Amanda CrearyUnited States (Org: The Task Force for Global Health)
Amanda Creary completed her graduate studies at Mercer University, gaining her Master of Public Health degree. She has been working for Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET), a program at The Task Force for Global Health, a non-profit subsidiary of Emory University. She previously worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supporting grants, proposals, contracts, and the Office of Budget Services. At TEPHINET, Amanda provides project management, logistical and programmatic support for multiple projects and special initiatives. Most recently, she has worked with Polio Eradication efforts in Pakistan and supports the in-country Field Epidemiology Laboratory Training Program. She has a passion for healthcare, humanitarianism, and servitude and excitement to use knowledge, skills, and mentorship to continue a career in global health. During Amanda’s free time, she volunteers as a patient advocate, helping low-income families and individuals with medical debt forgiveness, which has also influenced her career in the public health sector.
Anna Sackett RountreeUnited States (Org: Clubhouse International)
Anna Rountree brings over a decade of experience in international affairs, women’s and children’s rights, and mental health. Anna’s expertise lies in developing large-scale programs and campaigns that create opportunities for underrepresented populations. As Director of Communications at Clubhouse International, Anna plays a crucial role in amplifying the organization’s impact on individuals living with mental illness and driving engagement by developing and overseeing campaign strategy and tactics. In her prior Development roles at Clubhouse International, Anna used her interpersonal and writing skills to develop initiatives that grew constituency, helped meet financial goals, and influenced stakeholders. Anna’s focus on a rights-based approach has been instrumental in strengthening the impact of the Clubhouse network. On the Advisory Board of ECHO, Anna helps to build global capacity for emergency medicine, and on the Clubhouse Racial Justice Committee, Anna addresses inequities experienced by people of color living with mental illness. Anna edited the Governance and Rights Framework for the International Rescue Committee; prepared analytical reports for the General Assembly and Security Council, helping to secure passage of resolutions; and scrutinized policing of poorer communities as Associate Producer at CBS. Anna earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, double minoring in French and International Affairs from Binghamton University, and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The New School. Anna’s practicum, Bridging the Gaps: Implementation of Comprehensive Abortion Care in Ethiopia, inspired much of her subsequent focus on the voiceless. Anna loves to travel, read, and meet people. She is committed to promoting the voice of underrepresented populations.
Bree MurrinUnited States (Org: Landesa)
Ahmidu Barrie has over ten years of experience in non-profit administration, logistics, and management. Ahmidu earned his first degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone in 2010 and later pursued his post-graduate degree in public administration at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM). His drive to help his country comes from seeing his parents work very hard to take care of their family, as well as his experience of being abducted and forced to be a child soldier during his country’s civil war. After working with Wellbody Alliance, a local NGO that helped care for amputees and others with war wounds, he knew his life’s work was to help the poorest of the poor. He established the Community Health Worker Program, which brought care to the doorsteps of people living with HIV and TB across Kono District. When Ebola came to Sierra Leone in 2014, Partners In Health began working with Wellbody, and they eventually merged. During this time, as lead Logistician, Ahmidu was tasked with creating Ebola care and treatment centers across two districts. Currently, as Chief Operating Officer for Partners In Health Sierra Leone, Ahmidu is helping shepherd the development of the Maternal Center of Excellence, which aims to improve health outcomes for women in a country with one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. Ahmidu is eager to learn from the experiences of his colleagues and hopes that sharing his experience in health systems strengthening in low-resource settings will be of use to others. The skills and training that he hopes to acquire will enable him to improve his capacities as a leader and be an even stronger advocate of social justice, health equity, and education.
Brittany BrownUnited States (Org: SOS Children's Villages USA)
Brittany is a business development and grant management professional who has spent her career fundraising and advocating for vulnerable children and their families. The bilateral and cross-sectoral partnerships she has facilitated among large foundations, the U.S. government, and NGOs have driven sustainable impact through solutions in early childhood development, youth skill building, economic opportunity, health and nutrition, and education. Brittany has supported the development and growth of the foundation and corporate relations at SOS Children’s Villages-USA where she builds partnerships with US foundations and corporations and connects them with the program teams in 136 countries where SOS implements robust development projects. Before this role, Brittany worked at ChildFund International where she managed a donor portfolio of distinguished institutional funders supporting initiatives in 13 countries across the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Starting her career on Capitol Hill, Brittany left the U.S. five years later to work abroad in Hunan, China. When she returned two years later, she took a position advocating for children in the state of California before transitioning to the international development sector. As a foster parent in Richmond, Virginia, Brittany is living the SOS mission every day supporting and advocating for youth in her community. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations focused on World Politics and Policy.
