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triangle global health annual conference

September 28, 2017

conference speakers 

Saja Al-Falahi

Saja Al-Falahi is a medical doctor from Iraq, a Fulbright grantee, and a master student at Gillings School of Global Public Health. Saja sees the future of the world in the eyes of each individual whose life she touches, and advocates for health equity. In 2013, she left her family in Baghdad and moved to the south of Iraq to provide medical care to women and children in rural areas. After three years, she left her family again—and, for the first time, her country—to continue her education and to share her stories and experiences with the world.

John Balbus

Balbus is Senior Advisor for Public Health at NIEHS and Director of the Institute’s Global Environmental Health Program and WHO-NIEHS Environmental Health Collaborating Centre. The Centre works extensively with WHO and other international partners to convene research and policy thought leaders on critical issues such as climate change, children’s health, chemical exposures, e-waste, indoor air pollution, and others; to translate, and disseminate research findings to inform health decision makers; and to train global environmental health leaders around the world.

Carol Bales

Carol Bales is a senior communications and advocacy officer at IntraHealth International. She’s a well-rounded communications professional with more than 10 years of experience working in global health. She currently focuses on advocacy, writing, social media, and multimedia production.

Krista Baptista

Krista Baptista is the Director of Digital and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for DAI. In her current role, Krista is responsible for setting ICT and digital strategy, as well as designing managing and delivering digital solutions products and services for DAI projects. She leads a cross-functional team of digital and ICT experts who provide technical support and thought leadership around digital solutions to DAI projects. She provides advisory support to project and corporate digital initiatives.

Margaret (Peggy) Bentley

Dr. Bentley is Professor of Nutrition, Associate Dean for Global Health, and Associate Director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on women and infant’s nutrition, infant and young child feeding, behavioral research on sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, and community-based interventions for nutrition and health. She is an expert in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and the application of these for program development and evaluation. She currently is working on an HIV behavioral intervention prevention trial in Chennai India on a community-based intervention to improve child growth and development in Andhra Pradesh India.

Linda S. Birnbaum

Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S., became the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) on January 18, 2009. In these roles Birnbaum oversees federal funding for biomedical research to discover how the environment influences human health and disease. Birnbaum is the first toxicologist and the first woman to lead the NIEHS/NTP. She has spent most of her career as a federal scientist. Birnbaum has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, in October 2010, one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health.

Phaedra Boinodiris

Phaedra Boinodiris is the senior lead for IBM’s new EdTech program influencing curriculum in traditional and non-traditional learning spaces through entrepreneurship and social impact. Since the start of her career at IBM she has been a Developer Advocate and IBM's global lead for serious games and gamification. She is also the author of Serious Games for Business, published in 2014 by Megan-Kiffer press. Boinodiris' earlier work in serious games are being used in over 1000 schools worldwide to teach students the fundamentals of business optimization. Boinodiris was honored by Women in Games International as one of the top 100 women in the games industry. Prior to working at IBM, she was a serial entrepreneur for 14 years where she co-founded WomenGamers.Com, a popular women’s gaming portal. There she subsequently started the first scholarship for women to pursue degrees in game design and development in the US. In November of 2015, Boinodiris was elected as a member of IBM’s Academy of Technology and has 6 patents in the gaming space. Boinodiris happily mentors business school students at her alma-mater UNC-Chapel Hill where she is also UNC’s 2016 Social Entrepreneur in Residence.

Michael Catalano

Michael Catalano is a social enterprise and venture start-up specialist with over 20 years of global experience in wireless applications and mobile systems integration. Working with Mercy Corps in Haiti and Liberia, Michael has delivered innovations in humanitarian and public health emergencies, most recently by supporting digital outreach and mobile messaging for community mobilization during the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Michael's expertise has informed clients on mobile payment integration for food security, digital identity, and energy access applications. Michael was Founder and Chief Network Officer at OpenRevolution involved with business development activities for mobile micro-finance, m-banking, and m-payment services. Prior to founding OpenRevolution, Michael was an associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton, assisting commercial, non-profit, and government clients with wireless infrastructure, M&A advisory, and enterprise solutions.

