Patty has been actively involved in the field of International Health for 15 years with field experience in over 30 countries primarily in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. She has worked on research, program design and implementation, strategic planning, and policy development for mHealth and eHealth initiatives as well as Reproductive Health and Women's Health and Rights with a broad range of institutions. Patty has a Masters in International Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene and a PhD in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she specifically examined the role of mobile phones in relation to health in Egypt. Prior to joining the mHealth Alliance, she was Director of Strategic Application of Mobile Technology for Public Health and Development at the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at the Earth Institute. She is also faculty at the School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute, Columbia University. Patty can be reached at PMechael@mHealthAlliance.org.
Director – Special Initiatives: MNCH, mHealth, Gender
Madhu has been working in the area of International Public Health for the past 22 years. She has field experience in over 40 countries including Africa, South and South East Asia, and South and Central America, working on HIV/AIDS, maternal, sexual and reproductive health issues. Madhu has served at leadership and senior management positions with several organizations including national and international NGOs, Government of India, UNDP, UNAIDS/WHO and DFID. Most recently, Madhu was the Chief of Party for CARE’s Integrated Family Health Initiative (IFHI) in Bihar, India funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In her other capacities, Madhu has served at CARE as the Global Director for HIV and AIDS, Team Leader for Policy Analysis with the Policy and Advocacy Unit, and Senior Advisor on Maternal and Child Health with the Health Equity Unit. Madhu’s experience includes strategy development, program management, designing and measuring community based interventions, and policy advocacy, with specific emphasis on women’s empowerment, gender, governance and human rights. Madhu holds a Masters Degree (MA) in Social Sciences from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a Bachelor’s Degree (Honors) in Psychology from Delhi University, India. Madhu can be reached at email@example.com.
Dr. Peter Benjamin
Director – mHealth Capacity Building
Peter is the head of capacity building for the mHealth Alliance. Until April 2013 he was the managing director of Cell-Life, a leader in mHealth based in South Africa. He has 20 years experience in the use of Information & Communications Technology (ICT) for social change and development. He has worked for Poptel in the UK, the SA National Civic Organisation, the Universal Service Agency, the Association of Progressive Communications and was the founder in 1997 of the LINK Centre for research and education into ICT policy at Wits University, Johannesburg.
Originally from the UK, he moved to South Africa in 1994. He has a first degree in Physics, a Masters in Information Technology and his PhD examined universal access to ICTs in South Africa through the telecentre programme in the late 1990s. He is currently studying a Masters in Public Health. Peter is the treasurer of the People’s Health Movement of SA and is a member of the Treatment Action Campaign. He is married to Marion Stevens, and has two wonderful boys (Joel and Xanny). He lives in Muizenberg, Cape Town and is wondering if it is too late to learn to surf at age 48. Peter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Shariq Khoja
Senior Technical Advisor – Evidence, Financing and Policy
Dr. Shariq Khoja joins the Foundation as Technical Advisor-Evidence, Financing and Policy. In his role, Shariq will contribute to the overarching role of the mHealth Alliance to catalyze the power of mobile technologies to advance health and well-being throughout the world, with a focus on low-income countries as well as serve as a convener for the mHealth community to overcome common challenges by sharing tools, knowledge, experience, and lessons learned. Prior to joining the Foundation, Shariq worked as the Director of eHealth Resource Centre for the Aga Khan Development Network and an Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University in Nairobi Kenya where he provided technical assistance to eHealth programs for all agencies of Aga Khan Development Network in South Asia, Central Asia, and Africa. In addition, he was responsible for teaching eHealth courses, developing training programs in telehealth and health informatics, participating in planning and implementing eHealth initiatives between different campuses of AKU in Asia and Africa. Shariq holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Research with focus on Global eHealth from the University of Calgary. Shariq can be reached at email@example.com.
Senior Technical Advisor – Sustainable Financing and Policy Advisor
Now a consultant working in global health and mHealth strategies, Bill Philbrick has over 18 years of experience working in international health and development and most recently served as the Director of the HIV/AIDS, Emerging and Infectious Diseases Unit at CARE. While at CARE, Bill successfully spearheaded CARE's effort to integrate mobile phone technology into CARE's global health programming, particularly into HIV and maternal health interventions. Bill's work with the Alliance will be mainly focused on supporting the Alliance's work surrounding evidence including working on the Evidence Community of Practice, Working Groups, and the eHealth Evaluation Framework process. Bill can be reached at WPhilbrick@mHealthAlliance.org.
