Vineeta Gupta MD, J.D., LL.M
Dr. Vineeta Gupta is a maternal and child health physician, human rights advocate, and a passionate activist for health equity. She has over 20 years of tri-sector experience in leading and supporting projects in more than 25 countries. Before ACTION, Vineeta served as the director at Global Health Advocacy Incubator, leading their work on Resolve to Save Lives. She has held senior positions with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, University Research Co., Global Fund for Children, Campaign on Microbicides, and Global AIDS Alliance.
Vineeta has conducted workshops on diversity, inclusion, and health disparities and has been invited to speak in over 60 universities in the U.S and Europe. She has successfully built multisectoral collaborations engaging diverse stakeholders to achieve results. She served on the national council of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) in India. She investigated and reported numerous human rights violations and corruption cases, undertook public interest litigations built upon data and evidence, and published papers on health and human rights. India’s National Human Rights Commission intervened when she faced threats to her life that continued for many years. She received the “Rotary Service to Humanity Award 2001” in recognition of her work in health and human rights and for upholding ethical standards in society. She is widely covered in print and online media and T.V. globally, including Washington Post, The Economic Times, The Hindu, Times of India, Hindustan Times, China Daily, National Public Radio, CNN, and Voice of America.
Vineeta developed curriculum and adult training materials for Basic Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care (BEmONC) for the capacity strengthening of health providers in Uganda. She also co-authored many capacity-building materials, including professional association strengthening modules and complications of labor and birth.
Vineeta is fluent in four languages. She obtained a medical degree and a law degree in India and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from Notre Dame University in the U.S.
Evi Harmon (eharmon [at] results.org) joined the ACTION secretariat in June 2013. Previously she worked as an international program manager facilitating cooperation, growth, and partnership between foreign counterparts in the U.S. government. Evi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree in International Studies from Old Dominion University.
Sabina Rogers (srogers [at] action.org) wears a number of hats at the ACTION Secretariat, including nutrition portfolio lead, knowledge management and learning, and social media and webmaster. As nutrition lead, she supports ACTION partners in advancing their advocacy campaigns to mobilize donor and domestic resources for nutrition programs, hold governments accountable, and create the political will to influence policy that will end malnutrition. Sabina represents the ACTION partnership as a member of the SUN Movement Civil Society Network Steering Group.
Prior to joining the ACTION Secretariat, Sabina worked for the Microcredit Summit Campaign, a project of RESULTS Educational Fund, overseeing the State of the Campaign Report, the largest and most comprehensive annual survey on the outreach of microfinance to the poor and extreme poor, and led external communications and brand management. She also managed a project working with local implementation partners in India integrating health and microfinance under the Financing Healthier Lives project; with Freedom from Hunger India, Grameen Foundation, and Sa-Dhan, she helped build a community of practice that bridges the gap between the microfinance and health sectors.
Sabina has nearly 20 years international development experience both in the field and home office; she got her start in development as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small village in Togo, supporting community development led by local counterparts and helping create space for dialogue around gender equity, girls education, and female empowerment. During graduate school, she worked with the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange, managing sports development and leadership training clinics for youth in Afghanistan.
Sabina speaks English and French and holds an MS in Development Management from the School of International Service at American University and a BA in History and French from The Johns Hopkins University.
Selamawit Bekele (sbekele [at] results.org) joined ACTION as senior associate in April 2018; she provides policy management and support to ACTION partners’ engagement at the Stop TB Partnership (STBP) Board, Global Fund NGO Delegations, and other global health organizations. She is responsible for ensuring the ACTION partnership is informed and engaged in relevant STBP and Global Fund Board issues.
Selam holds an MA in Economic Development Management from the Catholic University of America and a second MA in Gender Studies from Addis Ababa University. Selam has been working as a development practitioner for the past 10 years, analyzing policies and developing advocacy strategies. She has worked and lived in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, South Sudan, the West Bank, and the United States. Before her new role, Selam worked closely since
Waiswa Nkwanga (wnkwanga [at] action.org) is a senior associate for global health partnership at the ACTION Secretariat. Waiswa is a born-and-raised East African and attributes his passion for international development, human rights, and global health to his life experiences growing up at the height of the AIDS epidemic and civil wars in the region. Waiswa holds an MSc. in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Xochitl Sanchez (xsanchez [at] action.org) is the senior advisor for development finance at the ACTION secretariat. Prior to joining ACTION, Xochitl was a senior program associate at the Microcredit Summit Campaign, where she co-led the development and research of the agenda focused around innovations and best practices in the microfinance and financial inclusion space, and coordinated stakeholder engagement and partnership building effort for the Summits. She also previously worked with the Borgen Project as a regional coordinator to expand their poverty-reduction campaigns and with the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation on outreach and communications.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University and a Master’s in International Development through Microfinance and Entrepreneurship from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and is co-chair on the D.C. chapter steering committee for Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM).
Yanira Garcia (ygarcia [at] action.org) is a global health analyst for ACTION. Prior to joining ACTION, Yanira was a program associate for the Microcredit Summit Campaign where she provided extensive project and administrative support. Currently, Yanira supports the partnership’s engagement with institutions across the global health infrastructure, key processes, and with tracking advocacy opportunities and partner activities on priority cross-cutting health themes like health systems strengthening, equity and universal health coverage. She earned her BA in International Relations with concentrations in Asian Studies and Chinese from James Madison University, and speaks Spanish and French.
Madison Featherstone (mfeatherstone [at] action.org) is a program associate at the ACTION Secretariat. She is passionate about global human security and has experience working and volunteering in international education and refugee resettlement. While pursuing her Master’s degree, Madison was a student consultant at Search for Common Ground. She conducted research on conflict dynamics and peacebuilding opportunities in the Northern Triangle in order to aid the organization in establishing a new conflict geography according to its ten-year strategic plan. As someone living with type1 diabetes, Madison is driven not only by her desire to increase quality of life for others, but also by her deeply personal connection to healthcare advocacy.
Madison speaks English and French and holds an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and a dual BA in Applied Linguistics and African and African American studies from the University at Buffalo.