G4 Alliance Executive Team
Brendan Allen, BN, MPH
Brendan Allen is an experienced senior manager and clinical and public health professional with over 20 years experience in the health sector (nursing, public health and health service management). For 15 years, he has led teams providing program management and technical assistance in low and middle income countries within the academic, private and NGO sectors. Brendan's most recent role was as Chief Operating Officer of the Nossal Institute Limited, the operating arm of the Nossal Institute for Global Health (University of Melbourne). Brendan has significant experience in South and South East Asia, based for 3 years in Hanoi with the Nossal Institute managing a systems strengthening program at the National Hospital of Paediatrics. In previous roles, he has worked as project manager of the Australian Aid funded Indonesian Women’s Health and Family Welfare Project in Eastern Indonesia where he provided operational advice to the in-country team and donor reporting. He was Program Coordinator of the East Asia region with Oxfam Australia with responsibility for managing country programs in the Philippines, Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia and China with a particular focus on public and community health, water and sanitation and rural development activities.
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.
Denisse González, MSJ
Ms. Denisse González leads communications and marketing efforts for the G4 Alliance and works to strengthen its message to advocate for the neglected surgical patient. Trained as a journalist in health, science and cultural affairs, Denisse has worked to tell the stories of disadvantaged communities through video, graphic design, writing, editing, photography, and audio. She holds an MSJ from Northwestern University, Medill Graduate School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications and a BA in Film and Digital Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a dual major in World Literature and Cultural studies.
Previous to working with the G4 Alliance, Denisse led media and marketing initiatives for the Midwest’s largest Latino nonprofit. She also has a background in development, grants, web production, and event planning. Denisse volunteers for the Chicago Kurdish Cultural Center and sits on their Junior Board.