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Our Team

Our core values of teamwork, productiveness, initiative and gratefulness are at the heart of everything we do.

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Kate Grant

Chief Executive Officer

Kate Grant joined the Foundation as its first Chief Executive in 2005. She led the expansion of the Foundation from supporting one hospital in one country, Ethiopia, to its current position as the global leader in fistula treatment, supporting treatment partners in more than 20 countries in Africa and Asia....

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Kate Grant joined the Foundation as its first Chief Executive in 2005. She led the expansion of the Foundation from supporting one hospital in one country, Ethiopia, to its current position as the global leader in fistula treatment, supporting treatment partners in more than 20 countries in Africa and Asia. Under her leadership, the Foundation is raising five times as much money as a decade ago, and supporting 15 times as many surgeries, while helping build new women’s hospitals in Kenya, Bangladesh, Congo and Tanzania. She’s formed partnerships with key leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, Astellas Pharma EMEA, The Life You Can Save founded by Professor Peter Singer, Direct Relief, and Engender Health. She’s led the Foundation to excellence – 14 consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator, placing the Foundation in the top 1% of nonprofit organizations evaluated, earning a consistent “A” from Charity Watch, being named one of the top 50 charities in the U.S. by Consumer Reports, and enabling Fistula Foundation to earn more than 600 perfect 5 star ratings on GreatNonprofits. In recognition of these achievements, in 2014, Ms. Grant was named “Nonprofit Marketer of the Year” by the American Marketing Association and American Marketing Association Foundation.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Grant was engaged in advocating for a strong United States role in international cooperation. She served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Staff and as the Special Assistant and Deputy Chief of Staff at USAID and as a consultant to USAID’s Mission in Tanzania, the Rockefeller Foundation, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and the Women’s Funding Network. Ms. Grant holds an MPA with a focus on International Development from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where she was elected chair of the school’s Graduate student body. Prior to attending Princeton, she was an advertising executive at two large agencies: Leo Burnett in Chicago and FCB in San Francisco, managing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies such as Levi Strauss, McDonald’s, and Clorox. She graduated with honors from the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley. She also completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program in Nonprofit Management. Ms. Grant has served on several boards, including the Governing Board of Graduate Alumni of Princeton University. She regularly gives presentations about the Foundation’s work, having lectured twice at Princeton University and at Oxford University, for the 2015 Effective Altruism Global conference.

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Anne Ferguson

Deputy Director

Anne Ferguson joined the Foundation in late November 2003 as its first paid staff member. Since joining the Foundation she’s guided the formulation of policies and procedures to enable the organization’s growth. She has primary responsibility for financial systems, grants, HR and database management. Prior to working with the Fistula...

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Anne Ferguson joined the Foundation in late November 2003 as its first paid staff member. Since joining the Foundation she’s guided the formulation of policies and procedures to enable the organization’s growth. She has primary responsibility for financial systems, grants, HR and database management. Prior to working with the Fistula Foundation, she worked in the private sector in the United Kingdom as an HR Manager and at a senior administrative level. Anne earned an MA in English & Modern History from St. Andrews University in Scotland, an HR qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development in the UK, and was certified SPHR by the HR Certification Institute in the USA.

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Lindsey Pollaczek

Vice President of Programs

Lindsey Pollaczek joined Fistula Foundation in 2014, initially based out of Nairobi, Kenya. She is currently serving as the Vice President of Programs overseeing the Foundation’s programs in over 20 countries in Africa and Asia. Amongst her accomplishments is leading the successful Action on Fistula program in Kenya, and launching...

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Lindsey Pollaczek joined Fistula Foundation in 2014, initially based out of Nairobi, Kenya. She is currently serving as the Vice President of Programs overseeing the Foundation’s programs in over 20 countries in Africa and Asia. Amongst her accomplishments is leading the successful Action on Fistula program in Kenya, and launching a countrywide program in Zambia that have collectively provided over 6,000 fistula surgeries and strengthened national capacity for treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation.
Prior to joining Fistula Foundation, Lindsey worked with the humanitarian organization Direct Relief, overseeing the organization’s Maternal and Child Health portfolio, where she designed and implemented programs to improve access to essential health services for women and children, particularly the right to a safe pregnancy and delivery, and treatment for obstetric fistula. Lindsey holds a MPH in Community Health Sciences from UCLA and is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Fellowship for Health Equity, a program that supports global leaders working to combat health disparity and promote equity.

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Team U.S.
Darren Blankenship

Darren Blankenship

Database Administrator

Darren Blankenship is glad join Fistula Foundation as Database Administrator. Darren brings over twenty years of experience working with various Bay Area non-profits and educational institutions. His passion is for systems integration and data integrity, and he is excited to bring this to Fistula Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree...

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Darren Blankenship is glad join Fistula Foundation as Database Administrator. Darren brings over twenty years of experience working with various Bay Area non-profits and educational institutions. His passion is for systems integration and data integrity, and he is excited to bring this to Fistula Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading science fiction, and catching up on recent developments in science and technology.

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Jesse Dubow

Philanthropy Associate

Jesse Dubow is thrilled to join the Fistula Foundation team as the Philanthropy Associate. She learned about fistula while serving as community health organizer with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, where she developed and implemented youth programs aimed at reducing risk factors for fistula. She is passionate about gender equality...

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Jesse Dubow is thrilled to join the Fistula Foundation team as the Philanthropy Associate. She learned about fistula while serving as community health organizer with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, where she developed and implemented youth programs aimed at reducing risk factors for fistula.

She is passionate about gender equality and social entrepreneurship, and has worked on projects ranging from postpartum hemorrhage training in Guatemala, to recycling program feasibility studies in Indonesia. She believes philanthropy is critical to the resiliency and effectiveness of Fistula Foundation’s partners, and is excited to be part of ending fistula in a generation. Jesse holds a BA in International Studies from American University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

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Katherine Weller

Senior Writer

Katherine Weller joined Fistula Foundation as Marketing Communications Writer in 2017. She brings a background in nonprofit program support and journalistic writing, as well as a B.A. in cross-cultural sociology. Katherine formerly served as co-chair of the Young Professionals Council at the St. Anthony Foundation, an organization serving homeless and...

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Katherine Weller joined Fistula Foundation as Marketing Communications Writer in 2017. She brings a background in nonprofit program support and journalistic writing, as well as a B.A. in cross-cultural sociology. Katherine formerly served as co-chair of the Young Professionals Council at the St. Anthony Foundation, an organization serving homeless and low-income San Franciscans.  She is honored to be a part of Team Fistula’s mission to create a world where no woman is ostracized for trying to bring a child into the world.

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Kimberly Adinolfi

Director of Development

Kimberly joined Fistula Foundation in 2016, and is focused on growing the Love a Sister and monthly giving programs. She is an experienced nonprofit fundraising professional with over 10 years’ experience working for some of the top nonprofits in the Bay Area, including Hope Services, EMQ Children & Family Service,...

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Kimberly joined Fistula Foundation in 2016, and is focused on growing the Love a Sister and monthly giving programs. She is an experienced nonprofit fundraising professional with over 10 years’ experience working for some of the top nonprofits in the Bay Area, including Hope Services, EMQ Children & Family Service, Family Giving Tree and most recently, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. She continues to grow professionally through involvement with the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), serving as a part of the Mentorship Program Committee and as a Mentor in the program. Kimberly is active in the local community and spent several years volunteering with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program, helping participants become successful fundraisers and train for half marathons while fundraising and completing the events herself. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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Mirabel Miscala

Digital Engagement Manager

Mirabel Miscala joined Fistula Foundation in December 2015. As Digital Engagement Manager, Mirabel is delighted to communicate Fistula Foundation’s work through exciting and innovative means. Graduating from San Jose State with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Digital Media Art, Mirabel holds a background in web technologies, content management, and...

