Chief Executive Officer
Martin Edlund is a founding member and CEO of Malaria No More. During his tenure at Malaria No More, he has implemented high-profile engagement campaigns leveraging cutting edge mobile, social, and e-commerce platforms as Chief Marketing Officer. He has been instrumental in shaping the narrative of the complex and evolving issue of malaria for leadership audiences across the globe, beginning with his work around the White House Summit on Malaria. Edlund also lived and worked in West Africa as Malaria No More’s Director of New Programs, where he helped launch innovative net distribution and education campaigns with country leadership and local partners in Senegal, Cameroon, and Chad.
Prior to joining MNM, Martin was a journalist for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Republic and Slate, among other publications, and a political consultant in Washington, D.C., specializing in online campaign strategies.
Joshua Blumenfeld is the Managing Director of Malaria No More, where he leads a global advocacy team in engaging with governments, multilateral institutions, as well as U.S. and internationally based public and private partners to advance malaria elimination.
Previously, Josh served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Senate Affairs, where he advised Secretaries Clinton and Kerry, as well as other senior department leadership on advancing the administration’s foreign policy, national security, and development priorities in Congress. He also successfully guided nearly 100 Presidential nominees through the Senate confirmation process, including Secretary Kerry. While at the State Department, Josh also served as the Acting Director of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, where he helped launch the 2014 strategic policy and management review of the Department.
Prior to joining the Obama administration, Josh worked in the United States Senate as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Chris Dodd. In the Senate, Josh worked on a host of foreign policy, national security and development issues including human rights, security assistance, global health and international trade. Josh also planned and directed the activities of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
Josh holds a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, an MA from the London School of Economics, and a BA from the University of Rochester. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Africa Programs Officer
Max is the Africa Programs Officer at Malaria No More. He works in the Washington, DC office and supports the in-country teams in Africa.
Max has spent his professional career in health policy, with experience in global and U.S. health systems. As a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, he served in Cote d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Health as a Special Assistant to the Director of Strategy and Planning. He also worked as an Assistant Research Professor at Georgetown’s Health Policy Institute and as an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he supported the Department of Health and Human Services’ implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Max holds a JD from Georgetown Law and an MA from the American University of Paris. He speaks French and Spanish fluently.
Brianna is the Advocacy Associate at Malaria No More where she provides support to the Policy and Advocacy team in DC on administrative tasks as well as research and special projects. After traveling to Kenya and Tanzania, Brianna realized she had a passion for education, health, and human rights. Brianna has three years of experience in development from working on counterterrorism projects in refugee camps and with programs that help youth in Africa gain critical leadership skills to rebuild their communities in post-conflict areas. She received a B.A in International Studies with a focus on Africa and the Middle East from Southern Illinois University.
Director of Policy and Advocacy
Heidi comes to Malaria No More after working nearly 8 years on Capitol Hill in both the House and the Senate. Most recently, Heidi served as a Professional Staff Member for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs where she was the lead House Democratic staff negotiator for the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013, and maintained relationships with key officials from Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, USAID, HHS, and CDC. Heidi joins Malaria No More as the Director of Policy and Advocacy in the Washington D.C. office, where she will continue to engage Congress and work to elevate malaria among policy makers in the US and abroad. She graduated from Northern Arizona University and holds a Master’s Degree from George Washington University in Public Health with a focus on health policy.
Director of Policy and Advocacy
As the Director of Policy and Advocacy in the Washington office, Kara helps shape domestic and global malaria public policy by building relations and partnerships among international advocacy organizations, federal agencies and the private sector. She also oversees the execution of all major events, such as briefings with the Congressional Caucuses on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, broader government briefings, and staff and Congressional Delegations. Prior to joining MNM, she spent over 5 years on Capitol Hill working for Senator Patrick Leahy, most recently as a Legislative Assistant on health, education and nutrition. Kara received a Masters of Public Policy in Social and Health Policy from George Mason University, and holds a BA from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.
