Global programs staff

Latin America:

 

Ana Belluscio - Global Communications Manager

Ana is Health Care Without Harm's Global Communication Manager, where she is responsible for developing and implementing a communications strategy as well as managing the communications of projects and programs for Health Care Without Harm Global. 

Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ana is has over 12 years of experience in science journalism and communication, and has managed science communications for Argentina's National Scientific and Technical Research Council. 


Neydi Cruz - Sustainability Associate Director

Neydi is responsible for the management and implementation of Health Care Without Harm’s international medical waste and procurement programs in collaboration with partners across our global network. She is based in Mexico City and has more than 15 years of experience building global networks and working in sustainability, international cooperation, foreign affairs, climate change and social development.

In her role before joining Health Care Without Harm, she worked as Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation at the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources managing dozens of projects and staff. Neydi has experience as the negotiator for Mexico on multiple international bilateral and multilateral agreements including initiatives on climate change.


Mariano De Donatis - Global Chief Program Officer

With over twelve years of experience working with civil society networks and coalitions to influence change at the national and global level, Mariano brings a tremendous amount of experience to help build and strengthen collaboration, management and governance for Health Care Without Harm.

Prior to joining Health Care Without Harm, Mariano worked as Oxfam´s Global Programme Manager, leading its advocacy work in BRICSAMIT countries - Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China, South Africa, Mexico and Turkey. He led multi-issues campaigns, managed a flagship program to empower civil society networks and supported the Oxfam confederation's development in the Global South. 


Josh Karliner – Director of Global Partnerships

Based out of San Francisco, California, Josh Karliner has coordinated Health Care Without Harm’s global work since 2005. In this capacity, he has led the creation and development of Health Care Without Harm’s Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network. He also led Health Care Without Harm’s global mercury campaign, which, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, helped win the global phase-out of mercury-based medical devices through the Minamata Convention. Today, among other efforts, he is facilitating Health Care Without Harm’s worldwide efforts on health and climate. 

He has more than 30 years of experience working on international environmental and human rights issues. He is author of two books and a wide variety of academic and popular publications on global environmental and health policy, including the recent World Bank report on “Climate Smart Health Care.” In the past, Karliner has taught at the University of San Francisco and worked with and/or founded several organizations. 


Chandan Khanna – India Project Manager

Based in India, Chandan has more than 12 years of experience working with leading organizations in South Asia. He has been part of key studies like the economic valuation of tiger reserves in India, aimed at highlighting the conservational value of native ecosystems. 

Chandan has a professional background in environment and climate change, and holds a Masters in Forest Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management Bhopal.

At Health Care Without Harm, Chandan oversees the implementation of the India programs.


Shweta Narayan - International Climate and Health Campaigner

Shweta Narayan is an India-based environmental health researcher and has over two decades of campaigning and advocacy experience in environmental justice issues in India. Her work focuses on providing legal, media and scientific research support to the residents of pollution affected communities and workers exposed to toxic chemicals.

Since 2014, she has been coordinating the Healthy Energy Initiative (HEI) program in India. As part of the program, she has worked with several sub-national governments and health professionals in developing climate and environmental health policies. She is a trained Social Worker with specialisation in Criminology and Correctional Administration from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.


Diana Picon Manyari - Associate Director, International Climate Program

Diana has over 20 years of experience, working with international organizations in development and public health programming. She has lived and worked in South Sudan, Thailand, Myanmar, and Ethiopia; and has provided technical assistance to organizations working in West and Southern Africa and Latin America.

Prior to her work with Health Care Without Harm, Diana's experience focused on monitoring, evaluation, learning, and management roles in resilience to climate change, food security, infectious diseases and immunizations. She holds a Master of Arts in International Development from the George Washington University and recently completed a Master of Science in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

At Health Care Without Harm, Diana manages the operational implementation of the global climate program and work plans, coordinating partner collaborations, and participating in program development and implementation.


Antonella Risso - International Climate Technical and Research Manager

Antonella leads Health Care Without Harm’s work to support hospitals and health systems around the world in measuring, tracking and reducing their climate footprint. She will also support health care initiatives for climate resilience and leadership.

For the past eight years, Antonella served as Technical Project Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm in Latin America, helping build the organization’s Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network into a vibrant region-wide constellation of hospitals and health systems, while providing training, assistance and developing tracking and reporting tools for its members. She has also worked on sustainability issues with Argentina’s Ministry of Health.


