Chief Executive Officer
Martin Edlund is a founding member and Chief Executive Officer of Malaria No More, a globally recognized non-profit organization with the visionary mission to end the world’s oldest, deadliest disease in our lifetimes. During his tenure at Malaria No More, he has built a world-class board of directors and teams in the US, Africa, and India with affiliates in the UK and Japan. He has led strategies to mobilize political will, global influencers, and executives of leading media, mobile, and medical companies to deliver the resources and innovations to end malaria.Edlund 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, testing 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, and The New Republic, among other publications, and a political consultant in Washington, D.C., specializing in online campaign strategies. He is a graduate of Harvard University.
Joshua Blumenfeld is the Managing Director of Global Policy and Advocacy at Malaria No More, where he leads a Washington, D.C. based global advocacy team in engaging with governments, multilateral institutions, as well as public and private partners to advance malaria elimination. Previously, Josh served in the Obama Administration, 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 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. He also served as the Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and as Director of the U.S. Senate India Caucus. Josh holds a JD from Georgetown Law, 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.
Director, US Policy and Advocacy, and Africa Programs
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.
Kate joins Malaria No More as the Advocacy Associate for the Washington, D.C. office where she supports the policy and advocacy team's work to advance global and domestic malaria public policy through research and writing, event planning, and logistics. Prior to joining MNM, she worked at the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence for nearly four years as a member of the development team, managing large-scale fundraising events and special projects. Kate completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia and received her Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
Chief Growth Officer
Lowrey Redmond is a fundraising and international development expert with nearly 20 years of experience helping both NGOs and for-profit institutions reach their organizational missions and achieve sales goals. Throughout her career, Ms. Redmond has led strategic initiatives and business development efforts on issues ranging from public health to education.As Malaria No More’s Chief Growth Officer, Ms. Redmond leads fundraising expansion in both existing and growth markets, and oversees the organization’s finance and operations.Before joining MNM, Ms. Redmond led international health business development teams at Abt Associates. In that role, she led successful strategic initiatives and secured significant resources with an emphasis on institutional donors such as USAID. Prior to Abt, she played a significant role in driving donor relationships and proposals at Cardno Emerging Markets and Chemonics International across headquarters and country teams. Previously, at Population Services International, Ms. Redmond helped to operationalize and resource new country operations, including in Nigeria where she was a technical advisor for maternal and child health programs. She began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal.Ms. Redmond holds a BA in international affairs from Lafayette College and an MA in international affairs from Columbia University.
Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships
Margaux has more than eight years of experience in nonprofit fundraising in Seattle and Washington DC, most recently serving as Corporate Partnerships Officer at The Museum of Flight where she worked closely with companies and gifts ranging from $1,500-$15,000,000 and was part of a successful comprehensive campaign to raise $77 million. She holds a BA in History with honors from Whitman College, a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Africa and International Development from the University of Edinburgh.
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.
Managing Director, Global 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.
Director, Global Strategic Communications
As Director, Wynne focuses on drawing attention to Malaria No More’s work and malaria-related topics, particularly to the media. He brings more than a decade of global communications experience. Before joining MNM, Wynne worked for the World Health Organization focusing on disease outbreaks and humanitarian health emergencies. At the United Nations and the UN Development Programme, he promoted different international development issues. Before the UN, he worked on the communications team for the International Rescue Committee with a focus on refugee issues.Wynne holds an MA in Contemporary European Studies and Politics from the University of Bath and a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He’s traveled to more than 50 countries.
Senior Manager, Global Strategic Communications
As part of the Communications team, Erin leads our digital and content strategies, manages the MNM brand and brand alignment across the organization as well as with partners, and leads and collaborates with partners on campaigns and new approaches to storytelling. Prior to joining the team, Erin worked for a tech start-up, advertising agencies, and as a social media producer at Starbucks. Originally from Virginia, she moved to Seattle after graduation from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in English and Journalism concentration.
Officer, Global Strategic Communications
As part of the Communications team, Robin manages our digital content including social media and website updates. He also works closely with the team's 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.
Kate designs print and digital assets and maintains Malaria No More’s visual brand. Kate has over 6 years of marketing and communications graphic design experience. She has worked for a variety of non-profits, startups and growing small businesses. She received her undergraduate degree in Visual Art from Bowdoin College She recently graduated with a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington where she focused on the intersection of visual design and organizational storytelling.
FINANCE & OPERATIONS
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.
Senior Operations Manager
Linley Kirkwood is the Senior Operations Manager at Malaria No More, where she manages the organization’s portfolio of grants and contracts, human resources, legal and regulatory issues, and risk management, and supports the annual strategic planning process across the global MNM team. Linley focused her graduate studies on nonprofit management, sustainable global enterprise, and managerial finance and has more than nine 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 Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Seattle and Oikocredit US.
Deputy Director, Africa; 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.
Senior Advocacy Officer
Louise is the Senior 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.
Senior Programs 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 Senior Programs 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.
Senior Communications Officer
Aristide Bille has joined Malaria No More's Cameroon team as a Senior 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.
Cameroon Operations Officer
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).
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 Officer. 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.
Senior Advisor & Acting Country Director
Pratik Kumar serves as Senior Advisor and Acting Country Director of Malaria No More India. He a senior social sector practitioner with a career spanning almost three decades in the UN, International NGOs, Indian Government and the private sector. Mr. Kumar had successfully scaled the NGO Magic Bus in India and globally as Chief Executive Officer for 7 years. He is the President of the NGO Prayatna, a society that works on Education, Livelihood, Youth Development etc. He also set up the NGO Sashakt Foundation that works with adolescent girls and sustainable development. He supports many other organisations on Organisational Development, Change Management, Programme Strategy, Fund Raising etc. He works on the Board or as an Advisor to several organisations. After his graduation in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi he had a brief stint in the corporate sector. He joined the Indian Civil services in the 1992 batch where remained associated with social sector ministries in most of his assignments. His four year stint in the National AIDS control programme in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India inspired him to play a more substantial role in the social sector. In 2006, he left the government to join United Nations in the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for South Asia to lead a project on drugs and HIV.
