As a global health talent hub, STAR provides our Fellows with immersive experiences in global health organizations to build capacity and contribute their technical expertise to address high-impact needs. Meet our STAR Fellows who are making powerful and innovative contributions to global health!
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Dr. Abdul Ghafoor is a senior Public Health Specialist with a rich clinical experience in TB including Drug Resistance TB. He has been on various leadership positions in TB control program and worked as Provincial Manager TB Control, Director Health Services at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He also worked as Country Director KNCV Pakistan. He has been engaged in development of National DR TB guidelines since 2009 and had a lead role in revising National DR TB Guidelines in view of new Global Learning and WHO recommendations. He also remained Vice Chair of Regional Green Light committee. He facilitated NTP in introducing new drugs (Bdq, Dlm) , Standard Short Treatment Regimen, All oral Longer treatment Regimen and all oral Short Treatment regimen.
Abdulmalik ‘Malik’ Abubakar is an experienced Project Management, Strategic Information/ Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor with over nine (9) years of progressive experience in International Development and Public Health Programs. He is a multiple award recipient in recognition for his superior performance. He has earned PMP and PMD Pro Certifications, Masters in Development Studies, and completed over 50 MOOCs while working full-time.He has experience working with virtual/ remote teams across countries and continents including; the United States of America, Netherlands, Kenya, and Malawi.
Adeoye Adegboye is a public health physician with a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH). He has over 16 years’ experience in Provision of quality, technical leadership and support related to the provision of HIV Testing Services, care and treatment to PLHIV among the key and general population. He is currently a Senior Technical Advisor/STAR Fellow supporting the Key population program at USAID- Nigeria. His responsibility at USAID- Nigeria is to ensure that they achieve epidemic control in Nigeria taking into cognizance that key population play a pivotal role in defining the HIV epidemic in Nigeria.
Aditiya Bagus Wicaksono is a medical doctor and an occupational medicine specialist who currently works as a TB PPM Advisor for the STAR-Public Health Institute project. As an advisor, he works collaboratively with the Indonesia Ministry of Health to tackle Tuberculosis problems to achieve a world free of Tuberculosis. He was passionate about global health issues, initiatives, and practices. Aditiya used to work for international and national NGOs, including KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Yayasan KNCV Indonesia, and Yayasan Ipas Indonesia. Until today, he has managed several national and district health programs, such as USAID Challenge TB, Global Fund Catalytic Funding, USAID Woman Empowerment in the Workplace to End TB, and UNITAID PODTEC SITRUST project.
Afshan Khurshid is a Medical Doctor and a public health specialist with an experience of more than 9 years working with the NGO, Government, WHO and The Global Fund (TGF) to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Currently she is working in the Health Department, Government of Sindh as a “Provincial TB Advisor (USAID)". She has worked as an independent collaborator/consultant for the Aga Khan University, St. George’s, University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and other NGOs. She was part of IVLP (International Visitor for Leadership Program) Food safety and Public Health in 2010.
Allison joined OHA in 2016 in the Implementation Science Branch of the Research Division. She has served as a Biomedical Prevention Advisor at OHA since February 2020, supporting pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) programming. She is also the co-lead of the Prevention Cluster within PEPFAR’s Interagency Collaborative for Program Improvement (ICPI). She received her Doctor of Public Health from Boston University and her Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan. Her background is in community-based HIV prevention, with a focus on adolescent and key populations.
Dr Andargachew Kumsa is a Medical Doctor and a public health expert specializing in TB, Drug Resistant TB and TB/HIV. He is trained in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa University Faculty of Medicine and University of Gondar). Currently, he works as a Senior Drug Resistant TB Advisor to the National TB Control Program of Ethiopia through the USAID STAR Project providing an embedded technical support in DR-TB Programming. Over the past 15 years, he has developed extensive experience in TB, TB/HIV and DR-TB programming, technical leadership, research and TB/DR-TB program management. He has served as a senior TB/HIV advisor to the national TB control program at the Ministry of Health and as the NTP manager overseeing the design and the implementations of all facets of the National TB control program in Ethiopia.
Andrea joined USAID’s TB Division in August 2019 from USAID's Office of HIV/AIDS. Prior to that, she spent five years in East Africa, working as State Department's Senior Health Communications Specialist in Uganda and PEPFAR's Media Outreach Coordinator in Tanzania. Before moving overseas, Andrea spent 10 years in New York doing marketing for media brands including Condé Nast Traveler, Brides Magazine, Men's Health, and Adweek. She has a BA in sociology from Colby College and lives in Maryland.
Ann Yang is a COVID-19 Regional Advisor with the health team in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to this role, she worked with the Bureau for Global Health's Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition where she focused on improving access to quality health services with attention to poor and vulnerable populations living in urban settings of Sub-Saharan Africa. She brings experience in program management, using data for decision-making, and navigating the Agency's program, policy and budget procedures. Ann has also worked for IntraHealth International, the Pan American Health Organization, and on several research studies around MNCH and mental health.
