Ira C. Magaziner
Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman
Ira C. Magaziner is the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).
From 1993 through 1998, he served as Senior Advisor to President Clinton for Policy Development at the White House. In this capacity, he supervised the development and implementation of the administration’s policy for commercialization of the Internet and worked with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on the development of the President’s Health Reform Initiative. Mr. Magaziner also chaired a joint National Economic Council/National Security Council Initiative to increase US exports and served as a member of the National Domestic Policy Council.
Mr. Magaziner is one of America’s most respected corporate strategists. Prior to his White House appointment, he built two successful consulting firms and worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Boston, London, and Tokyo, helping major corporations develop their business strategies. Mr. Magaziner graduated from Brown University as valedictorian of the class of 1969, and attended Balliol College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.
Mustapha “Staph” Leavenworth Bakali is President and Chief Operating Officer of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). Mr. Leavenworth Bakali has 24 years of global business experience in building and managing large and early stage operations in developed and emerging markets in the Life Sciences sector. He served 11 years with SmithKline Beecham in a number of leadership roles, including living and managing businesses in French West Africa, Latin America, and Europe. Previously, he was Chief Business Officer of Intercell AG and member of its Supervisory Board, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Genocea Biosciences, an early stage innovative vaccine company in Cambridge, Mass.
Mr. Leavenworth Bakali has substantial experience in negotiating and concluding a wide range of public and private sector agreements and partnerships, including multi-billion dollar M&A transactions. As Chief Operation Officer of Vancouver-based ID Biomedical and UK-based PowderJect Pharmaceuticals Plc, he played a significant role in transforming the two companies from R&D organizations into fully-integrated biotech companies leading to subsequent acquisitions by GlaxoSmithKline and Chiron Corporation, respectively. As Worldwide Head of Sales and Marketing of Chiron Corporation’s Vaccines Division, he played an instrumental role in negotiating the partnerships that led to the eventual development of a low-cost combination pentavalent vaccine to serve children across the world’s 70 poorest countries. Mr. Leavenworth Bakali is also the co-founder of LeapFrog Investments, the world’s first and largest investor in companies that insure underserved people in Africa and Asia.
Mr. Leavenworth Bakali serves on numerous boards as an advisor and as a non-Executive Director. He holds a First Class Honours Degree from City of London Polytechnic and an MSc (With Distinction) from London Business School.
Julie Feder is the Chief Financial Officer at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where she leads the organization’s accounting, budgeting and reporting, and contracts teams.
Ms. Feder has an extensive background managing global teams, financial operations, internal controls, risk management, and financial system and process improvements. Prior to joining CHAI, she was the Global Vice President of Internal Audit at Genzyme, where she conducted Sarbanes Oxley compliance, financial and operational auditing, and served as the ERP Team leader. She was also the financial integration leader for the Sanofi integration with Genzyme. Prior to Genzyme, Ms. Feder spent over 17 years at Deloitte and Touche as a senior manager. During her time at Deloitte and Touche, she served in a variety of capacities, including external audit, internal audit, and process, systems, and risk consulting.
Ms. Feder holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Alice Kang’ethe serves as the Executive Vice President of the Vaccines, Human Resources for Health, and Family Planning programs at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). Ms. Kang’ethe joined CHAI in 2005, having previously volunteered in 2003, when she helped develop the first comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and treatment plans for the governments of South Africa and Tanzania. During her tenure at CHAI, Ms. Kang’ethe has served as the Deputy Country Director of Kenya, where she was instrumental in the design and implementation of an innovative Human Resources for Health program focusing on the deployment, training, and mentorship of healthcare workers in rural districts. She also launched CHAI’s Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) program in six countries, and managed a portfolio of key CHAI countries including Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Uganda, and Zambia in her role as a Regional Director for Southern Africa.
Prior to joining CHAI, Ms. Kang’ethe was a management consultant at KPMG East Africa, where, amongst other assignments, she was part of the team that was appointed as the Local Fund Agent for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in the Eastern African region, helping to oversee a US$320 million grant for Kenya.
