Project Director for the USAID DELIVER Project and Director of JSI’s Center for Health Logistics
Richard C. Owens Jr
Rich Owens has worked in the public health field, domestically and internationally, for more than 46 years. He has served as the director of PFSCM since the partnership was formed, and he was the project director for US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) flagship HIV/AIDS supply chain project, the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS), from the beginning to the end of the project.
Before joining SCMS, he served as project director for John Snow, Inc.’s (JSI) USAID-funded DELIVER project (and its predecessor project, Family Planning Logistics Management) from 1986 until 2005. He has participated in logistics system design in many countries, and has been a technical resource and trainer for in-country logistics courses and US-based courses, including serving as a guest lecturer at Boston, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins Universities. Rich has technical skills and experience in health planning, management, logistics management and management information systems. He is also a vice president of JSI.
Chief Information Officer
Charles (Chad) Davenport has over 14 years of experience working in performance management, monitoring, and evaluation of public health programs, with a focus on HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention and treatment programs. Chad joined PFSCM in October 2013 as the Manager of the Performance Management Unit, which has supported all PFSCM projects. Since joining PFSCM, he has led a series of initiatives to streamline performance reporting, strengthen data analysis, and promote proactive management of PFSCM activities. These initiatives include systematically reviewing and optimizing performance data sets to ensure reliability and accessibility, implementing dashboards to capture real-time performance across PFSCM’s global supply chain, and introducing statistically rigorous predictive analytics. As a result, PFSCM’s monthly and quarterly reporting processes run more efficiently, producing reliably high-quality reports for internal and external clients. Chad holds a Master’s of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
PPM Project Director
Wesley Kreft has over 15 years of professional experience in Procurement and Supply Chain Management. He specializes in project management, contracting, supplier selection, pre-qualification procedures and vendor rating systems.
Through his work at i+solutions, PFSCM and The Medical Export Group, Wesley has gained a deep understanding of tendering procedures, tender adjudication, procurement strategies, principles, techniques and practices. Having worked with different donors (US Agency for International Development, Governments, Global Fund), he is familiar with international procurement guidelines as recommended by these organizations (limited and International competitive bidding). Wesley has sound practical knowledge of administrative and management principles, as well as extensive expertise in warehouse management of pharmaceuticals and complex supply chains.
He is highly knowledgeable in Anti-Retrovirals (HIV), tuberculosis medicines, malaria treatments and medicines against opportunistic infections/sexually transmitted diseases. Most recently, Wesley accepted the role as co-chairperson of the Paediatric ARV Procurement Working Group.
Clinton de Souza
Director of Business Development
Clinton has 24 years’ experience in supply chain strategy, business development and deployment throughout the African Continent. He has spent much of this time working within the healthcare sector, but has also worked in the technology, cosmetics, and consumer goods sectors. He has spent the past six years working in public health, specifically where the private sector supply chain organizations intersect to support public health programs, mostly in Africa. Clinton has held director positions in sales, organizational development and public/private sector engagement in supply chain. He also completed his MBA in 2009.
Career highlights include managing the Freight and Logistics unit for the US Agency for International Development’s Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) project, and supporting all 24 SCMS countries in strengthening in-country warehousing and distribution channels that supported the successful delivery of HIV commodities. Under his guidance, SCMS deployed nine Warehouse-in-a-Box units in four countries and 270 Storage-in-a-Box units in six countries. Clinton’s team also supported a McKinsey project that assisted The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to define its new in-country strategy to support its future investments.
Clinton has represented PFSCM and presented at several global conferences including the 2014 IAS conference in Melbourne, Australia, the 2016 and 2017 Health & Humanitarian conferences held in Atlanta, USA and Copenhagen, Denmark respectively. He has also presented at the 2015 Global Health Supply Chain Summit in Dakar, Senegal.
Senior Supply Chain Advisor
Gordon has more than 30 years of management and consulting experience in the commercial, government, and non-profit sectors, including domestic and international experience. As a Senior Principal Technical Advisor for the Management Sciences for Health (MSH) Pharmaceutical and Health Technologies Group, he advises on the development and implementation of strategic supply chain solutions in low- and middle-income countries.
