Global Health Summit
April 17, 2021
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM PST
Meeting together for a more sustainable future.
Dare to take action?
Innovation to Action is an annual global health conference that fuses innovation and collaboration centered around human health.
April 17, 2021
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM PST
In collaboration with CARE, we provide a virtual platform that stimulates critical thinking surrounding the United Nations' 17 sustainable goals in a way that inspires change.
Human health is at the core of not just individual well-being but of societal progress. Without having healthy communities, governments and entire national economies can be deeply threatened. Despite the importance of health and healthcare, there are clear disparities in the composition of disease and access to proper care.
Addressing these issues will take a collective and community effort, one that emphasizes every aspect of human health, including poverty, sanitation, medicine, geography, economics, and policy regulation.
This year’s conference theme, Defying Disparities in Healthcare, emphasizes the the number of factors that go into human health and the interdependence global health has.
Through workshops, speakers, and networking, attendees will develop an understanding of today’s global health topics.
Pathogens present unique challenges for every nation, as no one place has the same makeup of viruses, bacteria, and other disease-causing microorganisms. However, by working collaboratively nations can boost global understanding of different pathogens and accelerate the development of effective treatments.
Poverty & Food
Poverty and food insecurity are both major drivers of poor health; both make it difficult to maintain good physical and mental health, and both can lead to poor nutrition and disease management.
Heart Disease, Obesity & Diabetes
Heart disease, obesity, and diabetes are not only leading causes of morbidity worldwide; they are also clear representations of the effect that socioeconomic disparities can have on health. The only way to lower rates of these three diseases is by addressing systemic issues like poverty, food insecurity, and lack of healthcare accessibility.
Water and sanitation are at the core of health infrastructure. By establishing clean water sources and sanitation guidelines, nations can begin to better their medical systems.
Women’s Reproductive Health
Women’s reproductive and sexual health is a matter of global importance. By giving women and children greater access to comprehensive sex education and resources, nations can lower rates of accidental pregnancy and maternal mortality, while simultaneously enhancing economic development.
Healthcare is not equitable for all. Disparities in access to healthcare exist due to several factors, including race, gender, sexuality, income level, and geographic region.
Global Health Partnerships
Global partnerships that emphasize the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals will be able to make measurable steps towards bettering the health of nations. With collaborative and innovative global health efforts, achieving a better standard of care for all is possible.
Create real-world solutions.
Innovation to Action invites all participants to take part in an optional global health challenge requiring understanding of the 17 goals put forth by UNESCO in order to design real-life solutions. Upon registering for I2A, participants will be randomly assigned to a group of teammates with different backgrounds to collaborate in providing the most efficient solution to the global issue presented. This challenge will foster strong critical thinking and stimulate collaboration to develop an innovative solution. The top solution will be selected by a panel judges earn $500.
Register for the conference and sign up for the optional challenge competition.
Students, professionals, and participants who sign up for the challenge will be paired into a group of 3-5 individuals.
Teams will be asked to prepare a proposal of a hypothetical design solution in response to a challenge in a pressing global health topic.
Write a up to 4- page proposal, powerpoint presentation, or 1-5 minute video proposal to submit your innovative solution to the topic
4-5 Page Proposal
1-5 Minute Video Proposal
Top 3 teams will be chosen and contacted on April 15th, 2021.
Top 3 teams will present a 5 minute presentation at the conference to compete for the prize.
PRIZE: $500 USD
Are you up for the challenge?
You are now one of the 193 United Nations delegates that sit in the UN General Assembly Hall. As an expert in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), you are assigned to address a global health issue within the country of your choosing. You and your team will come up with ideas to influence the direction of policies for a particular issue pertaining to human health....
Download the Challenge now!
United Nations Sustainable Goals Competition
Gary S. May
UC Davis Chancellor
Gary S. May leads the most comprehensive campus in the University of California system, with four colleges and six professional schools. UC Davis enrolls more than 39,000 students, brings in nearly $850 million annually in sponsored research and contributes at least $8 billion annually to California’s economy. In 2019, UC Davis reached the Top 10 in four national rankings of universities, including fifth among public universities in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.
