UAEM GLOBAL

COM-EX (GLOBAL GOVERNANCE COUNCIL) 

 

JUSTIN MENDOZA

Interim Executive Director, North America

Before joining UAEM as an Interim Executive Director, Justin was the Advocacy Lead for U.S. Health Care at Partners In Health (PIH), and a member of the UAEM North America board of directors. He led PIH's efforts on domestic policy and advocacy strategy, including running the Public Health Jobs Now! campaign, which aims to improve public health workforce investments for communities around the U.S. in response to COVID-19. Previously, Justin worked on health care priorities with Families USA and Public Citizen in Washington D.C., focused mainly on lowering drug prices, taking on pharmaceutical patent overreach, expanding health care coverage, and lowering underlying health care costs. He works to advance legislation and administrative action at the state and federal levels, as well as coalition management and policy analysis. Justin holds an MPH in Health Policy from Yale University and a B.S. in biomedical sciences and neuroscience from Central Michigan University and led UAEM chapters at both universities and served on the Coordinating Committee for two years.

 

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Anna Peiris 

Executive Director, Europe

Anna joined UAEM as the European Executive Director in July 2021, having been involved with the organisation since 2015. With her background in biomedical science, Anna's initial exposure to the access to medicines movement led her to become heavily engaged in UAEM, and has spent several years working on campaign development & advocacy efforts both within the UK and the European region. Prior to her position as Executive Director, Anna worked in the climate change field with the international NGO, C40 Cities. During this period, she supported municipal governments in reducing their carbon emissions through implementing innovative transportation electrification policies. Anna is currently based in the Berlin Office.

 

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.

 

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RAFAEL ALMEIDA

Latin America Representative

Rafael is a Veterinarian. Currently, he is enrolled as a PhD student in public health at the Public Health National School Sergio Arouca- Oswaldo Cruz Foundation. Rafael joined UAEM in 2018, and is looking forward to helping UAEM North America as a representative of Latin America ComEx board.

 

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JENNIFER NGUYEN

North American Representative

Jennifer is a dental student at the University of Sydney and completed her MPH at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and recently graduated from UWO with a B.S. in Biology and East Asian Studies. She helped found the UAEM chapter at UWO and was one of the leaders of the UAEM-WHO Neglected Tropical Diseases Working Group in the past. Jennifer is particularly interested in neglected diseases, social determinants of health, and the role of health communications in alleviating health inequities. She is looking forward to helping launch the Australian UAEM Report Card this year!

 

ALI GREENBERG

North American Representative

Ali Greenberg joined the ComEx this year after serving as UAEM North America’s Advocacy & Campaigns Officer for the past year and a half. Before joining the UAEM staff, she had been working in global health and advocacy for six years while she completed a Masters in International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She specializes in health communications and social and behavioral change. In addition to leading the Johns Hopkins UAEM chapter from 2014-2016, Ali was previously a summer intern for UAEM North America in 2013 and then joined the North American coordinating committee and was a member of the CC from 2013-2016. Among her contributions as a student, she helped complete the University Report Card and the Alternative R&D Mapping Report as well as participating in activities through the Global R&D Campaign and the North American advocacy team. During her MSPH, she was a Research Associate for the International Vaccine Access Center, focusing on dengue vaccine introduction and spent six months in Peru completing qualitative research on access to care and treatment for asthma. Ali is now completing her Masters in Medical Sciences at Boston University and additionally has experience working with several non-profits including Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative.

 

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Anja Wiemers

European Representative

Anja is a medical doctor with a passion for Global Health. She joined UAEM five years ago and served as European Coordinator and chapter lead in the Maastricht chapter. Growing up half German and half Croatian, representing the European region in the Executive Committee felt natural.  She’s very passionate about the empowerment of students and needs-driven research & development. When she isn’t busy brainstorming and discussing, she likes to bake, practice yoga or go for hikes with friends.

 

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SABRINA WIMMER

European Representative

Sabrina is a final-year medical student at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She joined UAEM in 2014 and has previously helped establishing the European Empowerment Committee (EmCom) and served two years on the European Coordinating Committee (ECC). Her interests are in health policy and health care financing, particularly in transparency of R&D, pricing of medicines and equitable access to healthcare. Beyond UAEM she enjoys traveling, experimenting with cooking and exploring nature.