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.
Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer
Joshua Blumenfeld is the Managing Director of Global Policy and Advocacy and Chief Legal Officer 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 the youngest Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, 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 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 Manager of Global Policy and Advocacy
As the senior manager of global policy and advocacy, Thu leads efforts with global partners outside of the United States to shape advocacy and policy with donor and endemic country governments and private sector stakeholders. Her background is in research and programs dedicated to improving access to medicine, health services, and water, sanitation & hygiene technologies. Previously Thu has worked in the pharmaceutical industry, leading health service delivery partnerships, policy, and evaluation of programs, for Novartis Global Health. She has also worked with USAID and Results for Development on family planning market analytics and WASH programming. Thu holds an MPH in Health Policy and a BA in Ethics, Politics & Economics from Yale University as part of the 5 year Select Public Health Program.
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.
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.
Kate designs print and digital assets and maintains Malaria No More’s visual brand. Kate has over 7 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 received a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington where she focused on the intersection of visual design and organizational storytelling.
Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives
Kelly Willis is the Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives at Malaria No More, responsible for the oversight and growth of the organization’s high impact programs and partnerships around the world. Kelly has more than 20 years of experience working in infectious disease and global health, helping to build permanent capacity in health systems throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, in roles including Senior Vice President at United States Pharmacopeia, Executive Director of Accordia Global Health Foundation, and through her consulting firm Willis Solutions LLC. Kelly’s field experience includes several years living in East Africa, where she helped launch and support the Infectious Diseases Institute at Makerere University, and led a multi-year research program to better understand the impact of medical training programs on standards of care and health outcomes. Prior to that, Kelly spent 5 years in multiple finance and economics management roles at Pfizer, where she also served as a Global Health Fellow in Uganda. She holds a Distinguished Alumni award from Michigan State University, where she earned a BA in French and an MBA in Supply Chain Management.
Senior Manager, International Programs
Carrie Nichols is Malaria No More’s Manager of International Programs focusing on our work in India. Prior to MNM, Carrie was a Program Officer with FHI 360 and John Snow, Inc., where she managed USAID, UN, and Gates Foundation projects in India, Myanmar, Nigeria, Haiti, and Ethiopia focusing on public health supply chain and financial inclusion for the bottom billion. She began her career in international development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali and as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Zambia. Carrie graduated from The George Washington University with an MA in international development and from Portland State University with a BA in political science.
Manager, Health Finance Coalition
Alex is the Program Manager of the Health Finance Coalition, a group of leading philanthropies, donors, technical partners, and institutional investors hosted by Malaria No More seeking to use blended finance to attract an unprecedented level of commercial investment in order to achieve SDG 3. Prior to joining MNM, he worked with Chemonics International implementing USAID projects in Latin America, helped launch the social impact bond team at the Inter-American Development Bank, and was an analyst with Angel Ventures Mexico, a venture capital fund and angel investment club in Mexico City. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico.
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 HR and Operations Associate
Lisa joins MNM as Development & Operations Associate. She supports the development team through events, proposals, donor tracking and provides executive and administrative support to the leadership and operations team. Lisa has a strong background in nonprofit work and education and most recently worked at a bicycle advocacy nonprofit. She received her BA in Environmental Analysis from Pitzer College.
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.
Dr Kaushik Sarkar is a global health expert and data engineer with leadership in programmes, policy, and partnerships in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. As the Technical Director in Malaria No More’s India office, Kaushik heads the entire technical portfolio of India programme comprising of real world and big data projects focused on malaria elimination. Kaushik has been instrumental in establishing India’s first state-level Strategic Support Unit and Malaria Action Coalition for malaria elimination. He has provided thought leadership and driven innovative solutions across various health and interdisciplinary interfaces (e.g. health & climate, malaria & malnutrition). Before joining Malaria No More as India’s first country staff, Kaushik worked with the Indian Ministry of Health, and various organizations for large multicentric projects. He has a proven track-record of designing and scaling innovative real world research and business solitions for access improvement collaboratively with the governments, donors, and corporate, and third sector partners. His research on health empowerment and resilience among tribal adolescents is considered as a landmark study in the field of resilience, and has received the Vijay Narayan Award. He is also an avid writer and knowledge expert, who has authored multiple landmark publications in prestigious medical journals, like Lancet, WHO Health Bulletin, Vaccine, etc. Kaushik holds a professional doctorate (MD) in Community Medicine (university topper and gold medallist), with an Executive MBA in Business Analysis, and Masters in Artificial Intelligence Engineering.
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.