May believes success is best judged by how we enhance the lives of others. Throughout his career, May has championed diversity and mentorship in both higher education and the workplace. He developed nationally recognized programs to attract, mentor and retain underrepresented groups in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. In 2015, President Barack Obama honored May with the Presidential Award for Excellence in STEM Mentoring. In 2021, he received the prestigious Lifetime Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for demonstrating extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the fields of science and engineering.
He also believes in the positive impact academia and industry have when they partner for the common good. He launched Aggie Square in April 2018 to spur economic growth in Sacramento and help create jobs at a variety of education levels. In November 2019, May and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg were recognized with a Leadership Award from the Association of University Research Parks for creating a unique partnership for Aggie Square.
An accomplished scholar and engineer, May came to UC Davis in 2017 after a three-decade career at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He was dean of the institute’s College of Engineering — the largest and most diverse school of its kind in the nation.
Prior to his appointment as dean, May was the Steve W. Chaddick Chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also served as the executive assistant to then-Georgia Tech President G. Wayne Clough.
May has won numerous honors for his research in computer-aided manufacturing of integrated circuits. He authored more than 200 technical publications, contributed to 15 books and holds a patent related to this work.
In 2010, May was named “outstanding engineering alumnus” of UC Berkeley, where he earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science.
In September 2018, May was inducted to the National Academy of Engineering for his success in growing diversity and his innovations in semiconductor manufacturing. In April 2020, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for “educational and academic leadership.” May received the 2020 Career Services Champion Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers for his forward-thinking leadership in support of career services.
He was honored by the National Medical Fellowships as a Bay Area Champion of Health in 2020. May was recognized by the Sacramento Kings Foundation as a 2021 Dream All-Star, for his positive impact on the Sacramento region and commitment to championing initiatives that support opportunities for the Black community.
A prominent voice in higher education, May serves as Vice Chair of the Universities Research Association’ Council of Presidents. He sits on the executive committee of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Board of Directors and is an advisor for the National Society of Black Engineers.
He is a Commissioner of the Council on Competitiveness, a national organization dedicated to growing America’s economy, fostering innovation and increasing productivity through public-private partnerships.
May serves on the board of directors for Leidos and for the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, and the advisory board for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
A native of St. Louis, May is married to LeShelle R. May, a software engineer with CNN. They have two grown daughters, Simone and Jordan.
Congressman Ami Bera
American physician and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 7th congressional district since 2013
Congressman Ami Bera has represented California’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2013. The 7th district is located just east of California’s capitol city, Sacramento, and lies entirely within Sacramento County.
Representative Bera is currently a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation. He is also a senior member on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Congressman Bera is also Vice Chair for Outreach for the New Democrat Coalition, a group of over 100 forward-thinking Democrats who are committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies.
As a first-generation American born and raised in California, Congressman Bera grew up believing America was a land of opportunity, where if you worked hard and played by the rules, you could reach your full potential. He attended California’s public schools from grammar school through medical school, earning both his B.S. and M.D. from the University of California, Irvine. With help from his family, scholarships, and working part-time, he put himself through medical school while taking advantage of federally-funded student loans, and graduating with less than $10,000 in debt. He credits much of his success to his country’s investment in him, and he’s working to ensure that we continue to invest in hard working Americans to keep the American Dream alive for the next generation.
During Congressman Bera's twenty-year medical career, he worked to improve the availability, quality, and affordability of healthcare. After graduating from medical school in 1991, he did his residency in internal medicine at California Pacific Medical Center, eventually becoming chief resident. He went on to practice medicine in the Sacramento area, serving in various leadership roles for MedClinic Medical Group. Chief among his contributions was improving the clinical efficiency of the practice. He then served as medical director of care management for Mercy Healthcare, where he developed and implemented a comprehensive care management strategy for the seven-hospital system.
Co-Founder of The Pad Project & Executive Produce of Oscar-winning documentary short "Period. End of Sentence"
Claire Sliney is a Co-Founder of The Pad Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and cultivating global partnerships to end both the stigma surrounding menstruation and the poverty caused by periods as a mechanism for improving social, health, and economic conditions for all. With The Pad Project, Sliney Executive Produced the Oscar-winning documentary short, "Period. End of Sentence." which follows a community of Indian women who fight the taboo surrounding menstruation and begin manufacturing sanitary pads. Sliney is a Los Angeles native and is currently a student at the University of Pennsylvania studying Philosophy, Politics & Economics and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies. At Penn she is a Perry World House Student Fellow and a Millennium Fellow through the United Nations Academic Impact and Millennium Campus Network. She was selected for a Fulbright award to France to study the sociopolitical and sociocultural implications of the depictions of North African immigrant women in French cinema.
