The Board of Directors and SIC staff also draw on the Advisory Board for help. This board functions as a “brain trust” and includes public health experts, lawyers, doctors, fundraisers, government officials, and other stakeholders who provide input specific to their areas of expertise.
Bertram Jacobs, PhD
Dr. Jacobs is Professor of Virology in the School of Life Sciences and the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. Dr. Jacobs received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and did post-doctoral research at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before taking a faculty position at Arizona State University. Dr. Jacobs has been a member of the NIH Virology Study Section, and has served on numerous biodefense-related study sections. He is an active collaborator with Russian scientists at VECTOR, home of the Russian smallpox repository. Dr. Jacobs’ teaching interests include HIV prevention education to lay audiences. In this regard, Dr. Jacobs spends several weeks each year in Africa teaching HIV prevention.
Founded 3 Peaks 3 Weeks, an annual all-female event which aims to support African based organizations in the issues of environment, education and HIV/AIDS. The first event, held in 2007 raised in excess of $400,000 and SIC was chosen as a recipient organization of raised 3 Peaks 3 Weeks funds. Since 2005 Chloe has been based in Europe, and is currently living in Switzerland where she works for the GSMA Development Fund, leading initiatives which utilize GSM mobile technology for social, economic and environmental development in emerging markets. She is also the Director of Cakuku Limited, an organisation focused on advising individuals, corporations and foundations on effective giving and a Patron of Save the Rhino International. She holds a BA from Canberra University, Australia.
Kirstin Dunkle, PhD-Public Health
Dr. Kristin Dunkle studied at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where she received an MPH in International Health in 2000 and a PhD in Epidemiology in 2003. She then completed an independent postdoctoral year in South Africa funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and joined the Emory Rollins School of Public Health in 2004, where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Dr. Dunkle’s research addresses the social and behavioral epidemiology of HIV, sexual health, and gender-based violence among both men and women in Africa and the USA. Her primary research focus is elucidating connections between gender inequality, economic inequality, and sexual health risks, with a focus on HIV/AIDS. She has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, with work funded by grants from the NIH, the Emory Center for AIDS Research and the Emory Global Health Institute.
Born in South Africa before emigrating to England and was brought up in Norfolk. A graduate of the University of Leeds, he is currently a practicing barrister specializing in commercial and personal injury litigation from the chambers of Grahame Aldous QC, 9 Gough Square, London.
Mike was introduced to SIC in 2009 through the G-Lab program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He and his teammates worked closely with SIC to develop a strategy and model for expanding services to new districts in Tanzania. He currently resides in New York where he works for the management consulting firm Booz & Co. Prior to receiving an MBA from MIT Sloan, Mike earned a BS in operations research from Cornell University and worked in strategy and business development for Southern Wine and Spirits of America.
District Community Response Officer, Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS)
Robert David Siegel, MD, PhD
Robert Siegel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, the Program in Human Biology and The Center for African Studies, all at Stanford University. Professor Siegel has worked with student groups around the world, and has won numerous awards for teaching and advising. He directs the pre-clinical curriculum in microbiology at Stanford Medical School and is the co-director of the school’s concentration in International Health. Professor Siegel has advised SIC since the organization’s founding in 2002 and has led multiple volunteer orientations in Tanzania. He is the holder of five degrees including an MD and an MA in Education from Stanford University, and a PhD in Biology from the University of Colorado.
Upendo Ramandhani graduated with a degree in Counseling Psychology in Uganda and shortly after became a teaching partner in one of SIC’s awareness campaigns. Ever since then, Upendo has contributed to SIC’s growth as a program coordinator and Field Officer. Currently, she is working for the Mkombozi Center for Street Children in Arusha, Tanzania as a Program Social Worker.
William Richard Rodriguez, MD
Bill Rodriguez trained in medicine and infectious disease at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he also served as Chief Medical Resident. He initiated a research program in global health diagnostics at the Partners AIDS Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He also served as an advisor to the US CDC’s Global AIDS Program in Vietnam. In 2003, he joined the William J. Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative where he became the Chief Medical Officer. He worked with leading global drug and diagnostics companies, African governments and global health agencies to develop the global market for HIV medicines and diagnostic tests. He also worked with the government of South Africa to develop their national AIDS program, and served in a similar capacity as a consultant to governments in eastern and southern Africa, the Caribbean, and southeast Asia. In 2007, he returned briefly to Harvard to help launch its new Global Health Delivery Project, and co-founded Daktari Diagnostics, Inc., focused on the development of point-of-care diagnostics for global health.