Dr. Asif originally belongs to Pakistan and he is currently serving Myanmar National TB Control Program in the capacity of senior Technical Advisor MDR TB since mid of 2017. During his tenure he has been successfully able to establish NTP Technical Leadership and supported NTP to improve MDR TB management in the country through strategic & well-coordinated role and effectively engaging partners in MDR TB cascade of care. His technical response along with efforts and support of USAID-CTB project NTP accessed to new drugs and implemented shorter regimen along with well-functioning aDSM mechanism establishment earlier in 2018.
Baker Maggwa has more than 30 years’ experience in developing, implementing and managing International Assistance and Development programs globally. He holds a MD (Obstetrics/Gynecology) and MSc in Epidemiology and is a Certified Neural-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Coach, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instrument (BMTI) and Murphy-Meisgier Type Indicator for Children (MMTIC)Practitioner and member of ICF. Baker works at USAID as a Uniquely Skilled Senior Advisor working in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) through the Public Health Institute’s Global Fellows Program II.
Birru Shigut Gondol earned a bachelor's degree in Public Health and master’s degree (Hons) in General Public Health from the Haramaya University of Ethiopia. He is an innovative and insightful expert in public health with over 19 years of experiences as public health practitioner particularly in the field of TB and TB/HIV Programming, Birru worked for both Malawi and Ethiopia Ministry of Health at capacity of senior technical advisor to the National TB Control Program specifically in the area of Global fund and Drug Resistance TB which includes development of Funding Requests/Concept Notes, support in effective grant negotiations, implementation and reprogramming, budget revision and monitoring, development of periodic Progress Update and Disbursement Request, Drug resistance TB and health system strengthening for more than eleven years.
Bonnie Jeanne Saxon Medeossi is a passionate public health specialist with 15+ years of experience, dedicated to improving the lives of others through public health systems strengthening and data driven program monitoring and management. Bonnie Jeanne holds an MPH from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and a BSc in Health Sciences, Public Health Education. She was previously the Operations Director of a large-scale HIV/ TB program with BroadReach Healthcare, spanning six geographies and over 900 staff, with an annual budget over $20M, achieving top results, including the initiation of 95,000 people on HIV treatment.
Emeka Nwachukwu is a MCH Epidemiologist with medical degree from University of Calabar, Nigeria, MSc in Epidemiology/Biostatistics from Wits University in South Africa and PhD in Public Health from University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. He has 15 years of experience managing public health implementation and research programs in infectious diseases and maternal & child health in resource-limited settings. He is presently working with the office of population and reproductive health (PRH) at USAID/DC to support a wide range of programs and research to improve access to contraceptive services globally.
Cynthia Gire has spent most of her career working in international development, health, and foreign policy. Ms. Gire has worked as Director for Planning at the National Security Council, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Administrator at USAID and as the Chief of Staff to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia. She has served at the U.S. Department of State as the Chief of Sports Diplomacy programming in Washington, DC, and as the Director of the Asia and Pacific Media Hub in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Earlier in her career, Ms. Gire worked as an International Development Program Officer for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and for Family Health International.
Dr. Omotayo is a TB-Specialist/MDR-TB Consultant, results-focused, experienced, and accomplished Public Health Specialist and Stop TB (DR-TB Clinical Consultant) with a solid track record supporting development, implementation, and enhancement of public health programmes. He has been MDR- TB Consultant to WHO, USAID, and URC across Gambia, South Sudan, South Africa, and Sierra Leone. He worked with the MDR-TB Programme in Lesotho under Partners In Health (PIH) from 2007 to 2017 and he started the MDR-TB programme South Sudan in 2017. Presently working as a Senior PMDT Technical Advisor to NTP Malawi under USAID-STAR/PHI Project.
Dr. Adneen Moureen graduated from International Indian School, Al, Jubail, KSA in 1996. She completd her MBBS from Jahurul Islam Medical College in Mymensingh, Bangladesh in 2004 and MPhil in Medical Microbiology from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in 2012. She worked as a Microbiologst in World Health Organization, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh in Laboratory Supervision of COVID-19 RT-PCR Assay with 26 laboratory staff members under her supervision. During this period, she was part of a Seroprevalence study for the detection of Covid 19 Antibodies among the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMN).
Emmanuel Matechi is a Public Health Expert who is well vested in health programming, policy, strategy and guidelines development and research. He has served in several leadership roles in the development of national HIV and AIDS strategies, guidelines and standard operational procedures, including the National HIV and eMTCT strategic plan in Tanzania and Ethiopia; the National Comprehensive Condom Programming Strategy in Zanzibar and the Guidelines for Management of HIV and AIDS in Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar. He has also led national processes such as the review of National HIV Multisectoral strategic framework III, and facilitated the development of the Health Sector HIV Strategic Plan III and IV, and the National HIV Multisectoral Strategic Framework IV.
