• ABOUT US

    BORN FREE IS A PHILANTHROPIC INITIATIVE TO
    END MOTHER-TO-CHILD HIV TRANSMISSION

    • THE ORGANIZATION

      BORN FREE IS A PHILANTHROPIC INITIATIVE WORKING TO END MOTHER-TO-CHILD HIV TRANSMISSION AND CREATE THE FIRST AIDS FREE GENERATION.

      The world has experienced more than A 58% DECLINE IN NEW HIV INFECTIONS IN CHILDREN SINCE 2002.

      Born Free and its advisory board of business CEOs believe every mom, child, and family should have the opportunity to live a life born HIV-free.

    • THE WORK

      Born Free invests people, time, and business acumen to significantly accelerate the pace towards a generation born HIV-free in the African countries most affected by this issue. Born Free partners with the governments and business communities to recruit, develop, and empower local management talent who work behind the scenes to drive change within their own governments toward elimination.

       

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John Megrue Chairman and Co-Founder
John Megrue

John Megrue is the Chief Executive Officer of Apax Partners, U.S, a global private equity advisory firm managing over $37 billion. An active champion for the eradication of extreme poverty and the development of global health systems, he created and leads the Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born HIV Free. John is a Director on the Board of Millennium Promise and a founding Director of Grameen America. He is also on the Board of Trustees at Cornell University. John graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Lizanne have three children and live in Connecticut.

Additional team members: Elizabeth Reni, Anna Squires Levine, Jennifer McCrea, Taylor Buonocore
Samson Muga Senior Technical Advisor
Samson Muga

Samson has built his eleven years career around public health interventions with a focus on infectious diseases and HIV Programming. He is passionate about teams and believes in contact mentorship and capacity building for change. As PMTCT Senior Technical Advisor in Kenya, Samson leads the “Rapid Response Team” within the National AIDS and STI Control Program to accelerate elimination of mother to child transmission. Previously Samson was a Deputy Chief of Party Programs and Head of Clinical Service Delivery for a PEPFAR-funded grant in Kenya. He was key to the successful transition of international partner organization to local indigenous Kenyan led and owned organization - a key strategy in CDC- PEPFAR’s sustainability agenda. Samson is a Level 1 Project Management for Development Professional and an alum of University of Washington’s Leadership and Management course. He holds an undergraduate degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBCHB) from the University of Nairobi and is a MPH (Health Services Management) Moi University, Diploma & MSc (infectious diseases) finalist at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Additional team members: Ken Danielson, Edna Anab, Carolyne Achayo , Isaack Kirui, Phidale Majiwa, Esther Tata Papa , Catherine Goreti
Dr. Charity Nwude Advisor/Team Lead
Dr. Charity Nwude

Charity leads a team of catalytic managers within Nigeria’s Ministry of Health, working collaboratively with stakeholders to support accelerated PMTCT scale up that is rooted in state-based engagement, data-driven planning, and a focus on high burden states. Charity’s career has spanned global health, including significant work both in Nigeria and in Geneva. Prior to joining the BLC and Nigeria’s Save One Million Lives PMTCT Team, Charity worked at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in Geneva. She has also held numerous leadership roles within Nigeria with a focus on HIV programs, including at the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and Catholic Relief Services. Charity holds a degree in Medicine/Surgery (MBBS) and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Lagos and a Masters in Health Policy, Planning and Financing (HPPF) from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Additional team members: Dr. Femi Funso-Adebayo, Elizabeth Oladimeji, Anaya Ozowuba, Dr. Augustine Umoh, Dr. Bishop Ezeh, Asabe Sambo, Gloria Eneh, Dr. Lilian Anomnachi-David, Uduak Bassey Duke, Dr. Clinton Eze-Okoroikpa, Ibrahim Ibrahim
Dr. Lilian Anomnachi-David PMTCT Advisor
Dr. Lilian Anomnachi-David

Dr. Lilian Anomnachi-David is a member of the Save One Million Lives PMTCT Team within Nigeria’s Ministry of Health. She brings over thirteen years of leadership in HIV/AIDS management and programming with a focus on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS and Pediatric HIV to this role. She has worked at National, State, and Local Government levels in Nigeria providing technical assistance and management support to the national and state Ministries of Health. She began her public health career as a resident doctor in Oncology and Radiotherapy at the National Hospital Abuja, Nigeria and has worked with FHI 360 and the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Nigeria.Lilian holds a degree in Medicine/Surgery (MBBS) and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) and a Certificate in Maternal and Child Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Additional team members: Dr. Femi Funso-Adebayo, Elizabeth Oladimeji, Anaya Ozowuba, Dr. Augustine Umoh, Dr. Bishop Ezeh, Asabe Sambo, Gloria Eneh, Dr. Charity Nwude, Uduak Bassey Duke, Dr. Clinton Eze-Okoroikpa, Ibrahim Ibrahim
Jennifer McCrea CEO and Co-Founder
Jennifer McCrea

