GAHP Board

Karen Mathiasen, Chair

Gates Foundation

Karen Mathiasen is a Senior Program Officer with the Development Policy and Finance team at the Gates Foundation. She is a former senior civil servant who worked at the U.S. Treasury in the Office of International Affairs under Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama. She ran several regional offices covering the Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, and Central and Southeastern Europe. Mathiasen also spent six years during the Obama Administration heading the Office of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and served as the U.S. Director of the World Bank. She is a strong proponent of environmental justice, especially in the context of economic development programs, and served on the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health to build evidence and awareness around the impact of pollution.

Raymond Ruyoka, Vice Chair

Yadnet Uganda

Raymond Ruyoka is a male Ugandan passionate about environment and climate change advocacy who holds a Masters Degree in Institutional Leadership and Management, post graduate in Public Health, Degree in Guidance and Counseling with a number of certificate qualifications under Health, Environment and Climate Change. Raymond is the Executive Director of YADNET UGANDA, a network of more than 120 civil society organizations that work with and for young people on health and Environmental conservation in Uganda. Raymond has a vast experience in environment and health discourse for the last 10 years and this experience has linked him to participate in national, regional and global Environment and Health  such as Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for Africa (ARFSD), High Level Political Forum on SDGs (HLPF), United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and Climate Change conferences (COP). Raymond is committed to efforts to address pollution and any other health challenges and ensuring that GAHP is recognised, known and influential in the health and pollution space at all levels. Raymond is married with a beautiful wife and three (3) handsome children.

Masnellyarti Hilman

Environmental Commission for International Chamber of Commerce, Indonesia

Masnellyarti Hilman is an Indonesian environmental expert who has dedicated more than 45 years of her professional life in the field of Environmental and Pollution Control. She has worked in the Ministry of Environment Republic of Indonesia, with last assignment as the Deputy Minister for Hazardous Substances, Hazardous Wastes and Solid Wastes Management. Moreover, Hilman also has become notable team leader for Indonesia delegates during several international meetings and group discussions. In 2003, she wrote a book on the environment entitled “Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste in Indonesia.” Her consistency in providing insights and expertise related to environmental management has resulted an award of Indonesia Bureaucracy Statementship Award in 2008. Hilman has a bachelor degree in Biology from Padjadjaran University, Bandung and environmental Master of Science in Mineral Resources Ecology from Colorado School of Mines, United States of America.

Hossam Abou Zeid

Abou Zeid Foundation

Hossam Abou Zeid is an entrepreneur with 35 years experience in the field of technology and IT.  He established the European arm of Hummingbird, a Canadian software company, which he grew to $100m in revenues, and followed that venture with a Swiss IT software outsourcing company, INTRAVISION, which later spun-off several software start-ups.  In 2012, Mr. Abou Zeid co-founded ECOMAT, a global IPP (independent power producer) company with operations in Switzerland, Australia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt. He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal School of Technology (EPFL).

Orkhan Bayramov

Ministry of Environment, Azerbaijan

Orkhan Bayramov is a leading specialist in climate change at the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources in Azerbaijan. He holds a Master’s degree in Atmospheric Environment from South Korea. He is the focal point for SDG 6 goal ( Clean Water and Sanitation).

Jacques Mader

Independent Global Health Professional

Jacques Mader, formerly with the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, is a senior (retired) independent public health and global health professional with diverse experience in programme development, management, and policy making in Switzerland as well as in various low-income countries. His expertise is in primary health care, human resource development and health system strengthening. His experience includes work for the Swiss Government, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Academic Institutions.

M.J.  Nolan

Sustainable World/Air Quality Asia

Hon. M.J. Nolan is Treasurer & Board Member of Sustainable World-Air QualityAsia. He was a member of the Irish Parliament for 24 years, served as a member of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and European Affairs committees, Public Accounts committee, and whip of the Parliament’s Finance committee. He also served as chair of the parliament’s joint committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. He was a member of Parliament’s House Commission, which oversees the running of Parliament buildings and member’s interest.

John Pwamang

Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana

John Pwamang is Acting Executive Director, Environmental Protection of Ghana. He has served in various capacities at the agency since 1990, including as Chief Scientific Secretary, head of the Manufacturing Industry Department, and Registrar of the Chemicals Control and Management Centre. He coordinated the development of Ghana’s first national implementation plan for the Stockholm Convention, the implementation of the UNDP/UNITAR/EPA-Ghana Project on Capacity Building for the Elimination of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), and the establishment of sixteen new area offices as part of efforts to decentralize environmental governance to district levels, among other projects.

