Our office is located in Bamako, and so is our team. Most of them come from the peri-urban communities we serve.


Gaoussou Doumbia, Head of Department
Miriam Sidibé, Savings Group Program Assistant
Aminata Seydou Traoré, Women’s Health Financing Program Assistant (meet Aminata)


Dr. Lamine Sogoba, Head of Department
Dr. N’Diaye Sidi Bathily, Quality Improvement Coach


Oumou Camara Ouattara, Head of Department
Abdou Touré, Interpersonal Communications Manager
Aïssata Touré Kouyaté, Storyteller (meet Aïssata)
Malick Yalcoué, Community Health Worker Supervisor


Chiaka Ouattara, Operations Director
Oumar Coulibaly, Administrative Assistant
Fatoumata Kouyaté, Assistant to the Director


Boubacar Fomba, M&E Coordinator


Dramane Diarra, County Director (Mali) (meet Dramane)
Tara Hopkins, US Director

Note about our leadership: Since 2016, Mali Health’s Directors have shared responsibility and leadership of our organization as equal partners. All decisions related to Mali are made in Mali by our Country Director and all management and compliance for our 501(c)(3) status are handled in the US by our US Director.


Agnes Yeboah, PhD

Agnes is an Executive Director, Global Regulatory Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) – Biologics and Cell
Therapy at Celgene Corporation, now Bristol Myers Squibb Company. Agnes joined Celgene in November 2016 and has significant experience from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Company, Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Sellas Life Sciences. She has her PhD and MSc in
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University. Agnes serves on the steering committees of the Women Advancing Leadership at Celgene and the Scientific and Technology Committee of Alliance for
Regenerative Medicines (ARM). Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, Agnes is fluent in African dialects such as Twi and Fante. She is passionate about initiatives that seek to improve access to quality healthcare and medications for the African continent.

Joel Wierenga, PhD

Joel worked as an entomologist in agricultural research and development, then transitioned to the pharmaceutical industry. He retired from Pfizer where he served in a variety of project management and leadership roles. He also serves on the Board of Agape Unlimited, a nonprofit focused on medical missions in outlying, underserved regions of Russia. Joel retired from the Army National Guard at the rank of Colonel, and holds advanced degrees from Purdue University, Michigan State University and the US Army War College. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Nicole Warren, PhD, MPH, CNM

Nicole is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and a Certified Nurse Midwife providing antenatal and well woman gynecologic care at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Since serving as a PCV in Mali, she has continued to collaborate on programs and research in Mali and other low resource settings. Her clinical expertise is in nursing and midwifery care of childbearing women and her research is focused on building capacity of front-line maternal health providers across setting, improving the clinical care of women affected by female genital cutting (FGC), and Respectful Maternal Care (RMC).

Christine Sow, PhD, MPH

Christine is the President and CEO of Humentum, a membership network providing operations support to more than 300 international development organizations. A seasoned convener and coalition-builder, Dr. Sow brings deep experience in best practices associated with organizational membership models, having relaunched and led the Global Health Council, which connects advocates, implementers and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide. Dr. Sow led Palladium’s impact bond work and directed the first development impact bond for maternal and newborn health in India. She also served as Chief Operating Officer of Population Services International, where she led global operations across more than 60 countries. Over the span of her career, Dr. Sow has worked for non-profit, academic, bilateral and multilateral agencies and spent more than 14 years in West Africa with organizations including UNICEF and USAID. She holds a PhD in epidemiology from Tulane University, an MPH and an MA from the University of Michigan, a bachelor degree from Vassar College. She is fluent in French and English.

Lisa Nichols, MPH

Ms. Nichols is a public health professional who has worked in Mali primarily on maternal and child health program implementation for over 15 years – first in the 1980’s with an international NGO and again from 2003-2013 as manager of a bilateral USAID national health program. She has worked in other countries, primarily in Francophone Africa and in Asia on monitoring and evaluation, nutrition, infectious disease and emergency relief programming. She currently lives in the Washington, DC area and works for Abt Associates, International Health Division as a Principal Associate/Portfolio Manager providing support to multiple country programs, malaria research and the Health Finance and Governance project. She holds an MPH in International Health from The George Washington University.

Gregory Mann, PhD

Dr. Mann is a professor of African history at Columbia University. He has been conducting research in West Africa, primarily in Mali, since 1996. His most recent book is From Empires to NGOs in the West African Sahel: the Road to Nongovernmentality (Cambridge, 2015). Drawing on research conducted primarily in Mali, the book analyzes the rise of novel forms of political rationality among governments and non-governmental organizations in the Sahel from 1946 to the late 1970s.

