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2019 award winners

Triangle Global Health Champion

Mr. Pape Gaye

Pape Gaye, MBA has been selected by the Triangle Global Health Consortium as our 2019 Triangle Global Health Champion in recognition of his life-long commitment to advancing global health. 


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 oversees work in over 40 countries to strengthen their health workforces and health systems.

During his watch, IntraHealth has led two of the US government’s flagship human resources for health projects (the Capacity Project and CapacityPlus) and established official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). Gaye has long advocated for a greater focus on the health workforce. In May 2016 at the World Health Assembly, the WHO and member states responded to such advocacy efforts with the first-ever global health workforce strategy, Workforce 2030.

Corporate Impact Award


Grifols is a global healthcare company founded in Barcelona in 1940, committed to improving the health and well-being of people around the world. Its four divisions - Bioscience, Diagnostic, Hospital and Bio Supplies - develop, produce and market innovative solutions and services in more than 100 countries.


As pioneers in the field of the plasma science, Grifols is one of the largest plasma companies, with a growing network of donation centers worldwide. It develops this plasma into essential medicines used to treat rare, chronic and, at times, life-threatening conditions. As a recognized leader in transfusion medicine, Grifols also offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions designed to enhance safety from donation through transfusion. And the company supplies tools, information and services that enable hospitals, pharmacies and healthcare professionals to efficiently deliver expert medical care. 

In December 2018, Grifols began purifying plasma from healthy Ebola survivors from Liberia to produce anti-Ebola immunoglobulin, a potential treatment for patients affected by the Ebola virus in Africa, as part of a longer-term Grifols clinical research program. Grifols's work includes a first-of-its-kind modular plasma donation center that was deployed to Monrovia, Liberia. Grifols also constructed a dedicated processing facility at its Clayton manufacturing complex to produce anti-Ebola Immunoglobulin. The project is the result of collaborative efforts among Grifols, several non-profit organizations and Liberian scientists at the National Public Health Institute of Liberia. As part of the non-profit project, more than 40 Grifols employees and Probitas Foundation (a Grifols philanthropic organization) professionals traveled to Liberia for extended periods and volunteered in the plasma-collection process and community efforts.

Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award

Dr. Felicia Browne

Felicia Browne, ScD, MPH, is a social epidemiologist at RTI International in the Substance Use, Gender and Applied Research Program. She has more than a decade of experience adapting and implementing HIV behavioral interventions locally and globally to empower adolescent girls and young women at risk for HIV. She is a Multiple Principal Investigator of a NIDA-funded R01 study testing an mHealth delivery of an HIV prevention intervention in North Carolina health departments for young African American women. She was an integral part of the mHealth development team—ensuring innovative intervention components were included. She is also the Co-Project Director of a NIDA-funded R01 project in South Africa for female adolescents who are out of school, and a Co-Investigator on two NIH-funded R01 projects in South Africa—including one for women living with HIV.

Felicia serves on UNC’s community advisory board for HIV research, is a mentor for WomenNC’s leadership program for college students interested in eliminating gender inequities, and volunteers for a Durham-based organization dedicated to addressing health disparities. Felicia received her Doctor of Science in Social Epidemiology from Harvard, her MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, and her BS in Psychology from Davidson College.

Emerging Leader Finalist

Ms. Chytanya Kompala

Chytanya Kompala serves at the Nutrition Research Program Officer for the Eleanor Crook Foundation based in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a global health nutritionist, Chytanya works to support implementation research on cost-effective solutions to malnutrition in East Africa. Her research focuses include stunting prevention, maternal and child nutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and the science of scaling. Previously, Kompala worked as a nutrition researcher at PATH and Sight & Life, with experience living and working in East and West Africa. She holds a Master of Science in Public Health degree in Human Nutrition from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

Emerging Leader Finalist

Dr. Jenna Mueller

Dr. Jenna Mueller is a biomedical engineer who works with the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies at Duke University to develop low-cost devices and therapies to improve the management of cervical cancer in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). She worked with a multidisciplinary team to develop the Pocket colposcope, a low-cost, portable device to screen women for cervical pre-cancer at the primary care setting, and conducted studies to demonstrate its impact in 1000 women in 8 countries.

