The role of the GAELF Steering Group is to execute the Work Plan which is developed from the recommendations following each biennial meeting to support its Mission and Goals. Each Work Plan includes effective advocacy directed at international, regional and national levels to raise the profile and provide support to the Global Programme to Eliminate LF



  • Secretariat - Joan Fahy
  • WHO Regional Programme Review Group Chairs
    • Africa - Ricardo Thompson
    • Eastern Mediterranean - Reda Ramzy
    • Americas - Santiago Nicolls
    • South-East Asia - Nyoman Kandun
    • Western Pacific - Xiao-Nong Zhou
  • Non-Governmental Development Organization (Chair of LF NGDO) - Louise Kelly-Hope
  • Former Steering Group Chair  - Adrian Hopkins
  • Representative Contact Group Chair  - Suma Krishnasastry
  • Elected 'at 'large' members - Charles Mackenzie, Frank Richards
  • Observers
    • Pharma - GSK (Minne Iwamoto); Merck & Co. Inc. (Therea McCoy); MDP (Yao Sodahlon); Eisai (Fabian Gusovsky)
    • WHO - Jonathan King
    • Donors - Bilateral - USAID/DFID (currently represented by USAID - Emily Wainwright); Other - currently represented by END Fund - Warren Lancaster

Joan Fahy


Minne Iwamoto

Observer (pharma)

Molly Brady

Member (co-opted)

Monique Dorkenoo

Member (co-opted)

Santiago Nicholls

WHO Regional Programme Review Group Chair for Americas

Ricardo Thompson

WHO Regional Programme Review Group Acting Chair for Africa

Charles Mackenzie

Chair/ Elected Member (at large)

Nyoman Kandun

WHO Regional Programme Review Group Chair for South East Asia

Jonathan King

Observer (WHO)

Emily Wainwright

Observer (donor)

Warren Lancaster

Observer (donors)

Rachel Taylor

Observer (pharma)

Fabian Gusovsky

Observer (pharma)

Xiao-Nong Zhou

WHO Regional Programme Review Group Chair for Western Pacific

Louise Kelly-Hope

NGDO LF Network Chair

Frank Richards

Elected Member (at large)

Reda Ramzy

WHO Regional Programme Review Group Chair for East Mediterrean

Suma Krishnasastry

Representative Contact Group Chair

Adrian Hopkins

Former Steering Group Chair