Board of Trustees

With the recent addition of new members, the board continues to guide and govern the organization through its various expertise in line with AfD’s new strategic vision, which was set in 2017.

Dr. Roberto Bonino

Board Director

  • Roberto Bonino is president of the Institut Futura21, a research and development institute dedicated to labour and employment that offers coaching, career transition and change management services.

    A physicist by training, Roberto Bonino graduated from the University of Rome in 1980 and, before turning his interest towards the business world, led an active research career in High Energy Physics working at institutions like UCLA, Birmingham University, University of Geneva, University of Rome and CERN.

    Roberto is also active in research in the field of Higher Education and in the development of international educational programs throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Until recently, he was Managing Director at a Higher Education institution.

Ms. Nina Joyce

Deputy Board Director

  • Applying her background in communications and international relations, Ms. Joyce develops advocacy and strategy plans for civil society organizations that wish to influence global policy-making at the UN level.

    Ms. Joyce has previously worked for the World Economic Forum in Geneva and the Financial Times newspaper in London. She holds a Master degree in International Relations and speaks French fluently.

    At Action for Development, she has brought together UN agencies and diplomatic missions to draw attention to the issue of maternal mortality. She is also Co-Chair of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and a United Nations Representative for Graduate Women International where she advocates for education for girls and women.

Ms. Olena Kuzyakiv

Board Secretary

  • Starting her education in General Medicine back in Ukraine, Ms. Kuzyakiv has graduated from the University of Toronto (Canada) in Human Biology.

    Since graduating, Ms. Kuzyakiv has successfully contributed to various biomedical projects involving stem cell research, vaccine development as well as clinical trials procedures. She has gained professional experience in both the private and public sector. Pursuing her great interest in Public Health and Epidemiology, Olena has pursued continued education in both disciplines. Since joining AfD as a Public Health Specialist in October 2017, Olena has been in charge of data analysis, interpretation and visualization as well as report development. She speaks English, French, Ukrainian and Russian.

Dr. Evan Lee

  • Dr. Evan Lee is Eli Lilly's Vice President of Global Health Programs and Access since January 2012.

    Dr. Lee oversees Lilly’s global health activities and represents the company at the global health level in Geneva and is responsible for efforts related to access to medicines. Previously Dr. Lee served as Senior Policy Officer at the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND). His accomplishments included the launch of EXPAND-TB, which is helping to introduce new TB diagnostics in 27 countries. Prior to FIND, Dr. Lee worked for various organizations, including at Management Sciences for Health and Médecins Sans Frontières.

    Dr. Lee holds a BA, Chemistry and Physics from the University of Harvard. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from the New York University School of Medicine, and his Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.

Dr. Denis Broun

  • Dr. Broun is a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Paris, with a specialization in infectious diseases, parasitology and epidemiology. He also graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences and holds a Master degree in Biomathematics.

    He has worked in the field of international health for the past thirty years. He was Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank (1992 to 1996) and then Head of the Health Section at UNICEF until 1998.

    This was followed by his move to Geneva as Programme Manager for the control of tropical diseases and Director of Resource Mobilization at the WHO. From 2000 to 2005, he was European Director of the American consulting firm “Management Sciences for Health” and in 2005 he joined UNAIDS, first as Country Coordinator in India, then as Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia. In 2011, he became Executive Director of UNITAID, a position he left in January 2014.

Mr. Ignacio Gracia

  • Mr. Gracia is Managing Director at Kavelin Consulting Group in Madrid. His experience includes the development of business in the Telefonica Group and management of Real Madrid CF.

    Mr Gracia holds an MBA from the IE Business School in Madrid. He has worked in different areas of social and international business in various countries, including Afghanistan.

Mr. Elias Ashkar

  • Mr. Ashkar is a Business Strategy and Career Management Consultant with over 30 years of experience within multinational corporations in different parts of the world.

    Over the course of his career he has held various positions of great responsibility, ranging from Director and Vice President to CEO.

    Mr Ashkar is an expert in developing new cutting-edge business strategies and in decision-making. His expertise is especially acknowledged in the fields of corporate management, business development and training junior management staff.

Mr. Khalil Dadgar

AfD Treasurer

  • Mr. Dadgar is an Afghan scientist with a BA in Radiological Sciences from the Merritt College, California

    He also holds a BA in Applied Sciences in Medical Imaging from Charles Sturt University, Australia. He also studied Chartered Accountancy (ACCA) in Pakistan.

    Mr. Dadgar worked as radiologist at the Stanford Healthcare-Valley Care where he was head of the team. In 2011 he worked as a Radiologic Technologist at San Ramon Medical Center, California, where he experimented new areas of fixed and mobile radiography, computed tomography and fluoroscopic procedures, working in 1st and 2nd level trauma centers. In addition, he also worked as student evaluator with several hospitals in California.

Ms. Elodie Vieux

  • Ms. Vieux is a Swiss national and holds a Master degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute in Geneva. She started her career working with several NGOs on environmental issues in Argentina, education in Thailand and migration in Switzerland.

    She has worked with Action for Development overseeing the implementation of projects in Afghanistan and assisting with the establishment of the head office in Geneva. She currently works as Junior Programme Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme supporting the Green Commodities team on external communication, capacity-building and monitoring and evaluation.