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A Global Vision

Pandemics can end in the next decade. Ending Pandemics works across the globe to find, verify, and contain outbreaks faster no matter where they might emerge on the planet.

No community is too hard to reach,
no country is too poor to innovate,
and curiosity outshines fear everywhere. 

Mark S. Smolinski, MD, MPH
President, Ending Pandemics

We leverage partners and networks to address disease surveillance gaps around the globe, catalyze innovative projects, share best practices, and foster greater collaboration.

Our vital and ambitious vision is to democratize disease surveillance using these three approaches.

 

DETECT: Applying technology to find outbreaks faster by co-creating open source tools, data analytics, and collaborative information-sharing systems

VERIFY: Enabling a network of health professionals to verify rumors or the earliest signs of a potential outbreak through a crowdsourced web-based platform

CONNECT: Working across borders to connect multi-sectoral practitioners and build trust-based networks for learning, sharing best practices, and systemic change across geographic borders

 

Learn more about Our Approach.

 

Our Team

Mark Smolinski, MD, MPH

Mark Smolinski, MD, MPH

President

Mark Smolinski brings 25 years of experience in applying innovative solutions to improve disease prevention, response, and control across the globe. Mark is leading a well-knit team—bringing together technologists; human, animal, and environmental health experts; and key community stakeholders to co-create tools for early detection, advanced warning, and prevention of pandemic threats. Community health workers, village volunteers, farmers, and interested public citizens in Albania, Brazil, Cambodia, Europe, Laos, Myanmar, Tanzania, Thailand, and the United States are among those using their own solutions to address pressing local needs. Since 2009, Mark has served as the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Global Health at the Skoll Global Threats Fund (SGTF), where he developed the Ending Pandemics in Our Lifetime Initiative in 2012. His work at SGTF created a solid foundation for the work of Ending Pandemics, which branched out as an independent entity on January 1, 2018.

Prior to SGTF, Mark developed the Predict and Prevent Initiative at Google.org, as part of the starting team at Google’s philanthropic arm. Working with a team of engineers, Google Flu Trends (a project that had tremendous impact on the use of big data for disease surveillance) was created in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Mark has served as Vice President for Biological Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a public charity directed by CNN founder Ted Turner and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. Before NTI, he led an 18-member expert committee of the National Academy of Medicine on the 2003 landmark report “Microbial Threats to Health: Emergence, Detection, and Response.” Mark served as the sixth Luther Terry Fellow in Washington, D.C., in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mark received his BS in Biology and MD from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is board-certified in preventive medicine and public health and holds an M.P.H. from the University of Arizona, where he was recognized as the 2016 Alumnus of the Year. Mark was on the investigation team that discovered hantavirus, a newly identified pathogen, in 1993. His passion for helping all peoples of the world save lives and improve livelihoods motivates partners on five continents.

Bridget Brennan

Bridget Brennan

Chief of Philanthropy

As the Chief of Philanthropy, Bridget leads Ending Pandemics’ efforts in fund development to amplify the impact of disease surveillance innovators and response networks across the globe. In her role, she works with individuals, family offices, foundations and other partners to co-create meaningful learning opportunities and ways to contribute to ending pandemics within the next decade.

Bridget leads a team approach to strategic planning, board development, communications, and relationship building. With more than 15 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience, she has advanced the mission of numerous organizations from public health, global development, and academic medicine. She has also lived and worked abroad for nearly a decade.

Before joining Ending Pandemics, Bridget led strategic partnerships and outreach for PATH, a global health innovation nonprofit, expanding the organization’s reach into technology and philanthropy sectors. In Colombia, she advised foundation and nonprofit leaders on their strategic and philanthropic planning efforts, grounded in her research on diaspora philanthropy. Prior to that, she served as a development officer at the UCSF Foundation.  And as a co-founder of the California School-Based Health Alliance, she helped catalyze a statewide movement that has resulted in 150% increase in the number of clinics available to children and youth and inspired other statewide efforts across the US.

Bridget holds a Masters degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco, a BA in International Development from UC, Berkeley, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico.  When not advocating for social causes, Bridget can be found in the garden or hiking with her husband and two young daughters.

Louise S. Gresham, PhD, MPH

Louise S. Gresham, PhD, MPH

Special Initiatives

Louise Gresham brings her extensive experience in disease surveillance and international public health practice to shape the collaborative and evidence-based approach in Ending Pandemics’ mission.  Louise provides technical support to Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance (CORDS) and the Ending Pandemics Collective (EPC), an assembly of nearly 20 organizations committed to ending epidemics and preventing pandemics.

At the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington D.C., Louise directed regional infectious disease surveillance activities in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa.  Louise is a member of the delegation that developed the first modern tuberculosis laboratory in the DPRK North Korea with the humanitarian group CFK and with Stanford University. She advised the Bipartisan WMD Center, chaired by U.S. Senators Graham and Talent.

Louise served as Senior Epidemiologist for the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency and retains her adjunct Associate Professor appointment with the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University, California.

Marlo Libel, MD, MPH

Marlo Libel, MD, MPH

Senior Advisor

Marlo Libel applies over 40 years of public health surveillance experience to the goal of ending pandemics. He provides sound advice and strategic direction, along with technical support to CORDS (Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance) and EpiCore, a global crowdsourcing network of volunteer human, animal, and environmental practitioners committed to verifying disease outbreaks. Marlo previously worked with Ending Pandemics at the Skoll Global Threats Fund on a variety of projects. He led the SGTF project on participatory surveillance for early detection of disease outbreaks at mass gatherings (2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, both in Brazil).