Erin Milner is a Senior Nutrition Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Advisor at USAID where she leads monitoring and evaluation efforts and manages multi-sectoral nutrition programs. She has 14 years of international experience designing and implementing nutrition and health projects throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining USAID, Erin directed several environmental health monitoring and evaluation programs, created resources for nutrition-sensitive agriculture programming, and led research in Kenya on nutrition linkages with ecosystems, food security, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and early childhood development.
Fasil Kassa has started his professional career at health center and district level where all public health interventions are practiced at the grassroots level. He was responsible to facilitate the prevention and control of communicable diseases and environmental health programs. During his stay at the woreda, he realized the impact of infectious diseases in the community and registered remarkable achievements on expansion of vaccination services, DOT services, malaria control, potable water supply and latrine construction and reduction of preventable illness.Fasil was invited to join the federal ministry of health as Malaria and other vector borne diseases expert and then was promoted to the highest technical post of the ministry as Tuberculosis and Global fund grants senior advisor.
Ferdiana Yunita, MD, MPH, PhD serves as USAID's TB STAR senior advisor for TB control multisector partnership. She is an expert of TB programmatic activities and TB-collaborative activities from multiparters consisting of international, national, provincial and district counterparts. She is a committee of Indonesian TB research network as a TB research specialist and research trainer. She is also a public health lecturer at Gunadarma University and formerly served as a health systems strengthening and innovation coordinator for Challenge TB.
Dr. Folake Olayinka is a global health professional, and physician, serving as a member of WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization. She is a member of WHO SAGE COVID-19 Vaccine Working Group and of the WHO African Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) and as a Scientific Advisor for the African Local Initiative for Vaccinology Expertise (ALIVE), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Folake is a public health leader with 25 years’ experience in strategic leadership in routine immunization, polio eradication, maternal and child health, malaria, HIV/ AIDs, primary health care and health systems strengthening.
Ghen is a pharmacist by profession currently working as PSCM advisor, with history of working with the World Health Organization, Global Fund and Department of Health focused on procurement and supply chain, health information system, regulatory systems strengthening and program management in the public health setting. Among her current assistance include supply chain management strengthening, capacity building, registration of health programs priority medicines in the country that are not locally available. Her major achievement in the past is the inclusion of the TB First Line Drugs dispersible tablets for pediatrics in the Philippines Essential Medicine List.
Hawa Nakato began her position as Advisor in Uganda in April 2019. She brings to the position over 5 years of experience working in the supply chain system for Uganda. She continues to support the National Tuberculosis Program where she previously served as Senior Technical Officer for Logistics management supporting the quantification and forecasting, procurement of TB commodities from Global Fund, PEPFAR and Government of Uganda finances. Prior to that she worked as a regional focal point person for pharmaceuticals in the west Nile region of Uganda under contract from the Global Fund Country coordinating office.
Helena Mungunda has over twenty years of experience working in public health including working with and within government, academia/teaching, and development organizations. Her most recent employment was working at USAID/Namibia as TBHIV Specialist and thereafter as a Donor Coordination & Community Care Advisor. Her roles and responsibilities included being a technical point person for USAID TBHIV portfolio by designing and monitoring implementation of TBHIV activities. Additionally, she was USAID/Namibia’s’ point person in liaising with other development partners, agencies, and host government.
Jeanne Ntiranyibagira is a Medical Doctor, with an Msc in Public Health/Health Program management. She has served as the Coordinator of the National Malaria Control Program in Burundi with high level knowledge and skills in mass campaign distribution of ITN and Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS), in project designing and accountability in actions. She has experience working with global funds for Malaria, Tuberculos and HIV fight and in multisector context of stakeholders and partners for integration and impact. She also has experience working with USAID while having been an employee of USAID in Burundi, and implementing partners of USAID as multi-year health and nutrition programs.
Dr. Jeffrey Samuel was born in The Bronx, but grew up in Oklahoma City, with a passion for travel and working among under resourced populations. Before starting his pharmacy education at the University of Oklahoma, Jeffrey volunteered at an orphanage in Mozambique that was home to over 500 children who were predominantly orphaned due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He then volunteered with an organization in Uganda that cared for orphaned children through sustainable businesses developed by local entrepreneurship. Through both experiences, Jeffrey discovered a passion for global health, but did not foresee how his profession of pharmacy would integrate into global health until his third year of pharmacy school.
