Team

AMP Health resides at and is managed by the Aspen Global Innovators Group at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC.  


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Robert Newman - Director

Robert is a pediatrician with more than 25 years of experience in global health and development as a leader, manager, policy maker, epidemiologist, program implementer, researcher, and clinician. He has particular interests in malaria, HIV, TB, immunizations, NCDs, health systems development and transition, maternal-child health, health security, and One Health. He has worked extensively in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Dr. Newman was Vice President and Global Head for Tuberculosis (TB) at Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health, where he led efforts to achieve of a world free of the burden of TB. From 2015-2017, he served as the Country Director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Cambodia, overseeing activities related to HIV and AIDS, TB, health security, outbreak response, health systems strengthening and capacity building. From 2009-2014, Dr. Newman served as Director of the Global Malaria Program at the World Health Organization, where he launched major global initiatives to increase malaria diagnostic testing, combat antimalarial drug resistance, and prevent the spread of insecticide resistance. He subsequently served as Managing Director for Policy and Performance at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, where he oversaw organizational strategy setting, performance metrics, market shaping, policy development, business planning, monitoring and evaluation, and risk management. He previously spent 9 years in the Malaria Branch at CDC, including serving as the CDC team lead for the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative from 2006 to 2009.

Dr. Newman received his BA in English Literature from Williams College, his MD from Johns Hopkins University, and his MPH from the University of Washington. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Washington-Seattle Children’s Hospital in 1996, where he stayed on to complete a National Research Service Award fellowship in General Pediatrics in 1998.  In addition to his current role, Dr. Newman is a Senior Associate in Global Health Policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Member of the Board on Life Sciences at the National Academy of Sciences, Clinical Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington, and serves on the Board of Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) in Geneva.  He has published 69 peer-reviewed articles in the field of infectious diseases.

 

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Uzoamaka Osikhena Regional Head of Anglophone Africa

Uzo is the Regional Head of Anglophone Africa for the Aspen Management Partnership for Health. She comes to AMP Health with over 10 years of experience across the healthcare industry with a variety of strategy and operations roles. Most recently she was the Senior Program Manager for Reproductive and Maternal Health at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) Nigeria where she worked with the Federal Ministry of Health to improve Nigeria’s maternal and reproductive health indices. Prior to CHAI she worked at Accenture in its life sciences and international development practices in New York, Johannesburg, and Lagos. In addition, she held a variety of sales and marketing roles at pharmaceutical companies across the United States. Uzo holds an MBA in Finance and Management from The Wharton School and BA in Marketing from The University of Delaware.

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Jordan Morrisey - Program Associate

Jordan is the Program Associate for the Aspen Management Partnership for Health. Prior to joining the team, Jordan was a Community Health & HIV/AIDS Prevention volunteer in Namibia with the U.S. Peace Corps. He gained significant experience, through grassroots organizing and mobilization, supporting community members in reducing poverty and increasing opportunity and access to healthcare, support, and treatment for HIV. He has also worked with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) as a Research Associate. Jordan holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University, with a Minor in Political Science.

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Peggy Clark - Executive Director, Aspen Global Innovators Group

Peggy is Vice President of Policy Programs and Executive Director of Aspen Global Innovators Group. Peggy has had a 30-year career working on issues of poverty alleviation, global health, social enterprise, and development finance. Serving in founding and leadership roles at the Aspen Institute, the Ford Foundation, Save the Children, Realizing Rights, and on boards including Root Capital, Last Mile Health, Impact Assets, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance and the Calvert Foundation, Peggy has been a leading figure in identifying and building industries, movements, and creative advocacy on key issues of our times. Peggy received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Microenterprise from President Bill Clinton, and was instrumental in passage of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the Ethical Recruitment of Health Workers.  Currently, Peggy directs a portfolio of programs promoting breakthrough solutions to global development in the areas of health innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship. Previously, Peggy served as the Executive Vice President of the Aspen Institute, co-founder and Managing Director of Realizing Rights, Chair of the Women’s Program Forum at the Ford Foundation, and as the first Director of Small Scale Enterprise and Credit at Save the Children Federation.

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Katie Drasser - Managing Director, Aspen Global Innovators Group

Katie is Managing Director of the Aspen Global Innovators Group. At the Aspen Institute, she leads global efforts to address poverty alleviation, human rights, and social justice. Drasser has worked nationally and around the world on initiatives including HIV/AIDS treatment strategies in Romania, private health services delivery in Myanmar, and the scale up of Kenya’s national emergency medical system. She also spent time building a range of start-ups, designing a network of charter schools, and developing Good Capital, a venture fund that invests millions in social enterprises like The Hub Bay Area and the Social Capital Markets Conference.