Executive Committee

The Executive Committee oversees the management of the network and ensures it is meeting its objectives in line with its terms of reference. 

Steering Committee

  • Chair: Girija Sankar (Christian Blind Mission)
  • Vice-Chair: Dr Jemish Acharya Shrestha (The Leprosy Mission Nepal)
  • Immediate Past Chair: Arielle Dolegui (Gates Foundation)

Disease-Specific Groups
Trachoma / International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC)

  • Chair: Angelia Sanders (The Carter Centre)

Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) NGO Network

  • Chair: Asrat Mengitse (CDT-Africa at the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia)

NGDO Coordination Group for Onchocerciasis Elimination

  • Chair: Francesca Olamiju (MITOSATH)

Leprosy NGO Group 

  • Chair: Geoff Warne (International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations - ILEP)

Soil-Transmitted Helminths/Schistosomiasis (STH/SCH) NGO Group

  • Chair: Mariana Stephens (Children Without Worms)

Cross-Cutting Groups

Communications Working Group

  • Chair: Kat Gulyas (Global Schistosomiasis Alliance)
  • Vice-Chair: Subin Adhikari (The Leprosy Mission Nepal)

Disease Management Disability and Inclusion (DMDI) 

  • Chair: Aparna Srikantam (Lepra Society India)

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) 

  • Co-Chair: Sarity Dobson (The Fred Hollows Foundation)
  • Co-Chair:  Dorin Turgeman (NALA Foundation)

Skin Related NTDs 

  • Chair: Michele Murdoch (International Foundation of Dermatology)

Conflict and Humanitarian Emergencies

  • Chair: Angelia Sanders (The Carter Center)

Ensuring Sustainable Systems

  • Chair: Kate McCracken (Evidence Action)

One Health

  • Chair: Igor Pilawski (VSF Germany)

Administration Support

  • Administrative assistant: Opeoluwa Oguntoye (Christian Blind Mission); Ismat Zehra Juma (Christian Blind Mission)

NNN Representation

  • Uniting to Combat NTDs Consultative Forum
    • Madelle Hatch (The Carter Center)
    • Wendy Harrison (SCI Foundation) 
  • ESPEN Steering Committee
    • Juliana Amanyi-Enegela (Christian Blind Mission)
    • Lynsey Blair (SCI Foundation)


The Chair shall serve a one-year term and will then move to the position of Past-Chair for an additional year.  Similarly, the Vice-Chair shall serve a one-year term and then move to the position of Chair. During an election year and prior to the annual meeting, the Executive Committee will invite nominations for the incoming NNN Vice-Chair through the NGO Coordination Groups. Each nominee must accept the nomination and be fully informed of the voluntary nature of the position. Nominations will be supported by a brief summary of the nominee’s eligibility for election. 

The Executive Committee will circulate the final nominations prior to the annual meeting during which election of the new Vice-Chair will take place. The successful candidate will be determined by a clear majority of votes (one vote per individual NGO) and the new Vice-Chair will take up the position from the announcement at the meeting.


The NNN meets annually (typically in September); the disease-specific and thematic working groups will continue to meet separately at will. See our conference page for more information.