Jerome Milimu joined the USAID Pretoria Health Office in January 2021 as the Prevention Data Analyst supporting the Adolescent Girls and Young Women Team focusing on DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored and Safe) program implementation. He has previously worked as a Clinical Researcher at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where he was involved in various HIV and TB projects. Jerome holds a Doctorate degree in Clinical Science and Immunology from University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Jessica Petrillo, PhD is an expert on global health security policy working with diverse domestic and international stakeholders and partners to devise and implement strategic and innovative approaches to enable immediate and lasting change globally. Jessica serves as Senior Advisor for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and GHSA as a Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources Fellow at USAID with responsibility for strengthening the Agency’s technical capacity in, and strategic approach to, advance priority health security objectives. These include addressing the emergence, spread, and impact of AMR and strengthening global capacity to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from infectious disease threats including through USAID’s involvement in the National Biodefense Strategy (NBS) and Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).
Dr. Joseph Monehin is the Senior Child Health Technical Advisor at the USAID Global Health Bureau’s Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (GH/MCHN).Prior to joining the GH Bureau, Dr. Monehin served as Deputy Director at the USAID Bangladesh Health Office; and as a Senior Health Program Manager at USAID Nigeria. Dr. Monehin’s career experience also included working as Child Survival Program Manager for a USAID-funded project in Nigeria. Joseph holds a medical degree, with additional Masters’ degrees in Public Health, and also in Public Administration.
Kaiser Shen serves as the Senior TB Diagnostic Technical Advisor in the Office of Infectious Diseases. In this role, Kaiser aims to strengthen TB diagnostic capacity and diagnostic networks. He also supports PEPFAR-funded USAID TB laboratory activities through monitoring and advising USAID partners on laboratory interventions. Previously, Kaiser served as a Senior Specialist for the Association of Public Health Laboratories, managing PEPFAR-related laboratory systems strengthening activities in Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa. He was previously at USAID serving as a Global Health Fellows Program Intern with the GH/ID Tuberculosis Team focused on GeneXpert implementation.
Kingsley Ochei is a public health Biomedical Scientist and Health Management Specialist with over 15 years’ relevant professional experience in practical and operational application in project management of public health disease at the national and international levels. He possessed requisite knowledge and skills in implementation health systems strengthening program, disease surveillance and emergency response to diseases of public health importance in collaboration with WHO, CDC, USAID and other implementing partners. Serving as a resource person in TB, HIV & malaria, he has a proven ability using research findings in broader public health decision-making through a robust monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) program.
Kitambala Sentime holds a Master of Science in Medicine, Pharmaceutical Affairs degree, University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), Johannesburg – 2012, a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health, University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria-2016 and a Bachelor Degree of Pharmacy, University of Kinshasa – 2002. He has fifteen years of professional experience working with medicines supply management in developing countries( South Africa, DRC), providing pharmaceutical care within academic tertiary hospital, strengthening systems to improve access and availability of medicines at national , provincial, district and facility levels, hospital and community pharmacies management ,capacity building of health personnel in medicines supply management, notably planning , coordination, evaluation, governance and financing aspects of medicines supply, implementation and monitoring of pharmaceuticals budget ,pharmacy and therapeutics committee ,management and distribution of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis medicines, procurement and distributions of medicines in hospitals and private pharmacies.
Ms. Raney has served as the Senior Advisor, High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIPs) for the past four years. In this role, she provides direct support to FP2030 commitment-making countries in the use of evidence-based family planning practices to advance access for girls and women. Laura collaborates closely with USAID staff and WHO-based staff at the IBP Network. She has over 20 years of experience in international reproductive health and family planning and has worked with Jhpiego, FHI 360, the Institute of Reproductive Health, the Population Council, Abt Associates, the World Bank, and USAID.
Lindy is a Senior Nutrition and Capacity Strengthening Advisor at USAID where she focuses on efforts to strengthen the nutrition components of health services and equip the health workforce. She is a pediatrician by original training and has obtained additional training and certifications in public health, nutrition, and coaching. She has worked in various settings in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and within the United States. Her work over time has focused on best practices in global clinical care and programming for child health, HIV, education, and the spectrum of malnutrition.
Loide Cossa has more than 5 years of experience in infectious and chronic diseases management such as tuberculosis and HIV, including their resistant strains, complications and drug therapy reactions. She has experience in supervising TB activities at a district and health facility levels, on different components such as clinical, laboratory, pharmacy, patient data tools reviewing, with experience in operational research coordination activities Operational Research Coordinator at MSF OCG-Mozambique, for HIV, Sensitive and Drug resistant TB, Kaposi Sarcoma. She was a researcher at Polana Caniço Research and Training in Health Center (CISPOC) - National Institute of Health, Maputo, Mozambique and Coordinator of the Study “Evaluation of HIV Viral Load Outcomes and Prevalence of HIV Drug Resistance in Children Receiving ART in Maputo, Mozambique.
