DNDi North America Staff
- Rachel M Cohen, Regional Executive Director
- Stephanie Davies, Senior Advisor, External Affairs
- Jennifer Durán, Development Manager
- Colin Forsyth, Research and Project Manager
- Robert Grembowitz, Financial Control Manager
- Ilan Moss, Head of Media and Content
- Vishal Goyal, Senior Clinical Project and Medical Manager
- Shirley Leung, Senior Human Resources Officer
Rachel Cohen was appointed Regional Executive Director of DNDi North America in January 2011. Rachel has been working in the global health and humanitarian field for more than 20 years, primarily with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Until 2010, she served as Head of Mission for MSF in South Africa and Lesotho, where she oversaw numerous medical programs, primarily focused on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis treatment in rural and peri-urban settings, primary health care for Zimbabwean refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants, and emergency care for survivors of sexual violence. Before working for MSF in the field, Rachel held numerous positions with MSF in New York, including US Director for MSF’s Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, where she directed policy advocacy activities related to drug pricing, intellectual property, and medical innovation for neglected diseases. Prior to joining MSF, she was the Director of Foundation & Corporate Giving at Housing Works, the largest minority-controlled AIDS service organization in the US, and before that, served as the Program Coordinator for the US+Cuba Medical Project, where she directed medical aid programs and carried out educational and advocacy initiatives about the impact of US foreign policy on the health of the Cuban population. Rachel earned a Master of Public Policy with a Certificate in Health & Health Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Stephanie brings with her a wealth of campaigning, writing, and events experience. Since 2010, she has worked as a communications consultant with a range of NGOs and educational institutions, including MSF, Amnesty International, and Northeastern University. Stephanie worked as Director of Public Education for MSF in the US for many years, creating the organization’s national speakers bureau, launching a regular panel discussion series led by prominent journalists, and overseeing several national tours of MSF’s outdoor exhibitions, including A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City and the Access to Essential Medicines EXPO. Stephanie created MSF’s Bracelet of Life Campaign to raise awareness of childhood malnutrition, and the Two Pills A Day Saves Lives campaign to support MSF’s presence at South Africa’s first-ever national HIV/AIDS conference in 2003, during the darkest days of AIDS ‘denialism’. Prior to joining MSF, Stephanie organized professional research trips to Cuba with the Center for Cuban Studies and the US+Cuba Medical Project, where she secured US foundation funding for Cuba’s first international HIV/AIDS conference, including workshops for, and led by, people living with HIV/AIDS. Prior to this, she taught English Composition to low-income students at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus in New York City. Stephanie earned a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Aberystwyth University, Wales, and a BA (Hons) in European Studies (French/Russian) from Bath University, England.
Jennifer Duran is the Development Manager of DNDi North America, joining the organization in August 2011. In this role, she combines her development experience and scientific background to implement DNDi North America’s private fundraising strategy. Jen served as Development Associate of Individual Giving for The Children’s Aid Society, a nonprofit organization in New York. While at Children’s Aid, she identified fundraising strategies for the Annual Giving and Major Gifts teams while also managing the daily gift operations and implementing a strategic plan for major donor prospects. Prior to Children’s Aid, Jen served as Associate Director of Development for the Abakua Afro-Latin Dance Company in 2010, and performed prospect research for a diverse group of major nonprofits at Jeanne Sigler & Associates, Inc, a New York-based consulting firm. She has over 6 years of laboratory research experience at Hunter College, Mount Sinai Graduate School of Biological Sciences, and the University of Virginia, investigating various diseases, mainly focusing on infectious disease issues. Jen earned a Master of Science degree in Biological & Physical Sciences from the University of Virginia’s Microbiology Department in 2007 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Biological Sciences from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2002.
Colin is an epidemiologist and medical anthropologist who lived in Bolivia in the 1990s and became acquainted with the devastating impact of Chagas disease while there. His dissertation focused on the sociocultural dimensions of Chagas disease in Bolivia. He conducted research in 2013 at a nonprofit clinic in Bolivia where more than half of the patient population was infected with T. cruzi. He investigated the beliefs, experiences, and treatment strategies of patients affected by Chagas disease, and identified key barriers that hampered access to healthcare. His research won a prize from the Society for Applied Anthropology and has been published in Social Science and Medicine. Previously, Colin participated in epidemiological research on access to recommended treatment for heart disease in Florida hospitals. In 2009, he was involved in a project at the Florida Mental Health Institute which documented mental health practices designed for Latinos in different areas of the U.S. He completed an M.P.H in Epidemiology in 2011, and a Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology in 2014, at the University of South Florida, Tampa.
Robert Grembowitz joined DNDi North America as Administration Coordinator in 2013. Prior to his work at DNDi, Robert was with Schering-Plough where he worked within the Global Quality Services group, and with YouthBuild Newark where he worked in urban community development through the Bridging the Gaps Program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Robert earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Delaware in 2010 and his Master’s degree in Public Health from Rutgers University in 2016.
Ilan Moss was trained as a journalist and has over 15 years of experience communicating for United Nations agencies and non-profits in North America, Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. Ilan joined DNDi in its New York office in 2015. Previously, he worked at Unitaid in Geneva, Switzerland. He has also worked with the US Department of State as a global health communications consultant, training reporters during the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak, and in 2017 trained over 30 provincial health directors in the Democratic Republic of Congo to better respond to disease outbreaks. Ilan’s work has been published in Reuters, Guardian, Huffington Post, OECD Observer, Jerusalem Post, Forward, JTA, Food Republic, Miami Post, Latin Business Chronicle, True Africa and many other news outlets and websites. He is a graduate of New York University and has a Master’s degree in Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Vishal Goyal joined DNDi in Jan 2011 and now work as Senior Clinical Project and Medical Manager managing clinical research projects. He has over 10 years of experience managing clinical trials (Phase II- IV) including clinical research management, regulatory affairs, policy change, medical affairs & medical writing. Over the last 7 years, he has been involved in clinical research for development of new treatments in visceral leishmaniasis in India and Bangladesh including operational research projects in neglected tropical diseases in limited resource settings. He is Certified National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) Assessor for carrying out assessment of health care organizations against NABH accreditation standards for clinical trial in India. Vishal is a medical doctor, anesthetist by training from India. He has also pursued Executive Program in Strategic Management from IIM Kozhikode, India.
Prior to joining DNDi, Shirley worked with Turner Construction on their International HR team. As the HR Administrator, she supported their international staff in over 7 countries. When she lived in Ohio, she served as the HR Coordinator for Best Restaurant Equipment and Design, a company that designed and provided restaurant equipment for chain restaurants. As the HR Coordinator, she was engaged in all aspects of HR including Benefits, Payroll and Employee Relations. She graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics; while she still enjoys both subjects, she’s found her niche in supporting employees through the Human Resources function. In her spare time, Shirley volunteers as a teacher and enjoys reading, outdoor activities and travelling.