Seattle, July 12, 2018 – Malaria No More welcomes new Board Members Dick Costolo, former CEO of Twitter; Surya Mohapatra, former Chairman, President and CEO, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated; Kieran Murphy, President and CEO, GE Healthcare; and Rich Verma, former US Ambassador to India.
“Since our founding, Malaria No More has proudly contributed to the historic progress toward ending malaria, saving 7 million lives and averting more than one billion malaria cases. Now, in our 12th year, we’re focused on how we multiply our impact, especially at a critical time in the malaria fight,” said Martin Edlund, CEO, Malaria No More. “Our new board members will be instrumental in strengthening our political, innovation, communications and health expertise as we expand our work globally.”
Since it launched at the White House Summit on Malaria in December 2006, Malaria No More has played a lead role in mobilizing the political commitment, funding, and innovation required to end malaria within our generation. Now, the organization is building on its proven model globally, with expanded programming in all three malaria-affected regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, and the Americas.
“I am inspired by the way that Malaria No More partners with the world’s most innovative companies and visionary business leaders to pursue its work, and honored to contribute my experience and networks in Silicon Valley to help achieve the organization’s mission,” said Mr. Costolo.
“Malaria No More’s data-driven approach and entrepreneurial strategy provide a clear roadmap for delivering political commitment, resources, and innovations for the global malaria fight,” said Murphy, who leads GE Healthcare’s multinational $20 billion business unit, and has worked on vector control and malaria treatment and elimination at various points throughout his career. “I look forward to joining my fellow board members in contributing to that continued success.”
“For the past year, I’ve seen up close Malaria No More’s political savvy and ambitious work in India,” said Ambassador Verma. “I’m proud to join their board and help develop the partnerships and strategies that can achieve India’s goal of eliminating malaria by 2030.” Mr. Verma, a leading expert on trade and diplomacy in Asia, previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to India from 2014 to 2017 and is credited with the historic deepening of bilateral ties.
“I am thrilled to work with Malaria No More, particularly on the worthy and achievable goal of getting to zero malaria cases in India,” said Dr. Mohapatra, one of a select group of Indian-born CEOs of a Fortune 500 Company at Quest Diagnostics, and who has held senior leadership positions in the health care industry for more than 30 years. “I’m especially proud to support Malaria No More’s partnership with my home state of Odisha and the Odisha diaspora, which are leading the way in India’s elimination effort.”
Malaria No More was co-founded by businessmen Ray Chambers, who currently serves as the United Nations Special Envoy on Health and Malaria, and Peter Chernin, Founder and CEO of The Chernin Group. Chernin and Chris Combe, Chairman of Combe Incorporated, serve as Co-Chairs of the Board.
New talent for Malaria No More
Malaria No More also announced that Lowrey Redmond, Wynne Boelt, Kate Sotos and Alma Aslani, joined the organization as Chief Growth Officer, Global Communications Director, Advocacy Associate, and Executive Assistant, respectively.
Redmond joins Malaria No More from Abt Associates, bringing deep experience in business development and fundraising, both for NGOs and for-profit development institutions. She also brings country experience having served as the interim team lead for material and child health programs in Nigeria while at Population Services International. In a new role for the organization – Chief Growth Officer – Redmond will lead the organization’s strategy for identifying new partners, donors, and sponsors to support MNM’s work. She also will oversee finance and operations.
Boelt most recently served as a communications officer at the World Health Organization, where he guided communications and advocacy strategies for disease outbreaks, humanitarian health emergencies, and pandemic preparedness. Boelt will lead Malaria No More’s media engagement efforts in key countries across the globe.
Sotos comes to Malaria No More from the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence. She will support efforts to advance global and domestic malaria public policy through research and writing, event planning, and logistics.
Born in Bosnia during the Civil War, Aslani came to the United States with her family as a refugee. Recognizing the strong correlation between conflict and access to healthcare, she has committed her life and career to international development. She will provide direct assistance to Malaria No More’s leadership team.
“We’re thrilled to bring on new talents in Lowrey, Wynne, Kate and Alma to help bolster our team’s efforts and ambition to advance the fight against malaria,” said Edlund.
For more information or interview requests, contact Michal Fishman at +1 504-220-2792 or Michal.Fishman@MalariaNoMore.org
About Malaria No More
Malaria No More envisions a world where no one dies from a mosquito bite. More than a decade into our mission, our work has contributed to historic progress toward this goal. Now, we’re mobilizing the political commitment, funding, and innovation required to achieve what would be one of the greatest humanitarian accomplishments – ending malaria within our generation. Malaria No More has offices in the United States, Cameroon, Kenya and India and affiliates in Japan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.malarianomore.org