Executive Committee

IWG Executive Committee

Malvikha Manoj | co-Executive Director malvikhamanoj28@gmail.com

Malvikha Manoj is a health systems and policy practitioner, with a special focus on youth mental health and leadership. She is a lived experience advocate for mental health action. Additionally, she is a co-founder and co-Executive Director of the International Working Group for Health Systems Strengthening (IWG). Currently, she works as a Consultant at UNICEF’s MENA Regional Office and at HQ, supporting the child and adolescent mental health and data advocacy portfolio, as well as the cross-cutting nature of mental health across Child Protection, Health, and other sectors. Malvikha’s work is guided by the philosophy that power and privilege are critical lenses for understanding health system challenges and opportunities; and that without strong leadership, committed action, equitable policies, and cross-sectoral systems strengthening, it is difficult to push the needle forward to create health systems that work for all.

Bettina Buabeng-Baidoo | co-Executive Director bbuabengbaidoo@gmail.com

Dr Bettina Buabeng-Baidoo is a medical doctor, debate coach, motivational speaker, and author. In 2020, she graduated from the University of Pretoria with distinction and as the top Family Medicine student. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public health at the University of Cape Town on the prestigious Mandela-Rhodes scholarship. Dr. Buabeng-Baidoo believes that the transformation of African health systems is essential for addressing socioeconomic disparity. She believes that access to quality health care is fundamental to the human right to dignity and is  particularly concerned with improving the accessibility and quality of mental health services in Africa. She will serve as co-executive director of the International Working Group for Health System Strengthening from 2022 to 2024. She has won the South African National University Debating Championships and the South African National Schools Debating Championships in the past. She was the head coach of the South African National Schools Debating Team from 2018 to 2019. She is the co-founder and editor of the Social Justice Stories series, a collection of short stories written by high school students in South Africa. Through her work with the SA debating board, she hopes to use debating as a mechanism to inspire a love for knowledge, critical thinking, and social advocacy amongst the youth.

Marali Singaraju | Thematic Working Groups co-Director

Marali Singaraju, MPH is the Co-Director for the Thematic Working Groups and represents the Americas Region. She also co-leads the Global Vaccine Equity Committee for IWG. Marali is a recent Master of Public Health graduate from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and is currently a Global Health Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She also engages in maternal and child health research in Kenya and COVID-19 response work both locally and globally. Her passions in public health include health equity, global health leadership, infectious diseases, mental health, and social epidemiology. In her free time, she loves to be in nature, adventure with her friends, unwind with music and exercise, and explore new places.

Sabreen AbeedAllah | Thematic Working Groups co-Director

Sabreen AbeedAllah is a passionate Palestinian woman who lives in Palestine, and is a social, health, and gender activist who believes in the power of change and in women’s and youth’s rights in living safe and dignified lives, and the right of Palestine to be free. She got her BA degree in Medical laboratory sciences in 2010, and in 2017 she her Master’s degree in International cooperation and development. Now, she is a student at Birzeit University, pursuing her second Master’s program in Women’s health. Since she finished shool, she joined many courses on national and international levels that increased her knowledge in health, social, and political sciences, and built her communication, training, leading, and many other skills .

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More Information about the Executive Committe Roles and Responsibilities

Executive Directors: Oversee daily functioning of the IWG and are responsible for implementing the IWG Annual and 5-Year strategy. They are also members of the IWG Board.

Global Initiatives Directors: Oversee the development and implementation of the Global Flagship Initiative, which is a cross-regional initiative or output the IWG commits to for advancing the state of global health systems. The GFI is selected through a two-step process, first of which is an open crowdsourcing for ideas, and the second of which is a pan-IWG voting process. The GFI may be aligned with IWG’s three global thematic areas, which for 2022-24 are: Leadership and Governance, Environment and Planetary Health, and Non-Communicable Diseases.

Thematic Working Group Directors: Oversee, manage, and track all the cross-regional Thematic Working Groups. Plan and implement the Global Lecture Series.

Fundraising and Treasury Directors: Oversee the development and management of the IWG Budget and fundraising projects.

Global Advocacy and Media Directors: Oversee IWG’s social media content creation and website. Manage an Editorial Team and provide editorial support for publications.

Communications and Events Directors: Oversee the creation and dissemination of IWG newsletters and organize internal events for IWG members, especially focused on capacity strengthening for hard and soft skills (such as data analysis, data visualisation, how to write a policy brief, grassroots campaigning, etc).