citiesRISE is a multi-stakeholder initiative housed at the Global Development Incubator. A Steering Committee and a team of Advisors provide support and oversight to citiesRISE.
The Steering Committee comprises senior leaders coming together from multiple sectors.
World Psychiatric Association
Helen is President of the World Psychiatric Association. She is Professor of Psychiatry at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre and the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne. She is director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for mental health in Melbourne, Australia, and holds a Practitioner Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. She is recently awarded Doctor of Medical Science (honoris causa) by The University of Melbourne, and Officer of the Order of Australia for services to mental health.
For several years she served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and has been involved in collaborative activities between the WHO, VicHealth and the University of Melbourne in the field of mental health promotion. From 1992 to 2005, she was Professor and Director of Psychiatry in St. Vincent’s Health Melbourne, during development of an integrated hospital and community area mental health service in inner Melbourne under Australia’s national reform of mental health care.
Founder and Director
Tom is the Founder and Director of Mindstrong Health based in Palo Alto California. As a neuroscientist and psychiatrist, Tom worked with Verily Life Sciences and led the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 2002 until 2015.
Prior to joining NIMH, he was the founding Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. While there, he was the founding director of the NSF Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and director of the NIH-funded Center for Autism Research. He has published over 250 scientific articles and four books and has served on numerous academic, scientific, and professional committees and boards. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Neuro-psycho pharmacology, and a recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from the U.S. Public Health Service and the 2010 La Fondation IPSEN Neuronal Plasticity Prize.
Mental Health Ambassador
Johnson & Johnson
Craig is the Mental Health Ambassador and Chair, Global Campaign for Mental Health, in Neuroscience External Affairs at Janssen R&D, a Johnson & Johnson company. In this capacity, Craig leads a Johnson & Johnson team that seeks to transform mental health care globally by raising awareness, reducing stigma, promoting research, improving access, and ensuring better patient outcomes. Key initiatives include a global leaders’ coalition to champion proven, scalable reforms, and a CEO roundtable to develop “next-in-class” workplace mental health practices.
Prior to this role, Craig held a variety of positions in global corporate and government affairs at Johnson & Johnson and worked as a lawyer in the U.S. Congress, a Washington, D.C., law firm, and an international human rights organization. He is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, the University of Michigan School of Law, and Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.
Lead Public Health Specialist
The World Bank
Patricio is the lead public health specialist at the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice of the World Bank, coordinating the Global Tobacco Control and Mental Health Initiatives. Since July 2014, he has been part of the World Bank Group team that designed the Ebola Emergency Response Program for West Africa. Before assuming this role, he served as Human Development Sector Leader for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as for Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Prior, he served as Health Cluster Leader for the countries in Southern Africa in 2011-2012 and worked in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region over 2004-2011. Patricio, originally from Ecuador, has worked in more than 50 countries in Africa, Europe, Central Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, East Asia, and the Pacific since 1988.
Peter McDermott is currently the Director at Fajara Associates, a bespoke International Development and Global Health consultancy company. Prior to joining Fajara Associates he worked in various capacities at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and is currently a member of CIFF’s Program Investment Committee. He joined CIFF in 2007 following over 21 years in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Peter served UNICEF in senior capacities throughout the world and extensively in sub-Saharan Africa. He also worked in UNICEF headquarters in New York in the office of the UNICEF Executive Director James Grant, and in Geneva as Deputy Director Emergency Programs. As well, he has also held the positions of UNICEF Representative Zambia, and head of office in Somalia, Afghanistan and Rwanda. Peter has also served in advisor positions for HIV/AIDS at UNICEF and USAID.
Prior to joining UNICEF he worked as Health Planner in the Ministry of Health, Banjul, and the Gambia for the Overseas Development Administration (ODA) the precursor to DFID. Peter received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from York University in England and a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics (MSc).
Grand Challenges Canada
As Vice President of Programs for Grand Challenges Canada, Karlee is responsible for the strategy of the Stars in Global Health, Saving Lives at Birth, Saving Brains and Global Mental Health programs. She is a thought leader for the Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace and a member of the Knowledge Exchange Working Group for the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
Prior to joining Grand Challenges Canada, Karlee trained in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Kain at the Sandra Rotman Centre in Toronto. Initially this was as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research postdoctoral fellow and then as a MITACS Elevate postdoctoral fellow, where she helped to identify host responses of malaria infection in pregnant women to harness for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. She holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford, and a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Winnipeg.
