Anna has been the CEO of Maternity Foundation since 2014. During her leadership, Maternity Foundation has established itself as a well-respected player on the global maternal health scene. Among her responsibilities, Anna has led the scale-up of Maternity Foundation’s mobile health solutions, including the Safe Delivery App, which is now used in more than 40 countries.
Anna holds an MBA from IESE and has more than 15 years of business experience within strategy, marketing and general management. She has worked as the CEO for a small start-up, as a partner with KPMG Strategy, and she spent more than seven years with McKinsey & Company. She started her career working in the pharmaceutical industry in the US and the UK. In addition to her position with the Maternity Foundation, she sits on the board of the Danish NGO Children Exposed to Domestic Violence.
Anne Marie is responsible for the programmatic design and management of Maternity Foundation’s maternal and newborn health programs, including the integration of the Safe Delivery App and other mHealth solutions into the broader programs. She heads the Ethiopia country programme, inlcuding staff and partnership management. In addition, Anne Marie leads the collaboration with partners regarding humanitarian and complext settings, and is also responsible for and contributing to fundraising activities.
Anne Marie is an anthopologist by profession and has done extensive fieldwork in Uganda focusing on reproductive health, and has been expatriated by INGOs to Uganda and Sierra Leone on health programs for a number of years before joining the Maternity Foundation in 2011.
Anne Marie holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology.
Lise’s responsibilities at Maternity Foundation include stakeholder management with the global health community, fundraising, press activities, Danish and international events as well as strategic communication inititiatives to support partners across countries.
Previously to joining Maternity Foundation in 2014, Lise has worked with business development and corporate responsibility as a chief consultant at Danske Bank, as a PR consultant for international cultural events at Have Kommunikation and as a freelance journalist in the US.
Lise holds an MA in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from University of Copenhagen.
Agnete is responsible for the quality assurance and development of all clinical components in Maternity Foundations work, which spans from ensuring the highest clinical standards in our programmatic work to ensuring alignment with WHO guidelines and the clinical content in the Safe Delivery App.
Agnete is a midwife and has worked in all areas of the midwifery field – clinic, research, teaching and management for the past 15 years.
At Maternity Foundation, Tara supports in-country partners to implement the Safe Delivery App to generate impact and achieve scale. She also drives global learning as part of Maternity Foundation’s Competency Center by capturing and disseminating best practices and lessons learned on implementation of the Safe Delivery App in a variety of settings. She is based in Washington D.C.
Prior to working at Maternity Foundation, Tara worked on a public-private mHealth initiative called MAMA at the United Nations Foundation. She has also worked as a consultant at the Organization of American States, co-authoring a chapter in the ground-breaking Report on Drugs in the Americas.
Tara holds a masters degree from Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Latin American Studies and International Development with a focus on public health.
Ida’s responsibilities at Maternity Foundation include monitoring and evaluation of the Safe Delivery App, as well as managing country partnerships in Laos, Myanmar, Ghana, and Tanzania, including the whole project cycle from defining project, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
Previously to joining Maternity Foundation in 2012, Ida has worked with mHealth, youth and reproductive health in Uganda and Tanzania at her previous positions at the University of Copenhagen and Red Cross Youth.
Ida holds a MSc in Public Health Science from University of Copenhagen.
Luzia is a part of Maternity Foundation’s Competency Center, driving implementation and scale-up of projects, supporting remote partners and delivering learnings and insights internally and externally, including the development and execution of Global Learning and M&E activities.
Luzia has worked in two strategic communication agencies most recently Publicis Groupe, where she worked as a strategy and research manager. She has carried out fieldwork in Uganda as part of a USAID/Management Sciences for Health programme on maternal health and family planning.
Luzia holds an MSc in Anthropology with focus on gender and reproductive health in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Sara’s responsibilities include supporting the clinical and educational part of The Safe Delivery App. She has developed the films “Infection Prevention” and “Female Genital Mutilation” for the App and has provided several trainings in Ethiopia.
Previously to joining Maternity Foundation in 2014, Sara has worked as a project manager for the Masanga project in Sierra Leone, as a neonatal registered nurse at Skejby Hospital and as an Emergency Registered nurse in Greenland.
Sara holds a MA in International Development and Health Promotion from Roskilde University and a B.Sc. in Nursing.
Stine’s responsibilities at Maternity Foundation include managing technology projects and product development, as well as ensuring new technology products become an integrated part of our business intelligence. She manages the technical development of the Safe Delivery App, ensuring the App meets quality and usability standards and is in alignment with Clinical and mHealth program interests.
Previously to joining Maternity Foundation in 2016, Stine was a Project Consultant, advising companies on public funding programmes and strategic development of research and innovation projects. She has experience from the London FinTech startup environment.
Stine holds an M.Sc. in management of Innovation and Business Development and a CEMS Master of International Management.
Judith’s responsibilities at Maternity Foundation include assistance with content implementation in the backend of the Safe Delivery App as well as with technical and layout testing of the systems and implementation of content for a new learning platform.
Previously to joining Maternity Foundation in 2017, Judith worked as a consultant for procurement and supply chain management at INVERTO AG in Germany, as an intern in knowledge transfer and qualification programs at the Centre for European Economic Research, and as a Student Assistant in the Quantitative Economics department during her bachelor studies.
Judith holds a BSc in International Business from Maastricht University (NL) and is currently studying the Cand.merc. International Business program at Copenhagen Business School.
Hiwot’s responsibilities at Maternity Foundation include stakeholder management, establishing new partnership with development partners, strengthening partnership with government bodies, fundraising, managing programs in humanitarian setting and emerging regions, and exploring new initiatives for partnership
Previously to joining Maternity Foundation in October 2014, Hiwot has worked with Ethiopian Midwives Association as Executive Director, at Lambadina Institute Health and Development Communication as Monitoring and Evaluation officer, at Birihan Integrated Community Development Organization as a Social worker, and in different government and private hospitals as a Clinical Nurse.
