Selamawit MershaEthiopia (Host: ideas42)
Selamawit Mersha has seven years of experience in Program Management, Program Development and Quality in the non-profit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Masters of Social Work from Addis Ababa University. Selamawit is a RISE UP Youth Champions Initiative Fellow, Alumni of Young Leaders Training Program, and Alumni of Young Policy Makers of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Her professional background includes working on Migration, Livelihoods, Youth Development, SRHR and Gender equality programs. While she served as a Livelihood Specialist in Save the Children International Ethiopia, Selamawit improved the lives of Young Ethiopian and Eritrean migrants under the Ethiopia Migration Program supported by FCDO through Socio-economic reintegration, resilience and self-reliance programs. Previously, Selamawit improved the Sexual reproductive health and wellbeing of young people in Ethiopia through life skills, advocacy and meaningful engagement, provision of YFS and capacity building of partners through the GUSO SRHR program funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Selamawit has formed and led Youth Advocate groups for YNSD and FAWE Ethiopia who advocated for social issues such as SRHR, gender equality and meaningful engagement. Selamawit also improved the lives of young Ethiopians under projects funded by RISE UP, CSSP, Embassy of Finland and Packard Foundation. Selamawit has consulted government stakeholders, youth groups and nonprofit organizations on Program Development and Quality, Youth Engagement and Gender mainstreaming. Through these experiences Selamawit has developed skills in program management, technical and consulting expertise, and capacity building. Selamawit is interested in Youth Development, Gender Equality, and Behavioral Science.
Host Organization: ideas42
Role at Host Organization: At ideas42, Selamawit will serve as a Behavioral Design Fellow: contributing to different behavioral design projects in Global Health and participating in professional development opportunities, specifically around behavioral science and program design, with additional opportunities to contribute to research approaches.
Chibuonu Obiageli EzennabikeNigeria (Host: ideas42)
Chibuonu Obiageli Ezennabike is a public health professional with ten years of experience in the non-profit sector. Chibuonu earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Microbiology from Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Uli, Anambra State of Nigeria. While working as the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with Caritas Nigeria on the 4GATES Project, a CDC-funded HIV/AIDS program, she helped improve the PMTCT program monitoring and evaluation by designing reporting tools, building capacity of facility staff, and ensuring data quality in Eastern Nigeria. She also coordinated the monitoring and evaluation activities of the Pediatric and Adolescent Program and FLAGSHIP Program in Delta State and ensured consistent availability of data for tracking project progress and making informed decisions. Previously, Chibuonu volunteered as a data entry clerk for RISE Clinic Nigeria for some months before being employed by the organization. Chibuonu worked with RISE Clinic Nigeria (subsidiary of RISE GHI San Diego U.S), a community-based organization to plan and implement community outreach events, health fairs and to promote health education in rural communities of Anambra State. In this role, she was also responsible for research, monitoring and evaluation of Nigeria’s Epilepsy Care Advancement Program. Chibuonu, over these years, has developed skills in monitoring and evaluation, research, health education, health system strengthening, institutional capacity building, and project management. Chibuonu enjoys focusing on adolescent, maternal and child health issues, and has a strong passion for research. She is very optimistic that efficient and effective use of data in research and public health interventions will ensure sustainability and improvement of health systems in Africa.
Host Organization: ideas42
Role at Host Organization: At ideas42, Chibuonu will serve as a Behavioral Design Fellow: contributing to different behavioral design projects in Global Health and participating in professional development opportunities, specifically around behavioral science and program.
Vivek AnandanIndia (Aravind Eye Hospital)
Vivek Anandan has experience in the field of ophthalmology as a surgeon for 12 years. He has been working at Aravind Eyecare System where he has done more than 25000 cataract surgeries to date. Vivek’s main interest lies in doing complex surgeries and training residents and junior surgeons. He currently heads the cataract department at Aravind Eye Hospital in Pondicherry. He has worked with hospitals in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Tanzania in training their surgeons and also in capacity building of those hospitals.