Founder and Director of Business Development
Global Development Incubator
Andrew is the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Development Incubator (GDI) and a member of the GDI boards in the US and Hong Kong. He leads the team across multiple focus areas and crafts unconventional perspectives to drive the global development sector forward.
Andrew has played many roles within GDI initiatives, including Interim CEO of Convergence, and serves on the boards of the President’s Young Professionals Program of Liberia, citiesRISE, and Tendrel. Prior to founding GDI, Andrew was a founding Partner of Dalberg Global Development Advisor where he worked for 10 years. Andrew holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in Economics from Princeton University.
Movement for Global Mental Health
Charlene is the Principal Coordinator for the Movement for Global Mental Health based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1991 she was exposed to the challenges experienced by persons with mental disorders within and outside of the mental health sector.
In 2014 she joined the South African Federation for Mental Health as program manager for advocacy and development and now she serves on a number of national and international boards and committees such as the Advisory Board of the Movement for Global Mental Health, the editorial advisory board of the Lancet Psychiatry and the management board of the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders Alliance among others.
citiesRISE’s team of Advisors includes a growing set of cross-sector experts, activists, and young people who provide advice and insight to the Steering Committee and leadership on topics relevant to citiesRISE.
Director of Global Mental Health
University of Washington
Pamela is the Director of Global Mental Health at the University of Washington, which is a joint program that is co-led by the Departments of Global Health and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She had previously served as the Director of the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health, and the Office of Rural Mental Health Research at the National Institute of Mental Health for the past 8 years.
Pamela was one of the editors of the 2011 Lancet series on Global Mental Health, was a leader of the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health initiative, and led the development of the 2013 PLoS Medicine Policy Forum series on global perspectives for integrating mental health.
Chief Executive Officer
American Psychological Association
Arthur is a clinical and community psychologist, health care innovator and current Chief Executive Officer at the American Psychological Association (APA) as of March 2017. Prior to joining the APA, Arthur spent 12 years as the commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavior Health and Intellectual Disability Service. He realigned the agency’s treatment philosophy, service delivery models and fiscal policies to improve health outcomes and increase the efficiency of the service system.
Arthur has been recognized nationally and internationally for his work in behavior health care policy and service delivery innovation and holds faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Drexel University School of Public Health and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Arthur holds a doctorate in clinical/community psychology from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Florida Atlantic University, where he also completed his undergraduate work.
Basic Needs Kenya
Joyce is a social and population health development expert who has over 20 years’ experience in senior management positions in both government and non-profit organizations. Currently she is heading the operations of BasicNeeds in Kenya and South Sudan, an organization she joined in 2005. Prior to her work with BasicNeeds, she worked for 5 years at the Africa Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) in Kenya as the community-based health unit manager. She had previously worked at AMREF in the capacity of a gender support program officer in Kenya, where she spearheaded the mainstreaming of gender in all programs, monitoring, and evaluations.
Her main focus is on community capacity development, strengthening primary and community health systems, public health research, stakeholder engagement and public participation in policy making.
Founder and Executive Director
Sean is the Founder and Executive Director of StrongMinds. StrongMinds uses its own unique depression intervention based on Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy, a low-cost, proven methodology that has reduced depression symptoms for over 80% of the women treated in Uganda. In 2013, he founded StrongMinds with the goal of ending the depression epidemic on the sub-continent.
He is a former diplomat and social marketer who believes that there are simple and cost-effective interventions which can improve mental health. For years Sean implemented successful HIV/AIDS and malaria programs in Africa and saw firsthand the struggles of the mentally ill.
Professor Patrick McGorry is the Executive Director of Orygen, Professor of Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, and a Director of the Board of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (headspace). He is a world-leading researcher in the area of early psychosis and youth mental health, and has a strong interest in promoting the mental health of the homeless, refugees and asylum seekers.