Jason Lee, MBA

Mr. Lee currently works on the Enterprise Strategy and Planning team at Change Healthcare, a healthcare technology and services company that was formerly known as McKesson Technology Solutions. Prior to Change Healthcare / McKesson, he spent several years developing strategic plans and evaluation systems in the global health and international development sectors while working at FSG, IDEO.org, and World Relief. His former clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the MasterCard Foundation, Oxfam America, and Medtronic. Mr. Lee holds an MBA from UC Berkeley – Haas School of Business and a BA from Harvard University.


 Neelum Jeste, MD, MPH

Neelum is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist who currently works in research and drug development in the pharmaceutical industry. She completed her undergraduate studies in psychology and Spanish at Duke University and her medical school at the University of California, San Diego. During her medical training, she worked in clinics in India and South America and conducted a research study in the Dominican Republic.

Margot Fahnestock, MPP

Margot Fahnestock is a philanthropy and policy expert in family planning and reproductive health. In her role as Vice President, Strategic Development for nonprofit pharmaceutical organization Medicines360, Margot is helping align the organization through a strategy process integrating program development, impact measurement, and resource mobilization. Margot served as a Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, responsible for making grants to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve reproductive health and rights in sub-Saharan Africa. She was a founding member and catalyst for the Ouagadougou Partnership, which has mobilized more than $400 million in additional funding for family planning in Francophone West Africa. She served two years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer teaching English at a secondary school in Mali. Margot has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles and master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago.

Bruce Close, MSJ

Mr. Close holds a Master of Science in Jurisprudence from Seton Hall Law School and undergraduate degrees from Rutgers University. He is currently serving as Senior Director of Compliance at Celgene. Mr. Close has nearly 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry working toward the treatment and cure of unmet medical needs across various therapeutic areas.

Joseph Camardo, MD

Dr. Camardo is an internist who has worked in the pharmaceutical industry as head of Clinical Research and Medical Affairs at Wyeth, currently serving as Senior Vice President at Celgene. He is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and he serves on nonprofit boards in health, education, and music.

Kris Ansin, MPH, MBA

Mr. Ansin has experience in public health and international development, having worked with some of the field’s leading organizations, including USAID, Ashoka, and Technoserve. He has grassroots programming experience working in Southern and West Africa, and South Asia. Mr. Ansin holds an MPH from Tulane University and an MBA from Yale School of Management. He served as Mali Health’s Executive Director from 2012-2015 and currently works with Accenture Development Partnerships, providing business and technology consulting services to international development organizations, foundations, and corporate clients to deliver social impact.


Ben Aboubacar, MD

Dr. Ben Aboubacar is the Director of Health Programs for the Millennium Development Goals Center for West and Central Africa. He coordinates Millennium Villages’ Community Health Worker programs in countries such as Senegal, Ghana, and Mali, and his advice is sought by local and national health authorities as well as by international organizations such as the United Nations and UNICEF.

Sidiki Coulibaly

A member of the local mayor’s office, Mr. Sidiki Coulibaly is one of Mali Health’s chief advisers. He has hosted Mali Health Coordinators in his home in the past, and was one of our first community supporters.

Yaye Danfakha, MD

Dr. Yaye Danfakha is currently working with a UNICEF-partner program to evaluate the effectiveness of an in-home health care program for childhood respiratory infections.

Abdoul Diallo

Mr. Abdoul Diallo is the former head of the West African Water Initiative for USAID. He has also taught at the School for International Training in Mali. Mr. Diallo splits his time between Mali and the United States.

Alpha Zancoura Doumbia

The adjunct for health at the Mayor’s Office of Commune 1 (Bamako), Mr. Doumbia is an invaluable liaison between Mali Health and the local government.

Mamadou Niare

As the Sikoro Village Chief, Mr. Mamadou Niare supervises activities in both Sikoro and Sourakabougou. He is also a member of the Bamako committee of traditional chiefs.

Saloum Soumaré

Mr. Saloum Soumare has worked with the USAID Program in Shared Governance (PGP) in Bamako for years, and is an expert in creating community/government accountability in Bamako. He has also worked with the Peace Corps as a language teacher.

Mary Magdalene Togo, MD

Dr. Mary Togo is a member of our Board and the Technical Consultant to the Minister of Health. Dr. Togo was the first female chief of medicine of Mali’s premier national hospital (Hôpital Gabriel Touré) and is a figurehead of Malian health care policy. She meets often with project staff to develop appropriate protocols, address potential problems, and spearhead the distribution of our results within the Malian government.

Boubakar Traore, MD

Dr. Boubakar Traore serves as the Chief of Medicine of the Reference Hospital of Commune 1 and supervises all primary health activities in the district.

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Bamako, Mali


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