Our Team

ACCESS Health Worldwide is staffed by a team of experts with extensive contacts and experience working with businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies in all parts of the world on a range of development issues. Our experience includes network and partnership-building, indicator development for monitoring and evaluation, communication, as well as policy-making and advising.

Alene H. Gelbard, Ph.D., Director

Alene Gelbard created ACCESS Health Worldwide (ACCESS-HW), a program of the Public Health Institute (PHI) after seeing what businesses in Indonesia were doing to improve workplace and community health and realizing the potential of businesses to help countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals. ACCESS-HW has developed an innovative model that increases the abilities of businesses to partner with nonprofits and public agencies for community and workplace well-being. The model is based on the experiences and perspectives of businesses on how to help them partner across sectors. Currently she and colleagues are adapting the model in Maine, USA, and Vietnam. She is also applying the model to guide strategies to increase business and public health competencies for global health leadership in India, South Africa, Brazil, the United States, and Switzerland. She serves as Public-Private Senior Advisor for the Global Health Leaders (GHL) Program at PHI funded by Medtronic Philanthropy. She is an Adjunct Professor of Social Enterprise in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC where she teaches business-nonprofit partnership building.

Prior to creating ACCESS-HW in 2004, Dr. Gelbard worked for decades on health, population, and development while living in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. She has lived in Indonesia, Bolivia, France, Brazil, and the Philippines. She also worked in many other countries in these regions and in sub-Saharan Africa. Previous positions include Senior Population Policy Advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, D.C., and Senior Communications Advisor on Health, Population, and Nutrition for USAID/ Indonesia, Advisor to the Ministry of Planning and Coordination in Bolivia, and Policy Analyst for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). As director of international programs at the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), she served on U.S. delegations to several international conferences on development in the 1990s. Her experience includes training policymakers and others in the public and nonprofit sector on how to use data in policymaking and program development and management.

She has a doctorate in population dynamics from the Bloomberg School of Public Health/Johns Hopkins University and a BA in French from the University of Washington. She speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese, and limited Indonesian.

Ha Le, Research Associate

Ha Le received a B.A. in economics and international studies in 2010. She came to Colby College as a scholar of the Mahindra United World College in India. She spent a year at the London School of Economics on an exchange program and a month at the Andean Center for Latin American Studies in Quito, Ecuador.

Ha first gained exposure to the topics of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Public-Private Partnerships through her professor’s interactive case teaching method. She studied business cases of companies’ long-term growth strategy, and government policies for improving a country’s growth and development status. During this time, she developed skills in writing case briefs, which identified issues faced by companies and governments, presented cause analysis, and provided recommendations that involve strategic partnerships among various sectors.

Ha joined ACCESS Health Worldwide as she shares the belief that multi-sectoral collaboration is key to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Ha strongly supports CCPHW’s distinguishing work on promoting and strengthening collaboration among different sectors.

Krista Hendry, MBA, Technical Advisor

Krista Hendry is Executive Director of The Fund for Peace (www.fundforpeace.org), responsible for managing and coordinating the day-to-day operations of the organization. She is also the Director of the Human Rights & Business Roundtable, a forum that focuses on issues related to businesses operating in conflict-sensitive areas. Krista currently serves as technical adviser on the Health and Business Roundtable in Indonesia (HBRI) and assists in facilitating partnerships between companies and NGOs.Krista was eager to work on the ACCESS Health Worldwide project because of her strong belief that today’s challenges can only be addressed sustainably if sectors work together in partnership and issues are considered holistically.

Martha Farnsworth Riche, Ph.D.,  Consultant

Martha Farnsworth Riche’s current interests include the organizational impact of workplace diversity, the pivotal role of women in economic development, and changes in the global labor force. In particular, she works with organizations that perceive a business benefit from activities that leverage employee contributions, whether improving health, advancing education, or building interpersonal skills.
The Honorable Martha Farnsworth Riche was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 6, 1994, as Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Census. With a focus on adapting census-taking processes to a changing population, Dr. Riche established partnerships with thousands of community organizations for the 2000 census. This innovation was repeated in the 2010 census and once again was extremely successful in increasing grass-roots participation (and sending budgeted funds back to the Treasury). Like ACCESS Health Worldwide, this success was built on starting from the point of view of the partners; her mantra for the program was, “We want to do this WITH you, not for you or to you.”
Dr. Riche holds a B.A. and an M.A. (with honors) in economics from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in literature and linguistics from Georgetown University. A fellow of the American Statistical Association, she is affiliated with the Cornell Population Center.

Jutta Tobias, Ph.D., Consultant

Jutta Tobias has over a decade of experience in managing organizational development and capacity-building projects in seven countries on four continents. She has advised blue-chip clients, government officials, and social entrepreneurs across Western and Eastern Europe, the United States, as well as in the Middle East and in several African countries on enhanced productivity and commercial performance.

