Pharos assembles custom expert teams for each project to ensure that we provide the best possible analysis and advice for our clients. Our team of expert consultants and permanent staff draw on decades of experience at diverse institutions including the World Bank, UNAIDS, The Boston Consulting Group, Harvard and Yale Universities, the Results for Development Institute, Partners in Health, and others.
Dr. Robert Hecht is the President of Pharos Global Health Advisors. He has more than 30 years of experience in global health, population, nutrition and development, in senior management positions with the World Bank, UNAIDS, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and Results for Development Institute. Rob is a widely recognized thought leader and analyst with a strong track record of advice to top decision makers and dozens of publications related to health systems, health sector reform, HIV, TB, immunization, nutrition, and health economics and financing.
Rob also holds an appointment as a clinical professor at the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, where he teaches global health courses related to policy and financing and conducts research. He has adjunct positions at McGill University’s School for Population and Global Health and at Rangoon University’s School of Public Health.
Rob has a PhD from Cambridge University and a BA from Yale.
Dr. Shan Soe-Lin specializes in developing solutions to complex strategic, organizational and operational issues affecting global health non-profit organizations, private philanthropies, multilaterals, and US health care payer and provider systems. Through her tenures with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Recon Strategy, Results for Development Institute and now Pharos Global Health Advisors, Shan specializes in developing forward-looking strategies, resource mobilization approaches, competitive landscapes and investment cases for organizations and governments focused on nutrition, HIV, TB, and maternal and child health issues. More recently, Shan has advised developing countries and NGOs on Covid control, and published several op-eds in the New York Times, the Boston Globe and Politico on domestic Covid control and return-to-work strategies. Shan also works with her clients to improve their organizational effectiveness and leadership development. Her clients have included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gavi, Unitaid, the Global Fund, Partners in Health, Nutrition International, and Kirk Humanitarian.
Shan holds a PhD in Experimental Medicine, and a B.Sc in Microbiology & Immunology, both from McGill University, and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Nathan Isaacs has worked extensively in economic analysis and global health development. Prior to his arrival at Pharos, Nathan researched urban development and international trade at a think tank and developed socially responsible strategies for Invenergy, LLC, the continent’s largest independent clean energy company. In his undergraduate studies, Nathan co-led an engagement with a humanitarian foundation to increase global access to prenatal multivitamins. He also tutored his peers in microeconomics, managed a legal aid program, and investigated the cultural and political effects of development in rural and urban Cambodia. Nathan received his B.A. from Yale University in Global Affairs, graduating magna cum laude and with distinction in the major.
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Grace Chen has broad interests and experience in biomedicine, infectious disease epidemiology, and global public health. Prior to Pharos, she studied parasitic hookworm infection at the Yale School of Medicine, conducted clinical research on HIV at Gilead Sciences, and worked on health policy at New America, a nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C. She has also researched the history of community-based care in San Francisco’s Chinatown, worked to bring digital telehealth access to underserved patient communities in Washington State, and contributed to accessible health and science writing in several university publications. Grace received her B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and B.A. in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health from Yale University, where she was also a Global Health Scholar.
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Gabrielle Appleford has over twenty years of experience in humanitarian and development programs. She has specific subject experience in health financing, sexual and reproductive health/family planning, community and health systems strengthening, private sector engagement, and monitoring, learning and evaluation (MLE). She possesses strong management, leadership, creative and analytical skills and has employed these in a wide range of organizational contexts. She has evaluative experience of health programs, including for the European Union, USAID, DFID, UNFPA, BMGF and CIFF.
Edgar Barillas is a consultant in international health with 25 years’ experience in the areas of health policy, pharmaceutical management, and health financing. He served as the team leader or principal researcher in more than 100 consulting projects in Central, North, and South America. He has worked with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the WHO, and USAID. As an independent consultant, Edgar participated in evaluation teams of essential medicines programs in Bolivia, Kenya, Nicaragua, Peru, and Yemen, and recently supported the implementation of projects to improve access to medicines, condoms and HIV laboratory tests in Dominican Republic.
Tendayi Chipango is a health economist consultant who has contributed toward health system strengthening and the fight against HIV/AIDS in Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. She previously had a long tenure at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation where her work included expenditure and cost analyses in HIV, PMTCT, reproductive health, cervical cancer, outreach services in Lesotho and Zimbabwe. She has contributed to research protocol and tool development for innovative studies within HIV/AIDS in Mozambique and Lesotho. She has supported primary health care decentralization efforts and PEPFAR Expenditure analysis in Lesotho. Her experience also spans across program evaluation, strategic planning, guideline development, policy design and execution. She has an MSc in Health Economics from the University of York and a Bachelor of Economics with honors from La Trobe University.
