PILOT GLOBAL GOVERNANCE COUNCIL (pGGC) MEMBERS
Kristine Husøy Onarheim
Kristine is a pGGC member, representing UAEM Europe. She was a co-founder of UAEM Norway 2009, and took part in the development of the first EAL guidelines in the Nordic countries at the University of Bergen. She served on the first European UAEM board from 2012-2013. In addition to being on the pGGC, she is a medical doctor, a PhD student, and a member of the Lancet Youth Commission on Essential Medicines Policies.
Member, Board of Directors
A Nepali national, Pratik Chhetri, was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. He entered the United States to pursue Bachelors in Science(B.S.) degree at Central Michigan University in 2007, and is triple majoring in Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Mathematics. He plans to join an MD/PhD (Doctor of Medicine/ Doctor of Philosophy) degree to be a medical scientist and plan to work in clinical research fields. He wants to contribute significantly in improving the global health conditions, especially in developing countries. He is the International Chapter Outreach Coordinator of UAEM-CC and particularly, in charge of guiding existing chapters and helping to start new chapters in developing countries. He helped start UAEM chapters in Nepal and Nigeria and he is in talks with students from other countries including Bangladesh, in possibility of starting a chapter there. He plans to apply for grants to help improve these chapters to function efficiently in UAEM’s mission of alleviating the global health conditions.
Ethan Guillén is an independent consultant working to promote access to medicines so that all people are able to live their lives in health and dignity. Ethan currently consults for the policy and advocacy team of the Medicines Patent Pool, an organization dedicated to increasing access to affordable HIV medicines in developing countries. Previously, he served as the first Executive Director of UAEM, working with hundreds of dedicated student activists to achieve both tremendous growth for the organization and many policy changes to promote access to affordable medicines. Prior to UAEM he worked on political campaigns around the United States, as both the manager of a political consulting firm and as a campaign member working on strategy and policy. Ethan received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, with a focus on United Nations peacekeeping efforts in southern Africa.
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.
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.
Sara Helena Pereira e Silva
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.
Member, European Board of Directors
Zavira is an Aruban student in the final year of Medicine at Utrecht University. She has been involved in UAEM since it was introduced in the Netherlands two years ago, and helped set up a national structure as National Coordinator. Currently, she is part of the UAEM Europe Board and national Supervisory Committee of UAEM-NL, she is also an active as a trainer in IFMSA.
Julia Rappenecker is one of the alumni who cofounded UAEM Europe in 2009. In the first years based in Berlin, she coordinated the Berlin chapter as the implementation of GAL at Charité Berlin. She helped to design and implement the organisational structure of UAEM Europe, was together with Max Bender the first European Coordinator for Germany and fascilitated the establishment of the first board as the appointment of the first Executive Director of UAEM Europe.She has been working as an MD in paediatrics in Switzerland since 2012 and is parallely doing a Masters Degree in International Health. In 2017 she will go on her first mission as Paediatrician with Medecins sans Frontieres. Since 2014 she is a member of the pilot Global Governance Council.