Agnihotri, Ayushi: Regional Engagement Manager, Asia
Ayushi has over ten years of experience in public health programme management and partnership development. She is currently working as Regional Engagement Manager, Asia, supporting FIND’s Business Development and Resource Mobilization team on their evolving priorities in the region. This entails the identification and pursuit of new funding and programmatic partners for FIND, in addition to reinforcing advocacy, engagement and stewardship activities.
Before joining FIND, Ayushi worked as an independent consultant with the International AIDS Society, WHO, and a few impact investment funds in Geneva and Singapore. She has experience managing large public health and advocacy programmes for USAID-funded projects in India, as well as strategic and impact investment and philanthropy projects in Singapore. Ayushi brings a global, multi-disciplinary experience, having worked across a wide range of sectors in developing and developed country contexts. She has a Master of Science and a Master of Public Policy.
Ayushi joined FIND in April 2017 as Resource Mobilization Officer in Geneva and is now based in Singapore.
Albertini, Audrey: Scientific Officer
Audrey joined the FIND malaria programme in 2006 to support the coordination of the malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) evaluation programme, as well as to update and disseminate RDT training materials for malaria. She led several studies on RDT availability and transport and storage conditions in malaria endemic countries, and contributed to the development of a safe and easy to use RDT blood transfer device. Audrey later moved to the Other Neglected Diseases programme and is currently managing several projects for Leishmaniasis (test of cure for visceral leishmaniasis, LAMP assay for Leishmaniasis) and following up on specific project activities for Chagas disease.
After completing her University degree in Biology, Audrey obtained a Master’s degree specializing in the In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) Industry from the Universities of Grenoble and Angers (France). She also completed a public health diploma in health education and a secondary university diploma in epidemiology. Audrey’s experience includes working for a biotechnology firm where she developed and optimized RDTs.
Ambrogiani, Flavio: Senior Logistics Officer
Flavio has over ten years of experience in logistics and sourcing in an international environment. He recently worked in New York as a logistics advisor and in Paris as a project coordinator for international humanitarian organizations. Prior to this, Flavio worked for Oxfam and Action Contre la Faim, among other non-governmental organizations, responding to large-scale emergencies and supporting public health, nutrition and water and sanitation programmes in countries including Haiti, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan and Nigeria. He began his logistics career with a shipping and forwarding company in Italy. Flavio holds a Master degree in International Political Science from the University of Padova, Italy.
Flavio joined FIND in October 2016 as Senior Logistics Officer. He is responsible for organizing the IVD and specimen bank logistics and is in charge of overseeing the shipping process, in compliance with country regulations, for all FIND projects.
Barbe, Valérie: Accounting Assistant
Valerie Barbe did her accounting studies in France, receiving her diploma “Brevet de technicien supérieur en comptabilité et gestion d’Entreprise” in 1988. For the next two years, she studied at the University of Grenoble preparing for a diploma in accounting and finance (DECF). During this period, Valerie was offered a post as Junior Accountant in a French Fiduciary in Ferney-Voltaire.
In 1992, she moved with her family to Hong-Kong and three years later to Massachusetts where she raised her two children. In 2002, the family returned to France and Valerie spent the next five years working as an administrative and accounting assistant in a French Fiduciary in Annemasse.
Before joining FIND in 2013, Valerie worked five years as an Accounting Assistant in a family office in Geneva.
Baszanger, Elisa: Programme Manager, Emerging Threats
Elisa joined FIND in August 2017 as a Project Coordinator with the Fever and AMR/Outbreaks team to coordinate project activities. Since January 2018, Elisa assists the Director of Emerging Threats as Programme Manager for AMR and Outbreaks and supports activities related to programme and project management, grant management, team management and technology scouting.
Elisa holds a PhD in molecular biology and a Master in medical biology from The University of Geneva Medical School and has a certification in project management. Following her PhD, Elisa worked for eight years as group leader in the R&D team of an international biotech company developing novel medical diagnostic technologies.
In parallel to her main professional activity, she is the board president of a non-profit organization promoting education and sustainable development (forest day care).
Biéler, Sylvain: Senior Project Manager
Dr Sylvain Biéler is leading the human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) portfolio, which includes projects spanning from IVD product development and clinical trials to introduction of new diagnostic solutions. Since he joined FIND in 2007, Sylvain has been managing clinical studies to evaluate new diagnostics for HAT, which have resulted in the roll-out of a rapid diagnostic test (RDT), a molecular test (LAMP) and fluorescence microscopy methods in several sub-Saharan African countries.
After studying biology at the University of Geneva and King’s College of London, Sylvain joined the pharmaceutical company Serono in Geneva. There he held different positions, first in research, where he was involved in the development of a diagnostic test for prion diseases as well as new drugs to treat Alzheimer’s, and later in the medical communication department where he worked as a Publication Project Associate.
Prior to joining FIND, Sylvain worked as an Assistant in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at the University of Geneva, where he obtained a Ph.D. in biology. His experience includes serving as Research Assistant at the Department of Neurology of the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is currently completing a Master of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Broger, Tobias: Senior Technical Officer
Tobias is an impact-driven creator with an entrepreneurial mindset who holds a Master of Science in Engineering and a diploma in Biological Chemistry from Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Winterthur, Switzerland). He has over 10 years of cumulative experience in biomedical R&D, including the management of interdisciplinary industry projects, product development and the planning and execution of clinical feasibility&evaluation trials (>800 patients).
Tobias has focused exclusively on in-vitro diagnostics (IVDs) for infectious diseases and was co-founder and CTO of a start-up company that worked on point-of-care diagnostics for cell-counting. Working in this very entrepreneurial setting, he gained experience in the management of interdisciplinary project teams, business development, market research and IP-management.
Tobias has a long-standing position as lecturer in bioanalytical technologies and data analysis, several publications and holds IVD patents.