Gabriela Cohen is an experienced designer and evaluator of public sector programs with more than 20 years experience in leadership training and program development. Gabriela has provided quality performance support for UNICEF, UNDP, the Global Fund to Fight Aids and other large international institutions across the Global South. She is highly knowledgeable and experienced in Health and Education with a comprehensive and strategic understanding of qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods, project cycle development, and project evaluation. Most recently, Gabriela has served as an International Consultant for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Gabriela obtained an MA in Public Administration from Maxwell School at Syracuse University as a Fulbright Scholar and a BA in Sociology from University Kiril Metody of Macedonia. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Macedonian.
Claudine Eersteling – Hammen is a public health physician with more than 20 years of experience in the health sector working with government, UN organizations, civil society and other development partners on policy development, program development & monitoring, planning and support for the program implementation in Suriname. She has often focused in preventive health care for women, children and families, and adolescent health, as well as EMTCT of HIV and syphilis and prevention of stigma and discrimination of key population in health care. Claudine obtained her medical degree at the Anton de Kom University in Suriname, specialized in Social Medicine (youth health care) in the Netherlands at the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research and holds an MBA in Management & Business Strategy from Maastricht School of Management with the FHR Institute for Social Studies.
Hernan L. Fuenzalida-Puelma, Esq., LL.M (Yale Law School), Chile and US Citizen, is a senior adviser on health care policy and legislation, health financing/insurance, health systems, HIV/AIDS and human rights and gender and civil society organizations. Former General Counsel for the Inter-American Institute on Agriculture in Costa Rica and for the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Washington DC and Visiting Researcher, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, and Visiting Scholar to the World Bank Health, Population and Nutrition Department, he has worked extensively in 57 countries. Currently, he serves as a member of the Global Fund's Technical Review Panel as Strategic Investments and Sustainable Financing.
Catalina Gutiérrez is a senior economist with more than 10 years providing technical assistance, policy advice, and analytical tools to foundations, governments and international aid agencies in topics pertaining to health finance and sustainability, priority setting and health technology assessment, provider and insurance payment, and improving access of vulnerable populations to health insurance. She has contributed to health policy in Colombia designing the health insurance system for remote areas, redesigning payroll taxation to increase access to health insurance for informal and low-income workers and contributing to the creation of the health technology assessment agency and the priority setting mechanism for inclusion of services in the health benefit package. More recently she has worked in Latin America and the Caribbean on improving the allocative efficiency of HIV spending and helping countries to transition sustainably from HIV/TB donor funding to self-finance. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from New York University.
Timothy Hallett is a Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College. His work with the Applied HIV Epidemiology research group centers on the development and application of mathematical models for interpreting surveillance data, analyzing control trials and planning interventions. The overall aim of this research is to come to conclusions about the best use of limited resources in the response to major threats to health worldwide.
Dr. Marc Herant is a Partner at Recon Strategy. He has extensive healthcare experience in roles ranging from executive leadership to strategy consulting and clinical and research positions. During his 5 years at the Boston Consulting Group, Marc worked on critical strategic and operational challenges across healthcare including at top global biotech and pharma companies. He has also served as the chief executive of the implementation agency for the Ministry of Health in Rwanda, an 800+ person organization and as a faculty member in the biomedical engineering department at Boston University. Marc has a PhD from Harvard, an MD from Washington University in St. Louis and is a licensed physician in the state of Massachusetts.
Miloud Kaddar is a senior health economist with more than twenty-eight years of international experience in global health, pharmaceutical and biological products. He is passionate about institutional development, capacity building, bottom-up approaches and sustainability dimensions. Mr. Kaddar worked for WHO-HQ in Geneva from 2002 to 2013. Prior to joining WHO, he was serving as senior adviser to the Ministry of Health in Morocco in implementing an EU supported project on health sector reform. He held a senior health economist position in the International Children Centre in Paris for almost 10 years. He has served on the economics faculties of the various Universities in North Africa and in Europe. Mr. Kaddar has a Post Graduate Degree in Economics from the University of Oran in Algeria, a Master of Arts from University of Grenoble (France) and a Diploma on Public Health from the University of Nancy in France. He is the author of more than 25 articles and other publications on economics of pharmaceutical sector and biological products, capacity building in public health and health economics.
