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    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)3.

    To contact ALIMA USA, please call: + 1 (646) 619 9074 or write to ALIMA USA, One Whitehall Street, 2nd Floor, New York NY 10004, USA. Email:


    Elya Tagar (Acting President and Treasurer) is the Vice President for Lead Business Development and US Operations for Healthcare-focused AI startup, Diagnostic Robotics supporting hospitals, insurers, telemedicine companies, and retail providers to improve patient intake and diagnostics. Previously he was the Director of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Australia and 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.


    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 is the Director General of ALIMA and co-opted board member of ALIMA USA. After completing studies in business school, Augustin began his professional career in mergers and acquisitions, then in France’s National Assembly working in a parliamentary group. Starting in 2005, he spent three years as project coordinator for areas of conflict with an international medical NGO. In 2009, he was one of the founding members of ALIMA, for whom he served as Secretary General until 2018.


    Jody Blagrove JD/MBA is the Executive Director of The Legacy Care Club, an adult day care dedicated to the needs of the elderly in the early stages of Alzheimer's or other forms of Dementia. Working in the health industry she understands the importance of not only access to healthcare but also how preventive measures can have a significant impact on one's health.  Ms. Blagrove immigrated to the United States from a poor rural town in Jamaica, WI, where 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 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. 


    Alan Harper 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). 


    Dr. Cecilly Gallup, MD, MPH, is a physician dual-boarded in adult Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and is currently an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).  She completed her Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in International Health, and a dual residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UCLA.  Since then, she has held various hospital leadership positions on faculty at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Weill Cornell Medical College.  Most recently, she was the Associate Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine at Lower Manhattan Hospital, a NYP-Weill Cornell hospital. She has worked internationally providing clinical care, trainings, and conducting research in South Africa, Rwanda, Malawi, and Haiti. While on faculty at Cornell, Dr. Gallup was also a volunteer physician at the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights and continues to collaborate with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) to perform medical evaluations of survivors of torture and persecution in support of their applications for asylum.


    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 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, 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.


    Dr. Pierre Cremieux, PhD is the President of Analysis Group, an economics, finance and strategy-consulting firm, which he joined in 1997.  Prior to joining Analysis Group, Pierre was a Professor of economics at Université in Québec in Montréal. At Analysis Group, he is part of the leadership team and serves as an expert in both litigation and non-litigation matters on issues ranging from antitrust to finance and labor and employment.

    In addition to serving on the board of ALIMA USA, Dr. Cremieux is on the Board of Partners in Health, the Haitian Global Health Alliance (HGHA), and the Health Plan Board of the Boston Medical Center. His scientific research in antitrust and health economics has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.


    Anne-Catherine Faye is Vice President at Analysis Group. She applies her background and analytical skills in economics and finance to solve complex issues in litigation and business matters. She has worked on a variety of engagements involving allegations of anticompetitive behavior and other antitrust matters, intellectual property disputes, securities and finance-related litigation, and health care and public policy issues. For instance, in health care matters, she has provided an analytical framework for evaluating the economic impact of delays in drug reimbursement decisions and the value of primary care and family physicians for adults in terms of various health outcomes and lifestyle indicators. Anne Catherine has consulted with numerous clients in the US and Canada and has assisted expert witnesses and counsel in depositions, trials, and administrative proceedings. She holds a Master’s degree in applied financial economics from HEC Montreal and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Université de Sherbrooke.


    Charlie Kunzer oversees ALIMA USA as Executive Director based in New York. She has worked for the organization since the inception of the US section in 2015 as the development manager and helped start up the US office. She spent over a decade working in several development roles at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières and prior to moving to the US, worked at the Science Museum in London and Twentieth Century Fox. She started her career at JP Morgan Fleming Asset Management. She holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations and Modern History from the University of Westminster, London.