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Selection Committee

 

About the Selection Committee:

The Selection Committee is composed of highly experienced, strategic thought leaders.
It includes ten to twelve members, about half of whom will have MSF experience and half external.

The Selection Committee has the responsibility of evaluating proposals submitted to the Transformational Investment Capacity and accompanying accepted projects. The accompaniment role provides high-value advisory for project teams.
The Committee will meet every six to eight weeks to evaluate proposals and review approved projects.

Marine Buissonnière

Marine Buissonnière works as an independent researcher and consultant in the fields of humanitarian action, global health and human rights. In this capacity, she currently supports Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s efforts to address attacks against medical services on the front lines of conflict zones and elsewhere. Until December 2015, Buissonnière was director of the Open Society Public Health Program, where she worked to improve access to healthcare for marginalized members of society, including people who use drugs, sex workers, transgender persons, people with mental disabilities, the Roma and those in need of palliative care. From 2003 to 2007, Buissonnière served as Secretary-General of MSF International. She worked with MSF in the field between 1995 and 2003 (including in China, the Palestinian Territories, Japan and the two Koreas).

Bret S. Engelkemier

Bret Engelkemier is based in Sacramento, California and is the International Treasurer for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and co-chair of MSF’s Finance, Audit and Risk Standing Committee. He is an active angel investor, and both a member and board director of Sacramento Angels, a group that invests in start-up companies in California, and a past member of the Space Angel Network.  Prior to moving to California, Engelkemier founded an advisory firm specializing in strategic and tactical advisory services, product development, and business restructuring after a career at Citigroup as Managing Director in the Global Equities business from 1995-2008. At Citigroup, Engelkemier was involved in a number of acquisitions and investments for the Global Equity business.  Through these investments, he served as Citigroup’s representative on the board of the Boston Options Exchange and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.  Early in his career, Engelkemier lived for 10 years in Japan, first as a guest researcher at the Communications Research Laboratory in Tokyo before joining Salomon Brothers in the mid-1990ss.  He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.S. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, each in aerospace engineering.

Dr. Unni Karunakara

Dr. Unni Karunakara has been a humanitarian worker and a public-health professional for two decades, with extensive experience in the delivery of healthcare to neglected populations affected by conflict, disasters and epidemics in Africa, Asia and the Americas. He was medical director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines (2005-2007) and later its International President (2010-2013). Dr. Karunakara serves on the Board of Directors of Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) India and MSF Holland. In 2001, he helped found Vivo, an organization that works toward overcoming and preventing traumatic stress and its consequences. Dr. Karunakara is currently a Senior Fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University, and a visiting professor at India’s Manipal University.

Dr. Zipporah Ali

Dr. Zipporah Ali is the Executive Director of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA). She is a Board Member of the International Hospice and Palliative Care Association (IAHPC), is on the advisory committee for GAPRI (Global access to Pain Relief Initiative), the advisory Council for African Palliative Care Association and the steering committee of Cancer Network of Kenya. Dr. Ali received the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) award for her contribution to palliative care in Africa and her work on the inaugural board of APCA. She has previously served on the APCA board and The Kenya Cancer Association Board. Dr. Ali plays a major role in education and training of health care professionals in palliative care, teaching at Oxford Brookes University-Nairobi Hospice and lecturing to medical students at the University of Nairobi. Dr. Ali is involved in advocacy and creating awareness on palliative care in Kenya, fostering strong relationships with the Ministry of Medical Services and the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation to integrate palliative care into government hospitals. Dr. Ali holds an MD from Ege University, Turkey, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Nairobi and a Higher Diploma in Palliative Care from Oxford Brookes University.

Dr. Jose Antonio Bastos

Dr. Jose Antonio Bastos joined MSF in 1991, while he was working as a general practitioner in Spain. He worked in Bolivia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania. After a period as head of the emergency unit at MSF’s office in Barcelona, Jose Antonio worked as director of operations in Barcelona and later in Amsterdam. Between 2006 and 2010 Jose Antonio worked in Pakistan, Iraq and then Afghanistan for the International Committee of the Red Cross. He returned to MSF in 2010, as elected president of MSF Spain.

