Executive Management Team

The Executive Management Team supports the Executive Director in managing The Union's operations across the organisation. Photo shows members of the Executive Management Team gathered in Guadalajara, Mexico for The Union World Conference, October 2017 (Steve Forrest / The Union).


José Luis Castro

José Luis Castro

Executive Director, The Union

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. 

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

Prabodh Bhambal

Prabodh Bhambal

Deputy Executive Director

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.

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Deputy Executive Director: oversees global operations and financial management and deputises for the Executive Director as needed.


Dr Paula I Fujiwara

Dr Paula I Fujiwara

Scientific Director

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. 

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

Nathalie Emaille-Léotard

Nathalie Emaille-Léotard

Global Director of Human Resources

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.

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


Jove Oliver

Jove Oliver

Senior Advisor – Communications

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. 

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

Paul Jensen

Paul Jensen

Director of Policy and Strategy

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.

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


Dr I.D. Rusen

Dr I.D. Rusen

Director – Research and Development

Dr I.D. Rusen has been with The Union since 2004, coordinating FIDELIS and directing the Department of Tuberculosis. He manages the Clinical Trials Unit, including the STREAM trial of a shortened MDR-TB treatment. 

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Director – Research and Development: manages the Clinical Trials Unit, the TREAT TB Initiative and other public health and research activities.

 

Marianne Gaye-Ayrault

Marianne Gaye-Ayrault

Global Training and Education Director

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.

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


Whitney Reitz

Whitney Reitz

Director- New Programme Development and Management

Whitney Reitz has more than 24 years of domestic and international experience in diplomacy and programme management, with particular expertise in child health and welfare.

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Director- New Programme Development and Management works within The Union and Vital Strategies to build on and expand our organisations’ capacities around the world