Senior Policy Advisor
Johanna works alongside the Policy and Advocacy team to shape global and domestic malaria public policy. She manages policy-related partner projects, D.C. events, as well as U.S. Senate Staff Delegation trips. Recent fieldwork included visits with U.S. Senate Staffers to Haiti, Cambodia, Thailand and Zambia to discuss malaria elimination. Over her eight years at MNM, she has worked across departments, including the Africa Programs and Development teams. Her work has ranged from managing MNM’s global corporate partnerships to helping launch MNM’s country programs, which included innovative malaria education media campaigns in Cameroon, Chad and Senegal. Prior to joining MNM, Johanna worked in the private sector at Ogilvy PR Worldwide, helping global pharmaceutical companies launch health products and navigate crisis communications. Her clients included Pfizer and Bayer Healthcare, among others. Additionally, Johanna has consulted for a variety of global NGOs, including ORBIS International, conducting fieldwork work in Mongolia, Cuba, Syria, Rwanda, and India. Johanna received her B.A. in Communications from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania and her masters in International Health Policy and Management from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School.
Managing Director, Resource Development
Mark Ruffo is Malaria No More’s Managing Director, Resource Development. He oversees all aspects of private revenue generation, maintaining and expanding financial support from individuals, corporations, foundations, associations and other sources.
Over the past 9 years, Mark has held senior roles in fundraising, management, strategic marketing and corporate communications in scientific and medical research. Most recently, as a Director of Development for Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institute, he played a leading role on the Major Gifts and Corporate and Foundation Relations teams. Mark holds a BS from Georgetown University, a PhD and MBA from the University of Washington, and he did post-doctoral research in neuroscience at MIT.
Kelly assists the development team in donor outreach, strategy and management, as well overseeing all database needs for the organization. Prior to joining the team, Kelly attended The College of Saint Rose in Albany, where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Childhood Education and picked up a strong interest in African studies during her time there.
Margaux is Malaria No More’s Stewardship Manager, leading the charge to build and foster long-lasting relationships with the donors, stakeholders, and benefactors who are at the core of Malaria No More's mission and impact. Margaux has more than seven years of experience in nonprofit fundraising in Seattle and Washington DC, most recently serving as Corporate Partnerships Officer at Museum of Flight where she worked closely with companies and gifts ranging from $1,500-$15,000,000 and was part of a successful campaign to raise $77,000,000. She holds a BA in History with honors from Whitman College, a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington and is currently working on a Post-Graduate Certificate in Africa and International Development from the University of Edinburgh.
Lianne joined Malaria No more in spring 2012. She assists the development team in donor outreach, strategy and management, as well overseeing all database needs for the organization. Prior to joining the team, Lianne worked at Right To Play USA where she worked in a development capacity. Originally from California, Lianne moved to New York after graduating from the University of San Diego with a degree in International Relations.
Managing Director, Strategic Communications
Michal brings more than 20 years’ experience as an advocacy communications strategist managing policy issues and public image for some of the biggest brands in the world, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer Inc., and MasterCard.
Most recently, Michal created SPARComms LLC, a strategic communications consultancy. Her work included leading the Gates Foundation’s communications around the successful 2016 Global Fund replenishment.
Michal served as Johnson & Johnson’s first Communication and External Affairs Leader for Global Health. There she launched a new global health strategy and managed J&J’s response to the 2014 Ebola pandemic.
At the Gates Foundation, Michal led the communications strategies for polio eradication and improving vaccine delivery. She oversaw a global communications partnership that rallied worldwide support to end polio, helping secure US$4 billion for the multi-year effort. Michal also activated support for “The Art of Saving a Life,” a collection of 40 new works by renowned artists. Michal also led global announcements in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including the “London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases.”
Previously, Michal served at Pfizer Inc. as director of Public Affairs and director of Regional Marketing, and at Edelman public relations. Michal received her B.A. from Tulane University, and studied at the Complutense University of Madrid.
As part of the Communications team, Robin manages our digital content including social media and website updates. He also works closely with the Strategic Communications Managing Director on media outreach, content development and partner relations with the RBM Partnership to End Malaria. Prior to joining MNM Robin interned with the African Chamber of Commerce and worked as a research assistant at the University of Washington. He also spent time teaching STEM in South Seattle Public Schools. Robin’s passion for global health and development began on a trip to East Africa years ago and has continued to grow as has traveled. He received his BS in Biology from the University of Washington.
FINANCE & OPERATIONS
Managing Director, Finance and Operations
Richard Wardell is Malaria No More's Managing Director, Finance & Operations. He oversees the operational activities of the organization, including finance, performance management and reporting, human resources, legal, and general administrative functions.
