G4 Alliance Executive Team
Brendan Allen, BN, MPH
Brendan Allen is the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Surgery, Obstetrics, Trauma and Anaesthesiology (The G4 Alliance), which is committed to advocating for the neglected surgical patient by providing a collective voice for increasing access to safe, essential and timely surgical, obstetric trauma and anaesthesia care as part of universal health coverage. He has over 25 years’ experience working in the health sector (nursing, public health and health service management) and for the last 18 years has led teams providing program management and technical assistance in low and middle income countries within the academic, private and NGO sectors, predominantly in South and South East Asia. Brendan is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne (Nossal Institute for Global Health, School of Population and Global Health).
Mira Meheš, MES, MBA
Director of Operations
Ms. Mira Meheš oversees strategic operations for the G4 Alliance and works to advocate for greater prioritization of safe and cost-effective surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anaesthesia care as part of universal health coverage. Prior to her work with the G4 Alliance, Mira coordinated research and programing in maternal and child health and surgical care at Johns Hopkins, working on projects with the World Health Organization and with local partners in Ghana and Uganda. She also worked with the Johns Hopkins Global Surgical Initiative to help advance global surgical care through research, training, programming, and policy-based initiatives. In 2013, Mira coordinated the inaugural World Congress of Surgery, Obstetrics, Trauma and Anaesthesia (WCSOTA), hosted by the government of Trinidad and Tobago, in collaboration with the International College of Surgeons (ICS), the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).
Mira holds an MBA from The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School where she focused on social entrepreneurship as a means of combining innovation, sustainability and market-based strategies to address public health issues. She also has a background in public and community health, working in the field of HIV/AIDS, women’s health and policy. Previously, Mira consulted for Public Health Canada and for Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, an NGO with Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council.
Albulena Prelvukaj, MA
Albulena Prelvukaj studied at Staten Island College and graduated with a BA in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Italian. She went on to graduate from the Australian National University with a Masters in International Affairs and became an International Ambassador for the United States. Her educational experience has exposed her to many different cultures and their needs; with focused studies on Australia, China, Thailand, Turkey, and Italy. Albulena has gained experience from living in different countries, attesting to culture, race, nationality, and age with related sensitivity and adaptability.
Albulena worked as a Fundraising Manager for Public Outreach, representing World Vision, in which she gained significant field experiences in fundraising, managing, team building and leadership as well as increasing revenue growth and account management. As a Volunteer Coordinator for the City Council Campaign, Albulena was first point of contact for volunteer registration, recruitment and training volunteers for jobs specific to their individual mindsets. Alongside this she also coordinated programs and activities between volunteers and the community.
Regional Advocacy Officer: East, Central and Southern Africa
Patrick Mwai is a public health communication and advocacy specialist with over 10 years’ experience. He has worked with both local and International organizations namely; Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO), Pathfinder International, The Global Campaign for Microbicides at PATH International and also as a HIV prevention fellow with the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC). Patrick also served as the Community Advisory Board chair (2009-2010) at the Kenya Medical Research Institute-University of Washington (KEMRI-UW), Kilifi in a HIV vaccine study focusing on male sex workers along the Kenyan Coast. His major advocacy work has focused on HIV/TB prevention, care and treatment, sexual reproductive health and rights, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, public health communication and working with key populations at risk of HIV infection.
Prior to joining G4, Patrick was an advocacy consultant with the Kenya Medical Women’s Association (KMWA) and later on a communications consultant for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA-Africenter).Patrick is a MPH candidate at the University of Nairobi. He holds a BA in Sociology and Communication from the same university and a Diploma in Management of Information Systems from Strathmore University.
Shannon Corcoran is responsible for implementing the G4 Alliance’s development and fundraising strategies and facilitating its resource mobilization efforts. Shannon studied International Development at Miami University, with a double focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East as well as minors in French and Economics. Her undergraduate experience included an immersive study abroad program in Ghana. She is also an alumna of the National Council on US-Arab Relations’ University Model Arab League program.
Before joining the G4 Team, Shannon worked as a Development & Marketing Coordinator for Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care, a local not-for-profit nursing and healthcare facility, where she managed the Annual Fund while contributing to special projects including a capital campaign, charity gala, and organizational rebrand. As a volunteer, Shannon sits on the Peer Mentoring Committee for the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Fundraising Committee for Pangea Educational Development. Shannon is currently pursuing her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential.
Sarah Hamilton, MA
Sarah Hamilton leads the implementation of communication and marketing strategies for the G4 Alliance. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in English, Sarah studied International Administration, with a focus in Human Rights, at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. During her time at Korbel, she served as a co-editor of the Princeton Journal of Public and International Affairs for two consecutive years.
Before shifting her focus to the non-profit arena, Sarah worked in content and digital marketing at EnVeritas Group in Greenville, SC. She has since worked with non-profits that include SOS Children's Villages - USA, Wish of a Lifetime, and Below Your Belt. In addition to her work at the G4 Alliance, Sarah serves as a volunteer editor for Watching America, an international news site.