Carr, Joanne: Administrator Contracts & Legal
Joanne has Diplomas in Legal Studies from Pitman Training and Executive Legal Studies from Griffith College in Ireland. Since 2001, she has held various positions as legal office clerk, legal secretary, legal assistant/legal executive (paralegal), and senior legal assistant within various high profile law firms in both Ireland and Geneva, inclusive of international organizations’ legal departments.
Joanne joined FIND in November, 2014 as Administrator Contracts & Legal, and assists the Head of Operations with all tasks related to contracts, legal issues and administrative duties arising out of same.
Cruz, Isra: Senior Scientific Officer
Dr Isra Cruz holds a BSc in Biology and BSc in Biochemistry. He earned a PhD in the study of parasitological and immunological markers for Visceral Leishmaniasis in children and HIV-positive adults. For the last fifteen years, Isra has been an active member of the WHO Collaborating Center for Leishmaniasis at the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain. His research concentrated on the design and implementation of molecular tools to address diagnostic challenges and contributed to resolving epidemiological questions related to leishmaniasis. He has also contributed to the evaluation of diagnostic tests for Chagas disease.
Isra has been involved in different epidemiological assessments and outbreak investigations, most of them in collaboration with the WHO NTD programme, as well as in training activities and methodology transfer. His field experience was acquired in Argentina, Bolivia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Sudan.
In February 2015, Isra joined FIND as a Senior Scientific Officer to collaborate in the organization’s NTD programme, with primary focus on leishmaniasis and Buruli ulcer.
Cubilla, Natalia: Administrative Assistant
Natalia joined FIND in January 2018 as Administrative Assistant to the AMR, Fever, Malaria and Outbreaks team. She is a citizen of Argentina and speaks Spanish, French, English and Portuguese. Natalia holds a Diplôme d’employé de commerce and a Diplôme de Capacité en Droit from the University of Geneva.
Before joining FIND, Natalia worked for 1 year at CARE International in Geneva. Prior to this, she worked for 12 years at ICTSD (International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development), also in Geneva, where she had various roles including that of Human Resources Officer, Executive Assistant to the Managing Director and Events Coordinator.
Dang, Cristina: Administrative Assistant
Cristina joined FIND in October 2016 and provides administrative support for the Hepatitis C and Human Resources teams. She is a Swiss citizen and speaks five languages fluently – French, Italian, English, German and Chinese. She studied Sinology in Venice and obtained a Master degree in Asian Studies at the University of Geneva.
Before joining FIND, Cristina worked as administrative assistant and event organizer for the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Shanghai, Bern and Milan.
Ding, Xavier: Malaria Team Leader
Dr Xavier Ding holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Basel for his work conducted at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, a center affiliated with the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, and a postgraduate certificate on Clinical Trials from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
After working for one year at the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques (CSRS) in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) on malaria and other tropical diseases research projects, Xavier joined the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV). For three and a half years, he managed several biological testing platforms within the MMV Drug Discovery department. His work included the development of a systematic evaluation framework to identifiy resistance liabilities early in the drug development process as well as the implementation of a laboratory in Côte d’Ivoire, in partnership with CSRS, to evaluate the activity of newly developed antimalarial compounds against field isolates.
Xavier joined FIND’s Malaria programme in 2014 where he manages several projects. Since he joined, he has contributed to the development of a highly sensitive malaria rapid diagnostic test and is working on several initiatives to improve diagnostic solutions for Plasmodium vivax detection.
Emperador, Devy: Scientific Officer
Devy joined FIND in November 2017 as a Scientific Officer with the Outbreaks team to support diagnostic development for new and emerging diseases. Devy has over 7 years of experience in global health, infectious diseases research and project management, which has helped shape her belief that fostering partnerships and relying on local knowledge improves health outcomes.
Devy has worked in private companies and public organizations, including Abbott Laboratories, the Infectious Diseases Institute, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the University of California, San Francisco. Her work has included research in rotavirus vaccine effectiveness with partners in Bangladesh and Zambia; coordinating partner selection and designing a stability testing program for the development of a new rotavirus vaccine in the US; supporting field lab logistics and health systems strengthening activities during the 2014-2016 Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone; and managingclinical trials on HIV treatment and prevention in Uganda.
Devy holds an M.P.H. with a concentration in infectious diseases and vaccinology from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health (2012, USA) and a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Dickinson College (2008, USA). Born in the Philippines and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Devy enjoys reading, hiking, snowboarding, and practicing kung fu.
Escadafal, Camille: Scientific Officer
Dr Camille Escadafal trained as a biochemistry engineer at the INSA (Toulouse, France) and worked 3 years as a research engineer at the Pasteur Institute in Senegal where she was in charge of developing and standardizing diagnostic techniques for arboviral infections.
In 2009, she joined a 2-year fellowship in Public Health Microbiology with the European CDC (EPIET/EUPHEM) based at the Robert Koch Institute (Berlin, Germany) and in 2014 she completed a PhD focusing on the quality assessment and the development of diagnostic methods for vector-borne viral infections, in particular yellow fever virus.
Following her PhD, Camille joined the Laboratory for Urgent Biological Threats at the Institut Pasteur as coordinator of the human virology activities of the MediLabSecure project, a European project aiming at creating a laboratory network focusing on emerging viruses in the Mediterranean region. At the Institut Pasteur, she also coordinated a project on the development of point-of-care tests for epidemic-prone viruses by using isothermal amplification technologies and she took part in international field missions for diagnostics support during the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Zika outbreak in Brazil.
In February 2017, Camille joined the FIND fever team in support of its work on acute febrile syndrome.
Ferreyra, Cecilia: AMR Medical Officer
Dr Cecilia Ferreyra is a Medical Doctor specialized in Infectious Diseases. Before joining FIND, Cecilia worked in Argentina as an infectious disease specialist and with Médecins Sans Frontière for a period of 14 years. She has worked in different countries such as Kenya, China, Somalia, DRC , South Sudan and Uganda, implementing HIV/TB activities in the field. She also worked as HIV/TB Advisor and Leader of the International MSF ABR Task Force.
