Chair  H.E. DR. NEIL PARSAN, DVM, MBA, CACM, RFC   Dr. Neil Parsan assumed the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America and The United Mexican States and Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the Organization of American States (OAS) on February 7, 2011. He was a Director in several Companies – locally and regionally. He is presently the Chairman of the Global Gas Council, a Director of the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (GSB) Alumni Board. He currently serves as chairman of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development.

Chair
H.E. DR. NEIL PARSAN, DVM, MBA, CACM, RFC

Dr. Neil Parsan assumed the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America and The United Mexican States and Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the Organization of American States (OAS) on February 7, 2011. He was a Director in several Companies – locally and regionally. He is presently the Chairman of the Global Gas Council, a Director of the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (GSB) Alumni Board. He currently serves as chairman of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development.

   Vice-Chair  PANKAJ JANI, MBChB, MMED    P rof. Pankaj Jani is Secretary General of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) and Professor in the Department of Surgery, College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi. Prof. Jani has been in practice for 30 years and holds a MBChB and MMed (Surgery) from the University of Nairobi, FRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons. He has formerly worked at New Nyanza Provincila Hospital, Busia District Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital, Glagow Royal Infirmary and the University of Nairobi. He has also served as the Chairman of the Gatro Society of Kenya.

Vice-Chair
PANKAJ JANI, MBChB, MMED

Prof. Pankaj Jani is Secretary General of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) and Professor in the Department of Surgery, College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi. Prof. Jani has been in practice for 30 years and holds a MBChB and MMed (Surgery) from the University of Nairobi, FRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons. He has formerly worked at New Nyanza Provincila Hospital, Busia District Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital, Glagow Royal Infirmary and the University of Nairobi. He has also served as the Chairman of the Gatro Society of Kenya.

   Secretary  ADRIAN GELB, MD   Prof.  Gelb, originally from South Africa, is a Distinguished Professor of Anesthesia at UCSF. He has served as the leader in multiple national and international Anesthesia Societies and has been the President of 3 societies - the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS), the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC), and the International Society for Anesthetic Pharmacology (ISAP). He served on the California Society of Anesthesiologists Executive Committee. As the current Secretary of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) 2016-2020, he actively interacts with multiple WHO portfolios including Essential Surgery, Medications, and Patient Safety. He previously chaired the WFSA Patient Safety & Quality of Practice committee. 

Secretary
ADRIAN GELB, MD

Prof.  Gelb, originally from South Africa, is a Distinguished Professor of Anesthesia at UCSF. He has served as the leader in multiple national and international Anesthesia Societies and has been the President of 3 societies - the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS), the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC), and the International Society for Anesthetic Pharmacology (ISAP). He served on the California Society of Anesthesiologists Executive Committee. As the current Secretary of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) 2016-2020, he actively interacts with multiple WHO portfolios including Essential Surgery, Medications, and Patient Safety. He previously chaired the WFSA Patient Safety & Quality of Practice committee. 

   Treasurer  JACKIE ROWLES, MBA, CRNA, ANP-BC, FAAN   Ms. Rowles is a CRNA and Adult NP- BC specializing in pain management. She previously served as the United States country representative for IFNA following the World Congress in Den Hague, The Netherlands. Ms. Rowles is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Pain Management. Ms. Rowles is a former President of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and served as interim Executive Director in 2009. She serves as the treasurer of the American Academy of Pain Management.

Treasurer
JACKIE ROWLES, MBA, CRNA, ANP-BC, FAAN

Ms. Rowles is a CRNA and Adult NP- BC specializing in pain management. She previously served as the United States country representative for IFNA following the World Congress in Den Hague, The Netherlands. Ms. Rowles is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Pain Management. Ms. Rowles is a former President of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and served as interim Executive Director in 2009. She serves as the treasurer of the American Academy of Pain Management.

 
   Assistant Secretary  SOHIER ELNEIL, MD   Dr. Sohier Elneil is Consultant in Urogynaecology and Uro-neurology at University College Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. Dr. Elneil started her career in the field of Urogynaecology in the 1990’s when she looked after patients who suffered vesico-vaginal fistulas and female genital mutilation in the developing world. Dr. Elneil was trained in Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia before undertaking her postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom. Dr. Elneil is the Training Programme Director for Urogynaecology at University College London Hospitals. As well as working in the field of urogynaecology, fistula surgery and female genital mutilation, she is also working on chronic pelvic and abdominal pain in women.

