Independent global health and international development policy consultant
Elaine is a global health and international development expert with over 20 years of experience implementing HIV, health, and social inclusion programmes across Africa and Asia. She is also a well-respected international policy influencer who has helped shaped donor, UN, WHO and national governmental policies on global health financing, health system strengthening, disability inclusion and civil society engagement. Elaine played a pivotal role in shaping the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, ensuring the inclusion of persons with disabilities across these global goals and has also influenced the inclusion of marginalised populations in international commitments on universal health coverage.
Elaine has held leadership positions with a range of international NGOs, including the role of Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns at Leonard Cheshire and, earlier in her career, as Head of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at Sightsavers, where she developed the organisation’s policy expertise, their policy, advocacy and campaigning capacity, and established an International Advocacy Coordination Team.
Before her roles at Sightsavers and Leonard Cheshire, Elaine was responsible for establishing and leading the advocacy network Action for Global Health. During this period, she also played a key role in securing civil society representation in the International Health Partnership and influencing the focus and development of this global health donor coordination mechanism which has now evolved into the UHC2030 partnership.
Elaine is currently working as an independent global health and international development policy consultant with the aim of strengthening health and education systems so that they are inclusive and equitable for all.