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

The role of Executive Director is currently vacant.

  • 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.

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