The combination of Board and Staff working in full alignment and harmony can be a force for positive change, success, joy, resilience and sustainability. When the opposite is the case we see trouble: frustration, mutual distrust, a waste of energy and other resources and little chance of the organization fulfilling its mission and staying the course. This seminar explored what makes for good boards.
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Karen Johnson Lassner, MPH, MA is a consultant for the LMG Project and former employee of Management Sciences for Health. With more than 35 années d'expérience dans le domaine de la santé globale, Mme. inclut la planification, la mise en œuvre et l'évaluation des soins de santé primaires, les services de santé de reproduction, la prévention du VIH et la tuberculose, et le développement des compétences en leadership, le management, et la gouvernance des organisations pour promouvoir et offrir des services de santé. Ses compétences spécifiques comprennent la planification stratégique et opérationnelle, le développement de leadership, les évaluation des besoins en matière de gestion, le suivi et l'évaluation, la gestion du changement organisationnel, le renforcement de la gouvernance dans les organisations de la société civile et les instances multi-sectorielles, et la gestion des programmes de santé communautaire. She is also an experienced face-to-face and virtual facilitator and trainer. Elle parle couramment l'anglais, l'espagnol et le portugais, she has experience working throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and in many countries in Africa and Asia. Mme. Lassner est titulaire de diplômes MA et MPH de l'Université de Californie, à Los Angeles. Elle est basée à Rio de Janeiro, Brésil, where she is on the board of BrazilFoundation.
Susan (Sue) Putter is a Principal Technical Advisor with the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services program of MSH. She joined MSH in 2006 and is based in South Africa where she has been the technical lead on governance, the Pharmaceutical Leadership Development Program and monitoring and evaluation. She works closely with the Directorate: Affordable Medicines in South Africa in strengthening governance within the pharmaceutical sector. Avant de rejoindre MSH, Sue worked for seven years as Senior Manager: Professional Affairs in the office of the South African Pharmacy Council. She has experience in drafting policies and legislation, contractual documents, terms of reference of committees, standards of practice, as well as the development of competency standards for pharmacy personnel. She currently serves on the Medicines Control Council – the body responsible for regulation of medicine in South Africa. Sue has postgraduate qualifications in pharmacy and public administration.
Mahesh Shukla, MD, DrPH, MPA est le conseiller technique principal de MSH pour la Gouvernance, Management, Management, et Gouvernance (LMG) financé par l'USAID. Il est médecin de santé publique, et expert en renforcement des politiques de santé et des systèmes de santé depuis 25 ans. Il a conçu et mis en œuvre des interventions qui ciblent le renforcement de la gouvernance au sein du projet LMG et il a développé des mesures de leur efficacité dans des environnements politiquement instables et avec limitation des capacités critiques. Avant de joindre MSH il a travaillé avec la Banque mondiale et le PNUD. Il a fait études en médicine à l'Université de Nagpur (Inde), il a obtenu son Master en administration publique à Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs de l'Université de Syracuse, et son doctorat en Santé Publique de l'Université George Washington.
Sylvia Vriesendorp, Drs. Psychology has worked at MSH since 1986 and started her international career working at UNECSO’s Regional Africa Bureau on 1979 on a program promoting family life education as a strategy to increase the acceptance of family planning. In the late 80s and 90s she worked on USAID’s Family Planning Management Training program which aimed at strengthening the leadership and management skills of health professionals in charge of sexual and reproductive health programs. This program eventually became the Leadership, Management and Governance Project, which is still managed by MSH out of its Arlington Office. Having completed her studies in Psychology in Holland, she lived in Geneva, Sana’a, Beirut, Dakar and Kabul. Currently, from her base in the Boston area, she provides assistance in developing leadership facilitators and bringing diverse stakeholders together to move the agenda on causes related to improved health and quality of life.
Helena Walkowiak is a Principal Technical Advisor and the technical lead for governance on the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services Program, implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH). She is a pharmacist with a master’s degree in public health who has over 15 years of experience in providing technical assistance to help countries strengthen pharmaceutical systems, scale up HIV programs, assess and build pharmaceutical management capacities, and improve the provision of medication-related patient care services in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean.
In her role as the governance technical lead, Mme. Walkowiak provides technical guidance in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of SIAPS activities to support countries in strengthening governance and increasing transparency at all levels of the pharmaceutical system. Avant de rejoindre MSH, Mme. Walkowiak worked as the expatriate chief pharmacist for two island countries, the Republic of Palau and the Cayman Islands.