International Advisors

A diverse global network of advisors who support PCI on an ad hoc basis, providing expertise and quality assurance in a range of areas.

  • Lord Nigel Crisp

    Social Investment Campaign Ambassador
    Lord Nigel Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords, UK where he co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health. He also co-chairs Nursing Now, the global campaign on nursing. Nigel is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Medicine. Chief Executive of the NHS in England from 2000-2006 he now works and writes extensively on global health with a focus on Africa. His main current interests are...

    Lord Nigel Crisp

    Social Investment Campaign Ambassador

    Lord Nigel Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords, UK where he co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health. He also co-chairs Nursing Now, the global campaign on nursing. Nigel is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Medicine. Chief Executive of the NHS in England from 2000-2006 he now works and writes extensively on global health with a focus on Africa. His main current interests are global health partnerships, health creation and nursing.

  • Gisela Abbam

    Social Investment Campaign Advisor
    Gisela is a Management Consultant, the Chair of the British Science Association, a global Goodwill Ambassador and a multi-award winner. Gisela has worked in conjunction with the WHO, World Bank and the UN to improve health outcomes globally. She currently serves on two Boards and several Advisory Committees. She has also presented on career insights to thousands of students.

    Gisela Abbam

    Social Investment Campaign Advisor

    Gisela is a Management Consultant, the Chair of the British Science Association, a global Goodwill Ambassador and a multi-award winner. Gisela has worked in conjunction with the WHO, World Bank and the UN to improve health outcomes globally. She currently serves on two Boards and several Advisory Committees. She has also presented on career insights to thousands of students.

    Gisela was recently named as one of the 100 Women to Watch for FTSE 350 Boards. Gisela is the winner of the 2019 Black British Business Person of the Year Awards. She was awarded Iconic Woman creating a better World for All by the Women Economic Forum. In 2019, Gisela was awarded Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce for her contribution to social change. Previously, she was the Director of Strategic Partnerships and a Company Officer for Abt Associates, a global research and evaluation company.

    Gisela was also previously the inaugural Global Executive Director for Government Affairs & Policy for General Electric Healthcare. She developed the global function. She was responsible for the strategic direction of government affairs and policy for GE Healthcare, the $18 billion business unit of GE that provides transformational medical technologies to health customers in over 100 countries.

  • Salma Seedat

    Social Investment Campaign Advisor
    Salma is the Director of Strategy & Operations at BroadReach, a company that focuses on universal healthcare, with a specific emphasis on HIV&AIDS prevention and epidemic control, using innovative technology to achieve impact at scale. She is a founding board member of the UNDP founded African Impact Investing Taskforce, Impact@Africa, a network that addresses the crosscutting challenges facing impact investment in Africa. She was also responsible for growing the Southern African Impact Investing Network (SAIIN) to become a leading platform for knowledge sharing on impact investing in Southern Africa. She is a Steering Committee member for the...

    Salma Seedat

    Social Investment Campaign Advisor

    Salma is the Director of Strategy & Operations at BroadReach, a company that focuses on universal healthcare, with a specific emphasis on HIV&AIDS prevention and epidemic control, using innovative technology to achieve impact at scale. She is a founding board member of the UNDP founded African Impact Investing Taskforce, Impact@Africa, a network that addresses the crosscutting challenges facing impact investment in Africa. She was also responsible for growing the Southern African Impact Investing Network (SAIIN) to become a leading platform for knowledge sharing on impact investing in Southern Africa. She is a Steering Committee member for the South African chapter of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and has run a successful impact advisory services consultancy where she provided development advisory and grant management services focused specifically on sector building, impact measurement and impact assessments.

    Salma has consulted for several local and international development agencies, higher education institutions and non-profit organisations across sub-Saharan Africa and works with a global network of institutions and individuals that play a significant role in driving socio-economic development in Africa. She holds an MBA from Stellenbosch University Business School, specialising in Managing International Organisations and has additional qualifications in Development Finance, Project Management and Human Resources Management. Although she has worked in many sectors, her key areas of interest are education, healthcare, skills development and job creation. She is passionate about working with like-minded people to build a sustainable and inclusive global economy.

  • Prof Ana Mocumbi

    Ana is Associate Professor of Cardiology at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique and Head of NCD Research at National Institute of Health, Mozambique. She is also currently Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission for NCDs & Injury of Poverty. From 1992-1997 Ana worked as a GP in rural areas of Mozambique and then pursued a specialisation in Cardiology at the Heart Institute, Maputo Mozambique. Ana since received a PhD in Neglected Diseases at the Imperial College, London, and a Post doc fellow in Epidemiology on NCDs from the University of California.

