LEADERSHIP AND STAFF
PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Josh founded PHP with Eddie Zhang in November 2007. As Chief Executive Officer, Josh’s role is to integrate all of the moving parts of the organization, continually develop the organization’s vision, and spearhead new initiatives. He is an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan, pursuing his Ph.D. in economics. In 2014, Josh received the Velji Leadership Award for Emerging Leaders in Global Health, given by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. His guiding objective is to combine medicine and the social sciences to promote human rights and to develop and implement sounder models for effective and responsible humanitarian assistance. In 2011, Josh received a Fulbright Scholarship to further support his work in Uganda.
EDDIE ZHANG, M.D.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
As Chief Operating Officer, Eddie is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of PHP, overseeing project objectives, and designing the technical framework for the organization. Apart from his role with PHP, Eddie is a resident physician in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated with an M.D. from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he was part of the selective Humanities and Medicine Program, and completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Abington-Jefferson Health. Eddie is highly interested in the design and implementation of low-cost technologies for the developing world.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Jordan Bateisibwa is a co-founder of PHP Uganda. As Director of Programs, he oversees all of PHP’s day-to-day activities in Uganda. He started working with PHP in 2009, coordinating the organization’s initial efforts to improve healthcare in Kashongi and Kitura. Jordan specializes in community development and holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from Bishop Stuart University as well as a post-graduate diploma in Project Planning and Management from the Uganda Management Institute. From his own background growing up in rural Uganda, he is passionate about helping others who are suffering from poverty and disease, and strives to improve the livelihoods of poor communities. A happier and better community is his dream.
CHIEF RESEARCH OFFICER
As Chief Research Officer, Katherine is responsible for leading PHP’s rigorous evaluations of past and current projects that will help focus the future initiatives of the organization. She also focuses on designing new programs that are well-grounded in scientific evidence. Having extensively studied health and development economics with a focus on health systems in low-income settings, she has a keen interest in how such healthcare systems cater to maternal and child health.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST
Alex graduated with honors from Makerere University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. He joined the PHP team as the Information Technology Specialist in 2012. He enjoys applying his IT skills to challenges in Kashongi and Kitura to find solutions to community problems. He holds firm to his belief that good health is a human right, and he embraces a philosophy of active problem-solving. Alex believes that together we can establish a powerful new paradigm that supports health equity.
CHRISTINE CONVERY, M.P.H.
Christine began working with PHP in 2014, teaming up with fellow staff members and partners to assess emergency obstetric care and fistula. Since then, she has taken on a pivotal role in the organization, managing all of PHP's behind-the-scenes finances and administration. She also has training in epidemiology, focusing on HIV/AIDS surveillance and prevention, and works for the Michigan Department of Health in addition to her role with PHP.
Ephratah started working with PHP in 2010. PHP’s mission is especially close to Ephratah’s heart, as she was born and raised in a rural area herself. She graduated from Bishop Stuart University with a bachelor’s degree in Guidance and Counseling and treasures the role of social work in reaching out to communities in poverty. Her degree has helped her to integrate with the people of Kashongi and Kitura, and she has acquired new and in-depth knowledge about the social dynamics of the community. Ephratah believes in equal opportunity for all.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
Joram graduated from Bishop Stuart University with a bachelor’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. He began working with PHP in 2010 and since then has been on the front lines of all PHP’s activities. Prior to joining PHP, he worked with other major reproductive health programs. Drawing from the knowledge and experience he has gained through both research and counseling, Joram believes that impoverished communities need greater access to education and information to escape from poverty.
Justine started working with PHP in 2015. She graduated from Gulu University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, bringing a unique perspective on rural development to the organization. From her own background growing up in rural Uganda, she values research as a key to community transformation. She is passionate about helping others and building a disease-free community starting from the grass roots.