Robert Steinglass

Director, JSI Immunization Center

Robert Steinglass brings a strong technical, programmatic, field and global immunization perspective to VaxTrac, whose work he has followed for several years.   Over nearly 40 years and in about 50 countries (mostly Africa, Asia and NIS), he has been involved in most aspects of strengthening immunization programs at all levels.  After smallpox eradication at the start of his career in Ethiopia and North Yemen, he worked for WHO for 10 years setting up the immunization program in North Yemen, Oman, and Nepal and then for the past 29 years with John Snow Inc. (JSI), based in Washington D.C., where he was the Immunization Team Leader for a succession of USAID-funded projects (REACH, BASICS, IMMUNIZATIONbasics, and MCHIP). Currently as Director of the JSI Immunization Center and outgoing Immunization Team Leader at the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), he is engaged globally on many advisory committees with WHO, Gavi, UNICEF, and others.  He has an MPH from The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and has authored two dozen peer- reviewed journal publications and several book chapters.  



Alain Labrique

Director, Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative

Dr. Alain Labrique is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative, a multi-disciplinary Center of Excellence of over 140 projects engaged in mHealth innovation and research across the Johns Hopkins system. An infectious disease epidemiologist with training in molecular biology and over a decade of field experience running large population-based research studies in low and middle-income countries, Dr. Labrique holds joint appointments in the Department of Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Department of Community-Public Health in the School of Nursing and the Division of Health Informatics at the School of Medicine of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to teaching and training students and faculty at Hopkins and as a Visiting Professor at institutions in Bangladesh and China, Labrique is lead investigator for several research projects measuring the impact of mobile information and communications technologies on improving maternal, neonatal and infant health in resource-limited settings. Dr. Labrique was recognized as one of the Top 11 mHealth Innovators in 2011 by the Rockefeller Foundation and the UN Foundation and was a lead author on a Bellagio Declaration on mHealth Evidence. His work on mHealth strategies for health system strengthening remains among the most cited mHealth resources in the scientific literature.

Labrique serves as an mHealth and Technical Advisor to several international and global health agencies and Ministries of Health including the World Health Organization, GSMA, USAID, the mHealth Alliance and HealthEnabled.  Dr. Labrique serves as the current Chair of the WHO mHealth Technical Evidence Review Group (mTERG), a technical body convened to advise governments on mHealth investments. Dr. Labrique received a Presidential Excellence in Advising Award for teaching and mentoring students at the Bloomberg School, as he and his team strive to develop mortality reduction strategies for resource-limited settings. Dr. Labrique is also actively engaged in designing and validating diagnostic and public health technologies, and is the inventor of a number of patented diagnostic and anthropometric devices. Dr. Labrique speaks fluent English, French, and Bengali.



Alan Hinman, MD, MPH

Director for Programs, Center for Vaccine Equity

Dr. Hinman is Director for Programs at the Center for Vaccine Equity, a program of the Task Force for Global Health, a not-for-profit organization affiliated with Emory University.   Since 1965 he has been involved in public health programs at state, national, and international levels, primarily working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including 10 years as Director of the National Immunization Program. He is an Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University.




chrisopher_welliseChristopher Wellise

Sr. Director Social Innovation & Sustainability, HPE Living Progress

Christopher is passionate about drawing upon his experience in business and science/ engineering to analyze how organizations innovate, develop and market products; consume energy and natural resources; and produce waste streams, to find ways to bring businesses closer to economic, social and environmental sustainability.

As part of the HPE Corporate Affairs organization, the Living Progress team is committed to increasing HPE’s brand value and business success through social investment programs that are aligned with the overall business strategy.  The overarching objective is to create a better future for everyone through their actions and innovations. It’s the way that people and technology come together to solve society’s toughest challenges.  Christopher directs a global team that is focused on solving social and environmental issues in collaboration with non-profit organizations, governments, customers and partners. Together they create solutions that improve communities and advance human, economic and environmental progress.

He has expertise on a broad variety of corporate sustainability concepts and leadership practices; solid understanding of the challenges and opportunities for multinational companies related to sustainable development, strategy, innovation, brand building, transparency and reporting.



Brian Taliesin

Senior Program Office Systems Analyst, PATH

Brian Taliesin is a program manager with the Digital Health Solutions group and oversees PATH’s implementation services. Mr. Taliesin has engaged in the systems analysis and implementation of integrated systems across maternal child health, nutrition service delivery, immunizations and vaccines, laboratories, and supply chain in Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Vietnam, and other countries.




anil_jainAnil Jain

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University

Anil K. Jain is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Michigan State University. His research interests include pattern recognition, computer vision and biometric recognition. He has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship, Humboldt Research award, and Fulbright fellowship. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.