Douglas Webb

UN Development Program

Douglas Webb is a manager in the HIV, Health and Development Practice at the UNDP, where his work focuses on infectious and chronic epidemic response governance and the social determinants of health. His experience includes serving as a Deputy Director in the UN Mission for the Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in West Africa; Chief of the Children and AIDS Section in the UNICEF Regional Office in Kenya; and Global HIV/AIDS Adviser for Save the Children, UK. He has also served with UNICEF in Zambia and Ethiopia, where he worked on managing child focused social protection, HIV prevention and AIDS impact mitigation. He has over 50 published articles and book chapters and is the author of “HIV and AIDS in Africa” and co-editor of “Social Protection for Africa’s Children.”

KOUADIO Kouamé Georges

Côte d’Ivoire Ministry of Environmental and Sustainable Development

KOUADIO Kouamé Georges is a lecturer in Atmospheric Chemistry at the École Normale Supérieure d’Abidjan from Department of Science and Technology. He carries out his research activities at the Laboratory of the Structure of Matter, Environment and Solar Energy at the Félix Houphouët Boigny University, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He has worked in these institutions since 1992. He has developed skills and brought innovations in teaching and research in the field of climate change and chemical pollution. Since 2012, he joined the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development as General Director of Environment from 2012 to 2017 and as Project Coordinator from 2018 to date. He capitalized on these functions, varied experiences by implementing the environmental policy of his country in close connection with the National Development Plan. He coordinated the development of strategies and action plans to respond to major environmental challenges such as climate change, management of coastal zones, natural resources, chemicals and waste. Programs related to these challenges have been implemented under his supervision in connection with the respect of commitments made by Côte d’Ivoire in ratifying conventions and multilateral agreements on the environment and sustainable development. KOUADIO Georges, has participated in several high-level meetings,  at national, regional and international level, such as the Conferences of the Parties on climate change, on chemicals and waste, the United Nations Environmental Assembly, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.  Since 2016, he has been the representative of the Africa region group of the Strategic Approach to the International Management of Chemicals and Waste.  KOUADIO Georges is married and has 2 children.

Alberto Santos Capra

Environmental Policy, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina

Alberto Santos Capra is a chemist, Master in Environmental Sciences with a postgraduate degree in Hygiene and Safety at Work and specializations in Environmental Law and Solid Waste Management from the Technological University of Dresden, Germany. With 25 years of experience in environmental management issues in the public, private and academic spheres; specialized in the international agenda of waste management and chemical products. In Argentina he was National Director of Hazardous Waste, Coordinator of Environmental Impact of the Matanza Riachuelo Basin, National Director of Sustainable Mining Production, Undersecretary of Mining Policy of the Secretariat of Mining of the Argentine Republic, and is currently in the Chief of Cabinet of the Secretariat of Environmental Policy in Natural Resources in the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation. He was a member of the Executive Board of the Special Program for the Financing of the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions and Chair of the Committee Administering the Mechanism for Promoting Implementation and Compliance with the Basel Convention, as well as Co-chair of different intersessional working groups and partnerships of the Basel Convention. He is currently Co-chair of the Transboundary Movements of Plastic Waste Project Group in the Plastic Waste Partnership of the Basel Convention.

Danielle Vienneau

Independent

Danielle Vienneau is Group Leader of the Environmental Exposure Modeling group at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). As a geospatial environmental epidemiologist, she has extensive and broad experience in environmental health research with an emphasis on spatial modeling of environmental pollution sources (e.g. noise, air pollution, pesticides, green-space, radon) and human interactions. Working at the interface between environmental exposure and health effects, she has conducted numerous exposure assessment, health impact and burden of disease assessments, and epidemiological studies in Switzerland and Europe. She is a member of the Health Effects Institute expert panel on traffic-related air pollution and health (review to be published 2022). She is also an active member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), previously serving as councillor for both ISEE Global and the Europe chapter.

Richard Fuller, Founder and Past Chair

Pure Earth

Fuller is an Australian-born, U.S.-based engineer, entrepreneur, and environmentalist best known for his work in global pollution remediation. He is founder and president of the nonprofit, Pure Earth (formerly known as Blacksmith Institute), dedicated to solving pollution problems in low- and middle-income countries, where human health is at risk. To scale up proven solutions and bring together LMICs and funders to collaborate on addressing pollution and health, Mr. Fuller formed the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) in 2012. From 2012 to 2021, he served as chair of the GAHP board. In October 2017, he co-chaired the seminal Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. Fuller is also the founder and absentee Chairman of Great Forest Inc., one of the leading sustainability consulting companies in the U.S. He is the author of The Brown Agenda, published in 2015.

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