Com Ex (Executive Committee) Members 2017-2018
Who we are:
UAEM Global is composed of the Global Governance Council (GGC), which is a board of directors that represents and supports UAEM regional entities. The GGC is composed of the Executive Committee (ComEx) and General Members of the GGC. The ComEx manages UAEM Global and is selected from the General Members of the GGC. Each regional UAEM entity selects the General Members of the GGC. Each member serves a 2 year term.
What we do:
Established in 2016 in response to the international spread of the student-lead access to medicines movement, UAEM Global, managed by the ComEx, provides oversight and support for international policy and governance, maintaining a coherent UAEM network in line with our vision, mission and values. Global campaigns are selected and harmonized via UAEM Global. UAEM Global also works to ensure that both established and new voices of UAEM are heard in UAEM’s governance, via democratic representation, meaningful participation, shared resources and forward thinking.
For more information, please request a copy of our UAEM Global Bylaws by contacting one of the members below.
Executive Director, North America
Merith has over a decade of experience in global public health, advocacy and project management. Following her postgraduate studies on Latin America at La Universidad Complutense, the UK native spent many years leading AYUDA, where she was responsible for fostering new partnerships, growing youth-led programs and strengthening local capacity in type 1 diabetes communities across Latin America and the Caribbean. After a Master’s degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she worked with the Constituencies team at the World AIDS Campaign in Amsterdam. Her interest in access to medicines stemmed from her experiences on the ground in the regions in which she was working. Disheartened by a lack of global action around access to insulin she was inspired to co-found the 100 Campaign with a small team of advocates, aimed at re-framing insulin access as a human rights issue and reducing the barriers to access. She speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese and is based in Washington, DC.
Priscilla Li Ying
Executive Director, Europe
Originally from Mauritius and currently based in Berlin, Priscilla Li Ying studied in France where she obtained a Bachelors degree in International Economic Relations and a Masters degree in International Economic Affairs with Foreign Languages, following an initial two years of Medical Studies. Priscilla spent a number of years working in various positions at the United Nations. Priscilla has been working as an advisor to the social enterprise Common Thread, which aims to empower slum dwellers and community-based organisations to overcome challenges associated with urbanisation. She speaks English, French and Spanish fluently along with intermediate German and Chinese.
Executive Director, Brazil
Luciana is a Brazilian pharmacist who has been coordinating UAEM Brazil since July 2018. Having worked with Pharmaceutical Assistance within the Brazilian National Health System (SUS), she became passionate about Public Health. After a Master’s Degree in Public Health, she worked as a researcher for the Research Group on Health Economics of the Federal University in Minas Gerais. Within UAEM, she has been part of the chapter of Belo Horizonte since 2016.
Carolyn is a consultant, trainer and facilitator based in Berlin. She has a background in political science and global health and is interested in transformative collaboration, creative activism and commons-based approaches. Her work focuses on humanitarian action and social justice. She seeks to effect change within and as a result of civil society organisations for better access to medicines and health care.
Beatriz Kaippert represents UAEM Brazil on the ComEx. She has been a member of UAEM since 2016 and has been a member of the Brazilian Coordinating Committee for the last two terms. She holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). While a graduate student, she did research in the areas of immunology, oncology and phytotherapy. Later, she worked on a government scholarship with Science Without Borders, which gave her the opportunity to do a summer internship at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine (2015) in research related to the effects of low-level laser (light) therapy associated with exercise and its influence in nociception. Currently, she is completing a master’s degree at the Institute of Technology in Immunobiology at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) in innovation economics and technology transfer. She also works with clinical research of neglected diseases by doing project coordination, monitoring and pharmacovigilance at FIOCRUZ. Additionally, she works as a tutor in the clinical research training course at the Oswaldo Cruz German Hospital and as a Professor / supervisor of the Specialization Course in Monitoring Clinical Trials of FIOCRUZ.