Jay Chaudhuri

Senator Jay Chaudhuri currently serves in the North Carolina State Senate representing parts of Raleigh, Cary, and Morrisville.  He has spent his career fighting for and working on behalf of the people of North Carolina. Mr. Chaudhuri has served as Special Counsel to then Attorney General Roy Cooper and as General Counsel & Senior Policy Advisor to State Treasurer Janet Cowell. Currently, he is an attorney with the law firm Cohen Milstein in Raleigh. He is the first South Asian American to serve in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Francis de los Reyes

Francis de los Reyes is an environmental engineer, professor, and sanitation advocate who has worked with colleagues in Malawi, South Africa, India, the Philippines, and many other countries- all on developing technologies to deal with collecting and treating fecal sludge. He leads the Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Faculty Cluster at NC State University.

Talia Dweck

As an ICT Specialist, Talia focuses on how to use digital solutions to solve pressing global health challenges. She has more than 5 years of experience working in global health for a variety of institutions including USAID Office of HIV/AIDS, the Liberia Ministry of Health, the advocacy wing of the Global Fund and Grassroot Soccer. Talia has a Masters in Global Human Development from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she specialized in global health and private sector engagement. For the past two years, she has focused on the power of innovation and ICT to transform health outcomes, specifically in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Dale Evarts

Dale Evarts joined the US EPA in 1988 after completing a Presidential Management Fellowship and currently leads the Climate, International, and Multimedia Group in the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS).  The Group addresses the linkages between climate change and air quality, manages international air quality programs, and addresses the impacts of air pollution on water quality and ecosystems.  Since 1995, Mr. Evarts has led and been involved in EPA and international efforts to address transboundary air pollution and to build capacity to improve air quality.  These include the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, UNEP’s Integrated Assessment on Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, as well as bilateral cooperation with China, Canada, Mexico, India, Ghana, Chile and South Africa. For over 17 years, Mr. Evarts has been part of a team of EPA experts working with China to address air pollution and climate change.  He received Bachelor of Science and Masters of Public Affairs degrees from North Carolina State University. 

Lindsey Freeze

Lindsey Freeze is the brand and creative services manager at IntraHealth International. She has over ten years of experience in PR, communications, branding and design, and a passion for visual storytelling.

Pape Gaye

Pape Gaye is a native of Senegal and a lifelong advocate for health workers, strong health systems, and access to health care for all. Under his leadership as president and CEO of IntraHealth International, the organization has made human resources for health a crucial part of the worldwide conversation on global health. Gaye draws on three decades of leadership in international health and development as he forges strong collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders—from ministries of health to private-sector partners to local health workers—to strengthen health workforces and health systems. Gaye is a frequent international speaker on issues related to capacity-building, primary health care, and the global health workforce, and his editorials appear regularly in HuffPost, Devex, and other media outlets. Gaye began his career with the US Peace Corps, and went on to work with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Committee and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before his appointment as CEO at IntraHealth, he led the organization’s regional office for West, Central, and North Africa. Gaye holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California at Los Angeles. His board and advisory services include the Center for African Family Studies, Duke University’s Global Health Institute, Financing for Development, Gillings Global Gateway at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, InterAction, Nourish International, the Reproductive Health NGO CEO working group, the Triangle Global Health Consortium, and Speak Up Africa.

Joshua Glasser

Glasser is a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Health and Biodefense, where he holds a portfolio focused on human health and the global environment. He has also served with the Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and the Special Envoy for Climate Change. Josh has worked on a variety of issues, including in the Arctic region, Southeast Asia, and India, and in the context of the Global Health Security Agenda and the World Health Organization. He recently served as a mentor for one of the challenge teams in the TGHC Innovation Bootcamp.

Chrissy Godwin

A North Carolina native, Ms. Godwin holds a bachelors degree from Duke University and Masters of Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill.  She is currently completing her PhD through the Maternal and Child Health Department at UNC’s School of Public Health.  Her dissertation research consists of a mixed methods study examining the relationship and reproductive health outcomes of female Ebola survivors in Liberia.  Ms. Godwin currently works as a qualitative researcher within the Global Health, Population, and Nutrition Department at FHI 360, helping plan and implement a wide array of studies, including topics related to acceptability of contraceptive methods, HIV prevention, and managing risk in decision-making.

