Web for Development Analyst
Gabriel Silva is a Network and Systems Analyst member of the HRWeb team. In 2009 he obtained a Bachelor in Computer Science and is currently completing his Master´s degree in Computer Networks and Security, at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Gabriel has worked as a System Analyst at Syst, developing the Metasys OS in partnership with Intel, also worked at Oi, one of the largest telephone and Internet providers in Brazil, at the IT Operation Center. Gabriel has also worked as researcher on many projects, such as the Spam Mining Project, developing new methods of Spam analysis and prevention in collaboration with Cert.br, the Brazilian National Computer Emergency Response Team. His areas of expertise are Web Development and Computer Networks, Operating Systems, Virtualization platforms / Cloud Computing, Fault Tolerant Systems, Open Source Solutions and IT Security.
Arianna D’Amora, MA
Arianna D’Amora has joined COHRED in November 2012 as volunteer database organiser, and is currently employed as Administrative Assistant.
She has lived in London for six years where she has worked for OXFAM GB. She holds an Undergraduate Degree in Languages from the University l’Orientale in Italy with specialization in Arabic, English and Spanish languages and cultures. Also she has pursued a Master of Arts in International Liaison and Communications from the Westminster University of London. She has travelled to Zambia to work as a community volunteer.
Programme Manager Research for Health Africa
Sylvia is a health scientist. After graduating from Nijmegen University she worked for several years in the field of environmental and occupational health in the Netherlands and in Tanzania. She has been working for COHRED since 1998. Her areas of responsibility within COHRED mostly focused on working with partners in developing countries to develop projects to improve and strengthen national health research.
Director of Operations
Thierry joined COHRED as Director of Operations in Jan 2014 and will have responsibility for providing cost effective, income generating and deliverable focused support to COHRED’s services, worldwide.
Prior to joining COHRED, Thierry was Senior Vice President with Merrill Lynch International Bank based in Geneva. He has more than 15 years hands-on experience in the wealth management business focusing on Latin American clients, based out of Geneva and Montevideo.
After his studies Thierry spent 2 years in El Salvador and Peru working for the International Red Cross Committee.
Thierry holds a BA in Law from Geneva University and a MA in Political Sciences from the London School of Economics.
Web for Development Analyst
Marcelo Delgado is a System Analyst now working with the Web for Development team. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in 2009. In his academic life, Marcelo developed research in the Business Intelligence area. He also worked at International Syst, as a Business Intelligence Analyst, and at large companies like Accenture, building a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for the Vale Mining Company. His areas of expertise are Web Development, Business Intelligence and Open Source Solutions.
Manager – COHRED Think
Danny Edwards joined COHRED in August 2011 as Policy Analyst, working with Louis Currat and the Global Forum team on the development of Forum 2012. Danny also works with COHRED’s R&D team. Danny is originally from Wellington, New Zealand. He completed his postgraduate education in Human Bioethics at Monash University, Melbourne, before joining the World Health Organisation’s Ethics, Trade and Human Rights unit through a fellowship in 2007. During that time Danny collaborated with COHRED on the Global Forum for Bioethics in Research, following which he moved to London. While in London Danny worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at two Government Agencies; first leading on a review of the genetic testing of human embryos at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Agency, before moving to a role leading on policy on the relationships between intellectual property, trade, development and public health at the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office.
Monica is Financial Officer, responsible for the bookkeeping and financial aspects of COHRED’s business. Her duties include bookkeeping, financial reporting, budget, audit and related tasks. She has been working at COHRED since January 2010. Monica has come to COHRED to fulfill her interest in working with developing countries, after several years serving in the accounting and human resources departments of several companies in Geneva in the fields of insurance and transport. She studied Economics at the Geneva University, receiving her degree in Commercial and Industrial Sciences in 1991. She was born in Geneva and spent most of her time in Switzerland and France.
Executive Director, COHRED
Carel is a physician, epidemiologist, public health practitioner, academic and social entrepreneur. After spending 10 years in rural medicine, peri-urban and urban health care and environmental health services management, he switched to academic public health research, education and research ethics training. He has published widely in applied research and public health. He was appointed as professor and head of department of the department of community health at the University of Pretoria in 1995, where he became the founding Director of the School of Health Systems and Public Health in 1999. He held this position until his appointment as Executive Director at COHRED in 2004. As such, he is also ex-officio member of the COHRED Board and President of COHRED USA.