For the past 25 years, Jennifer McCrea has worked with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, including Millennium Promise, Acumen Fund, Donorschoose.org, Grameen America, Teach for America, Witness, Comic Relief, X Prize Foundation, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, Rhode Island School of Design, Robin Hood Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations, Creative Commons, Pencils of Promise, New Profit and many others. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and founder of Exponential Fundraising. She is also a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, serves as an advisory board member of the MIT Media Lab and the Blue School, and is a co-founder and board member of the Quincy Jones MusiQ Consortium. In September 2013, Jennifer’s book, The Generosity Network, written with philanthropist Jeff C. Walker, was published by Crown Publishing at Random House.

Additional team members: Elizabeth Reni, Anna Squires Levine, John Megrue, Taylor Buonocore
Ken Danielson Strategic Information Specialist
Ken Danielson

Ken is a Certified Monitoring and Evaluation Professional with a background is Statistics. As the Strategic Information Specialist of the Kenyan Rapid Response Team, he derives insights about eMTCT target performance patterns and trends using data system to shape the national, county and sub county strategies and responses. Ken also provides technical guidance on eMTCT research using both primary and secondary sources to shape and inform eMTCT strategies. Ken has over eight years of experience in design and supervision of data gathering techniques, data collection and analysis, interpretation, processing and presentation of numerical information. He has a passion for data for decision making with experience in using statistical data analysis programs such as SPSS, STATA, SAS, MAXQDA, and R. Previously, he was as a Senior M&E Officer with IntraHealth International on a Health Systems Strengthening project that aimed to improve access and quality of health workforce training in Kenya; and Youth Fighting Against HIV/AIDS in Kenya (YOFAK), which focused on comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention among the most at risk populations, human rights and governance and loaning schemes with people living with HIV/AIDS. Ken holds a Master’s degree in Science (Statistics) from Kenyatta University.

Additional team members: Edna Anab, Carolyne Achayo , Isaack Kirui, Phidale Majiwa, Esther Tata Papa , Samson Muga, Catherine Goreti
Asabe Sambo Kano State Specialist
Asabe Sambo
Additional team members: Dr. Femi Funso-Adebayo, Elizabeth Oladimeji, Anaya Ozowuba, Dr. Augustine Umoh, Dr. Bishop Ezeh, Gloria Eneh, Dr. Lilian Anomnachi-David, Dr. Charity Nwude, Uduak Bassey Duke, Dr. Clinton Eze-Okoroikpa, Ibrahim Ibrahim
Elizabeth Reni Associate Director of Operations
Elizabeth Reni

Elizabeth joined the BLC after gaining experience working in both the financial sector as well as the non-profit sector. Elizabeth's passion for the non-profit industry stems from her experiences working both locally and abroad where she focused on designing and implementing small-scale community-development programs. Prior to moving to New York City, Elizabeth spent time in Latin America working with numerous international non-profit organizations promoting youth development through community-enrichment programs. She moved to New York City to join the Step Up Women's Network, a national non-profit organization dedicated to connecting underserved teen girls with professional women mentors to empower them to reach their full potential. Elizabeth holds a BA in International Affairs and Foreign Policy from Northeastern University.

Additional team members: Anna Squires Levine, John Megrue, Jennifer McCrea, Taylor Buonocore
Edna Anab Technical Advisor
Edna Anab

Edna has experience in both clinical management and program coordination, having worked with various local health facilities and non-governmental organizations before joining the PMTCT Rapid Response Team. She brings insights of various strategies and approaches employed to enhance implementation of sustainable health programs whilst advocating for health systems strengthening through stakeholders engagement. As a PMTCT Technical Advisor on the PMTCT Rapid Response Team in Kenya, Edna plays a key role in supporting National and County leadership towards spurring an acceleration of the country’s effort to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV. She directly supports county health management teams in their strategies and problem solving toward eMTCT. Previously, Edna worked with Food for the Hungry (NGO) as a Health Program Officer implementing eMTCT strategy through integrations with MNCH, high nutrition Impact, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and Community Strategy. She has also previously worked with Free the Children (NGO) as a Health Coordinator. She is a Registered Nurse (Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Public Health) and a Public Health Specialist (Master’s Degree in Public Health – Epidemiology and Population Health).

