A physician specializing in child health in developing countries, Dr. Ronald Waldman began his career with the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Smallpox Eradication Program in Bangladesh. … more
Dr. Ron Waldman, MD MPH
A physician specializing in child health in developing countries, Dr. Ronald Waldman began his career with the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Smallpox Eradication Program in Bangladesh. He subsequently worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more than 20 years where, among other assignments, he directed technical support activities for the Combating Childhood Communicable Diseases Project. In the 1980s and 1990s he and his colleagues at the CDC published a series of studies on the epidemiology of refugee health and provided public health assistance in many international humanitarian crises.
Dr. Waldman was the coordinator of the Task Force on Cholera Control at WHO and the technical director of the USAID-funded child survival BASICS Project, and has worked in complex emergencies in Somalia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Albania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and, most recently, Iraq. Dr. Waldman was the founder and former director of the Program on Forced Migration and Health at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.
Dr. Waldman received an MD at the university of Geneva, and a Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.
Alexandra Stanton is the CEO of Empire Global Ventures LLC, a New York-based international trade and business development firm focused on India and China. She has held positions as Chief of Staff to the Empire State Development Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington , D.C. … more
Alexandra Stanton is the CEO of Empire Global Ventures LLC, a New York-based international trade and business development firm focused on India and China. She has held positions as Chief of Staff to the Empire State Development Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington , D.C. under President Clinton and in the New York State Senate as Senior Advisor to the Democratic Leader, David A. Paterson. A veteran of state and national campaigns, Ms. Stanton has also worked in Paris for Doctors of the World/Médecins du Monde (MdM), implementing international organizational development programs.
Ms. Stanton is Vice-Chair of the Board of the Parrish Art Museum in New York and serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts. She was also a founding member of the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum Network (NY).
She received her B.A. from Cornell University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center , and is a member of the New York Bar.
Claire Boulanger is a consultant in project evaluation and audits for non-profit organizations, including French and international NGOs, private foundations, and local government. … more
Claire Boulanger is a consultant in project evaluation and audits for non-profit organizations, including French and international NGOs, private foundations, and local government. After graduating from Sciences Po in Paris and studying European Affairs at the Freie Universität in Berlin, she served as the head of mission for Médecins du Monde (MdM) in Croatia and Bosnia during and after the Balkan war. The testimonies she collected from refugees in many areas of war-ridden Yugoslavia were published in a book L’enfer yougoslave, (Belfond, 1994), and was later used by the UN International Tribunal. Her experience in managing complex humanitarian operations and project evaluation includes post genocide Rwanda and Zaire, Liberia, Haiti, Tunisia, central Europe and Russia.
As the Director of Social and Urban Development of France’s largest social housing company, she created and managed a mediation service in disadvantaged urban areas, supported grassroots projects in multicultural environments and promoted participatory approaches in major urban renewal programs.
Ms. Boulanger speaks English, Spanish, German, Italian, and Serbo-Croatian. She lived and studied in the United States and in Spain. She has been serving for five years on the Board of MdM-France where she has been in charge of domestic programs, of human rights and international humanitarian law and more recently of developing Doctors of the World-USA.
Between 2008 and 2009 Pierre Salignon collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO) as project manager of the "Health and Nutrition Tracking Service" (HNTS), an interagency initiative to collect and analyze health and nutrition data in humanitarian crisis. He worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) between 1992 and 2007, first holding the position of Senior Field Coordinator in former Yugoslavia before becoming Program Manager at the Paris headquarters.
From 2003 to 2007, Pierre served as Director General of the French section of the International Movement of MSF, when he was called upon to testify before the parliamentary information mission on the Srebrenica massacre. In this role he also served as a communications liaison, presenting numerous public statements on behalf of MSF.
He is the author of numerous articles on humanitarian issues and relief. His book Une guerre contre les civils: Réflexions sur les pratiques humanitaires au Congo Brazzaville (1998-2000) [A War Against Civilians, Reflections on the Humanitarian Practices in Congo-Brazzaville (1998-2000)] was published in 2002 by Marc Pope CNRS, Karthala Edition. He is a member of the editorial board of La Revue Humanitaire and collaborates occasionally with online humanitarian news source, youphil.com.
Dr. Patrick David, MD
Patrick David has been responding to humanitarian crises since 1984, and has been working with Doctors of the World/Médecins du Monde (MdM) since 1986. He has provided urgent medical care during emergencies in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, el Salvador, Romania, Liberia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, the Palestinian territories, and Iraq, as well as in the South China Sea caring for boat people.
Dr. David supervised MdM’s projects and policies providing medical care for ethnic minorities in northern Siberia, as well as in West Papua. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of MdM-France since 1995, and Vice President from 2004 to 2011.
A specialist in anesthesiology and intensive care, Dr. David works in the cardiac surgery unit at Reims University Hospital, and at the maternity word in Gien Hospital. In his spare time, Dr. David practices American kickboxing, championship club soccer, and the Bordeaux marathon (tasting 20 wines over 42km).
Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, MD
Dr. Jemilah Mahmood has extensive humanitarian field experience and has held numerous positions overseeing the coordination and quality of humanitarian relief efforts. In 1999, she founded the Malaysian Medical Relief Society - also know as MERCY Malaysia - one of a handful of international NGOs based in the global South. Dr. Mahmood was also a founding member of the Asian Disaster Reduction & Response Network (ADRRN) and held the position of Chairperson from 2004 to 2009 and Advisor to date. This growing network currently has 41 national NGOs as members and aims to improve standards of disaster response through capacity building, knowledge sharing and networking.
Dr. Mahmood has served on the boards of Save the Children, the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International (HAPI), and acted as Vice Chair of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA). Dr. Mahmood was appointed by the Secretary General to the First Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).and is an active member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment & Coordination Team (UNDAC),
Since 2011, she has Chaired the grants panel of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund based in London. In March 2012, she was invited to become a member of the Council of the Overseas Development Institute in the United Kingdom.
Apart from numerous local awards, in 2006 Dr. Mahmood was awarded the prestigious “Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award” by Morehouse College USA (Martin Luther King Chapel) for her contribution to community development and peace advocacy. In 2003, she was awarded the East Asian Women’s Peace Award in the humanitarian section by Philippines.
An Obstetrician and Gynecologist by training, Dr Mahmood is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the United Kingdom, and has completed the Program for Executive Development at the International Institute of Management and Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Starting her career in Kuala Lumpur General Hospital, she has served as a lecturer in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Medical Faculty UKM, and as a research fellow at the prestigious Tokyo University. Currently, Dr. Mahmood is a Senior Fellow at Khazanah Nasional Berhad in Malaysia’s Khazanah Research and Investment Strategy Division, the investment holding arm that guides Malaysia’s strategic investments in new industries and markets. She is also a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Futures Programme at Kings College in London.
Abby Stoddard, PhD
Abby Stoddard’s extensive knowledge of humanitarian policy and operations comes from practical experience as an aid worker as well as by leading applied research and analysis. As Senior Program Advisor for Humanitarian Action at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, and as a founding Partner of the independent research group Humanitarian Outcomes, Dr. Stoddard has consulted for the governments of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Norway, as well as numerous United Nations agencies and NGOs.
Dr. Stoddard currently sits on the Certification and Accreditation Board of the Humanitarian Accountability Project (HAP). She is the author of Humanitarian Alert: NGO Information and its Impact on US Foreign Policy (Kumarian Press, 2006), along with numerous articles, reports, and book chapters on humanitarian action, non-governmental organizations, and the U.S. foreign aid architecture. From 1993 to 1999 she was Program Manager and Program Director for Doctors of the World/Médecins du Monde (MdM).
Dr. Stoddard received her PhD in international affairs from New York University and her MA from Columbia University.
Lisa Anastos is the Founder and CEO of ARThood. Ms. Anastos also serves as the Chairman of the Contemporary Council at the Watermill Center and as a Member of the Board of Advisors at the Parrish Art Museum. Ms. Anastos is the former President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), former General Counsel at Falconhead Capital and former Partner at Kirkland & Ellis. Additionally, Ms. Anastos is a graduate of New York University School of Law and the Wharton School of Business.
Monique El-Faizy is an author and journalist. Her work has been published in the Guardian, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Financial Times, Marie Claire, GQ, and Glamour. Covering beats ranging from Wall Street to the Arab-American community, she has held staff positions at the New York Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Associated Press and the Bergen Record, and served as a medical blogger for AOL’s ParentDish and a blogumnist for the Egyptian website, Bikya Masr.
Ms. El-Faizy is the author of God and Country: How Evangelicals Have Become America's New Mainstream and the co-founder of Mwikali’s Gift, a 501(c)3 relief organization working in Usalama, Kenya.
Andrea Greeven Douzet
Andrea Greeven Douzet has extensive experience in publishing, specializing in advertising sales to luxury brands. She is currently Fashion and Accessories Director for Sales at InStyle magazine, part of Time Inc. Previously, she was Publisher of a web-based fashion and celebrity news site called FashionEtc.com, and has worked for The Plum Network/Plum TV, Niche Media (first as Associate Publisher of Gotham magazine and then as a National Account Director), LTB Media (Business Development Director), Doubledown Media (Ad Director), and Manhattan File (EVP).
Ms. Greeven Douzet received her MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art and a BA from Duke University. She speaks French, Italian and Portuguese. She was also an art instructor at three different NY area schools. She serves on the advisory committee for the Parrish Art Museum, as a vice-chair for The Southampton Hospital's annual summer fund raiser, a past co-chair for the Annual Fund and is a current member of the development and communications committee for the Lycee Francais de New York. She lives in Manhattan with her twin daughters and husband, Alexandre Douzet, co-founder and COO/President of TheLadders.com.
Ceci Kurzman is the President and Founder of Nexus Management, a talent management group focused on Entertainers with a specialty in contemporary music. In this role, she guides the careers of artists through strategic direction of repertoire, communications, business development and asset building.
Ms. Kurzman's career in management followed seven years as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for Epic / Sony Music where she spearheaded global campaigns for artists including Shakira, Sade, Tori Amos and George Michael.
Prior to her term at Sony Music, Ms. Kurzman was a Director of Marketing at Arista Records. She received her B.A. in History and East Asian Studies from Harvard University.