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Mirabel Miscala joined Fistula Foundation in December 2015. As Digital Engagement Manager, Mirabel is delighted to communicate Fistula Foundation’s work through exciting and innovative means. Graduating from San Jose State with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Digital Media Art, Mirabel holds a background in web technologies, content management, and various digital skills in diverse fields. Prior to the Foundation, Mirabel has worked in multiple roles and projects relating to web and technology, including teaching for classrooms and content production for start-ups. Influenced by Silicon Valley tech culture, she holds a passion for the arts and technology, bringing start-up experience and creative skills to the team. Mirabel is excited to contribute innovative skills in supporting the Foundation’s excellent projects, while helping women in need.

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Morgan Walter

Video Editor/Producer

Morgan Walter joined as the Video Production Specialist for Fistula Foundation in 2018. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Cinema from San Francisco State University, with an emphasis in Documentary. In 2012, her first film "I Agree With Jennifer", won an award at SiDocFest. This sparked her commitment to...

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Morgan Walter joined as the Video Production Specialist for Fistula Foundation in 2018. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Cinema from San Francisco State University, with an emphasis in Documentary. In 2012, her first film “I Agree With Jennifer”, won an award at SiDocFest. This sparked her commitment to documentary filmmaking as a way to provoke change and advocate for a cause.  Since 2016, Morgan has worked as video editor and cinematographer for documentaries, wedding and branded content in the Bay Area. She is honored to bring Fistula Foundation’s stories to life in videos, and tie our supporters closer to the life-transforming work on the ground.

 

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Pam Lowney

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Pam is a seasoned strategist who combines expertise in digital communications with a lifelong passion for medicine and human health. Most recently as Content Lead for Stanford Health Care, Pam developed an enterprise content program for the health system’s network of complex-care and primary clinics, solving for key touch points...

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Pam is a seasoned strategist who combines expertise in digital communications with a lifelong passion for medicine and human health. Most recently as Content Lead for Stanford Health Care, Pam developed an enterprise content program for the health system’s network of complex-care and primary clinics, solving for key touch points across the care journey Pam’s commitment to service-driven communications builds on earlier experience as a journalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and roles at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic in San Francisco and Centro Adelante Campesino, a migrant farmworker center in AZ. In her free time, Pam enjoys cycling, climbing and mixed-art projects.

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Sajira Mae The

Development Associate

Sajira Mae The is excited to join Fistula Foundation as Development Associate. Sajira is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University (MA, Transformational Urban Leadership) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA, Community Studies). She first learned about obstetric fistula in a global health class for her masters, when she...

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Sajira Mae The is excited to join Fistula Foundation as Development Associate. Sajira is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University (MA, Transformational Urban Leadership) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA, Community Studies). She first learned about obstetric fistula in a global health class for her masters, when she was assigned Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. In joining Fistula Foundation, Sajira continues a career path in the nonprofit sector, supplemented by an impressive personal tradition of volunteer service.

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Dr. Steve Arrowsmith

Medical Advisor

Dr. Steve Arrowsmith has been working with Fistula Foundation for many years, but has recently become an official member of the staff. Currently based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steve has treated fistula throughout Africa and Asia for nearly 30 years and is an esteemed mentor and trainer for new fistula...

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Dr. Steve Arrowsmith has been working with Fistula Foundation for many years, but has recently become an official member of the staff. Currently based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steve has treated fistula throughout Africa and Asia for nearly 30 years and is an esteemed mentor and trainer for new fistula surgeons. He received his undergraduate degree from Miami University, his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Ohio, and he is a Urologist by surgical training. Steve says his inspiration comes from the women he helps, starting with his first fistula surgery, and it has continued unabated.

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Dr. Andrew Browning

Medical Director

Dr. Andrew Browning AM is an Australian trained obstetrician and gynecologist who has worked in Ethiopia and Tanzania for more than 17 years as a senior fistula surgeon. Dr. Browning’s life mission has been to help women suffering with obstetric fistula in Africa. As a young doctor, he was inspired...

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Dr. Andrew Browning AM is an Australian trained obstetrician and gynecologist who has worked in Ethiopia and Tanzania for more than 17 years as a senior fistula surgeon.

Dr. Browning’s life mission has been to help women suffering with obstetric fistula in Africa.

As a young doctor, he was inspired to become a fistula surgeon after visiting his aunt, Valerie Browning, in rural Ethiopia as she assisted women with terrible childbirth injuries. Deeply moved, Andr ew decided to train under the legendary Dr. Catherine Hamlin at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. In the 17 years that have passed, Dr. Browning has provided life-changing surgery to women across Africa and Asia.

With the help of his obstetrician father, Dr. David Browning, he founded the Barbara May Foundation in Australia in 2009, providing volunteer midwives and obstetricians for emergency maternity services in district hospitals, and training for local staff.

Dr. Browning has led a team that have gone on to transform several rundown health centers into safe and functional maternal health centers for poor women, and those living in remote regions.

In an effort to help the more than one million women estimated to be suffering with existing obstetric fistula injuries throughout Africa, Dr. Browning continues to provide fistula camps in Malawi, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Chad, Uganda, Congo, South Sudan and Togo.

Dr. Browning also consults on global maternal healthcare issues to United Nations Fund for Population Activities and the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).  Andrew recently was appointed chair of the Fistula Expert Advisory Group at FIGO.  Recently, he was named as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in recognition of his “outstanding contributions” to improving maternal healthcare for women in poverty.

Fistula Foundation is thrilled to have Dr. Andrew Browning on our team!

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Team Kenya

Habiba Corodhia Mohamed

Country Director

Habiba Corodhia Mohamed is Country Director for Fistula Foundation’s Action on Fistula program in Kenya. In this role, Ms. Mohamed works at the local level to educate communities about fistula and help identify and refer women for treatment. She also trains other community health workers in western Kenya to do...

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Habiba Corodhia Mohamed is Country Director for Fistula Foundation’s Action on Fistula program in Kenya. In this role, Ms. Mohamed works at the local level to educate communities about fistula and help identify and refer women for treatment. She also trains other community health workers in western Kenya to do the same. Ms. Mohamed began her career as a community veterinarian, assisting livestock farmers by treating their sick animals. Though this close contact with the community she began to see the myriad social challenges face by rural communities and became passionate about working with women facing reproductive health challenges. She is the founder of Women and Development Against Distress in Africa (WADADIA), a community based organization working in the western region of Kenya that provides psycho-social support, economic empowerment and reproductive health to women in need. Prior to joining Fistula Foundation, she worked on fistula for nearly a decade. In this time, she was able to publish a research paper on the psychosocial consequences of fistula to young mothers in western Kenya, and developed Habibathananga, a fistula reintegration model currently under pilot in western Kenya.

In merely the first five months of her work on Action on Fistula, Ms. Mohamed oversaw the training of more than 70 community resource workers, who have conducted outreach visits and community rallies that resulted in reaching more than 4,500 community members, and the treatment of 80 women who were successfully referred to treatment Action on Fistula sites.

Ms. Mohammed holds an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Mt. Kenya University.

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Nelson Musa

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Nelson Musa is Monitoring & Evaluation Officer of Fistula Foundation’s nationwide treatment network in Kenya. He brings fourteen years of experience in organizing and community health. Prior to joining Fistula Foundation, Nelson worked as an organizer for Jhpiego, and currently partners with WADADIA (Women and Development Against Distress in Africa),...

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Nelson Musa is Monitoring & Evaluation Officer of Fistula Foundation’s nationwide treatment network in Kenya. He brings fourteen years of experience in organizing and community health. Prior to joining Fistula Foundation, Nelson worked as an organizer for Jhpiego, and currently partners with WADADIA (Women and Development Against Distress in Africa), a key Fistula Foundation partner in Western Kenya.

Nelson holds a Higher Diploma in Psychological Counseling from the Kenya Institute of Professional Counseling, as well as a Certificate in Management from the Kenya Institute of Management.