Wardell has more than 20 years of experience in financial services, holding multiple senior roles in retail and commercial banking at Lloyds Bank and Washington Mutual, and strategy consulting, with the Boston Consulting Group. More recently, Wardell served as Chief Operating Officer at Landesa, a global non-profit focused on rural land rights, and as Vice President, Global Programs at Unitus, focused on accelerating the growth and effectiveness of microfinance as a tool for poverty alleviation.
Manager, Strategic Initiatives
Jeff Doyle is a Program Officer at Malaria No More, working on the organization's investments in Africa. His work primarily focuses on malaria diagnostics and treatment, in addition to supporting in-country staff. Prior to joining MNM, Jeff studied international development at the University of Virginia and worked with a number of health and education nonprofits focusing on health and education.
Linley Kirkwood is the Operations Officer at Malaria No More, where she manages the organization’s portfolio of grants and contracts, supports recruitment and HR initiatives, and assists the CEO. Linley focused her graduate studies on nonprofit management, sustainable global enterprise, and managerial finance and has more than six years of experience in project management for nonprofit and social impact organizations, including Habitat for Humanity. Linley graduated summa cum laude from Villanova University and received both an MBA and an MPA from Cornell University. She serves on the boards of the Northwest Global Donors Exchange and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Seattle.
Rose Ndabari is Malaria no More’s Staff Accountant. She is responsible for the complete Accounts Payable cycle, bi-monthly payroll, 1099 filing, assisting in month end close and preparation of project budgets. She also plays a material support role in the Annual budget preparation. She has worked as an Accountant for Providence Health & Services, Horizon House & Food Services of America. Her goal is to always be a part of an organization that exists to pursue missions that address the needs of a society. Rose holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting, Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Central Washington University. She is currently pursuing her CPA license.
Senior Finance Manager
Winston joined Malaria No More in March 2015 as the Senior Finance Manager. He is responsible for managing the accounting activities for MNM. Prior to joining the team, he worked as the Management Accounting Manager for DHL Express Singapore. He also worked for 11 years in the Middle East thus having plenty of experience in working with diverse cultures and environment. He received his Bachelor's Degree Major in Accounting in the Philippines and holds a Philippine CPA license as well. He completed his MBA in 2008 at Old Dominion University.
Cameroon Country Director
Olivia joined Malaria No More in mid-2010 where she worked as a programs consultant and is now leading the Cameroon programs. Prior joining the team, Olivia worked as an intern at the UN Special Envoy for Malaria; she was a Project Associate fellow of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York: Health of the Wellness Project where she was teaching a public health course introduction to undergraduate’s students at CITY College. She also worked with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control as a research assistant. She graduated from the CUNY School of public health in 2012. In 2013, she was a fellow of the Harvard University Science of Eradication Malaria Leadership Course. Olivia has a great passion public health & and the fight against malaria; she is striving to make her humble contribution to help create a world where no dies from a mosquito bite. She is currently also an active member of the Roll Back Malaria Coordination Committee for Central Africa & Community Delegations to the Global Fund Board to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria.
Louise is the Advocacy Officer to Malaria No More Cameroon. She supports the development and implementation of the MNM advocacy strategic program in country as well as builds and maintains strong relationships with health, advocacy, and private sector partners. She has more than eight years of experience in health project/program management with NGOs at all levels. Prior to joining MNM Cameroon, she worked with UNWOMEN as a national consultant, with the local affiliate of PSI in Cameroon (ACMS) as the Malaria Project Officer within the framework of the funding of the Global Fund Round 9, and also with Plan International as the regional Health coordinator within the framework of the funding of USAID. She holds a Master’s Degree in Population and Health from the Higher Institute of Population of the University of Ouagadougou and a Masters’ degree in Sociology from the University of Yaounde I.
Cameroon Communications Officer
Aristide Bille has joined Malaria No More's Cameroon team as a Communications Officer. He holds a Master’s degree in Media and Social Communication and has 4 years of experience on television as TV presenter, journalist and cultural reporter to corporate communications. He also has experience working in a communications agency designing, planning and implementing communication strategies for several companies and multinationals located in Cameroon (Société Générale, Bolloré Africa Logistics, Les Brasseries Cameroun, etc.). Altruistic by nature, Aristide's objective is to help his country by joining Malaria No More in the fight for the elimination of malaria through resource mobilization and strategic communications.
