GAHP Board

Richard Fuller, Chair of the Board

Richard Fuller 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. In October 2017, he co-chaired the groundbreaking Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, bringing a group of 50 top researchers together to produce a report, which outlined the enormous health and economic costs of pollution and laid out solutions. The report reached over 2 billion people, a global audience of unprecedented proportions, and changed the conversation on pollution. In 2018, Fuller was awarded the prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia for services to conservation and the environment. He is the author of the book “The Brown Agenda.” He is also the founder and absentee Chairman of Great Forest Inc., one of the leading sustainability consulting companies in the U.S.

Karen Mathiasen, Vice Chair

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.

Masnellyarti Hilman, Head of 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.

Raymond Ruyoka, Reproductive Health Uganda

Raymond Ruyoka is an advocacy officer working on SDGs and climate change projects. He coordinates a network of partners working with young people, and is a regional coordinator for Africa with partners in 25 countries. Ruyoka is a member of the United Nations NGO Major Group and has attended and presented at several high level events. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health.

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.”

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