Jason Rao, PhD
Executive Director & Advisory Chair
Jason is the Executive Director and Advisory Chair of HSP, as well as adjunct faculty at the Cornell University, teaching global health, national security and diplomacy. He is a recognized thought leader of global health security policy and programs. Jason previously served as Senior Policy Advisor to President Obama, in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he contributed to the President’s Global Science Engagement, Global Health Initiative, and Biological Threat Reduction policy and program efforts. He is the founder of the U.S. Department of State’s Biosecurity Engagement Program (BEP), launched in 2006 during his tenure with the State Department, Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction (2002-2009). Jason was a Brookings Legis Fellow, serving in the 111th Congress, working on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. In 2011, Jason left government to pursue work in the non-profit sector as the Senior Director for Innovation and International Affairs at the American Society for Microbiology. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular biology from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and has 20 years’ experience in public health, foreign affairs, national security, biological threat reduction and science policy. Jason has worked extensively in, and maintains active collaboration with South and Southeast Asia, all regions of Africa, Middle East North Africa, Central Asia, and Latin America.
Sanjana is the Managing Partner of HSP. Previously, she worked at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), where she coordinated ASM’s global science engagement programs, as well as served as an editor of Cultures magazine, for which she is now a member of the advisory board. Sanjana has also played leading roles in innovative global health and social entrepreneurship initiatives in a variety of organizations, including GlobeMed, Social Business Consulting, Volunteer Connection Project, and Arogya World. She is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a bachelors in Biology & Society with a concentration in global health and development.
Director of Operations and Management
As Program Operations Manager, Lauren helps oversee operational and administrative functions as well as execute a range of activities in the grant programs portfolio. She has nearly ten years of experience managing public health and national security projects and programs for the public, private, and academic sectors.
After completing her M.S. in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases from the George Washington University’s School of Public Health, she supported a wide-range of public health activities. At the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), she liaised between state and local public health laboratorians and their Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counterparts on infectious disease testing issues. She then went to oversee an operational biosurveillance team that tracked and analyzed global human and animal disease events through open source media, followed by co-managing a CDC-funded contract that used health insurance claims data to study vaccine safety issues.
Lauren also brings knowledge of federal regulations and administrative oversight. She spent two years at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where she facilitated reviews of biological and chemical projects and activities for compliance with relevant treaty regulations and weapons conventions. Most recently, she served as the Director of Operations at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland where she operationalized a team of 60 full-time faculty working on a $12 million funded research portfolio that examined the social science aspects of terrorism.
Senior Program Manager
Jessica works in collaboration with scientific partners in South Asia and the Middle East to implement HSP’s education, training, and capacity building programs. Prior to joining the HSP team, she worked at the American Society for Microbiology to advance education, laboratory strengthening, health security, and science diplomacy efforts around the globe, with a specific focus on Yemen and Malaysia. She brings experience working in partnership with local sister societies, academic institutions, and national laboratories to implement public health and biosafety capacity building programs through developing in-service training and mentoring activities.
Senior Program Manager
Alle Taylor came to Health Security Partners after four years with the American Society for Microbiology, where she developed and managed programming in science diplomacy and public health capacity building in more than 50 countries. Prior to that, Alle supported emergency operations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she gained an appreciation for the far-reaching consequences of animal disease outbreaks on health, trade, and the environment. Alle received a master’s degree in public health microbiology and emerging infectious diseases from George Washington University and holds certifications in public procurement. Alle is responsible for HSP’s work supporting the Global Health Security Agenda, specifically efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance and the spread of zoonotic disease in South Asia and East Africa. She is based in Seattle, Washington.
As Program Associate, Aimee supports HSP’s work around the world. She recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Community Health, a minor in Neuroscience, and a passion for global health. During college, she took a course called “Science Diplomacy: Foreign Policy and Science, Technology and Innovation” which offered her a new vantage point of global health. Aimee also developed two research papers on global health security, relating to Antimicrobial Resistance and Dual Use Research of Concern (H5N1 virus).
As Program Associate and background in international science education and diplomacy, Annalise supports our Health Security Futures Fellowship cohorts. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. For the past 2.5 years, she was working in Doha, Qatar as a full-time teaching assistant for pre-medical education at Weill Cornell Medicine, teaching students from Qatar, Pakistan, India, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Oman,
Jordan, and many other countries.
