About CORE Group

CORE is the only player in its field that convenes the practitioners and public health professionals in global community health to share knowledge, evidence, and best practices, and then translates these into the real world with a direct impact, creating new standards in clinical and public health as it advances dialogue at the country and global levels.

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Mission & Vision


Improve and expand community health practices for underserved populations, especially women, children, and adolescents, through collaborative action and learning.


Communities where everyone can attain health and well-being.

Photo Credit: Hari Prasad Upadhyay, World Vision International Nepal
Photo Credit: Hari Prasad Upadhyay, World Vision International Nepal

Values Statement

Values Statement

  • We believe that access to health care is a basic human right and that essential health care for all is attainable through a whole-health-systems approach. All people and communities must have access to safe, affordable, and high-quality health services without having to risk financial hardship. Universal health coverage must be fully implemented in policy and in practice to build a healthier world.
  • We see communities at the center of our efforts. Community-led decision-making, power, and resources are essential to attaining sustainable and strong health systems.
  • We believe in decolonizing global health. International health efforts must center the voices of regional, country-level, and local stakeholders and normalize these stakeholders’ leadership in decision-making.
  •  We amplify the voices of vibrant communities whose health care systems do not meet their needs. Understanding the experience and priorities of our members and centering individual and collective voices in their health advocacy helps to effect wide reach and change.
  • We lift the voices of women and girls. Respecting, learning from, and engaging women and girls in communities whose needs are not met by existing health systems can provide important lessons on priorities, practices, and policies to help achieve health care and well-being for everyone.
  • We seek an end to racism and discrimination. Equal opportunity for all people can be achieved through dialogue, learning, and advocating in collaboration with and among Black and indigenous communities, people of color, women, gender and sexual minorities, people living with disabilities, and all those who experience hatred and bigotry around the world.
  • We thrive on collaborative learning and action, which drive innovations to advance health equity. Health equity can be achieved through learning, collaboration, and the application of resulting tools and approaches among all stakeholders engaged in the health system: public and private sector actors, donors, community leaders, religious leaders, mothers, and youth all have an important role to play.
  • We strive for health equity for all and seek gender-transformative approaches in programming and policies. Equitable approaches, including community-led research and advocacy, can promote gender equity by breaking down barriers to ensure access to high-quality health care for all populations. Ensuring health and gender equity measures, implementation guidelines, and clear policies are essential to achieve health equity for all communities.
  • We trust science. Evidence-based programs are necessary to effectively support and improve global community health.
  • We believe in the urgency of addressing climate change and its myriad effects on communities. We strive to protect the environment and commit to environmentally sustainable practices as an organization.

Photo by CGPP Nigeria
Photo by CGPP Nigeria

History of CORE Group

CORE Group emerged organically, beginning in 1997, when a group of health professionals from non-governmental development organizations saw the value of sharing knowledge and ideas about how to best help children survive. What began in this simple spirit of openness quickly gained momentum as participants realized significant savings in time, thought and resources—all made possible by collaborating. The group realized that this “community of practice” model was also fertile ground for the creation of new knowledge and ideas. In 2001, the group’s original moniker, The Child Survival Collaborations and Resources Group, was streamlined, and the newly named CORE Group incorporated as a coalition of non-profit global health organizations. Though the original scope has broadened from child survival to include women’s health and infectious diseases, the organizing principle for CORE Group membership remains the same: technical excellence in integrated, community-based global health programming.

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Annual Reports

In our commitment to transparency and financial accountability, CORE Group publishes an annual report that highlights our accomplishments and financial information for each fiscal year. Our annual reports since 2005 are available below. Reports for 2004 and earlier were only published in hardcopy.

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report

2009 Annual Report

2008 Annual Report

2007 Annual Report

2006 Annual Report

2005 Annual Report

Our Impact

CORE Group has worked since 1997 to advance the field of community health by developing case studies and analyzing research data from the field, creating training curricula and conducting workshops, developing monitoring and evaluation trainings and tools, fostering in-country collaboration, diffusing Innovations, and advocating for Community Approaches to Health.