Nick Thorp - Network Director, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

Nick Thorp joined Health Care Without Harm in April of 2013 and serves as the Network Director for Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH). He has over 10 years of experience working with a variety of NGOs conducting toxicological research and developing innovative and interactive tools to advance education and public engagement around issues related to community and environmental health.

Nick holds a dual degree from the University of Oregon in International Environmental Studies and French. He is based in Oregon in the United States.


Ruth Stringer – Science and Policy Coordinator

Ruth Stringer is the international science and policy coordinator for Health Care Without Harm. She has been working with Health Care Without Harm for over ten years, coordinating work on waste, but also providing expertise on chemicals, pharmaceuticals and procurement. She is a member of the International Solid Waste Association healthcare waste working group, a technical advisor to the Africa Healthcare Waste Management project that Health Care Without Harm is leading with UNDP and WHO and advises on waste management policies internationally.

She maintains the organization’s database of sustainable technologies and promotes sustainable technologies for low and medium income countries. This includes supporting partners in Africa and Asia to implement waste autoclaving and develop biodigestion as an option for materials such as food and pathological wastes that can be hard to manage in places with limited waste disposal infrastructure.  


Mariano Zamorano – Membership and Program Assistant, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

Mariano lives in Buenos Aires, and after graduating in Journalism and Communications, he started working at the Argentine Ministry of Health, where he collaborated in the development of training courses on waste management in health facilities, as well as in the promotion of sustainable public procurement. In his free time, Mariano loves reading (novels and non-fiction books) and playing football with his friends.

In his role in Health Care Without Harm, Mariano works as a Membership and Program Assistant consultant, managing network memberships for Latin America and Global accounts, and supporting global communications.


Latin America

Carolina Gil Posse - Associate Director of Programs and Communications for Latin America

Carolina leads the communications strategy for Latin America and produces all content to support it. She coordinates the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network initiatives in the region and the training program on sustainability, climate change and health. She also coordinates the team responsible for delivery of the Health Care Without Harm program portfolio in Latin America. She has worked for Health Care Without Harm since 2012, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Carolina is a communications and journalism professional, with 18 years of experience in media and more than 10 years in the nonprofit sector. She has a degree in Journalism and another in Audiovisual Arts Education. She also holds a Master's in Journalism with a thesis on climate change communication and media coverage from a health perspective in Latin America. She is a PhD student in Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires.


Andrea Hurtado Epstein - Climate Program Manager for Latin America

Andrea has over eight years of experience in climate, environment, and sustainable development policy. Before joining Health Care Without Harm, she served as Coordinator for Sustainable Development at the Mexican Foreign Ministry, overseeing Mexico’s positions in multilateral environmental agendas, including as a member of Mexico’s delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

Prior to this position, from 2016 to the end of 2018, she worked for the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) in a project advising the Directorate General for the 2030 Agenda at the Mexican Presidential Office. From 2013 to 2016, she was Director for International Development Fora at the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation. Andrea holds a BA in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and a Masters in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge.


 Claudia Paz Giraldo - Technical projects facilitator for Latin America

Claudia provides technical assistance to the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network, and leads the implementation of the annual call of Menos huella, más salud (Less footprint, more health) awards. She also collaborates to strengthen the impact of the SHiPP project in the region.

Based in Cali, Colombia, she has a degree in environment and natural resources management. She has managed hazardous and non-hazardous waste, clean energy, water saving and carbon footprint programs, among others. In 2016, she joined the Secretary of Health in Cali, where she created the Green Hospital Program for a Healthy Cali for private and public healthcare institutions.


Jaquelina Tapia - Technical Manager of Programs for Latin America

Jaquelina leads the technical aspects related to Health Care Without Harms's programmatic portfolio in Latin America, managing the implementation of specific programs and providing technical guidance to the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) regional members.

Jaquelina also coordinates the regional implementation of the Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP) and the Menos huella, más salud program, to support GGHH members in reducing their environmental and climate footprint.

Jaquelina is an environmental engineer from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina). She has completed postgraduate studies on sustainable development and climate change, and is a specialist in Occupational Hygiene and Safety (Faculty of Engineering, Universidad de Buenos Aires).