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Sarah Omega Kidangasi

Communications Officer

Sarah Omega Kidangasi is a fistula survivor and maternal health advocate. Sarah became an advocate for the Campaign to End Fistula, served as a senior spokesperson with UNFPA, and is Outreach Manager in Western Kenya for One By One’s Let’s End Fistula initiative. Sarah is an eloquent and powerful spokesperson...

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Sarah Omega Kidangasi is a fistula survivor and maternal health advocate. Sarah became an advocate for the Campaign to End Fistula, served as a senior spokesperson with UNFPA, and is Outreach Manager in Western Kenya for One By One’s Let’s End Fistula initiative. Sarah is an eloquent and powerful spokesperson for fistula patients. Her own labor was obstructed and doctors lacked supplies to treat the obstruction; as a result, her baby died and she developed a fistula. In May 2007, she had successful surgery after suffering from fistula for 12 years. Sarah now serves as Communications Officer for our Action on Fistula program in Kenya.

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Team Zambia

Bwalya Chomba

Program Director

Bwalya Magawa Chomba is the Program Director for the Fistula Foundation Zambia office. Bwalya is responsible for supporting referrals for fistula patients to partner hospitals, serves as key liaison between the hospitals and the community, and strengthens partnerships with government ministries and community and faith-based organizations. Bwalya has been working...

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Bwalya Magawa Chomba is the Program Director for the Fistula Foundation Zambia office. Bwalya is responsible for supporting referrals for fistula patients to partner hospitals, serves as key liaison between the hospitals and the community, and strengthens partnerships with government ministries and community and faith-based organizations.

Bwalya has been working as a Social Worker and Community Development Officer for 13 years, most recently based with the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare in Nakonde District. Bwalya has also worked with Caritas / Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Mpika Diocese, where she worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, coordinating revisions of project strategies with key stakeholders and ensuring a shared understanding of strategic and informational needs. During her tenure as District Development Facilitator with the NGO Africare Zambia, she learned about obstetric fistula and took up an active role in mobilizing suffering women, successfully referring 200 women for life-transforming surgery.

She has always believed that local community participation is an important way to achieve sustainable development, particularly in the fight against obstetric fistula. Bwalya holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Mulungushi University in Kabwe, Zambia.

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Dickinson Victor Chibale

Driver

Dickinson Victor Chibale is the Motor Vehicle Driver for Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He ensures safe and reliable driving for Fistula Foundation staff, officials and visitors, as well as transporting mail collections, documents, and other cargo. He also offers timely support to teams on the ground, including registering workshop participants...

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Dickinson Victor Chibale is the Motor Vehicle Driver for Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He ensures safe and reliable driving for Fistula Foundation staff, officials and visitors, as well as transporting mail collections, documents, and other cargo. He also offers timely support to teams on the ground, including registering workshop participants at official trainings, and delivering supplies to fistula patients during surgery outreach camps.

Prior to joining Fistula Foundation in early 2018, Dickinson served as a professional driver for the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority for more than 15 years. He has a valid SADC Driver’s License Class C, as well as a certificate in road accident prevention from the National Institute for Productivity in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Dickinson holds a firm belief that hard work and commitment to duty are essential ingredients for an organization, and that these will lead to a successful fight against obstetric fistula.

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Emmanuel Chiluba

Program Officer

Emmanuel Chiluba is a Program Officer at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He works with representatives of the Ministry of Health, assists in training and supervising Community Health Volunteers, and holds sensitization meetings for community leaders in Zambia’s Central Province. Emmanuel holds a diploma in social work, and has over 18...

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Emmanuel Chiluba is a Program Officer at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He works with representatives of the Ministry of Health, assists in training and supervising Community Health Volunteers, and holds sensitization meetings for community leaders in Zambia’s Central Province.

Emmanuel holds a diploma in social work, and has over 18 years of experience working with both grassroots organizations and international NGOs. Before joining Fistula Foundation, Emmanuel worked with the Association of Lay Missionaries of Italy, the Churches Association of Zambia, and the Caritas Mpika Catholic Diocese.

Emmanuel believes that community activities need full commitment and participation to achieve our goal: to help the many vulnerable women still suffering from obstetric fistula.

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Kalumba Kaputo

Program Officer

Kalumba Kaputa is a Program Officer at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He collaborates with the Ministry of Health and local grassroots organizations, screening potential fistula patients and referring them to treatment centers for care in Zambia’s Luapula Province. Prior to joining Fistula Foundation, Kalumba worked for 8 years as a...

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Kalumba Kaputa is a Program Officer at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He collaborates with the Ministry of Health and local grassroots organizations, screening potential fistula patients and referring them to treatment centers for care in Zambia’s Luapula Province.

Prior to joining Fistula Foundation, Kalumba worked for 8 years as a Clinical Officer for the Zambian Ministry of Health, serving as a frontline health provider at Chilonga Mission General Hospital. He has also served in roles at the Mpepo Rural Health Centre and the Mpika District Health Office. Kalumba holds a diploma in Basic Clinical Medical Sciences in Mental Health and Psychiatry from the University of Zambia School of Medicine in Association with Chainama College of Health Sciences.

Kalumba strongly feels that unity and team work are essential for any organization to achieve its key objectives, especially in the fight against obstetric fistula.

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Jameson Kaunda

Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator

Jameson Kaunda is a Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He is responsible for planning and implementing Zambia’s monitoring & evaluation (M&E) activities pertaining to community outreach; the identification, screening and referral of fistula patients; and tracking and reporting surgical, clinical treatment, post-repair follow-up and reintegration activity...

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Jameson Kaunda is a Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He is responsible for planning and implementing Zambia’s monitoring & evaluation (M&E) activities pertaining to community outreach; the identification, screening and referral of fistula patients; and tracking and reporting surgical, clinical treatment, post-repair follow-up and reintegration activity outcomes.

Over the past five years, Jameson has worked on a number of projects as a Research Assistant and M&E Specialist focusing on HIV; malaria; water, sanitation and hygiene; and maternal & child health. He also previously worked at Africare as an M&E Officer where he helped develop the organization’s Performance Monitoring Plan and M&E systems. Jameson holds a BA in Development Studies from the University of Zambia and is currently pursuing a Master in Public Health at the University of South Wales in the UK. Jameson is honored to be part of the Fistula Foundation team – changing and transforming vulnerable women’s lives, wiping away their shame and restoring their self-esteem and dignity in society.

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Malumbe Shichilenge

Program Officer

Malumbe Shichilenge is a Program Officer at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He is responsible for community sensitization, patient mobilization, and treatment referrals in Zambia’s Muchinga Province. Malumbe worked with the Zambian Ministry of Health as a lab assistant for 7 years prior to joining Fistula Foundation. He also worked in...

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Malumbe Shichilenge is a Program Officer at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He is responsible for community sensitization, patient mobilization, and treatment referrals in Zambia’s Muchinga Province.

Malumbe worked with the Zambian Ministry of Health as a lab assistant for 7 years prior to joining Fistula Foundation. He also worked in the local community as a blood donor recruiter under the Zambia National Blood Transfusion Services (ZNTBS), helping the community understand the importance of donating blood.

He heard about obstetric fistula in early 2017, quickly developed a strong interest in the area, and joined Fistula Foundation the same year. Malumbe holds a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies form the University of Zambia in Lusaka.

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Kelly Brennan

Chair | Managing Director, Citadel Securities | New York, New York

Kelly Brennan is a Managing Director at Citadel Securities. She runs the global ETF business and specializes in helping clients to execute large trades in US and global exchange traded funds and equities. Prior to joining Citadel, Kelly managed several teams within Goldman Sach’s Securities Division in New York for...

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Kelly Brennan is a Managing Director at Citadel Securities. She runs the global ETF business and specializes in helping clients to execute large trades in US and global exchange traded funds and equities. Prior to joining Citadel, Kelly managed several teams within Goldman Sach’s Securities Division in New York for nearly thirteen years. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2005 as an associate and was named managing director in 2010. Kelly started her career at Susquehanna International Group as an equity and equity derivatives trader. Kelly is an active member of Women in ETFs and served on Goldman Sachs’ Women’s Network. She was on the advisory council for Goldman Sachs Hispanic/Latino Network. She has served as member of Two Together, a mentoring program for disadvantaged youth in Manhattan and volunteer for Puppies Behind Bars.Kelly earned a BA in Political Economies with a concentration in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2000.