Maria Thacker Goethe

Maria Thacker-Goethe, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Georgia Global Health Alliance. She has over 10 years of experience in non-profit management and development. Maria has a diverse background including environmental health, women’s health and health communications and marketing. She continues to serve as VP of operations for Georgia Bio, the state's life sciences trade association and prior to that Maria participated in a fellowship at Centers for Disease Control & Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Maria received her Master in Public Health in health education/communication, and maternal and child health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Sweet Briar College.

Mustapha Hajjou

Mustapha Hajjou, PhD, is the senior program manager for Promoting the Quality of Medicines Program at the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). Dr. Hajjou is responsible for managing activities in several African countries by providing technical assistance for assuring the quality of medicines. This includes strengthening the capacity of medicines regulatory authorities, national medicines quality control laboratories and assuring the quality of medicines they procure. Dr. Hajjou has also helped establish medicines quality monitoring programs in Africa and Southeast Asia to support local drug regulatory authorities in performing their post-marketing surveillance activities.

Noel Harvey

Noel Harvey is Vice President, Research and Development at BD Technologies in Research Triangle Park, NC.   As a component of BD’s Office of Science, Medicine, and Technology, BD Technologies is tasked with identifying and developing innovative new technology that can be applied to new products that meet significant unmet medical needs across the globe. Dr. Harvey holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Duke University. A winner of the Howe Award for Technological Innovation, the Haas Award for Scientific Excellence, and the Hauser Award for Physical Chemistry, he holds over 35 patents and has authored more than 50 peer reviewed scientific publications.  He has worked at BD for 24 years.

Haley Haynes

Haley Haynes currently serves as North Carolina’s Deputy Secretary of State. Deputy Secretary Haynes oversees several major divisions of the Secretary of State’s office, including its Business Registration, Trademarks, Notary Public, Uniform Commercial Code, Charities and Land Records Management sections.  Ms. Haynes served as the Department’s General Counsel since 2002 before being promoted to Deputy Secretary in June 2004. Ms. Haynes is a North Carolina native, born in Raleigh and raised in Hendersonville. She graduated cum laude from N.C. State University in 1989 with a B.A. in political science and received her Juris Doctor from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law in 1992.

Jim Herrington

Jim Herrington, PhD, MPH, is a global health professional and an experienced health behavior epidemiologist. He is the executive director of emerging partnerships and professor of the practice in the Department of Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Prior to UNC, Dr. Herrington worked at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and UNC School of Medicine. Herrington’s published works have focused on addressing global health problems such as malaria and counterfeit drugs.

Laura Hoemeke

Laura Hoemeke has 25 years of experience in global health, including long-term field assignments in the Central African Republic, Benin, Senegal, and Rwanda. Her areas of expertise include advocacy and policy, communications, and program design and management. She has worked in family planning, maternal/child health, malaria, HIV/AIDS, health systems strengthening and health governance. After working in Africa for 15 years, in 2010 she joined IntraHealth’s headquarters management team as director of communications and advocacy. Laura earned her doctorate in public health from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University.

Megan Huchko

Dr. Huchko is an Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn and Global Health at Duke and the founding director of the upcoming Duke Center for Global Reproductive Health.  She has been working on cervical cancer prevention in East Africa for the past twelve years, in partnership with the Kenya Medical Research Institute and the Ministry of Health.

Nancy Knight

CAPT Nancy Knight has worked for CDC for the past eleven years. Currently, she serves as the Director for the Division of Global Health Protection. Formerly, CAPT Knight was the Country Director for CDC-South Africa. Prior to her arrival in South Africa, she served in Kenya and Nigeria. In each of these countries, CAPT Knight led the development, coordination, and implementation of key public health policies and programs; and, provided oversight and direction to the interagency PEPFAR program, which received $450-$500M annually. She has extensive experience advancing public health priorities through her leadership and close collaboration with government officials and partners.