Contributions to the Field

CORE Group has worked since 1997 to advance the field of community health by:

– Developing case studies and analyzing research data from the field so others can understand what works on the ground level and how it might be replicated.

– Creating training curricula and conducting workshops that address community-level prevention and care, with a focus on social and behavior change, childhood illness, maternal mortality and management of infectious diseases.

– Developing monitoring and evaluation trainings and tools that enable field staff to collect standardized data. More Information, please visit the Monitoring and Evaluation Tools and Resources.

– Fostering in-country collaboration to assist NGOs and global partners in developing secretariats and networks. Recent efforts include malaria, polio, and pandemic preparedness activities in India, Nepal, Ethiopia, Angola, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

– Diffusing Innovations. NGOs working in isolation often create innovative solutions to improve child health outcomes by overcoming common obstacles to development. CORE has worked to diffuse several NGO innovations that have demonstrated improvement in the effectiveness, sustainability, equity or scale of child health outcomes.

– Advocating for Community Approaches to Health. Core Group has partnered with several global initiatives–such as Roll Back Malaria, Stop TB, and the U.S. Coalition for Child Survival—in order to ensure that community approaches to health are integrated into health advocacy efforts.



NGOs working in community health often create innovative solutions to improve maternal and child health outcomes by overcoming obstacles to effective implementation. Many of these obstacles (lack of community ownership, ineffective referral, drug unavailability, low use of services, and low retention of community health agents) are present in communities around the world. Innovations created by one organization can assist others in improving mother and child health; however they are often not developed or transferred in a way that would enable others to learn about, evaluate and uptake the innovation for wider benefit. CORE Group is interested in diffusing NGO innovations that demonstrate a proven track record in improving the effectiveness, sustainability, equity or scale of maternal child health outcomes. CORE Group facilitates a peer review of promising evidence-based innovations, provides guidance to ensure that the product will be practical, and supports trainings and diffusion through its Community Health Network so the innovation can be used worldwide.

Who We Are


Lisa M. Hilmi

Executive Director

Lisa Hilmi has over 30 years of global health experience in over 20+ countries, employing both human rights and community-based participatory approaches to addressing health disparities for women, children and communities. As a nurse, researcher, and public health expert, Lisa has worked at multiple levels of global health, in policy, research, emergency relief and response, development, workforce development, health systems strengthening; from local to global levels. She has worked in development settings, led response to HIV/AIDS/STIs/GBV in refugee and conflict settings, and developed policy for outbreaks, disasters, and epidemics in multiple countries. She has led over $180 Million of development, relief and rehabilitation efforts. Clinically, Lisa has worked in pediatric hospital, community, academic, and crisis settings, and has held leadership positions in the UN, Sigma Theta Tau International, INGOs, and foundations. Her research focuses on geographical health disparities for adolescents in urban settings. She has a strong history of partnership and coordination with UN, INGOs, CSOs, and other stakeholders. She sits on the WHO PMNCH Board, the Steering Committee of the Child Health Task Force, the Board of Directors at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, as well as other review committees. She holds an MPH from Columbia University, a BSN and completing her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, was a Jonas Nurse Scholar, is a Certified Pediatric Nurse, and holds a BA in Communications and Political Science from Villanova University.

Sheetal Sharma

Senior Immunization Advisor

Sheetal Sharma, Public Health Ph.D. has 13 years’ experience of improving access to health in low- and middle-income countries, with a focus on immunization in last mile settings. Her work centers on field-based management and research of evidence-based health projects contributing to shortening information and data gaps towards effective decision-making and action both nationally and globally. She is a 2019 Harvard Medical School Research Fellow, currently the Vice Chair of the Civil Society Organisation Constituency Steering Committee – GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, (2019-2021). She joined CORE Group in 2020 as a Senior Immunization Advisor.