Additional team members: Ken Danielson, Carolyne Achayo , Isaack Kirui, Phidale Majiwa, Esther Tata Papa , Samson Muga, Catherine Goreti
Dr. Bishop Ezeh FCT Program Specialist
Dr. Bishop Ezeh
Additional team members: Dr. Femi Funso-Adebayo, Elizabeth Oladimeji, Anaya Ozowuba, Dr. Augustine Umoh, Asabe Sambo, Gloria Eneh, Dr. Lilian Anomnachi-David, Dr. Charity Nwude, Uduak Bassey Duke, Dr. Clinton Eze-Okoroikpa, Ibrahim Ibrahim
Anaya Ozowuba Cross River State Program Specialist
Anaya Ozowuba
Additional team members: Dr. Femi Funso-Adebayo, Elizabeth Oladimeji, Dr. Augustine Umoh, Dr. Bishop Ezeh, Asabe Sambo, Gloria Eneh, Dr. Lilian Anomnachi-David, Dr. Charity Nwude, Uduak Bassey Duke, Dr. Clinton Eze-Okoroikpa, Ibrahim Ibrahim
Phidale Majiwa Technical Advisor
Phidale Majiwa

Phidale has dedicated his career to the improvement of health care services in Kenya. As a PMTCT Technical Advisor on the PMTCT Rapid Response Team in Kenya, Phidale plays a key role in supporting national and county leadership to spur an acceleration of the country’s effort to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV. He provides technical and managerial support in the planning and implementation of PMTCT prevention, care, and treatment activities across the country, with a focus on 4 high priority counties. This includes being a problem solving partner as part of the national PMTCT team as well as a mentor, coach, and thought partner to subnational teams, strengthening the institutional capacity of the county government structures. Previously, Phidale worked as a Project Coordinator in an Orphans and Vulnerable Children/ Community Prevention with Positives Program under the Arch Diocese of Nyeri-Caritas Nyeri. He was also a Project Manager with Innovations for Poverty Actions, researching healthcare service provisions and client satisfaction. He holds a Master’s in Public Health (Epidemiology and Population Studies) from Maseno University and a degree in BSc. Biomedical Science and Technology from Maseno University, Kenya. Phidale also authored a study on, “Sexual Behavior of Children Orphaned by AIDS in Nyatike Division, Migori County" in 2013.

Additional team members: Ken Danielson, Edna Anab, Carolyne Achayo , Isaack Kirui, Esther Tata Papa , Samson Muga, Catherine Goreti
Taylor Buonocore President
Taylor Buonocore

Taylor has built her career around sparking big change through small teams in the private and public sectors in domestic and international environments. She believes deeply in the power of catalytic talent for creating lasting change in even the most complex and challenging systems. Taylor leads Born Free’s strategy and operations, with a focus on embedding top tier local talent within African governments to accelerate the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV. Taylor leads Born Free's partnership with the Government of Kenya and manages partnerships with co-funders and the private sector, including the 2014 #joinbornfree campaign with Vogue. After starting her career as a Mercer Human Capital Consultant, Taylor advised Rio Tinto’s capability development in Mongolia, where she designed a transformational leadership program and an executive development program to build the next generation of Mongolian talent. Taylor received her Bachelors degree from Colgate University and is a StartingBloc Fellow. ​

Additional team members: Elizabeth Reni, Anna Squires Levine, John Megrue, Jennifer McCrea
Anna Squires Levine Advisor
Anna Squires Levine

Anna advises on strategy and operations for Born Free to accelerate progress toward eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV by 2015. Prior to joining Born Free, Anna’s career included private sector and non-profit work in healthcare, both domestically and abroad. Most recently, she spent four years at McKinsey & Company in the US and South Africa. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and has advised many start-ups and burgeoning non-profits on business planning, growth strategy, and P&L management. Anna holds a BS in Chemistry from Brown University.

Additional team members: Elizabeth Reni, John Megrue, Jennifer McCrea, Taylor Buonocore
Esther Tata Papa Technical Advisor
Esther Tata Papa

Esther’s nursing management and training career spans over two and half decades having worked in several health settings at different capacities within the Ministry of Health, she bears unique skills of long standing experience that enables her navigate through complex government health systems that eventually produce breakthrough results. As a PMTCT Technical Advisor on the PMTCT Rapid Response Team in Kenya, Esther plays a key role in supporting national and county leadership towards an acceleration of the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV. As part of the PMTCT Rapid Response Team, she is a problem solving partner, a mentor, coach and thought partner to county /sub-county health management teams. Previously, Esther worked as a PMTCT/HCBC Program officer for Ministry of Health under the National AIDS and STI Control Program in the Northern Rift Region. Prior to this, she was a District Public Health Nurse. Over the course of her career, she has provided technical and managerial support in the planning and implementation of PMTCT prevention, care and treatment activities. Esther holds a Higher National Diploma in Public Health / Family Planning & Expanded Program for Immunization Management (KMTC- Nairobi) Diploma in Registered Midwifery (Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Nairobi), and a Diploma in Registered Nursing (KMTC- Nairobi).

