May 9, 2016

Board of Trustees

Dr. Roberto Bonino, Board Director

roberto_boninoAn entrepreneur, a researcher and a trainer, Roberto Bonino is president of the Institut futura21 (, a research and development institute dedicated to labour and employment that offers coaching , career transition and change management services to managers and organizations in the Geneva area .

Roberto is also active in research in the field of Higher Education and in the development of international educational programs throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Until recently, he was Managing Director at a Higher Education institution, which he co-founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 2006, where he also served in the administrative and academic areas.He also developed and delivered graduate and executive programs in technology, entrepreneurship and management.

In the early 2000s, he established his own company in the field of Internet technologies where, among other things, he developed knowledge and skills management tools. A physicist by training, Roberto Bonino graduated from the University of Rome in 1980 and , before turning his interest towards the business world, led an active research career in High Energy Physics working at various institutions like UCLA, Birmingham University, University of Geneva, University of Rome and CERN.

Ms. Nina Joyce, Deputy Board Director

Nina_joyce Applying her background in communications and international relations, Nina develops advocacy and strategy plans for civil society organizations that wish to influence global policy making at the United Nations.

At Action for Development, she has brought together UN agencies and diplomatic missions to draw attention to the issue of maternal mortality. She is also Co-Chair of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and a United Nations Representative for Graduate Women International where she advocates for education for girls and women.

Prior to her civil society life, Nina worked for the World Economic Forum in Geneva and the Financial Times newspaper in London. She holds a Masters degree in International Relations and speaks fluent French.

Ms. Alison Farnham, Board Secretary

Alison graduated from St Andrews University with an MA and followed this with a Master of Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition from the University of Sheffield. She is currently completing the UNICEF/Cornell University training course; Programming for Infant and Young Child Feeding.

Previous work experience includes Oxfam and the UK Pre-conceptual care charity, Foresight. Alison is currently the Public Health Nutritionist in the AfD team and has recently joined the Board of Trustees.

With a particular interest in Community Health and Maternal/Child Nutrition, Alison believes that good nutrition is the cornerstone of health and development. Within AfD she is working to set up an Integrated Management of Malnutrition program through the AfD Comprehensive Health Centre in Kabul.

Dr. Evan Lee

Evan LeeDr. Evan Lee assumed his role as Eli Lilly’s Vice President of Global Health Programs and Access in January 2012. In this position, Dr. Lee oversees Lilly’s global health activities and represents Lilly on the global health stage in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also responsible for Lilly’s signature CR initiatives, the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership and the Lilly NCD Partnership, as well as efforts related to access to medicines.

Previously Dr. Lee served as Sr Policy officer at the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) leading efforts to reduce the burden of TB and malaria. His accomplishments included the launch of EXPAND-TB, a project funded by UNITAID, which is helping to introduce new TB diagnostics in 27 countries. Prior to FIND, Dr. Lee served in various positions, including for Management Sciences for Health and Médecins Sans Frontières.

Dr. Lee holds a BA, Chemistry and Physics from Harvard. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine, and his Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management. 

Dr. Denis Broun

Denis is a doctor of medicine from Paris University with a specialization in infectious diseases, parasitology and epidemiology. He also graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences and holds a masters in biomathematics.

Denis Broun has worked in the field of international health for the past thirty years, first as a health economist with a French engineering company, then as senior health specialist in the World Bank, where he was in charge of the pharmaceutical sector form 1992 to 1996. He was head of the health section of UNICEF until 1998 and joined Geneva as programme manager for the control of tropical diseases and director of resource mobilization in the World Health Organization.

Denis Broun then became European director of the American consulting firm “Management Sciences for Health” from 2000 to 2005 and in 2005 joined UNAIDS, first as country coordinator in India (2005-2008), then as director of partnerships and finally as regional director for Europe and Central Asia. In 2011, he was selected to become executive director of UNITAID, a position he left in January 2014. Denis is a French citizen, born in Paris in 1955. He is married and has four children.In addition to his native French, Dr. Broun speaks English, Russian, Spanish and some Hindi.

Mr. Ignacio Gracia

IgnacioGRACIAMr Ignacio Gracia is one of the Managing Directors of Kavelin Consulting Group in Madrid, His experience includes the development of business in the Telefonica Group and management of Real Madrid CF. He has worked in different areas of social and international business, in various countries, including Afghanistan. Mr Gracia holds an MBA from the IE Business school in Madrid.

Mr. Elias Ashkar

Elias Ashkar is a business strategy and career management consultant with over 30 years of experience within multinational corporations covering large geographical areas in different parts of the world. Over the course of his career he has held various positions of great responsibility, ranging from director and vice president to CEO.

Mr Ashkar is an expert in developing new cutting-edge business strategies and in decision-making. His expertise is especially acknowledged in the fields of corporate management, business development and training junior management-level staff. Doing business development for big corporations such as Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble particularly enriched his international experience.



Mr. Khalil Dadgar

Khalil Dadgar is a scientist with a vast background and work experience in radiological sciences in the US (graduated from Merritt College, Oakland, California), and with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Medical Imagining from Charles Sturt University, Australia. He also studied Chartered Accountancy (ACCA) in Pakistan.Khalil Dadgar was born in Afghanistan but lived in several countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, USA and Australia.

He joined the Polytechnic Institute in Kabul in 2002 but had to leave the country due to instability. He then moved to the US. While studying in California he worked as a member of the management team at In-N-Out Burger, where he handled back-office management functions like accounting and employee relations.

After completing his university degree, Khalil started working as radiologist at the Stanford Healthcare-ValleyCare and was soon admitted to be the head of the team. From 2011 on, he worked as a Radiologic Technologist at San Ramon Medical Center, California, where he perused and experienced new areas of fixed and mobile radiography, computed tomography and fluoroscopic procedures, working in 1st and 2nd level of trauma centers. In addition, he also worked as student evaluator with several hospitals in California.

Khalil is extensively experienced in interacting with customers and patients, and feels at ease with diverse cultures and backgrounds. He has a good understanding of high standards and has an ability to find win-win solutions in complicated situations. He has a high level of professional ethics and is passionate about bringing a positive change.

Ms. Elodie Vieux


Ms Vieux acquired her Masters degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Swiss by birth, she has always been passionate about improving the lives of the underprivileged around the world. She started her career working with several NGOs on environmental issues in Argentina, education in Thailand and migration in Switzerland. She has worked with Action for Development overseeing project implementation in Afghanistan and assisting with the establishment of the head office in Geneva. She currently works as Junior Programme Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme supporting the Green Commodities team on external communication, capacity-building and monitoring and evaluation.