Who we are
United for Global Mental Health is dedicated to creating a world that enables good mental health for all. We focus on what will make the most difference to global mental health, and we build whatever it takes to make that happen.
We are experts in advocacy, campaigning and financing to secure significant results.
We are informed by people’s lived experience, across a diverse range of backgrounds.
We are driven by a vision of a healthier, more productive and kinder world.
We unite – working with campaigners, practitioners, national organisations, businesses, people with lived experiences, funders, researchers, governments, and international bodies so that they can learn, collaborate and make greater progress together.
We incubate - designing and setting up the initiatives with partners that will make the most impact on global mental health and helping them to grow.
In 2013, Elisha suffered a trauma and was diagnosed with PTSD and depression. While she received the support and treatment she needed to recover, she recognised most don’t, and set about using her wealth of experience in international campaigning to propel the world into action. In 2018, alongside her founding team, partners and advisors from around the world, she launched United for Global Mental Health.
CEO and Co-Founder
From 2012 to 2017, Sarah worked with and for the WHO. She saw first hand the impact of poor mental health on individuals and communities. Having fundraised for WHO on mental health, Sarah was inspired to help develop and launch United for Global Mental Health. She has also worked for the World Bank, British Government, Oxfam GB and launched and ran another charity, Malaria No More UK.
Co-Founder and Consultant
Having seen people close to him affected by mental health issues, Zander was excited to develop and launch United for Global Mental Health. With over 20 years experience on campaigns and advocacy for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bono’s ONE Campaign, Comic Relief, Global Citizen, Oxfam, David Cameron, Amnesty and Peace Child International, Zander is keen to help global mental health get the attention it deserves.
CEO and Co-Founder
Sarah Kline is Co-Founder and CEO of United for Global Mental Health. Over the course of her career, she has developed and delivered successful national and international campaigns and initiatives aimed at governments, international institutions and political parties at the highest levels. From 2011 to 2017 she worked at the World Health Organisation in a variety of positions focused on polio eradication, and public health emergencies including the Ebola outbreak of 2014. Prior to working for WHO, she founded Malaria No More UK, an NGO dedicated to helping end malaria. Sarah has worked for the British government (in DFID and the FCO), the World Bank, Oxfam GB and a private lobbying company in Washington DC. She is an experienced media spokesperson, appearing in numerous national and international broadcast and print outlets.
Head of Finance & Operations
Ben is a chartered accountant, with experience across the public and private sectors including with listed organisations. He has spent the past 8 working in the social sector, including a year spent on the On Purpose social enterprise leadership programme and has founded 2 social enterprises. He has led on finance and operations for a youth employability charity and for a charity using design thinking to tackle social problems. Ben has a keen interest in organisational design, and using it to support colleagues to create positive, impact focussed, working environments.
Senior Communications Consultant
Claire brings to UnitedGMH more than 20 years communications and advocacy experience in international development and global health. She has worked with some of the world’s largest NGOs including Save the Children, CAFOD and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, ran communications at Malaria No More UK, and has had a range of roles supporting UN agencies including WHO, UNFPA, UN Women, UNAIDS and the Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI). As a long-standing consultant with UnitedGMH, she also works with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on global education. She has a Master’s in international development and firmly believes there is no health without mental health.
Divya is an experienced Operations Assistant with a background in social science research. She holds an MA in International Security from Warwick University where she led and supported research projects on topics including: ‘generational trauma,’ ‘justice and equity,’ and ‘intergenerational ethics’. She has witnessed first-hand the implications that cultural stigmas around mental health can have on entire communities. She is passionate about driving meaningful conversations about mental health to help produce social change on a global scale.
Emma is an experienced Communications Assistant with a background in the non-profit sector. Having graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in French and Russian, she has spent time working with NGOs in the UK, France and Eastern Europe, as well as at the Human Rights Council. She is passionate about making good quality mental healthcare accessible to all, and combatting the stigma surrounding it.
Senior Advisor, Partner Engagement
Emma holds over a decade of experience which spans the private and NGO sector, including the UN. With an academic background in Human Rights Law, she has had a focus on youth, LGBT+ rights and diversity and inclusion, leading Stonewall's network of global partners and programme of work. Most recently, she has led the work of Denmark’s largest NGOs strategic global partnerships to further the rights of refugees and the displaced. She holds extensive experience and passion for uniting both civil society partners and the private sector to support and amplify campaigns and implement programmes on a global level to create positive change.
Director of Communications (Acting)
Harsha Sharma joined UnitedGMH from Unicef UK where she led PR / reputation strategy and delivery across key Unicef partnerships. This included multimillion pound corporate and philanthropic partners such as L'Oreal, Microsoft/Cambridge University and the Ethical Tea Partnership. Prior to Unicef, Harsha worked in communications roles at organisations including Comic Relief, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and the Varkey Foundation. She is a passionate social impact communications specialist.
Director of Policy, Advocacy & Financing
James joined UnitedGMH from Save the Children where he led global health financing policy and advocacy, and previously established Transparency International’s health sector anti-corruption programme. James began his career in public financial management and governance at Crown Agents after working on vaccine surveillance for The World Health Organisation. James has worked across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Muhammad Ali Hasnain
Ali is a barrister and lived experience advocate based in Pakistan - he has worked closely with Pakistan's Health Ministries and prominent civil society organisations. Ali lead advocacy at Taskeen, a mental health focused NGO and Speak Your Mind partner, in Pakistan. Prior to this, he served as a director at an Anti-Death Penalty Organization which played a role in the abolishing of the death penalty for juveniles in 2018. During his early career, Ali worked as a criminal defence attorney before working in the corporate sector as head of legal and company secretary of a major insurance company.
