BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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STEPHANIE K. BLACKWOOD

COMMUNICATIONS AND FUNDRAISING

Stephanie’s career has focused on communications, marketing, and fundraising. She holds two degrees in journalism from the University of Kansas (US). Her career of more than 35 years includes management positions in higher education, public relations, and advertising. She launched three successful New York-based marketing agencies that primarily served Fortune 500 corporations on diversity marketing programs. In 2010, Stephanie transitioned into a nonprofit fundraising career and is currently the Director of Major Gifts at the Ms. Foundation for Women, which was founded in 1973 and is the first fund for women in the world. She lived in Dakar for seven months and worked with Nathalie on the Hospital of Hope’s start-up.

ISABELLE VAN DAEL

TREASURER

Isabelle completed a diploma in psychology at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1996. After graduation, she lived for two years in Peru where she volunteered in an association called “ Maison Verte,,” which focused on preventive work and psychological support for families and their children.  Returning to Switzerland, Isabelle worked as school psychologist in the Geneva Lake area and later in Paris as Human Resources manager and occupational counselor. For 10 years, Isabelle and her family lived in the US, which gave her an opportunity to be actively involved in  community service. Isabelle is highly motivated to support the HoH.

CHERIF DIALLO

FIELD OPERATIONS

Cherif Diallo, M.D, grew up in Guinea and Morocco and graduated from medical school at University of Conakry Guinea and Royal Medical school of Rabat Morocco. He started working for Novartis in April 1998, and currently is the Medical Advisor Cardio-Metabolic FWA in Dakar. Cherif began volunteering when the Hospital of Hope launched in 2011, and in 2015, he assumed responsibility for managing the field actions when Nathalie took a new management position in Basel.

NATHALIE OLIVEIRA-CRETIN, M.D.

FOUNDER, MEDICAL DIRECTOR, CHAIRPERSON

Nathalie completed a diploma as medical doctor at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) in 1995, and in 1997, obtained a PhD in research of diabetes and human transplantation of the Islet of Langerhans. In post-doctoral studies at Harvard University (US), she developed a fundamental transplantation model, for which she won the Swiss Transplant Research Award in 2001. In 1998, Nathalie joined the transplantation department at University Hospital in Geneva, and in 2001, took a position at Novartis AG, a global pharmaceutical corporation, where she has held numerous roles in transplantation, immunology and infectious disease, and management of medical affairs in Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific. Today, she is the Franchise Medical Head Dermatology and Immunology. Nathalie lives in Basel, Switzerland and maintains a home in Senegal.

PAUL-THIERRY OLIVEIRA

SECRETARY AND LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE

Paul is a Senegalese-born singer and keyboardist of Cape Verdean origin. Paul uses music to educate about health. Among his projects, he wrote the soundtrack for an educational film about malaria that was produced in English, French, German and Spanish. Paul has performed with many Senegalese musicians, most notably popular recording artist Ismael Lo, with whom he has performed in major venues globally for nearly 20 years. Throughout his career, Paul has recorded more than 20 albums and has helped young African artists produce their music. He has a significant professional network in West Africa, as well as the world music industry.

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