In May 2018, Cecilia joined FIND’s AMR team as Medical Officer to support AMR projects that address gaps in the availability and use of diagnostic tests to better identify the cause of fever and guide appropriate use of anti-microbials.
Field, Paul: Senior Advisor
Paul joined FIND in January 2018 as Senior Advisor, bringing over 25 years of experience in the biotechnology industry. He was previously a life sciences specialist at Austrade, the Australian Government’s trade and investment promotion agency, where he facilitated commercial partnerships around Australian research into malaria, Dengue fever, schistosomiasis and other neglected tropical diseases, as well as the development of novel antimicrobials.
Earlier, Paul was the Executive Chairman of Bio-Link, a privately-owned biotechnology business development company with offices in Melbourne and Sydney. His work at Bio-Link involved the commercialisation of discovery, pre-clinical and early-stage clinical programs in oncology, neurology, infectious diseases and other therapeutic areas. Before this, he was the business development manager for the Australian immunodiagnostics company Cellabs, which has a range of infectious disease tests.
Paul has served as a non-executive director on a number of different Boards including the Advisory Board of the Global Health Alliance Melbourne. He is Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Fonkeng, Fritz: HCV Project Manager, Cameroon
FritzRoland Fonkeng joined FIND in February 2017 as HCV Project Manager in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Fritz is a Microbiologist, having earned his degree from the University of Buea, Cameroon. He has gained considerable lab strengthening experience through the SLMTA project, where he is a Trainer of Trainers, as well as HIV rapid testing quality assurance experience.
In 2014, Fritz was sent to the National Early Infant Diagnosis Reference Laboratory with the goal to implement QMS and get the laboratory accredited. Under his mentorship, the laboratory received ISO 15189 accreditation from SANAS in July 2016, becoming the first internationally accredited laboratory in the central African sub-region.
During this time, Fritz did cross mentoring on QMS with Reference and Regional laboratories across the country and as a SLIPTA auditor he used the WHO-AFRO SLIPTA checklist to evaluate the progress of the program.
In March 2016, Fritz was transferred to the Littoral region as Coordinator for the SLMTA lab strengthening program and HIV rapid diagnosis quality assurance with emphasis on the Deido health district, one of the areas with the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in the country.
Georghiou, Sophia: Scientific Officer
Dr Sophia Georghiou is a molecular epidemiologist with postgraduate training in molecular biology (MS) and global health (PhD) from the University of California San Diego. She has 10 years of infectious disease research experience, working with many different academic institutions, clinical laboratories and industry partners, and has contributed to a diversity of NTD, HIV and TB research projects. Her doctoral research focused upon the development and evaluation of next generation sequencing technologies for drug-resistant TB diagnosis. Sophia joined FIND in August of 2016 as a Junior Scientific Officer in the organization’s TB programme.
Gordis, Beatrice: Communications Officer
Beatrice joined FIND in February, 2006. In her role as Communications Officer, she assists in all tasks relating to website updates, production of FIND publications (e.g., eNewsletters, eAlerts, technical reports), and media and partner outreach.
Since 1982, she has held various positions in editing, preparation of technical documents, and software testing for UNEP, WHO, and UNDP both in Geneva and in New York.
Gross, Tifanie: Finance Assistant
Prior to her employment at FIND, she served as an administrative assistant and event organizer for the State of Geneva in Switzerland. In parallel to her studies, she also worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP Regional Office for Europe) as an intern.
She started working at FIND in April 2015 to provide administrative support for the Tuberculosis and Ebola teams, and in May 2017 she joined the Finance Department as Finance Assistant.
Gwaza, Pamela Gamuchirai: M&E Officer
Pamela joined FIND in April 2018 as M&E Officer. She provides M&E support to the whole organization, specifically to the HCV team. She received her Masters in Monitoring and Evaluation from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
Pamela has spent the last 10 years working in the field of monitoring and evaluation for international development agencies such as Restless Development, Oxfam GB and Mercy Corps in Zimbabwe and elsewhere.
Incardona, Sandra: Scientific Officer
Dr Sandra Incardona holds a ‘Diplôme d’Ingénieur Européen en Biotechnologie’ from the ESBS (Ecole Supérieure de Biotechnologie de Strasbourg) and a PhD in ‘Biologie génétique et immunologie des infections parasitaires’ from the Paris 7 University in France.
After working for three years as a research assistant at the Nuclear Probes Laboratory of bioMérieux SA, Lyon, France, Sandra spent five years doing research studies in epidemiology and molecular diagnosis of malaria at the Laboratoire d’Epidémiologie Moléculaire of the Pasteur Institute of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
Sandra has been working as a consultant for the FIND malaria program since 2007, and joined FIND in September 2010 as Technical Officer, where she is mainly involved in the malaria RDT lot testing and product testing activities.
Ivanova, Elena: Senior Scientific Officer, HCV
Dr Elena Ivanova earned her MD in clinical biochemistry from Siberian State Medical University, Tomsk, Russia. While earning her PhD in molecular biology from Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, Moscow, she worked on structural and functional relationships of proteins. In 2009, Elena was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Geneva, where she studied protein-protein and protein-RNA interactions, mechanisms of viral protein synthesis and cellular response to viral infections in human cells.
After receiving her PhD and before doing her postdoctoral work, Elena worked for a short while for the biotech company ChemRAR Ltd., where she was involved in high-throughput screening assays for drug discovery.
Before joining FIND in 2016, she followed the Swiss Federal training programme for the founders of knowledge- and technology-based companies, where she developed a project on HCV point-of-care diagnosis.