Marlo was a medical epidemiologist at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) from 1985–2009. Initially stationed in Panama, he directed the technical cooperation in Central America to improve public health surveillance systems, outbreak investigation and control, and HIV/AIDS surveillance and prevention strategies. From 1989 onward, at PAHO’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., he served as regional advisor on communicable diseases with responsibility for coordinating PAHO’s response to disease outbreaks. His work also included establishing emerging infectious disease networks in the Southern Cone, the Amazon Basin, and Central America and acting as regional focal point for the implementation of IHR (2005). He received his MD from the Faculdade Catolica de Medicina de Porto Alegre, Brazil, and his MPH from the Tulane School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

 

Nomita Divi, MSPH

Nomita Divi, MSPH

Director

Nomita Divi oversees the implementation of a highly evolving work plan and manages the team. Her areas of expertise include stakeholder engagement, management, needs assessment, and program planning. Nomita developed a portfolio of projects while serving as Program Officer on the Ending Pandemics team at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, including network-building in South Asia, crowdsourcing epidemics intelligence for verification of outbreaks, and formulating creative opportunities to engage with technologists. Nomita spent eight years at Stanford University managing various health policy programs. Before her time at Stanford, she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital, managing the application of a global HIV simulation model in India, South Africa, Cote d’Ivore, and the Caribbean.

Nomita holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Ottawa, Canada as well as a Masters of Science in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Adam Crawley, MPH

Adam Crawley, MPH

Program Officer

Adam Crawley provides project oversight and technical support to Ending Pandemics and its partners. This includes data analysis, surveillance system design, and evidence base documentation for Ending Pandemics’ impact. Adam began this work as a Research Associate at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, where he helped measure outbreak detection timeliness and response in 28 partner countries and worked with our partners at HealthMap to refine and expand Flu Near You as a self-tracking system to monitor influenza-like illness in North America. Prior to SGTF, Adam served as Interim Supervising Epidemiologist at the San Mateo County Health System and as a Senior Research Associate at the UC Berkeley Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters of Public Health from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, with a concentration in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology.

Lauren Diaz

Lauren Diaz

Operations and Finance Manager

Lauren Diaz oversees administrative controls, reporting procedures, and people systems to effectively and efficiently grow the organization and ensure financial strength. Lauren rapidly ascended the ranks at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, moving from Team Administrator to Operations Associate in less than four years. Prior to SGTF, Lauren worked on fundraising activities at the Salvation Army, Golden State Division Headquarters. Lauren was also a WorldTeach English teacher at the Escuela Politecnica Nacional University in Quito, Ecuador where she taught intermediate and advanced English courses.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication Studies from the University of San Diego.

Hania Abu-Eid

Hania Abu-Eid

Communications & Marketing Manager

Hania Abu-Eid oversees communications and marketing across the organization’s portfolio of initiatives. Hania served as a Marketing and Communications Officer at the Skoll Global Threats Fund for two years before joining Ending Pandemics. Before her time at SGTF, Hania was the Communications Manager at Kiva Microfunds, where her work garnered the highest site traffic in Kiva’s history. Prior to Kiva, Hania worked at Edelman PR supporting a number large global technology accounts. During her time there, she also created Sprout, a global service providing PR counsel to early stage startups, VCs, and small-scale entrepreneurial ventures. In 2013, Hania was invited to join the White House Champion of Change program after successfully leading a nationwide campaign as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking.  

Hania holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Marketing from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Oona Buckley

Oona Buckley

Team Liaison

Oona Buckley serves as Liaison for events, partners, advisors, and the Ending Pandemics team. Upon returning from volunteer work in Nepal, Oona dove into the world of philanthropy working for Dr. Larry Brilliant during Google.org’s start-up phase in 2007. Oona went on to help start-up the Center for Compassion at Stanford University Medical Center before heading to Washington, D.C., to work in private philanthropy and development. She came to the U.S. via Dublin, Ireland, where she was guiding startups in their infancy. Oona spent 10 years working in Washington, D.C., and New York City in International Business Development.

Oona has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Marymount University. She credits her family and global upbringing in Asia, Ireland, and the United States for her quest to help unite people and increase their impactful work.

Prapapan Phetra

Prapapan Phetra

EpiHack™

Prapapan Phetra has been working with the Ending Pandemics team on the planning and implementation of EpiHacks™ across the globe since 2012.

Prapapan runs her own software business in Thailand, Business On Network Co. Ltd., where she provides counsel and IT solutions with open-source technologies for NGOs, academia, public and private sector industries.

Jaś Mantero, MD, PhD

Jaś Mantero, MD, PhD

EpiCore

Jaś Mantero supports Ending Pandemics in applying innovations to disease surveillance across hard to reach communities.

He has worked in the field of public health for the past 15 years with a focus on early detection, verification, assessment, and response at various agencies including the World Health Organization, European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control, Doctors without Borders (MSF), and the European Union.

Jaś works as an independent Public Health consultant covering epidemic intelligence and health risk assessment tasks for governmental institutions.