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.
Manisha is an accomplished communication professional with experience in project management, campaign design, web development, social media and advocacy strategies to raise awareness about public health issues. Prior to MNM, she worked at John Snow India on their routine immunization programme, for BBC Media Action and with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Jhpiego, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), and many others. She holds a M.A in Mass Communication and Journalism with further post graduate studies in development communication.
Atul Kumar is Malaria No More's Programme Specialist. He works closely with the Director of Asia Pacific to provide expertise on development of M&E Strategy, IEC Strategy, Management Information System for the projects, trainings, as well as the technical aspects, coordination mechanism and monitoring and evaluation of the malaria programme in India. Atul joined the MNM team with his experience of monitoring the implementation with The Global Fund supported Intensified Malaria Control Project in India. As a Statistician in the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme he has quantified the technical requirements in the preparation of strategy documents. Atul has also worked as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with Caritas India at HQ Level. Atul comes with strong experience in large scale data handling, analysis, report writing, trainings etc. He is experienced in qualitative and quantitative methods by using the Statistical Software, SPSS etc. Atul has completed his post-graduation in Statistics, from Banaras Hindu University.
Biswajeet has 19 years of development experience working at the field, Sub-district, district and at state level. He was associated with development organisations like UNICEF, UNFPA, CARE-India, DFID, European Commission and projects implemented in collaboration with Government of India and Governemnt of Odisha. With those organizations Biswajeet has focused on project implementation, monitoring, evaluation, partnership building with governments, local innovations, need based capacity building and strengthening stakeholders networking. His focus areas are maternal and child health, adolescent health, immunisation, drought response, HIV/AIDS, sex selective abortion, dignity of girl child and other key underlying causes associated with it. Prior to joining MNM, Biswajeet was the team leader of a Global Fund Supported, Intensified Malaria Control Project( IMCP-3) implemented at around 1200 high endemic, inaccessible and dense forested villages of high API districts of Odisha. He was managing and mentoring a dedicated team of around 90 professionals based at State, district and at Sub district level in close programme partnership with State NVBDCP, District NVBDCP, District administration and National Health Mission.He holds a Master Degree in Political Science having Political Sociology as special paper from Century old Ravenshaw University. He also holds Bachelor degree in Law with Master In Business Administration and Health Care Administration as a special paper.He Joined MNM in April 2018 and looks after MNM Odisha Operation as the Odisha Lead and works closely with Director Asia Pacific and India Technical Lead on Odisha project implementation, strategy development, building partnership with State Government and other stakeholders in the state.
Narenda Shekhar Behera
Odisha Research, Data Management and M&E Manager
Narendra Shekhar Behera has over 12 years of work experience in various healthcare domains such as Public Health – Monitoring & Evaluation, Operations, Academics, Research, Programme Management, Reproductive, Maternal & Child Health, Quality in Healthcare, Hospital Administration & Health-care Supply-chain Management. He has extensive work with International Organizations such as UNDP – India in Health System Strengthening Project, Valid International and others. He has also worked as faculty for the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Asian Institute of Public Health’ (AIPH), as a core team member for planning and implementation of various operational and research projects. He Joined MNM in March 2019 and looks after MNM Odisha Monitoring & Evaluation activities as Odisha - Research, Data Management and M&E Manager and works closely with Odisha Lead on Research, Data management and project Monitoring & Evaluation of malaria program in the state. He is currently pursuing Ph.D. in Population Studies after completing the Master of Population Studies (MPS) from International Institute for Population Studies (IIPS), Mumbai. He also has a postgraduate degree in Hospital and Healthcare Management from IHMR and a pharmacy graduate degree from BPUT, Odisha.
Bhesaja Kumar Choudhury
Odisha BCC and Public Relations Communications Manager
Bhesaja joined Malaria No More in June 2019 as the Odisha BCC and Public Relations Communications Manager. He brings over 19 years of experience in the development sector and mainstream journalism. He worked with various national dailies including the Hindustan Times for 13 years after completing his post-graduate diploma in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in 2000. Later he shifted to the development sector by joining Tata Steel CSR Department where he spent six years working in communications and CSR at Kalinganagar in Eastern Odisha.
Odisha Administrative Officer
Ajit Kumar Samantray is the Administrative Officer for Malaria No More’s Odisha office. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Utkal University and a Master’s in Business Administration (Finance & Marketing) from Sambalpur University. He has 11 years of experience in financial aspect management, office management, data entry & data analysis for programmatic purposes. He has proven experience in supporting district, block & ground level officials in administrative & financial management. Prior to Malaria No More, he was associated with the CCMP (Comprehenssive Case Management Programme) which was implemented in 4 pilot districts of Odisha in joint collaboration between the Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Malaria Research (ICMR-NIMR) , Govt of Odisha and the state Vector Borne Disease Control Programme.
Odisha Office Assistant
Susanta Kumar Jena is the Office Assistant for Malaria No More’s Odisha office. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Utkal University. Before joining Malaria No More, he was the office assistant in Sebika Medicine Store, Acharya Vihar, Bhubaneswar, where he managed dispensing medicines according to prescription, handling stock, billing and inventory maintenance as well as scheduling of patient appointments.