His work has played a critical role in the development of safe, effective treatments and innovative research into the needs of young people with emerging mental disorders, notably psychotic and severe mood disorders. He has also played a major part in the transformational reform of mental health services to better serve the needs of vulnerable young people.
Professor of Global Health
Vikram is a Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, at Harvard University. He is a professor of global health and social medicine and a psychiatrist whose work over the past two decades has focused on reducing the treatment gap for mental disorders in low resource countries.
He previously held the position of Professor of International Mental Health and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Prior he was the Joint Director of the School’s Centre for Global Mental Health and the Honorary Director of the Public Health Foundation of India’s Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries. He is a co-founder of Sangath, a community based NGO in India which won the MacArthur Foundation’s International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2008.
The Stability Network
Katherine is the Founder and Executive Director of The Stability Network and is successfully living with bipolar disorder with recurrent psychosis, suicidal depression, anxiety and OCD.The Stability Network brings together successful professionals speaking out about their mental health conditions in order to help others get the quality care they need to recover. Katherine is Senior Advisor at Camber Collective, a strategy consulting firm that helps social impact organizations to navigate complex change and achieve high performance.
Director, Behavioral Health and Recovery Division
King County, Washington State
Jim is the director for the Behavioral Health and Recovery Division for King County in Washington state, USA. Over the last 15 years, Jim has directed the implementation, policy and coordination of mental health and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services incorporating evidence based practices and equity and social justice principles into the delivery of services. Previously Jim served at the clinical manager of patient services at St. Peters Hospital in Olympia, Washington for 13 years.
Jim earned his master’s degree in public administration from Evergreen State College.
Director, Solutions Development and Innovation
100 Resilient Cities
Jeb is the director of Solutions Development and Innovation at 100 Resilient Cities which is pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Previously Jeb founded the Local Governments for Sustainability Initiative (ICLEI) and was a managing partner at The Next Practice, an innovation consultancy for 12 years. He has over 30 years of professional experience working with local governments and the corporate sector in 28 countries.
Jeb holds a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and has been awarded the Millennium Award for Best Sustainability Initiative of the European Environmental Agency/Princes’ Foundation. He is the author of Welcome of the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World.
Architect, Impact Entrepreneur, and Futures Thinker
Thomas is a regeneration architect, impact entrepreneur and futures thinker, helping communities, developers and local authorities making better and happier places. He is the producer, design director and co-author of Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures. Thomas is the founder and creative director Clear Village, a strategic regeneration non-profit organization, LimeWharf, a cultural innovation center, and Machines Room, a prototyping space and futures laboratory for artistic and technological projects.
Thomas holds a master’s in Geography focusing on sustainability and urban design from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and participated in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management’s Start-Up Program.
Dr. Bernard Olayo
Center for Public Health and Development
Dr. Bernard Olayo
Dr Bernard Olayo is the founder of Center for Public Health and Development in Kenya which has been pioneering the creation of new social enterprises and public-private partnerships to close the gaps in public healthcare systems in Africa. He is a physician and public health expert, as well advisor to the World Bank on health programs in Africa.
Bernard has extensive experience in policy advisory work to scale up the impact of public and international organizations’ health initiatives. He has shaped several complex public health programs in resource-limited settings, including for the Millennium Villages Project, Marie Stopes International’s Blue Star Global Social Franchising program for maternal-child health services in the Philippines and Vietnam, and GE Foundation’s program to address critical issues in maternal and child survival in 15 countries.
He is recognized in Kenya for his ability to navigate complex social and political systems and take small scale programs to national scale. Across East Africa he has an extremely strong network of public and private sector partners that he is bringing behind the citiesRISE initiative.
Blogger and Nomadic Mental Health Crusader
Sitawa Wafula is a blogger and nomadic mental health crusader. She’s using her personal journey as a rape survivor living with a dual diagnosis of epilepsy and bipolar disorder to provide people in Africa with information and support to handle mental health conditions and deal with everyday life.
Wafula is also an Aspen New Voices Fellow with the Aspen Institute, USA and a non-communicable disease champion under the Ministry of Health in her home country, Kenya. She is supporting citiesRISE’s youth engagement program and brings in her own challenges and triumphs as a youth leader to support citiesRISE work.