Staff

NORTH AMERICA

Merith Basey MSc

Merith Basey MSc

Executive Director, North America

merith@uaem.org 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

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe

Special Advisor

rachel.k.monroe@uaem.org 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.
Rahwa Tareke

Rahwa Tareke

Program and Financial Officer

rahwa@uaem.org Rahwa provides general program and finance support 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.
Ali Greenberg

Ali Greenberg

Advocacy and Campaigns Officer

ali@uaem.org Ali Greenberg has been working in global health and advocacy for the past six years while she completed her studies, most recently a Masters in International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She specializes in health communications and social and behavioral change. Ali was previously on the North American coordinating committee for UAEM and among her contributions, she has helped complete the University Report Card and the Alternative R&D Mapping Report. She additionally worked on various academic projects at Johns Hopkins, including a six month qualitative research study in Peru. Ali has experience working with several non-profits including Drugs for Neglected Diseases and was a Research Associate for the International Vaccine Access Center this past year, focusing on dengue vaccine introduction. She speaks Spanish and is based in Washington, DC.

Europe

Lukas Fendel

Lukas Fendel

Executive Director

Lukas Fendel was first hired as an Executive Director to UAEM’s European branch in 2012. He has a study background in the social sciences and humanities. Having served in different coordinating positions with UAEM before his appointment as an ED, Lukas brings extensive hands-on experience in UAEM’s campus-based volunteer work.
 Fiamma Deglinnocenti

Fiamma Deglinnocenti

Fundraising Officer

 fundraising@essentialmedicine.org Fiamma graduated at the University of Florence in Development Economics and International Cooperation with a dissertation about alternative and inclusive financial models (from microcredit to P2P Lending). After working in 2012 as part of the Social Business Team at the Yunus Centre of Dhaka, Bangladesh, since then she has been supporting the launch of social businesses and consulting on crowdfunding and innovation. Her drive for advocacy and global movements led her to launch in 2015 the first Italian edition of 100in1day, the global bottom up festival of urban creativity, with the aim of experimenting new forms of hybrid participation by engaging citizens in improving urban public spaces through 100 initiatives carried out in 24 hours. Currently based in Berlin, she is Fundraising Officer at UAEM Europe and attends the HPI School of Design Thinking. Outside working hours she enjoys volunteering in Make Sense, a global grassroots movement to foster social business.

Caroline Zech

Administration Officer

office@uaem.org Caroline has a diverse background in accounting and freelance design. Her accounting experience stems from years of leading her own company and she has supported other designers and artists with accounting work in the past. Caroline is still a designer and works part-time with UAEM Europe, where aside from sharing her design expertise, she is responsible for general program and finance support.

BRAZIL

Sara Helena Pereira e Silva

Sara Helena Pereira e Silva

Coordinator

freemeds.sara@uaem-br.org  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.
Walter Britto Gaspar

Walter Britto Gaspar

Coordinator

walter.britto@uaem-br.org Walter is a law student at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. He interned at the Center for Technology and Society (CTS), conducting research on copyright and access to knowledge. He was leader of the UAEM chapter in FGV and Communication Coordinator of UAEM Brazil. Author of “What is Creative Commons?” Available at http://hdl.handle.net/10438/11461.

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