Courtney CalardoUnited States (Org: BRAC UPGI)
As Senior Communications Manager, Courtney Calardo oversees the overall development and implementation of BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative’s (UPGI) communications strategy. Prior to joining BRAC UPGI, Courtney was the Communications Manager at Family Planning 2020, where she worked to promote greater access to and information on sexual and reproductive health for women and girls around the world. Courtney brings 10 years of experience in strategic communications with a primary focus on international development. Courtney has provided strategic communications and partnership development support to social entrepreneurs with innovative, evidence-based solutions for major global issues, as well as key implementing partners, and worked to promote the integration of innovation in development programming overall during her time at USAID. With additional experience in the private sector as a consultant, Courtney has supported the development and execution of communication strategies for academic institutions, international governments, NGOs, and the private sector. Courtney graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a B.A. in Journalism and International Studies, focusing on human rights and photojournalism.
Evan BrownUnited States (Org: Heifer International)
Evan Brown has worked in many domestic and international development capacities to move communities toward a more sustainable and prosperous future. He started his career attending the University of Arkansas, where he graduated with a double major in Financial Investments and Small Business Management/ Entrepreneurship. After university, Evan joined the Community Resource Group, supporting them in gaining and executing their first multi-million-dollar award to establish an inclusive wealth creation project in South Texas. At the project’s conclusion, Evan entered the US Peace Corps as an Economic Development Advisor in Lesotho, Africa. Though his primary role was as an entrepreneurship professor at a technical university, Lesotho has over 20 percent of its population living with HIV. To combat the stigma and low information prevalent in his community, Evan co-founded the Thaba Tseka Holistic Health Club (TTHC) with a local hospital and community leaders. TTHC opened access to exercise equipment, free HIV testing, and sexual health education, focusing on the community’s women and youth. Evan returned from two years in Lesotho as a Master of Public Service candidate at the Clinton School of Public Service. He became class president and worked with the Arkansas Community Foundation to help produce a roadmap to leverage grant money to create lasting change in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Evan is now a Senior Manager at Heifer International, where he leads the Proposal Design Hub, supporting the creation of strategy that acts as a catalyst for community progress toward improved income, nutrition, women’s empowerment, and earth stewardship.
Fabian DeboraUnited States (Org: Homeboy Industries)
Fabian Debora was born in El Paso, Texas, and began his career as a member of the East Los Angeles Streetscapers. He was mentored by many Chicano artists and muralists and was introduced to creative expressions of all forms, from graffiti and murals to sketching and fine art painting. Fabian’s work has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, including Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Brooklyn, and throughout Latin America. Fabian served as a counselor and the Director of Substance Abuses Services & Programming as well as a mentor at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles for a decade. He then moved on to work as Community Connection Director at Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, He is also a teaching artist for ACTA Alliance of traditional Arts, bringing arts to adult correctional facilities. He also works in collaboration with Latino Producers Action Network (LPAN) as the Art Director, and is an instructor for community artists and students throughout Boyle Heights, He has now returned to Homeboy Industries as the Executive Director of Homeboy Art Academy perusing and developing his vision to continue to serve greater Los Angeles area, and abroad.
Kevin ThorUnited States (Org: Operation Smile)
Kevin Thor is a Nebraska, USA native dedicated to public service through international organizations. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and will be attending Columbia University for a Master of International Affairs. Kevin works for Operation Smile as a Regional Program Manager in Asia leading multi-year strategy and implementation for comprehensive care programs and health system strengthening initiatives in the Philippines. He is responsible for relationship engagement and multi-year center strategy with local teams, hospital leadership, government agencies, and key corporate partners to expand the collaborative impact of the organization’s work. Kevin resided in the Philippines with extensive experience across the country. Kevin previously led surgical and education programs across eight additional countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America with Operation Smile, including reestablishing OS presence in Mozambique, multi-site programs in Madagascar, and programming following political unrest in Nicaragua. Prior to Operation Smile, Kevin lived in Viet Nam on a Fulbright Fellowship teaching and working with local nonprofits to increase student engagement. Kevin is committed to community development through cross-cultural understanding with a keen interest in human rights and humanitarian policy focused on access to quality education and reducing barriers to care. Additionally, Kevin devotes time to student development through leadership conferences and various mentorship and coaching opportunities.