 

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Ling Yang Lew

Director | Legal Counsel, Apple | San Jose, California

Ling Yang Lew serves as legal counsel at Apple. She previously worked at the County of Santa Clara, where she served as an advice attorney to the County’s health and hospital system, which provides safety-net health services. Prior to law school, Ling worked in health economics research. Ling is a...

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Ling Yang Lew serves as legal counsel at Apple. She previously worked at the County of Santa Clara, where she served as an advice attorney to the County’s health and hospital system, which provides safety-net health services. Prior to law school, Ling worked in health economics research. Ling is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Duke University.

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Bill Mann

Director | Director of Small Cap Research, The Motley Fool | Alexandria, Virginia

William ‘Bill’ Mann is Director of Small Cap Research for Motley Fool Asset Management and specializes in identifying companies with underappreciated competitive advantages and assets. He has experience analyzing a wide range of industries, and it was his expertise in corporate governance that led the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce,...

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William ‘Bill’ Mann is Director of Small Cap Research for Motley Fool Asset Management and specializes in identifying companies with underappreciated competitive advantages and assets. He has experience analyzing a wide range of industries, and it was his expertise in corporate governance that led the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to ask him to be an expert witness at a 2001 hearing regarding the collapse of Enron.

A sought-after public speaker, Bill has frequently appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox News Channel, CNN, BBC, CBS, and numerous business radio programs. Before joining The Motley Fool in 1999, Bill was a co-founder of a specialty international telecommunications carrier, and he previously worked in the energy and telecommunications industries. Bill holds a degree in international service from American University. He was named a 2011 Rising Star in the Mutual Fund Industry by Institutional Investor. Bill became passionate about obstetric fistula after a visit to Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Charlotte Polle

Director | OB/GYN & Fistula Surgeon | Nairobi, Kenya

Charlotte is an obstetrician/gynecologist and internationally accredited fistula surgeon through the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). She is also a public health specialist, with an MPH from Johns Hopkins University focusing on women and reproductive health. She is currently faculty at the School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics...

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Charlotte is an obstetrician/gynecologist and internationally accredited fistula surgeon through the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). She is also a public health specialist, with an MPH from Johns Hopkins University focusing on women and reproductive health. She is currently faculty at the School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kenyatta University in Kenya, as well as the School of Public Health Department of Population and Reproductive Health.

Prior to her position at Kenyatta University, Charlotte was a program manager for the maternal and neonatal health program at the Reproductive and Maternal Health Services Unit, Ministry of Health in Kenya. She has over 16 years of clinical experience and has practiced as an obstetrician/gynecologist and public health specialist for various organizations in and out of Kenya.

Since 2016, Charlotte has served as the lead surgeon for Fistula Foundation’s outreach at Bomu Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya.

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Denis Robson

Director | Retired, Johnson & Johnson | Edinburgh, Scotland

Mr. Robson enjoyed a lengthy career at Johnson & Johnson, from which he recently retired in 2014. While at J&J, he held several senior positions in International business management such as Director for African Affairs and General Manager of the Medical Device business in Africa and the Middle East. In...

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Mr. Robson enjoyed a lengthy career at Johnson & Johnson, from which he recently retired in 2014. While at J&J, he held several senior positions in International business management such as Director for African Affairs and General Manager of the Medical Device business in Africa and the Middle East.

In these capacities, he collaborated regularly with Fistula Foundation on projects such as a small grants program, distribution of affordable fistula repair kits and sponsorship of a fistula forum in Scotland.

Mr. Robson is now enjoying retirement and, in his spare time, pursues volunteering opportunities and acts as a healthcare advisor to NGOs on women’s health issues and surgery in Africa. He is an active Rotarian and past President of his local club (twice) with a particular interest in the work of their International Committee. His geographical focus is currently on projects in Malawi where he serves on the Board of the Scotland Malawi Partnership, a national network that supports people to people links between the two nations.

Mr. Robson is an Honorary Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) and the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) and graduated in Business Studies from the Scottish College of Textiles.

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Gillian Slinger

Gillian Slinger

Director | Senior Project Manager of FIGO’s Fistula Surgery Training Initiative | London, UK

Gillian Slinger is a Midwife and holds a BSc in Health Management, an MSc in Public Health, and a Teaching Certificate. After completing her Nurse and Midwifery training in the UK, Gillian worked as a Midwife for 10 years in French speaking Switzerland, before joining Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors Without...

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Gillian Slinger is a Midwife and holds a BSc in Health Management, an MSc in Public Health, and a Teaching Certificate. After completing her Nurse and Midwifery training in the UK, Gillian worked as a Midwife for 10 years in French speaking Switzerland, before joining Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors Without Borders) and Save the Children as a field Midwife and Trainer in numerous countries, including Mali, Chad, DRC, Kenya and Sierra Leone. As part of her MSF duties, Gillian managed maternal health programs in more than 20 countries across Africa and Asia, and had an active role developing projects for women with obstetric fistula.

In the last 15 years, she has become an international activist for fistula and her involvement in fistula work has increased considerably, taking her to New York for 4 years to head the global Campaign to End Fistula with UNFPA, where she was instrumental in establishing the UN approved International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, and bringing her to the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) in London in 2014 to undertake her present role, leading the FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative.

Gillian also teaches in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and has recently served on the Board of Directors of MSF Switzerland

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Mal Warwick

Director | Founder and Chairman, Mal Warwick | Donordigital | Berkeley, CA

Mal is the founder and chairman of Mal Warwick | Donordigital (www.malwarwick.com, Berkeley, CA, and Washington, DC), a fundraising agency specializing in integrated, multi-channel fundraising and marketing that has served nonprofit organizations nationwide since 1979. The agency has helped raise more than a billion dollars for many of America’s biggest...

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Mal is the founder and chairman of Mal Warwick | Donordigital (www.malwarwick.com, Berkeley, CA, and Washington, DC), a fundraising agency specializing in integrated, multi-channel fundraising and marketing that has served nonprofit organizations nationwide since 1979. The agency has helped raise more than a billion dollars for many of America’s biggest and most-loved causes and institutions.

For decades, Mal played a leadership role in the fundraising and direct marketing fields both nationally and internationally. He lectured or led workshops on fundraising and marketing on six continents for NGO executives from more than 100 countries. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer.

Mal has written or edited a total of twenty books, including the best-selling fundraising text, How to Write Successful Fundraising Appeals, now in its third edition. Among the books he has written about the role of business in society today is The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers, winner of a 2014 Axiom Business Book Award, which he co-authored with the late Dr. Paul Polak.

For more information, go to www.linkedin.com/in/malwarwick.

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Robert Tessler

Director | Retired, Toberoff, Tessler & Schochet | New York, New York

Robert Tessler is a litigator, and retired partner in the Manhattan law firm Toberoff, Tessler & Schochet. He has served as Chairman of the Essex County chapter of the ACLU, Chairman of the Board of the National Music Theater Network, and County Committeeman of the New Jersey Democratic Party.  He...

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Robert Tessler is a litigator, and retired partner in the Manhattan law firm Toberoff, Tessler & Schochet. He has served as Chairman of the Essex County chapter of the ACLU, Chairman of the Board of the National Music Theater Network, and County Committeeman of the New Jersey Democratic Party. 

He has been a consistent major fundraiser for Democratic Senatorial Candidates and worked on fundraising committees for the Kerry and Obama Presidential campaigns. He started out doing pro-bono legal representation of draft resisters during the Vietnam War. From 2003-2014 Rob was a valued member of Fistula Foundation’s board of directors, helping guide the Foundation through profound change. He served for many years on the Executive Committee of the board, when the board was larger than it is today. He is currently volunteering as a mentor to fourth and fifth grade students at a public school in Manhattan.