Founder and President of Pharos Global Health; Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health
Dr. Robert Hecht is the President of Pharos Global Health Advisors. He has more than 30 years of experience in global health, population, nutrition and development, in senior management positions with the World Bank, UNAIDS, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and Results for Development Institute. Rob is a widely recognized thought leader and analyst with a strong track record of advice to top decision makers and dozens of publications related to health systems, health sector reform, HIV, TB, immunization, nutrition, and health economics and financing. Rob also holds an appointment as a clinical professor at the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, where he teaches global health courses related to policy and financing and conducts research. He has adjunct positions at McGill University’s School for Population and Global Health and at Rangoon University’s School of Public Health. Rob has a PhD from Cambridge University and a BA from Yale.
Co-Founder, The Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar LLC(G)
Neeshad is an Environmentalist, Speaker and Social Change Advocate. He holds a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and based in Doha, Qatar. He has over 5 years of experience in analyzing global environmental and climate policies with a special focus on the Gulf and Middle East. An active member of several global youth environmental NGO’s and has contributed actively in international climate summits. In March 2019, he was named in the Apolitical’s List of the 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy 2019. Neeshad is a TEDx Speaker and Agenda Contributor for the World Economic Forum. His articles and interviews have appeared in Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Guardian, Inside Arabia, The Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, Qatar Today, Global Landscapes Forum and EcoMENA. Neeshad is currently the Co-founder & Executive Director at the Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar, a first registered youth lead non-profit association in the State of Qatar. He is a Board Member at Climate Action Network (CAN) Arab World and CoalitionWILD. He is on the steering committee of Global Shapers Climate and Environment; UNESCO Youth Climate Action Network (YoU-CAN) and also UNEP Youth Regional Facilitator for the Middle East.
Founder of August (itsaugust.co), and author of PERIOD POWER
Nadya Okamoto is a 23-year-old Harvard student. In early 2020, Okamoto co-founded August, a lifestyle brand working to reimagine periods. As the Today Show describes, “August is a growing online community aiming to "re-imagine and redefine the period experience to be powerful and dignified," with members who engage in conversations about how to properly use menstrual cups or what it's like to be a transgender man having a period, for example.”
Nadya Okamoto is also the Founder of PERIOD (period.org), an organization fighting to end period poverty and stigma that she founded at the age of 16. Under her leadership as Executive Director for five years, PERIOD addressed over 1.5 million periods and registered over 800 campus chapters in all 50 states and 50 other countries. In 2017, Nadya ran for public office in Cambridge, MA at age 19 — at the time, becoming the youngest Asian American to run. In 2018, Nadya published her debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement with publisher Simon & Schuster, which made the Kirkus Reviews list for Best Young Adult Nonfiction of 2018. Nadya is also the former Chief Brand Officer and current Board Member of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in NYC. She has been recognized on the lists of Forbes 30 under 30, Bloomberg 50 “Ones to Watch” and People Magazine's Women Changing the World.
Arun Deb, PhD, PE DEE
Adjunct Faculty at University of Pennsylvania & Director of Global Water Alliance
Dr. Arun Deb has more than 60 years’ experience in teaching, research and consultancy in water and wastewater management. During the last 30 years, while working for Weston Solutions, Inc., Dr. Deb started his volunteering activities with a goal to help poor people of developing countries in providing them safe drinking water and good sanitation. Many of those projects tie into volunteer activities for Water For People (WFP). In the early 1990s, Deb initiated WFP projects to bring safe drinking water to about 10 schools with nearly 1,000 students each. Deb, who has served two terms on the Water For People board, is the man behind the project in India to remove arsenic from drinking water. Deb spends several months each year in Kolkata, India. During the last twenty years, he initiated and completed sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects in about 50 schools in West Bengal.