Director, Global Business Collaboration
Rebecca has a decade of experience in bringing together corporates and charities to campaign and build coalitions around important healthcare agendas such as mental health, cancer, and heart disease. More recently Rebecca has focused her career on supporting businesses define and execute social purpose strategies as a consultant and in-house a global health business. She has also worked as a director of a charity which builds corporate volunteering programmes on behalf of businesses based in Islington, London, connecting them to the local community. At United for Global Mental Health she leads on the Global Business Collaboration for Workplace Mental Health, which is a business-led initiative with a mission to advocate and accelerate progress on workplace mental health on a global basis.
Robyn is a skilled digital marketing specialist with experience working with globally-recognized non-profits and startups to deliver and lead on digital advocacy and fundraising campaigns, digital strategy, content creation, advertising, community building, and social media management. Since completing her BA Honours in International Development, she has worked with global teams to raise funds for Gavi COVAX-AMC, combat mental health stigma, advocate for gender equality, and bolster public support and government financing for Gavi, the Global Vaccine Alliance and the Global Fund to Fight HIV, TB and Malaria.
Head of Fundraising
Sally has over 16 years experience in fundraising. She previously worked for Fight For Peace International, as Head of Fundraising. Previously, she worked for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), supporting global programme offices to develop public-private partnerships and securing funding from governments, and multilateral agencies. Prior to GAIN, she was at the British Red Cross and Age UK.
Alan Court is Senior Advisor to the WHO Ambassador for Global Strategy and Health Financing. Previously Mr Court was the Director of the UNICEF Programme Division and had previously been posted in Latin America, Africa and South Asia. As the Director of the UNICEF Programme Division, he led the division’s strategy development, programme guidance and implementation processes and was responsible for seeing UNICEF’s programs were focused on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Babita is a broadcaster, journalist and award-winning author. From her work as news anchor for BBC World News, to her presenting of several television documentaries, including her landmark series Dangerous Borders: The Story of India & Pakistan, she has extensive experience in covering international events and high impact stories. Working with the FCO and BBC Media Action, she has also developed presenter-training programmes for young aspiring journalists in London, Cambodia and Myanmar, and she is passionate about diversity and mental health.
Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft
Professor Sir Thornicroft is a pre-eminent psychiatrist, professor and global mental health practitioner. As an expert in the field, he writes about global mental health practice and stigma reduction and chaired the WHO mhGAP guidelines.
Sir Ian Cheshire
Sir Ian is a British businessman leading efforts on global mental health in the private sector. He is Chairman of Barclays UK and the Heads Together campaign, spearheaded by Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Colombian/Swiss by heritage, Natasha manages a private portfolio of investments, including impact investments and philanthropic endeavours. She serves on both the steering committee of the NextGen Impact Leadership Accelerator program at the University of Zurich as well as the advisory committee for The Conduit social membership club’s impact fund.
Neelesh is currently Chief of Staff, Global Sustainability at HSBC Holdings Plc. Neelesh has been with the HSBC Group since 1989 and has undertaken leadership roles in Latin America, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mauritius, India and the UK. His extensive experience in Financial Services has encompassed Banking Operations, Internal Audit, Human Resources, Strategy and Planning, Credit and Operational risk management, Securities Custody & Clearing, Trade Services and Retail Branch Management. Neelesh is a Trustee of Blind Veterans UK, a charity that supports ex-service men and women overcome sight loss and The 88 Foundation, a private charity established for general charitable purposes.
Samantha is Regional Head of Practice - Employment, Pensions and Incentives at Herbert Smith Freehills law firm and Co-Chair of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Ability Network. Alongside her legal career, Sam is a mental health mentor and has spoken extensively about her own experiences and the importance of raising awareness around mental health in the workplace.
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Gabrielle is the founder and CEO of Panorama, an action tank dedicated to achieving ambitious goals and solving the world’s toughest problems, and has over 2 decades of experience leading teams to spark global change as an expert in innovative philanthropy, global health diplomacy, and governance. Prior to founding Panorama, she directed the $100 million Ebola Program at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. She previously served as the director of Global Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, led the public affairs strategy for HIV/AIDS at the US Agency for International Development and served as the communications director for the US Committee for Refugees.
Zak is a passionate advocate for removing the stigma and ending the discrimination associated with mental illness. He is Co-Founder and CEO at PYM and is an experienced business, operations, and marketing professional in addition to investing in and advising a number of successful start-ups. He is currently a Board Member for mental health non-profits Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) and an advisor for Inseparable and Project Healthy Minds. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Dr. Collins is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she directs the Global Mental Health Program. She is a psychiatrist and mixed methods researcher with 25 years’ experience in global public health and global mental health research, education, training and capacity-building and science policy leadership. She is currently the Principal Investigator of EQUIP Nairobi, a pilot implementation of Trauma-Focused CBT in Nairobi and previously directed the Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health at the National Institute of Mental Health.