Sankar AnanthanIndia (Org: Aravind Eye Hospitals)
Sankar Ananthan is an ophthalmologist working in one of the world’s largest not-for-profit organizations – Aravind Eye Hospitals, which provides close to 1 million ophthalmic surgeries a year. The institution has given him ample opportunity to demonstrate his strengths. He would like to continue developing his skill set to become a good leader.
Mita Puspita earned a Medical Doctor’s degree from Padjadjaran University. She has seven years of experience in clinical trial vaccines. She is responsible for the bacterial vaccine clinical trial, which handling the clinical trial from the very beginning to the end. Her main responsibility is; literature searching as the background of clinical trial design, developing clinical trial protocol, clinical trial site identification, coordinating vaccine clinical trial with the trial centers, monitoring the clinical trials, reviewing the reports, and responding to the feedback from the National Regulatory Affair about a clinical trial in the licensure process. She also has experience in managing vaccine safety data and analysis. Since graduated from medical school and was then involved in dengue research in Bandung. She also had experience as a physician in very remote areas in Yahukimo District, Papua, Indonesia. After she was involved in INA-RESPOND, Indonesia Research Partnership on Infectious Disease as a Research Assistant. She now focuses on preventive medicine and public health. Her passion to support immunization programs, that can decrease the morbidity and the mortality of communicable infectious diseases in Indonesia.
Maman Saputra worked at The Center for Public Health Policy Universitas Lambung Mangkurat where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. Currently, he studied in the final semester of the Public Health Postgraduate Program at Universitas Indonesia. Last year, he researched the COVID-19 policy response in Indonesia. The research analyzed the policy response from the government included the policy content, actors, and process. He contributes to policy analysis, research design, and data collection. He also evaluates the COVID-19 quick handling guidelines from the government in another research. Maman has academic and research passion, especially on one health and health economic issues. He has focused on his passion when he worked as a research and academic assistant on Public Health Program Universitas Lambung Mangkurat. He has appropriate skills in policy analysis, data management, and journal publication. Recently, he designs a stunting prevention and control project in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, related to the previous project on stunting in South Kalimantan (one of the national priority areas of stunting) in the last three years. Maman also led a non-profit organization, Edu-Kesmas, and Lakmus-IYMDS, that campaign the public and environmental health to the society directly and virtually through social media. He has also participated in several workshops and professional organizations in terms of leadership, management, and data analysis.
Ria Oktorina is a passionate working mother who loves to do volunteer work. She has more than 10 years of professional experience in the field of development planning. Ria holds a Master’s degree in Urban Management and Development from IHS-Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Bachelor’s degree in Social-Economic of Agriculture from Andalas University-Indonesia. Ria works as a Government Planner at the Regional Development Planning Board of West Sumatra Province, Indonesia. She is involved in the planning process at the regional level. She also actively contributes to the evaluation of planning policy for municipalities/regencies under West Sumatra Province. She has held an initiative participatory approach program to formulate a planning document in Solok Regency as an action plan from her professional exchange program through Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) in the USA. This program gave her insight about how government build bridge for the diverse background of people in the policymaking process. Ria is also an active volunteer at the organization related to family support. She initiated the Indonesia Breastfeeding Mother Association of West Sumatra, and become the first chairperson as well as a trained breastfeeding counselor until now. She is a volunteer with Rangkul of Keluarga Kita, an organization that focuses on family support and education. She just received an award from Semua Murid Semua Guru (SMSG) Initiative as The Most Empowered Parents for Education. She is also an alumnus of the Australia Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (AIMEP).
Eka C TanlainIndonesia
Eka Christiningsih Tanlain (she/her/hers) is an experienced and passionate human rights educator who likes to conduct training for state apparatus and the public with various methods and games. She also has experience in developing modules, organizing public campaigns, and developing campaign tools. She has concerns about minority groups, gender & sexuality, and psychological impact in the helping profession. But she also keeps expanding her knowledge in other human rights issues such as torture, human rights defender, human rights cities, and others. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Jember University. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s program in Social Psychology at Unika Atma Jaya with a focus on health.