In 1995, when he learned of the huge numbers of villagers suffering from arsenic poisoning caused by contaminated groundwater, Deb helped raise $10,000 with the help of PA Section of WFP for a research grant to support the Bengal Engineering and Science University in designing an arsenic-removal process. Now that the project is under way for the last 23 years, Deb’s reward consists of the responses from villagers during his visits to India that they are so proud of their arsenic-removal unit. This project received many national and International awards.
Arun Deb demonstrated his passion for delivering safe drinking water and improving the quality of life. At present, as a Board Member of GWA, Dr. Deb is involved in a safe drinking water supply project for many schools in West Bengal and involved in improving education and health of students. He received many awards from eminent institutions like American Academy of Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, Water For People and Global Water Alliance.
Alison Oliveira Wheeler
Director of the Nothing But Nets Campaign at the United Nations Foundation
Alison Oliveira Wheeler is the Director of the United Nation Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, the world’s largest and most powerful community of supporters and advocates committed to saving lives and defeating malaria. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign since its inception in 2006. Nothing But Nets has protected over 31.9 million people from malaria by raising over $72 million and helping to deliver over 13.9 million bed nets and other crucial malaria interventions for families in need. In addition to raising funds for UN partners, Nothing But Nets raises awareness and voices to advocate for critical malaria funding for the UN, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as well as collaborates with WHO, PAHO, and other crucial malaria investment initiatives to work toward malaria elimination in Hispaniola and the Americas region. Alison is committed to building better futures for children, women and families around the globe. Prior to joining the campaign, she led marketing, communications and development teams at award-winning global non-profit organizations, SOS Children’s Villages and Women for Women International. Prior to her work with global organizations, Alison held brand, marketing and new product development roles with media and technology companies, domestically and internationally. She received her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and earned her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and two children.
Founder of Empowered By Vee, Postgraduate student at Harvard University, Oxford Graduate
Vee Kativhu is a YouTube visionary, education activist and founder of the initiative, Empowered by Vee. She uses her platform to share tips and advice to help underprivileged and underrepresented people from across the world recognise their own talent and potential. Through transparently sharing her experiences at Oxford and Harvard, Vee has also become a symbol of hope for many young Black women as she shares the story of what it is like to enter non-black spaces and excel in them. An Oxford graduate of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Vee is now studying International Education Policy at Harvard with the hope of becoming a policy advisor for girls’ education in Zimbabwe. Vee has been named a Rare Rising Star, Future Leader, Diversity Champion and LinkedIn Changemaker. She has also been a BBC Teach presenter, TEDx speaker and a University, Empowerment and Academia Content Creator for YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn, achieving many other accolades in the process. Ever since she set up her YouTube channel, Vee has been blazing a trail ever since, and now has a following of over 169,000. Within her 4,500+-strong Empowered by Vee community, she has also created an annual academic conference that provides skills and tips to students who need support as they make the often-difficult transition from school to university. An inspiration to anyone who has faced adversity and made it through, Vee is a symbol of what it’s like to not only empower yourselves, but those around you too.
Aviva A. Musicus
Forbes 30 under 30 Healthcare 2021 & Postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Aviva Musicus is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she studies how food-related policy affects human health and behavior. She was named to Forbes magazine’s 2021 “30 Under 30” list in the health care category. Aviva is an expert in food label design and her research helped inform a new law in the city of Philadelphia regarding sodium labeling.
Emily Creek, MBA
Director of Customer Insights & Strategy at Stable Kernel
Emily Creek joined Stable Kernel in July 2020 and is currently the Director of Customer Insights & Strategy. In her role, Emily is responsible for developing and executing strategic qualitative & quantitative research plans to understand and meet customer needs. Prior to joining Stable Kernel, Emily worked at the Arthritis Foundation for almost 19 years, overseeing and facilitating strategies and tactics to better understand arthritis patients and developing tools and resources to help them live better. Emily holds a BA in Sociology & Psychology from Indiana University and a MBA in Marketing from Georgia State University.
