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Speakers

Hala Aldosari, PhD

Dr. Aldosari is a Saudi Arabian human rights activist, journalist, and health disparities researcher who was just named the inaugural Jamal Khashoggi Fellow at the Washington Post. She was also named the 2017-2018 Harvard Robert G. James Scholar Fellow. Dr. Hala Aldosari is a scholar of social determinants of health and gender-based violence research. She examines the influence of gender norms on women’s political, economic, legal, and health statuses in the Arab Gulf states.

Donatella Lorch

Donatella Lorch has been a reporter and correspondent for more than twenty-five years and has covered wars, conflicts and natural disasters in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe for The New York Times, NBC News and Newsweek. Her writing has been praised for humanizing the cost and politics of war and giving a face not only to the fighters but to affected civilians as well. She has won awards for her reporting on Afghanistan and the Rwanda genocide as well as for her coverage of massive refugee migrations that have torn apart families and transplanted cultures.

Jen Kates, PhD

Dr. Jen Kates is Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she oversees the Foundation’s policy analysis and research focused on the U.S. government’s role in global health and on the global and domestic HIV epidemics. Widely regarded as an expert in the field, she regularly publishes and presents on global health and HIV policy issues.

Ambassador Mark Lagon

Ambassador Mark P. Lagon is is a leading authority and practitioner on human trafficking and migration, having served as U.S. Ambassador-At-Large and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the Department of State. Much of Ambassador Lagon's work has focused on human rights, humanitarian affairs, and multilateral institutions, and he is a leading authority and practitioner on human trafficking and migration. 

Dr. Ranit Mishori

Dr. Ranit Mishori is a medical practicioner here in the District of Columbia where she focuses on the health of the public in general and marginalized populations in particular. Dr. Mishori also serves as a champion of human rights, working with torture survivors, asylum seekers and women affected by sexual violence. As medical director and co-founder of Georgetown's Asylum Program, she brings her knowledge in this area to other health professionals. In addition, Dr. Mishori is a consulting medical expert for the Nobel Prize co-laureate organization, Physicians for Human Rights. 

Ambassador Jimmy Kolker

Ambassador Jimmy Kolker served as Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services. He served as the US Ambassador to Burkina Faso and to Uganda. He was Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator in the Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator, leading the implementation of (PEPFAR). He also served as Chief of the AIDS Section at UNICEF’s New York headquarters.

Neeta Bhandari

Neeta Bhandari is the Deputy Director of Private Sector Engagement at PEPFAR. Prior to that, Ms. Bhandari worked on private sector engagement in her role as a regional director of the Global Business Council. Ms. Bhandari is an expert in mobilizing the private sector in the field of public health.

Temi Ifafore-Calfee

Mrs. Ifafore-Calfee brings over 15 years of experience as a champion for women's leadership, holding senior and director-level roles at the Human Diagnosis Project, the Public Health Institute, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Johns Hopkins, and the Clinton Foundation Heath Access Initiative (CHAI). She serves as Operations Director for Women in Global Health, strategic advisor to two social ventures: All Things Health Africa, and One Sun Health and founder of a consulting practice. Mrs. Ifafore-Calfee received her M.P.H. from the University of Michigan and B.A. from Yale University. She has also attained her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

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