Japaridze, Maia: HCV Project Manager, Georgia
Dr Maia Japaridze joined FIND in February 2017 as HCV Project Manager in Tbilisi, Georgia. Maia received her master degree in Medicine from Tbilisi State Medical University. She then did her residency in Gastroenterology, while studying to become a certified OB/GYN doctor. After earning her degree, she worked as an OB/GYN in a Maternity home.
In 2006, Maia joined an American company whose mission was to support US Military troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. She became a Department of Defense contractor, and was soon promoted to Supervisor, then HSE Manager, of Health, Safety, and Environment of the department of LOGCAP III, Middle East project. She stayed in the project for six years, after which she received a contract to work as a doctor at the TMH medical clinic of the NATO airbase in Afghanistan.
After returning to Georgia, Maia started working at the US CDC office as a technical specialist where she assisted CDC experts from Atlanta on several projects in Tbilisi, Georgia, including a Hep C elimination project, doing assessments of healthcare facilities, as well as capacity assessments for screening, care and cure of Hep C in Georgia.
Kadam, Rigveda: Senior Access Officer
As part of her work, Rigveda has worked with national and local governments, private sector laboratories, pharmaceutical and diagnostic device manufacturers and other development sector partners for increasing access to key commodities and services targeted at improving public health outcomes. Her work has involved conceptualizing projects and managing end-to-end execution, building partnerships, fund raising, laboratory capacity planning, assessment of diagnostic networks, forecasting, quantification and data analysis across the health areas mentioned above.
Rigveda has a B.Tech in Information and Communication Technology from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of ICT, Gandhinagar (India) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (India). She has also worked previously in software engineering and strategy consulting.
Kao, Kekeletso: Senior Programme Manager
Kekeletso Kao graduated with a Masters degree in Microbiology from Rhodes University in South Africa in 2003. After graduation, she worked as a laboratory scientist in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Lesotho. In 2004 she joined Population Services International, Lesotho, as an Outreach Coordinator where she was responsible for the organization and coordination of HIV/AIDS outreach activities to mainly rural communities of Lesotho.
In 2005 she was appointed as the Director of Laboratory Services in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Lesotho. As Director of Laboratory Services she led the process for the development of the first national laboratory policy and strategic plan. Together with the National TB Programme Manager she mobilized resources and technical support that allowed for the country to conduct its first national Tuberculosis Drug Resistance Survey. In 2008 Kekeletso moved to Ottawa, Canada with her family and was contracted by FIND as consultant to maintain relations with Lesotho and Swaziland.
Kekeletso joined FIND in March 2011 to support the EXPAND-TB project.
Lamoury, Francois: Senior Laboratory Expert
Francois joined FIND in November 2017 as Senior Laboratory Expert for the HCV team, primarily focusing on the introduction, use and placement of new technologies for HCV screening, confirmation and test of cure in six selected countries. Previously, and for the last seven years, Francois was Senior Research Officer at the Kirby Institute, Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program, Sydney, Australia. There he was responsible for the day-to-day administration of the research laboratory, and he led and contributed to several research projects and protocols for HCV clinical trials. Francois contributed to the assessment of dried blot spots and core antigens as an alternative HCV test. He participated in the evaluation of on-site HCV testing, using the Cepheid GeneXpert technology, in drug and alcohol clinics, needle and syringe programmes and homeless centres in Australia.
Francois has always been interested in new technology and developed an affordable IL28B (IFLN3) genotyping assay, obtaining Australian certification for its clinical use.
Over the years, he gained experience in medical research: in virology (HCV, HIV), neuroscience (Prion disease, Multiple Sclerosis) and stem cells (neural cells and bone marrow). Prior to his 16 years in Australia, Francois was employed in the French reference laboratory for Prion disease where he did research in the Neurovirology department, handling prion pathogens and animal models in containment 3 laboratories.
Francois has an Engineering degree in biotechnology from the Conservatoire Nationale des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France, and is currently working on his MBA with AGSM, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Letsko, Tatiana: Administrative Assistant
Tatiana had extensive experience working for international organizations when she joined FIND in 2017. She previously held the roles of project manager, executive assistant, and Public Affairs and Information Officer.
Before working at FIND, Tatiana also worked for the Swiss representation in Belarus, including doing one year at the Swiss Embassy, and later worked five years at Swiss Development Cooperation. Other experience includes working for WTO in Geneva and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Tatiana holds a degree from Minsk State Linguistic University and has a diploma from University of Toronto.
Macé, Aurélien: Senior Clinical Data Scientist
Aurélien studied mathematics, computer science, artificial intelligence and computational biology. In 2007, he obtained a double master degree from the Ecole Centrale Nantes (France) and KTH (Sweden). He did his master thesis within the Blue Brain Project at EPFL on neuron electrophysiological classification.
He then left research and went to work for a small company on the development and installation of a smart camera able to detect smoke and fire. After two years in industry, he decided to move back to his first interest in computational biology and did a one-year project at Merck Serono within the biomarker discovery department. He developed a tool for automatic gene-signature detection on gene expression microarray.
In 2011, Aurélien had the opportunity to go to the US where he worked 6 months as an engineer in the Blood Brain Barrier Group at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Back in Switzerland, he worked towards his PhD, which he earned in 2017 under the supervision of Zoltan Kutalik and Alexandre Reymond. His project dealt with copy number variation detection and association. He worked first on the improvement of copy number variants (CNVs) quality assessment. Aurélien then ran, in collaboration with several research groups, a genome-wide CNVs association meta-analysis on anthropometric traits in ~200,000 adults.
Mantsoki, Anna: Biobanking Data Scientist
Anna moved to Geneva from Edinburgh, Scotland in 2017, after completing her PhD in Bioinformatics at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. Her PhD focus was on epigenetics of mammalian development. Using an extensive variety of data analysis tools, like R and Bioconductor, she performed in silico bioinformatics analysis of Next Generation Sequencing datasets and generated comprehensive lists of important gene promoters in mammals that define multiple developmental pathways during cell differentiation. During her studies, Anna was also involved in the development (metagenomics) of a biotechnology product, aiming to fight periodontal disease, harnessing the power of beneficial bacteria in the oral cavity.