Maka Akhalaia has been working in the TB field since 1996 and is happy to be part of a huge TB family worldwide. She started from the TB program in Georgia and then her work area extended to countries of EE, CA, India, Africa. From 1996 to 2000 she was working as a TB epidemiologist for the TB program Georgia. From 2000 till 2012 she was working as Deputy-head of the National Reference Mycobacteriology Laboratory of the National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases of Georgia. Her experience concerns the organization of TB laboratories in the network of NTP, as well as upgrading the existing TB laboratory at Georgian TB Center.
Marcia Carvalho graduated in Biomedicine from the Federal University of Pernambuco/Brazil, with a specialty in molecular biology and a master's degree in genetics, She worked at FIOCRUZ - Aggeu Magalhães, Pernambuco-Basil for 5 years, where she acquired vast knowledge and experience in the scientific area using a variety of methodologies of molecular biology mainly in HIV and Tuberculosis. She returned to Angola where she has worked since 2013 provided with a good experience in the diagnosis of infectious diseases such as HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Viral Hepatitis and Arbovirus such as Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever.
Marcos Arevalo is an OB-GYN from El Salvador who has dedicated his professional career to Family Planning and Reproductive Health. He has had the opportunity to serve in many different roles clinician, trainer, supervisor, researcher, and other. He has designed and led FP service delivery and other programs in East and Central Africa, East and South Asia, and Latin America. He is currently based in Nepal, as Senior FP/RH Advisor with USAID. Marcos’ areas of interest include Quality Assurance, Health Systems Strengthening, M&E, and service delivery in general.
Originally from Ecuador, Maria is a behavioral scientist with 20 years of experience providing technical assistance to and managing large development and public health projects in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and has been a behavioral sciences consultant for the World Bank, UNFPA, and Pact. She has lived and worked in Ecuador, Peru, Malawi, and Mozambique. In her current role at USAID, she works on the High Impact Practices (HIPs) in Family Planning (FP) and the Research for Scalable Solutions (R4S) project, which focuses on FP implementation sciences research. Maria also serves as the USAID Global Health representative in the organizing committee of the 2021 GHTechX and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and Society, where she teaches a graduate course focusing on Latino Health in the United States.
Maria Idrissova is a TB expert with more than twenty years of progressive and diverse experience in Central Asian region as a TB clinical expert, program advisor, team leader, program implementer and supporter. As a Senior Regional TB Advisor from 2011 Dr.Idrissova provided technical assistance to CAR the national TB programs (in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmentistan) and Ukraine in programmatic and clinical management aspects, including development policies (guidelines, protocols, training modules, standard operational procedures etc), capacity building, monitoring and evaluation & cohort analysis and other program related activities.
Mary Beth Hastings is an expert analyst of global health programs and their impact on women and girls. She has more than 25 years of academic and professional experience in gender integration and mainstreaming, international sexual and reproductive health, and human rights issues. For the past seven years, she has been a Senior Associate at Iris Group, specializing in gender and social inclusion. As gender liaison for SHOPS Plus, she conducted gender analyses and assessed programmatic opportunities to improve family planning outcomes through attention to gender in the private health sector.
Dr. Md Abdul Hamid Selim is a Public Health Specialist working in the field of TB over 29 years in the country and abroad. Presently he is working with USAID STAR programme as an Advisor to NTP Bangladesh. Dr. Salim is highly experienced in the Programmatic Management of Drug resistant TB in Bangladesh and in Indonesia.Under his leadership, since 1997 Damien Foundation initiated to treat MDR TB in Bangladesh and conducted several operational researches on MDR TB. He was the principal investigator for the Shorter Treatment Regimen for MDR TB (Bangladesh Regimen) in collaboration with Antwerp Topical Institute, Belgium.
Dr. Moses Arinaitwe (MD, MSc.) is a medical doctor passionate about Health Services delivery and health workforce system support. He has supported the World Bank service delivery indicators surveys in health across several African countries; performance monitoring and learning under USAID SUSTAIN project and implemented government’s health mandate at district, health sub-district, general hospital and at the headquarters of the health ministry for over 10 years.
Nana Zarkua is a Medical doctor; since 2000 working overseas, mainly on infectious diseases. She has worked with MSF in various countries in TB, HIV and malaria programs and has been based in Tajikistan since 2017 as a Senior TB Advisor. .
Dr. Lince-Deroche holds an MPH, with a focus on health policy and management, and an MIA, with a focus on economic development, both from Columbia University. She earned her PhD in health economics from the School of Public Health at the University of Cape Town. Dr. Lince-Deroche has lived and worked in South Africa since 2004 and has worked in several African countries. She has expertise in a broad array of research methods and strives to translate her work into actionable policy guidance. Her recent work has focused on health systems and health access issues including costs, acceptability and affordability.
