Yuliia Kalancha, TBEC Acting Director
Yuliia Kalancha joined TBEC team as an Advocacy and Policy Manager in February 2019 to support TB affected communities and civil society in their advocacy efforts towards people-centered TB care.
Yuliia is a specialist in European Union law and has a passion for volunteering. Since 2011 Yuliia has been working in the field of public health and has been involved in the processes related to the widening of access to treatment at the national, regional, and international levels. Before joining TBEC she worked at AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Ukraine as an advocacy/marketing coordinator and as project coordinator for “Healthcarers”. She also dealt with procurement issues at the All-Ukrainian Charitable Organization “All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH” and the Ukrainian CDC.
The main areas of Yuliia’s expertise are related to community mobilization and involvement of grassroots communities in the international advocacy on access to essential medicines, creation, development, design, and implementation of advocacy activities and campaigns, as well as monitoring of procurement of drugs and medical appliances. Yuliia took over the duties of TBEC Director in August 2020
Serian Carlyle, TBEC Officer
Serian joined TBEC as Administrator in April 2019 and became Officer in November. As TBEC Officer, she leads on the governance aspects of the network and the project management of the European Commission CHAFEA grant.
Serian’s previous experience includes development and administrative roles for the British Museum, Tate, and Wellcome Trust. In these roles, she wrote research briefings, supported gifts management, conducted data analysis, and provided event support, amongst other projects.
Serian studied Russian politics and culture at University College London (UCL). She has a particular research interest in the relationship between sensitive aspects of identity (for example, health, sexuality, gender) and their depiction on screen. Currently, she is co-writing a chapter on the representation of reproductive health in Russian and Soviet cinema for publication in an edited volume on gender and authority. She hopes to build on her experience with TBEC and research the representation of TB in the media in the future.
Caroline Anena TBEC Coordinator
Caroline joined TBEC in Feb 2020 as TBEC Coordinator. Prior to joining TBEC Caroline worked in humanitarian emergency in Northern Uganda during and after the civil war. She has worked with local government and international organizations like International Criminal Court, Save the Children and Gulu local government, and many others on different fields of advocacy, research, Child protection, and translation.
While in the UK, Caroline was involved in advocacy work with Octavia housing, Bright Future organization, African Women Lawyers’ Association UK. Caroline has worked in advocacy work for children from disadvantaged backgrounds with Bright Future. She also worked with Octavia Housing before joining TBEC. she worked as an administrator for African Women Lawyers’ Association in the UK.
Caroline has masters in International Law and an undergraduate in Social Work and Social Administration. Her career reflects a passion for human rights, humanitarian and international development.
Khrystyna Vilyura, TBEC Program Manager
Khrystyna joined TBEC team in August 2020 as a Program Manager. She started her public health career in the area of TB control and prevention in 2011 and was responsible for the implementation of the nationwide information campaign «Stop TB in Ukraine». Also, Khrystyna was coordinating the regional experts in advocacy, communication and social mobilization activities in all regions of Ukraine as well as the National TB Hotline.
Khrystyna has experience in strengthening the capacity of national and regional non-governmental organizations, developing the program instructions and guidance for regional stakeholders, conducting training, and other events.
Before joining TBEC as a Senior Program Officer in Alliance for Public Health, Khrystyna was providing technical assistance and support to NGOs, quality control, and quality assurance measures and evaluating the efficiency of project activities in regions, coordinated the procurement procedures for national HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Also, Khrystyna provided technical support for community-based organization within the transition period from the donor to state financing of prevention programs in Ukraine.
Ms. Vilyura also has experience in communication with government agencies while working in mass media in one of the largest business associations in Ukraine.
Ave Talu, TBEC Program Manager
Ave joined TBEC in September 2020 as a Program Manager. She is an experienced public health researcher, expert, consultant, project manager, and analyst with a long national, international, and EU experience. She has over 20 years of work experience across different organizations with a strong focus on illicit drugs, HIV/AIDS, HIV and tuberculosis co-infection, innovative public health interventions, prevention of stigma and discrimination, and access and quality of treatment and care.
Before joining TBEC, she had worked in Estonia nongovernmental organization as an analyst and researcher for the Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP), the U.S. military-specific HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment program. For the past seven years, she has worked as a project director and researcher in clinical trials aimed at reducing injection initiation. All of these, as well as previous studies, have been conducted in collaboration with a highly inspiring nongovernmental organization.
