Welcome to the TWiGH team! As our reach is global, so is our team!
+Dr. Greg Martin Founder & CEO
Dr. Greg Martin is a medical doctor with an MPH and MBA degree working in public / global health. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Globalisation and Health (a peer reviewed, open access journal) and the host of This Week in Global Health, a weekly live global health news roundup.
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+ Kris Ronsin Director of Operations
In addition to being a panelist on TWiGH, Kris Ronsin is a degreed Nutritionist and graduate of the Nutrition Science program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Now a consultant and affiliate researcher at Health Research for Action st UC Berkeley, she works in Maternal and Child Health and travels to India and Nepal with teams of students to conduct research and health camps for the Children's Oral Health and Nutrition Program. In addition to managing the data and students involved in many of the programs, she works in maternal and child health advocacy, and remains passionate about nutrition education and communications.
An avid yogi and food-science nerd, with an insatiable curiosity, Kris is always looking for another research article to read and can be found immersed in any book on anthropology, biochemistry, or watching "Cosmos" and all things Anthony Bourdain.
+ Caity Jackson Director of Communications & Outreach
Originally from Canada, Caity works as the International Student Manager at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She also works as International Programme Coordinator for the Swedish Healthcare Academy and is the Director of her own consulting company, Jackson Consulting. In her spare time, she heads up the Canadian Society for International Health's MentorNet global health mentorship program, is the Director of Projects for the Global Health Next Generation Network, organizes the annual Student and Young Professional Global Health Summit, and consultes on global health education with the Consortium of Universities for Global Health's Education Committee.
Caity endeavours to be a yogi (watching videos and pinning photos counts, right?) but in the meantime is concentrating on her quest to be truly Scandinavian and is a sucker for a good glass of wine and cheese.
+ Sulzhan Bali Director of HR, Content
+ Terry Schmidt Director of Strategy & Partnerships
+ Deepti Venkatraman Social Media Assistant
+ Gabriella Meltzer Social Media Assistant
+ Marie Onakomaiya Blog Editor
Marie manages the TWiGH blog and works at Avalere Health, a health policy firm in Washington, DC, where she provides insight on FDA regulatory policy and strategy. Marie also focuses on access to investigational drugs and patient engagement in the healthcare continuum. She has a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from Babcock University, and a PhD in Experimental and Molecular Medicine (Neuroscience) from Dartmouth College. Marie has a keen interest in global health, thus during her time at Dartmouth, she got involved with numerous service projects and activities: funded by the Dickey Center, she participated in the 2013 Emory Global Health Case Competition; organized campus events on global issues including screening and discussion of the films “Water Pressures” with ONE.org and “Girl Rising” with 10x10; and led many graduate and medical student service initiatives. She co-founded a number of student groups including Geisel Disaster Relief, to provide a mental health intervention to disaster survivors; the MLK Burlington Refugee Clinic, to offer health education to refugees in Vermont; and the Upper Valley Brain Bee, a neuroscience competition for high school students. She also volunteered as a grant reviewer for Granite United Way, and as a weekly volunteer at the Upper Valley Haven community food shelf and shelter.
+ Jessica Taafe Science Update Panelist
Jessica Taaffe is a PhD scientist with over 10 years of experience researching major global infectious diseases (HIV, malaria, influenza) and is a monkey immunology expert. Not content to strictly do science or public health, Jessica aims to use her scientific expertise to directly impact global health and international development through policy, advocacy, and communication activities. In this capacity, she has worked at and with respected large academic, government, and international institutions, including University of Pennsylvania, NIH, and World Bank. Jessica also embodies the idea of a modern "Renaissance Woman," having a double majored in Biology and Medieval & Renaissance Studies from Duke University, and is a trained classical singer. Jessica has a penchant for hats, and if her dog Lupa makes a surprise "guest" appearance on the live show, don't be too surprised.
+ Brian Simpson Journalism Update
+ Sarah Weber Blog Manager
+ Tim France Communications Consultant
With over 25 years experience in scientific research, global health and communications, Tim has worked with a wide variety of organizations, and a number of landmark civil society projects. This has included positions in the World Health Organization's Global Programme on AIDS and UNAIDS, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the Foundation du Présent and the founding of Health & Development Networks. He is now the Managing Director of Inis Communication. Tim has written numerous reports, papers and book chapters, as well as many news, features and perspective pieces on international health policy. He has been Scientific Editor of two popular international scientific journals. Tim works behind the scenes on the TWiGH communications strategy, and presents on specific global health themes and events. He lives in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.
+ Lucia Fernandez Montoya Panelist
Lucia is currently starting my career path by bridging the two disciplines that she loves: Physics (her background) and Global Health (her master's degree). She is interested in how Climate Change and Natural Disasters are affecting and will affect human health. Born a creative and self-motivated person, she is a co-funder of the first global project that aims at better managing and centralising information on gaps in Global Health.