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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 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.
Managing Director, Strategic Communications
Susan Byrnes is Malaria No More's Managing Director, Strategic Communications. In this position, she leads MNM’s efforts to position malaria on the global agenda; engage our partners in media, the private sector and government; and support resource mobilization efforts in the U.S. and around the world.
Byrnes has spent her professional career in communications and journalism, with a focus on social impact. Prior to joining Malaria No More, she served as Chief Communications Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing all of the foundation’s communications and brand functions. In all, she spent seven years in communications leadership roles at the foundation across all of its domestic and international programs. Byrnes’ early career was in journalism, including working as a staff writer and editorial writer for The Seattle Times and a general assignment reporter for The Los Angeles Times.
Managing Director, Resource Development
Mark Ruffo is Malaria No More’s Managing Director, Resource Development. He oversees all aspects of private revenue generation, maintaining and expanding financial support from individuals, corporations, foundations, associations and other sources.
Over the past 9 years, Mark has held senior roles in fundraising, management, strategic marketing and corporate communications in scientific and medical research. Most recently, as a Director of Development for Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institute, he played a leading role on the Major Gifts and Corporate and Foundation Relations teams. Mark holds a BS from Georgetown University, a PhD and MBA from the University of Washington, and he did post-doctoral research in neuroscience at MIT.
Managing Director, Finance & Operations
Richard Wardell is Malaria No More's Managing Director, Finance & Operations. He oversees the operational activities of the organization, including finance, performance management and reporting, human resources, legal, and general administrative functions.
Wardell has more than 20 years of experience in financial services, holding multiple senior roles in retail and commercial banking at Lloyds Bank and Washington Mutual, and strategy consulting, with the Boston Consulting Group. More recently, Wardell served as Chief Operating Officer at Landesa, a global non-profit focused on rural land rights, and as Vice President, Global Programs at Unitus, focused on accelerating the growth and effectiveness of microfinance as a tool for poverty alleviation.
Jo joined the MNM team in August 2015 as the Staff Accountant. She will focus on Accounts Payable and Monthly financial reporting. Jo has an extensive and diverse background in nonprofit accounting. She previously held roles with Seattle Symphony, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Moss Adams, LLP and United Way of King County. Prior to working at the Seattle Symphony, she was self-employed and specialized in providing full-range accounting services for non-profit organizations in the greater Seattle area. Originally from California, Jo relocated to Seattle where she has resided for over 25 years.
Louise is the 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.
Kenya Program Manager
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.
Impact Program Officer
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.
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.
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).
Global Communications Manager
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 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.
Director of Asia
Anjali Kaur is Malaria No More's Director of Asia. She leads MNM’s expanding body of work throughout Asia, working closely with the Strategic Communications and Policy and Advocacy teams to engage with the government, private sector, civil society and media.
Kaur has 15 years of development experience working at the field, country, and global levels in Asia, Africa and Latin America with a focus on evidence-based, integrated global health programs. Kaur comes to MNM from UNICEF’s Polio Programme, a key implementing partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, one of the largest evidence-based global health initiatives ever undertaken. She has worked on polio at the country and HQ levels for the past six and half years, most recently as the Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Specialist, leading on donor engagement for UNICEF. Prior to UNICEF, Kaur held roles with the World Bank, UNFPA, and the Earth Institute, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil.
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.
Africa Programs Officer
Max is the Africa Programs Officer at Malaria No More. He works in the Washington, DC office and supports the in-country teams in Africa.
Max has spent his professional career in health policy, with experience in global and U.S. health systems. As a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, he served in Cote d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Health as a Special Assistant to the Director of Strategy and Planning. He also worked as an Assistant Research Professor at Georgetown’s Health Policy Institute and as an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he supported the Department of Health and Human Services’ implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Max holds a JD from Georgetown Law and an MA from the American University of Paris. He speaks French and Spanish fluently.
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.
Brianna is the Advocacy Associate at Malaria No More where she provides support to the Policy and Advocacy team in DC on administrative tasks as well as research and special projects. After traveling to Kenya and Tanzania, Brianna realized she had a passion for education, health, and human rights. Brianna has three years of experience in development from working on counterterrorism projects in refugee camps and with programs that help youth in Africa gain critical leadership skills to rebuild their communities in post-conflict areas. She received a B.A in International Studies with a focus on Africa and the Middle East from Southern Illinois University.
Sarah is the Operations Associate for Malaria No More. She works supporting the leadership team, assisting with recruitment, and managing the day to day needs of the Seattle office. Sarah obtained a degree in Chemistry from McGill University where she focused her research on the applications of chemical science and technology in environmental and health related fields. Sarah also has a background in nonprofit administration through her work with the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School program and organizations like Water for Humans and Appalachia Service Project.
Events and Special Projects Officer
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.
Director of Policy and Advocacy
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.
Deputy Director of Policy and Advocacy
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.
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.
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.