International Secretariat

Internal management and support

Membership fees support the activities of the GACD Secretariat, which coordinates and facilitates the interaction between GACD members through the Board and Management Committee as well as between funded research teams through the Research Network. For general queries the Secretariat can be contacted at

  • Celina Gorre
    Executive Director

    Celina Gorre

    Celina Gorre is the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. In that role, she heads up the GACD Secretariat team based at UCL in London. Previously, Celina was the Managing Director of the Foundation for the United Nations Global Compact where she headed up the private sector funding team of the UNGC and lead the overall development and management of the NewYork-based 501©3 non-profit. From 2007-2009, Celina was in the field with UNFPA and UNICEF in Angola as a Senior HIV/AIDS Advisor, advising the government of Angola on its HIV strategy, child survival and nutrition programmes, and companies on their social and community investments.

    Ms Gorre has had extensive experience developing health and social programmes for multinational companies. She was the Technical Manager for the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (now GBCHealth), where she developed the Business AIDS Methodology (BAM) and the Best Practice AIDS Standard (BPAS) to guide companies such as Nike, Volkswagen, Colgate, American Express, and Chevron, on their strategy implementation for employees, consumers, and in communities. Celina also led global training for Gap Inc.‘s Social Responsibility department, to conduct social and environmental audits in factories and develop partnerships with community stakeholders.

    Celina Gorre holds a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from UCLA and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

  • Dorothea Kanthack-Chan
    Senior Programme Officer

    Dorothea Kanthack-Chan

    Dorothea Kanthack-Chan coordinates the joint activities of the GACD member agencies, which includes the support of Board and Management Committee activities such as research call development and joint peer review. In addition, she supports the Executive Director in the implementation of the strategic plan of the GACD. Dorothea has a Masters in Global Politics from the London School of Economics (LSE) and received her BA in Politics and Public Law from the University of Mannheim. She comes from an international think tank, where she analysed changing patterns in global governance and coordinated its interdisciplinary research. She has previous experience at the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe, a German state parliament, the University of Mannheim and a probate research company.

  • Rosie Bartlett
    Communications Manager

    Rosie Bartlett

    Rosie Bartlett controls all communications functions for the GACD, including the website, social media, press outreach, advocacy with policymakers, as well as all internal communications within the Alliance. She also directs the alliance’s communications strategy. A journalist by trade, Rosie comes from over 15 years at the BBC World Service and has reported on international news and development around the world.

    She is also a senior digital trainer for the BBC World Service, training staff in their 40 international bureaux in the latest social media and digital production skills.. She was a Senior Broadcast Journalist for The World (a radio co-production between the BBC World Service and PRI/WGBH, Boston) and produced news and and human interest stories for the BBC World Service’s flagship programmes. She began her broadcasting career in the BBC Latin American Spanish service and holds a BA Hons in French and Spanish from Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • Gary Parker
    Research Coordinator

    Gary Parker

    Gary is responsible for managing the joint activities of the funded research teams, particularly concentrating on the strategic, logistical and research management of the GACD research network. Previously, Gary worked at KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) in Durban, South Africa; coordinating and managing randomized control trials, clinical trials and clinical observational studies primarily focused on issues around diagnosis, prevention and treatment of HIV and TB. He has worked in the area of clinical and public health research since 2008. Gary holds a Masters in Research Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, focusing on social network correlates of HIV voluntary counselling and testing.

  • Faye Bassett
    Executive Coordinator

    Faye Bassett

    Faye works jointly with the GACD and its host institution, the UCL Institute for Global Health, to provide key administrative support and operations management. Specifically for GACD, she provides Board and committee support to coordinate and document GACD meetings, and leads on the logistical and HR aspects of all GACD activities.

    Faye has a first class degree in English Language and Linguistics with Chinese from the University of Reading. After gaining previous experience in project management and marketing, including a placement in China, Faye has worked for UCL coordinating the communications, HR and finance functions of the Institute for Global Health, since January 2013.

  • Komal Bhatia
    Research Assistant

    Komal Bhatia


    Komal Bhatia co-leads the GACD Hypertension End of Programme Report, documenting the outputs and experiences of GACD researchers and funders to mark the end of the GACD’s first research programme, and contribution to implementation science and NCD research. From 2014 to 2017, she worked as a Data Analyst for the Global Nutrition Report, an independent report tracking progress towards global and national nutrition targets. She has extensive experience in data curating, statistical analysis and report writing for academic and non-academic audiences.

    Komal is writing up her PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology at the University College London Institute for Global Health. Her research focuses on infant growth, parental obesity and food environments in urban informal settlements (slums) in Mumbai, India. She teaches regularly on undergraduate and postgraduate global health modules at UCL.

    She has an MSc in Nutrition for Global Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an MSc in Global Public Health and Policy from Queen Mary, University of London. She studied a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Mumbai.

  • Jordan Jarvis
    Research Assistant

    Jordan Jarvis


    Jordan Jarvis with Komal, co-leads the GACD Hypertension End of Programme Report.

    She is completing a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, focused on policy to improve equitable access to care for chronic non-communicable diseases and universal health coverage for low-income and marginalized populations. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN), a global network and nonprofit organization with over 7,000 members in over 150 countries. Jordan previously served as the Executive Director of YP-CDN, where she led global advocacy initiatives and advocacy capacity building on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and social justice, with a particular focus in East Africa. She also completed a postgraduate research fellowship at the Harvard Global Equity Initiative (HGEI) at Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.

    Prior to that, Jordan worked as Operations Research Officer for Amref Health Africa in Kenya, conducting advocacy-oriented research to inform the national Human Resources for Health strategy and on establishing primary care within existing vertical disease programs. Jordan also completed an internship on cancer and noncommunicable disease policy with the World Health Organization, after which she worked at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)/WHO in France.

    Jordan has written opinion editorials and blogs for the Huffington Post, the Lancet USA Blog, The Conversation, PLoS Translational Global Health, and for the New Times of Rwanda. She has delivered presentations on global health matters at various institutions and conferences, such as the World Health Assembly, United Nations Youth Forum, World Cancer Congress, and the University of Nairobi.

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