Matt Ramirez, Malawi Ministry of Health

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Matt has supported health-related issues in Malawi since 2011 when he worked with Grassroots Soccer on HIV/AIDS education, sensitization, and testing programs. In 2012 he co-founded Teen Support Line, a program supporting adolescents living with HIV through a free phone hotline service that is now available to thousands of teens throughout Malawi. In May 2016 Matt graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service with a Master’s degree in Global Human Development and was the recipient of the Lancaster Award for Student Leadership. Matt’s other international work includes a Kiva Fellowship where he worked with microfinance institutions in Uganda, and developing social impact evaluation for SME-focused investments in Peru with Grassroots Business Fund. Prior to this, Matt spent 5 years at PepsiCo in roles in finance, strategy, and marketing. Matt has professional proficiency in Spanish and is conversational in Chichewa (Malawi). His interests include soccer, romcoms (romantic comedies), and corny “dad” jokes

Thomas Kisimbi, Kenya Ministry of Health

Kisimbi has extensive experience in RMNCH, HIV, TB, Malaria and Health Systems Strengthening having worked at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in various capacities including Malawi Country Director and Global Associate Director for Malaria across several countries in Africa and Asia. He has worked for KPMG’s International Development Advisory Services unit. He was most recently the Country Director for Kenya at Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative, which, working with the Government of Kenya, deworms 6 million children in 15,000 school across Kenya. Kisimbi graduated Summa cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in nursing and economics from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing and the Wharton School. Kisimbi is fluent in Swahili and English and conversant in Chichewa (Malawi) and Kinyarwanda (Rwanda). His interests include the ocean, Egyptian cotton and Ella Fitzgerald. He would describe his sense of humor as enjoy-life-nothing-is-too-serious-you-can't-laugh-at-it-quirky.

Read our interview with Kisimbi to learn more.