Program Director – Pakistan
Javed Khan serves as Program Director for HSP’s OneHealth work in Pakistan. Previously, Javed worked at Relief International where he pioneered the organization’s bio-engagement and One Health programs and led these programs in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Somalia. Javed has 22+ years of professional experience in various disciplines including agriculture, livestock management, One Health, biorisk management, and wildlife conservation worked with various NGOs, environmental agencies, academia, and government bodies in Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, and the United Kingdom. Javed also worked for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), where he was responsible for managing a program for large carnivores and snow leopard conservation. He has the distinction being part of scientific mission that put a first ever GPS collar on a snow leopard in 2006.
Javed has a post-graduate degree in veterinary sciences and animal husbandry and studied dairy sciences in the Netherlands. He is fellow of the U.S. Montana-based Property and Environment Research Council and member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature cats specialist group. He is fluent in Pashto, Urdu, and Hindi.
Health Security Programs Fellow
Hajer is a Health Security Programs Fellow of HSP. She serves as a representative of HSP in Turkey, where she supports the development and implementation of HSP’sRegional Symposium for Health Security in Conflict and Crisis Zones to identify the challenges and opportunities associated with preventing, detecting, and responding to emerging health security threats. As a graduate from Georgetown University with a M.S. in Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy and wielding a B.S. in Biochemistry and Minors in Political Science and Integrated Communications from the University of Charleston, Hajer is especially empowered to work for more equitable systems in developing countries. It is her distinct intention to be a change agent in equity and access to healthcare across the globe.
Prasad Kuduvalli, PhD
For over ten years, Prasad has advanced health systems strengthening, health security and science diplomacy efforts worldwide. He is focused on expanding life sciences collaboration, particularly with isolated communities, for sustainable development. He currently serves as Assistant Director for Laboratory Capacity Building in the American Society for Microbiology’s International Affairs department. He holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
Samreen is the technical advisor for HSP’s programs in Pakistan. She has completed her B. Sc in Medical Laboratory technology, M. Sc in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, and M. Phil in Molecular Biology with two gold medals, several distinctions, and “Best B. Sc Medical Technology Student Award”. She has worked in clinical microbiology diagnostic laboratories for more than four years. She is also Young Ambassador to Pakistan for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and has organized several workshops under its auspices. She also served as Young Leader of ASM Young Leader Circle. Furthermore, she is a National Youth Assembly of Pakistan (NYA) member and a 2015 Health Security Futures Fellow.
Michael Callahan, MD
Michael is board-certified in infectious diseases, internal medicine, and tropical medicine, and carries a Command Physician rating for disaster medicine. He has responded to five Ebola and Marburg outbreaks. He previously led the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) biodefense research portfolio that developed biodefense countermeasures and detection systems for the U.S. government. Michael’s academic appointment is at the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He is guest clinical faculty at the WHO Center for Emerging Diseases at Chulalongkorn University Hospital in Bangkok and at the University of Panama Medical Center. In 2011, he became the President and Chief Medical Officer of Unither Virology, a biotechnology company that has developed broad-spectrum host-based antiviral agents against dengue and influenza that are currently in clinical trials. When not repairing his backhoe, he is advising the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the World Bank on health security issues in Asia and Africa. He lives with his wife Shannon and boys Quinn and Cash in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado.
Joseph Fair, PhD
Joseph is field virologist and business entrepreneur seeking both scientific and business opportunities globally. Specifically, he examines the human-animal interface at global “hotspots” for zoonotic disease transmission in Africa, Asia, and South America. In addition to his research portfolio, he provides scientific consulting services to both the U.S. government and private sector entities. Joseph has a combined 12 years experience in infectious diseases and has lived and worked in West and Central Africa, as well as Eastern Europe, where he developed self-sustaining public health and research programs in emerging infectious diseases. He has a combined PhD in molecular biology and MPH in tropical medicine, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in microbiology and trained under Nobel Laurette, Francoise Barre-Sinoussi at the Institut Pasteur.
Kendra Chittenden, PhD
Sarah is a Systems and Programme Development Fellow for the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), where she has worked on grant management and resource mobilization for projects in South and Central Asia and East Africa across many sectors including economic development, civil society, health, and built environment. Currently for AKF in Tanzania, she supports program development and implementation primarily on market development for agricultural value chains. Sarah holds a B.S. in Development Sociology and International Relations from Cornell University where she completed research on U.S. foreign aid allocation and efficacy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.