Daniel Massamba Meboya

Senior Advisor, Advocacy and Communications

Daniel Massamba Meboya, a Congolese national, has over 30 years of experience in corporate communications and public relations. He started his career in Communications/Information at the United States Information Agency (Kinshasa and Washington, DC offices) and developed his skills along the way in the broad spectrum of strategic communications. Most recently, Meboya had been the Team Leader of the Strategic Communication and Public Information Office at the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) where he contributed to setting strategic communications, media relations, and public relations standards which led the Mission to gain trust and strong acceptance among local populations. He previously worked as Communications Specialist/Expert at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (DR Congo), World Vision (South Sudan), Nile Basin Initiative (Uganda), The Great Lakes Parliamentary Forum on Peace (Kenya), United Nations Development Programme and Save the Children-UK (DR Congo). Meboya holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Science & Leadership from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA.

Comfort Siodlarz

Director of Finance and Administration

Comfort has over 16 years of financial and technical experience with nonprofits. She has an in-depth understanding and experience in implementing programs by donors such as USAID, DOS, USDA, DFID, UNHCR among few. Over the years, she has developed strong skills in managing and handling financial reports, donor reports, billing, invoicing, contracts and procuring goods and services. She enjoys developing operational and proposal budgets and monitoring awards and grants from both the field and head quarter level. She has lived and worked overseas and has a diverse skills in working with people from many different backgrounds. Comfort holds an MBA in finance from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in accounting from Central University in Accra, Ghana. During her personal time she enjoys building things including home improvement projects.

Robert Yamoah

Senior Accountant

Urszula Chomicka

Operations and Membership Manager

Urszula Chomicka joined CORE Group in September 2021. Urszula has over 12 years of project management experience in membership-based organizations, both in the US and abroad. Prior to CORE Group, she supported the operations of a 15-person team focused on Latin America at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, organizing visits for presidential delegations and managing relationships with 100+ member companies. She has also worked on array of other international projects, from chemical security workshops in the Middle East, to international conferences and trainings for law enforcement at INTERPOL, or finally an international pantomime festival. Urszula speaks 4 languages: in addition to her native Polish and English, she is fluent in Spanish and French, and is currently learning basics of Portuguese. She loves to travel, eat (and cook!) international cuisine, and read, particularly 19-century British novels.

Elías Enenbach

Advocacy and Communications Manager

As Advocacy and Communications Manager, Elías Enenbach leads CORE Group’s communications efforts and builds collaborative relationships with partners and stakeholders, with a focus on immunization and advocacy. In this capacity, he develops communications that translate health information into effective language for diverse audiences and actively engages global and regional partners, CORE Group members, civil society organizations, and the media. Prior to joining CORE Group, Elías developed communications at international health research and advocacy organizations including the Guttmacher Institute, Vital Strategies, and International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region. In these roles, he collaborated with partners in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Elías previously performed marketing and communications at diverse organizations after beginning his career in Spanish-language and bilingual book and journal publishing. Elías cares deeply about equity and global well-being. He holds an MA and MPhil from Yale University, where he taught Spanish and studied Latin American literature in Spanish and Portuguese. He received a BA in Hispanic studies and a BMus in music performance from Northwestern University.

Avani Duggaraju

Communications and Knowledge Management Coordinator

As the Communications and Knowledge Management Coordinator, Avani contributes to strategies to strengthen communication and knowledge sharing between CORE Group, its membership and the broader International Community Health Network. She has experience working in health communications and behavior change research both domestically and internationally. She has previously worked with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on a project examining women’s sanitation vulnerabilities in southern Tanzania and interned at an HIV/AIDS non-profit in India. Avani received her MSPH in Social and Behavioral Interventions from the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her BS from the University of Connecticut. She enjoys dance, travel, reading, and listening to K-Pop.


Martha Fernández Albornett

Community Engagement Specialist/Especialista de Participación Comunitaria

Graduated in Human Resources, with more than 13 years as a Human Rights Activist especially in the Venezuelan community in Peru; Promoter of social aid projects, humanitarian assistance, and counseling for the Venezuelan community’s institutional relationships achieving alliances with UNHCR, IOM, UNDP, Save The Children, Plan International, Humanity & Inclusion, among others, to promote social and labor integration, and economic of Venezuelans in Peru. She has held leadership positions in civil society organizations of the Venezuelan community, being the former Executive Director and founder of Unión Venezolana in Peru. She has been a consultant for CARE PERU; Fundación Ayuda en Acción, and Migratory Specialist of the NGO AGTR. Currently, president and founder of the Asociación Protección Población Vulnerable (APPV), whose purpose is to actively participate in the promotion of a better quality of life for the Peruvian and foreign population, migrants, and refugees who live in Peru.