Assistant Secretary
SOHIER ELNEIL, MD

Dr. Sohier Elneil is Consultant in Urogynaecology and Uro-neurology at University College Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. Dr. Elneil started her career in the field of Urogynaecology in the 1990’s when she looked after patients who suffered vesico-vaginal fistulas and female genital mutilation in the developing world. Dr. Elneil was trained in Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia before undertaking her postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom. Dr. Elneil is the Training Programme Director for Urogynaecology at University College London Hospitals. As well as working in the field of urogynaecology, fistula surgery and female genital mutilation, she is also working on chronic pelvic and abdominal pain in women.

   Assistant Treasurer  ROBERT LANE, MD, MS   President of the International Federation of Surgical Colleges, Programme Director for International Development & Past President of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland and Honorary Surgical Advisor to the Tropical Health & Education Trust in the UK. Dr. Robert Lane has been involved in surgical education and training in both East and West Africa over the past 19 years and currently sits on Council for the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa and is an Examiner for General Surgery.

Assistant Treasurer
ROBERT LANE, MD, MS

President of the International Federation of Surgical Colleges, Programme Director for
International Development & Past President of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain
& Ireland and Honorary Surgical Advisor to the Tropical Health & Education Trust in the UK. Dr. Robert Lane has been involved in surgical education and training in both East and West Africa over
the past 19 years and currently sits on Council for the College of Surgeons of East, Central
and Southern Africa and is an Examiner for General Surgery.

  FIZAN ABDULLAH, MD, PHD   Dr. Abdullah's expertise is in surgery for infants and children with congenital anomalies as well as advanced laparoscopy. His research interest relates to lung development, tissue engineering, outcomes research, extracorporeal life support, and global surgical education. Since 2006, Dr. Abdullah has been extensively involved in global surgical initiatives throughout West Africa, focusing specifically on health system improvements and surgical education.  

FIZAN ABDULLAH, MD, PHD

Dr. Abdullah's expertise is in surgery for infants and children with congenital anomalies as well as advanced laparoscopy. His research interest relates to lung development, tissue engineering, outcomes research, extracorporeal life support, and global surgical education. Since 2006, Dr. Abdullah has been extensively involved in global surgical initiatives throughout West Africa, focusing specifically on health system improvements and surgical education.
 

  SARA ANDERSON   Sara Anderson is Senior Advisor for Advocacy and Innovation for ReSurge International, a founding member of the G4 Alliance. She has more than 20 years of extensive experience in advocacy, international development and communications. At ReSurge, she founded the organization’s advocacy program, developed its burns advocacy, led its humanitarian efforts after the Nepal earthquakes and helped develop strategy. She continues to lead ReSurge’s work in advocacy, policy, research and strategic alliances, including Stanford University’s Design for Extreme Affordability and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition. Much of her career was based in Washington, DC, where she worked on Capitol Hill and for numerous campaigns and nonprofits lobbying the government for various causes. Sara received her master’s degree from Georgetown University and also was selected as one of the first participant fellows of the Maxwell School’s Transnational NGO Leadership Initiative. 

SARA ANDERSON

Sara Anderson is Senior Advisor for Advocacy and Innovation for ReSurge International, a founding member of the G4 Alliance. She has more than 20 years of extensive experience in advocacy, international development and communications. At ReSurge, she founded the organization’s advocacy program, developed its burns advocacy, led its humanitarian efforts after the Nepal earthquakes and helped develop strategy. She continues to lead ReSurge’s work in advocacy, policy, research and strategic alliances, including Stanford University’s Design for Extreme Affordability and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition. Much of her career was based in Washington, DC, where she worked on Capitol Hill and for numerous campaigns and nonprofits lobbying the government for various causes. Sara received her master’s degree from Georgetown University and also was selected as one of the first participant fellows of the Maxwell School’s Transnational NGO Leadership Initiative. 

