Com Ex (Executive Committee) Members 2017-2018
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.
Rachel Kiddell-Monroe is a lawyer and an activist focusing on humanitarian assistance, access to medicines, global health, governance and global health ethics. After working for several years with grassroots organisations in Indonesia, Rachel joined MSF. She headed emergency humanitarian missions in Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda before, during and after the 1994 genocide. After acting as programme director for MSF Canada, she became MSF’s Regional Humanitarian Affairs Advisor for Latin America based in Costa Rica. She went onto lead the MSF Access Campaign in Canada.
Rachel is an elected member of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International Board of Directors and a Special Advisor to Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM). Rachel has lead the UAEM North American board and also sat on the board of UAEM Europe from 2015-2016. Currently, she sits on the Advisory Council of UAEM Brazil and the board of the Young Professionals for Chronic Disease Network. Rachel is a Professor of Practice at McGill University, lecturing on international development and is part of the McGill University Health Centres Clinical Ethics Committee.
Sara Helena Pereira e Silva
Executive Director, Brazil
Sara is a law student at the Faculty of South Law of Mines (MSDS), in Minas Gerais, where he also conducts research on public health, social rights and rights of minorities, and is a fellow of the Foundation for Research of the State of Minas Gerais . In UAEM-Brazil, led the chapter of the MSDS from 2012 until 2014 and was part of the commission UAEM who attended the 66th World Health Assembly in Geneva. Recently joined the Steering Committee of the UAEM North America, the term 2013-2014.
Luiza Pinheiro represents UAEM Brazil on the ComEx. She has been a member of UAEM since 2015 and a member of the Brazilian Coordinating Committee for the last two terms. Luiza has a bachelor in Pharmacy and a masters degree in Biopharmaceutical Innovation. She is currently doing a joint PhD between the Federal University of Minas Gerais and the National School of Public Health from Fiocruz.
South Asian Representative
Madhur Sachan is a PhD student studying microbial genomics and host-pathogen interactions in infectious diseases at the Centre for Life in Extreme Environments, Portland. He has been a member of UAEM since 2015 and represents UAEM South Asia in the ComEx. Previously, he served as a research fellow in the Pharmaceutics division of the Central Drug Research Institute-India, where he worked on tuberculosis and antimicrobial resistance. He also fostered new collaborations with diverse organizations from Biomedical Sciences, Public Health & Law to improve the research in neglected diseases and access to healthcare innovations, especially in the developing world.
North American Representative, Former North American Board President
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.
Irene Romero Bhathal
European Representative, ComEx Chair
Irene Romero Bhathal is a medical doctor, currently working as an anesthesiologist in Barcelona (Spain). She has been involved in UAEM since 2013, working in multiple working groups, including social media and local and European-wide campaigns. She served as a European coordinator in 2014-2015, focusing mainly on the development of what would later become the R&D Campaign, with a group of enthusiastic and hardworking UAEMers. She is interested in research on licensing, access policies and creative forms of advocacy in universities and political institutions. She also developed materials for campaigners and has worked as a counselor for different stakeholders on licensing, patenting and alternative R&D mechanisms. This is her second term as a member of the Executive Committee (ComEx) of UAEM Global (2016-2018), known before as the Global Governance Council.
Dzintars Gotham is a public health researcher and medical doctor, with interests in R&D systems, intellectual property, and health economics. He has worked in UAEM since 2012, working on developing UAEM UK, serving on the European Coordinating Committee, and leading the first iteration of the UK Global Health Research League Table. Dzintars currently works as a consultant on R&D and access to medicines issues for numerous organisations.
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