Rachael Kupka, Acting Executive Director, GAHP
Rachael Kupka is responsible for GAHP’s operations, program development, strategy and funding initiatives, as well as relationship with donors around the world. She has more than 15 years experience in nonprofit, program management, development and fundraising. Prior to GAHP, she worked for Pure Earth and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Rachael holds a MA in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University, and a Certificate in Conservation Biology from Columbia University.
Jill Hanna, Senior Advisor
Jill Hanna joined GAHP in 2018 and focuses on policy development and advocacy. Before retiring she worked for the European Commission’s Directorate General for Environment where she spent 23 years on international environmental policy including the UN Conventions dealing with chemicals and wastes and support for developing countries. Previously she had worked for the UK government on development aid including in Kenya and the Caribbean. Jill holds an MA in economics from Cambridge University.
Karti Sandilya, Senior Advisor
Karti Sandilya comes to GAHP from Pure Earth, where he has been Senior Adviser since 2004. He works on strategy development, advocacy, and fundraising with the donor community. Prior to joining Pure Earth, he specialized in strategy and policy development at Asian Development Bank (ADB), before retiring as its Resident Director in Washington, D.C. Before his ADB career, he was in the Indian foreign service, serving in Argentina, Bangladesh and Switzerland, and at headquarters in New Delhi.
Laura Schaefli, Program Manager
Laura Schaefli joined the GAHP team in May 2020. She has over 7 years of experience in project management and communications in non-profit environments. Prior to joining GAHP, she worked as a Program Coordinator with the ARCH Network for Maternal and Child Health Equity. Laura holds a PhD in Geography from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Lucile Okio, HPAP Manager
Lucile Okio joined the GAHP team in June 2020, and works on Health and Pollution Action Plan projects. She has several years of experience working in program management, emergency preparedness and response, and project development. Prior to GAHP, she worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva, Nigeria, and Niger, where she was a Program Officer supporting the implementation of small scale cross-sectoral projects with local partners and community members. Lucile holds an MSc. in Public Health and is fluent in English and French.
Lilian Corra, Senior Advisor
Dr. Lilian Corra is a pediatrician/neonatologist who has done extensive work to raise awareness about children’s health in relation to the environment. She is the director of the Medical Specialist Program on Health and Environment at the School of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires. At GAHP, she will focus on international advocacy drawing on her connections with global aid agencies and South American governments. She also worked with Pure Earth on the Toxics Sites Identification Program in Argentina, which has, in some cases, led local authorities to halt development on contaminated sites. In 2016, she was part of a team of global experts who contributed to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s new series of children’s environmental health training modules.
Santosh Shrestha, Accountant
Santosh Shrestha joined the GAHP team in August 2021. He has several years of experience in finance and administration at private and public sector organizations in Nepal, India, and Switzerland. Santosh holds a Master’s Degree in Business Studies from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He is an MBA Finance student at the Rushford Business School in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a semi-qualified Chartered Accountant (CA Finalist) from the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India. Previously, Santosh interned at the Finance and Budgeting Department for GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance in Switzerland. He has worked as an Internal Auditor at Manjushree Finance Limited, and as a Finance Officer in different sectors including projects with the government of Nepal. Santosh speaks Nepali, English, Hindi, Newari and is currently taking French classes.