Sahrini Rauf has over five years of experience in veterinary public health. Currently, She is working as a Professional Young Medic Veterinarian at Livestock and Animal Health Office, The Government of South Sulawesi Province. She completed her study in 2005 as a veterinarian at Bogor Agriculture Institute and gained her Master’s degree in Biology Education from Makassar State University in Indonesia. She is working to assist in technical policy and the action plan in her Office. She assists in controlling zoonotic diseases and animal welfare. She is also an auditor for food safety assurance of animal origin. She has repeatedly facilitated foreign cooperation between South Sulawesi Province and various institutions and governments, including Senior Experten Service Germany, Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, Government and University In Australia, and Dutch Government. She was invited to BIMP-EAGA as a delegate of Indonesia in Brunei Darussalam. She participated in various international courses including in the Netherlands and she got a short-term visit to the United States, in the International Visitor Leadership Program for Infectious Disease and Mitigation Response. Recently, she completed International Short Course organized by WHO & FAO for Joint Risk Assessment in One Health and became a trainer for District Government Officers. Besides that, She is the Founder of Life and Reason Society, a community engaged in Agriculture, Livestock, and One Health to empower local farmers and poor communities.
Sepri Andi earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a focus on development. He has over four years of experience in building communities across different issues in Indonesia. Recently, he took a full-time job to create one of the growing mental health communities called Social Connect. Before founding Social Connect, Sepri was a mental health survivor. Through Social Connect, Sepri and his team successfully reached 3 million youth online through a self-love campaign launched during the COVID-19 outbreak. Since then, Sepri has been working to build a safe space, forums, and virtual friends for mental health survivors like himself, with more than 50.000 members to date. Sepri’s previous work was also building a community from scratch for one of the leading logistic companies to support their mission of contributing to Indonesia’s economy. His work has reached 8.000 retails with 50M transactions per month. Andi starts his career by working for one of the top e-commerce companies in SEA to build a lasting relationship with the seller community across Indonesia. Through his experience, Andi has learned, joined, spoken, and contributed to community development, mental health, and youth empowerment.
Surya Hardiansyah currently lives in Sarmi Regency, Papua Province, Indonesia. He earned his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Computational Statistics from the Institute of Statistics (Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Statistik Jakarta). As soon as he graduated, he works as a civil servant and was stationed in a remote area to work at Statistics of Sarmi Regency which also covered the Mamberamo Raya Regency area. Being involved directly in the Center of Traditional Society as a Survey and Census-Taker, he was inspired to do more for the good of the Papuans. With its rough and uncertain topography, Papua Island seems to be better developed alongside the help from an integrated Geographical Information System (GIS), which is why Surya is fascinated with GIS and spatial data science and wants to develop them in many ways to help the development of Papua Island’s residents and resources.
Silima Keopaseuth is a second-year M.A. candidate in the Sustainable International Development program at Brandeis University in the U.S. Her concentration is monitoring, evaluation, and data analysis. Her master’s paper evaluates the effect of savings interventions on shock coping and children’s anthropometry for horticultural society in Bolivia. Silima earned her B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the National University of Laos and has nine years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. She served as Senior Program Officer at Room to Read Laos for two years, working on curriculum and materials development, teacher training, and program evaluation. The tasks strengthened her expertise in the education field, training, and monitoring and evaluation. She was also a point person on several projects, enhancing her coordination and project management skills. Before this experience, Silima interned for Oxfam Laos for three months, where she supported the team in raising awareness of Disaster Risk Reduction. She provided technical agricultural training for vulnerable communities in remote areas where natural disasters constantly occurred. Additionally, she worked for six years as a contracted volunteer for Save the Children. Silima and her team dedicated themselves to promoting children’s rights and protection in rural and urban areas, to see more children in Laos have access to education, safety, and self-fulfillment. Through her volunteer and internship work, she enhanced her communication, interpersonal, and adaptation skills. She is currently interested in poverty alleviation, education, and wellbeing.