Ms. Kang’ethe holds a first class degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and a Masters in Economics and Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics.
Dr. David Ripin is the Executive Vice President of Access and Malaria, and the Chief Science Officer at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). In these roles, he oversees CHAI’s work on increasing access to medicines and diagnostics for HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, and other disease areas through the use of sustainable market interventions. CHAI’s Access program has successfully implemented agreements with pharmaceutical companies to lower the price of key drugs and diagnostics by up to 80 percent, among other achievements. He also oversees the strategy and work of CHAI’s Malaria program.
Dr. Ripin joined CHAI in 2007. Prior to assuming his current role, he led CHAI’s Pharmaceutical Sciences Team, which conducts research and development work. These efforts focus on reducing the cost of key drugs through recommending formulation, manufacturing process, and sourcing improvements, as well as conducting the transfer of these processes to manufacturing partners.
Dr. Ripin is actively involved in setting international priorities for HIV drug optimization work, including organizing the Conference on Antiretroviral Drug Optimization in 2009. Before joining CHAI, he worked at Pfizer, Inc. for 10 years as part of the research and development group, focusing on the commercialization and manufacturing of drug candidates.
Dr. Ripin received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Asian Studies from the Washington University in St. Louis and obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University.
Dr. Owens Wiwa is a Vice President, Regional Director of West and Central Africa, and Country Director of Nigeria for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). He joined CHAI in 2007. Dr. Wiwa heads CHAI’s Nigeria office and plays a leadership role in health policy development and implementation at the Federal and State levels.
From 1998 to 2007, Dr. Wiwa worked with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, designing and leading research projects that focused on infectious diseases (especially HIV), and community and mental health in Africa and Nigeria. Prior to the CHAI, Dr Wiwa worked extensively as a physician in rural Nigeria and as a human and environmental rights activist with organizations such as Sierra Club and Amnesty International.
Dr. Wiwa has an MPH from Johns Hopkins University and an MB BCH from the University of Calabar.
Kelly McCrystal is the Executive Vice President of New Initiatives, Nutrition, and Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). She is responsible for the development and launch of new programs and oversees the development and launch of two multi-country initiatives to help governments rapidly reduce the incidence of chronic malnutrition and stunting in children under 5 years old, and scale up access and optimal usage of essential lifesaving commodities to reduce maternal and neonate deaths.
Ms. McCrystal joined CHAI in 2011. Prior to assuming her current roles, she served as Country Director in Tanzania. During her tenure in Tanzania, she oversaw innovative CHAI programs including a pilot of a pay-for-performance mechanism to improve the productivity of the Tanzanian health system and the quality of maternal and newborn care, and a program to scale up innovative point-of-care diagnostic systems. She also directed the expansion of CHAI’s programs in Tanzania to include supporting government programs in vaccines and sustainable health financing, and expanding malaria rapid testing in the private sector.
Prior to joining CHAI, Ms. McCrystal spent 17 years designing and implementing large-scale e-commerce and software applications for companies such as Virgin Atlantic Airways, Ticketmaster, and Leading Hotels of the World. Ms. McCrystal also started a successful technology training company in partnership with the University of California-Irvine.
Ms. McCrystal received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Yigeremu Abebe Asemere is a Vice President and is the Country Director in Ethiopia for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). Dr. Yigeremu joined CHAI in 2006, and remains committed to leading the large Ethiopia country program in saving the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS and other preventable and treatable diseases.
Dr. Yigeremu received his undergraduate degree from the Addis Ababa University medical faculty in 1982, and began his career working in the military health services as a general practitioner for two years before receiving his postgraduate diploma in internal medicine in 1988. During his residency program, Dr. Yigeremu was the first to present on the potential threat of HIV/AIDS to Ethiopia, and since that time has dedicated his life to fighting the epidemic in his country.
