All Members of the Board are elected from the membership of TBEC. They act in a personal and voluntary capacity. They are not remunerated for their work as Board members.
Paul Sommerfeld, Chair of TBEC Board
Paul Sommerfeld has been Chair of TBEC since September 2019, having been involved with the Coalition since its creation. In his early years, he led on building links between activists in Western Europe and those in the East. Then, using his original career skills in facilitation, he led numerous advocacy and capacity-building workshops for TBEC across Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Paul has been deeply involved in global health for over 30 years – first leprosy, then TB, and also influenza; with a focus on community engagement, advocacy, and governance.
From 1998 to 2019, he was Chair and is still Executive Trustee, of TB Alert, a United Kingdom-based NGO with programmes in India and the UK. Also, he was once Chair of the then Advocacy, Communication & Social Mobilization Working Group of the global Stop TB Partnership.
He has had a long career in international not-for-profit organisations; and has also held several UK public appointments – Chair of a National Health Service trust for mental health services in two London boroughs, and as a lay member in the regulatory bodies for judges, barristers, osteopaths, and pharmacists.
Jonathan Stillo, Co-Chair of TBEC Board
Dr. Jonathan Stillo is an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He teaches medical anthropology and public health. He has been part of the leadership of TB Europe Coalition since 2012 and a member of the Global TB Community Advisory Board since 2013. He is currently the Coordinator of the WHO EURO/Wolfheze Patient-Centred TB Care Working Group.
Jonathan has received research grants from the US National Science Foundation, The US Department of State, among others, and has consulted for WHO, ECDC, and the US Embassy in Bucharest. Jonathan has been researching tuberculosis (TB) in Romania since 2006—including living at a TB sanatorium for several months and interviewing hundreds of patients and medical personnel across the country. His current research and advocacy focus is on social, economic, and structural barriers to health and how better outcomes can be achieved for people with drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) using person-centered, human rights-based approaches.
Olga Klymenko, Vice-Chair of the TBEC Board
Olya Klymenko became a passionate TB activist after her illness in 2015. She published the book “My Inner World: Confessions of a Tuberculosis Patient” and supported patients in treatment. Since 2017, she has been defending the rights of people affected by TB for quality services by leading the Charitable Organization TBpeopleUkraine. In the 2-year period, TBpeopleUkraine succeeded in developing the patient community to the national level and established the TBpeopleUkraine representation in 12 different cities by engaging local NGOs.
Thanks to expert support, TB-community representatives were enrolled as members of local self-government coordination bodies as well as local and national coordination councils on HIV/TB. Since 2020, Olya has been a chair of the steering committee of the National Partnership “Stop Tuberculosis. Ukraine”, which unites 72 non-governmental organizations under the goal to develop a quality state system for overcoming tuberculosis in Ukraine. The TBpeopleUkraine team has taken the lead in social contracting for TB treatment and care, successfully developing and implementing TB prevention programs and scaling up the OneImpact mobile application for people affected by TB in every region of Ukraine.
Stefan Radut, Vice-Chair of TBEC Board
Stefan Radut is from Bucharest, Romania. In 2011, he started to get involved in ASPTMR, a young MDR TB patient’s organization at that time. He came across TBEC in 2012, when he heard the word “advocacy” for the first time. At that moment, he understood that advocacy was one of the ways to solve the MDR TB and TB problems in Romania and across the region. Now, nine years and four advocacy workshops later, three of which were conducted by TBEC, he is engaged in advocacy in Romania. He was involved in drafting the National Strategy for Tuberculosis Control, and in the development of the Draft Romanian TB Law. He is involved in advocacy efforts for approval of the Romanian TB Law. He is a member of the Romanian CCM and represents Romania in SEE Regional Coordination Mechanism. He is Vice-president of COPAC-Romania (Coalition of Organizations of Patients with Chronic Diseases from Romania). He is also a Vice-Chair of TBEC Board and a member of TB People. Since December 2017, he has been a member of the National Committee for Coordination of the Implementation of the National Strategy for Tuberculosis Control in Romania 2015-2020.
In 2017, he was on an Exchange Program for NGO leaders focused on working with the marginal population and he spent 3 weeks in the U.S.A. meeting many US Government and NGO representatives. Stefan’s organization, ASPTMR, holds 1-2 advocacy events a year.
Aida is a Civil Society Organisation’s (CSO) executive with over two decades of experience in global health, development, and program management, with an active engagement with domestic and international stakeholders at the highest levels. Aida is a leader with a proven track record of working on complex and politically sensitive issues with governments, academia, the private sector, CSOs, and communities. She served with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in roles of Chair of the Board, Vice-chair of the Board, and Board member appointed by the Eastern Europe and Central Asia constituency. In her country and region, she led various CSOs, served as Vice-chair of Country Coordinating Mechanism of Bosnia and Herzegovina and she is an advocate of a sustainable response to HIV and AIDS and community engagement. Aida is Visiting Scientist and Harvard LEAD Fellow at the Department of Global Health & Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School & Harvard Global Health Institute
Alesia has a degree in Law and has worked as a lawyer in Ukraine for most of her professional history. She has worked for 5 years as an assistant to a member of the Ukrainian parliament (MP), Mr. Serhiy Kiral, who is a former Co-chair of the EECA region of GTBC. Her cooperation with TBEC started in a different role, from the parliamentarian’s perspective. Therefore, she can claim she knows both sides of the fence and understands the huge impact a partnership between parliamentarians and civil society can have when they work effectively together.
