Kelly Ayotte served in the United States Senate, representing New Hampshire from 2011-2017, where she chaired the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations. In 2017, Ayotte led the team assisting Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in his confirmation process. Previously, Ayotte served as New Hampshire’s first female Attorney General from 2004-2009.
Dr. Julie Gerberding is Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer at Merck, where she is responsible for patient engagement, communications, policy, philanthropic and other functions. She joined Merck in 2010 as president of Merck Vaccines. Dr. Gerberding previously served as Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2002 to 2009.
Congressman Ami Bera, M.D., represents California’s 7th Congressional District. Rep. Bera serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, including as chair of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, and is the vice chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Bera practiced medicine, served as Chief Medical Officer for Sacramento County, directed care management at a seven-hospital system, and taught medicine at the University of California, Davis.
Asaf Bitton, M.D., M.P.H., is the executive director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is a national and global expert on primary care policy, financing, and delivery.
Vice Adm. Raquel Bono is a senior executive leader nationally recognized across public, private and federal sectors. Over 20 years front-line leadership in the Department of Defense (DoD) that culminated in appointment to director, Defense Health Agency. After military service, gubernatorial appointee as Washington State’s director for COVID-19 healthcare system response and pandemic management. Board-certified trauma surgeon. First Asian- American female promoted to Navy Vice Admiral (3-star).
Susan W. Brooks is an accomplished former Congresswoman and former US Attorney who has driven key legislation to reform emergency response, healthcare, manufacturing, technology innovation, higher education and public safety. She is known for her bipartisan relationships and as a catalyst for economic development. From 2013-2020, she served as the U.S. Representative for the 5th District of Indiana.
Congressman Tom Cole is the current representative from the 4th district of Oklahoma. Presently serving in his ninth term, Congressman Cole was elected to Congress in 2002. In Congress, he is recognized as an advocate for taxpayers and small business, a proponent for a strong national defense, and a leader in promoting biomedical research.
Ambassador Mark Dybul is the faculty director of the Center for Global Health Practice and Impact at the Georgetown University Medical Center, which seeks to work with international partners to respond to pressing global health challenges. A well-recognized global health expert and humanitarian, Dybul has served as head of both the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and PEPFAR.
Tom Frieden is President and Chief Executive Officer of Resolve to Save Lives, a $225 million, 5-year initiative housed at Vital Strategies, a non-profit global health organization working toward the vision that all people are protected by a strong public health system. Dr. Frieden was Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2009 to 2017.
Nikolaj Gilbert is president and chief executive officer of PATH and managing director of PATH’s Swiss subsidiary, Foundation for Appropriate Technology in Health. He brings to his roles more than 20 years of international experience as a leader, strategist, and director of complex partnerships. His expertise spans health, peacebuilding, humanitarian aid, and development solutions.
Margaret “Peggy” Hamburg previously served as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 2009 to 2015 and as the foreign secretary of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). In 2018, she held presidency of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Rebecca Hersman directs the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues and is a senior adviser for the International Security Program. Ms. Hersman joined CSIS in April 2015 from the Department of Defense (DOD), where she served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for countering weapons of mass destruction (WMD) since 2009.
Ambassador Karl Hofmann is the President and CEO of Population Services International (PSI), a non-profit global health organization based in Washington, D.C. PSI operates in over 50 countries worldwide, with programs in family planning and reproductive health, malaria, water and sanitation, HIV, and non-communicable diseases. Prior to joining PSI, Mr. Hofmann was a career American diplomat for 23 years.
Richard Hudson is serving his fifth term representing North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District. He serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee focused on improving health care and creating jobs. As Fort Bragg’s Congressman, Rep. Hudson also works to ensure our troops, their families and veterans have health care and resources they deserve. He, his wife Renee and their son Lane live in Concord.
Tom Inglesby is the Director of the Center for Health Security of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Inglesby is also Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Joint Appointment in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Seth G. Jones is a senior vice president, Harold Brown Chair, director of the International Security Program, and director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He leads a bipartisan team of over 50 resident staff and an extensive network of non-resident affiliates.
A Silicon Valley medical device entrepreneur, Fred is Managing Director of Incept LLC, a health sciences innovations accelerator, founded in 1998. Incept has founded 23 medical companies (16 with exits), in which Fred has served as an executive and/or a director. For more than 30 years, Fred has held management and executive positions in both large and small medical technology enterprises.
Ambassador Jimmy Kolker is a non-resident senior associate with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center. He retired in January 2017 as Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he served as the Department’s chief health diplomat. His 30-year State Foreign Service career included ambassador posts in Burkina Faso and Uganda.
Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath assumed the leadership of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) on June 1, 2020. A medical doctor and molecular immunologist by training, Dr. McMurry-Heath becomes just the third leader of the world’s largest biotechnology advocacy group since BIO’s founding in 1993. Based in Washington D.C., BIO represents 1,000 life sciences companies and organizations from 30 countries.
