Andy is a co-founder of Change the Conversation, a new social business that aims to build fairness, empathy, inclusion and generosity in business and in society at large. He is a highly experienced facilitator and coach and has over 30 years’ experience of working with and for businesses that range from large multinational organisations to charities and public sector bodies. He lives in London and is also a working musician.
An ACMA qualified accountant with 20 years’ experience in the charity sector, Jo is also a non-executive director at Lewisham University Hospital. She has held posts at Director of Finance level at national and international charities managing budgets in excess of GB£1.5 million. She has also worked as Company Secretary and has experience in developing policies and procedures in the areas of risk, audit and fraud.
Simon is a fund-raising professional, with experience in Direct Marketing, Donor Development, Major Gifts, Trusts, Major Events, Corporates, Community Fundraising and Charity Retail. He also trains in communications and fund-raising and advises on client management and strategic planning. He has worked at director level in several major children’s charities, as well as for the Intermediate Technology Development Group (now Practical Action). He spent 6 years in developing countries and has written/edited publications on poverty, AIDS, Social Development and fund-raising.
Head of Sustainable Development at the Co-operative Group, Rob’s work includes community engagement and building cross sector collaborations. He offers ColaLife experience in working with diverse stakeholders, advising on green and ethical issues, and insights into corporate issues.
founder and CEO | +260 (0)9755 72175 (Zambia) | skype: sxberry | simon [at] colalife.org
business development director | jane [at] colalife [dot] org
public health adviser | roramcha [at] jhsph [dot] edu
Beth Anne Pratt
research/best practice adviser | volunteer| bethannepratt [at] glohi.org
social media | volunteer | aidanmkelly [at] gmail.com
graphic design | volunteer | mail [at] kieranharrod.co.uk
volunteer event and PR manager | volunteer (Autumn/Spring 2010/11)
volunteer intern (Summer/Autumn 2010)
Simon is the key visionary behind ColaLife, and brings a life-time’s experience in cross-sector stakeholder relations, rural development, open innovation and new media. He does most of the public speaking on ColaLife, keeps the blog up to date and does most of the graphics and artwork.
Simon is a recognised innovator/social entrepreneur. He gained community development expertise in South America (early 80s) and has managed innovative projects in the UK and abroad since 1984, when he was commissioned by the British Overseas Development Agency (ODA, now DfID) to manage a politically sensitive co-operation project at Alexandria University, Egypt.
From 1986-9 he managed institutional development in Northern Zambia (ODA). On his return to UK he combined international consultancy with establishing a UK-based charity/social enterprise (ruralnet|uk), which brought internet-based innovations and early social media applications to support rural areas and support networks.
Simon has managed partnership projects, both large and small, including the EU funded Regionet project (budget 3.4 mECU; 34 public, private and NGO partners from 9 countries).
More recently, he managed a cross-departmental Ministerial Task Force for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs involving 4 Ministers and 16 NGOs, where his team won the national Compact Award for Excellence in cross-sector working.
Simon has won a number of other awards and nominations in social enterprise and open innovation, and is qualified in Project Management in addition to Undergraduate and Masters degrees.
Jane has worked with Simon for over 20 years; they work best on innovations together. She is ColaLife’s researcher and bid-writer. She advises on business elements, works with Simon to design presentations, workshops and communications, and ghost writes the best bits of the blog (allegedly). A wordsmith by vocation, she found an outlet in researching and writing Business Plans and funding bids for non-profits and Social Enterprises, as well as managing a range of capacity building programmes for the ‘Third Sector’.
A qualified Business Counsellor and trainer, she has a track record as an inventive and creative project manager, designing whole programmes as well as events, tools and learning games to bring enterprise concepts to the non-profit sector. These have included Women’s Enterprise and ICT initiatives for EU-funded programmes; DirectSupport – organisational development for small community-based enterprises – commissioned by the UK’s Department for Education and Skills (now DIUS), and net:gain – an ICT strategic development programme for non-profits.
Jane originally trained as a linguist and spent over 12 years in developing countries teaching English; she has also been on Social Enterprise study trips to China, Japan and in Europe. Jane has been involved in successful partnership working with Local Authorities, Government Departments, non-departmental bodies, Higher Education institutions, Support Organisations, Social Enterprises and community groups. She is a consummate ‘digester of detail’ and a ‘completer-finisher’ who likes the challenge of delivering to deadline and budget.
Rohit Ramchandani DrPH (cand), MPH | public health adviser & principal investigator | ColaLife
Founder & Executive Director | Antara Global Health Advisors
Doctor of Public Health Candidate | Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Adjunct Lecturer | University of Waterloo School of Public Health & Health Systems
Recognized as a “Rising Star in Global Health”, Rohit is ColaLife’s Public Health Adviser. He has been with ColaLife from nearly the start and in addition to having played a key role in guiding the development of the concept, establishing new partnerships, and writing concept papers, he has been a central advocate for ColaLife, and is the Principal Investigator for COTZ (the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia).
