Staff

NORTH AMERICA

Merith Basey MSc

Merith Basey MSc

Executive Director, North America

Merith has over 15 years of experience in global public health, advocacy and youth empowerment. Following studies at Durham University and La Complutense, the UK native spent several 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. Her drive for her work in access to medicines was sparked from the experiences in Ecuador and Bolivia where regular access to insulin was a challenge for many of the communities and families she worked with. 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 is passionate about health equity and justice – and especially about growing the movement through building connections and making links to other social justice causes.  She speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese and is based in Washington, DC. You can follow her at @GlobalDiaBEATes.

merith@uaem.org

Rahwa Tareke

Rahwa Tareke

Finance and Operations Manager, North America

Rahwa provides financial, accounting and operations management to UAEM North America. Before joining UAEM, she worked as a program and research coordinator with different nonprofit organizations focusing on economic sustainability and human rights. Rahwa holds a Master’s degree from the International Institute of Social Studies, where she studied development studies with specialization in economics of development.

rahwa@uaem.org

Europe

Priscilla Li Ying

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.

priscilla@uaem.org

Martina Pinto

Martina Pinto

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.

martina@uaem.org

Brazil

Luciana Lopes

Luciana Lopes

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.

luciana@essentialmedicine.org

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