What We Do

Global Health Visions offers creative solutions to some of today's most pressing health and development challenges.  
Our team of passionate global development professionals takes the time to understand the needs of our clients and
brings innovative ideas, academic 
rigor, and proven expertise to the table – helping to transform ideas into action.

Areas of Expertise


Strategic Planning, Development & Implementation

  • Advocacy & Communications
  • Capacity Building
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Grant & Project Management
  • Partnership, Policy & Initiative Mapping

In-Depth Research & Policy Analysis

  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Economic & Landscape Analyses

Resource Mobilization & Proposal Development

  • Fundraising Plans
  • Proposal Development
  • Public Relations
  • Partnership & Donor Cultivation

Areas of Focus

1Agriculture, Nutrition & Trade
2Economic Empowerment
3Family Planning
4Financial Services for the Poor
6Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
7Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health (RMNCAH)
8Tobacco Control
10Women & Girls

Who We Are

Meet the Global Health Visions Team

Global Health Visions is a network of results-oriented and passionate global health and development professionals able to meet the diverse and often complex needs of clients working to improve the lives of individuals living in extreme poverty.

Nejla Liias, MPP

President and Founder

In 2008, Nejla Liias founded Global Health Visions to provide strategic guidance on the formulation and implementation of global health and development initiatives that aim to improve the lives and livelihoods of women and children. Prior to starting Global Health Visions, Nejla was an independent consultant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its Global Health Policy and Advocacy division. Before ..

Susannah Hurd, MPH

Vice President

Susannah has been working in the field of global health for 15 years, with a particular focus on RMNCH, advocacy, and strategy. Susannah brings a deep understanding of the global health landscape, having worked with a range of GHV clients since 2009 to strengthen and support their work in global fora and at country level. Susannah has a comprehensive knowledge of health care delivery systems and policy envi..

Aubrey Cody, MPH


Aubrey Cody brings to Global Health Visions over fifteen years of experience in the areas of refugee health, maternal, newborn and child health, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). She has expertise in strategy development, organizational development, research and policy analysis, coalition building, resource mobilization, and strategic investment guidance.

Rene McGuffin


Rene McGuffin brings to Global Health Visions more than 10 years of experience working on global food and nutrition security programs and advocacy. Previously Rene worked for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) where, as a senior program advisor based in East Africa, she ran development food assistance programs as well as an emergency operation for one of the world’s largest refugee p..

Kristen Cox Mehling, MPH, MPA

Deputy Director

Kristen has worked in global health and development for the past 12 years, with an emphasis on strategic advocacy, accountability, and policy change efforts for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH). She has deep knowledge of reproductive and family health as well as extensive experience with strategic planning, grant analysis, impact evaluation, messaging, and communi..

Susan Fox, MIR

Senior Associate

Susan has worked in global health and development for more than 13 years, with a focus on maternal, newborn, and child health, and specialized experience in HIV and AIDS. She has worked in management, operations, and policy-focused positions, finding particular fulfillment in engaging with local stakeholders and civil society. Susan has broad and diverse experience, including overseeing direct service deliv..

Andrea Mara

Manager of Business Operations

Andrea is responsible for all of Global Health Vision’s day-to-day business operations, including administration, communications, scheduling, and process development and implementation. Prior to joining GHV, Andrea dedicated over ten years – as a program coordinator, team supervisor, and licensed therapist – to increase assistance and opportun..

Savannah Russo

Senior Consultant, Partnerships and Strategic Development

Savannah has over six years of international and cross-cultural experience in advocacy, program management, policy, communications and research. Her areas of expertise include: global health, specifically HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health, international development, and social justice. Savannah joined GHV as the Business Development Consultant in February 2018 and prior to her current role, Savann..

Maty Dia, MSc

Senior Consultant

Maty Dia is an international health specialist with a background in program planning, management, and advocacy on Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition. Maty was formerly the Africa Focal Point for The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH). She led on advocacy and communications around RMNCAH Global initiatives at the regional and country levels for civil society partners. Her work f..

Katherine Major

Senior Consultant

Katherine is a senior consultant at GHV with more than 15 years of experience as a fundraiser, writer, manager, communicator, and strategist. She specializes in working with health, social service, and international development institutions to strengthen their programs and better position them to secure and manage grants from large foundations, corporations, and individuals. Most recently, Kath..

Nathan Perkins, MSc-GH

Senior Consultant

Nathan has worked in global public health for eight years, across a diverse range of issues, including malaria, maternal health, non-communicable diseases and global health security. He has supported the development and implementation of public health programs for governments, industry, multilateral organizations and civil society across a variety of settings.

Chad Shipmaker, MIDP

Senior Consultant

Chad has extensive expertise in food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture developed through a decade of experience working with the United Nations system, philanthropy and the private sector. Prior to joining Global Health Visions, Chad held multiple positions, including Deputy Director of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF), where he oversaw a portfolio of food security and agriculture grant..