About us

Our globally-minded team works to eliminate health inequities so people, communities, and economies can thrive.

 
 
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Board Members

Richard Carmona, MD, MPH

The 17th Surgeon General of the United States. After completing his statutory 4-year term he was named to the position of vice chairman of Canyon Ranch, the United States' leading health and wellness company, and was named president of the Canyon Ranch Institute Board of Directors. Dr. Carmona is a SolHEALTH Founding Board Member.

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Douglas Henck

Retired as Chairman & CEO of Aegon Asia.  Prior to joining Aegon, he held senior executive positions in Aetna Inc., AIG Life, and Sun Life Financial. Outside the insurance industry, Mr. Henck served as Chief Financial Officer at the Bahá'í World Centre. During his career, Mr. Henck has been a member of dozens of boards of directors of organizations. Currently, he is also serving as a Senior Adviser to the consulting group NueBridge, and on the Senior Management Advisory Board of Assured Enterprises, a cyber risk firm.

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Grant Kvalheim, MBA

Treasurer of the SolHEALTH Board of Directors. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Athene USA, and from 2011 to 2015 he served as the President of Athene Holding Ltd. He has also held the Chief Financial Officer position at Athene Holding Ltd. Prior to joining Athene, Mr. Kvalheim was a senior executive of Barclays Capital (“Barclays”) from early 2001 to the end of 2007, becoming Co-President in September 2005. Prior to joining Barclays, Mr. Kvalheim held senior executive positions in the investment banks of Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Kvalheim is a SolHEALTH Founding Board Member.

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William Liu (刘维宁), Ph.D.

Professor of Space Physics, National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Yangtze Chair Professor, College of Electronic and Information Sciences, Wuhan University.

Bahia Mitchell, DMSc

Secretary of the Board. Acting Director for Human Resources for the Afghanistan and Pakistan Strategic Partnership Office at the Department of State. Previously, Dr. Mitchell served as the Health Officer for the Baha’i World Center in Haifa, Israel where she established the Health Services Center in 1993.

Michael O’Leary, MD, MPH

Executive Director of SolHEALTH. Senior Infectious Diseases Advisor in the Office of Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Hanoi, Vietnam. Previously, he served as WHO Representative in China (2009-2013) and Cambodia (2005-2009). Dr. O'Leary's 30 year career in Asia and the Pacific has focused on infectious disease epidemiology; the management of programs in non-communicable diseases; in health systems and services; and in partnerships and inter-country initiatives in global health, with partners in and outside of government. Dr. O'Leary is a SolHEALTH Founding Board Member.

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David Rutstein, MD, MPH

Founder, and President of the SolHEALTH Board of Directors. As a senior health executive, public health expert and clinician, he has created and led innovative clinical, administrative, management, emergency response and executive level teams and organizations during a 35 year career. Prior to founding SolHEALTH, Dr. Rutstein was the Vice President for Medical Affairs for United Family Healthcare in China.  A retired United States Public Health Service Rear Admiral, he served as the Deputy Surgeon General of the United States until 2011.

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Donald Street, EdD

Served four decades of service at all levels of education, in teaching, administrative and senior leadership capacities. Dr. Streets is a SolHEALTH Founding Board Member.

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Advisory Board

Barbara Bowman

Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development and Co-Founder of Erikson Institute

Zhenyao Wang

Dean of the China Global Philanthropy Institute

 
 
 
 

Our Team

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Michael O’Leary, MD, MPH

Executive Director and Member of the Board

Michael O’Leary is Senior Infectious Diseases Advisor in the Office of Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Hanoi, Vietnam. Previously, he served as WHO Representative in China (2009-2013) and Cambodia (2005-2009). Dr. O'Leary's 30 year career in Asia and the Pacific has focused on infectious disease epidemiology; the management of programs in non-communicable diseases; in health systems and services; and in partnerships and inter-country initiatives in global health, with partners in and outside of government. Dr. O'Leary is a SolHEALTH Founding Board Member.

Dr. O'Leary received his Medical Degree from the University of Minnesota. His Internal medicine residency was completed at the University of Hawaii, where he also was awarded his Master of Public Health degree. In addition, Dr. O'Leary is an adjunct faculty member of the School of Global Studies, Thammasat University, Bangkok and a retired U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officer.

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David Rutstein, MD, MPH

Founder and President of the Board

As a senior health executive, public health expert and clinician, Dr. Rutstein has created and led innovative clinical, administrative, management, emergency response and executive level teams and organizations during a 35 year career.

Prior to founding SolHEALTH, Dr. Rutstein was the Vice President for Medical Affairs for United Family Healthcare in China. A retired United States Public Health Service Rear Admiral, he served as the Deputy Surgeon General of the United States until 2011.

Dr. Rutstein received his Medical Degree from Brown University and his Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. His Family Medicine residency was completed at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, maintains current medical licenses in California, Maine and Beijing and has received numerous honors and awards from both the public and private sectors.

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Lauren Anvari, MPH

Operations Manager

As operations manager, Lauren is responsible for setting operational goals, supervision of staff, working closely with partners to ensure best practices and overseeing existing projects.

Lauren earned her MPH from George Washington University with a specialty in Maternal and Child Health. Occasionally Lauren writes in her blog or posts to her Instagram account (both called: Lauren on Living) about healthy living and parenting.

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Rose Mustakova-Possardt

Program Assistant

Rose started out as an intern with SolHEALTH and made herself so valuable that she was promoted to Program Assistant.

She is currently earning a degree in Population Health with Data Analysis from UCL (University College London). Some of Rose’s primary functions are to manage SolHEALTH’s social media accounts and to develop and implement the SolHEALTH social media strategy.

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Amadou Drammeh

Country Project Manager

Amadou is responsible for overseeing and implementing our Healthcare Support and Strengthening in the Gambia (HSSG) Project side by side with the Gambia Red Cross Society.

Amadou has a National Higher Degree Diploma from the Gambia College School of Public Health and a Bachelors Degree in Public Health from the University of The Gambia. He has extensive experience in the field of public health working in The Gambia as a Regional Health Promotion and Education Officer and as a Capacity Development Officer for the United Nations World Food Programme Gambia Office.

He is passionate about the promotion of Maternal and Child Health.

 
 
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Annie He

Program Coordinator, Asia

In addition to our core team, SolHEALTH maintains a global network of volunteers – from public health experts to engineering specialists to financial and marketing professionals –who dedicate their services and expertise to help us eliminate health inequities so that people, communities, and economies can thrive.



 

In addition to our core team, SolHEALTH maintains a global network of volunteers – from public health experts to engineering specialists to financial and marketing professionals – who dedicate their services and expertise to help us eliminate health inequities so that people, communities, and economies can thrive


 

Partners

 
 
 
 

To learn more or get involved, please get in touch. We’d love to work with you to improve the health of communities around the world.

 
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