Jenna began her career at Rice University where she developed a passion for global health through working with a team to develop a “Diagnostic Lab in a Backpack” for patients in remote locations. She spent eight weeks in Lesotho evaluating the backpack’s efficacy and visiting remote clinics to gather feedback about its design. Her experience in Lesotho propelled her to continue her education at Duke University where she completed an M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering with a doctoral certificate in global health.

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2018 award winners


Triangle Global Health Champion

Mr. Don Holzworth

Mr. Don Holzworth was honored as the 2018 Triangle Global Health Champion. As an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Holzworth has dedicated his career to establishing organizations devoted to improving health around the world. He and his wife Jennifer have continued to show their passion for developing the next generation of public health leaders by funding numerous scholarships supporting students in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health DrPH Public Health Leadership program, as well as a Distinguished Professorship supporting the Director of the UNC Water Institute, and a Premier Graduate Fellowship supporting a PhD student conducting ground breaking climate change research. Throughout his successful entrepreneurial career, Mr. Holzworth has also served in a number of volunteer and advisory capacities directly and indirectly related to public health.

Corporate Impact Award

Agile Global Health

A healthcare management firm with startup roots in Research Triangle Park, Agile Global Health is a worldwide leader in realizing transparent, affordable, effective, and innovative solutions to complex healthcare delivery challenges. For individuals, Agile facilitates the right care for their unique needs, from quality local and regional treatment to international medical travel; for healthcare funders and providers, Agile optimizes organizational impact by introducing transparency, control, and customization to the medical, financial, and customer service aspects of their clients’ treatment experiences. Agile is rapidly gaining international recognition for its initiatives in management.

Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award

Ms. Leah McManus

Ms. Leah McManus is a technical program manager at IntraHealth International, where she works to strengthen health systems and build governments’ capacity to support health workers throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Beginning her career in community health systems strengthening, Ms. McManus worked with local partners to implement maternal and child health interventions that empowered communities to take ownership of their health outcomes. Since then, her work has focused on building governments’ capacity to support those on the front lines of care—health workers—to increase the availability and quality of health services. After a community wide vote, Leah McManus was selected as our 2018 Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award winner!

Emerging Leader Finalist

Ms. Molly Chen

Ms. Molly Chen is an international development professional specialized in monitoring, evaluation, research, learning and adapting (MERLA) of international global health programs including HIV/AIDS, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, and health systems strengthening at RTI International. She has worked with colleagues all over the world to strengthen M&E, learning, and communications, mentored project teams in deeper data analysis and visualization, and how to implement learning activities that improve interventions and targeting of finite resources.

Emerging Leader Finalist

Mr. Tate Rogers

Mr. Tate Rogers founded the Triangle Environmental Health Initiative (Tri-EHI) in 2016 with a mission to provide water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) based solutions to developing areas. Mr. Rogers began his WASH work through a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant received in his undergrad senior design course at North Carolina State University (NCSU). This work was for a novel sanitation system for emptying pits in developing countries, which he continued working on through his MS degree, also at NCSU. From there he worked on several other WASH projects including the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.

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2017 award winners

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Triangle Global Health Champion

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Bentley

The Triangle Global Health Champion Award honored Dr. Peggy Bentley of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in recognition of her life-long commitment to advancing global health around the world and here in our local community. Her work has focused on the fields of women and infant's nutrition, infant and young child feeding, behavioral research on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and community-based interventions for nutrition and health.

Corporate Impact Award

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)

BD was recognized for their efforts to improve diagnostics for a number of diseases that pose threats to global health including Plasmodium vivax malaria, tuberculosis, and Ebola. BD is a leader in the diagnostics industry, with solutions that enable better and faster diagnosis through technologies that improve the accuracy and speed of clinical decision making and result in enhanced patient care.

Breakthrough Innovation Award

BioMedomics, Inc.

BioMedomics, Inc. was presented with our inaugural Breakthrough Innovation Award. in recognition of their innovative rapid point-of-care diagnostics line, which provides unprecedented ease of use, efficiency and accuracy for the diagnosis of lethal and widespread hemoglobin disorders. In September 2016, BioMedomics was selected from 30 highly innovative start-up companies as the First Place Winner for the RESI Boston 2016 Innovation Challenge.

Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award

Dr. Lavanya Vasudevan

Dr. Lavanya Vasudevan was selected as our 2017 Ward Cates Emerging Leader. Dr. Vasudevan is a research scholar in the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at the Duke Global Health Institute. She currently serves as an expert on digital health taxonomy and evidence for the World Health Organization (WHO), specifically advancing integration of digital health interventions with national health systems globally.