Additional team members: Ken Danielson, Edna Anab, Carolyne Achayo , Isaack Kirui, Phidale Majiwa, Samson Muga, Catherine Goreti
Elizabeth Oladimeji Plateau State Program Specialist
Elizabeth Oladimeji
Additional team members: Dr. Femi Funso-Adebayo, Anaya Ozowuba, Dr. Augustine Umoh, Dr. Bishop Ezeh, Asabe Sambo, Gloria Eneh, Dr. Lilian Anomnachi-David, Dr. Charity Nwude, Uduak Bassey Duke, Dr. Clinton Eze-Okoroikpa, Ibrahim Ibrahim
Isaack Kirui Technical Advisor
Isaack Kirui

Isaack is a public health enthusiast with vast experience in HIV programming, project management and coordination and a strong bias toward community health. He has spent most of his career supporting program integration at the community, sub-national and national levels. He values contributing meaningfully to public health efforts through creating and sustaining change both as an individual and as a member of a team. As a PMTCT Technical Advisor on the PMTCT Rapid Response Team in Kenya, Isaack plays a key role in supporting national and county leadership towards an acceleration of the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV. He directly supports county health management teams in the Rift Region. PMTCT coordination, stakeholder management and team mentorship geared towards accelerating high impact activities in PMTCT are some of his key roles. Formerly, Isaack was a Coordinator of VMMC Roll-Out at Impact Research and Development Organization, where he successfully implemented the rapid scale-up of VMMC program in Kenya. He has co-designed community entry strategies, customized programs to local settings and rallied stakeholders around public health interventions. He holds a degree in Nursing Sciences from Moi University in Kenya and is currently pursuing a post degree in Public Health at Maseno University.

 

Additional team members: Ken Danielson, Edna Anab, Carolyne Achayo , Phidale Majiwa, Esther Tata Papa , Samson Muga, Catherine Goreti
Dr. Femi Funso-Adebayo Rivers State Program Specialist
Dr. Femi Funso-Adebayo
Additional team members: Elizabeth Oladimeji, Anaya Ozowuba, Dr. Augustine Umoh, Dr. Bishop Ezeh, Asabe Sambo, Gloria Eneh, Dr. Lilian Anomnachi-David, Dr. Charity Nwude, Uduak Bassey Duke, Dr. Clinton Eze-Okoroikpa, Ibrahim Ibrahim
Gloria Eneh Senior HIV/AIDS Specialist
Gloria Eneh
Additional team members: Dr. Femi Funso-Adebayo, Elizabeth Oladimeji, Anaya Ozowuba, Dr. Augustine Umoh, Dr. Bishop Ezeh, Asabe Sambo, Dr. Lilian Anomnachi-David, Dr. Charity Nwude, Uduak Bassey Duke, Dr. Clinton Eze-Okoroikpa, Ibrahim Ibrahim
Catherine Goreti Logistics Officer
Catherine Goreti

Catherine has extensive experience handling logistics and administration for both business and not for profit organizations. Her experience includes supporting teams establish systems and processes while fostering teamwork. She develops, implements and manages administrative and procurement systems and policies to support programs. As a PMTCT Logistics Officer on the PMTCT Rapid Response Team in Kenya, Catherine not only provides support for the Rapid Response team but also to the wider PMTCT program at the Nationals AIDS Control Program in Kenya. She is responsible for coordinating logistics for the team and also for establishing administrative systems and carrying out financial management duties. Catherine began her career as the Administration Manager/Grants Administrator at the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa. She later joined a media company, MONDEAS Limited, as the Administrative Coordinator. Her experience in the healthcare sector began at the Kemri-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, followed by the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Catherine holds diplomas in Business Management and Information Technology from the Kenya Institute of Management and City & Guilds respectively. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor degree in Business Management and Leadership at the Management University in Africa (MUA).