Ruben Ayala, MD, MSc
Chief Medical Officer - Operation Smile
Ruben Ayala is a public health physician from Panama with more than 25 years of experience in advocacy and humanitarian assistance. During his career with Operation Smile, he has planned, executed, and overseen surgical programs in more than 40 countries. Dr. Ayala also oversaw the establishment of Operation Smile foundations in low- and middle-income countries that offer year-round health services to patients and families affected by cleft conditions. Throughout the years, Dr. Ayala has fostered collaboration between governments, non-governmental organizations, industries, communities, universities, and other members of civil society. More recently, Dr. Ayala has focused on the review of surgical outcomes and the evolution of standards of surgical care for patients with cleft lip and cleft palate. He served as part of the official delegation of the government of Vietnam to the World Health Assembly in 2015 and 2017, helping align the country’s support for global surgery and anesthesia. Dr. Ayala currently serves as Operation Smile’s Chief Medical Officer. He is also the current President of the Permanent Council of the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anesthesia Care, represents Operation Smile at the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery and the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council. He leads Operation Smile’s global health policy efforts promoting access to safe, timely, and effective surgical care to underserved communities around the world.
Joffre Guzman Laguna, MD
Co-Chair - InciSioN
Joffre Guzman Laguna is an M.D. from Universidad El Bosque in Bogotá, Colombia. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, he moved to San Antonio, TX, where he attended Douglas MacArthur High School and was an honors graduate at 15 years of age. Since early on in his career, he has been involved in several contributions to the medical literature as both an author and illustrator, starting in the Neurosciences Institute at Universidad El Bosque. His more recent projects have been developed with the Innovation Research Group at the Central Military Hospital of Bogotá, where he’s worked closely with biomedical engineers and physical therapists to develop medical devices, which are now close to starting clinical trials. Joffre carried out his medical internship at the Central Military Hospital of Bogotá, embarking on elective rotations in Clinical Research and Surgical Oncology, and, at its end, was awarded the Certificate to the Best Intern of the year 2020. Joffre also took on the role of co-chair of the InciSioN Colombia National Working Group during 2020 and also co-chaired the planning and execution of the InciSioN Global Surgery Symposium (IGSS) of 2020. Joffre hopes to one day become a thoracic surgeon and continue to apply the concepts of global surgery, held to a greater standard of social responsibility.
Nikole Allen, MPH
Senior Program Director, Yale Institute for Global Health; Lecturer, Health Policy and Management
Nikole Allen is a lecturer of health policy and management at the Yale School of Public Health and Senior Program Director at the Yale Institute for Global Health overseeing the Sustainable Health Initiative. Previously, Ms Allen directed the health and hospital management and preclinical education projects under the Yale-Liberia Health Workforce Program. In this role, Ms. Allen oversaw the design, implementation, and evaluation of projects. Ms. Allen previously managed the Health and Social Care Strategic Leadership Program with the National Health Service in England, the Hospital Management and Leadership Program for public hospitals in China and oversaw implementation of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Leadership, Management and Governance Project’s Senior Leadership Programs in Africa and Southeast Asia. Ms. Allen has worked with teams and individuals from numerous countries and backgrounds addressing complex problems using strategic problem-solving methods. Before joining Yale University, Ms. Allen worked with the Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative at the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Her work focused on improving key performance indicator reporting among hospitals, including measuring patient and staff satisfaction, the uptake of patient satisfaction best practices and the implementation of the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist.
Ms. Allen has a B.A. and Leadership Certificate from Western Oregon University and an M.P.H. from the University of Washington Department of Global Health.
Performance Trainer and Health & Wellness Consultant, Training & Programming Director at The Session NYC, Health & Wellness Director for Metropolis Sport Magazine, and Founder of WinYourDay
Darren Tomasso is a Performance Trainer, Health and Wellness Consultant, Training and Programming Director at The Session NYC, and Health and Wellness Director for Metropolis Sport Magazine, and Founder of WinYourDay, LLC.
Darren's "WinYourDay" mantra was developed during his time at the University of Pennsylvania. His mindset encourages people to recognize and celebrate the small wins achieved daily that sustain long-term momentum, motivation, and forward progress. His holistic approach to fitness shifts the focus away from aesthetic related goals, and instead towards lifelong health and happiness, building enjoyable and sustainable habits, and improving physical and mental performance.
Darren believes that access to health and wellness, and fitness is a fundamental right that shouldn't be limited by financial constraints, social determinants, or social status. In the midst of a public health crisis and rising unemployment rate it is more evident now than ever that the health of an individual truly depends on the health of the collective whole.