Sandra Yu

COVID-19 Knowledge Management and Communications Intern

Sandra Yu is a senior at Vassar College, where she is majoring in biochemistry with a correlate in analytical philosophy. Her interest in public health advocacy began when she worked with Asian survivors of female genital cutting during her internship with Sahiyo. Previously, Sandra worked extensively in clinical research with a focus on emergency management. She hopes to combine her interests in public health, advocacy, and clinical research as she matriculates to the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health for her MPH.

Sana Khan

Knowledge Management and Communications Intern

Sana Khan is a senior at George Mason University, where she is completing a dual-degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in Media, Communications and Culture and Psychology. Her interest in communications and international engagement began when she worked as a social media manager for the Global Affairs department at George Mason and as part of the Curriculum Impact Team focused on COVID-19’s impact on life around the globe. She hopes to combine her interests in communication, advocacy, and international development as she finishes her undergraduate degrees at George Mason University.

Board of Directors

The CORE Group Board of Directors is the governing body of the organization and is dedicated to advancing CORE Group’s mission, values, strategies, goals, priorities, and policies.

Chair, Catholic Relief Services

Sarah Ford

Sarah Ford is Director of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Integrated Program Quality Unit. She provides strategic leadership and direction for three of CRS’ cross-cutting program areas: Equity, Justice, and Integrated Programming. Ms. Ford supports the design, delivery and evaluation of peace-building, governance, gender, protection, and youth, programming globally. She also supports monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning for CRS programs worldwide. Finally, she works in Partnership and Capacity Strengthening, supporting the design, delivery, and evaluation of high quality capacity strengthening interventions. Ms. Ford has over 35 years of professional experience in organizational sustainability, leadership, management, and non-formal education. Prior to CRS, Ms. Ford worked with Management Sciences for Health’s AIDSTAR-Two project, providing capacity building technical assistance to USAID-funded AIDS programs globally. At Lutheran World Relief, she provided leadership to the development and implementation of international public policy platforms and constituent education programs and at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, supported programs promoting the human rights of women, children, and oppressed racial and indigenous groups. Previously, while Director of Capacity Building at CEDPA, Ms. Ford led a team in developing programs to increase international partners’ organizational capacity and sustainability.

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Co-Chair, Corus International

Dennis Cherian

Dennis Cherian, MHA, MS, BHMS is a physician with a keen interest and specialization in alternative systems of medicine; he also has graduate degrees in public health administration and psychological counseling. Currently, Dennis is the Associate Vice President, Health and Nutrition at Corus International. Prior to this role, he was the Director of New Program Development for Jhpiego. the Senior Director of Health for World Vision, Inc. and served in senior advisor roles with the New York State Department of Health, Division of Tuberculosis, Medical Care Development International and Plan International. He has extensive experience designing and implementing a range of innovative public health interventions to include child survival, tuberculosis/HIV, neglected tropical disease, health systems strengthening, community health, and digital technologies for health in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. He has contributed to many publications and spoken at high level technical and policy forums. He also serves on the board of the Christian Connection in International Health (CCIH). Previously, he served as an Advisory Member of Social Behavior Change for Faith-Based Organizations, the Country Task Force for mPowering Frontline Health Worker and the Global Digital Health Network.

