of the UN Special Envoy, with an emphasis on supporting African countries to sustainably finance their community health programs. In this capacity, she engages closely with ministries of health, official donors, private investors, NGOs, and multilateral partners. Claire is also a member of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) for the Financing Alliance for Health, a multi-partner initiative to support African governments in building resilient health systems that, over time, become financially self-sufficient through innovative financing. Finally, Claire serves as a key advisor on an effort to expand community health in the U.S., in part by drawing on global lessons.

Before she joined the Office of the UN Special Envoy, Claire was a consultant with Results for Development and for McKinsey & Company, where she primarily served hospitals, health systems, and pharmaceutical companies. In addition to her work in global and domestic healthcare, Claire also served in the Office of the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Treasury Department, covering international affairs, terrorism and financial intelligence, and tax policy for Secretary Geithner. While in graduate school, Claire was a White House Intern and worked with the Office of the Chief of Staff and the National Economic Council. Claire received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her B.A. from Yale University. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her husband and son.

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Robert Valadéz is the Director of Communications, Campaigns and Special Initiatives for the UN Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria. He leads the Special Envoy's media relations, public presentation and partner communications alignment, along with managing the office's website and social media platforms. Previously, he served as an External Relations Consultant for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) where he supported an array of high-level advocacy efforts, including coordinating diplomatic missions for RBM leadership and Goodwill Ambassadors, engaging with donors and media, and organizing malaria advocacy events for diverse stakeholders, including government, private sector and civil society.

Prior to this, Robert spent three years at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) as a policy analyst where he evaluated legislation and policies affecting people living with or at risk of HIV and provided policy recommendations to government agencies and elected representatives. In this role, he also managed and lead production of two public health publications distributed to thousands worldwide.  Robert has a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare Policy from Columbia University School of Social Work and a Bachelor's Degree  in Psychology and Social Behavior from University of California, Irvine.