North American Representative
Gloria is an MD/PhD student at Case Western Reserve University, and was recognized for her work with UAEM by Forbes 30 Under 30 Healthcare in 2017. Gloria was an early member of UAEM and founded a UAEM chapter at the University of Florida in 2005 and now fosters the chapter at Case Western. Gloria is a proud past-member of the UAEM Coordinating Committee, where she worked from 2006-2011, primarily on UAEM empowerment and neglected disease projects. She served on the UAEM North American Board from 2011 to 2017, serving as President from 2015-2017.
Gloria’s research focuses on infectious disease genetics and immunology, particularly H. pylori bacterial genes associated with development of stomach cancer. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2009 with degrees in neurobiology, political science and a minor in public health. From 2009 to 2010, she conducted research in the neuropathology of dengue hemorrhagic fever in Mexico as a Fulbright scholar. The following year, she completed a research internship at the NIH as an intramural training fellow at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, studying malaria drug resistance. She is a physician/scientist/activist supporting several health justice endeavors in the local Cleveland, Ohio community.
North American Representative
Ali Greenberg joined the ComEx this year after serving as UAEM North America’s Advocacy & Campaigns Officer for the past year and a half. Before joining the UAEM staff, she had been working in global health and advocacy for six years while she completed a Masters in International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She specializes in health communications and social and behavioral change. In addition to leading the Johns Hopkins UAEM chapter from 2014-2016, Ali was previously a summer intern for UAEM North America in 2013 and then joined the North American coordinating committee and was a member of the CC from 2013-2016. Among her contributions as a student, she helped complete the University Report Card and the Alternative R&D Mapping Report as well as participating in activities through the Global R&D Campaign and the North American advocacy team. During her MSPH, she was a Research Associate for the International Vaccine Access Center, focusing on dengue vaccine introduction and spent six months in Peru completing qualitative research on access to care and treatment for asthma. Ali is now completing her Masters in Medical Sciences at Boston University and additionally has experience working with several non-profits including Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative.
Kamil is a UK-based medical doctor, having graduated from Imperial College London with degrees in Medicine and Global Health. He is an Honorary Fellow in the College of Life Sciences at University of Leicester, where he is completing academic training in leadership and management alongside his clinical work.
Kamil joined UAEM in 2015 as part of the European Board, where he was responsible for fundraising, policy writing and finances. He has represented UAEM at both local and international levels, such as at the 70th World Health Assembly, and has worked alongside a number of other NGOs on access to medicines, including People’s Health Movement and Just Treatment.
He is passionate about health justice, evidence-based medicine and patient empowerment and hopes to increase UAEM’s international collaboration to further develop this global movement.
Victoria von Salmuth
Victoria is a young medical doctor, originally from Germany, but currently based in Maastricht, the Netherlands, for a research project focusing on access to nutrition in rural Tanzania. She has been involved within UAEM since 2014 and was part of the founding – team of the chapter in Maastricht, where she functioned as chairman for the chapter for two years. She also represented UAEM at several national and international events, including meetings with the Dutch Ministry of Health and the WHO Fair Pricing Forum 2017, in Amsterdam. After graduating from Medical School, she worked as a doctor and researcher in rural Tanzania for several months. In this period she experienced on a daily basis what it means to have limited access to medicines and sufficient nutrition – something that inspired her work within her own NGO, the Shirati Food Program. From September this year onward, Victoria will move to London in order to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health.
South Asia Representative
Ishu Kataria is a Public Health Researcher with RTI International, where she is a part of RTI International’s Global Noncommunicable Disease Initiative team. Ishu also serves as a Special Advisor (Youth representative) to the World Health Organization for the working group on Health education and Health literacy for noncommunicable diseases, as well as the Youth Commissioner for the UN Major Group for Children and Youth’s Science, Engineering and Technology Commission on SDG3. Ishu is an early career investigator, specializing in Public Health and Nutrition. She has experience in conceptualizing and developing training interventions, designing and implementing advocacy campaigns, and coordinating projects. She also serves as the Global Chapter Coordinator for Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN) – a global non-profit multidisciplinary community dedicated to policy analysis, advocacy and social change for NCDs, and co-leads UAEM India.
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