NCD Alliance team at WHO Walk the Talk event, 20 May 2018, Geneva. © NCD Alliance

NCD Alliance Team

The NCD Alliance team is responsible for operationalising the NCD Alliance's Strategic Plan, including the day-to-day campaign management, coordinating the activities of our network, and external relations to promote our work.

The NCD Alliance team can be contacted via the Contact Us link at the bottom of this website or hyperlinked to the image on this page.


Katie Dain, Chief Executive Officer 

Katie Dain is Chief Executive Officer of the NCD Alliance, a global network of civil society organisations dedicated to transforming the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Katie has worked with the NCD Alliance since its founding in 2009. Katie is widely recognised as a leading advocate and expert on NCDs. Katie co-chairs the WHO Civil Society Working Group on NCDs, and has served as a commissioner on the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs, The Lancet Commission on NCDIs of the Poorest Billion, The Lancet Commission on Global Oral Health, and The Rockefeller-Boston University Commission on Health Determinants, Data and Decision-making (3-D Commission). Katie is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Access to NCD Medicines and Products. Her experience covers a range of sustainable development issues, including global health, gender equality and women’s empowerment, violence against women, and women’s health. Before joining the NCD Alliance, she held a series of policy and advocacy posts in international NGOs and government, including the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in Brussels, leading their global policy and advocacy programme; the UK Government as a gender policy adviser; Womankind Worldwide, a women’s rights organisation; and the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), a HIV and sexual health charity. She has a BA in History from Sheffield University, and a Master’s degree in Violence, Conflict and International Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. 
Connect with Katie: @katiedain1 | LinkedIn

Jacqueline Romoff, Executive Assistant 
Jackie is Executive Assistant to the NCD Alliance CEO, Senior Management Team and Board, supporting day-to-day activities and governance of NCDA’s global operations. She has over 30 years organisational and management experience in the public and private sectors having worked in multi-national and multi-cultural environments worldwide.  She has also been responsible for the top-to-bottom organisation and delivery of events including the first two Global NCD Alliance Forums in Sharjah, UAE. Her experience spans Executive Boards, development agencies including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Department for International Development (DFID UK), and African Development Bank (AfDB), multilateral agencies, civil society, British and Middle Eastern royalty and dignitaries, embassies, high commissions and high level government officials including prime ministers and health and finance ministers throughout Africa, Middle East and the Caribbean.
Connect with Jackie: LinkedIn

Cristina Parsons Perez, Capacity Development Director 

Dr Cristina Parsons Perez is the Capacity Development Director for the NCD Alliance where she is responsible for initiatives supporting national and regional civil society to drive improvements in NCD prevention and control. She oversees the Global NCD Alliance Forum and efforts to meaningfully involve people living with NCDs in the NCD response. Cristina has over 10 years of health advocacy and capacity development experience. She consulted with Catalyst Consulting Group on advocacy capacity building and was involved in the conceptualizing and roll-out of United Patients Academy – a digital training platform for health NGOs.  Cristina worked at the American Cancer Society's Global Health Department where she was Director of Advocacy and helped lead efforts targeting the 2011 UN High level Meeting on NCDs. She supported the establishing of the Latin American advocacy coalition for women’s cancers (ULACCAM) and oversaw multi-million multi-country capacity development initiatives to strengthen the cancer movement in the Latin American region. She worked as a Senior Policy and Information Officer at Breakthrough Breast Cancer UK (Breast Cancer NOW) where she managed grassroots advocates and developed policies to support campaigning efforts. She has a PhD in gene therapy and her mother tongues are Portuguese, Spanish and English. 
Connect with Cristina: @cparsonsperez | LinkedIn

Lucy Westerman

Lucinda Westerman, Policy and Campaigns Manager  
Lucy specialises in NCD prevention and health promotion, particularly looking at social, commercial and environmental determinants of health, and leads NCDA’s prevention policy and advocacy work-stream, with particular focus on alcohol control, physical activity, nutrition and cross-risk factor issues and collaboration. Lucy also works across the team to develop and co-ordinate delivery and promotion of NCDA’s global communications and advocacy campaigns, bridging the work of the advocacy and communications teams. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne, and degrees in nutrition, social sciences and health promotion. Upon joining NCDA in 2015, Lucy had held leadership and strategic advisory positions in government, child wellbeing and education organisations, including responsibility for coordinating and leading public health information and advocacy campaigns at scale, and in advisory roles on health policy issues such as obesity prevention and alcohol marketing to children. 
Connect with Lucy: @lewest | LinkedIn

