Mamoudou NdiayeSenegal (Org: Tostan)
Mamoudou Ndiaye is a trained lawyer. He holds a master’s degree in private law from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Cheikh Anta Diop University. He has more than ten years of professional experience, seven of which he spent at Tostan. He worked successively as an in-house lawyer in a bailiff’s office, as a parliamentary assistant in the National Assembly of Senegal, as an expert partner in the EU-funded Support Project to Improve the Quality of Parliamentary Work (PAAQTP), and as a consulting partner in gender auditing. In 2013, he joined the NGO Tostan, first as an intern in the Human Resources Department, then as a Project Assistant in the Program Department, and finally as a Project Manager. Now he is a project manager in the Project and Grants Management team (GPS). Mamoudou Ndiaye also specializes in project management. He is well versed in peace and security issues (he is a trainer on these topics at Tostan), child protection (he wrote his master’s thesis on this, Treatment of Pedophilia and Related Crimes by the Senegalese Judiciary), and human rights in general.
Joan WuyaNigeria (Org: International Rescue Committee)
Joan Wuya holds a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the University of Jos in Nigeria and a Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She is an experienced human resources professional who has dedicated most of her life after graduating from the university to working in the nonprofit sector. She is an expert in human resources and culture and has a strong understanding of labor laws, compliance issues and benefit plans. She successfully implements process improvement and staff development initiatives to drive achievement of organizational goals. She is an empathetic coach and mentor, helping her team and organization achieve set goals and strategic action plans through staff development parameters. Her current role as HR & Admin Coordinator is to support the growth and infrastructure that will enable IRC Nigeria’s country program to manage its strategic action plan. She also provides technical support and capacity building to the HR team in the field offices in Northeast Nigeria. Joan Wuya’s primary motivation is to build a highly effective, strategic HR function that ensures IRC Nigeria’s country program has the structure, culture, and talent needed to effectively deliver HR services, so that the teams she works with are adequately equipped to support the displaced and vulnerable communities and individuals in Nigeria.
Rick Jones JrUnited States (Org: Homeboy Industries)
Rick Jones was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. After graduating from high school, he began his journey in community service as a youth sports coach and as a volunteer in Juvenile Probation with at-risk teenagers from Southern California. These professional experiences led Rick to develop a passion for social justice that inspired him to pursue higher education at California State University Fullerton’s College of Health and Human Development. There, he combined his life experiences as an African American with his formal education in social work and mental health to earn his bachelor’s degree in human services. He uses his knowledge of systemic inequality and workforce development to provide employment opportunities through vocational training to underserved youth in the greater Los Angeles area as a Youth Career & Vocational Counselor for Homeboy Industries’ Youth Reentry Center.
Papy Kilongo MulailwaDemocratic Republic of Congo (Org: Partners in Health)
Dr. Papy Kilongo Mulailwa is a motivated general surgeon with more than ten years of progressive experience in clinical and programmatic medical practice. Dr. Papy currently works at Partners In Health in Sierra Leone as the Clinical Services Lead at Koidu Government Hospital. His responsibilities include coordinating all clinicians in the various clinical departments and program planning. Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Papy worked for more than four years as a consultant and chief of general surgery at this PIH-Sierra Leone supported hospital. He was instrumental in improving the surgical care of patients throughout their clinical course, building the capacity of the surgical staff, designing and implementing quality improvement projects, mentoring medical and paramedical staff, and building systems in this low-resource setting. Dr. Papy also served in various clinical and programmatic roles, focusing on quality patient care, mentoring, and capacity building. He worked as a consultant general surgeon in Manisa, Turkey, and as a medical officer in pediatrics in Bukavu, D.R. Congo. Papy holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine from the Bukavu Catholic University in D.R. Congo, and a specialty degree in general surgery from Aegean University in Turkey. Dr. Papy is passionate about making preferential healthcare accessible to the most vulnerable and marginalized patients, especially through specialized surgical treatments. Dr. Papy strongly believes that strengthening surgical and clinical skills through education, mentorship, and systems building is key to achieving this goal.
