Officers & Advisors
2017-2018 BOARD MEMBERS
Agostino Pozzi, President
I am a medical doctor from Italy and a current MBA-MPH student at Hopkins. Through my prior work in Nepal, Brazil, Uganda, Thailand, and India I had the opportunity to understand crucial global health issues and the privilege of forging lasting relationships with various global health leaders. The JB Grant Society is a means to address current global health problems in a collaborative environment by sharing knowledge, connecting our talented students with current leaders, and creating a strong global health community at Hopkins.
Salma Warshanna-Sparklin, Vice-President
For the past three years, I have been working at the Bloomberg School as a writer and communications professional. My experience has involved contributing articles to the Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health magazine, Global Health NOW, and JHSPH Stories; managing a global advocacy campaign for child health; and leading content strategy for a number of digital global health initiatives. Now I am a full-time MPH student concentrating in Health Leadership and Management. As VP of J.B. Grant, I leverage my professional network at the school and skills in collaboration, networking, event planning, and communication to provide my student colleagues with rich experiences.
Vinithra Varadarajan, Secretary
I am a doctor from India. Having worked and volunteered in the rural part of my country in maternal health, cardiovascular diseases and TB camps, I have huge interest in health disparities and healthcare access. I am interested in bridging the huge gap between rural and urban healthcare access in my country. I love to de-stress by either reading a good book or by dancing my heart out.
Priyam Doshi, Treasurer
I was born in a family of doctors in the business-friendly state of Gujarat, India. Medicine subconsciously served as my life’s purpose to fulfill my dreams. I went to pursue it in the island country of Mauritius, Africa. Over the last couple of years, I have not only practiced clinical medicine in India but also conducted research studies at a NYU hospital. Having been fortunate of living in three different continents, I want to implement the skill sets I learn from Hopkins in working for global health organizations, helping nations achieve the best medical standards, especially in fast growing economies like India. I enjoy writing and playing racket sports.
Thea Scognamiglio Pasini, Event Coordinator
Doctor, writer, fundraiser, advocate. Passionate about health in crisis, politics and public health, migration, human rights.
My next goal is working for a major organization, and having a significant and beneficial impact on international health.
My ultimate goal is giving my contribution for the improvement of my country’s health system: Italy.
Cindy Sagoe, Event Coordinator
I am a Pharmacist from Ghana and prior to attending Hopkins, I worked for over six years in various roles in hospital pharmacy and in the Pharmaceutical Industry in Sub-Sahara Africa, with a major focus on improving access to innovative medicines. My areas of interest include pharmaco-epidemiology, and improving access among underserved populations in low and middle-income countries.
Genevieve Kelly, Career/Alumni Liason
I am a first-year MPH/MBA student, having previously worked in global health for six years, including two years supporting a sanitation project in Cambodia. I have since worked on water, sanitation and hygiene market development in ~15 countries in Africa and Asia and can tell you all about who the washers and wipers are. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in Spanish, and dabble in French and Khmer.
Eric Wan, Social Media Chair
I am a Hopkins A&S graduate currently working towards my MPH and MBA. I have extensive experience during the past 4 years providing technical consulting in resource-poor settings in S. America and Asia. Previously, I worked for the Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health. My time has been dedicated to technical capacity-building and empowerment of neglected disease and resource-poor communities. My policy is accompaniment, and I am passionate about using technical skills and social media to enhance the provision of quality health care for all.
Jordana Baron, Webmaster
I am a first year MPH-MBA student. Prior to Hopkins I spent six years with Operation Smile, designing and managing cleft surgery programs in the Latin America region. One of my favorite projects involved launching the organization’s first patient accompaniment program (adapted from Partners In Health’s Accompagnateur program), to enable marginalized patients to overcome barriers to care. My goal with the dual degree is to leverage business management practices to improve global health delivery.
Associate Professor, Department of International Health