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...
Public Health Epidemiology Researcher
Dr. Nonsikelelo Mathe is a public health epidemiology researcher, whose research focuses on understanding the relationships between lifestyle and risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes. She has worked with different populations globally, including adults in the UK, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya, Indigenous Canadians and women who previously had gestational diabetes in pregnancy, to identify barriers and opportunities for intervention development for improved health outcomes...
Dr. Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri, popularly referred as the "Celebrity Shrink" is a multiple award-winning mental health physician, advocate and coach who is passionate about people’s mental wellness and provides workable tools to ensure that. Maymunah is a leading voice in Nigeria on mental health and wellness and has almost 20 years of experience as a practicing physician...
Lecturer in Physiotherapy
Belaynew Adugna is a lecturer and pioneer of the undergraduate physiotherapy program at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. He is the owner of Bahir Dar Physiotherapy Specialty Clinic — the only private physiotherapy clinic in the region — and the founder of One Love Day Service Center, a non-profit therapeutic center for profoundly disabled children...
Broadcast Journalist and News Anchor
Ridwan Karim Dini-Osman is a Pulitzer Center grantee and a multiple award-winning broadcast journalist and news anchor working for EIB Network in Ghana. He is a regular contributor on the US Public Radio program, "The World,'' as a freelance journalist reporting on health inequities, social justice and sustainable development...
Labor Researcher & Activist
Christy Adeola Braham is a researcher and activist working at the intersection of health, labor and migration. She serves as workers' health coordinator at Women in Informal Employment - Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), a global research-policy-action network dedicated to improving working conditions for the working poor within the informal economy...
Environmental Health Specialist
Dr. Geminn Louis Apostol is a physician, educator, and researcher specializing in environmental public health, climate-resilient health systems, and socio-ecological determinants of health. He currently serves as a scientist for the Philippine Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Health (IACEH) where he helps convene government, academia, civil society and the private sector towards generating evidence, developing policies, and operationalizing programs for environmental protection and public health promotion...
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...