The countdown to zero transmission
  • ABOUT US

    Private sector-led initiative to end mother-to-child
    HIV transmission by December 31, 2015

    • THE ORGANIZATION

      Born Free is a private sector-led initiative with the sole objective of ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV by December 31, 2015. 

      The world has experienced more than a 50% decline in new HIV infections in children since 2003, yet more than 700 children are still born with HIV each day. The solution is just one pill once a day. 

      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 invests in local African talent who work behind the scenes to drive change within their own governments toward elimination. Born Free also produces analyses on key policy issues using a business lens and is harnessing the  voice, creativity, and reach of the fashion industry to inspire urgency as the deadline for a generation born HIV-free approaches.

       

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Chairman Chairman
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.

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.

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.

Hezekiah Olayinka Shobiye

Hezekiah Olayinka Shobiye 'Hez'' is a member of the Save One Million Lives PMTCT Team within Nigeria's Ministry of Health. He is passionate about health systems strengthening including quality improvement, performance management, and innovative delivery. He is the founder of Promenade Youth Initiative, a social enterprise that works with disadvantaged youth to develop a generation of government and business leaders that will bring economic transformation to Nigeria and Africa. He was also a Global Health Corps fellow and has worked with the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research. Hez studied Physiology at the University of Lagos and earned his MBA in International Healthcare Management from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

CEO CEO
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.

Angela Odiachi

Bayelsa State Specialist

Asabe Sambo

Kano State Specialist

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.

Dr. Bishop Ezeh

FCT State Specialist

Anayo Ozowuba

Cross River State Specialist

President President
Anna Squires Levine

Anna leads all strategy and operations for the BLC to accelerate progress toward eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV by 2015. Prior to joining the BLC, 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.

Taylor Buonocore

Taylor focuses on achieving a generation born HIV-free by the end of 2015 as part of The Business Leadership Council for a Generational Born HIV Free (BLC) and the MDG Health Alliance.

Prior to joining the BLC, Taylor was part of Mercer's Human Capital Consulting Group and an independent consultant to for-profit companies and social enterprises in the US, Africa, and Asia. Most recently, she advised Rio Tinto’s capability development efforts in Mongolia. Her work also includes the design and management of inspirational leadership and executive development programs, as well as the mentorship of several teams of HR professionals in developing countries.

Taylor is a StartingBloc Fellow and Advisory Board Member. She holds a BA in History & Psychology from Colgate University and is an active alumna, serving Colgate in several capacities.

Elizabeth Oladimeji

Plateau State Specialist

Gloria Eneh

Senior PMTCT Specialist

Dr. Femi Funso-Adebayo

Rivers State Specialist

Dr. Augustine Umoh

Akwa Ibom State Specialist

    • 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, PRESIDENT & CEO, 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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