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2023 North Carolina Global Health Conference Speakers

November 1, 2023
McKimmon Center

Keynote Speaker

Featured Remarks From


Angeli Achrekar, PhD, MPH

Deputy Executive Director for the Programme Branch, UNAIDS


Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations


Congresswoman Deborah Ross

United States Representative for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District

Plenary Panel: What it Means to Have Resilience in the Global Health Ecosystem 


Gwen W. Collman, PhD

Director, Office of Scientific Coordination, Planning and Evaluation (SCOPE), NIEHS


Gavin Yamey, MD, MPH, MA

Associate Director for Policy, Duke Global Health Institute


Director, Center for Policy Impact in Global Health


Sid Thakur, BVSc, MVSc, PhD

Executive Director of Global One Health Academy


Professor of Molecular Epidemiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State

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Rachel Clad

Director of Partnerships and Alliances, BroadReach Group


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Christian Pitter, MD, MPH

Director of Global Health and Population, FHI 360

Closing Remarks From

Concurrent Sessions

Overcoming Structural Inequalities in the Global Health Workforce


Roy Zwahlen, J.D.

Chief Strategy Officer; Eshelman Institute for Innovation 

Associate Dean, Strategic Partnerships & Risk Management; UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

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Janet Muriuki

Senior Director of Health Workforce Development; IntraHealth International 

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Gerald Bloomfield, MD, MPH

Associate Director for Research; Duke Global Health Institute 

Associate Professor with Tenure, Medicine; Duke University School of Medicine 

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Danny Hamrick

Director of Admissions, Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) Program, Duke University Center for International Development


Mental Health in Global Health: Roundtable Discussions

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Emma Harver

Deputy Director of Communications & Development, United States; CFK Africa 

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Eddah Ogogo, MPH

Clinical Health Services Lead, CFK Africa

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Victrine Oluoch 

Psychological Counselor, CFK Africa

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Luke Smith, MD

Executive Director, El Futuro

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Brandon Knettel, PhD

Associate Director, Duke Global Mental Health Program

Assistant Professor

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Ismail Amiri Shekibula, MGHc

Graduate Student, Duke University

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Kathy Walmer

Executive Director, Family Health Ministries


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Emma Hughes

BS Candidate, Human Biology & Science, NC State University


Adapting Global Health to Meet a Changing Climate Reality

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Tracy Mitchell, MA, MS

Director of Resilience and Climate Adaptation, RTI International

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Elizabeth McCormick

Assistant Professor, UNC Charlotte

PhD Candidate, NC State University 

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Zachary Witkin, MPH

Senior Growth & Partnerships Manager, YLabs

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Karen Setty, PhD

Senior Manager, Research Translation, The Aquaya Institute


Deepening Community Relationships

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Avindra Mandwal

Senior Program Manager, IPAS

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Casey Bishopp

Technical Officer II, Demand Generation & Marketing; FHI 360

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Daphne de Souza Lima Sorensen

CEO; MiracleFeet

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Suzanne Maman, PhD

Associate Dean for Global Health, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health


Expanding Products & Product Development in New Markets


Dhiren Thakker, PhD

Founding President & CEO; MedAditus

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Paul L. Domanico, PhD

Senior Director of Global Health Sciences, Clinton Health Access Initiative

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Audrey Fratus

Senior Technical Officer, Product Development & Introduction, FHI 360


MPH Candidate, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

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Laneta Dorflinger, PhD

Distinguished Scientist & Director, Product Development and Introduction; FHI 360


TechTalks: Interactive Sessions on Technology

& its Role in Global Health

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Erika Samoff, PhD, MPH

HIV/STD Surveillance Manager, North Carolina Division of Public Health

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Michael Levy, MBA

CEO, Digital Health Institute for Transformation (DHIT)

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Brittany Barreto, PhD

Founder & Chief innovation Officer, FemHealth Insights

Host, FemTech Focus Podcast 

Forbes Contributor

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Nancy Warren, MPH

Program Manager, RTI


Local is Global: Bringing Global Health Back to North Carolina!

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Nicolle Miller, MS, MPH, RD

Interim Director and a Senior Project Lead for Public Sector & Systems on the North Carolina team; Partners In Health – United States

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Eve Puffer, PhD

Director, Duke Global Mental Health Program; Duke Global Health Institute

Associate Professor, Psychology & Neuroscience and Global Health; Duke University

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Julie Swann, PhD

A. Doug Allison Distinguished Professor; College of Engineering, NC State University

Head of the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering; College of Engineering, NC State University

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Michelle Hindin, PhD, MHS

Director, Global Health & Population Research; FHI 360


Public Health & the People: The Engagement

of Users in Systems & Solutions

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Felicia A. Browne, ScD, MPH

Senior Research Social Epidemiologist, RTI International

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Solomon Ayehu, MD, MSc

Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) Candidate, MIDP Fellow, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

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Vandana Shah

Vice President, Health Systems Strengthening, Global Health Advocacy Incubator


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Margaret D. Louey, PhD PMP

Senior Technical Manager, Global Health Sciences, Clinton Health Access Initiative

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Paul L. Domanico, PhD

Senior Director of Global Health Sciences, Clinton Health Access Initiative

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Jasmine Benner

Graduate Student Intern, RTI International

MPH Candidate, Michigan State University

5-Minute Lightning Talks: Global Health at a Glance

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Benjamin Mukumbya, MS

Research Technician, Duke Global Neurosurgery and Neurology

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Rachel Couper

Senior Global Health Specialist, DAI

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Hannah Dewey

PhD Candidate in Fiber & Polymer Science, Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University


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Lihan Chen

Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, NC State University


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Jessica Parzygnat

PhD Candidate, NC State University

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Gayoung Lee

MPH Candidate in Applied Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

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Lauren Enochs

UNC Summer Fellow, IntraHealth International

MPH Candidate MCFH, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

With a live musical performance from Diali Cissokho and Will Ridenour!

Thank you to our 2023 Conference Sponsors!
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