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Ending Pandemics works with partners across the globe to unlock the potential to find, verify, and respond to outbreaks faster no matter where they might emerge on the planet.
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.
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 has been assisting the Skoll Global Threats Fund’s Ending Pandemics team for the past few years. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.