BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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OLGA BETTONI

TREASURER

In 1978, Olga completed a diploma in biochemistry at the Polytechnicum in Zurich, Switzerland. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 30 years starting at Hoffmann-La Roche, then Novartis, and now again, at Roche. Throughout her career, Olga has contributed to the development of new drugs in oncology, transplantation and infectious disease. In 2004-05, she collaborated with board member Günter Engel in clinical studies of patients with multiple sclerosis, which resulted in the first oral medication for treatment of that condition. Currently, she is a Senior Global Project Manager with responsibility for early oncology projects.

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.

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.

GÜNTER ENGEL, PH.D.

VICE CHAIRPERSON

With a Dr. rer. nat. in Biochemistry from the Max-Planck-Institute for Experimental Medicine, Günter’s 35-year career in the pharmaceutical industry was launched. At Sandoz and later, Novartis, he held management positions in Endocrinology, Bone Metabolism and Immunology, as well as Transplantation and Immunology. Günter’s research has resulted in more than 60 publications and led to the development of several treatments of the side-effects of chemotherapy, as well as the first oral active treatment against multiple sclerosis and drugs that suppress the potential for transplant rejection. Since retiring in 2006, he has shifted his focus from research to elementary medical support and has headed development at the Esperanza Medicines Foundation (Basel, Switzerland), an international non-profit that develops affordable AIDS therapies for distribution in parts of the world hit hardest by HIV. He serves on several advisory boards including University of British Columbia and Angimmune, LLC (US).

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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