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Ahlam Awad Mohammed

Ahlam Awad Mohammed is currently completing a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship with The Task Force for Global Health, an international NGO based in Decatur, GA that focuses on controlling and eliminating infectious diseases and on helping strengthen health systems around the world. Ahlam holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Epidemiology and Global Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Aliza Ali is a senior studying Public Health at Tulane University. Aliza attended the 2018 COR-NTD Meeting as a blogger focusing on Chagas disease. She is currently a teaching assistant at Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and an intern with Sightsavers. 

Caroline Kusi

Caroline Kusi is a Senior Program Associate for the Neglected Tropical Disease Support Center (NTD-SC) where she serves as the research lead for the center’s social science research portfolio. With major grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and UK aid from the British people, NTD-SC is Secretariat for the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD).

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Chelsea Toledo, MA, is Associate Director of Communications & Development for the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center, a program of the Task Force for Global Health. Supported principally by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and DFID, the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center serves as Secretariat for the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases, or COR-NTD. Chelsea has a background in science writing and nonprofit public relations, and is currently a student at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, where she is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in Prevention Science.  

Christina Kirchner

Christina Kirchner is a second-year graduate student in the Health & Medical Journalism program at the University of Georgia, focusing on health and the business side of medicine. She also has an interest in health insurance and medical writing. She is currently a graduate assistant in Grady Sports Media, but manages a few projects along with her teaching assistant role. Christina earned her BA in journalism and German from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.


Dave Ross is president and chief executive officer of  The Task Force for Global Health.

Paul Emerson is director of the International Trachoma Initiative.

Rubina Imtiaz is director of Children Without Worms.

Eric Ottesen is director of the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center.

Yao Sodahlon is director of the Mectizan Donation Program.

The International Trachoma Initiative, Children Without Worms, the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center, and the Mectizan Donation Program are all programs at The Task Force for Global Health, an independent, nonprofit organization based in Decatur, Ga., USA.

David Ross

David Ross is CEO & President of The Task Force of Global Health.

Daniela Kirwan

MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow

Dr. Daniela Kirwan is an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow at Imperial College London, where she is doing a PhD on the innate immune response to tuberculosis.  She is a clinical academic trainee in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, having completed her clinical training to date at St. George's Hospital, London.  She completed a Masters in Clinical Microbiology at Queen Mary University London in 2015.  

Her research has taken her to Peru, where she has worked on TB diagnostics in Lima as well as on epidemiological studies of Chagas' disease in the north of Peru.  She has also spent time in the Infectious Diseases clinical service at the Hospital Viedma, Cochabamba, Bolivia.  She continues to collaborate closely with the Infectious Diseases research team at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru.  Her main research interests include tuberculosis, HIV, drug resistance, global health, migrant health, as well as Chagas' disease and other tropical diseases.  

In the UK she was President of the Alma Mata Global Health Network from 2012-7, and is now co-lead of the Advocacy group at Health Professionals for Global Health.

Elizabeth FiteElizabeth Fite is a second-year graduate student studying health and medical journalism at the University of Georgia. She graduated from Auburn University in 2012 with degrees in journalism and English literature. Currently, Elizabeth works in the Office of Research Communications at UGA, where she covers research in public health, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and other sciences. You can also find her work published in Georgia Health News, the Aiken Standard and the Auburn Plainsman.


Eric Ottesen

Eric Ottesen is the Director of the NTD Support Center at the Task Force and serves as Chief Technical Advisor for the ENVISION project at RTI International.

He received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1965, his M.D. from Harvard University in 1970, and is board certified in pediatrics. Formerly head of the Clinical Parasitology Section of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases NIH (1975-1994), he was the Project Leader in establishing the Global Programmeto Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis at the World Health Organization (1995-2001).

Eric's research interests have focused principally on host responsiveness to parasitic helminth infections (primarily filariasis, onchocerciasis and schistosomiasis), on the relationship between allergic and parasitic diseases, and on the challenges of implementing global health programs based on mass drug administration.