Lucy Kiarie, a Kenyan citizen, oversees Sabin’s sustainable immunization financing initiatives in Kenya. She has more than five years of experience in health, education, research and community development. Prior to joining Sabin, Kiarie worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative as a Senior Field Coordinator in Nairobi County, working directly with the Ministry of Health to support cold chain logistics and immunization management. As a Field Coordinator, she conducted a baseline study in the county to understand existing strengths and weaknesses facing the Health Sector. Kiarie holds a master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Community Development from Kenyatta University, Kenya.
Helene Mambu-Ma-Disu, a citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a public health physician with extensive experience in Africa. She received her M.D. from Howard University, Washington, D.C., USA. Mambu-Ma-Disu began her career as a public health officer in rural DRC. She rose to head DRC’s national immunization and integrated child survival programs until joining WHO/AFRO in 1987. Mambu-Ma-Disu served as WHO representative in Rwanda, Mali and Cameroon. Upon retiring from WHO, she joined Sabin’s Sustainable Immunization Financing Program in 2009. Mambu-Ma-Disu currently oversees sustainable immunization financing initiatives in DRC, and previously oversaw projects in Madagascar and Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).
Jonas Mbwangue, a Cameroonian citizen, holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University, New York, NY USA. Prior to his postgraduate work, Mbwangue was Executive Director of International Planned Parenthood Federation in Cameroon. As a consultant with the World Bank Institute Sustainable Development Division, Mbwangue worked on sustainable agricultural projects throughout Africa before joining Sabin’s Sustainable Immunization Financing Program in 2008. Mbwangue is currently responsible for sustainable immunization financing initiatives in Senegal, and previously oversaw projects in Cameroon and Mali.
Eka Paatashvili, a Georgian citizen, is responsible for Sabin’s sustainable immunization financing project in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Uzbekistan. A physician by training, Paatashvili previously worked in the Georgia Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs in the areas of program management and procurement, finance and budget reform, and regulatory affairs. From there, she earned an Executive Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University.