 
  LISA ARFAA   Lisa Arfaa is founding chair of the Development and External Relations and Committee of the G4 Alliance and co-chaired the Nomination Sub-Committee tasked with identifying, vetting and selecting a slate of candidates recommended to the G4 Alliance’s Board of Directors. She was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Physicians for Peace.  Inspired and encouraged at an early age to always strive to reach her greatest potential, Lisa has known her work would include encouraging others to be their best so they could affect positive change in the world. Before joining Physicians for Peace, Lisa was at the helm of Leadership Connection as its CEO. 

LISA ARFAA

Lisa Arfaa is founding chair of the Development and External Relations and Committee of the G4 Alliance and co-chaired the Nomination Sub-Committee tasked with identifying, vetting and selecting a slate of candidates recommended to the G4 Alliance’s Board of Directors. She was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Physicians for Peace.  Inspired and encouraged at an early age to always strive to reach her greatest potential, Lisa has known her work would include encouraging others to be their best so they could affect positive change in the world. Before joining Physicians for Peace, Lisa was at the helm of Leadership Connection as its CEO. 

  RUBEN AYALA, MD   Dr. Ruben Ayala has over 22 years of experience with Operation Smile and was first introduced to the organization in his hometown of David, where he volunteered as a student translator. Shortly after completing his undergraduate degree in Oregon, he was an Operation Smile Mission Coordinator and continued serving as Senior Program Coordinator and Senior Manager of International Programs. As SVP of Medical Affairs, Dr. Ayala is highly focused on the innovation and expansion of safe surgical care to some of the most under-served communities around the world.

RUBEN AYALA, MD

Dr. Ruben Ayala has over 22 years of experience with Operation Smile and was first introduced to the organization in his hometown of David, where he volunteered as a student translator. Shortly after completing his undergraduate degree in Oregon, he was an Operation Smile Mission Coordinator and continued serving as Senior Program Coordinator and Senior Manager of International Programs. As SVP of Medical Affairs, Dr. Ayala is highly focused on the innovation and expansion of safe surgical care to some of the most under-served communities around the world.

  STEVE HANSCH, MPH   Steve Hansch joined the Board of the G4 alliance in late 2017. A graduate of Stanford University, he received his Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology from Boston University. He has spent the last 35 years working with international aid agencies in public health, humanitarian assistance, including fundraising, evaluation, lessons-sharing, standards-setting, training and governance, and has worked with international organizations including the World Bank and the WHO. Mr. Hansch currently serves as the Director of Organization Development, Technical Assistance and Training at International Business  Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), where he has led its efforts in measuring humanitarian assistance in several monitoring projects as well as evaluations, and in resilience metrics.  He is also teaching an online graduate course on humanitarian relief at the GW Milliken Institute School of Public Health on humanitarian relief.

STEVE HANSCH, MPH

Steve Hansch joined the Board of the G4 alliance in late 2017. A graduate of Stanford University, he received his Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology from Boston University. He has spent the last 35 years working with international aid agencies in public health, humanitarian assistance, including fundraising, evaluation, lessons-sharing, standards-setting, training and governance, and has worked with international organizations including the World Bank and the WHO. Mr. Hansch currently serves as the Director of Organization Development, Technical Assistance and Training at International Business  Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), where he has led its efforts in measuring humanitarian assistance in several monitoring projects as well as evaluations, and in resilience metrics.  He is also teaching an online graduate course on humanitarian relief at the GW Milliken Institute School of Public Health on humanitarian relief.

  ORION HENRY   Mr. Orion Henry is a serial entrepreneur and one of the early pioneers of cloud computing. In 2007, he co-founded Heroku and has also worked as a Principal Architect at Salesforce.com. An angel investor, Mr. Henry has a small incubator called HeavyBit Industries and has founded several technology companies to date and the Henry Family Advised Fund. He was Executive Producer of the film The Right to Heal, as well as a principal supporter of the International Collaboration for Essential Surgery. Mr. Henry strives to better integrate modern technology with global health delivery.

ORION HENRY

Mr. Orion Henry is a serial entrepreneur and one of the early pioneers of cloud computing. In 2007, he co-founded Heroku and has also worked as a Principal Architect at Salesforce.com. An angel investor, Mr. Henry has a small incubator called HeavyBit Industries and has founded several technology companies to date and the Henry Family Advised Fund. He was Executive Producer of the film The Right to Heal, as well as a principal supporter of the International Collaboration for Essential Surgery. Mr. Henry strives to better integrate modern technology with global health delivery.