Treasurer, Independent

Kote Lomidze

Kote Lomidze is the senior vice president for finance, chief financial officer (CFO), and treasurer at World Learning, overseeing all global financial operations and activities. He originally joined World Learning in 2009 and spent three years at the organization, serving as finance director for international development and exchange programs and then deputy CFO. After spending nearly two years as CFO of Project Concern International based in San Diego, he returned to World Learning in 2014. Prior to joining World Learning, Lomidze spent 11 years working in finance at World Vision in his native Georgia, Russia, Zimbabwe, and the United States. Lomidze previously served as a board member and treasurer of San Diego Diplomacy Council, local NGO engaged in creating international connections to address common global challenges. Lomidze is a certified public accountant and holds a BA in mathematical economics and a law degree from Tbilisi State University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Magnus Conteh speaking into a microphone

At-Large, Independent

Magnus Conteh

Magnus currently an independent consultant. Previously, he served as the Executive Director to the Community Health Academy. Under Magnus’s leadership and through multiple partnerships across three continents, the Academy helped governments transform community health education and build capacity in health systems leadership. In addition to an international team of staff, the Academy draws on the expertise of a global faculty network that includes representation from WHO, USAID, the Global Financing Facility, former Ministers of Health and academic experts from Universities, including Harvard, the University of Liberia, and other academic and technical institutions in the global South. Previously, Magnus worked for seven years at World Vision Ireland, including as the Deputy CEO/Director of Programmes and Strategy. Notably, he led World Vision’s involvement in the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Ebola Vaccine trial in Sierra Leone, which included overseeing the deployment of technology critical for the clinical trial. Magnus has also held other senior management positions including in the National Health Service in the UK and the Health Service Executive in Ireland, where he served as Director for the Regional Centre of Nursing/Midwifery Education at the University Hospital in Galway.

Secretary, Smile Train

Erin Stieber

Magnus currently an independent consultant. Previously, he served as the Executive Director to the Community Health Academy. Under Magnus’s leadership and through multiple partnerships across three continents, the Academy helped governments transform community health education and build capacity in health systems leadership. In addition to an international team of staff, the Academy draws on the expertise of a global faculty network that includes representation from WHO, USAID, the Global Financing Facility, former Ministers of Health and academic experts from Universities, including Harvard, the University of Liberia, and other academic and technical institutions in the global South. Previously, Magnus worked for seven years at World Vision Ireland, including as the Deputy CEO/Director of Programmes and Strategy. Notably, he led World Vision’s involvement in the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Ebola Vaccine trial in Sierra Leone, which included overseeing the deployment of technology critical for the clinical trial. Magnus has also held other senior management positions including in the National Health Service in the UK and the Health Service Executive in Ireland, where he served as Director for the Regional Centre of Nursing/Midwifery Education at the University Hospital in Galway.

At-Large, Independent

Stephen Rahaim

Stephen has 20 years of experience designing, managing and measuring complex initiatives to improve development outcomes and create enduring social and economic value working with private sector, civil society, government and donors. Stephen has collaborated with a wide range of clients and stakeholders to develop local, national and multi-country strategies, leading project implementation, partner relationships and performance management among diverse technical and operations teams. He has designed, advised and measured social innovation funds and competitions, public-private partnerships, human-centered and market based research and interventions. As a Senior Principal Specialist with the global health team at DAI, Stephen works across health practice areas to deepen the organization’s impact, including a focus on private sector engagement and strengthening local organizations. Previously, Stephen was Chief of Party of the USAID Catalyst project through which he helped design and execute multiple open innovation programs and innovation incentive awards in more than 20 countries focused on a variety of development challenges. Prior to this, he built and led the Health Markets and Behavior Change practice at Palladium, and led the Asia and Middle East Portfolio for the USAID Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector Project at Abt Associates among other positions. Stephen received a Master of Public Health Degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

At-Large, Independent

Beth Outterson

In her previous role as Knowledge Management Senior Advisor at Medical Teams International, Beth Outterson guides the organization’s learning initiative and the development of a KM strategy. She builds staff competency in Community Based Primary Health Care through development of online resources, and training a cadre of field based Capacity Building champions. Previously, Beth worked as Adolescent Reproductive Health Advisor at Save the Children, and as Health and HIV/ AIDS Specialist at US Peace Corps. Beth has an MA and MPH from Tulane University. After many years on the East Coast, she is enjoying life in the Pacific Northwest!