She has extensive experience working in multicultural environments providing technical and bioinformatics support for big consortia and multidisciplinary projects. Anna’s interest in data analytics and her problem-solving nature led her to join FIND in May 2017 as an intern for the Data Management team, handling the migration of the FIND Biorepository to Open Specimen and the migration of FIND clinical studies to Open Clinica. After the successful completion of her internship, she was offered a position with FIND’s Data Services and Biobanking group, where she is responsible for the Biobanking activities across the organization’s disease programmes.
Anna also holds an MSc in Bioinformatics from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2012) and a BSc in Applied Informatics from University of Macedonia (2009, Thessaloniki, Greece).
Moreau, Emmanuel: Scientific Officer - Technology Developement
Dr Emmanuel Moreau joined FIND in February 2018 as Scientific Officer – Technology Development. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the IVD-labeled immunoassay life cycle, having spent a decade working for major clinical diagnostics companies such as bioMérieux (France) and Philips Handheld Diagnostics (The Netherlands). As an R&D technical lead, he developed several immunoassays for benchtop instruments used in central labs as well as point-of-care devices for patient bedside testing.
Emmanuel’s expertise includes assay feasibility (raw materials development, propotyping), design and implementation (optimization, transfer to manufacturing), verification & validation of performance, providing support for clinical trials, securing regulatory compliance and contributing to market access with commercial teams.
Emmanuel holds a PhD in Immunology from Université Paris 5 – René Descartes (France), completed by post-doc experiences at INRS Institut Armand-Frappier and McGill University (Montréal, Canada). His academic research focused on host immune response to HIV and HCV infection, and early development of a nanofluidics immunoassay platform for breast cancer biomarkers profiling.
Nabeta, Pamela: Senior Medical Officer
Dr Pamela Nabeta is responsible for the planning and execution of tuberculosis clinical evaluation trials and specimen collection. This requires close interaction with diagnostics developers and partners from academia and trial sites in over ten countries around the world. She also oversees the laboratory strengthening and HIV quality assurance activities under FIND’s CDC-funded Cooperative Agreement in the Dominican Republic.
Shortly after joining FIND in 2008, Pamela was involved in the evaluation and demonstration of FIND’s Xpert MTB/RIF until its endorsement by WHO in 2011. In 2012, she moved to Peru temporarily to be the liaison between FIND and the Peruvian National TB Program and National Reference Laboratory for the EXPAND-TB project.
Pamela earned her Medical Degree from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima-Peru. She gained most of her field experience working as a Research Associate at the Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt overseeing tuberculosis projects at the Institute.
Nogaro, Sarah: Scientific Officer, Schistosomiasis
She holds a BSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology, an MSc in Molecular Biology of Infectious Diseases and a PhD in Malaria immunology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She has over 10 years’ experience working on infectious diseases at an international level both in scientific research and public health interventions.
Sarah worked for 3 years as a scientific researcher at Medical Research Council laboratories in The Gambia where she led immunological surveys looking at the development of malaria specific memory B cells in populations living in low malaria transmission setting.
In 2013, Sarah joined the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), Imperial College London, where she was responsible for implementing and scaling up national control programmes for schistosomiasis with Ministries of Health and Education in several sub-Saharan African countries (Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Madagascar). As part of her role, she has also trained and supervised national research institutions to independently monitor programme performance, impact and the quality of the data collected. She has also designed and conducted several operational research studies with the aim of improving the effectiveness and sustainability of the national control programmes, of which results have been presented at international conferences.
Sarah was appointed SCI representative in the Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium (public-private partnership) as a core member on the access team advising the Consortium in preparing and implementing the access and delivery plan of the new pediatric formulation in endemic countries.
OBrien, Jeremy: Project Coordinator, HCV
Jeremy joined FIND in January 2018 as Project Coordinator in the Hepatitis C Virus programme. He supports all HCV team members, ensuring the project pipeline runs smoothly, team members have adequate support in-country and at headquarters, and he also works closely with UNITAID on grant management. Jeremy started his career in public health with MEDLIFE, where he designed and managed a clean water development project in Lima, Peru. In 2015, Jeremy spent time with UN-based agencies in Rome, serving President Obama’s administration and Executive Order on Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance, contributing to U.S. Foreign Policy and UN policy on Antimicrobial Resistance. His professional background includes advocacy for nonprofits, for example fundraising with the Evans Scholars Foundation in Chicago.
Jeremy holds a Master’s of Science in Global Health and Development from the University College London, where he further completed public health training with UNAIDS’s Strategic Policy Directions team in Geneva, Switzerland. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nonprofit Management, with Certificates in Global Health and Gender Studies. During his time in university, Jeremy worked part time at the University Health Clinic, serving as a Violence Prevention Project Assistant.
Pellé, Karell: eHealth Scientific Officer
Karell joined FIND in 2018 as eHealth Scientific Officer for the Fever and Malaria Programme, focusing on developing eHealth tools to enhance diagnostic use, guide clinical decision-making and support antimicrobial surveillance. Karell has over 10 years of experience in infectious disease research (mainly malaria and pneumonia) as well as research project management.
Karell holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in Public Health from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her doctoral work focused on diversity of antigenic variation and protein secretion in malaria. She has several years of experience working with international groups on capacity building, laboratory training and research compliance.
Prior to FIND, Karell worked at the Broad Institute and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health within a cross-functional team to develop diagnostic host biomarker signatures for paediatric pneumonia using state-of-the-art transcriptomic and proteomic tools.