Administrative and Financial Assistant
Julliet joined Malaria No More in summer 2011. She assists the Cameroon office as administrative and financial assistant arranges logistics for visiting and in country staff. Before joining Malaria No More, she worked temporarily at the Cameroon Mobile Telephony Company (MTNC) as identification and client registration agent. She also interned with Schlumberger where she assisted the Assistant Human Resource Manager in registering employees at the National Social Insurance Fund and with the sales department in identifying and following up potential clients. She hails from Mbem in the North West Region of Cameroon, moved to Yaounde after obtaining a university diploma in Economics (at the University of Douala), a Higher National Diploma in Marketing (at the Higher Institute of Technology, Douala) and later obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing (at SIANTOU University Complex, Yaounde) and an Elementary certificate in Accounting (ACCA).
Cameroon Program Officer
Mirabell joined Malaria No More in July 2011, prior to the national net distribution and malaria awareness (K.O. PALU) campaign launch. She worked as Communications Manager up to December 2014 where she has been instrumental in the implementation the K.O. PALU NightWatch program, negotiating and managing media partnerships, managing senior goodwill ambassador program. As Project Officer since January 2015, she monitors and evaluates communications projects/activities. Prior to joining Malaria No More, she served as Verification Agent in the Department of Allowances with Cameroon’s National Social Insurance Fund. She has also intern with the communications departments of several public-private institutions; Cameroon Telecommunications (Camtel), AES Sonel, and Campost. She has a Masters in International Marketing from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon and a post graduate diploma in Management from University of Yaoundé II.
Kenya Program Manager
Julie Cege is the Program Manager for Malaria No More in Kenya where she is responsible for expanding select components of MNM's work in-country as well as identifying new opportunities for MNM. Before joining MNM, Julie worked as Program Manager for GBCHealth's East & Central Africa office in Nairobi. Julie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, with concentrations in Finance and Management.
Social Media Consultant
Loui is the media strategist for Malaria No More. Having joined in June 2015, he is responsible for developing, nurturing and optimizing MNM’s social media channels in addition to creating and executing online campaigns. Loui was a nominee in the Public Relations Society of Kenya Awards for Excellence, 2014 in the Young Communicator of the Year category. He believes in digital media as the new world order of communications.
Zeba Siaanoi has joined Malaria No More's Kenya team as an Advocacy Specialist. She has over 15 years experience in advocacy, campaigns and communications and has worked with leading international agencies in Nairobi. She has been an independent contractor in the last year and is excited about bringing her wealth of experience and knowledge of advocacy to Malaria No More. For fun, she enjoys jogging, taking brisk walks and theatre.
Mokishon recently joined Malaria No More Kenya as an Advocacy Associate. She has a background in International Relations and a wealth of experience in project management and Monitoring & Evaluation. Mokishon has worked in the youth development field and training of individuals and civil society organizations with advocacy and capacity building being key components of work in her career. She is passionate about finding solutions to challenges faced by women, youth and children, and is excited to join Malaria No More and share her energy and experience working with communities in Kenya and in the East African region.
Director of Asia Pacific
Anjali Kaur is Malaria No More's Director of Asia. She leads MNM’s expanding body of work throughout Asia, working closely with the Strategic Communications and Policy and Advocacy teams to engage with the government, private sector, civil society and media.Kaur has 15 years of development experience working at the field, country, and global levels in Asia, Africa and Latin America with a focus on evidence-based, integrated global health programs. Kaur comes to MNM from UNICEF’s Polio Programme, a key implementing partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, one of the largest evidence-based global health initiatives ever undertaken. She has worked on polio at the country and HQ levels for the past six and half years, most recently as the Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Specialist, leading on donor engagement for UNICEF. Prior to UNICEF, Kaur held roles with the World Bank, UNFPA, and the Earth Institute, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil.
India Technical Lead
Kaushik Sarkar is Malaria No More's India Technical Lead. He works closely with the Director of Asia Pacific to provide expertise on technical aspects of the malaria programme as well as strategy development and coordination mechanism in India. Kaushik joined the MNM team with his experience of monitoring the implementation of The Global Fund supported Intensified Malaria Control Project-3 in eight states of India. As a Monitoring & Evaluation specialist in the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Kaushik has worked in the field to support quality implementation of malaria programme; and also participated in critical strategy deliberations for malaria elimination at national level. An alumnus of All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kaushik was a university topper in MD Community Medicine and his work during residency on resilience among adolescents in tribal area attracted international attention. Kaushik has multiple publications in national and international journals.