Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Chris Duncombe joined Pangaea as Chief Medical Officer in September 2015. Chris's special interests are the optimization of HIV drugs diagnostics and service delivery. Prior to joining Pangaea, he was a senior program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation leading on the foundation’s treatment optimization initiative. Chris was a member of the HIV team at the World Health Organization in Geneva and was the writer of the 2010 and 2006 global HIV treatment guidelines. He lived and worked in Bangkok Thailand for 11 years as a clinical trialist with the Thai Red Cross AIDS research Center. Chris holds a medical degree from the University of Sydney and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam. In 2010, he was awarded the Order of Australia for services to his country in medicine.
Vice President of Research and Social Policy
Dr. Megan Dunbar, Vice President of Research and Social Policy at Pangaea Global AIDS, has primary responsibility for the planning, execution, oversight, and monitoring of Pangaea behavioral research, evaluation, and policy efforts, including technical assistance related activities focused on girls and women, and key populations. Megan’s background and expertise is in designing and evaluating interventions that address the social and economic factors which increase HIV vulnerability, such as gender-based violence and inequities in educational and economic opportunities for girls and women. Formerly with the Women’s Global Health Imperative at the University of California, San Francisco, and RTI International, Megan has spent nearly a decade leading initiatives in southern and eastern Africa. .
Liz Hernandez is Operations Manager at Pangaea, responsible for short and long-term organizational planning and strategy to increase the overall effectiveness and efficiency of Pangaea’s operations, specifically in the areas of Human Resources, Information Technology, Contract Management and day-to-day office management.
Sherrie Hicks is Senior Accountant at Pangaea. Working closely with Pangaea’s CFO, Sherrie coordinates all day to day financial and accounting functions for the Oakland and Zimbabwe offices, and plays a vital role in the preparation of the audited financial statements and annual tax return. Sherrie joined Pangaea in 2016, bringing with her several years of experience in financial administration, including eleven years of non-profit accounting experience with responsibilities spanning budgeting, financial reporting, audit support and productivity analysis. She also worked as an accountant for a CPA firm in the private sector, specializing in individual & household tax returns and client assets. Sherrie has an accounting degree from Rose State University and is an active member of the National Association of Black Accountants and California CPA Association.
Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating Officer
Natalie Otten is the Chief Financial Officer of Pangaea, responsible for leadership and oversight of the Finance Department and all financial systems and functions of the organization, including accounting, budgeting, internal controls and the strategic management of the agency's resources. Before joining Pangaea in 2010, Natalie worked for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. She also has several years of experience as an auditor for a public accounting firm, performing audits and completing tax returns for partnerships, corporations and non-profit organizations.
In 2006 and 2007, Natalie was a small business development volunteer with the Peace Corps in the West African country Burkina Faso, where she focused on micro-credit financing and community project development. Her activities included conducting business training sessions with local women’s groups, as well as educational outreach projects focused on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and malaria.
Natalie received a B.A. in Business Economics and a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Reception and Administrative Associate
Djibrine Mainassara primarily provides administrative support to Pangaea’s projects. Djibrine is a community development professional with 10+ years of nonprofit experience and specialization in project management, accounting, financial analysis and cross-cultural communication.
Prior to join Pangaea, he was in Niamey, Niger at Group For Research and Technology Exchange (GRET), a French international non-profit as a Project Manager. He also worked with the Theater of the Oppressed to increase community awareness around HIV and STDs, young women education, hygiene and forced marriage. Djibrine Mainassara worked as the Executive Director at the Nigerian Professional Microfinance Institutions Network (ANIP-MF), where he published the first newsletter of this organization as well as developed training annual program and provided event and program coordination. He has a Master’s in macroeconomics from Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey, and is fluent in French, Zarma, Hausa and Tamajec.
Imelda Mudekunye-Mahaka is the Country Coordinator of Pangaea's operations in Zimbabwe, including management of the newly established Pangaea Zimbabwe AIDS Trust office. Imelda supports the implementation of Pangaea programs, as well as serves as Director of the SHAZ! Project, a study that has been working with adolescent girls to address structural factors that put them at risk for HIV through economic empowerment and HIV/AIDS life skills education and integrated social support. Imelda‘s first degree is Social work and she is currently studying for a Masters in Development Studies.
Manager, Executive Office
Nikki Smith oversees office management and administrative services for Pangaea. Nikki also serves as the Executive Assistant to the CEO, as well as general support to all of Pangaea's program managers. She has been with Pangaea since September 2011.
Research Associate at Pangaea
Kate Taylor is a Research Associate at Pangaea. She first joined Pangaea as an intern in July 2015 and then as a full-time staff member in October 2015. As Research Associate, Kate is responsible for supporting Pangaea’s programs in both the Oakland and Zimbabwe offices. She is involved in all aspects of program work; from background research and literature reviews prior to project implementation, to data collection and report writing. She has most directly been involved in Pangaea’s Landscaping of HIV Service Delivery in Zimbabwe research study.
Senior Adviser, Strategic Initiatives
Ana Teasdale is the Senior Adviser for Strategic Initiatives. She provides senior counsel to Pangaea’s CEO and Leadership Team on new and current programs and strategies, particularly in integrating HIV and broader women’s health priorities, and liaison with the international community.
Ana has over 15 years of experience in international development. Prior to joining Pangaea Global AIDS, she worked at Susan G. Komen (Komen), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI).
Director – Monitoring and Evaluation
Dr Ifeoma Udoh is Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for Pangaea, and the Research Director for Pangaea's Oakland NIH study. Ife has extensive experience in implementing international and domestic HIV/AIDS programming and monitoring and evaluation activities in low resource settings around the world, including the Caribbean, Asia, and the United States. She currently leads Pangaea’s projects in the Dominican Republic, China and Oakland, California.