Prior to joining CHAI, Dr. Yigeremu worked in the Army Health services in a variety of roles, serving as a general practitioner, an internist, a medical director for the referral hospital in Addis Ababa, and finally for five years as the health of health services for the Ethiopian Army. During this time, Dr. Yigeremu organized a strong prevention and treatment program for Army staff and families; the program has been recognized as amongst the best of its kind. He also wrote AIDS policies for the Army and worked with a broad spectrum of partners on implementation of the Army AIDS program. At the national level, he led a number of committees that wrote the national policy on AIDS, ART guidelines, and treatment guidelines and protocols.
After leaving the Army, Dr. Yigeremu organized and led the state-of-the-art fee HIV care and ART center at a major government hospital in Addis Ababa, in collaboration with a number of local and international partners. This free care program has been recognized for its comprehensive and community-based care approach that addresses patients’ basic needs and ensures adherence in an at-home environment.
Gerald Macharia is a Vice President, the Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, and the Country Director in Kenya for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). He joined CHAI in 2005 as Country Director for Kenya, starting up the CHAI Kenya office before taking on the additional regional leadership role in 2010. As Regional Director, his responsibilities include overseeing operations in Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Mr. Macharia began his career in the private sector in marketing management with a number of multi-national corporations. He spent three years working in global marketing with the Colgate Palmolive company before entering the financial services sector and serving as CEO of Faulu Kenya, one of East Africa’s largest microfinance institutions. During his time with Faulu Kenya, Mr. Macharia grew the organization from a small NGO program to one of the region’s best and most profitable microfinance in a period of five years. Mr. Macharia is credited with innovative work with the Vodafone Group to design and pilot the world-famous and award-winning M-Pesa money transfer system that has blazed the way for mobile money systems throughout the world; he helped pilot and refine the system towards its successful rollout in Kenya. He also helped to float Africa’s first microfinance corporate bond on the Nairobi stock exchange in 2005, raising US$7 million for the expansion of Faulu Kenya’s microfinance business.
Mr. Macharia graduated magna cum laude from Kenyatta University, and earned a postgraduate diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK, as well as a MBA from the Edinburgh Business School in the UK and an additional MBA from Kenya’s Moi University School of Business & Economics. He is also an alumnus of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Program of Strategy & Organization.
Mr. Macharia has previously served as the Vice President of the Association of Microfinance Institutions in Kenya, board member of the Africa Microfinance Network, Governing Council, member of the Kenya Institute of Management and the Marketing Society of Kenya and is a life member of the Institute of Economic Affairs in Kenya. He also serves as board member of Kenya’s government-owned Micro Enterprise Support Program Trust.
Dr. Mphu Keneiloe Ramatlapeng is Executive Vice President for HIV/AIDS, TB, and Health Financing at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). In this role, Dr. Ramatlapeng leads CHAI’s HIV/AIDS, TB, and Health Financing strategies and works closely with global partners and government leaders to drive transformational change in these program areas.
Prior to joining CHAI in 2012, Dr. Ramatlapeng served as Minister of Health and Social Welfare of Lesotho from 2007 to mid-2012, leading the overall clinical, technical, and financial management of the Ministry. In this role, she was a champion for some of Lesotho’s significant health achievements, including reducing the transmission of HIV from parents to their children. Under her leadership, in 2010 the Ministry introduced an innovative package to support mothers who cannot return to clinics to receive the basic services they need to stay healthy and give birth to HIV-negative children.
Dr. Ramatlapeng was born in Lesotho, studied medicine at Kharkov Medical School in Ukraine, and later obtained a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. After completing her education she returned to Lesotho and worked in a number of roles across the public and private sectors. From 2005 to 2006, Dr. Ramatlapeng served as Country Director for the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative in Lesotho, bringing her extensive experience in pharmaceutical supply and management.
Dr. Ramatlapeng has held a number of Board Member positions over her career. Most recently, she was Vice Chair of the Board for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria from 2011 to 2013. She has also served as a member on boards of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the Stop TB Partnership, and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics. Throughout her career, Dr. Ramatlapeng has also been a leading advocate for women in business; as a part of these efforts, she served as a founding Board Member of Women in Business in Lesotho.