For now, Alesia has a post as a regional EECA and CSO manager in the Global TB Caucus. By having the role of the board member of the TBEC she will try to make the meaningful involvement of CSOs into the work of parliamentarians-members of the Global TB Caucus more effective.
A member of TBEC since 2012, Cristina has been working for the Romanian Angel Appeal Foundation in Bucharest since 2009. Since 2017 she has been the Advocacy Officer in charge of driving TB and HIV-related legislative and policy changes. For the past 4 years, she has been advocating for the adoption of the TB Bill by Parliament, a long and challenging legislative process.
Cristina is involved in the TB and HIV advocacy campaign, which started in April 2017 under the 2015–2018 Global Fund grant and will continue until 2021.
Cristina has also taken the fight against TB to the community level. She has been involved in several TBEC activities which enabled her to facilitate two advocacy workshops, one in Riga, Latvia (2015), and one in Bucharest, Romania (2016). In addition, she is part of the TBEC team that met with TB stakeholders in Moldova in 2012 for advocacy purposes. Cristina worked with TBEC members to organise a second workshop in Bucharest in November 2018 and met with Romanian MPs and representatives of the Global TB Caucus.
Daniel works as an Academic Relations Coordinator at the Regional Expert Group on Migration and Health. He is also a Junior Researcher at the Institute of Social Policy, Higher School of Economics, based in Moscow. Daniel has an MPH degree from Lund University, Sweden. Since 2006, he has been working in public health organizations across the EECA region. Daniel’s main areas of expertise are program management, budget advocacy, qualitative research, the health of mobile populations, and a people-centered approach to HIV and TB care. As a researcher, he believes in the nexus between the evidence base and stronger advocacy. He has worked for TBEC for 1.5 years and enjoyed this period much. Daniel believes in communities rather than in organizations. But as we need committed organizations to lead the change and structure the work, he is glad to contribute his expertise to a better work of the TBEC board.
Denis started his career in an NGO which was helping to re-socialize people after detention and providing rehabilitation, care, and counseling for people who use chemical substances. In 2013-2018, Denis worked as an advocacy manager and later, Advocacy Director for the European Bureau of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. He coordinated marketing and advocacy activities in 7 countries of Europe where the Foundation had its programs (Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, Greece, Portugal, Netherlands). Currently, Denis works as a regional coordinator of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition in EECA.
Denis graduated from Moscow Institute of Law and Management with a specialty in “State and municipal management” in 2016.
Denis sees the role of the Board member on one hand as supportive to the management of the organization in the development of long-term strategy, planning and financial well-being of an organization. Denis is a TB survivor.
Marina Chokheli is a lawyer. She holds a degree of Master of Law and Public Health and Health Policy. She is an alumni of the School of Human Rights organized by the Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (2006-2007) and Women’s Human Rights Training Institute (WHRTI) organized by the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation (BGRF) in 2007-2009.
Marina has worked in the field of human rights and Public Health since 1999, since 2009 Marina has been a member of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition. Marina Chokheli is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association.
Marina has been working for OSGF since 2010. Marina has been actively engaged in various areas related to public health, harm reduction, and access to Medicines: community mobilization; strengthening and capacity building of community organizations and activists, promoting human rights, etc.
Oxana Rucsineanu is currently leading a TB organization in Moldova (SMIT), which focuses on TB advocacy, engages in active case finding (ACF), provides psychosocial support, peer education, and activities to end stigma. Becoming a TB activist, after having gone through the personal experience of drug-resistant tuberculosis, she is now an active member of the National Platforms of TB NGOs and KAP (Key Affected Population) Committee, CCM, and National Committee of Experts in the country. Internationally, Oxana is engaged in TBEC, CABs STREAM, GCTA, TB CAB, TB People, and RCC-THV and SEE-RCN networks. Since 2011, Oxana has coordinated several projects focusing on the rights of TB communities, comprehensive approaches to ACF, TB care, and CE in R&D. Oxana is strongly committed to advocating for constructive partnerships and efficient TB care as well as to making TB voices heard in the global TB response.
Parvana is the executive director of the NGO “Saglamliga Khidmat” Public Union (SK PU), a national civil society organization in Azerbaijan, which was founded in 2010, and has been a member of TBEC since 2017. She is also a member of CCM Azerbaijan member and Azerbaijan TB NGO Coalition.
Parvana has a BA in enterprise management from the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Parvana was involved in advocacy and awareness activities to increase political commitment to address TB and DR-TB, focusing on people-centered models of TB care within the TB Regional EECA Project (TB REP).
Parvana worked for 6 years on GF-funded projects. She managed the projects: “Empowering the women who graduated from boarding schools”, “Increase knowledge on Mandatory Health Insurance (MHI) among the general population and primary health care workers” in 2019 and, “TB & COVID-19 response project” in 2020.
Sharonann Lynch is currently a Senior Scholar at the Global Health Policy and Politics Initiative at Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, where her work focuses on HIV, TB, Covid-19, and access to medical innovations. She is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership. Prior to joining Georgetown, Sharonann worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for 15 years, including four years in MSF projects in southern Africa, primarily focused on introducing innovative models of care and changing national policies to support improved quality of HIV and TB care. Starting in 2009, she served as the Senior HIV and TB Policy Advisor of MSF’s Access Campaign, influencing the policies of national governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, pharmaceutical corporations, and other global health actors and leading advocacy efforts related to innovation of and equitable access to diagnostics and therapeutics for HIV and TB.