Team

Staff

Eduardo Jezierski

Chief Executive Officer / Board of Directors

team-eduardo-jezierski-thumbnailEduardo has spent his whole career designing, implementing and deploying software solutions on a global scale. He originally received an MsC in Informatics after initial work in nuclear engineering, and later worked in Argentina in the areas of GIS analysis, machine learning and modeling for challenges in anthropology. His Master’s thesis was on robotics control, genetic algorithms and neural networks. Read more »

Wendy L. Schultz-Henry

Chief Operating Officer / Board of Directors

team-wendy-schultz-thumbnailWendy joined InSTEDD in the Fall of 2006. Over the course of her time with InSTEDD she has worn several hats as the needs of the organization have grown. Along with her current role as COO, she manages the international regulatory requirements for our overseas operations and also serves as West Coast Liaison for Crisis Response. She is Secretary and Treasurer to the Board of Directors. Wendy brings to InSTEDD over 25 years of experience in finance and operations with expertise in audit preparation and process, cash management, budget development and quality assessment. Read more »

Nicolás di Tada

Director of Platform Engineering

team-nicolas-ditada-thumbnailNicolás spends most of his time as a software designer, developer and project manager, crafting software with a strong technical and scientific background. Prior to starting his company, Manas Technology Solutions, Nicolás spent 10 years as a software architect and project leader for a diverse range of organizations, including startups and large corporations, acquiring a varied background in information retrieval, machine learning, information visualization and web application development. Read more »

Channe Suy

Regional Lead, iLab Southeast Asia

team-channe-suy-thumbnailChanne joined the Innovation Lab in Southeast Asia as Product Manager in August 2008. Her primary focus is to capture user requirements for all aspects that affect the quality of products. In addition, she also does software usability design and testing as well as provides on-going support to the clients/partners. Throughout the years with InSTEDD she has worked closely with Cambodia Communicable Disease Control at the national level down to the rural health center level in order to strengthen group communication by using InSTEDD’s technology. Read more »

Joseph Agoada

Global Communication

joe-smallJoseph brings over nine years of communication experience in complex international programs and partnerships. In 2006 he founded a non-profit which delivered appropriate technology and capacity building to East Africa. The nonprofit work led to employment with teams in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2008 – 2009) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (2010 – 2014). Read more »

Scott Teesdale, MPH

Program Manager

Teesdale_BioPic1-e1341944837378Scott is a Public Health Epidemiologist who has extensive experience working on disease surveillance and monitoring and evaluation systems throughout Africa and the Middle East. He has worked as a Regional Epidemiologist and Team Lead for Data Management with the US Centers for Disease Control, Global Disease Detection and Response Program in Cairo, Egypt. Additionally, Scott has worked as the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager for Medical Care Development International where he helped implement multiple USAID malarial control programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more »

Anne Smith

Manager of Contracts and Finance

Anne Smith, aka “Anna Raquelle”, joined InSTEDD in 2010 as Manager of Contracts and Finance. Anna brings over 30 years of contracts management experience with a variety of high profile customers in both US and foreign governments and businesses. At InSTEDD, Anna provides guidance to InSTEDD management and staff in all matters related to contractual agreements and transactions for both our US and Cambodia operations. Read more »

Bridget Sperry

Global Accounting & Human Resource Manager

Bridget is a San Francisco Bay Area native. After returning to the Bay Area from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in June 1995, she began working with several professional groups in the Finance & Accounting sector. In 2001, Bridget became a California Registered Tax Preparer and within a year, she opened a tax consulting and bookkeeping business. Her clients have included venture capital firms, executive recruiters, orthopedic surgeons, and other professional organizations. Most recently she was the in-house accountant for the Ansel Adams Gallery which furthered her love and appreciation for photography. Read more »

Outside Board Members

Eric Rasmussen, MD

Board of Directors

team-eric-rasmussen-thumbnailEric arrived as the founding Chief Executive Officer of InSTEDD in October 2007 and served as CEO until October 2010. Prior to joining InSTEDD, Eric was both Chairman of the Department of Medicine within the US Navy Medical Center near Seattle, Washington, and an advisor in humanitarian informatics for the US Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has led disaster response teams in more than 15 events, including the tsunami in Banda Aceh, Katrina, the Izmit earthquake, and Haiti. Read more »

