Melikte Paulos Weldetensaye is the founder and executive director of ZuZu for health and education, a non-profit organization based in Ethiopia, which aims to provide free mental health resources and promote inclusive education. In this role, she designs various projects and teaching manuals that promote mental health for women and youth, as well as audio educational materials for blind and visually impaired students...
Disability Rights Activist
Felicia Mburu holds a masters in international human rights law from American University, Washington College of Law. Felicia is interested in pursuing the rights of persons with disabilities to live and be included in the community on an equal basis with others. In the past, Felicia has worked with various civil societies in Kenya, Latvia, Hungary, the United States and across Africa on intersectional matters of gender and disability justice...
Director of Programs/ Non-profit Practitioner
Currently the director of programs for the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, Gulnar Feerasta (she/they) is passionate about promoting empowerment, resiliency, and leadership throughout marginalized communities. With advocacy and outreach at the forefront of her vision, her goal is to build strong support systems while improving the quality of life through long-term policy and social change...
St. Paul, Minnesota
Sagal Ali is a product manager at UnitedHealth Group, a healthcare and insurance company which aims to help people live healthier lives and helps make the health system work better for everyone. In her current role, she is responsible for identifying and advancing health equity initiatives across products and services in the organization...
Nutritionist and Public Health Specialist
Rana al Qawasmi is a Palestinian nutritionist, public health specialist, and Hubert Humphrey alumna for Public Health Policies and Management. She works as a health systems strengthening consultant for the Stability, Services and Reform Program by DFID. In her role Rana works on strengthening and developing healthcare status and services for Palestinians through policies, despite political and social barriers...
Artist & Community Advocate
San Francisco, California
Gloria Aguirre is an artist and community advocate in San Francisco, serving as program manager for community outreach at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Advocating for long term investments to improve health literacy and access to care in often marginalized communities, she believes that humanity’s most powerful tools for change are curiosity and creativity...
Gynecologist & Sexual and Reproductive Health Consultant
Dr. Naglaa Fathy Lithy is a Senior Program Specialist at the Center for Development Services, an entrepreneurial business venture that works toward building vibrant societies and prosperous economies wherever it operates. She is a gynecologist, sexual and reproductive health consultant, and the founder of Games for Goals initiative that aims to raise awareness about Sustainable Development Goals in marginalized areas using innovative tools like board games...
Public Health Program Analyst
Shannon Jordan is a program analyst at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Health Equity (OHE) which works to understand and eliminate health disparities among Veterans. She serves as the OHE engagement lead disseminating health equity resources to care providers, researchers, Veterans, and the public|also supporting workforce diversity and cultural competency at VHA...
Community Health Leader
Walterboro, South Carolina
Brenda Hughes is the Manager of the Community Systems Team for the South Carolina Department of Health. She is responsible for a team implementing policy, systems and environmental change to advance health equity in rural populations. She serves in a leadership role in multiple coalitions across the state to develop community capacity, build sustainable communities and address the root causes of health inequities...
Brooklyn, New York
Dr. Qusai Hammouri is the Director of Pediatric Orthopaedics in the Northwell Health System on Staten Island. They developed the pediatric spinal surgery program and performed the first pediatric spinal deformity surgeries on the Island. They are a founding member of the ETALO initiative with the mission to develop low-cost surgical simulators to teach basic orthopaedic procedures which will be first deployed in Uganda...