Dr. John W. Boudreau

John W. Boudreau, Ph.D., is a professor and research director at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and Center for Effective Organizations.  He is recognized worldwide for breakthrough research on the bridge between superior human capital, talent and sustainable competitive advantage, and has more than 200 publications to his name. Dr. Boudreau’s large-scale research studies and focused field research addresses the future of the global human resources (HR) profession, HR measurement and analytics, decision-based HR, executive mobility, HR information systems and organizational staffing and development.  Dr. Boudreau founded the Central Europe Human Resource Education Initiative, connecting American HR professionals and academic researchers with faculty and students in the Czech and Slovak Republics.  He helped to establish and then directed the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS), at Cornell University, where he was a professor for over 20 years.  Dr. Boudreau is a strategic advisor to a wide range of organizations, including early-stage companies, global corporations, government and military agencies and non-profit organizations. Dr. Boudreau holds an undergraduate degree in business from New Mexico State University, and a Masters degree in Management and Ph.D. in industrial relations from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management.

Graciela Diap

Dr. Graciela Diap is an experienced physician, specializing in internal medicine and licensed in medicine and surgery. Having spent a number of years practicing as a physician in hospitals and universities, Dr. Diap joined MSF in 1991 and has been with the organization since then. She first joined MSF as a Field Medical Officer serving in Mozambique, Yemen, Afghanistan, and former Yugoslavia. She later moved into the position of Desk Manager overseeing a multitude of country projects, Medical Director with the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, Malaria Medical Coordinator with Drugs for Neglected Disease initiative (DNDi), and Board Member with MSF Spain. Dr. Diap is also a co-author of multiple medical journal articles. Currently, she is an Access Advisor and research and development team member focusing on the Hepatitis C virus with DNDi, among her other roles outside of MSF within the humanitarian sector.

Kevin Thomason

Kevin Thomason, since starting his first company at age 13, has worked on creating technology and marketing solutions for companies such as Apple, KPMG and Quarry Integrated Communications, and was most recently the co-founder of a leading internet start-up purchased by Google. Concerned about urban sprawl and environmental destruction, Thomason volunteered full-time for three years to help pioneer a Greenbelt Plan that has protected thousands of acres of farmland and natural areas from inappropriate development in Ontario, Canada. While continuing to develop innovative environmental and Smart Growth solutions, Thomason also spends considerable time in the high-tech realm, including more than two decades of involvement with the Communitechinnovations centre, coaching and mentoring technology start-ups, and as a active Angel investor with the Golden Triangle Angel Network. He has travelled extensively, has executive positions on a number of local and international Boards of Directors, and lives with his family on Sunfish Lake near Waterloo, Canada.

Dr. Musaed Abrahams

Musaed Abrahams is a doctor with over eight years of experience as a Regional Training Coordinator for the Southern Africa Medical Unit (SAMU). He is the founder of Aviro Health, an organisation that designs friendly mobile apps which can be used by healthcare professionals throughout the world. Aviro Health was instrumental in developing an antiretroviral (ARV) initiation management app which is very useful in guiding clinicians on correct ARV initiation and treatment for patients.  

Rima Halawi

Rima Halawi is an accomplished entrepreneur and has led the turnaround of many companies. She was involved in the successful turnaround of a distressed company, Assia Plast, thereby saving jobs and sustaining the local community. She has presided over tremendous growth of her current business, Black Horse Plastics, based in Nigeria. She is a member of the Young President’s Organisation chapter of Nigeria and brings connections in Africa, the Middle East, the UK and the US. She is on the boards of several companies and has greatly influenced the direction of many organizations. Ms. Halawi brings great insight, deep boardroom knowledge, international perspective and an ability to work in multi-cultural environments and with diverse teams across nations, gender, race and creed. She also brings outstanding leadership skills with emphasis on strategic out-of-the-box thinking and a can-do spirit. She has experience in project selection, project management and assessing new areas of potential work. Ms. Halawi supports a wide range of local philanthropic projects in Nigeria. Ms. Halawi has raised significant funds for MSF for work in Lebanon for Syria. Her contacts enabled MSF to purchase and deliver goods during the Syria project.