Ann Marie Kimball, MD, MPH, FACPM

Board of Directors

kimballAnn Marie Kimball is a physician, epidemiologist and currently holds the role of strategic advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation and associate fellow at the Chatham House. In her work with the Rockefeller Foundation Dr. Kimball supports the strengthening and development of strategies for Ebola, post ebola and health crisis response. This work includes planning and guiding the formation of a regional disease surveillance network in collaboration with CORDS. Before joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Kimball served as technical and strategic lead for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation surveillance strategy formation. Read more »

Robert Kirkpatrick

Board of Directors

team-robert-kirkpatrick-thumbnailRobert has more than 15 years of experience developing and deploying collaboration technologies for public and private sector organizations and has spent most of the past decade in humanitarian relief and global development. His work explores ways that virtual interactions may help or hinder information sharing, trust-building, collective intelligence, and coordination. He is a strong proponent of open source software, open data standards, and grassroots technology innovation. Read more »

Consultants

Samantha Lekus

Acting Director, Compliance and Operations

Samantha-Lekus-bioSamantha brings over 20 years’ experience in operational, fiscal and administrative leadership. She has held a variety of management positions within international and domestic-based organizations including large university, NGOs and nonprofit organizations. She brings her expertise to InSTEDD to develop and support organizational and fiscal infrastructure including Federal compliance, A-133 audit preparation, strengthening HR functions and the development and implementation of internal controls and external policies to support the smooth functioning of InSTEDD’s overall administrative and fiscal operations. Read more »

Jessica Watterson

Senior Consultant

Jessica Watterson has worked on global health issues in South Asia, the Pacific and Africa. Her experience ranges from research on the use of mobile phones to improve antenatal care attendance in Samoa to overseeing health education classes for women living in slums in Kolkata, India. Jessica has previously worked for the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam and as a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellow at the Ministry of Health in Samoa. Jessica holds a Master of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Biochemistry from New York University. She is also currently working toward a PhD in Health Policy from UC Berkeley.

Eric Green

Senior Consultant

Green is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Global Health at DGHI. His primary research interest is how technology can improve health and health systems in low-income settings. He is currently collaborating with colleagues on studies in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Liberia, and Rwanda. His research portfolio spans from formative work on human centered design to impact evaluations of individual and group interventions. Green holds a doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina.

Simon Green

Media and Marketing

sim-thumbSimon brings over 10 years of experience in online marketing and media production. He began working with InSTEDD in May 2015, building video and web assets on behalf of the iLab Southeast Asia. He has a passion for tech projects with a positive impact. He is based in New York City.

2016 Global Ambassadors

Sara Causevic

Global Ambassador, Sweden

Fulbright Alumna trained at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in Global Health Policy & Management, Humanitarian Preparedness, and mHealth. Sara is a biochemical engineer and holds a Master’s degree in biochemistry. She worked for the UNFPA on projects in sexual and reproductive health and rights, youth, HIV/AIDS and family planning. She was trained at ECDC in migrant health and also worked for 5 years in the pharmaceutical sector on drug safety and drug regulatory affairs.

DR. JOHN B. NIWAGABA

Global Ambassador, Uganda

jb-smDr. John B. Niwagaba is a medical Doctor, a graduate of Bachelor of Medicine and bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from Makerere University, with 8 years clinical experience. He worked as the Africa Regional Manager for the International Diabetes Federation, coordinating more than 30 country associations in Sub Saharan Africa. Read more »

Pushpa Sharma

Global Ambassador, India

Pushpa Sharma was born on 27 December 1983 at Jalandhar, Punjab, India. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the year 2004 from B.D. Arya Girls College, Jalandhar under Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India. She has completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application in the year 2005 from Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar City affiliated with Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab India. Read more »

John Grills

Global Ambassador, United States of America

John Grills is an Engineer with over 35 years experience in the Research and Development Community for the US DoD and NGO Communities, where he specialized in introducing new capabilities, enabled by emerging technology, to the communities served. He held senior level government positions as an Electrical, Mechanical, and General Engineer, and served as a Science Advisor on 4-Star Command Staff, where his principle duties were Technology Transfer & Assessment. Read more »

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Interns

Gillian Miswardi

Global Communication Intern

gillianGillian is a final-year student at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, where she is completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. She recently undertook a six-month internship at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Sweden, where she worked on gender, diversity and development issues. She has interests in political and economic anthropology as well as science and technology studies.

Emily Aiken

Global Communication Intern

Emily is a rising sophomore at Harvard University where she studies computer science and runs on the cross-country and track-and-field teams. After graduating, she hopes to apply her technical skills to solving societal problems. She has previously worked on developing the Khan Academy’s programming curriculum. Emily is from Palo Alto, California, and is passionate about the outdoors and travel.