Global Projects Staff

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.

Sonia Fakiel - Communications and Membership Associate

Sonia is a journalist and social communications student. She has over 10 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. 

Ashley Honeysett - International Development Manager

Ashley manages international fundraising for Health Care Without Harm. She works on global and cross-regional projects related to Health Care Without Harm’s priorities: climate change, supply chain, and health sector leadership. She also supports the fundraising efforts and local priorities of the organization’s global offices and partners.

Prior to joining Health Care Without Harm, Ashley served as a portfolio manager for the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has worked on a range of environmental projects including climate and energy, water efficiency, and wildlife trade. Her focus is on foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as development strategy and capacity-building.

Josh Karliner – International Director of Program and Strategy

Based out of San Francisco, California, Josh Karliner has coordinated Health Care Without Harm’s global work since 2005. In this capacity, he has led the creation and development of HCWH’s Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network. He also led HCWH’s global mercury campaign, which, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, helped win the global phase-out of mercury-based medical devices through the Minamata Convention. Today, among other efforts, he is facilitating HCWH’s worldwide efforts on health and climate. 

 He has more than 30 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 and health policy, including the recent World Bank report on “Climate Smart Health Care.” In the past, Karliner has taught at the University of San Francisco and worked with and/or founded several organizations. 

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.

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 leading its ongoing development. He also plays a central role in building the technical capacity of the Network.

In 2017 he was one of the winners of World's 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare Award. With over 30 years experience working on the design and construction of complex buildings, he improved the design and sustainability of 60 major healthcare buildings during the decade he worked for Kaiser Permanente. He authored numerous sustainability focused case studies, design standards, white papers, articles; and served on the Steering Committee that wrote the Green Guide for Healthcare, which became the basis for LEED for Healthcare. He also has presented at numerous national and international conferences.

 Ruth Stringer – Science and Policy Coordinator

Ruth Stringer is the international science and policy coordinator for Health Care Without Harm. She has been working with Health Care Without Harm for over ten years, coordinating work on waste, but also providing expertise on chemicals, pharmaceuticals and procurement. She is a member of the International Solid Waste Association healthcare waste working group, a technical advisor to the Africa Healthcare Waste Management project that HCWH is leading with UNDP and WHO and advises on waste management policies internationally.

She maintains the organisation’s database of sustainable technologies and promotes sustainable technologies for low and medium income countries. This includes supporting partners in Africa and Asia to implement waste autoclaving and develop biodigestion as an option for materials such as food and pathological wastes that can be hard to manage in places with limited waste disposal infrastructure. 

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.

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.

Susan Wilburn - Sustainability Director, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

Susan is an occupational & environmental health specialist (fields of study: nursing, public health, epidemiology), Susan leads HCWH’s work in collaboration with the UNDP, WHO and UN Environment on Sustainable Procurement, health care waste management and mercury elimination.

Prior to joining HCWH in 2014, 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 and led the development of the WHO-ILO global framework for national occupational health programs for health workers.