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Vash Mungal-Singh

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Vash is a consultant haematopathologist at Lancet Laboratories in Cape Town, South Africa. Previously, she was CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa for six years and our own Vice-President until the end of 2016. Her focus is public health with work extending across cardiovascular disease and non-communicable diseases prevention programmes and advocacy, both regionally and globally.  

Karen Bennett

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT 

Karen provides administrative support to the CEO, the Senior Team and the Board and helps the Board to execute their statutory governance duties efficiently.Karen has over 20 years’ experience as a PA working at Board level and supporting senior executives and managers.

 

Andrew Forrester

 

FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

Andrew is our senior lead for finance, IT, HR and office administration. Prior to joining WHF, Andrew worked in a number of not-for-profit sector organizations, including: The Fostering Network which supports foster carers; the Odyssey Trust, an alcohol and drug misuse support charity; TSSA & Society of Chiropodists, a trade union and professional body; and the British Labour Party.

Jeremiah Mwangi

 

DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND ADVOCACY 

Jeremiah leads our policy and advocacy work to achieve our goal of a 25% reduction in premature mortality caused by CVD by 2025. He coordinates WHF’s work with the WHO, supports the translation of our science work into policy, and works with key stakeholders to support the implementation of WHF’s key asks in the areas of heart health. Jeremiah was previously the Policy and External Affairs Director for the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO).

Pablo Perel

 

SENIOR SCIENCE ADVISOR 

Pablo's main area of interest is global cardiovascular implementation research and he plays a key role in the development of our Roadmaps and Emerging Leaders programme. He has a background in internal medicine and cardiology and is also Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Global Non Communicable Diseases at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the UK.

Peggy Walters (consultant)

 

  DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS  

Peggy is a communications expert responsible for setting and implementing our PR and Communications strategy, and delivering key projects. She has previously led communications departments at high-profile NGOs such as Marie Stopes International, Concern Worldwide and Leonard Cheshire Disability International. Peggy read Communications and Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London and has a Masters in International Development and Communications from City University, London. 

Alma J. Adler

 

SCIENCE OFFICER

Alma manages our Congress programme committee, carries out essential liaison with scientific and advocacy committees, and advises on public health and epidemiology. A systematic review specialist at Cochrane Heart Group (LSHTM), she has a PhD in Anthropology and experience of working in low- and middle-income countries as an epidemiologist.

Lyndsey Canham

 

PROGRAMME OFFICER

Lyndsey supports the Policy and Advocacy team, and coordinates and provides content for WHF’s global advocacy initiatives, including the WHF/WHO three-year plan and CVD Atlas, the World Heart Day policy call and the CVD Scorecard assessment tool. Before joining WHF, she worked as Research and Project Officer at the Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. 

Ludovic Cathan

 

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

Jennifer Diaz

 

CONGRESS AND EVENTS MANAGER

Jennifer manages and coordinates all areas of our Congress, including logistics management and Congress programme team support. She also organizes other WHF events and meetings. Before joining WHF, Jennifer worked in the congress department of the FDI World Dental Federation for over nine years.

Andreea Dragus

 

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

George Eracleous

 

SENIOR PARTNERSHIP MANAGER

George is responsible for managing our existing, and developing new, private sector partnerships, and his main areas of interest include cause-related marketing and shared-value partnerships. Prior to WHF, he worked at Save the Children overseeing the implementation and delivery of their partnerships portfolio, and at the British Heart Foundation as a corporate account manager.

Monika Herder

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANT

Monika provides essential support within the areas of administration, finance and human resources. Prior to WHF, she acted as a freelance personal assistant with a focus on finance, working for a wide range of private companies in logistics and accounting. Monika has a degree in Business and Economics.

Joanna Markbreiter

 

POLICY AND ADVOCACY MANAGER

Responsible for day-to-day management of the Advocacy team, Joanna drafts and prepares WHF policy and research papers, briefs, consultation responses and advocacy publications. She also pursues advocacy opportunities to advance CVD and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) agendas at the UN, WHO and other organizations, and leads WHF contributions to NCD Alliance policy and advocacy activities. Joanna has a degree in English from the University of Cambridge.

Rachel Shaw (consultant)

 

COMMUNICATIONS PROJECT MANAGER 

Rachel is a professional copywriter who project manages World Heart Day and supports the Communications Director to manage and implement WHF's day-to-day marketing and communications. Rachel has a degree in English from the University of Bristol and works as a consultant for a range of consumer, academic, business-to-business, healthcare and member organization clients.

Alastair White

 

ADVOCACY ASSISTANT 

Alastair attends and tracks key events and consultations at the WHO on cardiovascular health and NCDs, as well as supporting the wider Advocacy team. He has a degree in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic with French and Hindi) and previously interned with DNDi (Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative) in Advocacy and Communications.