Joshua Chu is the Senior Regional Program Director (Southeast Asia/Pacific) at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where he is responsible for the development of new programs in the Southeast Asia/Pacific region which includes Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam. He also concurrently holds the role of Director of Global Markets, in which he oversees CHAI’s work to increase access to affordable and reliable supply of vaccines, thereby increasing value for money for donors and enabling accelerated introduction of new vaccines in developing countries.
Mr. Chu joined CHAI in 2009. Prior to assuming his current roles, he served as Deputy Country Director in Nigeria. During his tenure in Nigeria, CHAI expanded its scope to include new programs in vaccines, family planning, severe malaria, essential treatments for diarrhea, and human resources for health.
Prior to joining CHAI, Mr. Chu held several roles including managing Singapore Airlines’ multi-billion dollar investment portfolio of companies in Europe, Asia, and Oceania. In addition, he has held consulting and operational roles with various organizations in China, Kazakhstan, United States, and Zambia.
Mr. Chu obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Eastern and Asian studies (summa cum laude) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He later obtained a Mphil in Development Studies (with distinction) from St Johns’ College, University of Cambridge, as a Maxis scholar.
Cathleen Creedon is Director of Development for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where she is responsible for working with CHAI’s CEO and senior leadership to secure sources of entrepreneurial funding and guidance that will enable CHAI to enter new arenas and expand upon existing opportunities that can have tremendous impact upon the future of those CHAI serves. Since CHAI’s inception, individual and institutional supporters have played a key role in enabling CHAI’s efforts to generate large-scale impact and transform global public health.
Ms. Creedon joined CHAI in 2011. Prior to her position with CHAI, she worked with Cape Cod Healthcare in Massachusetts on the successful completion of a campaign to create a new patient wing, a cardiac center and expanded emergency services; created the first-ever major and planned giving program for the International Fund for Animal Welfare to work on issues such as the illegal trade in ivory and exploitation of marine mammals; headed fundraising in the Northeast Region for CARE, the international relief and development agency; helped expand high-level giving for The Trustees of Reservations to preserve open space for public enjoyment; and raised funds to create a science center for Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass.
Ms. Creedon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Wellesley College.
Harkesh Dabas is the Managing Director of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) India office. In this role, he provides leadership and strategic direction to CHAI operations and partnerships in India. Previously, Mr. Dabas led CHAI’s Access program efforts in new initiatives and organizational engagement with manufacturers of generic ARVs as well as other drug and vaccines.
Prior to joining CHAI, Mr. Dabas served in the Indian Navy for over two decades in various leadership positions, including Joint Director of Operations at the Ministry of Defence, where he was responsible for the development and execution of strategic plans and policies. He also commanded an anti-submarine warfare corvette and served as the Secretary to the Commanders’ Conference, the Navy’s highest strategic decision-making body, wherein he was involved in the development of strategy across a broad spectrum of issues.
Mr. Dabas holds post-graduate degrees in Nautical Science and Operations, a Masters in Defence and Strategic Studies, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
As the Vice President of Global Operations, Corrie Martin is responsible for providing strategic direction, guidance, and support to the Clinton Health Access Initiative’s (CHAI) country and global operations teams. She leads the Global Human Resources, Global Operations, and Global Safety and Security Teams.
Ms. Martin joined CHAI in 2007 and has served in a number of different roles within the organization, starting as a human resources consultant and then working to create a recruitment business strategy and department during CHAI’s early days. She later transitioned to the Clinton Climate Initiative to manage that organization’s Cities Program. After over two years supporting the Cities Program, she recognized her passion in global health and returned to CHAI as the Deputy Director for Country Operations, subsequently coming to lead various Global Operations teams.
Following her undergraduate program, Ms. Martin joined the Peace Corps and served as a part of the first group of volunteers to enter Mongolia. After two years of service, she transitioned from a volunteer role to a staff position at Peace Corps supporting country programs in the Asia Pacific Region, acted as the Associate Director for Administration in Tonga, Ethiopia, and Namibia, and served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Volunteer Support department at Peace Corps Headquarters. Ms. Martin also worked for the Foreign Agriculture Service at the US Department of Agriculture, where she created and managed a business management center supporting multiple USAID-supported projects. Additionally, she has worked for City Year helping to manage and direct its first international site and City Year’s domestic operations.