    Prof Ana Mocumbi

    Ana is Associate Professor of Cardiology at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique and Head of NCD Research at National Institute of Health, Mozambique. She is also currently Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission for NCDs & Injury of Poverty. From 1992-1997 Ana worked as a GP in rural areas of Mozambique and then pursued a specialisation in Cardiology at the Heart Institute, Maputo Mozambique. Ana since received a PhD in Neglected Diseases at the Imperial College, London, and a Post doc fellow in Epidemiology on NCDs from the University of California.

  • Dr Niti Pall

    Niti is a family medicine doctor who is currently medical Director at KPMG Global healthcare practice. She is also a senior consultant at AXA where she advises the emerging customer and innovation team to replicate mobile healthcare across the world. Prior to this Niti was Medical and Innovation Director of international development markets for BUPA. She was also the founder of Health India Private Limited: a primary healthcare business set up with intent to redesign primary healthcare in India. She is also currently Chair elect of the International Diabetes Federation Europe.

    Dr Niti Pall

    Niti is a family medicine doctor who is currently medical Director at KPMG Global healthcare practice. She is also a senior consultant at AXA where she advises the emerging customer and innovation team to replicate mobile healthcare across the world. Prior to this Niti was Medical and Innovation Director of international development markets for BUPA. She was also the founder of Health India Private Limited: a primary healthcare business set up with intent to redesign primary healthcare in India. She is also currently Chair elect of the International Diabetes Federation Europe.

  • Dr Sonak Pastakia

    Sonak is an Associate Professor with Purdue University who has spent the last 10 years based in western Kenya working with the AMPATH program to provide comprehensive population health.  He recently served as a Jefferson Science Fellow for the USAID Africa Bureau for Sustainable Development. In terms of his specific clinical interests, Sonak has focused on developing novel models of care delivery and supply chain systems to address the growing burden of chronic diseases, including HIV, diabetes, hypertension, and venous thromboembolism, to improve the poor quality of care many patients in LMICs currently receive.

    Dr Sonak Pastakia

    Sonak is an Associate Professor with Purdue University who has spent the last 10 years based in western Kenya working with the AMPATH program to provide comprehensive population health.  He recently served as a Jefferson Science Fellow for the USAID Africa Bureau for Sustainable Development. In terms of his specific clinical interests, Sonak has focused on developing novel models of care delivery and supply chain systems to address the growing burden of chronic diseases, including HIV, diabetes, hypertension, and venous thromboembolism, to improve the poor quality of care many patients in LMICs currently receive.

  • Celina Gorre

    Celina has had extensive experience at the intersection of corporate responsibility and global health, developing health and social programmes for multinational companies. She is the CEO of WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease in the US. She was previously the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, and prior to that she was the founding Managing Director of the Foundation for the UN Global Compact, where she created the team and processes for the private sector to systematically fund the UNGC, and the Technical Manager for the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and...

    Celina Gorre

    Celina has had extensive experience at the intersection of corporate responsibility and global health, developing health and social programmes for multinational companies. She is the CEO of WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease in the US. She was previously the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, and prior to that she was the founding Managing Director of the Foundation for the UN Global Compact, where she created the team and processes for the private sector to systematically fund the UNGC, and the Technical Manager for the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. Celina has also worked with UNFPA and UNICEF in Angola as a Senior HIV/AIDS Advisor.

  • Dr Nigel Pearson

    Nigel specialises in strengthening health systems in fragile states, working with Health Ministries, donors and UN organisations. He has supported development of the health system across the Somali states, was involved in designing the DFID-led Health Pooled Fund in South Sudan and has advised the Global Fund on their programming in fragile states. Nigel also works as a GP locum in Oxford.

    Dr Nigel Pearson

    Nigel specialises in strengthening health systems in fragile states, working with Health Ministries, donors and UN organisations. He has supported development of the health system across the Somali states, was involved in designing the DFID-led Health Pooled Fund in South Sudan and has advised the Global Fund on their programming in fragile states. Nigel also works as a GP locum in Oxford.

  • Dr Patricia Odero

    Patrica is the Regional Director (Africa) for Duke Global Health Innovation Center (GHIC) and Innovations in Healthcare: organisations that are based out of Duke University, that work with health systems and entrepreneurs to support the scaling and adaptation of innovations, and related policy reforms. Patricia is passionate about building patient-centric health systems that meet the challenges of emerging economies. Her work leverages her clinical, managerial and health system transformation competencies. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) and an Executive MBA. Patricia is the inaugural recipient of the St Edmund’s College Studentship in Social...