Lucy Westerman

Manjusha Chatterjee, Capacity Development Manager
Manjusha specialises in tobacco prevention and health promotion, with particular interest in research communication and multi-stakeholder advocacy. She holds a Master in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and past degrees in conflict transformation and journalism. Her first job was as a reporter with Thomson Reuters in New Delhi. Manjusha has worked with leading health CSOs in India, including the Public Health Foundation of India and HRIDAY, where she led large-scale NCD advocacy and media campaigns, coordinated global youth engagement projects, conducted grassroots training and developed public information and capacity building resources on tobacco and alcohol control, physical activity and diabetes prevention. Manjusha has also worked extensively with national-level NCD coalitions and alliances in India such as the Healthy India Alliance and the Advocacy Forum for Tobacco Control. She currently supports the NCD Alliance's capacity development activities including the Global NCD Alliance Forum and the Our Views, Our Voices initiative.


Caitlin Mahon, Communications Manager
Caitlin joined NCD Alliance in April 2021 as Communications Manager. She will lead the design and development of NCDA's digital and communications strategies, managing all digital platforms, supporting media relations, campaigns and strategic communications. Caitlin is a subject matter expert in HIV, sexual health and rights - with over ten years of experience curating content in these areas. She has led the reporting of scientific and social research news and the delivery of digital information products for health-related behaviour and social change. She has expertise in creative and editorial content creation, co-creation, website management, digital communications, campaigns development and project management. Caitlin has a BA in Spanish and Business Management, a certificate in News writing from the London School of Journalism, and an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Manchester.
Connect with Caitlin: @caiterzmarie | LinkedIn

Radhika Poojara, Digital Communications Officer 
Radhika joined the London team of NCD Alliance in March 2020 as Digital Communications Officer. Her role is to support the delivery of NCD Alliance's digital communications strategy, provide content support for NCD Alliance's website, social media and email marketing platforms. Before joining NCD Alliance, Radhika worked in the public and private sector providing communications and marketing support for After the flood, the bi-annual World Humanitarian Action Forum at The Humanitarian Forum, London and the humanitarian team at Save the Children UK.  She has also worked as a consultant for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva providing communications and project support. Radhika holds a B.A. in International Politics and a postgraduate degree in Conflict, Security and Development from King's College London. 
Connect with Radhika: LinkedIn

Linda Markova, Capacity Development Officer 

Linda works as a part of the Capacity Development team, supporting the roll out of the flagship Advocacy Institute, responsible for grant administration duties, monitoring of local conditions and opportunities and collecting M&E data. She supports the Advocacy Institute training programmes and the development of capacity development research and knowledge products. Linda is experienced in providing analytical, project management and advocacy support to teams across multiple settings including NGOs, private entities, and public institutions with particular interest in health systems strengthening, access and UHC agendas. Before joining NCDA, Linda collaborated with People’s Health Movement as a part of the WHO Watch Team and worked at a health technology company performing data and policy analysis on the NHS. Linda holds a BSc in Global Health from Queen Mary’s University London and a MSc in Health Policy Planning and Finance from LSHTM and LSE.

Connect with Linda: LinkedIn

Nazneen Ali, Capacity Development Officer

Nazneen joined NCD Alliance in June 2021 as a Capacity Development officer to support capacity development activities including the training strategy and advocates'/spokesperson directory, and to help develop the Global Charter program with National NCD Alliances as part of the Our Views, Our Voices Inititiative. Prior to joining NCD Alliance, she conducted consultancy work for the Centre for Chronic Disease Control at PHFI in India as a project coordinator and research associate, working on technical materials for a module on the development of online teaching and learning resources for package of essential NCD interventions for primary healthcare workers. She has also worked in global health non-profits in New York such as UNICEF, USA and ICAP at Columbia University in research and strategic planning roles. Nazneen is a doctor by training and completed a Masters in Health Administration from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University

Connect with Nazneen: @Nzee_A | LinkedIn

Katrina Barker, Public Engagement Officer

Katrina joined the NCD Alliance in April 2021 as a Public Engagement Officer, to support capacity development activities including the Our Views, Our Voices initiative, and work with National NCD Alliances to establish national advocacy agendas for people living with NCDs. She has experience in policy, research and global health, having most recently worked on international policy projects with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the European and Development Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) prior to joining NCDA. She also worked in Jordan at a policy think tank, and subsequently within public health at the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF), where she focused on international fundraising, advocacy and strategic planning. Katrina holds a B.A. in Political Science from New York University, and a Master of Public Administration degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy from UCL.

