Meet the GHTC Steering Committee

Steering Committee Biographies

Rachel M. Cohen
Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative

Rachel Cohen joined the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) as the regional executive director of DNDi North America in January 2011. Ms. Cohen has been working in the global health and humanitarian field for more than 15 years, primarily with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Most recently, she served as Head of Mission for MSF in South Africa and Lesotho, where she oversaw numerous medical programs, primarily focused on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis treatment in rural and peri-urban settings, primary health care for Zimbabwean refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants, and emergency care for survivors of sexual violence. Before working for MSF in the field, Ms. Cohen held numerous positions with MSF in New York, including US director for MSF's Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, where she directed policy advocacy activities related to drug pricing, intellectual property, and medical innovation for neglected diseases. Prior to joining MSF, she was the director of Foundation & Corporate Giving at Housing Works, the largest grassroots AIDS service organization in the US, and before that, served as the program coordinator for the US+Cuba Medical Project, where she directed medical aid programs and carried out educational and advocacy initiatives about the impact of US foreign policy on the health of the Cuban population. Ms. Cohen now serves on the Board of Directors of MSF's Operational Center in Brussels. She earned a Master of Public Policy with a Certificate in Health and Health Policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Kevin Fisher

Kevin Fisher is the policy director of AVAC and focuses on new regulatory, legislative, financial and scientific approaches to accelerating the development new HIV prevention options. He also serves as the director of the annual resource tracking reports from the HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Resource Tracking Working Group. He has served as a member of the AIDS Vaccine Research Subcommittee. He is co-chair of the research subcommittee and a member of the convening group of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership, and Vice Chair of the Drug Development Committee of the AIDS Treatment Activist Coalition.Prior to joining AVAC, Mr. Fisher worked for over 20 years as a regulatory and transactional counsel, most recently as Senior Counsel with Covington & Burling. At Covington, he worked on drug and vaccine development and delivery issues for groups such as the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs, Human Rights Watch, the Center for Global Development, and the World Parkinson Congress. Mr. Fisher has a BA from Brown University, a JD from New York University School of Law and a MSc in Epidemiology from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

Karen A. Goraleski
American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Karen Goraleski is Executive Director of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). ASTMH, located in Deerfield, Illinois, is the worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians, and program professionals whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor. Ms. Goraleski oversees all aspects of the Society’s efforts that include the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the CTropMed®- Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health, the Annual Meeting that attracts a global audience and is widely considered the premier meeting in tropical medicine and a portfolio of activities that includes awards and research opportunities, policy development, advocacy, communications, and membership. 

Prior to joining ASTMH in 2010, Ms. Goraleski was Vice President of Public Health Partnerships at Research!America, an advocacy alliance located in Alexandria, Virginia, that works to make research to improve health a much higher national priority. She expanded the organization’s national public health research advocacy efforts and established its first global health research advocacy program that included the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research, named for the late Honorable Paul G. Rogers. Earlier positions included executive roles at the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association, both in Chicago. She received a Master of Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts, St. Xavier University in Chicago.

Sharyn Tenn
International Partnership for Microbicides

Sharyn Tenn is the senior advisor for external affairs at the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), a nonprofit product development partnership established to prevent HIV transmission by accelerating the development and availability of safe and effective microbicides for use by women in developing countries. At IPM, Ms. Tenn is responsible for building external support for IPM’s mission by serving as IPM’s global health policy advisor and leading IPM’s external affairs strategy. Prior to joining IPM, Ms. Tenn served as the director of international affairs at the American College of Cardiology, where she was responsible for the global expansion of the medical society’s work in health policy, treatment guidelines, cardiovascular research, professional education and quality improvement. Ms. Tenn previously spent seven years as the head of capacity building at a coalition of global development NGOs, the SEEP Network, where she launched and led an innovative organizational development program to strengthen coalitions and associations in developing countries. Prior to this, she managed global development and health programs in Latin America and in South and Southeast Asia at Catholic Relief Services. Ms. Tenn holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in International and Spanish/Latin American Studies from American University’s School of International Service.


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