At the start of COVID-19 shutdown in March, Darren put together a free and public at home workout resource called The Movement Pack to help people continue to move and stay active. It has since grown to 70+ workouts of various modalities and lengths, five 4- and 5-day weekly programs, and 400+ video demonstrations. Darren has recently released a more holistic and comprehensive 6-week program called The Starter Pack covering nutrition, mindset, recovery, training, and general wellness. Still 100% free and accessible to all.
Darren is a Certified Personal Trainer, Women's Fitness Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist with a B.S in Psychology from The University of Pennsylvania.
Additional Speakers TBA
Christopher Holden-Wingate is a 3rd year undergraduate student at the University of California, Davis studying Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, with an emphasis in physiology. He is currently an undergraduate research assistant at the University of California, San Francisco, investigating group testing methods for SARS-CoV-2 and developing national testing strategies. Christopher is also simultaneously working with the UC Davis Department of Surgical Bioengineering to investigate hypoxic preconditioning to improve the efficacy of stem cell treatments and the use of extracellular vesicle modified biomaterials to aid in tissue regeneration. When not at the lab bench, Christopher enjoys tutoring middle and high-school aged students in mathematics (algebra through calculus), chemistry, and physiology as well as pursuing his recently co-founded non-profit youth organization: The Rendition. In his free time, Christopher loves to hike, play basketball, and represent the UC Davis Rugby Club.
Junior at University of California, Davis
Megan Felicity Hoang is a 3rd year at UC Davis studying Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, and will be graduating early at UC Davis this spring 2021. Her passions are charged by her deep curiosity in the human body. At the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Megan is investigating the role and molecular mechanisms of alpha arrestin domain-containing protein (ARRDC4 and Txnip) on glucose metabolism in vivo and ex vivo. Her never-before-seen mentality, a notion of building three-dimensional prototypes to solve challenges, led her to create Free to Dream Magazine, an international printed and digital magazine that bridges science and the arts. As a CARE advocate, she protected legislation through meetings with Representatives, Ami Bera and Norma Torres. Her affinity for creating is reflected in her pursuits of cinematography, exploration, and her service within her community as a cofounder of a non-profit organization, The Rendition.
Megan Felicity Hoang
Junior at University of California, Davis
CARE and United Nations Association Team
Jasmine is a friend, advocate and scholar and servant leader. In her current role as a Youth and Racial Justice Coordinator at the CARE, USA she supports the design and launch of strategic initiatives and new approaches to increase youth engagement and build a more diverse and inclusive environment within our volunteer advocate network. Before this role she worked at the Atlanta Community Food Bank where she facilitated workshops as an Advocacy and Education Specialist and at The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority where she was a Social Media and Special Assistant to the President and CEO. Believing that everyone can be a catalyst for change, she strongly believes that “we are the ones that we have been waiting for."
Youth and Racial Justice Coordinator & Advocacy staff at CARE
Jonathan Young oversees CARE’s West Region consisting of AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, TX, UT, WA, and WY where he works to extend CARE’s Advocacy reach from DC to local communities within the region. Connecting constituent voices that are passionate and knowledgeable on CARE’s issues with Members of Congress in district and state is critical to advancing the education, impact, and policy changes in partnering with our global communities.
Regional Advocacy Director for the CARE's West Region
Nalat Phanit Black is the Sustainable Development Goals Director at the United Nations Association of USA, Atlanta Chapter. She was the Chapter’s President (2015-2017) and has been a member of the UNA network for over ten years. Nalat has over a decade of nonprofit leadership and project management experience, working in communications, nuclear nonproliferation, human rights, and environmental sustainability. She believes that when human development and the natural environment work in harmony, basic human needs would be met by all, lessening the potential for human rights violations, and creating a more peaceful world. She was featured in VoyageATL Hidden Gems in April 2020 for her work with UNA-Atlanta.
