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    ALIMA USA’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    ALIMA USA’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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    The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) is a medical aid organization, registered in France with its operational headquarters in Dakar, Senegal, and offices in Paris and New York.


    ALIMA and ALIMA-USA are distinct organizations working towards the same goal. ALIMA is registered in France under the Association Law of 1901. ALIMA-USA is registered in the USA as a nonprofit under the IRS status of 501(c).


    To contact ALIMA-USA, please call: + 1 646 457 5695 or write to ALIMA-USA, One Whitehall Street, 2nd Fl, New York NY 10004, USA. Email: info.usa@alima-ngo.org


    The board of directors of ALIMA-USA is as follows:

    PRESIDENT DR PIERRE CREMIEUX

    Dr. Pierre Cremieux, PhD (President) is the President of Analysis Group. He has a broad range of expertise in health economics, antitrust, statistics, and labor economics.  He has published extensively on health economics and labor topics such as the value of pharmaceuticals, hospital performance, quality and cost of care, drug cost-effectiveness, and wage and employment issues. His research has been cited in leading media outlets including The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. Pierre is an adjunct professor at the University of Quebec at Montreal and lectures on global antitrust at the Yale School of Management. Pierre is a member of the board of trustees for Partners in Health. He holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in Economics from University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Maryland.

    ALAN HARPER

    Alan Harper (Treasurer) is consultant in the field of portfolio credit quality at financial institutions. Alan has 25 years of experience in the financial sector, first with Citicorp and then with The Fuji Bank/ Mizuho Corporate Bank. As Senior Vice President and Credit Supervisor at Fuji Bank and Mizuho Corporate Bank, he conducted diligence on proposals generated by lending units, formulated credit decisions, and controlled exposures to clients in the Americas. In the non-profit area, Alan served as treasurer and director of the non-profit organization, Economists for Peace and Security, from 2006-11. Alan also served as president and officer of the NY Association for Business Economics (1999-2002). 

    DENISE JARVINEN

    Denise Jarvinen (clerk) is a graduate from Wellesley College and a doctor in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. After working as a scientist at the Marine Policy Center at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, she worked as an environmental economic consultant. She then decided to apply her skills in a different direction and started working in the non-profit sector with a particular focus on grant writing and other activities related to folk music.  She is now on the Board of the Traditional Music Foundation, which she launched almost ten years ago, the International Bluegrass Music Museum, and the International Bluegrass Music Association.  Over the years, she has also worked on various issues in public health from work for the Institute on Health and Aging and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health to her current role on the philanthropic board of the Boston Medical Center. 


    AUGUSTIN AUGIER

    Augustin Augier is the secretary general and co-founder of ALIMA, based in Paris.  He was previously the executive director for ALIMA in Dakar and also worked as program director for three countries where he set up 12 programs for the organization. Prior to this, Augustin worked for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières in Angola, DR Congo and Sudan in several positions including emergency coordinator, project ​coordinator and head of mission. He is a graduate of ESCP-EAP, European Graduate School of Management with an MSc in Management.  ​

    JODY BLAGROVE

    Jody Blagrove JD/MBA is a Procurement Manager at Becton Dickinson, a market leader in the medical device industry. Working in the health industry she understands the importance of advancing global health and providing everyone with access to healthcare.   Ms. Blagrove immigrated to the United States from a poor rural town in Jamaica, WI, in which local health clinics were nonexistent. Jody graduated from Brown University with honors in Latin American Studies and holds a JD and MBA from Rutgers University.

    CATHERINE DUMAIT-HARPER

    Catherine Dumait-Harper is a consultant on international humanitarian affairs and frequent speaker on issues related to international humanitarian law (IHL), including the Responsibility to Protect Civilians in conflict situations. Catherine represented Doctors Without Borders as their delegate to the United Nations from 1993 to 2005. She also served as Vice-Chairperson of the NGO Working Group in the Security Council, which meets regularly with Ambassadors of member states of the UN Security Council.  Catherine is currently a member of the Advisory Boards of Action Against Hunger, the Sanam Vaziri Quraishi Foundation and the French Heritage Language Program of New York. 


    GLENDA HERSH

    Glenda Hersh is an Emmy award-winning producer and co-president and co-CEO of Truly Original Media, two of television’s leading producers of unscripted programming. Glenda co-founded True Entertainment in 2000, alongside business and producing partner Steven Weinstock and also assumed the helm of Original Media in 2015. Together they lead all creative, development, programming and operations for both companies. Previously, Glenda was a principal in The New York Times-owned New York Times Television and its precursor, Video News International. Glenda’s shows have earned a total of three Emmy awards and ten Emmy nominations.​​

    JOHN PENNEY

    John Penney is executive VP of product strategy and consumer business development for Twentieth Century Fox. Prior to his current role, John was the Chief Strategy Officer for Starz, the premium cable and satellite television network, and also serves as Chairman of the Board of STARZ PLAY Arabia. Previous to joining Starz in 2010, John was President and Head of Corporate Development of Foresee Entertainment, a media and entertainment company he co-founded. John previously served as Head of Global Media Strategy for IMG, Inc., Senior Vice President at HBO, and Executive Vice President at ACTV. John serves on the Executive Board of the Consumer Technology Association, as a Trustee of the CTA Foundation, and is a Founding Member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Vision Council. John holds a bachelor’s in Social Psychology from Wesleyan University and a master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University.​​

    JULIE ROUSSEAU

    Julie Rousseau, PhD is a Certified Nurse Midwife, Registered Nurse, and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine Program in Nursing Science, where she also serves as Associate Director for Strategy and Innovation. Prior to joining UC Irvine, Julie was a faculty member at Columbia University’s School of Nursing. She is part of research teams working on maternal health, emotional and reproductive health, and geriatric care for underserved communities.  She has authored and managed nursing workforce and interdisciplinary care team grants and taught extensively on women’s health, reproductive health, and nursing practice and ethics. Julie is an expert on Japanese and medical historical studies, having received a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. She holds master’s and bachelor’s of science in Nursing and Nurse-Midwifery from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in History from Georgetown University.​​

    ELYA TAGAR

    Elya Tagar is the Director of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) Australia. Previously Elya was the Senior Director for HIV, TB and Health Financing at CHAI in the US. He joined as Country Director in the DR Congo and went on to manage CHAI's operations in francophone West Africa, overseeing nine country programs focusing primarily on pediatric HIV, and went on to lead CHAI's HIV financing work before taking on his current role. Before joining CHAI Elya worked as a management consultant with McKinsey and Co in New York, working with clients in the pharmaceutical, financial and public sectors on strategy and operational priorities. 


    KRIS TORGESON

    Kris Torgeson MPH is the Global CEO of Lifebox Foundation. Previously Kris was ALIMA USA’s Founding Executive Director. She joined Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 1998 and was Director of Communications for MSF in the United States before serving as Secretary General of MSF International in Geneva, Switzerland from 2008 to 2012. She holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University, a master’s in Chinese literature from Columbia University, and a master’s in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.​