F. James Levinson, Ph.D. is a Research Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University. Earlier he served as Director of the International Food and Nutrition Center at Tufts, of the International Nutrition Planning Program at MIT, and of the Office of Nutrition of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington. In addition to his teaching, he has been actively involved in research and consulting activities for the World Bank, UNICEF, the Micronutrient Initiative, USAID, Save the Children (US) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) for which he served as Chair of the Independent Review Panel. He worked closely with the World Bank-assisted Bangladesh Integrated Nutrition Project since its inception in the mid-1990s, with the Integrated Child Development Service programs in India and with similar programs in southern and eastern Africa.
With 20 years of experience in social development programs, Sandra McLeish, MBA, brings expertise in program management, strategic planning and implementation, health system strengthening, organisational capacity development and gender-based violence. Sandra has worked extensively with Community Based Organizations for which she developed social capital approaches and tools for leaders in the PLHIV, key and vulnerable communities. Sandra was recognized by the Jamaican Network of Seropositives (JN+) for her “Outstanding Contribution” and has served on the board of the Jamaica Network of Seropositives (JN+) as well as the Jamaica Manufacturers Association as one of the few female board members. She presently serves on the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica Gender and Disability Affairs Committee, and the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority Advisory Board.
Stephen Resch is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University and the Deputy Director for the Harvard Center for Health Decision Science. Stephen works primarily on cost and impact analysis for governments and aid organizations weighing various policy changes. His work often involves the development of novel computer-based models to project the health and economic consequences of policy options. Stephen has worked closely with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the Pan-American Health Organization, and US Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator on a number of projects related to maternal and child health, immunization programs, and HIV care.
Carl is a chartered accountant and consultant with experience at Deloitte Consulting Group, as a senior consultant specializing in activity based costing, and a fundraising initiative to establish a community-based development project. He later established his own consulting practice, Strategic Development Consultants (SDC). As founding partner, Carl has been responsible for ensuring the ongoing success of SDC as a niche development consultancy. Carl’s consulting work includes financial and strategic planning, costing, cost efficiency analysis, resource tracking, budgeting, governance and financial management services primarily in the health sector. Carl provides consulting services to government and non-governmental clients throughout the Southern African region and Southeast Asia including international development institutions including the WHO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, and the Global Fund.
Joan Tallada is a health economist and policy advisor with extensive experience evaluating health programs to fight HIV, TB, COVID-19, Hepatitis C, Cholera, nutrition, and community participation in more than 20 countries in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. In such projects, he has worked with the Global Fund, UNAIDS, the European Union, USAID, and many others. He has also provided technical assistance for the sustainability of health programs in multiple countries transitioning from donor support. He recently collaborated with Pharos on the assessment of the impact of COVID-19 in five LAC countries and the challenges of country transition from GF financing in three LAC countries. Mr. Tallada is currently a Lecturer on Global Health Policy and Economics at the University of Barcelona.
Claudia Valdez, MD and MA, arrives with experience consulting for over 13 years. She has a broad array of experiences from design, development and implementation of interventions for HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria, pharmaceutical management, and health system strengthening. She has also worked on the development and implementation of sustainable financing strategies for the transfer of essential medicines and supplies from international to domestic sources, as well as financial gap analysis. Moreover, she has consulted on essential medical supplies, logistics system management, and sustainability and transition plans. In prior projects, she has worked with USAID, the European Union, UNAIDS and the Global Fund.
Alexa Straus has worked on a broad spectrum of projects spanning the public and private health care sector. As a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, she has supported clients on subjects like market and industry developments and mega trends in health. Prior Alexa has researched Public-Private Partnerships in Healthcare delivery during a Fellowship in Washington DC.
Alexa holds an Advanced Professional MPH from Yale School of Public Health, a MSc in Business and Management from Stockholm School of Economics and a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from University of Bayreuth (Germany).
Aishwarya Bhattacharya has conducted research in projects ranging from global mental health in LMICs, evaluating the effect of armed conflict on HIV prevalence in Uganda to experiments in social neuroscience. She has also worked as a consultant for the National Academy for Science, Engineering & Medicine to evaluate FDA policies on diversity and inclusion in clinical trials. During her undergraduate studies, Aishwarya was part of the Global Health Scholars program, tutored incoming first years in pre-calculus, promoted harm reduction strategies related to public health measures as a public health peer educator, led a student group Period@Yale to partner with YSPH and Yale School of Nursing to distribute period products at a Food and Clothing Pantry, and competed on the Yale Varsity Squash Team as captain for 2020-2022. Aishwarya received her B.S from Yale University in Psychology graduating cum laude with distinction in the major. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public health at YSPH through Yale’s BS/MPH Program.
