HOPE Staff USA
Dr. Vidya Sharma, MD, MPH- Advisor, Research and Science
Dr. Vidya Sharma serves as HOPE’s Advisor on all research and science matters. Dr. Sharma just retired from position of Director, Physician Performance Improvement and Outcomes; Former Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Mercy Children’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Her specializations include pediatric dermatology as well as pediatric emergency medicine. She received her MBBS in India at Armed Forces Medical College and further received her MPH at the University of Kansas. A keen interest in children’s health research has resulted in several publications such as “State-level child health system performance and the likelihood of readmission to children’s hospitals”. Dr. Sharma’s work with HOPE Foundation is critical to establishing HOPE as a research center, starting with the study titled “Bangladesh Antenatal Care with SMS”, with the objective of evaluating the impact of a village health worker- mediated, SMS supplemented, home-based antenatal care program on the proportion of mothers who deliver with a skilled attendant versus unskilled.
Dr. Halida Akhter – Senior Adviser- Health and Education
Recent past position: Chief of Party-USAID-DFID NGO Health Service Delivery Project and Senior Country Reprentative, PATHFINDER INTERNATIONAL
Dr. Halida Akhter is a reproductive health epidemiologist with over 30 years of national and international experience. She is a medical graduate, an OB/GYN, obtained MPH and Dr. PH from Johns Hopkins University. As a Rockefeller Fellow she served as Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer (EIS) at CDC, Atlanta. Dr. Halida has demonstrated her leadership roles by founding a reproductive health research institute. She help develop reproductive health research capacity through conducting scientific research in Bangladesh. She was Founder Director the Bangladesh Institute of Research for Promotion of Essential and Reproductive Health Technologies for 16 years and was Director General of the Family Planning Association of Bangladesh. Dr. Halida received Justus Liebig University’s Developing Country Award in 1995 ( German World Bank), and United Nation’s Population Award in 2006 (Laureate, Individual Category, 2006).
Matthew Malin, MPH- Director of International Programs
Matthew Malin is a Senior Director of Product Strategy and Development for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing strategic partnerships and product strategy for various lines of business. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Malin was Director of Strategic Initiatives for WellCare Health Plans. WellCare provides Government sponsored healthcare plans that focus on Medicare and Medicaid insurance throughout the U.S. Mr. Malin has also held management positions within the healthcare industry with various companies, including Accenture’s Consulting Practice, Kaiser Permanente, and Aetna. In 2005, Mr. Malin graduated from UC Berkeley’s Masters of Public Health Program. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Biological Science from Clemson University in S.C, as well as a minor in Business Administration. Mr. Malin has a passion for creating models of high-quality, sustainable healthcare services in developing countries. As a seasoned healthcare executive, he inspires excellence by training physicians and their staff on how to be leaders and managers, combining their clinical expertise with wise business practices. Since 2010, Mr. Malin has shared his passion for Hope Foundation’s delivery of Maternal and Child Healthcare Services with Hope’s founder Dr. Mahmood. Mr. Malin lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and 4 children.
Johanna Hansing, MA – Development Officer
Johanna Hansing is the Development Officer from HOPE Foundation. She has extensive experience in International Humanitarian Aid and speaks German, Spanish, English and Portuguese fluently. Johanna gained her Masters in International Relations at the Complutense University in Madrid and worked in different countries such as Germany, Argentina, Mozambique and Spain. Johanna’s passion is to protect women’s and children’s rights. We at HOPE Foundation are very happy to count such a motivated and hard-working team member.
Ashley Pugh, MA- Program Officer
Ashley Pugh is the Program Officer for HOPE’s US office. Ashley gained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations at Salisbury University where she furthermore earned four minors in Political Science, History, German and Conflict and Dispute Resolution. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Justin Y. Shen Award as the most Outstanding Undergraduate in her field. Following graduation, Ashley took a position with the International Rescue Committee as a Refugee Resettlement Case Manager, working with refugee populations from varying countries. Yearning to do work on a more global scale, Ashley decided to pursue her Masters degree. She enrolled at the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies and earned her Master of Arts in International Development. Ashley’s background consists of work in varying international and local non-profits as well as think tanks in the fields of human rights, women’s empowerment, environmental protection, health and community development. Always passionate about women’s and children’s health and rights, Ashley was immediately drawn to the HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh.
Jessica Love, Communications Consultant
Jessica Love is as an experienced writer and communications strategist who has managed media relations, community and stakeholder outreach for nonprofit, corporate and government organizations. Prior to joining HOPE Foundation, she spent several years leading communications efforts for Fistula Foundation, a nonprofit focused on treating women suffering from the devastating childbirth injury, obstetric fistula. She has held previous roles at public relations firms, including Spitfire Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based communications firm that works exclusively for nonprofit and foundation clients. She has also held roles at Widmeyer Communications and Venture Communications, focusing primarily on PreK-12 education and on veterans’ issues, respectively. Jessica worked on a national presidential election campaign as field organizer and scheduler and began her communications career at the national agricultural land conservation nonprofit American Farmland Trust. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.