Penn-Nicholson, Adam: Clinical Officer, TB
His career spans many aspects of vaccinology and diagnostics, with strong scientific training in TB, HIV and emerging infectious diseases. After receiving his PhD in Molecular Virology in the USA, Adam worked in industry on the development and manufacture of vaccines for biodefence and emerging public health concerns. He trained in South Africa as a clinical immunologist for TB vaccines, providing scientific oversight for several multi-centre clinical trials. Adam’s main focus has been on the discovery, validation and implementation of blood-based biomarkers that prospectively predict TB disease risk, and understanding the biology involved in progression from M. tuberculosis infection to active TB disease.
Most recently, Adam has been integral in establishing the Correlate of Risk Targeted Intervention Study (CORTIS) at the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative, in Cape Town, South Africa, which aims to determine whether a transcriptomic prognostic signature can predict TB disease before symptoms emerge, and if preventive TB treatment of these individuals might reduce TB disease incidence.
Adam brings considerable experience in technical, quality, training and grant/project management aspects of conducting clinical research in a low-income setting, and shows a demonstrated passion for clinical and translational research.
Picado de Puig, Albert: Senior Scientific Officer
Dr Albert Picado is a veterinarian with postgraduate training in epidemiology (MSc & PhD) and GIS (MSc). In recent years, he has been mainly involved in leishmaniasis research projects but he has also worked on other neglected infectious diseases (e.g. Chagas and rabies). Albert has been involved in different projects to control and eliminate visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian subcontinent and other endemic regions. Before joining FIND, Albert worked in various capacities at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Spain, the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Belgium, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in the United Kingdom. His field experience was acquired in North Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, South America and Spain.
In August 2015, Albert joined FIND as a Senior Scientific Officer in the organization’s NTD programme.
Rabian, Dominique: Logistics Officer
Dominique obtained his Masters degree in Political Science in Geneva in 1981. He has 35 years’ experience working in a variety of companies in supply chain and extensive knowledge of the market and the European logistics structure (for air and sea freight, as well as trucking businesses). He also has experience in budget follow up and control as a Finance Analyst, making recommendations on reaching financial expectations. This experience includes improving existing processes in order to define policies, as well as KPI management process and reviews.
Dominique joined FIND in September 2015. He is responsible for organizing the IVD and specimen bank logistics and is in charge of overseeing the shipments all along the shipping process, in compliance with country regulations, for some FIND projects.
Redard-Jacot, Maël: Market Analyst
After pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration at HEC Genève in 2009, he fulfilled his Swiss civilian service in Switzerland and India. He obtained a Master in Management at HEC Lausanne in 2013 and started his career in the private sector, completing an internship in Market Analytics at Logitech before joining Credit Suisse as part of a corporate rotational program. Passionate about the linkages between business and development, Maël decided to transition to the development sector in 2015. He collaborated with Ashoka on a social impact project before working as Fundraising Data Analyst at WWF International, helping the organization identify fundraising potential and assess market performance in order to support the development of a global growth strategy.
Maël joined FIND in February 2017 as Market Analyst. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining market data across FIND’s areas of work in order to guide the organization’s market understanding in disease and program areas as well as inform product development and market shaping activities, influencing where and how the organization invests.
Regeon, Sandrine: Senior Executive Assistant
Sandrine joined FIND in June 2012 to complete a temporary work assignment for both the Chief Scientific Officer and the Malaria programme. In March 2013, she took the post of Executive Assistant to the CEO & Board of Directors, including supporting FIND’s Chief Scientific Officer. In June 2018 she was promoted to Senior Executive Assistant.
Before joining FIND, Sandrine worked as an assistant to a French member of parliament and worked for a public affairs consultancy in Brussels. She is a French citizen and holds an MA degree in Political Science and Administration.
Rodwell, Timothy: Senior Scientific Officer
Dr Timothy Rodwell is a Senior Scientific Officer at FIND, and an Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, UC San Diego. He received his MD from Standford, his PhD from UC Davis and his MPH from San Diego.
Tim has spent the past 6 years focusing on the development and clinical evaluation of rapid clinical diagnostics and has worked in close collaboration with numerous industry, public health and NGO partners. He is currently working on development of next generation sequencing platforms for rapid diagnosis of drug resistant TB and host biomarkers for diagnosing bacterial causes of acute fever.
Ruckstuhl, Laura: Access Officer
Dr Laura Ruckstuhl joined FIND in January 2018 as the Access Officer with the Neglected Tropical Diseases team to support the introduction and implementation of a combined rapid diagnostic test for malaria and sleeping sickness.
Laura has over 8 years of international work experience with public health organisations, including the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), the MENTOR Initiative, Malaria Consortium, and UNHCR, with special focus on malaria. During this time she designed and implemented operational research in Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Tanzania and was responsible for managing health intervention programmes in Central African Republic, Chad and Kenya.
In 2017, Laura earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the Swiss TPH for her work on improving access to malaria surveillance and control in Central Africa. She also attained an MSc in Biology and control of parasites and disease vectors from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 2009.
Ruiz, Ryan Jose III: Lab Coordinator - HepC
Born in the Philippines, Ryan Jose III, finished his Medical Laboratory Science degree at Notre Dame of Marbel University, and received his Master degree in Health Social Science from the De La Salle University in Manila. He also holds a certificate in advance training in HIV Testing Technologies, Mycobacteriology and Malaria-G6PD studies.
Before joining FIND in October 2016 as Laboratory Coordinator for the FIND Hepatitis C project, Ryan had 15 years of technical experience working in medical laboratories in various countries in both field and reference laboratory settings. In this capacity, he managed health laboratory development programs, working closely with ministries of health, NGOs, INGOs and Biotech companies involved in developing innovative laboratory technologies. He brings a unique mix of technical, field-based, emergency, reference lab and laboratory coordination expertise to his new role at FIND.
For the past five years, Ryan has been involved technically and operationally in laboratory activities with a focus on HIV/AIDS technologies (PCR, EID and virologic tests), TB/MDR-TB diagnostic technologies (GeneXpert and MGIT technology), malaria screening technologies, Leishmania and other neglected diseases, and Ebola virus disease.