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Kate Grant

Chief Executive Officer

Kate Grant joined the Foundation as its first Chief Executive in 2005. She led the expansion of the Foundation from supporting one hospital in one country, Ethiopia, to its current position as the global leader in fistula treatment, supporting treatment partners in more than 20 countries in Africa and Asia....

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Kate Grant joined the Foundation as its first Chief Executive in 2005. She led the expansion of the Foundation from supporting one hospital in one country, Ethiopia, to its current position as the global leader in fistula treatment, supporting treatment partners in more than 20 countries in Africa and Asia. Under her leadership, the Foundation is raising five times as much money as a decade ago, and supporting 15 times as many surgeries, while helping build new women’s hospitals in Kenya, Bangladesh, Congo and Tanzania. She’s formed partnerships with key leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, Astellas Pharma EMEA, The Life You Can Save founded by Professor Peter Singer, Direct Relief, and Engender Health. She’s led the Foundation to excellence – 14 consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator, placing the Foundation in the top 1% of nonprofit organizations evaluated, earning a consistent “A” from Charity Watch, being named one of the top 50 charities in the U.S. by Consumer Reports, and enabling Fistula Foundation to earn more than 600 perfect 5 star ratings on GreatNonprofits. In recognition of these achievements, in 2014, Ms. Grant was named “Nonprofit Marketer of the Year” by the American Marketing Association and American Marketing Association Foundation.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Grant was engaged in advocating for a strong United States role in international cooperation. She served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Staff and as the Special Assistant and Deputy Chief of Staff at USAID and as a consultant to USAID’s Mission in Tanzania, the Rockefeller Foundation, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and the Women’s Funding Network. Ms. Grant holds an MPA with a focus on International Development from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where she was elected chair of the school’s Graduate student body. Prior to attending Princeton, she was an advertising executive at two large agencies: Leo Burnett in Chicago and FCB in San Francisco, managing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies such as Levi Strauss, McDonald’s, and Clorox. She graduated with honors from the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley. She also completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program in Nonprofit Management. Ms. Grant has served on several boards, including the Governing Board of Graduate Alumni of Princeton University. She regularly gives presentations about the Foundation’s work, having lectured twice at Princeton University and at Oxford University, for the 2015 Effective Altruism Global conference.

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Anne Ferguson

Deputy Director

Anne Ferguson joined the Foundation in late November 2003 as its first paid staff member. Since joining the Foundation she’s guided the formulation of policies and procedures to enable the organization’s growth. She has primary responsibility for financial systems, grants, HR and database management. Prior to working with the Fistula...

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Anne Ferguson joined the Foundation in late November 2003 as its first paid staff member. Since joining the Foundation she’s guided the formulation of policies and procedures to enable the organization’s growth. She has primary responsibility for financial systems, grants, HR and database management. Prior to working with the Fistula Foundation, she worked in the private sector in the United Kingdom as an HR Manager and at a senior administrative level. Anne earned an MA in English & Modern History from St. Andrews University in Scotland, an HR qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development in the UK, and was certified SPHR by the HR Certification Institute in the USA.

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Lindsey Pollaczek

Vice President of Programs

Lindsey Pollaczek joined Fistula Foundation in 2014, initially based out of Nairobi, Kenya. She is currently serving as the Vice President of Programs overseeing the Foundation’s programs in over 20 countries in Africa and Asia. Amongst her accomplishments is leading the successful Action on Fistula program in Kenya, and launching...

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Lindsey Pollaczek joined Fistula Foundation in 2014, initially based out of Nairobi, Kenya. She is currently serving as the Vice President of Programs overseeing the Foundation’s programs in over 20 countries in Africa and Asia. Amongst her accomplishments is leading the successful Action on Fistula program in Kenya, and launching a countrywide program in Zambia that have collectively provided over 6,000 fistula surgeries and strengthened national capacity for treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation.
Prior to joining Fistula Foundation, Lindsey worked with the humanitarian organization Direct Relief, overseeing the organization’s Maternal and Child Health portfolio, where she designed and implemented programs to improve access to essential health services for women and children, particularly the right to a safe pregnancy and delivery, and treatment for obstetric fistula. Lindsey holds a MPH in Community Health Sciences from UCLA and is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Fellowship for Health Equity, a program that supports global leaders working to combat health disparity and promote equity.

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Darren Blankenship

Darren Blankenship

Database Administrator

Darren Blankenship is glad join Fistula Foundation as Database Administrator. Darren brings over twenty years of experience working with various Bay Area non-profits and educational institutions. His passion is for systems integration and data integrity, and he is excited to bring this to Fistula Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree...

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Darren Blankenship is glad join Fistula Foundation as Database Administrator. Darren brings over twenty years of experience working with various Bay Area non-profits and educational institutions. His passion is for systems integration and data integrity, and he is excited to bring this to Fistula Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading science fiction, and catching up on recent developments in science and technology.

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Jesse Dubow

Philanthropy Associate

Jesse Dubow is thrilled to join the Fistula Foundation team as the Philanthropy Associate. She learned about fistula while serving as community health organizer with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, where she developed and implemented youth programs aimed at reducing risk factors for fistula. She is passionate about gender equality...

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Jesse Dubow is thrilled to join the Fistula Foundation team as the Philanthropy Associate. She learned about fistula while serving as community health organizer with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, where she developed and implemented youth programs aimed at reducing risk factors for fistula.

She is passionate about gender equality and social entrepreneurship, and has worked on projects ranging from postpartum hemorrhage training in Guatemala, to recycling program feasibility studies in Indonesia. She believes philanthropy is critical to the resiliency and effectiveness of Fistula Foundation’s partners, and is excited to be part of ending fistula in a generation. Jesse holds a BA in International Studies from American University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

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Katherine Weller

Senior Writer

Katherine Weller joined Fistula Foundation as Marketing Communications Writer in 2017. She brings a background in nonprofit program support and journalistic writing, as well as a B.A. in cross-cultural sociology. Katherine formerly served as co-chair of the Young Professionals Council at the St. Anthony Foundation, an organization serving homeless and...

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Katherine Weller joined Fistula Foundation as Marketing Communications Writer in 2017. She brings a background in nonprofit program support and journalistic writing, as well as a B.A. in cross-cultural sociology. Katherine formerly served as co-chair of the Young Professionals Council at the St. Anthony Foundation, an organization serving homeless and low-income San Franciscans.  She is honored to be a part of Team Fistula’s mission to create a world where no woman is ostracized for trying to bring a child into the world.

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Kimberly Adinolfi

Director of Development

Kimberly joined Fistula Foundation in 2016, and is focused on growing the Love a Sister and monthly giving programs. She is an experienced nonprofit fundraising professional with over 10 years’ experience working for some of the top nonprofits in the Bay Area, including Hope Services, EMQ Children & Family Service,...

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Kimberly joined Fistula Foundation in 2016, and is focused on growing the Love a Sister and monthly giving programs. She is an experienced nonprofit fundraising professional with over 10 years’ experience working for some of the top nonprofits in the Bay Area, including Hope Services, EMQ Children & Family Service, Family Giving Tree and most recently, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. She continues to grow professionally through involvement with the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), serving as a part of the Mentorship Program Committee and as a Mentor in the program. Kimberly is active in the local community and spent several years volunteering with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program, helping participants become successful fundraisers and train for half marathons while fundraising and completing the events herself. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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Mirabel Miscala

Digital Engagement Manager

Mirabel Miscala joined Fistula Foundation in December 2015. As Digital Engagement Manager, Mirabel is delighted to communicate Fistula Foundation’s work through exciting and innovative means. Graduating from San Jose State with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Digital Media Art, Mirabel holds a background in web technologies, content management, and...