Ngoc Le currently lives in Can Tho city, a city in the South of Viet Nam where she completed her Public Health Bachelor degree in Can Tho University of Medicine and Pharmacy in 2014. After graduation, she worked at the Representative office of the national project against TB- MeKong Delta. She has been a member of STAR since 2020.
Nguyen Thi Nguyen is a Pharmacist, working in projects on public health sector since 2010, focusing on the Procurement and Supply Chain Management since 2012. She is strong in the area of data management, rational utility of drug, importation regulations, health system assesment, market analysis and policy consulting. .
Nikoloz Nasidze is a Medical Doctor by education, and has 15-years of experience being a surgeon and more than 20 years of work in Tuberculosis program management and in Public Health in different countries, with various organizations (USAID, WHO, ICRC). His experience includes knowledge of healthcare in prison system and civilian sector.
Dr. Kerndt graduated from Marquette University, obtained his medical training at the University of Iowa, completed a medical Internship at San Francisco General Hospital, an Internal Medicine Residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL, a Preventive Medicine Residency/EIS Fellowship at the CDC, obtained an MPH in Epidemiology from UCLA and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Kerndt worked for over 20 years in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health where he served as Director of the HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Program, Sexually Transmitted Disease Program, and Tuberculosis Control Program.
Dr. Byaruhanga Raymond MD, M.Sc HSM, is the senior technical advisor in the National TB and Leprosy Program at the Ministry of Health in Uganda. He has held this position for 4 years. Before joining the Ministry of Health, he was the Project Director of the USAID TRACK TB project a flagship project of USAID providing technical support the National TB and Leprosy program. Furthermore his position was scaling up TB diagnostics and MDR TB management in the country. Before joining USAID TRACK TB project, he was Executive Director, AIDS Information Centre, Uganda. He held this position for 10 years.
Reshma Bhattacharjee is a Senior Surveillance & Epidemiology Advisor in the Strategic Information Branch of Office of HIV/AIDS at USAID Washington. Before joining USAID, Reshma was the Senior Technical Advisor for HIV Case-based surveillance/Linkages for University of Maryland, Baltimore serving as a PEPFAR implementing partner on CDC and USAID funded projects across different countries in sub-Saharan Africa viz, Nigeria, Kenya, Botswana, Rwanda. In this role, her responsibilities involved leading and working with global Ministries of Health to set up surveillance programs (case-based and recency), including capacity building, data management, analytics, use and visualization.
Rhehab is a Public Health Specialist with over 20 years of extensive professional experience in managing Public Health programs and projects. Many of these years was TB and HIV and AIDS related programs and projects at national, regional, and global levels. From 1999 to 2003, he was a Project Coordinator for the World Health Organization's (WHO) pilot TB-HIV project in Africa. He later became the first National TB-HIV coordinator for Malawi's Ministry of Health. Between 2008 and 2014, Rhehab worked in Ghana as a Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Health, focusing on TB and HIV services.
Dr. Fabella has more than 15 years of experience in Tuberculosis control and public health, from being a primary health care physician and city TB program manager, to Global Fund Program Officer of the National TB Control Program (NTP), and public health specialist of the USAID’s TB control project. He is currently a Senior TB and Global Fund Advisor at the Department of Health NTP supported by USAID. Among his recent works are technical editor and writer of the NTP Manual of Procedures, 5th and 6th edition, writer of Updated Philippine Strategic TB Elimination Plan 2020-2023, and lead local consultant for the NTP Joint Program Review in 2019.
Roni Chandra began his position as Senior Diagnostic Network Advisor in Indonesia in August 2019. With background as Medical Microbiologist, he brings to the position over 19 years experience with wide variety of laboratory techniques and scientific research as well. He has experiences in hospitals, multinational companies, universities, and NGOs.He most recently served as Senior Technical Officer/Laboratory Coordinator for KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Indonesia. Since 2007, he has provided technical assistance to the National TB Program/MoH Indonesia under three consecutive USAID Projects TBCAP, TBCARE I and Challenge TB.
Sambo Boy graduated in medical laboratory from Technical School for Medical Care, he has been working for TB laboratory for almost 20 years from smear microscopy to molecular diagnostic tools. He spent eight years at Pasteur Institute of Cambodia (IPC) as a senior laboratory technician where he performed techniques for smear examination, culture and drug susceptibility testing (DST), and 10 years as a laboratory consultant for National Center for TB and Leprosy Control (CENAT) to assist and support on all TB laboratory works in the country. With his passion on TB and public health, Sambo committed to fight against TB by leading and assisting the health professional on quality diagnosis, expansion of the TB laboratory network and new diagnostic tools to pave the access of TB laboratory services in Cambodia.