Jean-Marie Maillard

Jean-Marie Maillard, MD, MSc, is a medical epidemiologist who trained in France and England, and worked in Saint Lucia, Botswana, Burma, Madagascar, North Carolina (U.S.), Senegal and Guinea.  He is currently Medical Director of the Communicable Disease Branch of the Division of Public Health, at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), where he has worked since 1992.  At NC DHHS, he leads a team of physicians, epidemiologists, veterinarians and public health nurses conducting surveillance and control activities in support of local health departments and others, for about 70 reportable diseases as well as non-reportable communicable diseases.  His recent deployments to Senegal and Guinea were to work on preparedness and epidemiologic surveillance as part of CDC’s global response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Tom Mercolino

Thomas J. Mercolino, PhD is President/CEO of Verinetics, providing a mobile-phone enabled product track, trace and authentication solution to deter supply chain frauds and increase supply chain efficiency. Prior to Verinetics, Tom had a successful career in medical diagnostics and pharmaceuticals R&D at Johnson & Johnson and at Becton Dickinson, where he was an inventor of today's most-widely used technology for HIV disease monitoring.

Michael H. Merson

Michael H. Merson, MD is the Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health at Duke University and the University’s Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Affairs. He is the founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute and from 2010-2016 served as the Vice Chancellor for Duke-National University of Singapore Affairs. Dr. Merson graduated from Amherst College and the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, did his medical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and then worked at the Centers for Disease Control in the Enteric Disease Branch in Atlanta and then as the Chief Epidemiologist at the Cholera Research Laboratory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 1978, he joined the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Medical Officer in the Diarrheal Diseases Control Program and served as Director of that Program from 1980 for ten years. From 1987-1990 he served concurrently as Director of the WHO Acute Respiratory Infections Control Program. From 1990-1995 he was Executive Director of the WHO Global Program on AIDS. From 1995-2004, he served as the first Dean of the Yale School of Public Health and from 1999-2006 was Director of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. Dr. Merson has authored more than 175 articles, primarily in areas of enteric diseases, AIDS, and global health policy, and is the lead editor of “Global Health: Disease, Programs, Systems, and Policies,” a leading global health textbook in the United States. He is a recipient of two honorary degrees and the Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Peiman Milani

Peiman Milani is the Global Lead for Public-Private Partnerships at Sight and Life, where he focuses on developing cross-sector collaborations that can scalably and sustainably improve nutrition outcomes for the most vulnerable and contribute to the achievement of related Global Goals. Prior to joining Sight and Life, Peiman was the director of Nutrition Innovation at PATH, where he led a global team dedicated to addressing nutrition challenges across an array of disciplines including technology development and transfer, nutrition clinical and implementation research, commercialization, and communications and advocacy. Through his leadership, fortified rice became PATH’s first consumer product to break the 3-million consumer mark. Peiman holds an MBA from Duke University and an MS from Arizona State University, and is a Fulbright scholar.

Dena Morris

Dena joined the Washington Global Health Alliance as president and CEO in April 2017. She leads the development of the WGHA’s strategic and operating plans while advocating across a diverse community of stakeholders and policymakers. Prior to WGHA, she worked in Washington, DC, as the Director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, leading the CDC's Congressional engagement, and was part of senior leadership. Dena went to CDC from Capitol Hill, where she led the policy team for U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, as the senior member of the Senate Leadership, for nine years.

Margarite Nathe

Margarite Nathe is senior editor & writer on the communications and advocacy team at IntraHealth International, a global health nonprofit that believes everyone everywhere should have the health care they need to thrive. As editor of the blog VITAL, Margarite writes about global health, international development, and making the world a healthier place for all 7+ billion of us.

Claire Neal

Claire Neal, DrPH is the Executive Director of the Triangle Global Health Consortium.  Claire has over 13 years of experience in in the development and delivery of innovative health programs.  For 10 years, she worked at the LIVESTRONG Foundation where she provided the leadership and vision for LIVESTRONG’s global work. Claire recently completed her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She received her MPH from Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and studied Primary Health Care Management at the ASEAN Institute of Health and Development in Thailand. 

Rachel Nugent

Dr. Nugent is a world-renowned expert in global noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and has more than 30 years of experience in global development as a researcher, practitioner, and policy advisor to governments. In addition to her research contributions, she has advised the World Health Organization, the U.S. government, corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations on the economics and policy environment of NCDs. She is a member of WHO Expert Advisory Panel on NCD Management, the Lancet Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries of the Poorest Billion, and she works with the World Health Organization Global Coordination Mechanism Working Group on Noncommunicable Disease Financing.

