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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 has worked with the NCD Alliance since its founding in 2009; her experience has included organizational and strategic development; global advocacy and policy-making; and program design and capacity-building in low- and middle-income countries. Katie is widely recognised as a leading advocate and expert on NCDs, and has authored or co-authored numerous papers and commentaries on global health and development policy issues. She is a member of advisory groups and committees for a range of international NCD initiatives, including being a member of the Lancet Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries of the Poorest Billion. Before joining the NCD Alliance, Katie worked at the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in Brussels, leading their global advocacy programme and establishing the first Women and Diabetes programme. Prior to that she held a series of policy posts in the UK Government and UK-based health and development NGOs, including Gender Policy Adviser to the UK Government Equalities Office (GEO) where she was responsible for strategy and policy on violence against women; Womankind Worldwide, a women’s rights organisation; and Terrence Higgins Trust, a HIV and sexual health charity. Katie has 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 Officer (London)
In addition to carrying out policy research to inform NCD Alliance’s advocacy priorities, Jess’s work also spans accountability and partnerships. She has particular interest in the links between environment and NCDs, especially in terms of urbanisation and climate change.  Prior to this, 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, Policy and Communications Officer (London)
Lucy specialises in NCD prevention and health promotion, particularly looking at social and environmental influences 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 advocacy and education organisations. She has coordinated and lead large scale public health advocacy campaigns, and advised on policy issues such as obesity prevention and alcohol marketing to children. Lucy's roles with NCD Alliance are split between online communications and engagement, curating the NCDA blog, and leading NCDA’s alcohol control, physical activity and cross risk factor projects. @lewest LinkedIn

Mathilde Chiesa, Executive Assistant (London)
Mathilde supports the Chief Executive Officer with key projects and programmes. She also takes responsibility for administrative functions across operations, including advocacy, communications, and has a particular interest in the links between Human Rights and NCDs. 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. LinkedIn



Alena MatzkeAlena Matzke, Advocacy Manager (Geneva)

Alena leads the NCD Alliance’s advocacy work with United Nations agencies such as the World Health Organization, governments and other international partners. Alena specializes in food and nutrition policy and is interested in the links between unhealthy diets and NCDs in the context of sustainable development. She works closely with NCD Alliance Capacity Development Director to ensure that national and regional priorities inform NCD Alliance’s global positions and vice versa. She is a graduate from McGill University with a passion for medical anthropology, food systems and integrative medicine. @alena_matzke

Tiphaine Lagarde, Partnerships Specialist (Geneva)

Tiphaine is the Partnerships Specialist for the NCD Alliance. Tiphaine’s role involves supporting management of NCD Alliance’s corporate and NGO partnerships; leading the activities of the NCDA Supporters Consultation Group (SCG); as well as developing prospective partnerships for NCDA. Prior to joining the NCD Alliance, she worked at Sanofi’s International Affairs Department, where she managed Sanofi’s global strategy on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), provided strategic and technical guidance to affiliates in emerging countries for approaches to advocacy and public policy, and developed new partnerships. She has a Masters in Public Affairs & Healthcare Administration from Sciences Po Paris and a Masters in Healthcare Products & Industry Law from Sorbonne Paris Cité University. LinkedIn ; email Tiphaine about partnerships

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, Advocacy Officer (New York)

Priya Kanayson is 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), and universal health coverage (UHC). She works closely with United Nations Permanent Country Missions, UN Agencies, and other stakeholders to advance the NCD agenda. Prior to joining the NCD Alliance in 2014, Priya worked with UNAIDS, New York Office, where she supported the monitoring of, and reporting on, 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


Jimena Marquez DonaherJimena Márquez, Communications Manager (Barcelona)

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 degree 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 martylogan.net