Samuel Kasozi is a public health expert with 22 years of experience in clinical care, research, project design, and management including implementation of public health interventions in both public and private sector, funded by government and donors (USAID, CDC and Global Fund). He is a recognized expert in areas of TB, TB/HIV, MDR-TB, TB Infection Control (TB IC), and population-based surveys (TB, Asthma, EPI) as well as quality improvement approaches. He is a target oriented manager with excellent skills and ability to manage larger integrated health project. He has hands on experience on the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the DOTS Strategy, the Stop TB Strategy as well as the current WHO End TB strategy with its three pillars; (1) integrated, patient-centred care and prevention; (2) bold policies and supportive systems; and (3) intensified research and innovation.
Samuel Oppong is an experienced Public Health Expert with a demonstrated history of working in the field of Monitoring and Evaluation. Skilled in Epidemiology, Health Systems Strengthening, Program Evaluation, Malaria, and Reproductive Health. Strong professional with a Post Graduate Diploma in Heath Care and Management in Tropical Countries and Master of Science (M.Sc.) focused in Epidemiology from Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel. He has expertise in conducting data quality audits, data analysis using statistical softwares (e.g. STATA and R), data visualizations and use of data for decision making.
Seponono John Molifi is an experienced Medical Technologist (Clinical Pathology) who holds MBA and MSc Programme and Project Management. John worked respectively as a Coordinator for two national projects, TB Drug Resistance Survey and Quality Assurance (QA) for HIV Testing Services (HTS), within the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). He also worked for National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) as Programme Manager, where he spearheaded two HIV Point-of-Care-Testing (POCT) projects. He later joined Strategic Evaluation, Advisory & Development Consulting (SEAD) Pty (Ltd) as the Laboratory Advisor, where he briefly supported the implementation of the eLabs System in Ekurhuleni, eThekwini and Sedibeng Districts.
Dr. Sharaf Yuldashev, MD is a Senior TB and Global Fund advisor under USAID’s Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) program. Dr Sharaf Yuldashev is a medical doctor and healthcare management expert with more than 18 years of experience in managed care and public health. Since 2012, he has held various executive and program management positions of increasing responsibility covering various aspects of healthcare management in USAID projects in Uzbekistan, including TB CARE I and Challenge TB projects. In 2019-2020 he successfully supported National TB Program (NTP) of Uzbekistan in getting Primary Recipient status for the Global Fund grants, which confirms NTP capacity in program management and financial administration of multimillion-dollar projects.
Sheena is a public health professional with a background in international development, global health and public affairs. She has worked with organizations providing health services to underserved communities on both coasts of the United States and several countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa. At USAID specifically, Sheena has held positions in the Office of HIV/AIDS in Washington D.C., and at the USAID/Namibia Mission in Windhoek. Within her leadership style, Sheena believes in employing an optimistic perspective and working with others in an empathetic manner. She has engaged progressively in anti-racism, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (AR & DEIA) work, training, and community involvement across the last three years.
Shiza Farid joined the Public Health Institute (PHI) as a Family Planning Data Analysis Advisor in April 2022. She is seconded to the FP2030 team and supports analyses related to global family planning. Prior to joining PHI, Shiza supported analyses related to family planning and demography at Avenir Health. She also has experience conducting data analysis, data cleaning, and creating data visualizations for UNICEF’s gender portfolio, University of Washington’s Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children, and PATH’s Sayana Press team. Additionally, from 2011-2016, Shiza was at the United Nations Foundation as a Manager of Global Policy for the Universal Access Project (UAP).
Dr. Macharia is a passionate and professional healthcare consultant with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and a Master of Public Health from the University of Nairobi with over 25 years of experience in public health, having worked in developing countries (Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan) and in emergency settings. (Refugee camps and post conflict countries).Currently, Dr. Macharia works as a Senior TB and Global Fund Grant Advisor to the National TB program where he has supported the development of key national documents including TB policy and guidelines, TB National Strategic Plans, Mid-Term Programs Review, conducting surveys and operational research.
Tara Ornstein is the Senior TB Multilateral Advisor serving within the TB Team of USAID’s Office of Infectious Diseases. In this capacity, Tara provides global technical leadership to USAID in all aspects of the TB Team’s multilateral engagement to support the USAID TB Strategy. In particular, she coordinates and collaborates with multilateral entities working on TB, especially the Global Fund to Fight TB, AIDS and Malaria, World Health Organization, and STOP TB Partnership. She previously worked as the Multilateral Advisor in USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, where she provided technical and policy guidance for issues related to the Global Fund, UNAIDS, donor coordination, and program management.
Tiar has over twelve years of experience in supply chain and pharmaceuticals. In 2009 he became a Senior Technical Officer for Drug Management and TB Health Information Systems at Challenge TB Project, where he was responsible for giving technical assistance to the National TB program. He has assisted the NTP on the development of procurements and supply chain management for both the Global Fund and WHO Stop TB PartnershipHe supported the successful supply transition from conventional MDR treatment to shorter treatment regimen without any stock out and minimized loss from expired drugs in 2017-2018.