Also, Ave has worked in Estonia as the head of the Estonian Drug Monitoring Centre. She has been working as a scientific expert in the Central Asia Drugs Action Program, CADAP 5, and CADAP 6.
She holds a Master of Science degree in public health from the University of Tartu.
Her portfolio also includes monitoring and evaluation, harm reduction, health communication, health advocacy, gender, and human rights, capacity development, mentoring, and management of multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
Aleksandra Vasylenko, TBEC PR Manager
Since 2008, Aleksandra Vasylenko has been professionally engaged in communications in the social and medical fields, particularly in those issues where it is possible and needed to influence the change in public opinion and behavior. Aleksandra has proven experience in communication activities in public, private, and non-profit organizations. For the first time, she was involved in communication work in the field of TB control in 2011 within the framework of the Global Fund project “Stop TB in Ukraine”. Later she continued her work at the ICF “Alliance for Public Health”, on behalf of TBEC which was a partner in the TB-REP project. This experience provided an opportunity not only to expand knowledge about the problem of the disease in the EECA region but also to get acquainted with national aspects and approaches in TB control, to promote the exchange of useful information among CSOs in the countries of the region and to study in detail the best practices of implementing people-centered approaches.
In addition, Aleksandra Vasylenko has been responsible for coordinating the activities of the inter-factional deputy association “Parliament Platform to Fight Tuberculosis” in Ukraine since its establishment in 2017 to the present day.
In the course of her work in the field of TB control, Ms. Vasylenko has continually interacted with TBEC and since June 2020, as a Communications Consultant, she had the opportunity to directly participate in the work of the Coalition. Since August 2020, Aleksandra joined the TBEC team as a PR Manager.
Louise Cliff TBEC Officer
Louise Cliff is the TB Europe Coalition Officer, she joined TBEC in August 2020.
Prior to working with TBEC, Louise was coordinating trainings as part of the SPARK Libya skills development project. She has previously worked on reproductive and sexual health issues in Kosovo and was a Trainee at the European Commission.
Louise has a Masters in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research and is passionate about working to support key affected populations. She is currently supporting the creation of a new civil society organization in Tunisia and an app on reproductive health issues in Sudan.
Mariia Chuprynska, TBEC Program Manager
Mariia joined the TBEC team in January 2021 as a Program Manager. She has more than 5 years of experience in all aspects of the project cycle.
Mariia holds a Master of Law degree and Master of Cultural Anthropology degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Mariia started her career in management in 2013 where she worked with CF “Patients of Ukraine” as a manager in the project of Ukraine’s pharmaceutical market deregulation and also worked in the Swiss-Ukrainian project “Decentralization Support in Ukraine”. Mrs Chuprynska worked as a Project manager in the Social Safety Nets Modernization Project, funded by the IBRD. Mariia has experience in qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
Kira Grozava, TBEC Administrative Officer
In February 2021, Kira joined TBEC to provide administrative support for various ongoing TBEC projects.
Prior to joining TBEC, Kira had a diverse experience of working in both public and private sectors related to administrative work, finance, and project management, including organizing events for international organizations, technical support, and project implementation. She was involved in the launching of Regional Technical Support Hub (hosted by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance to provide technical assistance on effective HIV/AIDS responses to civil society organizations and community networks, CCMs, and NGOs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia), ensuring that administrative and financial systems of the hub are in line with the organizational and local legal requirements, efficient financial management and reporting to sponsors of capacity building activities.
Kira has a BBA and Master’s degree in Economics from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
Vera Diukanova, TBEC Finance Manager
In early 2021, Vera started her role as TBEC Finance Manager in a consultant capacity. Her key tasks are bringing order to the financial system and ensuring the smooth and efficient functioning of TBEC’s operations.
Vera’s expertise lies in budgeting and forecasting, investigating anomalies, and identifying areas for savings. Throughout her professional life, Vera participated in a successful proposal writing and implementation of awarded contracts from the international donors, among them The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (TGF), USAID, EU, and the UN.
Vera is seasoned in project finance management including planning (budgeting for grant proposals), reporting (for donors as well as to internal and external stakeholders), and control (up to the final audit and closure), development of internal policies and procedures, and operational excellence.