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Martin Edlund

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

Managing Director

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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.


Julie Cege

Kenya Program Manager

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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.


Sonya Chemouni Bach

Cameroon Program Officer

Sonya joined the Malaria No More team in Cameroon in Spring of 2013 where she provides strategic and support to Cameroon program activities, donor reporting and private sector engagement. Prior to joining Malaria No More Cameroon, she worked at Health Leads, helping coordinate patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality health care, Bellevue Hospital in women’s reproductive health, the Global Business Coalition for Health and women’s rights NGO MADRE. Other experience includes health education and French-translation work for health centered NGO’s. She received a B.A. in Health & Society (Public Health & Human Rights) from Barnard College in New York.


Sarah Doyle

Africa Programs and Research Manager

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As the Africa Programs and Research Manager for Malaria No More, Sarah oversees investments and quantitative/qualitative research within Africa, primarily Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Kenya. Prior to joining MNM, Sarah served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda for three years, working primarily on secondary education and girls’ empowerment. During her third year with the Peace Corps, she had the opportunity to work for the Nike Foundation and DFID’s Girl Hub Rwanda, focused primarily on post-2015 development research and advocacy. She received BA’s in International Studies and French, with a concentration in international development, from Johns Hopkins University.


Jeff Doyle

Impact Program Officer

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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.


Hallie Eilerts

Staff Assistant

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Hallie is a Staff Assistant at Malaria No More where she provides support to the DC team on administrative tasks as well as research and special projects. Hallie has three years of development experience concentrating in education, health outreach, and project planning, overseas and in the United States. She recently served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Hallie has a double major in Global Development Studies and History from the University of Virginia.


Kelly Fleming

Development Associate

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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.


Julliet Gelam

Cameroon Administrative 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).


Dena Gudaitis

Global Communications Manager

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Dena has spent over 12 years learning and applying visual media, technical and story-telling skills to multi-faceted communications and media projects. She began her career in New York as a Multimedia Producer for ABC News’ Digital Media Group where she primarily produced lifestyle and political content. After nearly five years in the media industry, Dena transitioned into the international development field by working at several high-profile organizations including FHI 360 and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). She has also lived abroad in East Africa and has traveled extensively to over 25 countries. Dena earned degrees in International Broadcast Journalism & Public Affairs (M.A.) and Multimedia Design & Development (B.S) from American University in Washington, D.C.

 


Linley Kirkwood

Operations Officer

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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.


Mirabell Kumfa

Cameroon Project 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.


Kara Leene

Deputy Director of Policy and Advocacy

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As the Deputy 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.


Grace Mkemwa

Program Officer

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Originally from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Grace joined Malaria No More in fall 2014 as a Program Officer supporting the organization’s investments, M&E and research within Africa. Prior to joining MNM, Grace worked with Clinton Health Access Initiative in Southern Tanzania. She managed peer counseling and support group programs that provide psychosocial support to HIV+ mothers and children. In 2010, Grace moved to the U.S. to work with Global Health Corps at Covenant House as a Health Counselor for homeless youth in Newark, NJ. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University with a focus on International Health Policy and Management. During her graduate career she worked as a Consultant and M&E Specialist for Wireless Access for Health conducting an outcome evaluation of Electronic Health Records System in rural health units in the Philippines. She also served a Program Management Internship at the United Nations in New York, NY. Grace is passionate about global health, infectious diseases, and reproductive and child health.


Olivia Ngou epse Tama

Cameroon Country Director

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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.


Lianne Pimentel

Events and Special Projects Officer

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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.


Heidi Ross

Director of Policy and Advocacy

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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.


Winston Samson

Senior Finance Manager

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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.


Isaac Tamnou

Cameroon Project Accountant

Isaac joined the Malaria No More team in June 2015. As the Project Accountant, he ensures operational procedures are followed and manages the accounting and financial reporting. Before joining MNM, he worked for many development programs, notably the Program for the Management of the Tikar Plain, Program for Rural Development in the Moungo-Nkam Agricultural Basin, Program for the Support of an Economic Partnership Agreement, and the Program for the Rural Development of the North-West Region, where he managed various logistical and financial management tasks. After receiving a superior technical certificate in Accounting and Business Management at the Central University of Douala, he joined the Bilingual Accountancy Firm Wansi Pierre and Associates where he worked on accounting audits as well as the establishment of statistical and fiscal declarations. This year, he received a degree in science and technical accounting from the University of Douala.

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