Gordon was a member of the team that originally developed PFSCM, which provided supply chain services to support the scale-up of both PEPFAR’s Supply Chain Management System and the Global Fund’s Pooled Procurement Mechanism. Under his leadership as Director Global Supply Chain, PFSCM delivered nearly $4 billion in life saving commodities to 101 countries, solving complex supply chain challenges to ensure quality health products were accessible in low- and middle-income countries. As Director Global Partnerships, Gordon led the Technical Secretariat for the Coordinated Procurement Planning initiative of the World Bank, Global Fund, and US State Department’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.
Prior to joining PFSCM, Gordon was Director of Intellectual Property for the University of Illinois, College of Medicine. His private sector experience includes management consulting with Deloitte & Touche, Opinion Research Corporation, and The Hay Group. He co-founded LifeScience Partners, a Chicago-based consulting firm developing strategies and business models for entrepreneurs. He was co-founder and voluntary director of Affordable Medicines for Africa, a non-profit organization based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Previously, he served in various leadership roles with MAP International.
Gordon has a Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and earned his MBA at Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Project Director for the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) DELIVER Project and Director of John Snow, Inc. (JSI) Center for Health Logistics
Edward Wilson has over 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical supply chain management, including managing complex multi-country public health projects, creating and leading project teams, and building and maintaining positive and productive client relationships with governments and international organizations. As indefinite quantity contract Manager for the USAID DELIVER project, he oversaw a global supply chain that procured and delivered $1.5 billion worth of medicines and medical supplies to 114 countries and a global technical support team that provided supply chain technical assistance to 65 countries.
As Director of JSI’s Center for Health Logistics, Edward currently oversees 30 projects across Asia, Africa, and Latin America improving access to medicines and medical supplies for a range of clients including foundations, bilateral and multi-lateral donors, and private companies. His current interests include driving continuous improvement through improved data visibility and use, building partnerships at the national level to drive supply chain transformation, and helping national governments move from operating public health supply chains to being stewards of the public’s access to medicines.
Edward has a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a Master of Science degree from the George Washington University.
Senior Principal Program Associate at Management Sciences for Health
Ned Heltzer is a Senior Principal Program Associate for the Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Pharmacy and Health Technologies Group, Arlington, Virginia. He currently advises on health commodity procurement and MSH private sector pharmaceutical management projects. Previously, under the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) contract, he served as technical portfolio manager for MSH countries including Kenya, Haiti, Burma, Cote d’Ivoire, Vietnam, Guyana, the DRC and Ethiopia. He also has led the development of the World Bank India health sector procurement capability assessment tool and implementation of the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance pharmaceutical wholesaler precertification scheme. Prior to joining MSH, Ned served as Vice President for Pharmaceutical Services at Prison Health Services, a U.S. based managed healthcare corporation, as managing pharmacist for several healthcare institutions and as Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service.
Ned holds Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Masters in Pharmacy Administration degrees. He served as a member of the U.S. Pharmacopeia’s Pharmacy Practice Advisory Board for 20 years and is currently a board member for the Global Alliance to Immunize against AIDS Foundation and Health Through Walls.
Acting Chief Financial Officer
Erin Seidner has worked in international public health for the last 15 years and has more than 20 years of experience in finance, operations, and contracts. Erin has worked on public health projects in more than 30 countries, overseeing project implementation both from the US and abroad.
During Erin’s tenure at John Snow Inc., Research & Training Institute, Inc., and Management Sciences for Health, she has held senior financial and operational management roles for programs funded by various donors, including the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Global Fund. Erin has also worked with PFSCM, holding different roles, including more than three years as the PPM Deputy Director for Client Relations and two years as Deputy Country Director in Tanzania for the USAID Supply Chain Management System contract.
In addition to her finance and operations experience, Erin has supported varied technical activities, from performance management initiatives, to the expansion of in-country sourcing of pharmaceuticals, to most recently a waste management and disposal project.
Erin holds a Master’s of Arts in International Development from American University, Washington D.C., and Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Foreign Languages.
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