Sara BrihuegaPortugal (Org: Covenant House International)
Sara Brihuega graduated from Kingston University in London with a double degree in International Relations and French and earned a master’s degree in International Development with a focus on Disaster Risk Reduction from King’s College. Sara’s doctoral research at Pablo de Olavide University focuses on bilingual education in the United States and Central America, with particular emphasis on migration patterns and the impact of bilingual and bicultural awareness in children and youth. Sara has several years of experience in international development with a focus on Latin America and Asia, as well as experience supporting bilingual and bicultural children and youth initiatives for a variety of organizations in the United States. Her career has included managing youth and refugee programs, international education initiatives, and disaster risk reduction projects. Sara has extensive experience in international program development and design, project management, and monitoring and evaluation. Her work has ranged from developing and managing child and youth education programs, to supporting migrants and informal settlement communities, to human trafficking, livelihood and women’s empowerment, education, and environmental issues. Sara is multilingual and fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English and has a good knowledge of Italian, French, and Visaya Filipino.
Revelation NyirongoMalawi (Org: Partners in Health)
Revelation Nyirongo has more than four years of professional experience in nonprofit, nongovernmental and governmental organizations. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Malawi. While working as an mHealth & Data Warehousing Specialist, Revelation’s work in remote Neno district in Malawi, has helped improve data management collected by Community Health Workers using pioneer mobile health technology. His work has resulted in more people being screened and existing clients in HIV and NCD programs being effectively followed up and visits being properly managed. Prior to receiving the Global Health Corps Fellowship as a Medical Informatics Specialist working on Electronic Medical Records, Revelation worked at the High Commission of India in Lilongwe and as a lecturer at a local college. Revelation has participated in various volunteer projects and youth and leadership development positions. These experiences have solidified his grant and project management skills. He enjoys discussing topics related to youth leadership and development, personal and professional development, and has a strong passion for global health equity.
Jayashree SIndia (Org: Aravind Eye Care System)
Jayashree S. has four years of experience coordinating and managing research in ophthalmology and coordinating ethics committee activities. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from Periyar Maniammai University in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. During her work as a coordinator, she had the opportunity to interact with research participants and listen to their needs. The role as Ethics Committee Coordinator motivated her to protect the safety, rights, and welfare of research participants. Through these experiences, she developed strong skills in project coordination, training, planning, monitoring, and reporting. Her desire to protect the welfare of participants has led her to advocate for sustainability. Jayashree is committed to identifying areas where a sustainable approach to healthcare is needed and finding a reliable and innovative solution to meet that need without compromising patient safety.
Berta SoleySpain (Org: International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims)
Berta Soley has worked in the fields of international development, human rights, social work, and education for more than six years and has a profound interest in gender and social innovation. Berta strongly believes that education is the key to social change. She currently works as a Knowledge Development and Editorial Associate at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims. In her role, she embraces the potential that collaborative development, knowledge sharing, and dissemination have to advance and strengthen a global movement working toward a common purpose. She enjoys collaborating with member centers from around the world and the cultural awareness it brings. Berta holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the Faculty Pere Tarrés in Spain and a master’s degree in Development and International Studies from Aalborg University in Denmark. After that, she had the opportunity to gain experience in project management at UNDP Samoa, the Danish Institute for Human Rights and other non-governmental organizations. She has also worked in international relations, research and quality control at two universities in Barcelona. Berta believes that engaged, well-motivated, and healthy teams can contribute significantly to positive social change. It is important to her to see the positive results and impact of her work towards a more just and egalitarian world.