Schumacher, Samuel: Senior Scientific Officer
Dr Samuel Schumacher is an epidemiologist (PhD Epidemiology) with a basic science background (MSc Molecular Biotechnology) and more than 10 years of research experience in Peru, India, South Africa, North America and Eastern Europe among others.
Samuel has extensive methodological expertise in study design, conduct and analysis, as well as hands-on field experience. In his thesis, he focused on methodological challenges in the estimation of impact of TB diagnostics on patient outcomes, and the estimation of diagnostic test accuracy in the absence of a gold standard with projects in India and South Africa.
Samuel joined FIND in 2015 as a Scientific Officer, where he is responsible for management of projects primarily within the tuberculosis programme. He is working on a broad range of projects, including multi-centre studies to evaluate the accuracy of novel molecular assays for TB and resistance, studies to assess the impact of TB diagnostics on patient-important outcomes and the area of LTBI and assays that better predict progression from TB infection to active disease. His main focus is on study design of evaluation and demonstration studies that enable WHO review and global/national policy making.
Sem, XiaoHui: HCV Project Manager, Malaysia
XiaoHui Sem joined FIND in June 2018 as HCV Country Project Manager in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Together with in-country partners, she is responsible for implementing projects and studies to support the simplification and decentralization of HCV testing in Malaysia. These activities aim to influence national guidelines for an effective HCV public health approach in the nation.
XiaoHui is an infection biologist with ten years of scientific expertise and research project management experience in both microbiology and immunological research. She has worked with a wide variety of infectious diseases, including salmonellosis, melioidosis and candidiasis. She has also participated in multi-disciplinary projects and collaborations with an international pool of professionals.
XiaoHui holds a PhD (Medical Science) from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and a BSc (Biological Sciences) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her PhD thesis work utilized the primitive nematode C. elegans as a model to dissect host-pathogen interactions for human bacterial pathogens. Her findings highlighted and emphasized a common theme whereby bacterial pathogens, having already evolved in their hosts over time, exhibit the ability to achieve and maintain success by hijacking and benefitting from innate immune strategies.
Prior to joining FIND, she did her postdoctoral training at the Singapore Immunology Network, Singapore where she was the lead researcher studying the impact of host innate immunity on the evolution and adaptation of Candida albicans and understanding how strategies for evasion of the aforementioned immunity fuel rapid evolution in C. albicans.
Shilton, Sonjelle: Project Manager, HCV programme
Sonjelle joined FIND in January 2017 as Monitoring and Evaluations (M&E) Officer for overall FIND projects in general and for the Hepatitis C programme specifically. In March 2018, she was offered the position of Project Manager for the HCV programme.
Sonjelle started her career in public health as the Director of Operations of a community-based health outreach organization, HardtHaven, in rural Ghana, and has ten years of experience in programme implementation, and monitoring and evaluation spanning grassroots to global levels. Her time in Ghana cemented her dedication to public health approaches that are collaboratively designed and implemented with rigorous and meaningful data capture. More recently, Sonjelle worked on the M&E team at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, coordinating multi-country, multi-year, prospective Full Country Evaluations.
Sonjelle attained a Master of Global Public Health and the Global WACh Graduate Certificate in integrated health of Women, Adolescents and Children from the University of Washington, USA.
Suresh, Anita: Senior Technology & Business Development Officer
Anita Suresh joined FIND as Senior Technology & Business Development Officer in September 2017. She has over 12 years of experience across the biomedical value chain, including upstream and downstream commercialization of in vitro diagnostics, global and country marketing strategy, product development, business models, voice of customer, stakeholder engagement, technology assessment, R&D and public policy.
Most recently, Anita led global marketing for the TB portfolio at BD, where she was responsible for developing and enabling improved phenotypic and genotypic TB diagnostic solutions. She also spent a year as part of Madhukar Pai’s group at McGill University, bringing industry input and business insights to inform sustainability paths for global health initiatives.
With an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, MS in Bioinformatics and BSc (Honors) in Molecular Biology (both from the National University of Singapore), Anita is passionate about translating biomedical technologies into value for global health, with a focus on TB and other infectious diseases, next-generation sequencing and molecular diagnostics. She has lived, studied and worked across India, Singapore, USA, Canada and Switzerland, and has further supported Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia-Pacific markets.
Sutherland, Ranald: Technology & Business Development
A trained Clinical Chemist, Dr Ranald Sutherland has over 20 years of commercial experience in the In Vitro Diagnostics and the Biotechnology industries.
In 1983, he joined the Biomedical Group at the Battelle Institute in Geneva (a global science and technology enterprise specialized in consultancy and contract research), where he was responsible for managing medical devices and diagnostics projects for commercial customers in the US, Europe and Japan.
In 1987, Ranald joined Abbott Laboratories Diagnostics Division in Chicago and latterly in the European headquarters in Germany. He had a number of business roles including European technology licensing and acquisitions activities, product development and project management mainly in the area of infectious disease diagnostic product for detection of HIV, HCV, and HTLV infections.
In 1997, he left Abbott to join Boehringer Mannheim (which became Roche Diagnostics) based in Mannheim, Germany. As Vice President of Program Management and Business Development, Ranald was responsible for two consecutive programs in Molecular Diagnostics and Laboratory Automation, including being responsible for the appropriate licensing and alliance management activities.
In 2004, Ranald started an independent consultancy, executing business strategy and technology due diligence projects for a number of European, IVD, biotechnology and medical devices companies. He joined FIND in August 2005 as a consultant in Technology and Business Development.
Tobin, Mo: Senior Technology Officer
Mo joined FIND in 2016 after working for AXA Proactive Health in the UK, focussed on globalising provision of their proactive health and behaviour change services. Prior to this Mo consulted for Alere where he was responsible for the development, deployment and operation of numerous connected services including Data Point, a diagnostics data analytics platform adopted around the world by ministries of health and non-governmental organisations, in their fight against HIV and other infectious diseases.
