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 (London)

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. She is currently a member of the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs, co-chair of the WHO Civil Society Working Group on the UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs, and a member of The Lancet Commission on NCDIs of the Poorest Billion. 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. @katiedain1 LinkedIn

Cristina Parsons Perez, Capacity Development Director (London)

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. @cparsonsperez LinkedIn

Josianne Galea, Capacity Development Officer (London)
Josianne works with national and regional alliances to support capacity development efforts and advocacy. Prior to joining NCDA, she worked for Sustainia and Monday Morning Global Institute as a Research Analyst where she was involved in developing four international publications related to sustainable development before completing an MSc in Development Management at the London School of Economics. She placed third in the finals of the 2016 Geneva Challenge hosted by the Graduate Institute, recently completed a DFID project on demand-led climate services in South Asia, and worked on an International Citizens Service programme in Nicaragua over ten weeks. @Josianne_Galea  LinkedIn

Jessica Beagley

Jessica Beagley, Policy Research Manager (London)
Jess coordinates policy research and collates evidence to inform NCD Alliance’s advocacy priorities. She manages commissioned policy research, overseeing NCDA policy briefs and reports, as well as accountability work such as the NCD Countdown initiative. Jess also leads NCDA’s work on environmental health, in particular relating to urbanisation and climate change.  Prior to joining the NCD Alliance in 2014, Jess worked with the International Diabetes Federation in Brussels, Belgium on health education and epidemiology. Jess has a degree in physiology from the University of Oxford, and during her undergraduate studies spent a summer in Samraong, Cambodia in a team instigating health promotion programmes. @JessicaBeagley  LinkedIn

Lucy Westerman

Lucinda Westerman, Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer  (London)
Lucy works across the team to develop and co-ordinate delivery and promotion of NCDA’s global campaigns, bridging the work of the advocacy and communications teams. Lucy specialises in NCD prevention and health promotion, particularly looking at social, commercial and environmental determinants on health. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne, and degrees in nutrition, social sciences and health promotion. Lucy has held leadership and strategic advisory positions in government, child wellbeing and education organisations. She has coordinated and lead public health advocacy campaigns at scale, and has advised on policy issues such as obesity prevention and alcohol marketing to children. Lucy also works on NCDA’s online communications and engagement, curates NCDA’s blog, and leads NCDA’s prevention policy and advocacy work-stream, with particular focus on priority risk factor areas - namely alcohol control, physical activity, nutrition and cross-risk factor issues and collaboration. @lewest LinkedIn

Lucy Westerman

Manjusha Chatterjee, Capacity Development Consultant (London)
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.

Mathilde Chiesa, Executive Assistant (London)
Mathilde supports the Chief Executive Officer with key projects and programmes, with a particular interest in the links between Human Rights and NCDs. She also takes responsibility for administrative functions across operations, including governance, advocacy and communications. Prior to this, Mathilde worked with Plan International UK and with the International Bureau for Children’s Rights in Canada, supporting programmes on children’s rights and gender equality. She has a Master of Human Rights Law from Queen Mary University of London and a Master in Public International Law from the University of Montreal. @Mathilde_Chiesa


Nina Renshaw, Director of Policy and Advocacy (Geneva)

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.


Tiphaine Lagarde, Partnerships and Memberships Manager (Geneva)

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. LinkedIn ; email Tiphaine about partnerships

Liz Arnanz, Partnerships and Membership Officer (Geneva)
Liz works on the NCD Alliance’s engagement with members. She supports the implementation of a new membership policy that aims at increasing the benefits, interaction and engagement of partners and members with NCDA activities. Before joining the NCDA, she worked at the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection, coordinating key partnerships and the organisation of online events. She also has experience in the area of inter-institutional relations with the European Commission at DG ECHO (Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection) and in event management with the United Nations Population Fund. She is an International Relations and Translation graduate and holds a Master’s degree from the College of Europe. LinkedIn ; email Liz about membership

Marion Ovide, Finance and Administration Manager (Geneva)

Marion is the 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.

New York

Priya KanaysonPriya Kanayson, Senior Advocacy Officer (New York)

Priya is Senior Advocacy Officer of the NCD Alliance, based in New York City, where she leads the Alliance's advocacy efforts on integration of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) with HIV/AIDS; Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH); universal health coverage (UHC), and financing for NCDs.  She works closely with United Nations Permanent Country Missions, UN Agencies, and other key global health and government stakeholders to advance the NCD agenda. Prior to joining NCDA in 2014, Priya worked with UNAIDS, New York Office, where she supported the monitoring and reporting of relevant discussion in the Economic and Social Council and General Assembly, including the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, and supported engagement with civil society. Priya holds a Master of Public Health from New York University. @priyamvadak LinkedIn

Priya Kanayson

Dora Giselle Maradiaga, NCD Policy and Advocacy Officer (New York)

Dora is NCD Policy and Advocacy Officer for NCD Alliance and Vital Strategies, supporting both organisations in the inclusion of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) on the global health development agenda, with a particular focus on UN activities in New York. She is the link between the overlapping policies for both organisations on tobacco control, environmental health, road safety, and obesity prevention. She previously worked at the Mexican Health Foundation developing evidence-based health policies and research for Latin America focused on NCDs, universal healthcare coverage, and the social determinants of health. She holds a Master in Health Population and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a degree in Economics from the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico. She is originally from Mexico and is fluent in Spanish, English and French. @DoriMaradiaga LinkedIn


Jimena Marquez DonaherJimena Márquez, Communications Director (Barcelona)

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. @JimenaMarquez1 LinkedIn


Jimena Marquez DonaherMarty Logan, Digital Content Editor (Kathmandu)

Marty Logan is a veteran communicator who has worked in media, civil society and the United Nations. As a journalist in Canada, Malaysia and Nepal he focused on development, human rights and Indigenous Peoples. Marty worked as Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (2007-9) and as Communications Manager for Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control, FCA (2010-16). He joined the NCDA in September 2017. @martydlogan