Deogratias AgabaUganda (Org: PATH)
Agaba Deogratias has more than sixteen years of experience developing, coordinating, and implementing large-scale advocacy, social and behavior change, and public health policy campaigns and programs. He holds a master’s degree in Public Health Leadership, a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a Diploma in Performing Arts. He has worked with PATH since 2015. Initially, he led both the communications and community empowerment aspects of the $20 million USAID-funded Advocacy for Better Health project, where he led successful campaigns such as the “Drug Stock-Out Kills, Stop It!” campaign, the “Sing for Change” campaign, and others. He later moved to the Advocacy and Public Policy project, where he serves as Senior Communications Officer, managing communications for a project in the Eastern and Southern Africa region, consisting of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and South Africa. The project focuses on primary health care, immunization, medical oxygen, reproductive health, maternal, newborn and child health, and research and development. Prior to joining PATH, Agaba worked as a Behavior Change Communication Advisor for the USAID-funded Strides for Family Health project, where he promoted demand for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health in up to 15 Ugandan districts. Previously, he worked as a journalist in both mainstream media and at a local youth-focused NGO, Straight Talk Foundation. There, he won the Nuffic Fellowship to train in production for radio, TV, and the Internet at the Radio Nederlands Training Center in Hilversum, the Netherlands.
Mary HodgsonUnited Kingdom (Org: St Christopher's Hospice)
Mary Hodgson is a researcher and community development worker with an interest in social action to address inequality. She has worked in the nonprofit sector to partner with communities to bring about change in the areas of homelessness, place complexity and social innovation, and end-of-life inequities. Mary holds a PhD in Anthropology, which focused on the ways citizens describe and respond to inequalities. This interest in understanding how people describe the need for change and articulate ways to do so runs throughout her work. She has published in a number of areas or topics, with the common theme being how inequality manifests in people’s lives and how it can be addressed. Mary also has experience teaching, facilitating, and building capacity in grassroots organizations. Mary lives in London, has two children, and in her spare time volunteers on the leadership team of a weekly local free running event for children.
Edrisa KeitaGambia (Org: Tostan)
Edrisa Keita is from Sukuta in the West Coast Region of the Gambia. For the past five years, he has been the National Coordinator of Tostan Gambia, after five years of previous experience working with the organization as a partner and Assistant National Coordinator. He holds a postgraduate degree in Population and Development Studies at the University of the Gambia. He has also completed training in Entrepreneurship and Promotion of Income Generating Activities at The National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development in Uttar Pradesh, India. He holds a Professional Training Certificate in Project Planning, Management, and Evaluation from the Pan African Institute for Development West Africa; and a certificate in Business Management and Administration from the Institute of Commercial Management from the Nusrat Commercial Management Center. Before his current role at Tostan, he held positions as a teacher, an Accounts Clerk in the Ministry of Finance, a Regional Programme Officer at the National Women’s Bureau, a member of the Gender Action Team and Technical Advisory Committee, and a Chairperson in the Gambia Red Cross Society. He has also participated in development platforms with different agencies: the UN Development Assistance Framework for the Gambia (UNDAF) working group, the National Gender and Women Empowerment Survey, and the development process of the National Women’s Act of 2010.
Parag ShahIndia (Org: Aravind Eye Care System)
Dr. Parag Shah is an ophthalmologist and has been associated with Aravind Eye Hospital for more than two decades. He is instrumental in commencing Pediatric Retina and Ocular Oncology Service at Aravind. His interest and passion made Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) telescreening possible across five states and over thirty districts in South India. Through his efforts annually, six thousand babies undergo telescreening, preventing needless blindness among premature children. He is instrumental in developing good network channels among Government and Private NICU’s both in Urban and Rural areas. He is also part of the National ROP Task Force under National Program of Control of Blindness, Govt. of India, supported by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. This task force is responsible for training and creating awareness of ROP among ophthalmologists, pediatricians and the general public. Under the USAID and SEVA funded program, he is testing low cost camera systems and artificial intelligence in ROP screening and diagnosis with his US collaborators (Casey Eye Institute, Portland and University of Illinois, Chicago). This emerging technology has a possibility of saving physician time and gives a more accurate diagnosis.