At-Large, Independent

Janine Schooley

Janine Schooley is an independent consultant specializing in program design, technical writing, social and behavior change, strategic planning, and meeting/event facilitation. She obtained her MPH with an emphasis on Maternal and Child Health from San Diego State University in 1985. She spent the last 36 years in leadership positions with two San-Diego-based nonprofit international health and development organizations: Wellstart International from 1985 to 2000 and PCI from 2000 to 2021. Janine is a specialist in NGO/PVO leadership with emphasis on program design, evaluation, and management, including capacity strengthening, gender, and behavior change aspects of integrated community-based health and development programming. Since 2007, she has been a faculty member at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where she teaches a course on social and behavior change. From 2002 to 2011, Ms. Schooley served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the CORE Group and as Co-Chair of the HIV/AIDS Working Group. She recently returned to the CORE Group Board, where she currently serves as an at-large member.

Alka Ahuja

At-Large, Malaria Consortium UK

Alka Ahuja

Alka has over 20 years senior management experience in banking, financial services and the not for profit sector. She is a qualified accountant and a Fellow of the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Alka is currently the Finance Director at Malaria Consortium UK with global responsibility for the finance, operations, internal audit and IT functions. Alka is a part of the Global Management Group (GMG), the Board of Trustees including the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Company Secretary; Director of Malaria Enterprises Ltd; Director of Malaria Public Health Limited (Nigerian entity); and Officer on Malaria Consortium US Inc, a US 501(c) organisation. Alka is also a Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee at Reliance Bank Limited, UK since 2014. She has held various regulatory roles such as Compliance Officer, MLRO, Client Money Reporting Officer in financial services which have given her an insight into financial and regulatory compliance as well as financial crime related guidelines and directives. Before joining Malaria Consortium, Alka was the Finance Director at Transparency International (UK) where she was responsible for leading the engagement with institutional donors and working with members across the Transparency International federation to develop systems, processes and finance functions to deliver global contracts and grants.

At-Large, Synergies & Impact Squared USA

Dr. Nabeel Akram

Dr. Nabeel Akram is a strategic-minded medical and business professional with a proven record of providing high-level programmatic and technical leadership at country, regional, and global levels. Dr. Akram has led several large, complex, and successful projects in MNCH/FP/RH and is a leader in developing synergies with the private sector. He has managed large, regional portfolio of nearly $80 million per year, with several diverse projects, mostly in LMICs, and has coached and mentored country directors, chiefs of party, and senior-level technical staff while liaising and collaborating with diverse stakeholders at country and regional levels. Dr. Akram is a medical doctor with advanced degrees in business and health policy and management. He has traveled extensively establishing professional relationships with a network of public health colleagues including ministry officials, administrators, clinicians, donors, private sector institutions, and other partners. After working with Johns Hopkins University for several years as Associate Faculty in the School of Public Health and Director for Asia at Jhpiego, he recently founded a firm to synergize partnerships and implement market-based development solutions for adolescents and youth. He has also been the Director of Global Operations for Health Finance Institute, a Washington DC based firm, working to close investments gaps for non-communicable diseases.

At-Large, CGPP-GHS

Ahmed Arale

Ahmed Arale has more than twenty years of humanitarian and development experience working with communities in the Horn of Africa (HOA) on emergency relief programming, public health, and community empowerment. As a Nurse and Public Health Practitioner, he’s worked at various levels of clinical, public health sector management, emergency relief and response, and health system strengthening; at the local and regional levels. Currently, Ahmed is the Secretariat Director for CORE Group Polio & Global Health Security Project for HOA based in Nairobi where he provides technical leadership to all aspects of project planning and implementation as well as multi-sectoral coordination with respective government, donors, and NGO implementing partners, WHO and UNICEF , CDC and Rotary International among others. Before joining CGPP-GHS, Ahmed worked as the Program Director for emergency & relief programs Catholic Relief Services, Somalia. Prior to CRS, he worked as the Program Manager for BroadReach Healthcare LLC, leading a Private Sector Engagement in a PEPFAR project in Kenya. Additionally, he worked as a Service Delivery Specialist for Management Sciences for Health (USAID Extending Service Delivery Project). On public sector experience, he worked with the Ministry of Health, Kenya, for 13 years in various capacities. Ahmed holds a BSc Nursing degree from Dundee University, Scotland, and an MPH from the University of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

