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...
Hospital Medical Director
Democratic Republic of Congo
Dr. Marx Itabelo Lwabanya is the Medical Director at Nundu Deaconess Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His research focuses on improving maternal and newborn health in limited resource settings. In 2017, he won the Brown Master’s Award for Professional Excellence for his effort to improve neonatal care by developing an online training for neonatal care nurses and establishing a peer-mentoring program for at-risk mothers at the Van Norman Clinic in Bujumbura...
Sexual and Reproductive Health Consultant
Dr. Naglaa Fathy, OB/GYN specialist, works as Program Manager for OSRA program at Egyptian Red Crescent funded by USAID and Pathfinder Egypt which supports sexual and reproductive health and the family planning system in Egypt.
Naglaa is the founder of MG Company which aims to use innovative and Edutainment approaches to address sustainable development goals...
Charleston, South Carolina
Paige Knowlson is the Executive Director of Pattison’s Academy, an organization providing comprehensive services to children with severe disabilities in Charleston, South Carolina. Paige’s passion lies in building collaborative, interdisciplinary teams, programs and communities that collectively promote childhood health and development...
Public Health Dentist & Associate Professor
Dr. Scott Howell is an Associate Professor and Director of Public Health Dentistry & Teledentistry at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) and a clinical advisor for MouthWatch. His experiences with unique models of care prior to dental school in Michigan, during dental school, and then in his hospital residency at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, cultivated his passion for the development and implementation of non-traditional healthcare delivery models to decrease/eliminate barriers to care...
Dr. Pratiksha Dhungana is a dental surgeon with Nyaya Health Nepal, a non-profit organization based in Nepal. In her current role, she ensures that vulnerable populations in rural Nepal receive dignified and evidence-based care. She is raising awareness and delivering evidence-based integrated oral, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and nutritional interventions in rural Nepal, working with community health workers...
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Pedro Delgado, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), has a unique ability to work across cultures, languages and systems. Based in the UK, he has been a driving force in IHI’s global strategy and results.
From work on reducing C-sections and healthcare-acquired infections in Brazil and several Latin American countries, to improving early years education in Chile, Pedro has led the key senior relationships and design and implementation of large-scale health system improvement efforts and networks globally...
Public Health Physician
White Nile State
Dr. Sara Lavinia Brair is a medical doctor from Sudan. She works at the Ministry of Health as a public health physician and is the Director General for the White Nile State, where she is working to reform the healthcare system. She focuses on strengthening primary health care through addressing social inequalities that affect access to health care in rural areas and refugee camps...
Pharmacist & Women’s Health Advocate
Zahraa Al-sarraf is a pharmacist and a Policy and Adolescents Mental Health Project Coordinator at IFMSA Iraq. She designs projects that promote health and wellbeing and raise awareness about harmful practices against women’s and girls’ health.
She served as a local officer on sexual and reproductive health and a strategy developer in the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations-Iraq (IFMSA-Iraq), where she focused on women’s rights, promoting maternal health, and shaping the organization’s attitude toward empowering medical students to take part in decision making in Iraq...