Laura Saarinen, Senior Partnerships and Membership Officer

Laura joined the NCDA team in June 2021 and supports the growth of NCDA's partnerships and membership, engagement with NGOs, as well as outreach strategies and delivery. Before joining the NCDA, Laura managed and coordinated activities in the UK and abroad and liaised with a variety of stakeholders in the international development, civil society and government sectors. Most recently, she worked at the Thomson Reuters Foundation where she coordinated activities under a cross-sector consortium and engaged with media professionals from different countries and outlets. Prior to that, she led operations and managed award programmes in an international think tank and the U.S. embassies in Sweden and the UK. Laura completed a BA in journalism in her home country Finland and an MA in media and communication studies in Sweden.


Nina Renshaw, Policy and Advocacy Director 

Nina joined the NCD Alliance in July 2018 and is responsible for leading, developing, implementing and managing NCDA’s global policy and advocacy work. Nina has over twelve years of international policy and advocacy experience in diverse fields including environment, transport, industrial policy, taxation and health. She started her career in the private sector in travel and logistics, and gained public sector experience at the European Commission's Energy and Transport Directorate. Prior to joining the NCD Alliance she was based in Brussels, as Secretary-General of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and previously as Deputy Director of the campaign group Transport & Environment.  She studied International Business with Modern Languages (German and French) at Aston University, UK and has a Master’s degree in Contemporary European Politics and Policy from Humboldt University, Berlin and the University of Bath, UK, writing her thesis on the role of civil society in policy-making.  She has served as a board member of several NGOs, including the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), the European Citizens' Organisation for Standardisation (ECOS), and Green Budget Europe, and has represented civil society on advisory groups to the UNECE, WHO, OECD and to the European Commission on international trade, better regulation, and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Connect with Nina: @NinaWRen | LinkedIn

Tiphaine Lagarde, Senior Partnerships and Memberships Manager 

Tiphaine’s role involves managing NCD Alliance’s strategic engagement and partnerships with corporate, foundations and NGOs; developing NCDA’s membership engagement and acquisition plans; as well as implementing its business development strategy and developing prospective partnerships. Prior to joining the NCD Alliance, she worked at Sanofi’s International Public Affairs Department, where she managed Sanofi’s global engagement with UN agencies and trade associations in Geneva, provided strategic and technical guidance to affiliates in emerging countries for approaches to advocacy and public policy, and developed strategic partnerships. She has a Master in Public Affairs & Healthcare Administration from Sciences Po Paris and a Master in Healthcare Products & Industry Law from Sorbonne Paris Cité University. 

Connect with Tiphaine: LinkedIn 
Email Tiphaine about partnerships

Tolulope Osigbesan, Advocacy and Partnerships Officer 

Tolu joined the team in Geneva in 2019 to further develop NCD Alliance’s strategic relations with WHO, United Nations agencies and member state missions. She is also supporting development of NCDA membership and partnerships across civil society, private sector and academia. Before joining the NCDA, she worked in both the public and private health sectors in Nigeria. Her most recent role was with the secretariat of United Nations Interagency Taskforce for Noncommunicable Diseases (UNIATF). Tolu is a Pharmacist by training and is working towards a Masters degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Connect with Tolu: @TOsigbesan | LinkedIn

Romain Dissard, Senior Partnerships and Membership Officer 


Romain joined the Geneva team of NCD Alliance in January 2019 as Partnership and Member Officer. His role is to support the development, growth and engagement of NCDA’s membership. Before joining the NCDA, he worked in academia leading medical research projects on kidney diseases and metabolic disorders at the Universities of Toulouse, Glasgow and Geneva. Romain holds a Master of Science in Health Biology and a PhD in Pharmacological innovations from University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France.