    Dr Patricia Odero

    Patrica is the Regional Director (Africa) for Duke Global Health Innovation Center (GHIC) and Innovations in Healthcare: organisations that are based out of Duke University, that work with health systems and entrepreneurs to support the scaling and adaptation of innovations, and related policy reforms. Patricia is passionate about building patient-centric health systems that meet the challenges of emerging economies. Her work leverages her clinical, managerial and health system transformation competencies. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) and an Executive MBA. Patricia is the inaugural recipient of the St Edmund’s College Studentship in Social Innovation at Cambridge University where she is completing a Masters in Social Innovation program.

     

  • Prof David Mant

    David was head of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care at Oxford University from 1998-2010, He is now Emeritus Professor at the University and a non-executive Director of the Oxford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has a long-standing interest in achieving universal access to high quality clinical care outside hospitals and he continued to work as an NHS general practitioner throughout his career. Since 2010, his work has focused on how to improve the quality of primary care in low-income countries.

    Prof David Mant

    David was head of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care at Oxford University from 1998-2010, He is now Emeritus Professor at the University and a non-executive Director of the Oxford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has a long-standing interest in achieving universal access to high quality clinical care outside hospitals and he continued to work as an NHS general practitioner throughout his career. Since 2010, his work has focused on how to improve the quality of primary care in low-income countries.

  • Dr Adam Sandell

    Adam currently works as a GP (primary care doctor) to a remote, rural community in Canada. He previously worked as a GP in England for many years, and taught at Oxford, Newcastle, and Lancaster Universities. He has advised a range of public- and voluntary-sector organisations in several countries, and worked as a barrister (lawyer), focusing on health-related public and human rights law. Adam previously worked as a freelance Clinical Associate for PCI including: UNHCR training on NCDs for healthcare staff working with refugees in Ethiopia and (in French) in the Democratic Republic of Congo; WHO training to doctors...

    Dr Adam Sandell

    Adam currently works as a GP (primary care doctor) to a remote, rural community in Canada. He previously worked as a GP in England for many years, and taught at Oxford, Newcastle, and Lancaster Universities. He has advised a range of public- and voluntary-sector organisations in several countries, and worked as a barrister (lawyer), focusing on health-related public and human rights law. Adam previously worked as a freelance Clinical Associate for PCI including: UNHCR training on NCDs for healthcare staff working with refugees in Ethiopia and (in French) in the Democratic Republic of Congo; WHO training to doctors and nurses working in humanitarian settings in Syria, both in the Middle East and by webinar; and, in India, developing protocols and training to support innovative nurse-led primary care services for poor and marginalised communities operated by Swasti.

     

  • Dr Silver Bahendeka

    Silver is an Hon. senior consultant physician of diabetes and endocrinology at St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya, Kampala in Uganda, as well as lecturer at the Mother Kevin Post Graduate Medical School, Uganda Martyrs University. Silver is the current Chair of the East Africa Diabetes Research Group (EADSG) and previous Chair of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Africa Region, 2009 - 2013. His research interest is in Beta cell function and pathogenesis of diabetes.

    Dr Silver Bahendeka

    Silver is an Hon. senior consultant physician of diabetes and endocrinology at St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya, Kampala in Uganda, as well as lecturer at the Mother Kevin Post Graduate Medical School, Uganda Martyrs University. Silver is the current Chair of the East Africa Diabetes Research Group (EADSG) and previous Chair of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Africa Region, 2009 – 2013. His research interest is in Beta cell function and pathogenesis of diabetes.

  • Dr Johann Alex Ebenezer

    Johann is a psychiatrist currently working in Christian Medical College, Vellore, in Tamil Nadu, India. Here he has led a team that created a blended learning course in mental health for primary care generalist doctors as well as other health workers. Prior to this he started the Psychiatry Department at Padhar Hospital, a rural Lutheran mission hospital in the state of Madhya Pradesh: the first and only full-time mental health service in a radius of 200 km. There he pioneered a novel rural community-based mental health project, Project Shifa, covering 75 tribal villages surrounding Padhar.

    Dr Johann Alex Ebenezer

    Johann is a psychiatrist currently working in Christian Medical College, Vellore, in Tamil Nadu, India. Here he has led a team that created a blended learning course in mental health for primary care generalist doctors as well as other health workers. Prior to this he started the Psychiatry Department at Padhar Hospital, a rural Lutheran mission hospital in the state of Madhya Pradesh: the first and only full-time mental health service in a radius of 200 km. There he pioneered a novel rural community-based mental health project, Project Shifa, covering 75 tribal villages surrounding Padhar.