Nandini Oomman

Nandini Oomman, PhD, is an independent consultant in Global Health & Development and is the founding curator for the Women's Storytelling Salon, an initiative that creates and curates stories for women's participation and leadership in a range of professions.  She was director of the HIV/AIDS Monitor at the Center for Global Development from March 2006 until December 2011. As director, Oomman led three research teams in Uganda, Mozambique, and Zambia to track the effectiveness of the three main aid responses to the epidemic: the Global Fund, the HIV/AIDS Africa MAP program of the World Bank, and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). This collaborative initiative, the first of its kind at CGD, allowed country-based researchers to examine key issues in the design, delivery and management of these donor programs, and provided timely analyses to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of each initiative.

Sachiko Ozawa

Sachiko Ozawa, PhD, MHS, is a health economist whose work focuses on generating evidence to improve quality and access for medicines and vaccines. She is an associate professor at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and an adjunct associate professor in maternal and child health at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research focuses on the value of vaccines and the economic impact of substandard and falsified medicines. Her research findings have been used by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance), and health and finance ministers in low- and middle-income countries.

Loyce Pace

Loyce Pace is Global Health Council’s President and Executive Director. Loyce comes to the role having held leadership positions in global policy and strategic partnerships at LIVESTRONG Foundation and the American Cancer Society. Additionally, she has worked with Physicians for Human Rights and also served as an International Development Fellow for Catholic Relief Services. Loyce holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She speaks several languages and has lived in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Loyce is based in Washington, DC.

Kristi Pettibone

Pettibone is an Evaluator in the Program Analysis Branch of the NIEHS. She has led the NIEHS efforts in implementing Goal 10 of its Strategic Plan: Economic Valuation of Environmental Health. As part of these efforts, she has led the development of an Environmental Health Economic Analysis Annotated Bibliography and is working to help researchers design studies in which economic or other value measures are included and/or the study findings may be useful in assessing economic impacts of environmental health to individuals, communities, and beyond.

David Potenziani

David D. Potenziani is currently Senior Informatics Advisor at IntraHealth International. He has worked in the US, Africa, and Asia with groups to develop and extend the application of health informatics technologies and approaches. He dives into an array of ICT domains: mHealth, eLearning, eHealth policy, and human resources for health. He has participated in developing national eHealth policies and practices and applying open technologies for interoperability. He came to IntraHealth from two decades at the University of North Carolina where he holds an adjunct faculty appointment. He is a recovering historian and a writer of nerd science fiction.

Nimmi Ramanujam

Dr. Ramanujam is a professor of biomedical engineering and global health at Duke University. She leads The Tissue Optical Spectroscopy Lab that is developing and applying innovative optical strategies and technologies for cancer screening in resource-limited settings. She is currently working with DGHI partners at the Family Health Ministries to develop a portable, low-power spectroscopic device for screening cervical cancer in Haiti.

Jean Ristaino

Dr. Ristaino is the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Director of Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Cluster at NCSU.  She earned her B.S. degree in Biological Sciences and M.S. degree in Plant Pathology from the University of Maryland, and her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of California-Davis.  Upon graduation she joined the Department of Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University, advancing to full professor in 1998. She was named a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in February of 2012. Her research has been published in Nature, Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She serves as a Senior Science advisor and Jefferson Science Fellow at USAID Washington in the Bureau of Food Security.

Susan Scribner

Susan Scribner leads the Preparedness and Response project (P&R). P&R works in 16 countries in East Africa, West Africa, and Southeast Asia to support multisectoral collaboration through National One Health Platforms. These platforms strengthen countries’ abilities to prevent, detect and respond to pandemic threats. P&R facilitates countries in developing and maintaining National Preparedness and Response Plans to respond to public health events at the regional, national, and subnational levels. Prior to joining DAI, Susan worked for 17 years for Abt Associates. Susan has supported a wide range of projects from the home office and provided technical support and leadership in health policy, financing and governance, infectious diseases, and private sector health.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith comes to IntraHealth via an IBM Fellows Program. Mark is an IT Architect on a quest: uniting his long-term interest in Tech-for-Good and belief in adequate health care for all. Mark started his career as a Biomedical Engineer at Duke University Hospitals then moved to BD Research Labs. After undergraduate and graduate school in Electrical Engineering at Duke University, Virginia Tech, and Cornell University, he held Engineer & Architect positions for 30+ years, mainly at IBM. Mark teaches courses and manages online communities for the Architect profession, the Maker movement, Tech-for-Good movements, and Amateur Radio (call sign W4CHL).

