Welcome to our new team members!
Vuyokazi Lwana, Procurement & Contracts Officer
Vuyo is responsible for the procurement of goods and services for ITPC global programmes and projects.
She is a highly experienced procurement and operations management professional with more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of administration, procurement and finance work within international NGOs. She also has a degree in Business Administration and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply.
Krista Lauer, Acting Citizen Science Lead
Krista is the Acting Citizen Science Lead at ITPC, leading ITPC’s Watch What Matters strategic focus area with a particular focus on Community-Led Monitoring.
Her philanthropic experience includes serving as Project Director of the Global Health Financing Initiative of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) in New York City, where she worked to channel funding toward the health and human rights of key and vulnerable populations, and as a Senior Program Officer on HIV/TB Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Previously, she was Senior Policy Advisor at MPact (Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights) and the Manager of International Policy at AIDS Project Los Angeles, mentoring emerging advocates and working to advance the health and rights of gay men and other vulnerable groups, particularly in PEPFAR policy and legislation.In addition to policy and advocacy work at the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), the UN General Assembly, PEPFAR COPs negotiations and U.S. Congress, her programmatic experience includes implementing HIV, TB, malaria, and maternal and child health programs in Benin and Zambia. She has served as Alternate Member of the Private Foundations Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Jelena Bozinovski, Community Data & Advocacy Manager
Jelena Bozinovski is our acting Community data & Advocacy manager. Jelena is managing projects under Watch What Matters strategic focus area, primarily CLM Technical Support under UNAIDS, Global Fund, FIND and other donors and partners.
She joined the team with 13 years progressive experience as a Programs & Grants management professional across the globe in implementing a wide spectrum of activities (competitiveness development, judicial reform & government accountability, emergency response, health, protection, WASH, education, NFI, nutrition, gender mainstreaming etc.) in Afghanistan, Syria, Netherlands, Jordan, Turkey, Malawi, and Serbia. Jelena holds master’s degree in international relations from the University of Belgrade.She has been working with a wide spectrum of donors (USAID/OFDA, EU/ECHO, UN/UNICEF/UNDP/IOM, BMZ, DFID, DFATD, SIDA, Irish Aid, MOFA NL etc.) via INGOs world.
Communication and coordination are one of the stronger aspects of her work style and personality.Jelena originally comes from Serbia but has been based in Malawi since March 2020 with her husband, her 4-year-old daughter Zara and a baby boy Maxim.
Jelena is very enthusiastic and positive person, eager to work with people from various backgrounds and passionate about helping others, dancing and traveling.
Jalpa Shah, Citizen Science Project Manager
Citizen Science, a ground-breaking, community-led project documenting real-time perspectives, experiences and advocacy priorities among people living with HIV in Malawi and South Africa. Citizen Science moves from models of ‘data extraction’ to ‘data democracy’, by combining community-led monitoring, community research, operational research, and a novel methodology called Life Mapping, which uses collaborative and participatory visual media tools.
Jalpa is managing the whole project including other components which includes technology research, data hub, a costing study, training partners via a community-led monitoring academy, supporting Community Advocacy Network comprising of 14 countries and best practice sharing.
Jalpa has an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the UK. Her areas of passion and expertise are in the pharma-legal profession including human rights issues across Southern Africa. She specifically focused on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, children’s rights, and access to medicines.
Jalpa believes in the power community education and advocacy in increasing access to affordable health care and medicines. Over the past 12 years, she has also been actively involved in an NGO – the Johannesburg Indian Women’s Association – as treasurer and executive member. It’s an organisation which raises funds to promote education, empowering women, and children.