GAHP Board

Raymond Ruyoka, 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.

M.J.  Nolan, Vice Chair

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.

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.

Dr. Cherrie Short

Senior Fellow, NYU

Dr. Cherrie Short, CBE, is a Senior Fellow for Global and Community Strategy in the Silver School of Social Work and the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. She is an experienced advocate for social justice and a qualified forensic social worker emphasizing global approaches to social injustices. Dr. Short is a visiting scholar at the Metropolitan University of Wales in the United Kingdom, a writer/columnist for the Western Mail newspaper in the U.K, and member of the Governing Board and a goodwill ambassador of the International Social Service (ISS) agency, an international NGO founded in 1924 and based in Geneva, Switzerland, which protects and supports migrant and refugee children and families who have experienced social, economic and other challenges. Prior to joining NYU, Dr. Short served as the Associate Dean for Global and Community Affairs and Professor of Practice in the Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. She was appointed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Governor’s Rehabilitation Strike Team focused on implementing reform of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Dr. Short has served in senior leadership roles in government in the United Kingdom. She was appointed by Prime Minister Tony Blair to the U.K. Race, Equality, and Human Rights Commission, an independent regulatory agency with the authority to enforce U.K. laws on racial equality and human rights. Among many other awards, Dr. Short received the esteemed CBE award (Commander of the British Empire), one of the UK’s highest public service awards given by Queen Elizabeth II, for her extensive work in race relations and human rights.

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).

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.

Dr. David Bernstein

Independent Consultant

Dr. Bernstein is a professional with extensive experience in working with audiences which include families and individuals to CEOs and business leaders in improving communication and resolving conflicts. In addition, he provides education on the psychological basis of effective communication, and organizational leadership.

David is a therapist and accredited mediator (Centre for effective dispute resolution, CEDR & Swiss Chamber of Commercial Mediation, CSMC) and has taught non resistive effective communication in the graduate programs of the University of Geneva, Webster University, at international organizations (WTO), businesses and with family and cultural groups.

David holds a doctorate degree from New York University. He has extensive experience as an Inhalation Toxicologist and has consulted with pharmaceutical and chemical companies world-wide in product toxicology, risk assessment, development and registration. In addition, he was Managing Director of Research & Consulting Company Geneva from inception to where it became the foremost institution for performing GLP regulatory inhalation toxicology for pharmaceutical and chemical firms. David has published more than 80 scientific publications and book chapters as well as numerous abstracts, reports and invited lectures.

Rachel Silverman-Bonnifield

Senior Fellow, Centre for Global Development

Rachel Silverman-Bonnifield is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, where she leads policy-oriented research and convenings on global health financing and policy.

Her current research focuses on procurement and access models for global health products; incentives for global health innovation and delivery; neglected global health crises such as the spread of antimicrobial resistance and widespread lead poisoning of children; and financing for pandemic preparedness and response.  Since joining CGD in 2011, she has published on a wide range of additional health and development topics, including the practical application of results-based financing; global health transitions; efficient global health procurement; priority-setting for Universal Health Coverage; contraceptive financing; and strategies to strengthen evidence and accountability in global health.  

In addition to her role with CGD, she has also consulted extensively with the World Bank, including authorship of the most recent Flagship Report on the future of primary health care. Previously, she worked with the National Democratic Institute to support democracy and governance strengthening programs in Kosovo.

She holds a Master of Philosophy with distinction in public health from the University of Cambridge, which she attended as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She also holds a BA with distinction in international relations and economics from Stanford University.


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