Diana Gonzalez works on health policy and program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. She has previously worked for the Mexican national government on universal health coverage and quality improvement reforms, as well as on fiscal reforms and demand-based infrastructure planning for clinics, hospitals and schools. Diana has also worked for multilateral organizations, such as the Interamerican Development Bank, Bolivia, conducting an impact evaluation of a maternal and child health and nutrition community intervention. Diana holds an MPH in Health Policy from the Yale School of Public Health and a BA in Economics, from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM).
Lindsey Hiebert works at the intersection of research, programs, and health policy. Over the past years, she has supported Pharos’ hepatitis and nutrition projects through research design, impact and economic modelling, program evaluation, and investment case development. In her role, she seeks to bring together different dimensions of evidence and analysis to support scale-up efforts and resource mobilization for life-saving interventions. Previous to Pharos, she coordinated and managed different research projects at BRAC and Yale University, including studying adolescent nutrition in Bangladesh, healthcare behaviors and discrimination in the Dominican Republic, and youth gun violence in New Haven, CT. Lindsey received both a BS in Global Affairs and an MPH in epidemiology and global health at Yale University.
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Claire Young works on global health research, infectious disease epidemiology, and program strategy and implementation. She has worked with the Global Fund, UNICEF’s Division of Data, Analysis, Planning & Monitoring, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Centers for Disease Control on improving cost effectiveness and equity of grant allocation, HIV and Maternal and Child Health data analysis, improving vaccine access in conflict zones and establishing communicable disease surveillance systems respectively. Additionally, she has conducted fieldwork in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Kenya, and South Africa. Claire obtained an MPH in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases from Yale School of Public Health and a BA in Global Affairs and Global Health Studies from Yale University.
Devyn Rigsby is active in global health research, policy design, and program analysis. Particularly interested in reproductive healthcare, she engages with issues of sustainability, implementation, and transitions within the family planning and maternal-perinatal nutrition spaces. Prior to joining Pharos, she managed an advising project for the Global Fund, identifying strategies to improve the equity and impact of the organization’s grant allocation model. Experienced in quantitative analysis, she has published a peer-reviewed study of vaping and associated risk behaviors in U.S. teens and has also conducted clinical cardiology research with Women’s Health Research at Yale. Devyn graduated from Yale University in 2019 with a B.A. in Global Affairs. Devyn is now working toward her M.D. at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Moises Escobar has been involved in global health through his time with Penta, a company that collects used prostheses to bring high quality, low cost prosthetic care to amputees around the world, and working on an advising project that studied the scale-up of prenatal supplements in developing nations. As an undergraduate, Moises was a Tobin Economics Research Assistant, worked at the Yale Investments Office, and led a socially-responsible investment fund. He was also involved as a writer at the Clean Energy Finance Forum and worked at Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, Saudi Aramco’s venture capital subsidiary. Moises graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Global Affairs. Moises is now at the Macquarie Group, within the Infrastructure and Energy Group.
Hannah Rees’ work centers around program implementation, health policy, and equity. During her time with Pharos, Hannah contributed to the development of sustainability strategies for countries transitioning from Global Fund support for HIV and TB programs in Latin America. She is particularly interested in global cancer care and improving outcomes and access to care in low resource settings. Prior to Pharos, Hannah worked with the Oncology Program at Partners In Health and conducted research on the attitudes and beliefs surrounding cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination in Nicaragua. She plans to continue to work at the intersection of implementation science and global oncology through collaboration with the UCSF Global Cancer Program. Hannah received a BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and was a Global Health Studies Scholar at Yale University. She is currently a medical student at the University of California, San Francisco.
Rachel Wilkinson's work centers around healthcare equity, disparities, and child health. While at Pharos, she worked on a multi-country investigation into opportunities to strengthen adolescent health through HPV vaccination scale-up in low and middle-income countries. Since leaving Pharos, she matriculated to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she has helped lead the Sinai Human Rights and Social Justice program, along with serving as a student representative on the hospital-wide Healthcare Equity Task Force, seeking to identify and reduce racial and socioeconomic disparities in healthcare. She has also been involved in global health research on hypertensive care in Kampala, Uganda and domestic research on the impact of racially segregated healthcare delivery on medical education. Rachel Wilkinson is now a fourth-year medical student at Mount Sinai and is matriculating into the Mount Sinai Pediatrics residency program.