Mo has a long standing background in mobile and in the implementation of innovative services driven by emerging technologies. He brings experience from across industry, having worked, with and built services for, a diverse range of organisations, from large multi-national companies to pre-funded start-ups.
van Bemmelen, Manuela: Financial Controller
Manuela holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and a Master in Accounting & Control from the Rotterdam School of Management. After working as an auditor with KPMG for four years, she moved to Lagos, Nigeria, where she worked at a venture capital-backed tech start up as Financial Analyst. She developed the company’s management accounting and reporting processes. Manuela joined FIND’s Finance team in 2017 as Financial Controller.
Vandendorpe, Maïda: Project Manager & Project Coordinator
Maïda is passionate about all aspects of public health and she has worked in non-profits since 2010. She has a BA in Mathematics and Linguistics and a Masters of Divinity degree from McGill University in Montreal. She is proudly French-Canadian, and enjoys discovering Switzerland’s many mountain trails.
Varga, Alessandra: Comms, NWDG
Alessandra joined FIND in 2007 as Communications Consultant. In this position she is responsible for the organization’s branding and managed the definition and implementation of FIND’s new brand strategy and identity system. Her responsibilities also include communications projects and events coordination. Since 2010, she also coordinates the activities of the Stop TB Partnership’s New Diagnostics Working Group, for which FIND hosts the secretariat and acts as leading agency. In February 2015 she joined the S4S team as Project Manager to help with the overall project coordination, further development of standardized processes, additional relevant documents, and communication tools.
Before joining FIND, Alessandra worked in industry serving as Head of Corporate and Marketing Communications, as well as in the services sector as Product and Marketing Manager in charge of product development, launch and lifecycle management. As Head of an operational unit, she was then responsible for team management, reorganization and development of internal and CRM processes. Alessandra holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Geneva and a federal diploma in public relations.
Vetter, Beatrice: Scientific Officer, HCV
Beatrice has 15 years of experience in the field of viral infectious diseases, both in academia, as well as industry. She obtained her PhD from University College London, followed by a postdoctoral position at King’s College London, both in the field of HIV research.
After gaining extensive knowledge in quality management during several years in a healthcare facility in the United Arab Emirates, she joined the Swiss National Reference Centre for Retroviruses in Zurich. Here, she was responsible for the development and evaluation of specialist diagnostic HIV tests and also established an HIV antigen subtype panel. This panel is currently undergoing evaluation at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Controls (NIBSC) to become a WHO-qualified diagnostic reference material.
Prior to joining FIND, Beatrice worked at Roche Diagnostics as International Product Manager for Infectious Diseases.
White, Wallace: Head of Diagnostics Innovation
Wallace White joined FIND in February 2018 with two decades of experience developing new products. Wallace was the Director of Point-of-Care Diagnostics at Stratos Product Development, an engineering consultancy. There, he led the development for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of an integrated platform for the testing of nucleic acids, immunoassays, and clinical chemistry, informed by visiting health centers and ministries on three continents. He advised, engineered, and managed projects for IVD companies including Atlas Genetics, Response Biomedical, nanoMR, OpGen, and early-stage startups. He managed the firm’s mechanical engineering team, outside resources, and partnerships as well.
Outside of IVD, Wallace has advised clients on technologies for non-invasive measurements, including clinical wearable monitors for Proteus Digital Health and smartphone-based diagnostics. His other medical-device development experience includes drug-delivery and defibrillators. Earlier, Wallace developed Sonicare toothbrushes, folding keyboards, and other consumer electronics.
Wallace holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Wijegoonewardena, Miranga: Accounting Supervisor & IT Manager
Miranga Wijegoonewardena is both a Sri Lankan and Swiss national. Before joining FIND, he qualified as a Marketer from The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) in the United Kingdom.
He has gained valuable work experience in diverse fields such as accounting, treasury, administration and banking, working for international organizations in Switzerland, the UK and Sri Lanka.
Miranga joined FIND in November 2011.
Wyss, Romain: Programme Coordinator, TB & Tech Scouting
Romain joined FIND in July 2016 and holds the position of Programme Coordinator, TB & Technology Scounting. He is a biophysicist with a chemistry background. In 2008, he obtained an MSc degree from EPFL in Molecular and Biological Chemistry. After a fruitful collaboration at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof. Hagan Bayley in the field of next generation DNA sequencing, he joined the group of Prof. Horst Vogel at EPFL for his PhD studies. The group elaborated novel nanostructured surfaces for particles and biomolecules detection and investigated biological functions of proteins in living cells using molecular biology tools with fluorescence microscopy, electrical recordings and nanofabrication.
Desiring to establish close links with the regional economic actors, Romain also worked in a student committee, which organizes the biggest career fair in Switzerland, as Vice-President for Communication & Media and attended various courses on start-up and technology management as well as on accounting and finance. In 2013, he co-founded an entrepreneurial initiative in medical technologies and worked on the development of a unique blood test for early diagnosis of breast cancer using analytical and surface-sensitive techniques. This entrepreneurial venture has strengthened his competencies in project management, research funding and business plan development.
Yerlikaya, Seda: Scientific Officer
Dr Seda Yerlikaya first joined the FIND Tuberculosis team in December 2015 as an intern. She then worked as a staff member on activities related to the development of biomarker-based rapid diagnostic tests for the detection of TB. She also supported FIND’s technology team in scouting and partner selection activities.
Seda earned her PhD in molecular biology from the University of Geneva in 2013 with her work on growth control by signaling pathways. She continued working at the University of Geneva as a postdoctoral fellow. She later completed a master degree in Global Health at the Global Studies Institute in Geneva.
Recently, she joined FIND’s malaria group as scientific officer to support the team on its malaria control and elimination projects.