At-Large, ABT Associates

Caroline Quijada

Caroline Quijada is a globally recognized leader in private sector approaches for health with 20 years of experience in RMNCH programming. She currently serves as the deputy project director at Abt Associates, for USAID’s flagship project for private sector health – Sustaining Health Outcomes through Private Sector Plus. Previously she has served as deputy project director for two predecessor global private sector projects. Caroline has a strong track record in supporting successful business development bids for Abt Associates and has supported numerous private sector partnerships with various corporates. Prior to Abt Associates, Caroline worked at University Research Corporation and the National Coalition for Hispanic Health, where she managed six regional youth policy centers on Hispanic adolescent health. Served as Deputy Project Director for $3 million national program on reducing sociocultural barriers to health care in Hispanic communities. Caroline has overseen 27 private sector health assessments that span the scope of private sector health activities across the world. The scope of her knowledge includes public-private partnerships (PPPs), health systems strengthening, social enterprise development, total market approach (TMA) initiatives, provider networks and franchises, quality improvement, and digital solutions. Caroline has an M.H.S., Population and Family Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and has published and presented extensively on private sector engagement.

At-Large, IntraHealth International

Nikolos Oakley

Nikolos Oakley is a finance and operations executive and a certified management trainer who currently works as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at IntraHealth International. He is a member of the Executive Team responsible for providing leadership and management of the Center for Operational Excellence, consisting of administration, finance, accounting, IT, risk management, grants and contracts, and HR departments. He has extensive expertise in finance and organizational management; extensive knowledge of 2CFR 200 and previous reiterations; and knowledge of CRM, various accounting, budgeting, supply chain, business intelligence, and overall ERP solutions and various project information and management system databases. His languages include Georgian (native), English, and Russian (fluent).

At-Large, AMBOSS

Dr. María Cisneros-Cáceres

Dr. María Cisneros-Cáceres is the Partnerships Manager for Latin America at AMBOSS GmbH, based in Ecuador. She has worked with several youth platforms for sexual and reproductive health and rights, NCDs, climate change, and children’s health and served on steering committees at WHO, UNFPA, United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY), and more. She has practiced as a medical doctor in the Amazon rainforest and is an LGBTQI advocate. She is eager to expand CORE Group’s membership to Latin America. She has also been very active in the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) and has a master’s degree in Digital Health, as well as a medical degree. Her languages include Spanish, English, Portuguese, Kichwa, and German.


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Kamden Hoffmann

Corus International

Rhonda Holloway

Food for the Hungry

Katy Gorentz


Nancy Stroupe

IMA World Health

Charlotte Block


Adriane Seibert

Catholic Relief Services

Shelley Walton

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of International Health

Julie DeSoto

World Vision

Devina Shah

World Relief

Maryjane Lacoste


Erin Pfeiffer

Food for the Hungry


Sarah Sahlaney

Independent Consultant

Elizabeth Long

Mennonite Central Committee

Paul Fast

IMA World Health

Sarah Kellogg

World Vision

Susan A Otchere

Smile Train

Grace Peters


Laura McGough


Rachel Chaikof

Advancing Synergy

Dr. Arti Varanasi

Corus International

Kirk Dearden


Robert Salerno

FHI 360

Aarin Palomares

Benjamin K. Masila

Water Aid Kenya

Moses Mathenge

Dory Storms Child Survival Recognition Award

Since 2001, CORE Group has presented the annual Dory Storms Child Survival Recognition Award to a person or persons who demonstrate courage, leadership, and commitment to helping non-governmental organizations have an impact on and effectively implement programs that end child deaths. The award is named after Dr. Storms, who was a founding member of the CORE Group and led the USAID-funded Child Survival Support Project, which was based in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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