 

Additional team members: Ken Danielson, Edna Anab, Carolyne Achayo , Isaack Kirui, Phidale Majiwa, Esther Tata Papa , Samson Muga
Dr. Augustine Umoh Akwa Ibom State Program Specialist
Dr. Augustine Umoh
Additional team members: Dr. Femi Funso-Adebayo, Elizabeth Oladimeji, Anaya Ozowuba, Dr. Bishop Ezeh, Asabe Sambo, Gloria Eneh, Dr. Lilian Anomnachi-David, Dr. Charity Nwude, Uduak Bassey Duke, Dr. Clinton Eze-Okoroikpa, Ibrahim Ibrahim
Carolyne Achayo Technical Advisor
Carolyne Achayo

Carolyne is a clinical mentor and a social scientist who is passionate about social and health change. She brings a background of ten years of experience in HIV coordination, programming and Mentorship. She believes strongly in robust innovative teams that bring change. As a PMTCT Technical Advisor on the PMTCT Rapid Response Team in Kenya, Carolyne plays a key role in supporting national and county leadership towards an acceleration of the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV. She provides leadership and collaboration to county government colleagues in several of the highest burden counties in Kenya. Previously, Carolyne worked as a Senior Program and Clinical Officer for a PEPFAR funded grant implementing HIV care and treatment in high burden counties in Western Kenya. She has also worked with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), University of Nairobi PMTCT Program and University of California San Francisco - Family AIDS Care and Educational Services (UCSF-FACES). She holds a Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery, a Bachelors degree of Arts and Social Sciences and a Master’s degree in Development Studies. She is also an alumna of University of Washington’s Leadership and Management Program.

Additional team members: Ken Danielson, Edna Anab, Isaack Kirui, Phidale Majiwa, Esther Tata Papa , Samson Muga, Catherine Goreti
Dr. Clinton Eze-Okoroikpa Bayelsa State Program Specialist
Dr. Clinton Eze-Okoroikpa
Additional team members: Dr. Femi Funso-Adebayo, Elizabeth Oladimeji, Anaya Ozowuba, Dr. Augustine Umoh, Dr. Bishop Ezeh, Asabe Sambo, Gloria Eneh, Dr. Lilian Anomnachi-David, Dr. Charity Nwude, Uduak Bassey Duke, Ibrahim Ibrahim
Ibrahim Ibrahim Program Assistant
Ibrahim Ibrahim
Additional team members: Dr. Femi Funso-Adebayo, Elizabeth Oladimeji, Anaya Ozowuba, Dr. Augustine Umoh, Dr. Bishop Ezeh, Asabe Sambo, Gloria Eneh, Dr. Lilian Anomnachi-David, Dr. Charity Nwude, Uduak Bassey Duke, Dr. Clinton Eze-Okoroikpa
Uduak Bassey Duke Data Analyst
Uduak Bassey Duke
Additional team members: Dr. Femi Funso-Adebayo, Elizabeth Oladimeji, Anaya Ozowuba, Dr. Augustine Umoh, Dr. Bishop Ezeh, Asabe Sambo, Gloria Eneh, Dr. Lilian Anomnachi-David, Dr. Charity Nwude, Dr. Clinton Eze-Okoroikpa, Ibrahim Ibrahim
    • The Board Members
      DOMINIC BARTON, WORLDWIDE MANAGING DIRECTOR, MCKINSEY & COMPANY
      HEATHER BRESCH, CEO, MYLAN
      BRIAN BRINK, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, ANGLO AMERICAN
      STEVEN BURKE, CEO, NBCUNIVERSAL
      MARY CALLAHAN ERDOES, CEO, J.P. MORGAN ASSET MANAGEMENT
      JAMIE COOPER-HOHN, CO-FOUNDER, CHILDREN’S INVESTMENT FUND FOUNDATION
      JOHN DINEEN, PRESIDENT AND CEO, GE HEALTHCARE
      AEDHMAR HYNES, CEO, TEXT100
      NATHAN KIRSH, CEO, JETRO
      TREY LAIRD, CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND CREATIVE OFFICER, LAIRD+PARTNERS
      KWEKU MANDELA, CO-FOUNDER AT AFRICA RISING FOUNDATION
      DR. PRECIOUS MOLOI MOTSEPE, EXECUTIVE CHAIRPERSON, MOTSEPE FOUNDATION, AFRICAN FASHION INTERNATIONAL
      NORMAN PAYSON M.D., PRESIDENT, APRIA HEALTHCARE GROUP
      MICHAEL SNEED, VICE PRESIDENT OF GLOBAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS, JOHNSON & JOHNSON
      SIR MARTIN SORRELL, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, WPP
      CHRISTOPHER STADLER, MANAGING PARTNER, CVC CAPITAL PARTNERS
      RANDI ZUCKERBERG, FOUNDER, R TO Z MEDIA
      RHONDA I. ZYGOCKI, EXECUTIVE VP, POLICY AND PLANNING, CHEVRON​
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