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.

London

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

Alison Cox, Policy and Advocacy Director 

Having begun her career with environmental campaigning organisations including Greenpeace International, Alison went on to lead strategy development and direct advocacy for global public health alliances: for the Framework Convention Alliance, bringing the civil society to voice to the WHO treaty on tobacco control, and in the early years of the NCD Alliance (2011-12) leading on Rio+20 advocacy to ensure NCDs were recognised in what became the SDGs, and on developing our first strategy. As Prevention Director at Cancer Research UK (2013-21), she led successful national campaigns for restrictions on tobacco and junk food marketing, and built an international programme to support tobacco control advocacy in LMICs. Last year as Policy & Research Director for the Global Climate & Health Alliance, she coordinated the delivery to the global climate summit, COP26, of the Healthy Climate Prescription from organisations representing 46 million health professionals worldwide.
Connect with Alison: @AlisonDDCox | LinkedIn

Jacqueline Romoff, Senior Executive Assistant 
 
Jackie is Senior 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

Manjusha Chatterjee, Capacity Development Senior 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 leads 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 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, qualifications from the London School of Journalism, and an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Manchester.
Connect with Caitlin: @caiterzmarie | 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.

 


Rosie Murton, Partnerships and Membership Officer

Rosie joined the London team in November 2021. Her role as Partnerships and Membership Officer involves supporting the strategic growth of NCDA's NGO Partners and Members in line with the new NCDA strategy. Before joining NCDA, Rosie completed a BSc in Biology at the University of York followed by an MSc in Global Health and Social Justice at King's College London. Her postgraduate dissertation investigated the partnerships between civil society organisations and unhealthy commodity industries. During this research she developed a keen interest in conflicts of interest within global health and the commercial determinants of health.

 


Jessica Amegee Quach, Capacity Development Officer

Jessica joined the NCD Alliance in January 2022 as a Capacity Development Officer, to support the roll out of the flagship Advocacy Institute, responsible for grant administration duties, context and advocacy opportunities monitoring and M&E processes. She supports the Advocacy Institute training programmes and the development of capacity development research and knowledge products. She has experience in global health, research and capacity strengthening having most recently worked in implementation focused capacity strengthening research programmes in LMICs contexts with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She also worked in Guinea within the NGO ALIMA where she oversaw the monitoring and reporting and learning processes of humanitarian projects and a vaccine trial implementation. Jessica holds a MPH from the EHESP School of Public Health (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique), and a MSc. in Global Health from the University of Maastricht and McMaster University.

 


Geneva

Tiphaine Lagarde, Head of Partnerships & Membership Unit

Tiphaine leads the Partnerships Pathway of NCD Alliance's 2021-2026 Strategy and is responsible for strategic engagement and partnerships with development agencies, multilaterals, corporates, foundations and NGOs. Prior to joining the NCD Alliance, she worked at Sanofi’s International Public Affairs Department, where she managed Sanofi’s engagement and collaborations with UN agencies and trade associations, provided strategic and technical guidance to affiliates on policy issues, and developed strategic partnerships. Tiphaine also worked as a policy advisor at the French Indian Ocean Regional Health Agency, as a legal expert in health for academic institutions and as a parliamentary assistant for a Green senator in Western Australia. She has a Masters in International Public Affairs & Health Administration from Sciences Po Paris and a Masters of Laws in Healthcare and Medical Law from Sorbonne Paris Cité University

Connect with Tiphaine: LinkedIn
Email Tiphaine about partnerships

Marion Ovide, Head of Operations Unit 

Marion is the Head of Operations Unit 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 & 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

 


Romain Dissard, Senior Partnerships and Membership Officer 
 
Romain joined the Geneva team of NCD Alliance in January 2019. His role is to drive the development, growth and engagement of NCDA members and supports the growth of NCDA partnerships as well as outreach strategies and delivery. Prior to joining NCDA, he worked in academia leading medical research projects on kidney disease 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 the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France.
Connect with Romain: @RomainDissard | LinkedIn

Email Romain about membership


Tolulope Osigbesan, Senior Policy 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
 

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


Barcelona

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 Senior 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