Carel has worked and lived in Africa, Europe, the United States and the Caribbean. He married Joelle in 1980 and together they have three children – who survived all of the above.
Florine Jobin joined COHRED in October 2011 as the Personal Assistant to COHRED’s Director, Carel IJsselmuiden. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Director’s office and provides him with administrative support. She also conducts background research for the office. Florine holds a Diploma and a Masters degree in Anthropology from the Universities of Geneva and Neuchatel respectively. She has also pursued a postgraduate course in ‘African societies and development’ in Spain. She has experiences in social sciences research and events management and organisation – with particular focus on health sector.
Andrew Kanyegirire, PhD
Head of Communications
Andrew Kanyegirire is a communication for development (C4D) specialist. Andrew joined COHRED as Head of Communications in November 2011. Prior to joining COHRED he led the communications unit at the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) in South Africa. As a a media practitioner, he has experiences as a business editor at The New Vision in Kampala, Uganda. His work has also appeared in publications in East and Southern Africa and the UK. He has also done research at the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa. His areas of interest include: C4D, corporate communications, new media, journalism and public relations. Andrew holds a PhD in Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University, South Africa.
Manager – Web for Development
Bruno is a Systems Analyst. He has more than 9 years experience in designing new IT solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. He served as Consultant at the Brazilian Ministry of Health where he helped expand the Department of Science and Technology’s information systems, data collection and validation processes. He has a background in data modeler, software engineering and implementing information systems using a variety of technologies.
Manager – COHRED Africa
Boi is currently the Head of COHRED Africa office. She has worked as a clinician at Botswana’s main referral hospital – Princess Marina and as a Senior Research Fellow at COHRED – responsible for coordinating the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and Pfizer funded MARC (Mapping African Research Ethics Review and Medicines Regulatory Capacity; (www.researchethicsweb.org) project. Following being awarded a SARETI (South African Research Ethics Training Initiative) Masters scholarship in 2008 and the best scholar prize in 2009, Boi has significantly contributed to the African Health research ethics landscape and published in various areas of health research. Her research interests includes ethical issues in paediatrics clinical trials, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. She currently serves as an advisor on clinical trials oversight to the SADC secretariat.
Dr. Gabriela Montorzi is Programme Manager at COHRED. She is responsible for ensuring the implementation of technical support activities aimed at strengthening research and innovation systems in low and middle income countries. Such activities include, among others, governance, management and coordination to advance national research oversight; priority setting to provide stakeholder input into the establishment of research agendas; and policy development to provide vision for national research development.
Before that she was a Process Officer at COHRED, responsible for organisational management including the setting and follow-up of workflow processes; a fellow at the World Health Organisation’s Ethics Review Committee, involved in the evaluation and analysis of research ethics review processes; and a cardiovascular research scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, involved in interdisciplinary research.
Gabriela holds a PhD in Life Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – Switzerland, an MA in Bioethics and Law from the University of Barcelona – Spain, and a BA in Biology from San Luis University – Argentina.
Web for Development Analyst
Rafael Sahb is a member of the HRWeb team, he will support the continued development of HRWeb, COHRED’s website and other information technology projects.
He is currently completing his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Rafael has worked as web developer for large organizations and for academic institutions in Brazil, including 5Clicks and Free Software Lab at UFMG. His areas of expertise are Server-side/Client-side Development, Web Standards, Search Engine Optimization, Free Software Solutions, Social Media Tools and IT Security.
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Switzerland / UK
Emanuel is a monitoring and evaluation specialist. He currently supports COHRED in developing monitoring and evaluation strategies and systems with the Research for Health Africa team.
Prior to joining COHRED Emanuel worked on a series of humanitarian and development projects such as disaster relief, working with farming cooperatives, water and sanitation, developing small business initiatives, construction, microfinance, and developing humanitarian training courses. Emanuel has worked for ACTED, Charities Advisory Trust, DevEd, Health Poverty Action, People’s Watch, Shelter Centre, UNHCR, UNRISD and WaterAid in Africa, Europe and South and Central Asia.
Emanuel has an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies in International Studies and Diplomacy and an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University.
