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Executive Management Team

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The Executive Management Team supports the Executive Director in managing The Union's operations across the organisation.

José Luis Castro

subtitle: Executive Director, The Union

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José Luis Castro became Executive Director in April 2014. He joined The Union from WHO in 2001 as Director of Finance and Development and has overseen the growth of its annual budget from US$4 to $120 million.

Executive Director: liaises with the Board on strategic direction and leads today's multi-office organisation serving more than 100 countries.

Prabodh Bhambal

subtitle: Deputy Executive Director, and Chief Financial Officer

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Prabodh Bhambal, MBA, brings over 20 years of budget, finance and project management experience to his work at The Union. Prior to joining us, he was a financial consultant for WHO and Programme Officer for the Aga Khan Foundation.

Deputy Executive Director: oversees global operations and financial management and deputises for the Executive Director as needed.
Chief Financial Officer: overall management responsibility for The Union’s finances, focusing on strengthening the organisation’s current position, as well as further developing its financial management, control and capabilities.

Dr Paula I Fujiwara

subtitle: Scientific Director

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Paula I Fujiwara, MD MPH, was seconded by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to The Union in 2001. She served as Director of the Departments of HIV and TB, before becoming Scientific Director in June 2013.

Scientific Director: supervises The Union’s technical departments, providing guidance and oversight on all projects and activities.

Dr Grania Brigden

subtitle: Director, Department of Tuberculosis

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Before working with The Union, Grania was TB and AMR Advisor for the Médicins Sans Frontières Access Campaign to develop and implement the core priorities of the TB Dossier. Prior to MSF, Grania worked in Uganda with Voluntary Services Overseas at the International Hospital Kampala and Reach Out Mbuya, a non-governmental organisation, and in Banda Ache, Indonesia with Medic Global Sikhs/Waves of Mercy.

Director, Department of Tuberculosis: Develop the department’s activities in TB, including work in the area of basic TB science and research and development.

Paul Jensen

subtitle: Director of Policy and Strategy

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Paul Jensen joined The Union in 2014. He has extensive experience advocating for stronger health policies and financing and providing strategic services to international organisations.

Director of Policy and Strategy: analyses health policy issues for both internal audiences and external stakeholders, including governments and the media.

Marianne Gaye-Ayrault

subtitle: Global Training and Education Director

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Marianne Gaye-Ayrault has over 15 years of experience in higher education, business development and marketing, as well as strategic consulting and fundraising. Ms. Gaye-Ayrault holds an MBA from Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business in Washington, DC and a B.A. in Business Administration from the MBA Institute, part of the Groupe INSEEC in Paris, France.

Interim Vice-President, Training and Education oversees the training and education programmes of the organisation worldwide.

Nathalie Emaille-Léotard

subtitle: Global Director of Human Resources

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Nathalie Emaille-Léotard, MBA, MIM, became Global Director of Human Resources in 2013 after more than 15 years as an international consultant, helping companies align their business and human resources strategies.

Global Human Resources Director: oversees human resources and employee relations globally, creating a strong, unified workforce.

Jove Oliver

subtitle: Senior Advisor – Communications

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Jove Oliver became Senior Advisor, Communications in 2016, bringing 15 years of experience in designing and implementing results-driven media, communications and digital strategies to address global health challenges.

Senior Advisor, Communications: plans, develops and implements external and internal communications, branding and public relations activities.

Hugh Blackbourn

subtitle: Director of Publications

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With more than 20 years of experience in publishing, Hugh has a strong track record in assisting publishers to improve the performance of their journals, including their scientific impact, financial performance, author services and sponsorship opportunities. He has worked as the Publisher for Nature Journals and Nature Reviews Journals; the Head of Publishing for the Wellcome Trust; and advised a range of publishers (including Oxford University Press, Company of Biologists and the British Medical Journal) on a broad array of online and print initiatives.

Publications Director: provide leadership and management of The Union's official journals, the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and Public Health Action.

Nick Southern

subtitle: Director, The Union Office in Myanmar

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Nick Southern brings 30 years of experience in global development to his work in Myanmar. He has previously worked on issues from sustainable programme development and policy formulation to disaster response and community engagement. Most recently, he was Southern Africa Regional Director for Save the Children International.

The Union Office in Myanmar is a registered international non-governmental organisation in Myanmar since 2012. Located in Mandalay, it provides TB, HIV and TB-HIV services with the Ministry of Health, Department of Public Health and other partners.