Emerging Leader Finalist

Ms. Katie Grimes

Ms. Katie Grimes is a Public Health Analyst with RTI International, supporting research and program operations in sexual violence prevention, HIV/AIDS, global health security, and LGBT+ health. She works across 5 countries, employing evidence-based practices to improve health disparities among at-risk populations and strengthen health systems.

Emerging Leader Finalist

Mr. Caleb Parker

Mr. Caleb Parker has been with FHI 360 for ten years, supporting the organization’s global health objectives with his skills in geospatial analysis and qualitative research. He developed an ArcGIS training workshop and manual designed for staff working on health and development programs, and has provided this training for more than 140 staff in 12 countries.

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2016 award winners


2015 award winners

Triangle Global Health Champion

Dr. Wayne Holden

Dr. Wayne Holden, President and CEO of RTI International, was honored as the 2015 Triangle Global Health Champion. Dr. Holden was selected for his many contributions to improving the health of the world’s communities, and for advancing global health in North Carolina. Attendees also learned that he was a key instigator in the conceiving and launching of our Triangle Global Health Consortium. Dr. Holden saw the possibility to harness the tremendous global health capability in our region, representing wide-

ranging organizations and interests toward common goals in global health.

Corporate Impact Award

Chimerix, Inc.

Chimerix was recognized with the Corporate Impact Award for their work in developing oral antivirals to prevent disease in individuals with weakened immune systems and to treat viral diseases where no treatment is available. Chimerix is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to preventing and treating life-threatening infections, and the Corporate Impact Award recognizes the efforts of North Carolina companies to improve the health of the world’s communities.

Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award

Dr. Eve Puffer

Dr. Puffer was chosen as the winner of the 2015 Emerging Leader Award for her work with community-based approaches to address both mental health and HIV prevention in very low-resource settings.  Her leadership is helping to close the treatment gap in global mental health, by identifying models of implementation that are both feasible and cost-effective.

Emerging Leader Finalist

Dr. Smisha Agarwal

Dr. Smisha Agarwal is a tireless advocate for improved integration and advancement of mHealth. She

works at the cross-section of public and private agencies to foster improved understanding and collaboration

between public health workers.

Emerging Leader Finalist

Dr. Kathryn Muessig

Dr. Kathryn Muessig is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Health Behavior at UNC Gillings School

of Global Public Health. She is a public health interventionist and social scientist who is making significant strides in understanding the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among at-risk populations in the U.S. and China.

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Triangle Global Health Champion

Dr. Willard (Ward) Cates

The Triangle Global Health Champion Award honored Dr. Ward Cates, President Emeritus and Distinguished

Scientist of FHI 360. Dr. Cates dedicated his life's work to the fields of HIV/AIDS and women's reproductive

health. His tireless efforts have made a significant impact on global health both here in North Carolina and around the world. Sadly the world lost this public health leader and innovator but the Consortium was honored to have had the opportunity to celebrate his legacy dedication and impact within the global health field.

Corporate Impact Award

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

GSK was recognized for their long-standing commitment to global health with the Corporate Impact Award.

The award recognized the efforts of GSK to build health systems in less developed economies and to help low and middle income countries afford pharmaceutical drugs. GSK has also performed groundbreaking work on the first malaria vaccine Mosquirix which WHO and UNICEF are now working to add to national immunization programs.

Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award

Mr. Teminioluwa Ajayi

Mr. Teminioluwa Ajayi was announced the 2016 Emerging Leader due to his work in global health innovation

and youth development. He is dedicated to addressing pressing global health problems by advocating for

innovative solutions through collaborative efforts and research as well as through systemic and multi-faceted


Emerging Leader Finalist

Ms. Supriya Sadagopon

Ms. Supriya Sadagopon has a deep interest in global health particularly in women's health. She recognizes

healthcare as a right and advocates that all individuals regardless of background, socioeconomic status, or

belief system should have access to proper health care. She is committed to putting her passions into action

as seen through her involvement with the local and international global health community.

Emerging Leader Finalist

Mrs. Katey Zeh

Mrs. Katey Zeh is a strategist, writer, and educator who engages communities of faith in advocacy for gender

justice, both locally and globally, by working at the intersections of faith and public policy. She brings a theologically grounded pragmatic approach to social change and is an advocate for critical global health programs that promote the health and rights of women and girls around the world.

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