Global Projects Staff

Josh Karliner – International Director of Program and Strategy

Joshua Karliner is the International Director of Program and Strategy.   In this capacity he works to support the development of HCWH’s work in Asia, Africa and Latin America, while also overseeing the organization’s global campaign on climate change, the development of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network and HCWH’s collaboration with WHO to eliminate mercury in health care. 

He has over 25 years of experience working on international environmental and human rights issues.  He is author of two books and a wide variety of academic and popular publications on global environmental politics. 


Mariano De Donatis - International Managing Director

With over twelve years of experience working with civil society networks and coalitions to influence change at the national and global level, Mariano brings a tremendous amount of experience to help build and strengthen collaboration, management and governance for HCWH.

Prior to joining HCWH, Mariano worked as Oxfam´s Global Programme Manager, leading its advocacy work in BRICSAMIT countries - Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China, South Africa, Mexico and Turkey. He led multi-issues campaigns, managed a flagship program to empower civil society networks and supported the Oxfam confederation's development in the Global South.


 Ruth Stringer – Science and Policy Coordinator

Ruth Stringer is the international science and policy coordinator for Health Care Without Harm.  She spent over 15 years in pollution research, including hazardous waste, political strategies to avoid it and the technologies to destroy it, at the Universities of London and Exeter in the UK before she turned her attention to medical waste. 

She advises on the theory and implementation of waste management systems, with a particular emphasis on the developing world, and has participated in multiple pilot and implementation projects in Africa and South Asia.   She is a member of the International Solid Waste Association healthcare waste working group, the Technology Development Advisory Committee of the UNDP GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project and a co-author of the 2012 edition of the World Health Organization Guidelines for the Safe Management of Wastes from Healthcare facilities. 


Alejandra Livschitz – Communications Coordinator

Alejandra is an online communications professional based in Brussels, Belgium. With more than 10 years of experience in NGOs and communications, she has been working for Health Care Without Harm as an international communications coordinator for over 9.

Alejandra has experience developing and implementing high-impact communications strategies for non-profit organizations on national, regional, and global levels, as well as extensive experience in helping organize international events.

As Communications Coordinator for Global Projects at Health Care Without Harm, Alejandra develops and implements strategic communications plans and materials for the organization’s global programs. Alejandra has a degree in Social Sciences and Communications by the Buenos Aires University and a post graduate degree on NGO management by the San Andrés University. She is tech savvy and online communication specialist and strategist.


Nick Thorp - Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Community Manager

Nick Thorp joined Health Care Without Harm in April of 2013 and serves as the Global Community Manager for GGHH. He has over 10 years of experience working with a variety of NGOs conducting toxicological research and developing innovative and interactive tools to advance education and public engagement around issues related to community and environmental health.

Nick holds a dual degree from the University of Oregon in International Environmental Studies and French. He is based in Washington States in the United States.


Scott Slotterback - Policy Director, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

As Policy Director, Scott Slotterback assures the smooth functioning of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network while helping lead its ongoing development. He also plays a central role in building the technical capacity of the Network.

Scott Slotterback comes to this role after working for over 30 years on complex building and land use planning projects, including a decade at Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in the USA, where he led teams focused on improving the design and sustainability of over 60 major healthcare buildings.

He authored numerous sustainability focused case studies, design standards, white papers, and articles. He also presented climate change resiliency and environmental sustainability at numerous national and international conferences and served on the Steering Committee that wrote the Green Guide for Healthcare, which became the basis for LEED for Healthcare.


Sonia Fakiel - Communications and Membership Associate

Sonia is a journalist and social communications student. She has over 8 years of experience working on communications and press strategies both online and offline.

In the past, she has worked as a press and communications officer for the Buenos Aires’ Government Transportation Secretary, as a  journalist for both a local Buenos Aires (Argentina) radio and a national newspaper, and as a content editor and social media strategist for different organizations. 


Susan Wilburn - Sustainability Director, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, HCWH

Susan is an occupational & environmental health specialist (fields of study: nursing, public health, epidemiology).  Prior to joining HCWH she worked at the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva for eight years, where she coordinated the "greening hospitals" initiative, as well as the Protecting Health Workers - Preventing Needlestick Injuries project.  

She also led the development of the WHO-ILO global framework for national occupational health programs for health workers. Prior to working at WHO, Susan was a nursing consultant to the International Council of Nurses in Geneva, coordinating the joint WHO/ICN Needlestick Prevention Project in Tanzania, South Africa and Vietnam.   Susan has worked as the Senior Specialist in Occupational Safety and Health at the American Nurses Association where she led ANA's involvement in Hospitals for Healthy Environment (H2E), a project precursor to HCWH’s U.S. implementation arm, Practice Greenhealth, as well as the RN No Harm project to build capacity among nurses for environmental health and chemical safety. 

Prior to engaging in health policy, she worked for fifteen years in clinical nursing, public health and critical care.  Susan received her BScNursing from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio and an MPH from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is the author of multiple articles and chapters on protecting health care workers from occupational hazards and communities from the environmental health impact of health care activities.


Jennifer Wang - Healthy Energy Initiative Coordinator

Jennifer Wang is the Healthy Energy Initiative Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm. In this role she facilitates a worldwide collaboration of health professionals, health organizations, and health researchers engaging in science-based advocacy for transitioning away from fossil fuel-based power generation and toward clean, renewable, healthy energy options.

Previously, she worked with scholars and practitioners to develop research agendas in health and global development at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Connecticut. Her experience includes community-engaged research on environment, health, and food security in large slums in Nairobi; implementation of green building and sustainable economic development initiatives in Chicago; and development of solar energy and water purification technologies for low-resource settings.

Jen holds an MS in Global Health and Environment from University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in Chemistry from Rice University.