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Mirabel Miscala joined Fistula Foundation in December 2015. As Digital Engagement Manager, Mirabel is delighted to communicate Fistula Foundation’s work through exciting and innovative means. Graduating from San Jose State with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Digital Media Art, Mirabel holds a background in web technologies, content management, and various digital skills in diverse fields. Prior to the Foundation, Mirabel has worked in multiple roles and projects relating to web and technology, including teaching for classrooms and content production for start-ups. Influenced by Silicon Valley tech culture, she holds a passion for the arts and technology, bringing start-up experience and creative skills to the team. Mirabel is excited to contribute innovative skills in supporting the Foundation’s excellent projects, while helping women in need.

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Morgan Walter

Video Editor/Producer

Morgan Walter joined as the Video Production Specialist for Fistula Foundation in 2018. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Cinema from San Francisco State University, with an emphasis in Documentary. In 2012, her first film "I Agree With Jennifer", won an award at SiDocFest. This sparked her commitment to...

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Morgan Walter joined as the Video Production Specialist for Fistula Foundation in 2018. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Cinema from San Francisco State University, with an emphasis in Documentary. In 2012, her first film “I Agree With Jennifer”, won an award at SiDocFest. This sparked her commitment to documentary filmmaking as a way to provoke change and advocate for a cause.  Since 2016, Morgan has worked as video editor and cinematographer for documentaries, wedding and branded content in the Bay Area. She is honored to bring Fistula Foundation’s stories to life in videos, and tie our supporters closer to the life-transforming work on the ground.

 

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Pam Lowney

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Pam is a seasoned strategist who combines expertise in digital communications with a lifelong passion for medicine and human health. Most recently as Content Lead for Stanford Health Care, Pam developed an enterprise content program for the health system’s network of complex-care and primary clinics, solving for key touch points...

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Pam is a seasoned strategist who combines expertise in digital communications with a lifelong passion for medicine and human health. Most recently as Content Lead for Stanford Health Care, Pam developed an enterprise content program for the health system’s network of complex-care and primary clinics, solving for key touch points across the care journey Pam’s commitment to service-driven communications builds on earlier experience as a journalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and roles at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic in San Francisco and Centro Adelante Campesino, a migrant farmworker center in AZ. In her free time, Pam enjoys cycling, climbing and mixed-art projects.

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Sajira Mae The

Development Associate

Sajira Mae The is excited to join Fistula Foundation as Development Associate. Sajira is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University (MA, Transformational Urban Leadership) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA, Community Studies). She first learned about obstetric fistula in a global health class for her masters, when she...

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Sajira Mae The is excited to join Fistula Foundation as Development Associate. Sajira is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University (MA, Transformational Urban Leadership) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA, Community Studies). She first learned about obstetric fistula in a global health class for her masters, when she was assigned Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. In joining Fistula Foundation, Sajira continues a career path in the nonprofit sector, supplemented by an impressive personal tradition of volunteer service.

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Dr. Steve Arrowsmith

Medical Advisor

Dr. Steve Arrowsmith has been working with Fistula Foundation for many years, but has recently become an official member of the staff. Currently based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steve has treated fistula throughout Africa and Asia for nearly 30 years and is an esteemed mentor and trainer for new fistula...

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Dr. Steve Arrowsmith has been working with Fistula Foundation for many years, but has recently become an official member of the staff. Currently based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steve has treated fistula throughout Africa and Asia for nearly 30 years and is an esteemed mentor and trainer for new fistula surgeons. He received his undergraduate degree from Miami University, his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Ohio, and he is a Urologist by surgical training. Steve says his inspiration comes from the women he helps, starting with his first fistula surgery, and it has continued unabated.

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Dr. Andrew Browning

Medical Director

Dr. Andrew Browning AM is an Australian trained obstetrician and gynecologist who has worked in Ethiopia and Tanzania for more than 17 years as a senior fistula surgeon. Dr. Browning’s life mission has been to help women suffering with obstetric fistula in Africa. As a young doctor, he was inspired...

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Dr. Andrew Browning AM is an Australian trained obstetrician and gynecologist who has worked in Ethiopia and Tanzania for more than 17 years as a senior fistula surgeon.

Dr. Browning’s life mission has been to help women suffering with obstetric fistula in Africa.

As a young doctor, he was inspired to become a fistula surgeon after visiting his aunt, Valerie Browning, in rural Ethiopia as she assisted women with terrible childbirth injuries. Deeply moved, Andr ew decided to train under the legendary Dr. Catherine Hamlin at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. In the 17 years that have passed, Dr. Browning has provided life-changing surgery to women across Africa and Asia.

With the help of his obstetrician father, Dr. David Browning, he founded the Barbara May Foundation in Australia in 2009, providing volunteer midwives and obstetricians for emergency maternity services in district hospitals, and training for local staff.

Dr. Browning has led a team that have gone on to transform several rundown health centers into safe and functional maternal health centers for poor women, and those living in remote regions.

In an effort to help the more than one million women estimated to be suffering with existing obstetric fistula injuries throughout Africa, Dr. Browning continues to provide fistula camps in Malawi, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Chad, Uganda, Congo, South Sudan and Togo.

Dr. Browning also consults on global maternal healthcare issues to United Nations Fund for Population Activities and the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).  Andrew recently was appointed chair of the Fistula Expert Advisory Group at FIGO.  Recently, he was named as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in recognition of his “outstanding contributions” to improving maternal healthcare for women in poverty.

Fistula Foundation is thrilled to have Dr. Andrew Browning on our team!

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Team Kenya

Habiba Corodhia Mohamed

Country Director

Habiba Corodhia Mohamed is Country Director for Fistula Foundation’s Action on Fistula program in Kenya. In this role, Ms. Mohamed works at the local level to educate communities about fistula and help identify and refer women for treatment. She also trains other community health workers in western Kenya to do...

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Habiba Corodhia Mohamed is Country Director for Fistula Foundation’s Action on Fistula program in Kenya. In this role, Ms. Mohamed works at the local level to educate communities about fistula and help identify and refer women for treatment. She also trains other community health workers in western Kenya to do the same. Ms. Mohamed began her career as a community veterinarian, assisting livestock farmers by treating their sick animals. Though this close contact with the community she began to see the myriad social challenges face by rural communities and became passionate about working with women facing reproductive health challenges. She is the founder of Women and Development Against Distress in Africa (WADADIA), a community based organization working in the western region of Kenya that provides psycho-social support, economic empowerment and reproductive health to women in need. Prior to joining Fistula Foundation, she worked on fistula for nearly a decade. In this time, she was able to publish a research paper on the psychosocial consequences of fistula to young mothers in western Kenya, and developed Habibathananga, a fistula reintegration model currently under pilot in western Kenya.

In merely the first five months of her work on Action on Fistula, Ms. Mohamed oversaw the training of more than 70 community resource workers, who have conducted outreach visits and community rallies that resulted in reaching more than 4,500 community members, and the treatment of 80 women who were successfully referred to treatment Action on Fistula sites.

Ms. Mohammed holds an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Mt. Kenya University.

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Nelson Musa

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Nelson Musa is Monitoring & Evaluation Officer of Fistula Foundation’s nationwide treatment network in Kenya. He brings fourteen years of experience in organizing and community health. Prior to joining Fistula Foundation, Nelson worked as an organizer for Jhpiego, and currently partners with WADADIA (Women and Development Against Distress in Africa),...

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Nelson Musa is Monitoring & Evaluation Officer of Fistula Foundation’s nationwide treatment network in Kenya. He brings fourteen years of experience in organizing and community health. Prior to joining Fistula Foundation, Nelson worked as an organizer for Jhpiego, and currently partners with WADADIA (Women and Development Against Distress in Africa), a key Fistula Foundation partner in Western Kenya.

Nelson holds a Higher Diploma in Psychological Counseling from the Kenya Institute of Professional Counseling, as well as a Certificate in Management from the Kenya Institute of Management.

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Sarah Omega Kidangasi

Communications Officer

Sarah Omega Kidangasi is a fistula survivor and maternal health advocate. Sarah became an advocate for the Campaign to End Fistula, served as a senior spokesperson with UNFPA, and is Outreach Manager in Western Kenya for One By One’s Let’s End Fistula initiative. Sarah is an eloquent and powerful spokesperson...

