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...
Laila Zulema García Ulloa is working as a pediatrician in rural Chiapas with Partners in Health Mexico. Since she first arrived in 2015, she was convinced that this was the kind of work she wanted for her life. She was born in a big city in the north of Mexico and since she was a child, being the daughter of a mother and father who were doctors, she realized that some people did not have the same access to health services or the same quality of care...
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...
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...
Ana Cecilia Ortega Dominguez is a psychologist working with Compañeros en Salud (CES)—the sister organization of Partners in Health—in the Sierra region of Chiapas, Mexico. In this organization, she trains and supervises community mental health workers on the delivery of PM+ (a trans-diagnostic psychological intervention) and builds capacity among physicians to provide quality mental health care in rural clinics...
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...
Community Impact Director
Kate Daugherty is an accomplished community leader leveraging a unique combination of international experience, formal training and trauma-informed practice to create transformational change in communities. In her role, Kate oversees the Youth Healing Team, a youth-led business providing training and capacity building to organizations across the country...
Public Health Physician
Peter Gan is a multidisciplinary public health physician and an amateur humanitarian. He works at the nexus between providing primary care and developing and advocating evidence-based health policy and research. Additionally, he aspires to use public health to disrupt the system in a responsible way to achieve Sustainable Development Goals through health for all...