Nalat Phanit Black
Sustainable Development Goals Director, United Nations Association of USA, Atlanta Chapter
Marisa Sinclair is a student at UC Berkeley and the Regional Leader for Girl Up's Pacific Coast. As one of 21 filmmakers selected to be a part of Disney’s global Dream Big campaign, Marisa produced a short film about Good Morning America's Host Robin Roberts that launched across Disney’s online platforms. Additionally, she has reported at the United Nation’s Agriculture Organization in Rome, and served as a Grassroots Youth Ambassador in Malawi for Google and the U.S. State Dept's Women in S.T.E.A.M. initiative. As a Gen Z consultant at JUV Consulting, Marisa translates her experiences in media to marketing insight for companies such as B.E.T., Levi Strauss & Co., and Aussie Hair. Whether reporting abroad or producing a documentary, at the heart of her endeavours lies a passion for storytelling, and uplifting marginalized voices.
Marisa Sinclair Umeh
Junior at University of California, Berkeley, Regional Leader at Girl Up Pacific Coast
Rishika Thorat is a senior at Dublin High School and her passions include computer science, advocacy, marketing, and leadership! At school, Rishika engages in her passion for STEM & business by being a member of the Dublin Engineering and Design Academy & an officer of Dublin DECA. Outside of academics, Rishika works alongside the founder of Free to Dream Magazine to manage the executive team and develop creative magazine issues. As the Conference Administrator for Innovation To Action, Rishika is excited to be able to provide an exciting opportunity and valuable experience for students across the nation!
Senior at Dublin High School
Hanzell Benavides has a major in Political Science with a concentration in Management and Leadership from Keiser University. Mr. Benavides 4 years of working experience includes collaboration in prestigious international organizations such as Operation Smile Nicaragua at a UBS international project promoting Global Standards of safe surgery in vulnerable areas; at Infinite Family being a video mentor of a South-African mentee; and Raleigh Nicaragua for ICS UK projects in rural zones of his country. As a young leader, he is committed to creating change in Nicaragua while empowering young people on sustainable ideas and projects. Hence, he co-founded Acción2030+, a youth-led initiative fostering knowledge of the Agenda 2030, management skills, and the active participation of young people. Similarly, other areas of international engagement of Mr. Benavides include being Youth Delegate for UNITE2030 and Global Peace organizations; volunteering for Global Changemakers; participating as judge representative for the Hult Prize campaign Food for the Good in the University of Anáhuac at México; delivering conferences in Chile, Guatemala, México; becoming part of international networks such as the Global Network of Young Politicians, Red Internacional de Promotores ODS, and Red de Jóvenes Líderes de las Américas.
B.A. Political Science and International Relations, Keiser University
Daniel Titherington is a current student at the University of Sheffield in the UK. He is a long term advocate of human rights and has worked on several major national and international youth organizations and platforms.
Second Year at University of Sheffield
Anahita is a sophomore at Dartmouth College, where she studies Biology and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; she is also on the pre-health track. Currently, she conducts research in both Dartmouth’s Economics and Neuroscience departments, is the President of the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science, serves as a copy editor for the National Collegiate Journal of Science, and participates in academic initiatives to better understand both cancer research and topics in global health. She is passionate about understanding the role that structural inequities play in healthcare accessibility and hopes that her participation in this conference will give her insights into areas of medicine that she hasn’t previously explored.
Sophomore at Dartmouth College
New Hampshire, USA
Marlika Marceau is a senior Global Affairs major and Global Health Scholar, concentrating in African history/philosophy and public health at Yale University. She was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and was raised in Miami, Florida. Her passion for global health stems from her own analysis of how socioeconomic barriers impact access to the advancement of healthcare in her native country. On a broader scale, she is interested in studying the intersections between human rights law, refugee systems, and global health, in order to understand how health systems can be improved to better serve vulnerable populations. On campus, she can be found writing for The Yale Globalist, debating on the Yale Political Union floor, and tutoring ESL students at a local New Haven high school as a member of Refugee and Immigrant Student Education (RISE). She has also interned with several organizations, including Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, a New Haven refugee resettlement agency, and the World Bank.
Patrick is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) at Monash University and recently spent his summer interning with the School of Government and Public Policy - Indonesia. Prior to his current degree, he studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the Australian National University. In order to supplement his formal education, he is a leadership program coordinator for AIESEC and works numerous part-time jobs in a variety of sectors
Jerome Fermin is a third year double majoring in Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior (NPB)—with the emphasis on physiology—and Psychology. He currently volunteers as a CTL counselor and an academic tutor and counselor for UPchieve, providing low income students support to achieve upward mobility. Jerome is also an intern for the UC Davis sports medicine program, where he trains to obtain clinical and didactic skills necessary in the field of sports medicine. In his free time, Jerome enjoys hiking and Taekwondo as a way to de-stress and relax.