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Sarah Omega Kidangasi is a fistula survivor and maternal health advocate. Sarah became an advocate for the Campaign to End Fistula, served as a senior spokesperson with UNFPA, and is Outreach Manager in Western Kenya for One By One’s Let’s End Fistula initiative. Sarah is an eloquent and powerful spokesperson for fistula patients. Her own labor was obstructed and doctors lacked supplies to treat the obstruction; as a result, her baby died and she developed a fistula. In May 2007, she had successful surgery after suffering from fistula for 12 years. Sarah now serves as Communications Officer for our Action on Fistula program in Kenya.

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Team Zambia

Bwalya Chomba

Program Director

Bwalya Magawa Chomba is the Program Director for the Fistula Foundation Zambia office. Bwalya is responsible for supporting referrals for fistula patients to partner hospitals, serves as key liaison between the hospitals and the community, and strengthens partnerships with government ministries and community and faith-based organizations. Bwalya has been working...

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Bwalya Magawa Chomba is the Program Director for the Fistula Foundation Zambia office. Bwalya is responsible for supporting referrals for fistula patients to partner hospitals, serves as key liaison between the hospitals and the community, and strengthens partnerships with government ministries and community and faith-based organizations.

Bwalya has been working as a Social Worker and Community Development Officer for 13 years, most recently based with the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare in Nakonde District. Bwalya has also worked with Caritas / Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Mpika Diocese, where she worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, coordinating revisions of project strategies with key stakeholders and ensuring a shared understanding of strategic and informational needs. During her tenure as District Development Facilitator with the NGO Africare Zambia, she learned about obstetric fistula and took up an active role in mobilizing suffering women, successfully referring 200 women for life-transforming surgery.

She has always believed that local community participation is an important way to achieve sustainable development, particularly in the fight against obstetric fistula. Bwalya holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Mulungushi University in Kabwe, Zambia.

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Dickinson Victor Chibale

Driver

Dickinson Victor Chibale is the Motor Vehicle Driver for Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He ensures safe and reliable driving for Fistula Foundation staff, officials and visitors, as well as transporting mail collections, documents, and other cargo. He also offers timely support to teams on the ground, including registering workshop participants...

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Dickinson Victor Chibale is the Motor Vehicle Driver for Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He ensures safe and reliable driving for Fistula Foundation staff, officials and visitors, as well as transporting mail collections, documents, and other cargo. He also offers timely support to teams on the ground, including registering workshop participants at official trainings, and delivering supplies to fistula patients during surgery outreach camps.

Prior to joining Fistula Foundation in early 2018, Dickinson served as a professional driver for the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority for more than 15 years. He has a valid SADC Driver’s License Class C, as well as a certificate in road accident prevention from the National Institute for Productivity in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Dickinson holds a firm belief that hard work and commitment to duty are essential ingredients for an organization, and that these will lead to a successful fight against obstetric fistula.

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Emmanuel Chiluba

Program Officer

Emmanuel Chiluba is a Program Officer at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He works with representatives of the Ministry of Health, assists in training and supervising Community Health Volunteers, and holds sensitization meetings for community leaders in Zambia’s Central Province. Emmanuel holds a diploma in social work, and has over 18...

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Emmanuel Chiluba is a Program Officer at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He works with representatives of the Ministry of Health, assists in training and supervising Community Health Volunteers, and holds sensitization meetings for community leaders in Zambia’s Central Province.

Emmanuel holds a diploma in social work, and has over 18 years of experience working with both grassroots organizations and international NGOs. Before joining Fistula Foundation, Emmanuel worked with the Association of Lay Missionaries of Italy, the Churches Association of Zambia, and the Caritas Mpika Catholic Diocese.

Emmanuel believes that community activities need full commitment and participation to achieve our goal: to help the many vulnerable women still suffering from obstetric fistula.

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Kalumba Kaputo

Program Officer

Kalumba Kaputa is a Program Officer at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He collaborates with the Ministry of Health and local grassroots organizations, screening potential fistula patients and referring them to treatment centers for care in Zambia’s Luapula Province. Prior to joining Fistula Foundation, Kalumba worked for 8 years as a...

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Kalumba Kaputa is a Program Officer at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He collaborates with the Ministry of Health and local grassroots organizations, screening potential fistula patients and referring them to treatment centers for care in Zambia’s Luapula Province.

Prior to joining Fistula Foundation, Kalumba worked for 8 years as a Clinical Officer for the Zambian Ministry of Health, serving as a frontline health provider at Chilonga Mission General Hospital. He has also served in roles at the Mpepo Rural Health Centre and the Mpika District Health Office. Kalumba holds a diploma in Basic Clinical Medical Sciences in Mental Health and Psychiatry from the University of Zambia School of Medicine in Association with Chainama College of Health Sciences.

Kalumba strongly feels that unity and team work are essential for any organization to achieve its key objectives, especially in the fight against obstetric fistula.

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Jameson Kaunda

Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator

Jameson Kaunda is a Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He is responsible for planning and implementing Zambia’s monitoring & evaluation (M&E) activities pertaining to community outreach; the identification, screening and referral of fistula patients; and tracking and reporting surgical, clinical treatment, post-repair follow-up and reintegration activity...

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Jameson Kaunda is a Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He is responsible for planning and implementing Zambia’s monitoring & evaluation (M&E) activities pertaining to community outreach; the identification, screening and referral of fistula patients; and tracking and reporting surgical, clinical treatment, post-repair follow-up and reintegration activity outcomes.

Over the past five years, Jameson has worked on a number of projects as a Research Assistant and M&E Specialist focusing on HIV; malaria; water, sanitation and hygiene; and maternal & child health. He also previously worked at Africare as an M&E Officer where he helped develop the organization’s Performance Monitoring Plan and M&E systems. Jameson holds a BA in Development Studies from the University of Zambia and is currently pursuing a Master in Public Health at the University of South Wales in the UK. Jameson is honored to be part of the Fistula Foundation team – changing and transforming vulnerable women’s lives, wiping away their shame and restoring their self-esteem and dignity in society.

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Malumbe Shichilenge

Program Officer

Malumbe Shichilenge is a Program Officer at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He is responsible for community sensitization, patient mobilization, and treatment referrals in Zambia’s Muchinga Province. Malumbe worked with the Zambian Ministry of Health as a lab assistant for 7 years prior to joining Fistula Foundation. He also worked in...

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Malumbe Shichilenge is a Program Officer at Fistula Foundation’s Zambia office. He is responsible for community sensitization, patient mobilization, and treatment referrals in Zambia’s Muchinga Province.

Malumbe worked with the Zambian Ministry of Health as a lab assistant for 7 years prior to joining Fistula Foundation. He also worked in the local community as a blood donor recruiter under the Zambia National Blood Transfusion Services (ZNTBS), helping the community understand the importance of donating blood.

He heard about obstetric fistula in early 2017, quickly developed a strong interest in the area, and joined Fistula Foundation the same year. Malumbe holds a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies form the University of Zambia in Lusaka.

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Kelly Brennan

Chair | Managing Director, Citadel Securities | New York, New York

Kelly Brennan is a Managing Director at Citadel Securities. She runs the global ETF business and specializes in helping clients to execute large trades in US and global exchange traded funds and equities. Prior to joining Citadel, Kelly managed several teams within Goldman Sach’s Securities Division in New York for...

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Kelly Brennan is a Managing Director at Citadel Securities. She runs the global ETF business and specializes in helping clients to execute large trades in US and global exchange traded funds and equities. Prior to joining Citadel, Kelly managed several teams within Goldman Sach’s Securities Division in New York for nearly thirteen years. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2005 as an associate and was named managing director in 2010. Kelly started her career at Susquehanna International Group as an equity and equity derivatives trader. Kelly is an active member of Women in ETFs and served on Goldman Sachs’ Women’s Network. She was on the advisory council for Goldman Sachs Hispanic/Latino Network. She has served as member of Two Together, a mentoring program for disadvantaged youth in Manhattan and volunteer for Puppies Behind Bars.Kelly earned a BA in Political Economies with a concentration in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2000.

