Staff

Staff

Dr. Ling San Lau, MBBS, MPH, is a pediatric doctor with a global humanitarian focus and nine years of professional experience in clinical medicine, research and public health. She is dedicated to improving the health and protecting the rights of vulnerable populations, including children and families affected by forced migration, HIV and conflict.  Dr. Lau previously worked as a pediatric doctor in children's hospitals in Australia and provided medical outreach in Nepal and remote indigenous Australian communities. She also researched the molecular biology of childhood brain tumors at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., as an American Australian Association and Thrasher Research Fund fellow.  Dr. Lau graduated with a Master of Public Health and a certificate in Public Health and Humanitarian Action from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in May 2019 and was inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society.  During her fieldwork practicum in Zimbabwe, she led the development of a referral system to strengthen community-facility linkages for children affected by HIV, TB and malnutrition. She is currently working with Columbia University's Program on Forced Migration and Health (PFMH) on a research project examining the needs and priorities of Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan.

Jing Li joined the program in June of 2018 as the Program Officer. Jing comes with over nine years of experience in providing administrative and financial support to grant based children and health programs. Prior to her current position, Jing was the Associate Program Manager at Project Sunshine, where she managed the organization’s community based pediatric service programs in US and China, providing services to 100,000 pediatric patients and their family members. Jing holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a BBA from Renmin University of China.

Nicolas Makharashvili, MPA, is a Senior Program Officer at the Care and Protection of Children (CPC) Learning Network, an entity housed at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He brings over 10 years of experience in project management, supporting scale up of evidence-based interventions, capacity building, and evaluation for the social sector. During his time at CPC, Nicolas has successfully coordinated the global dissemination of the INSPIRE: Seven Strategies to End Violence Against Children technical package in collaboration with UNICEF, WHO, USAID, CDC and other agencies and is currently supporting efforts to strengthen capacity for implementation, adaptation, and scale-up of evidence-based approaches to preventing violence against children. Most recently, Nicolas served as a Senior Manager at the Social Impact Exchange where he managed various philanthropic projects and worked at the intersection of health, education and early childhood to support national, regional and local systems change efforts through systems mapping, analysis and cross-sector collaboration models. Nicolas holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York, Baruch College and a BBA in Finance & Investments.

Yana Mayevskaya is a Senior Program Officer at the Care and Protection of Children (CPC) Learning Network. She comes with over five years of experience developing research tools and collecting and analyzing data. In addition to research and evaluation, she has six years of experience developing, implementing, and managing programs for young people and their families in the United States. Prior to joining the CPC Learning Network, Yana worked as a Research Associate at Action Research in New York City conducting mixed-methods research, evaluation, and strategic analysis projects to improve social services for children, youth, and families. She received her B.A. in Biology/Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz and her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Katherine McCann is a Senior Program Officer at the Program on Forced Migration & Health. Katherine completed her MPH at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Population and Family Health with a certificate in Public Health and Humanitarian Action. Prior to coming to Columbia, Katherine worked as a field coordinator for a medical NGO in Greece and Bangladesh serving migrant populations in acute and protracted emergency settings. She also has domestic experience as an EMT and as a clinical research coordinator studying substance abuse treatment at the University of North Carolina.   

 

 

 

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