Gita Suneja

Dr. Suneja is an associate professor in radiation oncology and global health at Duke University. Her clinical specialties include the treatment of breast and gynecologic malignancies. Her research program is focused on health services research, access to cancer care and patient outcomes. She has a particular expertise in disparities in cancer treatment and outcomes of HIV-infected cancer patients, both in United States and Botswana.

Chanterelle Sung

Chanterelle serves as Director of Strategic Planning and Investigations for the Compliance Division’s Global Security team. She supports Global Security in the development and management of the unit's long-term strategic goals and objectives, internal and external communications, and coordination of initiatives between Global Security and Corporate Compliance. Prior to joining Pfizer, Chanterelle was the Director of Monitoring and Compliance/Senior Counsel for the NY State Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, an Inspector General for the NY City Department of Investigation, and a prosecutor with the NY County District Attorney's Office. Chanterelle received her J.D. from Boston College Law School and her B.A. from Princeton University.

Kimberly Thigpen Tart

Kimberly Thigpen Tart is a scientific program analyst in the Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation at the NIEHS. As such she is involved in assessing, reporting, translating, and evaluating NIEHS research and programs. She was a member of the Steering Committee and a contributing author to the 2016 federal report on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States. She serves on the NIEHS Global Environmental Health Steering Committee and as the Institute’s liaison to the TGHC. Her current focus areas include climate change and human health, data and evaluation tools, global environmental health, children’s environmental health, strategic planning, and research policy and translation.

Juli Trtanj

Juli Trtanj is the One Health and Integrated Climate and Weather Extremes Research Lead for NOAA. She is responsible for developing and implementing the NOAA Health Strategy across the agency and with other federal, state, local and international agencies, as well as academic and private sector partners. She leads the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS), is the Integrated Information System for Health lead for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), and is directly involved with the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners in the development of the integrated information systems for heat, cholera, and other water-related illnesses. In NC, she works closely with the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments team and the National Center for Environmental Information.

Krishna Udayakumar

Dr. Udayakumar is the head of global innovation for Duke Medicine where he is responsible for the development and implementation of global strategy. In addition to this role, Dr. Udayakumar is the executive director of Innovations in Healthcare that seeks to support innovators to scale and replicate successful health care delivery solutions globally. Using his expertise in entrepreneurship and health delivery, he continues to create and support innovative programs combining clinical and management training.

Paul Weisenfeld

Paul Weisenfeld is a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience in international development. He leads RTI’s international development practice, which designs and implements programs across a wide range of sectors to help lower and middle-income countries and communities address complex problems and improve the lives of their citizens. Before joining RTI, he served as a foreign service officer for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), achieving the highest rank of career minister in the Senior Foreign Service, and led high profile initiatives across various international development sectors. During this time, Paul directed the Bureau for Food Security at USAID which led President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative.

Gavin Yamey

Dr. Yamey is a professor of the practice of global health and director of The Center for Policy Impact in Global Health at the Duke Global Health Institute. Specializing in health policy and financing, Dr. Yamey’s Center for Policy Impact addresses critical challenges in financing and delivering global health. Dr. Yamey has published extensively on global health, neglected diseases, health policy, and disparities in health.

Jennifer Zuckerman

Jen Zuckerman comes to Duke's World Food Policy Center after eleven years at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Jen joined the BCBSNC Foundation in June 2006 where for ten years she served as the Senior Program Officer for Healthy Living focusing on increasing access to safe active environments and on providing sources for healthy locally sourced food with a commitment to early childhood development and food systems She currently serves as the Chair of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems Advisory Board and Vice-Chair of the National Academies of Medicine Early Childhood Innovation Collaborative.

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