Timur Bazikov is a public health professional with over 20 years of experience in Central Asia, Russia, Georgia and Ukraine. Before assuming the Senior Technical Advisor role in Kyrgyzstan, Mr. Bazikov served as Regional Program Director for TB CARE I in Central Asia with KNCV TB Foundation; prior to that, he managed various portfolios at American International Health Alliance in Washington, DC.
Victor Burinschi is a health systems’ specialist and program manager with thirty-two years of total work experience including seventeen years in international health development assistance. He is a Medical Doctor by background and holds a PhD degree from the Medical and Pharmaceutical University „Gr. T. Popa” Iasi, Romania.He has extensive experience working in the Moldovan public sector, as TB doctor and Manager of the NTP, as well as working with technical partners and donors organizations. He has proven experience of successfully managing programs and projects, primary in TB control activities.
Victor is a public health physician and a certified management consultant, grounded in the art of planning, designing, implementing and assessing complex public health programs in developing countries. He has meritoriously risen through the ranks of service delivery from being a volunteer 16 years ago to currently serving as a Senior Advisor/STAR Fellow with USAID/Liberia to support its PEPFAR TBHIV program, the NTP of Liberia and its Global Fund Portfolio. He has occupied a number of managerial and advisory roles at both sub-national and national levels in the past 8 years. Prior to Victor’s present position, he worked with KNCV in Nigeria for almost 4 years in different capacities before resigning as the Senior Technical Advisor on its USAID TB-LON project providing technical guidance to senior managers and advisors.
Virginia Thonyiwa Ms. is a Public Health Expert with a Nursing background. She has over 15 years’ experience in Program implementation and research with a bias on Adolescent Girls and Young Women, Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights (SRHR) Gender Based Violence (GBV), and HIV/AIDS.Before joining STAR fellowship, Virginia worked for various NGOs and Humanitarian Organizations as Program Officer and focal person on Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA); as DREAMS Coordinator on AGYW; as District Officer for a Canada funded Global Affairs project; as Study Coordinator for a WHO funded PMTCT Uptake and Retention study and Team Leader for Adolescent and Adult AIDS Clinical Trial Groups with University of North Carolina (UNC) Project.
Sam has a PhD in the field of Translational Health Sciences and holds a graduate degree (MBA) from Babson College with a focus in Entrepreneurship and a dual degree from Christian Brothers University in Accounting and Information Technology Management. Sam is the Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, an Executive in Residence and the Program Director of the master’s in healthcare management at American University in Washington, DC. He is an industry visionary and has developed a unique approach of bringing key industry best practices that represent the future direction of where the entire healthcare industry is headed.
Yasir Waheed is working as a TB Advisor with more than 9 years of experience in different capacities at National TB Control Program (NTP), Islamabad, Pakistan. After completing his MBBS from Pakistan, he went on to Australia to pursue Master degree in Public Health (MPH) from UNSW. His work experience includes working as National Technical Officer (Infection Control), M&E Officer and MDR Specialist during his stay at NTP. His major achievements are development of National TB Infection Control guidelines, upgradation of 32 PMDT (hospitals) sites on principles of airborne infection control, development of National DRTB guidelines and handbook of aDSM.
Dr. Yom AN, MD, MPH, has almost 20 years of experience in health sector in Cambodia, in clinical, management and research roles. For the past 1.5 years, he has worked for STAR. His roles are to provide technical advice to the National TB Program (NTP) on the overall operational research linkage with the monitoring and evaluation strategy and support the development and implementation. He has been working closely with NTP to coordinate the establishment and support the functionality of the Cambodia Committee for TB Research (CCTBR) which engages WHO, USAID and different research institutions from government and NGOs as the CCTB’s members.
Yusie Permata is a medical doctor with a master’s in international health degree, with a passion in infectious diseases control and child health.She has worked in the TB field in Indonesia since 2015, including with the TB Reach wave 3 (2015), with KNCV TB Foundation for Challenge TB project/USAID (2015-2019), and with Stop TB Partnership/UNOPS as short-term technical consultant to develop National Acceleration Plan for PMDT in Indonesia 2020. .
Zeleke Alebachew is an Epidemiologist by profession, graduated with MPH in Epidemiology. Currently he is working as Senior Tuberculosis and Global Fund Grant Adviser to the National Tuberculosis Program of Ghana, seconded by STAR/USAID. He has more than 15 years of experience in public health and more than six years at international level. He worked more than 13 years on programmatic management of TB, TB/HIV, MDR TB and Pediatric TB. He worked as WHO temporary advisor to the National TB Prevalence Survey and provided support to Ghana, Sudan, and Rwanda. He worked at national level in various positions including Monitoring and evaluation advisor, TB prevalence survey coordinator, HIV most at risk population survey coordinator and lecturing at one of the national universities in Ethiopia.