Maegan ClarkUnited States (Org: Heifer International)
Maegan Clark has 10 years of experience in Digital Media, Marketing, and Advertising. Clark earned a Bachelor of Communication degree with an emphasis in Public Relations from Arkansas State University and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. For the last 10 years, she has worked at Heifer International growing her position from an Internet Marketing Specialist to now the Director of Digital Media. She is passionate about using her education and experience to bring awareness to the mass marketing consumer about how they can live a sustainable life while helping to end hunger. While working full-time for Heifer International, Clark also volunteers with her local Junior League of Little Rock promoting volunteerism and community-focused campaigns.
Mahamadou DaoUnited States (Org: The Task Force for Global Health)
Mahamadou Dao is an international development professional with more than 10 years of experience in project management and operational support in nonprofit programs. Mahamadou provides project management, logistical, and programmatic support to multiple TEPHINET projects. Mahamadou earned a Master of Law degree from the University of Cote d’Ivoire and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of West Georgia. Mahamadou is passionate about women’s empowerment and social equity. He started a career at CARE International in Cote d’Ivoire as a field supervisor on a women entrepreneurship program where he trained more than 500 women associations living with HIV on income-generating activity implementation and management in a post-conflict setting which contributed to restoring their social dignity affected by extreme poverty and popular stigma. He also worked on a Return and Reintegration of Internally Displaced persons program to help bring back peace within the western Ivory Coast local communities torn by political antagonisms. Moreover, Mahamadou participated in several vaccine campaigns against Polio, Measles, and Tetanus among rural communities in Central Cote d’Ivoire. While completing his Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of West Georgia, Mahamadou worked at the Carter Center as an intern where he supported the institution’s West African Democratic and Governance team in Niger and Guinea. Prior to joining TEPHINET, Mahamadou was a Project Assistant at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Washington, DC.
Melanie SovernUnited States (Org: Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF))
Melanie Sovern has nine years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree from New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study in New York City, where she graduated summa cum laude with a focus on liberal arts, social justice, critical theory, and art. As Director of Mass Audiences at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières USA (MSF), Melanie oversees a $165M fundraising program of over a million donors. She leads the strategy for all marketing and fundraising campaigns, activities, and donor journeys for this critical audience. Prior to this role, Melanie served as the Senior Manager of Sustainer Giving at MSF, leading the sustainer program’s communications, strategy, and budget. She previously worked at the world-famous cancer hospital Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for five years. She has also worked in the non-profit arts industry. Through these experiences, Melanie has developed her strategic thinking, collaborative leadership, and fundraising skills. Her passions include public health access, human rights, and civil liberties.
Moussa KoneUnited States (Org: Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF))
Born in Mali and now based in Chicago, Illinois, Moussa Kone is a Medical Doctor with over nine years of experience working in the humanitarian health sector. Moussa earned his medical degree at the Medical Institute of Camaguey in Las Tunas, Cuba, and then became a specialist in Family Medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine. Later, Moussa went on to complete his Master in Public Health Administration and Policies at the University of Illinois. Moussa has worked with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and other NGOs in the Central African Republic, Chad, Cuba, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, and Niger. During the pandemic, Moussa started a new pediatric assignment in Liberia, Monrovia as the Project Manager Referent, in charge of coordinating all medical activities in the project. His most recent mission was in Kenya, at Homabay County Hospital in a high burden HIV context in addition to COVID-19 where, as a medical team leader contributed to the achievement and sustaining the 90-90-90 strategy gains and implementing COVID-19 management system at a county hospital with MSF. Also, Moussa led the implementation of a community-based chronic diseases project, which decentralizes access to care in underserved communities and builds the capacity of medical staff, to avoid later complications.