Stephen Cornish

Stephen Cornish is currently the CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation, he was the former Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Canada. During more than ten years of field experience, Cornish managed several major MSF humanitarian interventions in contexts such as Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Georgia and Peru. He has successfully negotiated humanitarian access to vulnerable populations in conflict settings across the globe and has played a lead role resolving aid-worker abduction crises and other emergencies.
Cornish sat on MSF Canada’s board of directors before serving as executive director. He also worked with the Canadian Red Cross as manager of programs for countries in armed conflict, and for CARE Canada as a policy and advocacy advisor. Currently, he is director of the board for Youth Challenge International, is an honorary director of Canadian Physicians for the Environment and is a member of the steering committee for Pathways to Peace, an international peace-building initiative in Afghanistan.
Cornish holds a master’s degree in global risk and crisis management from the Université Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris, and a post-graduate diploma in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford. He speaks English, French, Spanish and Russian. His work has been published in academic and policy journals, including the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies and Policy Options. In Canada, he spurs public debate on pressing humanitarian issues as an opinion contributor to several national news outlets and through public speaking.

Transformational Investment Capacity Secretariat

About the TIC Secretariat:

The Transformational Investment Capacity Secretariat staff manage the day-to-day business of receiving and processing proposals.

The TIC Secretariat is also a resource tool for applicants, supporting applicants in their project proposal submissions, providing initial feedback to strengthen applicant proposals, assisting in connecting people within the MSF Movement to other related resources (both inside and outside of MSF), providing ongoing reporting and working closely with the Selection Committee.

The TIC Secretariat is staffed with the TIC Lead, Project Manager and Secretariat Coordinator.

Joe Belliveau

Host, Transformational Investment Capacity (TIC), MSF Canada

Joe Belliveau is the Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada. He began working on the front lines of the organization’s global medical humanitarian response efforts in a refugee camp in eastern Zambia in 2000. He subsequently managed MSF programs in Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Pakistan and Zimbabwe before overseeing operations at MSF’s HQ in Amsterdam. Over the course of his career with MSF, Belliveau has grappled with some of the more complex humanitarian challenges of recent times. In Somalia, he helped lead MSF’s programs through periods of extreme insecurity as well as its response to the 2011 famine. In Myanmar, Belliveau oversaw MSF’s introduction of multi-drug resistant treatment for tuberculosis, as well as healthcare provision for the persecuted Rohingya population in Rakhine State. Belliveau has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and was the recipient of the James Orbinski fellowship award. He first worked with MSF Canada in 2001 as a programs officer in the Toronto office. He speaks English and French, and currently studies Spanish. Belliveau has been a champion of MSF’s advocacy work, speaking out against the policies and actions that cause human suffering and the restrictions that prevent an adequate humanitarian response. Belliveau has particular expertise in negotiations, context analysis and security management. He also honed his skills as an educator and public speaker. His writing on related themes (including remote management; technology and access; and negotiations with non-state armed groups) have been published in a variety of journals and media outlets.

Emmanuel Guillaud

Secretariat Lead, Transformational Investment Capacity (TIC), MSF
Emmanuel Guillaud has over 25 years of international industry experience in consulting, high tech and software services. As part of his work, he has been involved in several start-ups and brings an innovation mind-set to this role. His leadership and executive experience will contribute to the TIC’s international engagement. Emmanuel has been engaged with MSF Associations for over 20 years and has field experience as Head of Mission in The Sudan, Liberia and Bosnia-Herzegovina for Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger). He holds a Masters of Science in Aeronautics and Space Engineering and an MBA.

Kathy Kalafatides

Transformation Specialist, Transformational Investment Capacity (TIC), MSF
Kathy Kalafatides has extensive experience in strategy, transformation, project management and organizational change management. She brings a proven track record in project managing complex transformation programs from concept to design, implementation and launch. Kathy was a member of the team that researched, designed and launched MSF’s Transformational Investment Capacity initiative. She has worked with Ernst & Young, Capgemini and SECOR in the past. She holds an MBA, BASc. (Engineering Science), Professional Engineering and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications.

Rekha Sadasivan

Secretariat Project Manager, Transformational Investment Capacity (TIC), MSF
Rekha has worked with Canadian and international NGOs (HQ and field) over the past 15 years with a focus on strategic communications, marketing and project management. Prior to joining MSF in March 2018, Rekha served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives with Dignitas International and oversaw initiatives related to external relations, advocacy and human capital. Rekha previously worked on the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital managing program logistics in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Rekha holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Carly Richards

Intern, Transformational Investment Capacity (TIC), MSF
Carly Richards is a recent graduate from York University with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES), and Humber College with a post-graduate certificate in International Development.  She has 3 years of administration and management experience, and has volunteered with Casa Canadiense and Development and Peace.