Connect with Romain: @RomainDissard | LinkedIn

Email Romain about membership

Marion Ovide, Senior Finance and Administration Manager 

Marion is the Senior Finance and Administration Manager of the NCD Alliance, responsible for the organisational operations of NCDA, including finance, office administration, human resources, IT support and contracts. In this role, Marion leads on the financial management of NCDA, including audit, budgeting and producing financial data and reports, and on the development of NCDA staff policies. Prior to joining NCDA, Marion worked in the finance and administration department at the Union for International Cancer Control, where she managed accounting processes. Marion has an Advanced Degree in Finance and Account Management Expertise from the Institute of Accounting of Gland, Switzerland, and a Bachelor in Social and Economic Sciences from the University of Grenoble, France.

Grace Dubois

Grace Dubois, Policy and Research Manager

Grace joined the NCD Alliance in June 2020 and is responsible for developing and implementing NCDA’s policy and advocacy work on Universal Health Coverage and an Inclusive NCD Agenda. Grace is a medical doctor by background with specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Upon joining NCDA she had held project management positions in humanitarian and development settings in Iraq, Myanmar and Cambodia. She holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Manchester. 

Connect with Grace: @_Grace_Dubois | LinkedIn

New York

Hany Helmy, Policy and Advocacy Manager

Hany joined the NCD Alliance’s New York office as Policy and Advocacy Manager, leading NCDA's advocacy work with United Nations agencies and member state missions as well as international financial institutions to advance financing priorities for NCDs. Hany is an experienced international development, humanitarian, and global health practitioner with considerable experience in the MENA and Africa regions. Over the course of his career, he worked with various regional and international organisations including WHO, USAID, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and VillageReach in areas of immunization, HIV/AIDS, maternal newborn and child health, financing and governance, Health Systems Strengthening, and COVID-19 response. Hany holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Alexandria University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Toledo.

Connect with Hany: LinkedIn

Washington D.C.

Vanessa Uriarte, Partnerships and Business Development Manager

Vanessa is the Manager, Partnerships and Business Development and is based in Washington, D.C. where she manages strategic engagement with partners and coordinates business development with existing and new sectors. She specializes in international development and partnerships and is skilled in policy analysis and project management. Throughout her professional career, she has developed strategic partnerships for large scale international NGOs. She has a proven track record of institutional growth, donor and partner relations with governments, corporations, and foundations. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development Policy from Duke University and a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Tecnologico de Monterrey; and has postgraduate certificates in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Fundraising Management, Project Design for International Cooperation, and Public Relations.

Connect with Vanessa: LinkedIn


Jimena Marquez DonaherJimena Márquez, Communications Director 

Jimena leads the development and delivery of NCDA’s communications and media strategy and activities. Jimena has over 15 years of experience working on content creation in international and multilingual contexts, with a special focus on global health, development and human rights. Before joining the NCD Alliance in 2014, she worked as senior editor at a communications agency in Barcelona, where she led the strategic design of awareness-raising campaigns on social and health issues for European audiences.  She has also worked for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement as communications officer in Geneva and Buenos Aires. Between 1994 and 2001 she worked as journalist in Argentina, her home country. She volunteered for Amnesty International for a decade. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Communications (Universidad de Buenos Aires), a Master in Visual Culture (Universidad de Barcelona) and another in Social Media (Universidad Alcalá de Henares). Her mother tongue is Spanish, and she is a fluent speaker of English and French.

Connect with Jimena: @JimenaMarquez1 | LinkedIn

Mexico City

Luis Manuel Encarnación, Capacity Development Manager 
Luis is a Capacity Development Manager, based in Mexico City, being a key focal point with national and regional NCD alliances worldwide, identifying relevant advocacy windows of opportunity for national action and for tailored technical support in topics including capacity development, coalition strengthening and advocacy. He joined the NCD Alliance in 2018, while studying his Master’s in International Health Policy at the London School of Economics, and he speaks Spanish, English and French. He is an International Relations graduate, with a diploma in Political Science by the Institute d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po) in France, and holds certificates in legislative planning, public health, health economics, and civil society management. Before joining the NCD Alliance, he was the director of two CSOs working on obesity and diabetes prevention and control in Mexico, as well as the coordinator of several CSO alliances including Mexico Salud-Hable, the NCD alliance in the country.  
Connect with Luis: @luismencruz | LinkedIn