Elisa currently serves as a Senior Director of Public Affairs for the END Fund. With a background in global health and technical expertise in NTD control, Elisa brings first hand knowledge of implementing sustainable NTD control programs along with experience in donor relations and fundraising to her role at the END Fund.
Prior to joining the END Fund in 2012, she worked with a range of organizations focused on global health, including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI). As a consultant with UNFPA, Elisa focused on aid effectiveness, health system strengthening, and post-MDG frameworks. As SCI’s Senior Program Manager for West Africa, Elisa managed NTD control programs funded by the Gates Foundation and USAID in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. She worked in collaboration with government ministries and liaised with NGO partners to ensure control programs met national health objectives and were sustainable. Elisa also provided technical assistance to schistosomiasis and NTD programs in Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Rwanda, and Togo. While at SCI, she contributed to the development of the WHO’s ‘Monitoring Drug Coverage for Preventative Chemotherapy’ for NTDs. In addition to her work in global health, Elisa has several years of experience working in business development and fundraising.
Elisa is a former United States Peace Corps volunteer (Niger) and is a graduate of Brown University (BA in International Relations; BA in French Civilization). In 2003 Elisa earned an MSc in Health, Population, and Society from the London School of Economics. She speaks English, French, and conversational Hausa. Outside of work, Elisa is busy running after her three children, exploring the world with her family and taking photos of everyday people. She is an avid runner, loves to read, and enjoys picnicking.