 

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Ling Yang Lew

Director | Legal Counsel, Apple | San Jose, California

Ling Yang Lew serves as legal counsel at Apple. She previously worked at the County of Santa Clara, where she served as an advice attorney to the County’s health and hospital system, which provides safety-net health services. Prior to law school, Ling worked in health economics research. Ling is a...

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Ling Yang Lew serves as legal counsel at Apple. She previously worked at the County of Santa Clara, where she served as an advice attorney to the County’s health and hospital system, which provides safety-net health services. Prior to law school, Ling worked in health economics research. Ling is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Duke University.

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Bill Mann

Director | Director of Small Cap Research, The Motley Fool | Alexandria, Virginia

William ‘Bill’ Mann is Director of Small Cap Research for Motley Fool Asset Management and specializes in identifying companies with underappreciated competitive advantages and assets. He has experience analyzing a wide range of industries, and it was his expertise in corporate governance that led the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce,...

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William ‘Bill’ Mann is Director of Small Cap Research for Motley Fool Asset Management and specializes in identifying companies with underappreciated competitive advantages and assets. He has experience analyzing a wide range of industries, and it was his expertise in corporate governance that led the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to ask him to be an expert witness at a 2001 hearing regarding the collapse of Enron.

A sought-after public speaker, Bill has frequently appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox News Channel, CNN, BBC, CBS, and numerous business radio programs. Before joining The Motley Fool in 1999, Bill was a co-founder of a specialty international telecommunications carrier, and he previously worked in the energy and telecommunications industries. Bill holds a degree in international service from American University. He was named a 2011 Rising Star in the Mutual Fund Industry by Institutional Investor. Bill became passionate about obstetric fistula after a visit to Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Charlotte Polle

Director | OB/GYN & Fistula Surgeon | Nairobi, Kenya

Charlotte is an obstetrician/gynecologist and internationally accredited fistula surgeon through the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). She is also a public health specialist, with an MPH from Johns Hopkins University focusing on women and reproductive health. She is currently faculty at the School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics...

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Charlotte is an obstetrician/gynecologist and internationally accredited fistula surgeon through the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). She is also a public health specialist, with an MPH from Johns Hopkins University focusing on women and reproductive health. She is currently faculty at the School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kenyatta University in Kenya, as well as the School of Public Health Department of Population and Reproductive Health.

Prior to her position at Kenyatta University, Charlotte was a program manager for the maternal and neonatal health program at the Reproductive and Maternal Health Services Unit, Ministry of Health in Kenya. She has over 16 years of clinical experience and has practiced as an obstetrician/gynecologist and public health specialist for various organizations in and out of Kenya.

Since 2016, Charlotte has served as the lead surgeon for Fistula Foundation’s outreach at Bomu Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya.

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Denis Robson

Director | Retired, Johnson & Johnson | Edinburgh, Scotland

Mr. Robson enjoyed a lengthy career at Johnson & Johnson, from which he recently retired in 2014. While at J&J, he held several senior positions in International business management such as Director for African Affairs and General Manager of the Medical Device business in Africa and the Middle East. In...

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Mr. Robson enjoyed a lengthy career at Johnson & Johnson, from which he recently retired in 2014. While at J&J, he held several senior positions in International business management such as Director for African Affairs and General Manager of the Medical Device business in Africa and the Middle East.

In these capacities, he collaborated regularly with Fistula Foundation on projects such as a small grants program, distribution of affordable fistula repair kits and sponsorship of a fistula forum in Scotland.

Mr. Robson is now enjoying retirement and, in his spare time, pursues volunteering opportunities and acts as a healthcare advisor to NGOs on women’s health issues and surgery in Africa. He is an active Rotarian and past President of his local club (twice) with a particular interest in the work of their International Committee. His geographical focus is currently on projects in Malawi where he serves on the Board of the Scotland Malawi Partnership, a national network that supports people to people links between the two nations.

Mr. Robson is an Honorary Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) and the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) and graduated in Business Studies from the Scottish College of Textiles.

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Gillian Slinger

Gillian Slinger

Director | Senior Project Manager of FIGO’s Fistula Surgery Training Initiative | London, UK

Gillian Slinger is a Midwife and holds a BSc in Health Management, an MSc in Public Health, and a Teaching Certificate. After completing her Nurse and Midwifery training in the UK, Gillian worked as a Midwife for 10 years in French speaking Switzerland, before joining Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors Without...

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Gillian Slinger is a Midwife and holds a BSc in Health Management, an MSc in Public Health, and a Teaching Certificate. After completing her Nurse and Midwifery training in the UK, Gillian worked as a Midwife for 10 years in French speaking Switzerland, before joining Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors Without Borders) and Save the Children as a field Midwife and Trainer in numerous countries, including Mali, Chad, DRC, Kenya and Sierra Leone. As part of her MSF duties, Gillian managed maternal health programs in more than 20 countries across Africa and Asia, and had an active role developing projects for women with obstetric fistula.

In the last 15 years, she has become an international activist for fistula and her involvement in fistula work has increased considerably, taking her to New York for 4 years to head the global Campaign to End Fistula with UNFPA, where she was instrumental in establishing the UN approved International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, and bringing her to the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) in London in 2014 to undertake her present role, leading the FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative.

Gillian also teaches in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and has recently served on the Board of Directors of MSF Switzerland

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Mal Warwick

Director | Founder and Chairman, Mal Warwick | Donordigital | Berkeley, CA

Mal is the founder and chairman of Mal Warwick | Donordigital (www.malwarwick.com, Berkeley, CA, and Washington, DC), a fundraising agency specializing in integrated, multi-channel fundraising and marketing that has served nonprofit organizations nationwide since 1979. The agency has helped raise more than a billion dollars for many of America’s biggest...

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Mal is the founder and chairman of Mal Warwick | Donordigital (www.malwarwick.com, Berkeley, CA, and Washington, DC), a fundraising agency specializing in integrated, multi-channel fundraising and marketing that has served nonprofit organizations nationwide since 1979. The agency has helped raise more than a billion dollars for many of America’s biggest and most-loved causes and institutions.

For decades, Mal played a leadership role in the fundraising and direct marketing fields both nationally and internationally. He lectured or led workshops on fundraising and marketing on six continents for NGO executives from more than 100 countries. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer.

Mal has written or edited a total of twenty books, including the best-selling fundraising text, How to Write Successful Fundraising Appeals, now in its third edition. Among the books he has written about the role of business in society today is The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers, winner of a 2014 Axiom Business Book Award, which he co-authored with the late Dr. Paul Polak.

For more information, go to www.linkedin.com/in/malwarwick.

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Robert Tessler

Director | Retired, Toberoff, Tessler & Schochet | New York, New York

Robert Tessler is a litigator, and retired partner in the Manhattan law firm Toberoff, Tessler & Schochet. He has served as Chairman of the Essex County chapter of the ACLU, Chairman of the Board of the National Music Theater Network, and County Committeeman of the New Jersey Democratic Party.  He...

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Robert Tessler is a litigator, and retired partner in the Manhattan law firm Toberoff, Tessler & Schochet. He has served as Chairman of the Essex County chapter of the ACLU, Chairman of the Board of the National Music Theater Network, and County Committeeman of the New Jersey Democratic Party. 

He has been a consistent major fundraiser for Democratic Senatorial Candidates and worked on fundraising committees for the Kerry and Obama Presidential campaigns. He started out doing pro-bono legal representation of draft resisters during the Vietnam War. From 2003-2014 Rob was a valued member of Fistula Foundation’s board of directors, helping guide the Foundation through profound change. He served for many years on the Executive Committee of the board, when the board was larger than it is today. He is currently volunteering as a mentor to fourth and fifth grade students at a public school in Manhattan.

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