Team

Leadership

Kris Torgeson is Global CEO of Lifebox. Kris has worked in the global health and humanitarian sector for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Lifebox, she worked with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for over 15 years, including serving as the organization’s Secretary General from 2008 to 2012 and as part of MSF’s Ebola response team in Liberia in 2014. Kris sits on the boards of Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) North America, All Out, and The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) USA, where she was also Founding Executive Director.

Kris holds a B.A. with honors in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University, an M.Phil in Chinese language and literature from Columbia University, and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Kristine Stave is the Global COO of Lifebox, responsible for programmes, HR, finance and operations across Lifebox UK and USA. Her career to date spans work with the World Health Organization, healthcare, professional associations and government departments. Facilitating charitable registration for Lifebox UK in 2011, she has spent the years since building the global team which has now delivered safer surgery and anaesthesia for over 10 million patients. She was also responsible for setting up and securing 501(c)3 registration for the US entity.

Kristine has Bachelors’ degrees in international law and politics, and a Master from the London School of Economics. She holds memberships with the Chartered Management Institute, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

Finance

Clare Kinnersley is Director of Finance at Lifebox. She joined in December 2015 and has worked as finance lead in a number of other nonprofit organizations, most recently Peace Direct. Clare’s main areas of interest are financial reporting for management and efficient use of limited resources.

James Jones is Finance Officer at Lifebox, having recently joined in April 2018. He graduated in 2016 with a degree in accountancy and economics and has a background working within NGO and charity finance.

Programmes
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Katie Fernandez has been working in the development and humanitarian sectors for over 10 years. She has coordinated and supported the management and implementation of programmes covering a broad range of themes, including health, livelihoods, gender, HIV and AIDS, governance and humanitarian response. Katie has lived and worked in countries from Southern Africa to Latin America, and is currently looking after Lifebox’s Southern Africa projects as well as our medical device development globally.

Katie holds a B.A. with honours in law from the University of Cambridge and an MSc. in development studies from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London. She is also a PRINCE2 accredited project manager.

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Kitty Jenkin came to Lifebox after working for an award-winning environmental charity where she facilitated projects in Peru, Papua New Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kitty has extensive experience working with colleagues in Latin America and looks after our projects in this region and in the Caribbean. She is a prolific writer and has had pieces published in numerous publications.

Kitty holds a first class Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Exeter.

Luca Anna Koritsanszky is a Programme Manager at Lifebox. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, earned her MPH at Boston University, and is currently pursuing a nursing degree in midwifery at the University of Pennsylvania. She supports Lifebox’s Clean Cut programme in Ethiopia.

Mansi Tara looks after Lifebox’s projects across South Asia with a particular focus on India. Her past experience involved working in India on a Global Fund project to prevent parent to child transmission of HIV and health skills projects.

Mansi is a dentist by background and holds an MSc. in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Remy Turc is a Programme Manager at Lifebox, with a focus on French and Portuguese speaking countries. Remy joined Lifebox in 2013 to oversee the distribution of our medical device worldwide.

Development & communications

Maria Markham is Lifebox’s fundraising and development lead. For the past 25 years, she has worked extensively with NGOs in the U.S. and abroad. Recently, she led the network and  distribution team at the Connecticut Food Bank distributing 25 million pounds of food annually through more than 400 hunger relief programmes across the state. Maria’s previous roles include interim CEO at CureSearch for Children’s Cancer; founder and Principal of Peann Consulting; Director of Development at Pyramid Atlantic; Director of Development at the Washington Bach Consort, and Executive Director of The Art Connection in Boston

Maria received her Master’s Degree from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, USA and a B.S. from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Marco Carraro is a Communications Officer at Lifebox. He has a background in advocacy within NGOs, having previously worked for UNHCR and with refugees in France. He holds an MA in International studies & diplomacy from the School of Oriental African Studies, University of London.