Technical Advisor – Standards and Interoperability
Jonathan is an engineer turned public health practitioner applying information and communication technologies to health delivery challenges in the developing world. He has worked and traveled in over 30 countries, using mobile phones to facilitate antenatal and postpartum care in rural India or researching electronic health record systems in HIV clinics in Kenya. Jonathan is working with the mHealth Alliance to launch the global mHealth Standards & Interoperability Working Group to improve alignment and adoption of standards that support the scale of mHealth systems. He is also the Director of the Maternal Concept Lab and mHealth Informatics Specialist for Partners In Health. Jonathan received his MS at the Harvard School of Public Health and BE from Vanderbilt University. Jon can be reached at JPayne@mHealthAlliance.org.
Senior Communications Officer
Chelsea joined the mHealth Alliance after 3+ years working at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark. While at WHO, she worked on communications, including web and social media, for the vaccine-preventable diseases & immunization unit. She also coordinated the annual initiative European Immunization Week. Chelsea previously worked with an education advocacy organization called Communities for Quality Education (CQE) based in Washington, DC. She spent time as a publicist for the Sundance Film Festival's international film category and as a reporter and later executive producer for a news/talk radio show on KSL Newsradio. She graduated from Stanford University and received her master’s in journalism from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Avrille works with the mHealth Alliance as Program Manager. She leads internal operations, events, partnership initiatives, and provides support for the Partnership Board activities. Avrille has a diverse background that ranges from crisis intervention management to nonprofit capacity building. Prior to joining the Alliance, Avrille worked as Program Coordinator for Taproot Foundation DC where she facilitated consultant and nonprofit training sessions while managing the office’s grantmaking activities. Avrille graduated from the University of Michigan with a dual degree in Sociology and Anthropology and spent time studying abroad at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa and throughout the Ilocos and Central Luzon regions of the Philippines. Avrille can be reached at AHanzel@mHealthAlliance.org.
Atlas Corps Fellow
Eric will be spending one year with the mHealth Alliance, during which he will assist with partnership and new business development. Eric comes to the Alliance with six years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Urbanian University, Rome, and a master’s degree in Philosophy and Religion, specializing in peace-building and conflict resolution, from Kenyatta University, Kenya. He is currently pursuing his PhD on ethnicity and national cohesion from Kenyatta University. Previously, Eric was the Executive Director of Furukombe Initiative, a position he held for the last two-and-a-half years. His main responsibilities in this role included fundraising and building partnerships with corporations and foundations. He developed and coordinated a youth leadership program, which was funded by the U.S. State Department. Eric also worked for two years with the Sudan Catholic Bishops Regional Secretariat based in Juba, South Sudan, as an Emergency Coordinator, during which time he raised funds on behalf of refugees, returnees, and internally displaced people in South Sudan. Additionally, Eric worked with Caritas Nairobi, Kenya, as a Program Coordinator, where he fundraised, coordinated peace building programs, and facilitated capacity building. Eric can be reached at email@example.com.
Francis works with the mHealth Alliance as a program associate and focuses primarily on projects related to Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. Prior to joining the Alliance, Francis was the Malaria and Child Survival Intern at Population Services International, where he helped the team with several knowledge management projects and provided assistance to the WASH and Nutrition technical advisors. Francis is a recent graduate of Brown University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development. He studied abroad in South Africa, Vietnam, and Brazil on the International Honors Program’s Health and Communities track. This cross cultural experience provided him with insight into the regional and social differences that help shape the global burden of disease. During the summer of 2010 he returned to South Africa to attend the World Cup and to volunteer at a local South African non-profit that develops behavior change communication and provides access to care to migrant farm worker communities. Francis can be reached at Fgonzales@mHealthAlliance.org.
Chelsea recently graduated from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she received a Master of Science in Public Health, majoring in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control. Prior to joining the mHealth Alliance, Chelsea lived in rural Bangladesh for nine months working with Dr. Alain Labrique to develop a pilot program testing an innovative technology to help reduce childhood drowning. Chelsea is passionate about international health and specifically how to use health interventions to empower women. Chelsea is the new Program Associate and will be working largely on projects related to evidence. Chelsea can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew Kinney joined the mHealth Alliance after working as an Administrative Assistant at Turner Enterprises in Atlanta, GA. In this role, he worked in the Office of the Chairman, in addition to supporting the Vice President and the executive staff for two years. He previously worked on several political campaigns in Georgia where he served as a fundraiser and a Deputy Communications Director. Matthew also spent time as an intern in the Office of Congressman John Barrow in Washington. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in International Affairs, with a focus on International Relations and Security. As Administrative Assistant, Matthew supports the Executive Director and the mHealth Alliance team by providing team coordination and managing all aspects of administrative support. Matt can be reached at email@example.com.