Nwibo Joshua Chukwudi is currently a student of medical laboratory sciences at the university of Nigeria, Enugu campus. A global and public health enthusiast who is passionate about the role of clinical medicine in battling global health challenges. His area of interest also includes blood transfusion medicine.
Senior at Yale University
Penultimate Year LL.B./B.A. (Politics)
at Monash University
Junior at University of California, Davis
Nwibo Joshua Chukwudi
University of Nigeria, Enugu campus
.Master of Public Health graduate who wants to become an expert in the field of public health to help the global population by establishing factors for health issues in order to improve the health and well-being for creating a healthier and happier world. Fluent in English, Hindi and conversational in German.
After completing her first year at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she transferred to pursue a Bachelor of Biomedicine at The University of Melbourne. She is passionate about mental health advocacy and the access to affordable healthcare. She aspires to become a medical professional and provide innovative solutions to global health issues.
Lucy VanRegenmorter is a junior studying journalism and photojournalism at Michigan State University. She is a staff reporter for The State News and strives to tell the stories that are often overlooked. She also enjoys writing blog posts and print articles for VIM magazine, a club she is very thankful to be a part of. When she is not writing, Lucy enjoys taking photos, reading and listening to podcasts.
A Passionate Public health professional working specifically in the field of Public Health Nutrition, have 3+ years’ experience in the Public health/Development sector along with added 2 years’ experience in Locomotor Disability & Rehabilitation management. A friendly & adaptable person and team player.
Working as Consultant in Aspirational Districts Program of Government of India
First Year at The University of Melbourne
Undergraduate at Michigan State University
Consultant in Aspirational Districts Program (with focus on Health & Nutrition) of Government of India
Uttar Pradesh, India
Linda Arogundade is a physician and global health professional currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration at the Harvard. Kennedy School of Government through the Edward Mason. Fellowship program. Prior to her to her masters, she spent over 12
years providing strategic counsel and technical support to global health agencies, national, and regional health authorities in Africa and the US in the areas of vaccine delivery, primary health care, health systems strengthening, advocacy, HIV/AIDs and malaria control. As a Technical Advisor at the West Africa Health Organization, she
coordinated the West Africa Integrated Vector Management Program and guided policy engagements to develop regulatory frameworks for the application of gene drive and other novel vector control technologies for malaria elimination in the region. Linda is committed to advancing policies that will apply innovative technologies to accelerate
equitable access to quality health and advising policymakers to decide on long- term
investments that will achieve universal health care and global health security.
Physician and Global Health Professional currently pursuing a Master's in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Sagar Koirala is a SDG, Climate Change, Zero Hunger and youth activist based in Nepal. He represents numerous international organizations and platforms like Global Goodwill Ambassador, Global Peace Chain, Theirworld, Eco Generation, Real Food Systems and many more. Sagar Koirala is recipient of Hidden Eco Hero Award 2019, a title jointly awarded by Samsung Engineering and United Nations Environment Program. Currently, Sagar is working as an agriculture instructor at a government school in Rural Nepal.
UN Major Group for Children and Youth & Country Ambassador at YFEED Foundation
Amina is a Public Health Manager with cumulative 20 years field experience in vaccination and general public health. She has BSc in Microbiology and Biotechnology from University of Nairobi, Kenya and a Master of Science Degree in Community Health and Development. Amina is a Health Advisor, MRI under ISD. Amina has been with AmRC last 5 years now. Before AmRC, Amina worked for the World Health Organization, Kenya, as a National Professional Officer, Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance and Routine Immunization. She has also worked for the Kenyan Ministry of Health in the National immunization program.
Amina Ismail Mungai
Senior Technical Advisor with American Red Cross
Mohammad is an incoming first-year student at Harvard college who is planning on concentrating in government and astronomy. He is also the co-founder of Afghanistan's first youth-led nonprofit organization called TalkSCIENCE. TalkSCIENCE connects Afghan youth with scientists across the world to help make education more accessible—something he has been passionate about for an extensive period of his life.