 
  BISOLA ONAJIN-OBEMBE, MBBS, FWACS, MBA   President Nigerian Society of Anesthetists   Dr. Onajin-Obembe is a Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Dr. Onajin-Obembe also practices and teaches pediatric anesthesia, as well as anesthesia for maxillofacial and ear, nose and throat surgeries, and she has publications in these areas. She has developed interests in team building, leadership, strategy and organizational change management of which she plays roles within and outside Nigeria.

BISOLA ONAJIN-OBEMBE, MBBS, FWACS, MBA
President Nigerian Society of Anesthetists

Dr. Onajin-Obembe is a Consultant Anaesthesiologist and
Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Port
Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Dr. Onajin-Obembe also
practices and teaches pediatric anesthesia, as well as
anesthesia for maxillofacial and ear, nose and throat
surgeries, and she has publications in these areas. She has
developed interests in team building, leadership, strategy and
organizational change management of which she plays roles within and outside Nigeria.

  GUSTAVO PEREZ-FERNANDEZ   Gustavo Perez is President and CEO of GE Healthcare's Image Guided Therapies. This business unit spans a comprehensive portfolio of imaging systems and solutions to enable minimally invasive surgical treatments, ranging from robotic imaging units and fixed angiography systems to mobile surgical imaging systems.  Gustavo joined GE Healthcare in 1999 as design engineer in France. During the following years, he served in a broad range of roles with increasing responsibilities in operations, research and development, engineering, and product management. With a passion for innovation, Gustavo leads teams to ensure the advancements and quality of medical offerings enhance clinicians’ ability to provide optimal care for their patients.  Gustavo grew up in Spain and lived in France and Germany prior moving to the United States, where he currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Gustavo holds Masters of Science (MSc) in Telecommunication Engineering and in Applied Statistics as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

GUSTAVO PEREZ-FERNANDEZ

Gustavo Perez is President and CEO of GE Healthcare's Image Guided Therapies. This business unit spans a comprehensive portfolio of imaging systems and solutions to enable minimally invasive surgical treatments, ranging from robotic imaging units and fixed angiography systems to mobile surgical imaging systems.

Gustavo joined GE Healthcare in 1999 as design engineer in France. During the following years, he served in a broad range of roles with increasing responsibilities in operations, research and development, engineering, and product management. With a passion for innovation, Gustavo leads teams to ensure the advancements and quality of medical offerings enhance clinicians’ ability to provide optimal care for their patients.

Gustavo grew up in Spain and lived in France and Germany prior moving to the United States, where he currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Gustavo holds Masters of Science (MSc) in Telecommunication Engineering and in Applied Statistics as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

  JOHN SARWARK, MD    

JOHN SARWARK, MD

 

  ERIN STIEBER, JD   Ms. Erin Stieber joined Smile Train in 2013 and serves as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. She has more than six years of experience working with cleft lip and palate surgical programs around the world and oversees Smile Train’s strategic partnerships and education programs. Prior to joining Smile Train, Erin was the Associate Vice President of Program Development at Operation Smile. She also spent time in the private sector as an attorney in the London offices of Allen & Overy, LLP. Erin’s work at Smile Train focuses on strengthening treatment programs and access to care for children with cleft lip and/or palate through strategic partnerships, increasing awareness about the health and survival challenges faced by children with this facial deformity, and overseeing capacity building initiatives for health professionals in 85+ countries. 

ERIN STIEBER, JD

Ms. Erin Stieber joined Smile Train in 2013 and serves as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. She has more than six years of experience working with cleft lip and palate surgical programs around the world and oversees Smile Train’s strategic partnerships and education programs. Prior to joining Smile Train, Erin was the Associate Vice President of Program Development at Operation Smile. She also spent time in the private sector as an attorney in the London offices of Allen & Overy, LLP. Erin’s work at Smile Train focuses on strengthening treatment programs and access to care for children with cleft lip and/or palate through strategic partnerships, increasing awareness about the health and survival challenges faced by children with this facial deformity, and overseeing capacity building initiatives for health professionals in 85+ countries.