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Our Team

Our team consists of highly-skilled professionals who are dedicated to improving health outcomes. For us, healthcare is not just about providing a quick fix. It’s about generational impactinvesting in peoplefor the long term. We plant the seed for brighter, healthier futures and transform “what if” into “what is.”

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Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc

Chief Executive Officer

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Bonaventure Ahaisibwe, MBChB, MPH

Regional Director for Innovation and Strategy

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Irene Atuhairwe, RN, MPH

Country Director, Uganda

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Erin Barr, MPA

Managing Director, Finance & Administration

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Bassim Birkland, MD, MPH

Country Director, Zambia

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Kelly Carpenter, MPH

Senior Program Manager, Country Operations

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Meaghan Carroll

Chief of Staff

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Gerald Maxi Chibwana

Finance and Administration Manager, Malawi

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Patricia Egessa, MA

Senior Communications Manager

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Helen Ewing, DHSc, MN, RN

Senior Director of Clinical Education

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Augustine Juma Fannah, MPA

Regional Operations Manager

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Leigh Forbush, MPH

Senior Program Manager, Country Operations

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Kidist Gebre

Director of Human Resources

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Esther Ijangolet

Administrative & Logistics Assistant, Uganda

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Simbisai R. Kadye, ACCA

Finance and Administration Manager, Country Operations

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Thombi Kaunda

Program Officer, Malawi

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Frederica Massah Kella, MPH

Program Coordinator, Sierra Leone

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Eleanor Liu, CPA

Senior Finance Manager

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Douglas Lungu, MBA

Operations Officer

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Julie Mann, CNM

Associate Director of Midwifery

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Clelia Anna Mannino, PhD

Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

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Fola May, MD, PhD, MPhil

Associate Director of Internal Medicine

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Kiran Mitha Masood, MD

Associate Director of Pediatrics

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Tiwonge Tracy Moyo, MA

Country Director, Malawi

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Thomas Chiverapi Msiska, MSc

Program & MEL Manager, Malawi

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Prossy Nakattudde

Program Officer, Uganda

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Sarah Nyirongo Ngoma RM, MPH, MBA

Clinical Education Advisor, Zambia

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Allan G. Nsubuga

Senior Program & MEL Manager, Uganda

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Eric Otim

Finance and Administration Manager, Uganda

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Maureen Ries, MD

Associate Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Leandra Furtado Rivera

Development Coordinator

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Thida Sam

Partnership Manager

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Isha Beckie Sesay

Clinical Advisor, Sierra Leone

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Caroline Snyder

Administrative Coordinator

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Mustapha Sonnie, MSPH

Country Director, Sierra Leone

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Dan Spearman

Senior Program Coordinator

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Brittney van de Water, PhD, RN, CPNP

Associate Director of Nursing, Pediatrics

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Kate York, PhD, RN, FNP

Associate Director of Primary Health Care and Community Health Nursing

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Partnership Philosophy

Seed has a proven legacy of working closely with our partners —governments, academic and clinical institutions, associations and councils, coalitions, funders, and other organizations—to create durable change that improves care quality and strengthens health systems. Together, we respond to an urgent need for a bold, long-term movement that will save lives today while empowering the next generation of health professionals.

Board of Trustees

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Dede Orraca-Cecil, MPH, JD

Board Chair, Consultant, Egon Zehnder Health

Tom Fry, MBA


Anne Fulenwider

Operating Partner, Kairos Group & Entrepreneur

Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc

Chief Executive Officer, Seed Global Health

Joel Lamstein, MBA

President, John Snow, Inc.

Kara Weiss, MFA

Program Director, Child Relief International

Laurie Zephyrin, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A

Vice President, Delivery System Reform, The Commonwealth Fund

Advisory Board

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Ambassador Louis Susman, LLB

Advisory Board Chair, Former US Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland

Public Service Advocate & Non-Profit Board Member

Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, JD

Chair of SBI, Inc.; former US Ambassador to Portugal

Anthony DeChellis, MBA

Chief Executive Officer and President, Boston Private & Trust Company

The Honorable Mark Dybul, MD

Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Global Health Practice and Impact, Georgetown University

Anne Finucane

Vice Chairman, Bank of America

Ambassador Anthony Gardner, JD, MPhil, MFin

Managing Partner, Brookfield Private Equity; former US Ambassador to the European Union

John Halamka, MD, MS

President of the Mayo Clinic Platform, Mayo Clinic

Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc

Chief Executive Officer, Seed Global Health

Donna Langley

Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group

Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP

Senior Vice President for CVS Health & Chief Medical Officer for Aetna

Bill Roedy, MBA

amfAR Board Member; former Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks International

Alexandra Roedy

Philanthropist & Advisor

Cynthia Ryan, MA

Director, Schooner Africa Fund

Aaron Williams

Senior Advisor Emeritus, RTI International; former Director of the Peace Corps

Uganda Advisory Board

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John Baptist Waniaye, MBChB, MSc

Board Chair and Commissioner, Emergency Medical Services, Ministry of Health

Angelah Ilakut, MSc

Acting Registrar, Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council

Fabian Kabaza

Nursing Student, Muni University

Dr. Joseph Kalanzi

Emergency Medicine Resident, Makerere University College of Health Sciences

Edward Kumakech, MSN, MPH, PhD

Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Lira University

Richard Mugahi, MBChB, MPH

Assistant Commissioner, Reproductive Health, Ministry of Health

Rose Chalo Nabirye, MPH, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, Makerere University

Vincent Oketcho, MD, MCommH

Chief of Party, Strengthening Human Resources for Health Project - IntraHealth International

Jane Egau Okou, PhD

Director of Education, Ministry of Education and Sports

Francis Omaswa, MBChB, MMed, FRCS, FCS

Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation

Professor Nelson K. Sewankambo, FUNAS, MBCHB, MSC, M.MED, FRCP, LLD (HC)

Professor of Internal Medicine, Makerere University

Julius Wandabwa, MBChB, MMed, PhD

Acting Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Busitema University and Professor, Obstetrics and Gynaecology