Washington, D.C., February 9, 2023 – Malaria No More CEO Martin Edlund issued the following statement on the expansion of Malaria No More’s senior leadership team:
Malaria No More is excited to announce new senior staff to drive our mission to mobilize the resources, political will, and innovation to end humanity’s oldest, deadliest disease.
This month, we welcomed Sohini Chatterjee, formerly with the U.S. State Department, as Managing Director for Global Policy and Advocacy. In her previous role as a senior policy advisor to U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Sohini led the global health and pandemics portfolio, along with human rights, gender and UN reform. Sohini’s portfolio at Malaria No More will draw on her policy expertise and her strengths as a proven coalition builder. Sohini manages a growing Policy & Advocacy team that includes another new addition, Anu Khanal, a seasoned leader for the Global Health Advocacy Incubator and the Campaign for Tobacco Free kids, who will spearhead MNM’s “malaria diplomacy” work, focused on leveraging U.S. leadership to unlock resources from partner countries around the world.
In addition, this fall, Malaria No More welcomed its new Chief Operating Officer, Drew McCracken, who brings a blend of political and policy expertise, having led disease elimination efforts in Cambodia (for the Clinton Health Access Initiative) and advocacy efforts in Asia-Pacific (for the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance). Drew also has deep experience in U.S. politics and diplomacy, including his role as Chief of Staff for the State Department’s Office of Policy & Planning under Secretary of State John Kerry.
The world faces serious financial headwinds and myriad challenges coming out of COVID-19. These outstanding senior leaders join a dynamic existing team at MNM, and will help us to advance our core mission of malaria eradication by demonstrating relevance to key themes including the climate-health intersection, pandemic preparedness and response, gender-intentional health strategies, and primary healthcare. We’re excited for what the future holds for our team and our mission.
Sohini Chatterjee, Managing Director, Global Policy and Advocacy
Sohini Chatterjee joined Malaria No More in January 2023 as Managing Director of Global Policy and Advocacy. She served as a Biden Appointee in the United States Department of State as Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She also served as a Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration where she led multiple White House initiatives and directives on global development and governance. Sohini is an international attorney who worked on the first ever international trade case before the U.S. Supreme Court and served as lead counsel in numerous international human rights, domestic violence and family law cases. She was an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and has consulted on global governance issues for The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), The World Bank, Independent International Legal Advocates, Humanity United, Chemonics International, and the Asia Foundation. Ms. Chatterjee has a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, an M.A. in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University, and a B.A. magna cum laude in English Literature from Columbia University.
Drew McCracken, Chief Operating Officer
Drew brings more than twenty years of experience leading organizations working in public policy, foreign policy, and global health. Most recently, Drew was the Senior Director for Government Affairs and Policy at the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA). Prior to his time with APLMA, Drew spent five years as the Country Director for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Cambodia, where he oversaw one of CHAI’s largest malaria programs. Previously, Drew served as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State under Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, including with the Policy Planning Staff. Drew spent many years working as a policy advisor in the U.S. Congress and for the Governor of Ohio. Drew has degrees from Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics.
Anu Khanal, Director, Global Policy & Advocacy
Anu comes to MNM from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (TFK), where she served on the global leadership team. She was concurrently with the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), in 2015 as one of its founding members and over the next seven years overseeing policy and budget advocacy for NCDs and injury prevention in the global South. Her decade long work at TFK and GHAI included successful tobacco control policy advocacy in high burden countries of Asia, budget advocacy for a maternal and reproductive health program in Tanzania; testing, scaling and sustaining a national drowning prevention program in Vietnam; and building the advocacy ecosystem and strengthening capacity of local partners for road safety policy campaigns in India, Tanzania and Thailand.
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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. For more information, visit www.malarianomore.org