Merith Basey MSc
Executive Director, North America
Merith has over 15 years of experience in global public health, advocacy and youth empowerment. 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 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 in 2012 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.
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 also sits on the board of UAEM Europe, on the Advisory Council of UAEM Brazil and the board of the Young Professionals for Chronic Disease Network. Rachel is currently a Professor of Practice at McGill University, lectures on international development and is part of the McGill University Health Centres Clinical Ethics Committee.
Program and Financial Officer
Rahwa provides general program support and financial management to UAEM. She worked as a research associate and program coordinator with different nonprofit organizations before joining UAEM. Rahwa holds a Master’s degree from the International Institute of Social Studies, where she studied development studies with specialization in economics of development.
Priscilla Li Ying
Executive Director, Europe
Originally from Mauritius and currently based in Berlin, Priscilla 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 with different United Nations agencies, specialising in programme management and focusing on youth and women’s development and empowerment in urban and rural settings, as well as in conflict and post-conflict areas. Priscilla has worked 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. Priscilla believes in the power of young people in getting together and in being active change-makers. She speaks English, French and Spanish fluently along with intermediate German and Chinese.
Outreach and Development Officer, Europe
Martina was born and raised in Ecuador. Martina is passionate about people’s welfare, and has been with a number of non-profit organisations contributing to different causes like Diabetes Type 1 or people with mental disabilities. Through her active engagement with these causes, Martina has gained experience promoting education and the visualisation of the needs of others and has become a strong advocate for people’s rights. After graduating from secondary school, she moved to Tübingen, Germany, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies. She speaks Spanish, German, and English and is now based in Berlin.
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.
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