Hiwot holds an MA in social work, and BA in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Addis Ababa university.
Meron’s role at Maternity Foundation is preparing learning resource packages, integrating the Safe Delivery Application into pre-service and in-service MNCH courses, documenting best practices, liaising with stakeholders who are involved in Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health care courses.
Previous experience: Meron worked for Ethiopian Midwives Association as a Program Advisor and Midwives Advisor, for Catholic Medical Missions Board in South Sudan as PMTCT focal person and MNCH care provider in governmental health facilities in Ethiopia.
Educational background:Meron holds Masters in Public Health Nutrition from Addis Continental Institute of Public Health and Bachelors in Midwifery from Addis Ababa University.
Feyisa manages the overall activities done by Maternity Foundation in West Wollega, coordinates, plans, monitors and ensures both financial and physical activities are being utilized as per project plan. Liaise all activities with head quarters as well as planning and arranging HQ monitoring visits and works on side activities that helps expand and help achieve the goal of MF. Ensures that timely reports are written and sent to both internal (HQ) and external (concerned government body), etc.
Previously joining to MF in 2007, Feyisa has been working for Gimbie Adventist Hospital under management of Adventist Health International as an accountant and outer clinics director.
Education: MBA, Nonprofit corporate management, BA, Community development and leadership and Diploma, Accounting
Chala performs all financial activities under MF in West Wollega, reports to HQ and external body (government), ensures proper financial audit by external auditor and other admin activities.
Previous experience: Previously to joining MF in 2013, he has been working in government office and Oromia credit and saving Share Company as an accountant and family guidance association of Ethiopia as Finance and Admin office.
Education: BA, Accounting and Finance and Diploma, Accounting
Melkamu coordinates, prepares, facilitates and provides different trainings, including Basic emergency obstetric and newborn care and monitoring midwives
Previously to joining MF in 2016, he worked in Ambo hospital as clinician midwife, maternal and child health coordinator at obstetrics and gynecology clinic, maternal death surveillance and response coordinator, mentorship and referral linkage coordinator and as an assistant lecturer in Rift Valley University Health Science College.
Asfaw’s responsibilities at Maternity Foundation include facilitating and follow up of the implementation of the Safe Delivery App, designing M&E systems and tools, monitoring and evaluating project activities, facilitate the development of regular reporting templates, compile quarterly and annual project activities report and developing project data base for project activities
Before joining Maternity Foundation in 2016, he worked in two different organizations – Menschen fur Menschen Foundation foreign charity as M&E officer. Planning, monitoring and evaluation specialist in public sector – for food security sector
Wondwosen is responsible for planning and conducting training under West Wollega program, working collaborating with other MF programs, conducts post training follow up, supportive supervision and onsite mentoring. Writes quarterly reports.
Before joining MF in 2014, he has been working in government health sector for 13 years as clinician midwife and carrying out MCH activities, EPI coordinator, MCH focal person and provision of comperehensive FP and comprehensive abortion care.
Education: BSc, Midwifery, Diploma, Midwifery and Certificate, Midwifery
Motuma facilitates, organizes, and conducts trainings for community health education, youth reproductive health, Lucy SMS mobile service and VSLA, trains community conversation facilitators. Planning, designing, and reporting, monitoring and supervising and prepare training materials.
Before joining MF in 2013, he worked in the public sector for three years.
Henriette Svarre Nielsen, MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology, DMSc, Consultant Fertility and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Rigshospitalet.
Henriette is Maternity Foundation’s Founder and Chairman of the Board. She pursued her dream, and family legacy of living and working in Ethiopia as a doctor. Her experiences working both at a fistula hospital in Addis and as an OB/GYN in Gimbie, Ethiopia, led her to convene a group of talented women from a variety of backgrounds to create Maternity Foundation when she returned to Copenhagen in 2005.
MD, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark
Bjarke Lund Sørensen is PhD, consultant OB-GYN and associate professor in International Reproductive Health at Clinical Institute and Centre for Innovative Medical Technology, University of Southern Denmark.
For a decade Dr. Sørensen has worked to improve the quality of Basic Emergency Obstetric care in Low Income Countries through implementation research, skills training and criterion based audit. In Tanzania and in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders he has adapted the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO®) to be as relevant to the context as possible and addressing the seven signal functions of Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care.
Based on this experience Dr. Sørensen was one of the main “architects” in framing, designing and validating the clinical content of The Safe Delivery App, where the challenge was to condense the “key messages” and deliver them in animated movies lasting only around seven minutes. Given this challenge the team adapted the structured Delphi method to systematically score “key messages” for each topic via group of international expert reviewers. After this process the key messages were the basis for the film scripts and also for action cards, notifications and evaluation tools for assessing skills and knowledge. Dr. Sørensen has been the main author on the obstetric chapters and co-authoring the others. The drug list was developed together with Stine Lund and “Pharmacists without Borders”.
Dr. Stine Lund is a paediatrician with extensive experience in global reproductive and child health. Her area of special interest is health systems in Sub-Saharan Africa where she for the last decades have worked for numerous organisations including Danida (Danish International Development Agency) and as an independent consultant.
Academically Dr. Stine Lund holds a PhD degree and is affiliated with the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark with a focus on conducing randomized controlled trials in Ghana, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Dr. Stine Lund has extensive experience with innovative use of mobile phone solutions to improve maternal and child health in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In addition to being one of the primary drivers behind the development of the Safe Delivery App she has also developed the The Wired Mothers concept, which is a SMS based system that links women to health systems throughout pregnancy and early childhood.