Trevor Mundel is the president of the Global Health Division at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he leads the foundation’s efforts to develop high-impact interventions against the leading causes of death and disability in developing countries. Previously, Trevor was global head of development with Novartis.
Senator Patty Murray is the senior Senator from the state of Washington. Serving as a member of Senate Democratic leadership since 2007, Senator Murray has established herself as a tireless and effective leader on education, transportation, budget issues, port security, healthcare, women, and veterans’ issues. She is currently Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
General (Retired) David M. Rodriguez served over 40 years in the US Army with his final assignment being the Commander of the United States Africa Command. A native of West Chester Pennsylvania, he earned his commission from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1976. General Rodriguez has commanded at every level of the US Military and his commands included 4 years in combat at the 2 and 3 star level. He also served as the Senior Military Advisor to Secretary of Defense Gates as a 3 star. His education includes a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and a Master of Military Art and Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
Stephanie Segal is a Senior Fellow with the CSIS Economics Program, where her research interests include economic competitiveness, U.S.-China economic relations, and the role of international financial institutions in the global economy. Until 2017, Ms. Segal served as codirector of the East Asia Office at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Congresswoman Lauren Underwood represents Illinois’ 14th Congressional District. Rep. Underwood serves on the House Committee on Education and Labor, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and the House Committee on Homeland Security, including as Chair of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation. Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Underwood worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago and served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Senator Todd Young represents Hoosiers in the United States Senate. He currently serves on the Senate Committees on Finance; Foreign Relations; Commerce, Science, & Transportation; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Juan Zarate is a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), chairman and co-founder of the Financial Integrity Network, and a visiting lecturer in law at the Harvard Law School.
Experts and Advisors
Katherine E. Bliss is Senior Fellow with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center. She brings her expertise in the social sciences, Latin American studies, and international relations to her work analyzing U.S. government support for health programs in low- and middle-income countries. She is particularly interested in how political and cultural perspectives shape approaches to such global health challenges as HIV/AIDS and vaccine-preventable diseases.
Rocco Casagrande is the Managing Director of Gryphon Scientific and a widely respected thought leader on defense against weapons of mass destruction and managing the safety and security risks of cutting-edge biological research. Dr. Casagrande began his public-sector career as a U.N. weapons inspector in pre-war Iraq where he led the U.N.'s biological analysis laboratories.
Dr. Thomas Cullison is an adjunct fellow with the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. During his 38-year naval career, culminating as deputy surgeon general of the Navy, he was active in disaster management, international health engagement, graduate medical education, and health policy
Janet Fleischman is a senior associate with the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she focuses on women’s global health and U.S. policy. She is also an independent consultant who has worked for many organizations addressing the health of women and girls, gender-based violence, family planning, and HIV/AIDS.
Amanda Glassman is executive vice president and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. Her research focuses on priority-setting, resource allocation and value for money in global health. Previously, she served as director for global health policy at the Center from 2010 to 2016, and principal technical lead for health and other positions at the Inter-American Development Bank for 14 years.
Yanzhong Huang is a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a professor and the director of global health studies at Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations. His most recent book, Toxic Politics: China’s Environmental Health Crisis and Its Challenge to the Chinese State, was published in 2020.
Jennifer Kates is Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she oversees the Foundation’s policy analysis and research focused on the U.S. government’s role in global health and on the global and domestic HIV epidemics.
David A. Relman is the Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor in the Departments of Medicine, and of Microbiology & Immunology, and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He is also Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California.
Carolyn Reynolds is a senior associate with the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and an expert adviser to the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security. She is co-founder of the Pandemic Action Network, a network of 40+ organizations around the world whose mission is to drive collective action to end Covid-19 and ensure the world is better prepared for future pandemics.
Jeffrey L. Sturchio is President & CEO of Rabin Martin, a global health strategy consulting firm. Jeff is a global health thought leader and trusted counselor for senior leaders in the private sector, multilateral organizations, governments, NGOs and foundations.
Beth Tritter is the Executive Director of the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a global platform that supports country efforts to achieve quality primary health care for all people. She has served in the U.S. government as the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Vice President for Policy and Evaluation and on Capitol Hill, as a Legislative Director to a leader of the House Appropriations Committee.
J. Stephen Morrison is senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of its Global Health Policy Center. Dr. Morrison writes widely, has directed several high-level commissions, and is a frequent commentator on U.S. foreign policy, global health, Africa, and foreign assistance.
Anna McCaffrey is a Fellow for global health security with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center. Before joining CSIS, Anna contributed to global advocacy efforts for polio eradication at the United Nations Foundation and spent several years at NASTAD, partnering with foreign governments to strengthen national HIV case surveillance systems.
Amith Mandavilli is a program coordinator with the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Before joining CSIS, Amith interned with the Political Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. There, he worked alongside U.S. diplomats who staffed the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the UN Security Council. Amith received degrees in political science and biological sciences from North Carolina State University.