Rick Santos, MBA, MTS is President and CEO of Church World Service. Prior to that position, he led the Africa Christian Health Network, and was Board Chair of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities. From 2009 to 2018 he was the President and CEO of IMA World Health, and in his nine years there led the organization through a period of rapid growth that included increasing program impact and building healthy communities in some of the most difficult places in the world. Mr. Santos led the IMA merger with Lutheran World Relief and stayed on as Senior Advisor through 2019.
Thabani Maphosa is Managing Director of Country Programmes for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, where he oversees Gavi’s operations in 73 countries. The Country Programmes Department’s goal is to harness the power of the Vaccine Alliance for countries to save the maximum number of lives through immunization. The Country Programmes Department manages Gavi’s relationships with governments and provides grant management oversight for all in-country resources. Prior to joining Gavi, Mr Maphosa held several leadership roles in World Vision International for over 16 years. With a Master of Philosophy degree in Science, he has worked in academia as a lecturer in physiology and microbiology.
Sarah Hess is a public health expert working in the Health Emergency Programme within the World Health Organization in Geneva. Ms. Hess has worked at the WHO since 2014, including on HIV and Hepatitis, policy and programming, high-impact events preparedness and global health security. Her current role is within the risk communication and community engagement pillar of the COVID-19 response, leading on faith engagement, initiatives for youth empowerment and private sector engagement for health.
Charles Franzén serves as World Relief’s Humanitarian and Disaster Response Director, directly responsible for activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti, Sudan and South Sudan as well as disaster response and risk reduction worldwide. He has 39 years of international development experience in Africa, holding various roles at World Relief, IMA World Health, Lutheran World Federation and the Peace Corps. Mr. Franzén has experience managing disease control and elimination programs, integrated rural development, agriculture and food security, refugee programs, capacity building, M&E, peacebuilding and microfinance.
Marie-Claire Charles is the Haiti Country Director for The Dalton Foundation. Born and raised in Haiti, she graduated from Millersville University in Pennsylvania, U.S. in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in international studies. After graduation, she returned to her hometown of Ouanaminthe to serve as the mission team coordinator at Institution Univers for four years. In 2018 she returned to the United States to earn a Master of Business Administration at Elms College in Massachusetts. She participated in diverse cultural and community activities as a student and a young professional both in Haiti and in the United States.
Barbara Campbell worked as a registered pharmacist and clinical nutritionist for about 15 years before her life took a dramatic turn in 2008, when she and her husband heard and received the gospel and began following Jesus. In 2010 she found herself in Haiti in response to the catastrophic earthquake, which began a series of events that led her to serve as Director of Medical Operations for Mission of Hope Haiti, which led her to develop a passion for working to strengthen healthcare systems in countries like Haiti. In late 2017 she became the Executive Director for The Dalton Foundation.
Paul Ngere Apedha is a Kenyan registered Community Health Nurse/Midwife with rich experience in the full range of primary health care and management across the project cycle. He has worked in both urban and rural health care facilities across Kenya and complex humanitarian contexts, including an IOM Ebola treatment unit in Liberia and his current position as Health Specialist for ADRA Yemen.
Zana Kiragu, MPH, MPharm is a Kenyan pharmacist and public health professional working in the access to medicines space. She is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health. She volunteered with CCIH in support of the 2019 annual conference while she was pursuing a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to this, she received her Bachelors and Master of Pharmacy at the University of Manchester in 2015, and practiced in industrial, clinical and retail settings in both the UK and Kenya.