Meet the team

Pharos assembles custom expert teams for each project to ensure that we provide the best possible analysis and advice for each project.

The Pharos 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, Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, and others.

Core Team

Robert Hecht

Founder and President

Dr. Robert Hecht is the President of Pharos Global Health Advisors. He has more than 30 years of experience in global health, nutrition and development, in senior management positions with the World Bank, UNAIDS, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and Results for Development. Rob is a widely recognized thought leader and policy analyst with a strong track record of advice to top decision makers and dozens of publications related to immunization, HIV, health financing, health sector reform, and nutrition. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and a BA from Yale.

Please contact Rob at rob@pharosglobalhealth.com

Shan Soe-Lin

Principal Consultant

Dr. Shan Soe-Lin is an experienced management consultant focused on strategic, organizational and operational issues affecting global health non-profit organizations, multilaterals, and US healthcare payers and providers. Through her tenures with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), BCG alumni-led firms, Results for Development and now Pharos, Shan specializes in developing forward-looking strategies, resource mobilization approaches, competitive landscapes and investment cases for organizations and governments focused on broad global health issues, as well as nutrition, HIV, TB, and Maternal and Child Health. Shan also works with her clients to improve their organizational effectiveness and leadership development. She holds a PhD in Experimental Medicine from McGill University, and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard.

Please contact Shan at shan@pharosglobalhealth.com

Lindsey Hiebert

Associate Program Officer

Lindsey Hiebert has diverse research experiences, ranging from secondary data analysis of the nutritional status of Bangladeshi adolescents to primary data collection on perceptions of discrimination affecting healthcare access in a Dominican batey. She recently was a research assistant for the textbook Global Health 101. At Pharos, Lindsey provides analytical support to projects, focusing on research design, basic impact modeling, and data analysis. Lindsey received both a BS in Global Affairs and a MPH in epidemiology and global health at Yale University.

Please contact Lindsey at lindsey@pharosglobalhealth.com

Kelly Flanagan

Associate Program Officer

Kelly Flanagan has worked on global health issues related to maternal and child health and sexual and reproductive health, including examining access to care among pregnant adolescents and evaluating a community health worker intervention. She recently worked with UN Women and the World Health Organization on topics related to women and humanitarian action, and UNFPA on evaluation capacity development. Kelly also improved health and literacy programming in schools as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Jamaica. Kelly holds a MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Global Health from the Yale School of Public Health and a BS in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.

Please contact Kelly at kelly@pharosglobalhealth.com

Diana Gonzalez

Associate Program Officer

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 a MPH in Health Policy from the Yale School of Public Health and a BA in Economics, from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM).

Please contact Diana at diana@pharosglobalhealth.com

Samantha Horrocks

Administrative Assistant

Samantha Horrocks is a graduate from the University of Central Florida, where she earned her BA in Business Administration and Mass Communications. She has developed a deep passion for health and environmental causes and recently comes from a role at The NASCAR Foundation, a non-profit organization which champions pediatric health. Samantha brings her ingenuity and adaptability to Pharos through managing international travel arrangements and administrative projects.

Please contact Samantha at samantha@pharosglobalhealth.com

External Experts

Marc Herant

Recon Strategy

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

Independent Consultant

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 2012 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.

Teresa Guthrie

Guthrie Health Financing Consultants

Teresa Guthrie is a South African health economist and the founding director the Centre for Economic Governance and AIDS in Africa. Much of her work has focused on priority-setting, budgeting, cost-effectiveness and policy/legislative analysis for large-scale health programs. She has worked closely with a number of development partners, including the Global Fund and PEPFAR. Past projects include cost analyses for immunization programs in Uganda, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCM) in Zimbabwe, and tuberculosis control in South Africa. She also has extensive experience in health and development program management for children and adults with disabilities.

Mara Hansen Staples

Independent Consultant

Mara Hansen Staples is an independent consultant based in Vancouver, Canada who provides technical and strategic advice on the design and scale of basic health care programs. For Pharos she leads support to Gavi’s inquiry into how HPV vaccination programs might support the scale of other adolescent services. As a consultant Mara’s clients have also included the Gates Foundation and PATH. Previously Mara worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she led a large portfolio of investments to improve coverage of primary health care, and held roles on health economics and development policy teams. Over the past ten years Mara has also worked for Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, Pathfinder International and for the Moroccan Ministry of Health as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Mara holds a MSc in Global Health & Population from Harvard.

Jim Levinson

Tufts University

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.

Jessica Blankenship

Independent Consultant

Jessica Blankenship is a global nutrition consultant with a focus on the use of nutrition data to inform programmatic decision-making. She is currently based in Bangkok where she provides technical support to UNICEF East Asia Pacific Regional Office for large-scale survey design, data analysis and interpretation and country level application of two regional based toolkits for early child development and adolescent nutrition. In addition to her work with UNICEF, Jessica consults with WFP’s regional office in Bangkok and the Iodine Global Network (IGN). Jessica holds a PhD in International Food Policy from Tufts University Friedman School and an MSc degree in Nutrition Science from Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition.

Tendayi Chipango

Independent Consultant

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.

Stephen Resch

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

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.

Timothy Hallett

Imperial College London Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

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.

Carl Schütte

Strategic Development Consultants

Carl is a chartered accountant and completed his articles with Deloitte in Durban, South Africa. He joined the Deloitte Consulting Group where he attained the position of senior consultant specialising in activity based costing. Carl left Deloitte to focus on fundraising for and establishing a community-based development project. After project hand-over, he established his own consulting practice, Strategic Development Consultants (SDC). As founding partner Carl has been responsible for ensuring the on-going success of SDC as a niche consultancy in the development sector. 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 South East Asia including international development institutions such as the WHO, UNAIDS, The Global Fund, UNICEF and several international NGOs.