Ms. Martin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Geoffrey Weber is the Chief Technology Officer at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI). He is responsible for developing technology strategy across CHAI’s global and country teams and ensuring that CHAI has a coordinated approach with respect to the development of hardware and software solutions.
Mr. Weber joined CHAI in 2015. Prior to assuming his current role, he was a private sector technology executive with more than 15 years of experience leading high-performance technology teams and over 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley. Immediately before joining CHAI, Mr. Weber was the CIO and VP of Operations at Shutterfly. Previously, he has served as the Chief Technology Officer with Quigo Technologies, and as the Director of Engineering for eBay/PayPal, where he managed a staff of 80 engineers and led the development of internal processes for improved quality across all technology divisions. Mr, Weber’s experience also includes software development roles at RCM Capital Management, Providian Financial, Franklin Templeton Funds, Sybase, NEC Electronics, and Sun Microsystems.
Mr. Weber attended the University of California Berkeley graduating with a BA in Mathematics and a minor in French Literature.
Joan Muasa is a Senior Director, responsible for strategic planning, institutional donor management, and coordination of the Clinton Health Access Initiative’s (CHAI) Program Leadership Team and program reviews. Prior to assuming her current position, Ms. Muasa served as Director of Budgeting and Reporting. During her tenure in that role, she collaborated to form new finance and accounting departments; established financial policies, tools, processes, and practices that aided the development of CHAI’s revenue recognition and allocation, multi-year and annual financial planning, and management reporting processes; improved donor compliance; and restructured the program cost allocation process.
Prior to joining CHAI, Ms. Muasa spent 12 years at Oxfam (Oxfam UK and Oxfam America, Inc.) as a senior finance and operations director. While at Oxfam UK, she was instrumental in the design and implementation of the international division’s five-year strategic planning, annual programming, and business planning processes in 80 countries and also led the streamlining of restricted fund management and the decentralization of the international division’s 80 percent donor management (about 400 grants) from HQ into regional and country offices. She also served in a variety of other capacities at Oxfam. Her accomplishments include work in financial and operational management, organizational strategic and annual planning, risk management, process and systems improvements, change management, partner relations, and program evaluations.
Ms. Muasa has managed programs and lived in East and West Africa, Southeast Asia, the UK and the US. She currently serves on the boards of two charitable organizations that focus on secondary school education and vocational training of marginalized children and youth in East Africa. Ms. Muasa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and is a Kenyan certified accountant. She is also an alumna of Said Business School, Oxford, UK on Strategy, Risk Management, and Organizational Change.
Dang Ngo is Senior Regional Director in the Greater Mekong, overseeing operations and strategic priorities in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, and covering initiatives including HIV, TB, malaria, hepatitis, vaccines, family planning, health system strengthening, and health information systems. Mr. Ngo is also CHAI’s Country Director in Vietnam, leading a high-performing team to significant successes including scaling up of HIV treatment coverage for children from 9 percent in 2006 to 86 percent in 2015 (one of the highest in the world), introducing improved diagnostic systems such as point-of-care and early infant diagnosis of HIV, introducing TB prevention programs that are dramatically reducing incidences, strengthening procurement and supply chain management systems to ensure drugs reach patients, and designing and implementing innovative SMS- and web-based health management information systems that are meaningfully improving patient referral systems and service delivery, among others.
Mr. Ngo joined CHAI in 2008 as a Program Coordinator in Vietnam and assumed the Deputy Country Director and Country Director roles in 2010 and 2011, respectively. He is also a member of CHAI’s Operations Leadership Team.
Prior to joining CHAI, Mr. Ngo developed a landmine risk prediction model using statistical tools that is changing the UN Mine Action Centre’s approach to reducing landmine incidences in Afghanistan. Additionally, he led the development of market-leading enterprise-level educational tools and websites to link students to universities. He is also an award-winning photographer.
Mr. Ngo earned a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Program.
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