Jutta is most at home in the trenches of design and delivery of change projects, adding her knowledge of management and psychology to help develop human and social capital. In addition, Jutta serves on the faculty at Cranfield School of Management in the U.K. where she teaches executive and postgraduate education programs to a variety of professional audiences in process management, risk mitigation, leadership, knowledge management, and statistics. Her accomplishments in the public sector include a track record of effective relationship building with federal agencies in the U.S., to help public policy officials create sound social policy.

Jutta holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from Washington State University in the United States, and an M.Sc. in European Business and Languages from South Bank University in the United Kingdom. An engaging facilitator and public speaker, Jutta communicates seamlessly in English, French, and German, and is conversational in Spanish and Czech.

Razan Fasheh-Roberts, Consultant

As an International ICT (Information and Communications Technology) in Education / ICT for Development Specialist, Razan Fasheh-Roberts brings ten years of knowledge and experience in emerging markets – very diverse regions with huge potential and very different needs and requirements. In addition to speaking Arabic fluently, Razan has managed to build excellent expertise in the Middle East and Africa; something that is highly needed in developed and developing countries, where multiple initiatives and funding need to be adapted to meet the diversity in those markets.Most recently Razan completed her fourth year at Microsoft. She started in Jordan as a Regional Corporate Social Responsibility Lead for the East Mediterranean and Pakistan, covering all of Microsoft’s Corporate Social Responsibility and education work in 5 – 8 countries. Less than two years later, she moved to Istanbul, Turkey, and then Johannesburg, South Africa, to handle the Academic Programs Manager role for the Middle East and Africa covering 79 countries. The Academic Programs Manager role is part of the Public Sector Organization at Microsoft, and she is responsible for working closely with Ministries of Education around the region to build a strong, long-term multi-stakeholder partnership aimed at helping them integrate ICT in their education systems.

Prior to that, Razan also worked for USAID and the Government in Jordan which helped her understand all aspects of multi-stakeholder partnerships that are needed to create and enable “change”.

Jeanne Finestone, Consultant

A 25-year veteran of the educational media industry, Jeanne has held senior management positions with non-profits, start-up ventures, and Fortune 500 companies with a particular focus on institutional marketing, brand development, online media, and licensing. She is the founder of Ananta Media, a consultancy supplying strategic advice in the areas of communications, marketing and fundraising, and business development for international aid and development NGOs.Jeanne has served as Vice President of McGraw-Hill Children’s Publishing, overseeing global consumer and B2B marketing and communications initiatives, brand development, licensing, and consumer direct and online sales. Prior to MHCP she served as president of McClanahan Book Company, a children’s edutainment publisher where she spearheaded the development of several multi-million copy bestsellers; developed all company and product-specific marketing and promotion materials; and worked with the nation’s leading retailers. Jeanne launched her career at WNET/Thirteen, the nation’s flagship public television station, where she raised millions of dollars from corporations, foundations, and government agencies through the creation of effective client-focused business and marketing solutions; developed multi-media communications strategies; and produced numerous high profile live and broadcast events for multiple constituencies.

Jeanne is a strong believer in the combined power of business and civil society to spur growth in emerging and frontier markets, not solely in economic terms but also for the health and well-being of all levels of society.

Martin Brockerhoff, Ph.D., Consultant

Martin Brockerhoff has worked in the health and organizational development fields for nearly 20 years, as an employee of the government and non-profit and private organizations. He started his career as a reproductive and child health program manager at the USAID Office of Population, where he oversaw surveys that provided government agencies and NGOs with nationally representative information to establish policies and deliver services to improve health and alleviate poverty in over 30 countries. At the Population Council, Martin’s research focused on migrant communities in peri-urban areas of developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, documenting their success in lowering maternal and child mortality as they adapted to urban ways of life and made greater use of modern pre-natal health care services. His work with multi-national companies at Sirota Consulting aimed at making expatriate managers more aware of and responsive to concerns voiced by local workers, such as having a safe workplace, being treated as partners, and having trusting relationships with their supervisors.Martin has worked in eight developing countries in Southeastern Asia, Western Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa, and has been a consultant for international organizations and private companies on urban health, statistics, management training, and data collection systems. He is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Public Health Association, the American Sociological Association, the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and the Population Association of America. Martin holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University, an M.A. in International and Public Affairs from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York. He is fluent in Korean and German and is enthusiastically mastering French.

Martin is excited about bringing his experience in international public health and his knowledge of companies’ strategies to improve community health to ACCESS Health Worldwide. He believes that fostering collaboration between private companies and communities is a unique contribution of ACCESS Health Worldwide, one that can be extended to other countries to further their development to the Millennium Development Goals and beyond.