Rohit is Founder and Executive Director at Antara Global Health Advisors, a Canadian global health advisory firm focused on helping organizations around the world (donors, governments, foundations, private sector, philanthropists, etc.) in the achievement of improving lives, increasing equity, and preventing needless loss of life by providing global health expertise, experience, partnerships, and evidence-based public health and management advise.
He is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a member of the UN Innovation Working Group under the Every Woman, Every Child Initiative, an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Waterloo School of Public Health & Health Systems, and serves on the Advisory Board of Raising the Village, a Canadian NGO.
He started his career in management consulting with Accenture’s Healthcare and Life Sciences practice and then served as a Sr. Health Advisor at the Canadian International Development Agency where he advised on investments in areas including tuberculosis, malaria, as well as Canada’s work on the G8 Maternal and Child Health Initiative (Muskoka Initiative). Some highlights from his past work include:
- Ad-Hoc Committee Member of the Affordable Medicines Facility – malaria (AMFm) representing the Global Fund constituency of Canada, Germany, and Switzerland;
- Member of the Roll Back Malaria AMFm Taskforce (co-chair of the Equity Working Group);
- Steering Committee member of the Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI), a research collaboration of the Government of Canada; and
- Project manager while on internship with the WHO in Hyderabad, India through the LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI).
Rohit’s current research interests lie in the area of global health delivery, health markets, cross-sector partnerships (e.g. public-private partnerships), global health innovation, and child health. He holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Boston University School of Public Health and a Bachelors of Science in Health Studies and Gerontology from the University of Waterloo.
Beth Anne Pratt | research/best practice adviser | volunteer | ColaLife (February – December 2012)
Beth Anne is now a member of our virtual advisory board
Beth began volunteering for ColaLife in February 2012. A social anthropologist, Beth has done research on improving access to health technologies and services for the last six years. As a partner with Global Health Insights, she has consulted on child health, reproductive health, malaria and health systems strengthening projects for a host of local and global organizations.
She has lived and worked in Africa since 1996, when she carried out two years of ethnographic research among Maasai children in northern Tanzania to understand the social and economic changes in their lives. She first began working on projects targeting the barriers and facilitating factors associated with access to health technologies in 2006, as a contributing author of the book Access: How Do Good Health Technologies Get to Poor People in Poor Countries? (Laura J. Frost and Michael Reich). Her experience with access to medicines includes evaluation and scenario planning work for the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria, country case studies on access strategy for the International Program on Microbicides, development of timelines for access to new drugs and vaccines for the PDP Steering Committee, and research into adoption of new health technologies for PATH and DFID. Her interest in corporate social responsibility was first sparked from working on an initiative linking NGOs and corporations in Egypt via both financial awards and capacity-building partnerships.
Beth holds a PhD in Anthropology from Boston University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Systems Management from the University of London. Together with partners Keepers Zambia Foundation, she helped ColaLife develop market research focus group methodology, research IEC/BCC materials, and adhere to best practices in child health.
Aidan began volunteering with ColaLife in May 2011 helping to increase interaction with ColaLife’s growing Facebook profiles. To date he has helped develop and run a campaign to consolidate ColaLife supporters on Facebook. He continues to support ColaLife administering our Facebook profiles and helping to build awareness of the project.
Aidan shares a passion for international development, having volunteered in Central and South America before returning to the UK to work in the charitable sector. His background is in community development and project management. Most recently Aidan worked as Project Manager with the charity Media Trust delivering the Community Voices programme.
Kieran responded to a call on our Facebook page for help producing a ColaLife poster to be displayed at the World Health Congress events. His original poster was a work of art and he has subsequently modified it to show the production Anti-Diarrhoea Kit. This will be used to support a ColaLife exhibit at the Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion from late June until September 2012. This latest version of the poster is here.
Kieran runs his own freelance graphic design and marketing business based just north of Derby. He’s practiced design since 1997, including 7 years as an in house designer and marketing manager for the UK arm of a multinational. He prides himself on being professional, reliable and creative, putting integrity at the heart of his practice. His company website is here: Derby Graphic Design.
Tom worked as a full-time volunteer with ColaLife from October to December 2010 organising our Christmas reception and increasing awareness and support. He continues to volunteer for ColaLife and is now focussing on growing our fan base in America. His passion for Social Media and technology has helped recruit many new ColaLife supporters and advisors. Tom recently left the RAF after 10 years and has now relocated with his family to San Francisco. He had an extremely varied military career and enjoys the challenge of something different. His ability to rapidly learn new skills and work in unfamiliar environments has been extremely valuable to ColaLife and we look forward to calling on his wide international experience and Arabic Interpreting skills.
Dennis completed a four month internship at ColaLife in October 2010. He has now returned to Germany to finish his studies in Industrial Engineering. His tasks were mainly of an administrative nature, but he also carried out research in to supply chain management, country and industry profiles, to support the decisions made in ColaLife.
He is very interested in gaining experiences in different cultural environments in both working and studying. Before his internship he stayed four months in Turkey to study at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU).
During the last 10 years he has worked for different volunteering organisations. For one year he was the vice president for finance of his local AIESEC committee in Kaiserslautern.