eHA employs over 800 people who are committed to developing people centric and data driven technology solutions that deliver better public health services for vulnerable communities. Meet some of our senior management team and leading technical experts.
Evelyn Castle, Executive Director and Co-Founder of eHealth Africa
Evelyn is the Executive Director and Co-founder of eHealth Africa. Her role is to provide high level leadership of eHA across the four countries, as well as overseeing all of eHA’s multimillion dollar operations in the areas of polio and health delivery systems in Nigeria.
Evelyn has over five years experience living and working across West Africa. She has built and oversees multicultural, multinational teams of 300-1,000 public health professionals and volunteers on complex projects and emergency situations including live virus outbreaks in Nigeria. She led eHA to triple staff capacity in 12 months, and helped raised over $35m in eHA's first four years. Evelyn leads senior-level partnership relationships with major global foundations and NGOs including Gates Foundation, USAID, UN Foundation, WHO, and UNICEF, as well as high net worth private donors. She manages stringent compliance with subsequent grants.
Ms Castle has received a number of awards including the UC Berkeley Big Ideas Competition for Technology in Interest of Society where she got a Honorable Mention, and the Rick Hooper Scholarship Foundation where she received a first place on her thesis looking at Women’s Human Rights and Access to Health Care in Muslim Societies of Northern Nigeria. Prior to establishing eHA, she was a Fellow in Global Information Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Adam Thompson, Executive Director and Co-Founder of eHealth Africa
Adam is the Executive Director and Co-founder of eHealth Africa. His role is to provide high level leadership of eHA across the four countries, as well as overseeing eHA’s Ebola emergency response programs in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
Adam has over 10 years of experience living and working across West Africa designing and leading innovative and context appropriate information and communication technologies. He leads eHA’s global health informatics team who design and develop software and technical tools to strengthen operations and enhance visibility.
His experience includes building response teams of over 300+ staff in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea in less than two months. He developed an emergency supply chain for Ebola virus lab sample that achieved a 24 hour turnaround on 100% of samples. He also spearheaded the developed vaccine trial program in Sierra Leone with the CDC. The $18 million undertaking was up and running less than two months after initial conception.
Mr Thompson has a Bachelors of Science in Information Systems and Technology Management from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to establishing eHA, he was an Associate Director for Programs and Instruction, Research Specialist at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Professor James Davis, Advisory Board Member
Professor James Davis is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research has resulted in over 80 peer-reviewed publications, patents, and numerous invited talks.
James has received an ICRA 2003 Best Vision Paper, ICCV 2009 Marr Prize and an NSF CAREER award. He was the founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship (C4E) at University of California Santa Cruz, developing programs that effectively bridge university research and talent into the wider marketplace. His teaching has been awarded for its innovative style, including a course on the importance of technology to social entrepreneurship. Professor Davis received his PhD from Stanford University in 2002, and was previously a senior research scientist at the Honda Research Institute.
Dr My T. Le, Advisory Board Member
Dr. Le received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering: Communications, Integrated Circuit Design & Computer Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
She has worked for major technology companies including Hewlett-Packard, National Semiconductor, WebGear and PlusLogic, and completed a Biomedical Fellowship at Stanford University Medical School.
Dr. Le teaches at Stanford University in both the Electrical Engineering Department and the Computer Science Department. Her class entitled “The Art and Science of Engineering Design”, focuses on the design aspects of an engineering project, including formation of the design team, developing a project statement, generating design ideas and specifications, finalizing the design, and reporting the outcome. She is on the Advisory Board for Jooners, GreenPlug, and the Global Health Research Foundation.
Jamie McPike, Advisory Board Member
Ms McPike is a doctoral student in sociology at Brown University. In 2010 she received an IGERT Fellowship through the Watson Center for International Studies and the Graduate Program in Development at Brown University.
She is affiliated with the Graduate Program in Development, the Population Studies and Training Center, the Global Health Scholars Program, and Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences at Brown University. She holds a B.A. in Sociology with Highest Honors, and a Distinction for Research and Scholarship from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Amer Sattar, Guinea Country Director
Mr Sattar has over 17 years of developing projects and programs and management across Nigeria, Mongolia and Europe. He also has extensive experience as an equipment consultant on medical/scientific devices, and worked as a Consultant on Project Development, Project Management and Procurement at WCG Consultancy Ltd.
Prior to joining eHA, he founded a Post-graduate & Professional Training Institute in Abuja who provided lectures, workshops and seminars on topics ranging from Science & Technology to Governance, Management and Finance.
Mr Sattar has a Post-graduate certificate in Medicine, Post-Grad EH and S from the Universiteit Maastricht, Netherlands. Amer enjoys travelling, reading non-fiction, history, anthropology and fiction, watching football and playing tennis.
Charles Spears, Human Resources Director
Mr Spears has over 28 years of HR experience in implementing organizational change, contract/labor negotiations, International Recruitment experience, and has worked on several change initiatives with international organizations such as Madza, AT&T and Siemens. He is a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) member of The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He has served as a volunteer leader at both the local and state level. Prior to joining eHA he was the Director of Human Resources for the United Auburn Indian Community in the Thunder Valley.
Mr Spears has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Organizational Development from US Universities. He and his wife Sarah live in Auburn, California, and enjoy camping and hiking and spending time with friends.
Dami Sonoiki, Geographical Information Systems Team Manager
Mr Sonoiki has over eight years of experience in developing and implementing geographical information solutions. He leads a team of 21 GIS professionals who implement projects to support polio eradication, vaccine delivery and Ebola emergency response across our four countries. Prior to working at eHA, he worked at Dotted Eyes as a Geospatial Consultant and Project Manager, where he provided data management services to companies to improve business performance. He helped build miso, an online data-sharing UK startup specialised in automating slow and repetitive data-related tasks and processes. He led the development of DataPublisher, an INSPIRE geospatial data platform that publishes data and creates web services to UK's data.gov.uk. He worked at Binley's where he developed location analytics and business intelligence solutions to BinleysOnline and powered marketing insights for clients.
Mr Sonoiki is a Chartered Geomatics Surveyor with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a Certified FME Professional with Safe Software Inc and a PRINCE2 Project Manager. He has a BSc in Surveying and Geoinformatics from the University of Lagos, and a MSc in Geographic Information Science from University College London. Dami supports Arsenal FC, and reads widely.
Dr Sarma Mallubhotla, Nutrition and Food Security Program Manager
Dr Mallubhotla has over 20 years of experience managing and providing technical assistance to nutrition, food processing, biotechnology and agriculture & agri-business development programs. He has published in nutrition, biotechnology, and agriculture journals on maternal and child nutrition, food based strategies to improve diet quality and micronutrient nutrition, and sustainable rural livelihoods.
He has worked in North America, Asia, and Africa. He heads the newly created Nutrition and Food Security portfolio. Prior to eHA he was an international consultant to the Nutrition Division, HarvestPlus/International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC, USA. He was the National Program Manager of the rice fortification and agricultural programs at the Micronutrient Initiative (MI-DFATD), Asia Regional office, New Delhi, India and consulted for GIZ.
Dr Mallubhotla worked as a Research Scientist for the Canadian Potato Genome Project (CPGP) - Genome Canada / Department of Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa. He has conducted feasibility studies on rice fortification and introduction and dissemination of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes in Eastern India.
Dr Mallubhotla has a Ph.D. in Agriculture from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, a M.Sc. in Plant Physiology from Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, and a B.Sc in Agriculture from Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Agricultural University, Akola, India.