Director of Development
Kathelene is an award winning fundraising professional with more than 15 years expertise in both the UK and USA in generating revenue and developing new income sources. She brings to COHRED her experience as an articulate and persuasive relationship and stakeholder manager who has excelled at building sustainable partnerships between businesses, the education sector, government, private individuals and the cultural and charitable sectors. Previously the Director of Oxford Inspires the cultural development agency in Oxfordshire, UK, she is an experienced leader with over 10 years in senior roles and a true passion for the fundraising profession.
Policy Project Adviser
Golbahar joined COHRED in 2014. Golbahar is originally from Iran. Prior to joining COHRED, she has over the past 15 years combined science policy and management in both public and private sectors across the Research, Development and Innovation value chain. Her particular interests are interfacing academia and industry, research and society, science and business, North & South.
Golbahar holds a PhD in Life Sciences from Université Paris 7, Paris, France, an MBA from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain and a Master in International Negotiation and Policy Making from the Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland.
Policy Project Adviser
Annemarie works at COHRED as Product Development Manager for the RHInnO Ethics Platform. She is currently completing her Masters degree in Ethics and Philosophy of Mental Health. During the course of her studies, scientific methodology in the medical sciences has become the focus of her research. The role of Research Ethics Committee and its importance in ensuring fair research is the focus of her work at COHRED. Creating systems to facilitate equitable clinical research informs the development of the RHInnO Ethics Platform. Annemarie started her career with a qualification in Psychology but quickly got side-tracked by various business interests before deciding in 2012 that her curiosity about the processes that influence how medical decisions are made required further investigation, and hence the pursuit of her studies in Medical Ethics. Her substantial experience in the manufacturing industry, coupled with systems thinking taught in the study of philosophy, allows a fresh perspective on the functioning of health care systems.
Policy Project Adviser
Julius Mugwagwa is a Research Fellow in the Development Policy and Practice (DPP) Unit and INNOGEN Institute at The Open University, United Kingdom. He received undergraduate and postgraduate training in biological sciences and biotechnology in Zimbabwe before attaining a PhD in science, technology and innovation policy at The Open University. His on-going research focuses on innovation systems in health and agricultural biotechnology, with a special interest in governance and adoption of technological and institutional innovations at sectoral, national and cross-national levels, using concepts such as ‘multi-layered governance’ and ‘policy gridlocks’. His recent intellectual contributions include the concept of ‘policy kinetics’. He is currently implementing a project investigating innovations in health spending in South Africa and Zimbabwe, with funding from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.
Policy Project Adviser
Ms Jacintha Toohey joined COHRED in March 2013 working with Debbie Marais, Danny Edwards and Carel IJsselmuiden to develop the practical guidance booklet on negotiating fair research contracts ‘Where there is no lawyer: Guidance for fairer contract negotiation in collaborative research partnerships’.
She is the Assistant Project Coordinator at the HIV AIDS Vaccines Ethics Group (HAVEG) at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa since April, 2002. Her function includes the coordination of externally‐funded research grants contracts and implementation of the University’s Research Office and externally funded institutional contracts policies and procedures.
She is also involved in consultancy work on the project Choices for Adolescent Methods of Prevention in South Africa (CHAMPS).
Ms Toohey holds an LLB degree, Diploma in Information Systems and Project Management and is currently registered as a part‐time student with the University of KwaZulu Natal, for a Research Masters in Law.
Policy Project Adviser
Debbie joined the Research and Development (R&D) group at COHRED in 2010, which later became the COHRED Think unit. As programme manager of COHRED Think, Debbie coordinated the fair research contracting approach, developing the “Where there is no lawyer: Guidance for fairer contract negotiation in collaborative research partnerships” guidance booklet. She also contributed to COHRED’s national research for health system strengthening approach and worked on developing action guides around building components of the research for health system. Her current work with COHRED builds on this work as part of the Research for Health Africa (R4HA) programme, focusing specifically on developing an approach to innovative financing strategies for national research for health. Debbie’s professional interests also focus on mental health policy development and analysis, which forms part of her PhD research. Debbie holds a Masters degree by dissertation in psychology and a second Masters degree and qualification in counselling psychology. She has extensive experience in research project management and coordination, particularly in the field of health research. She has had further experience working on various research and academic programmes in the School of Psychology at UKZN. Debbie continues to work as a psychologist in the mental health field in South Africa and conducts research into mental health systems.