and Smart Programs
for Global Change
Sage Innovation is a global health consulting firm working to improve quality and increase access to health around the world. Since 2007, our firm has developed strategies, established partnerships, and launched programs that bring innovative solutions and life-saving technologies to women, children and families in low and middle-income countries. Our clients include international organizations, governments, foundations, global coalitions, academic institutions and private sector institutions looking to make a positive and lasting impact on global health.
Advocacy and Coalition Building: Sage Innovation works with its clients to expand resources, encourage effective policymaking and build greater support at all levels in global health by developing dynamic advocacy strategies, partnerships and global campaigns.
Innovative Program Design: Sage Innovation specializes in developing programs that expand access and ensure quality health services, programs and life-saving commodities for women and children. We design solutions to tackle ongoing and emerging health challenges in low and middle-income countries.
Communications and Information Design: Sage Innovation drives change in global health by building awareness and support for our client’s issues and solutions. We develop and implement traditional and new communications strategies and platforms to expand commitment, support and demand for innovative programs, technologies and services.
Impact Evaluation: Sage Innovation works with NGOs, governments and foundations to design and measure the impact of programs and policies. We work with our clients to identify and develop tools to measure success.
Research and Analysis: Sage Innovation identifies impactful strategies through research and analysis to effectively position our clients and their priority issues. We provide in-depth policy, stakeholder and landscape analyses at country and global levels.
An expert in global advocacy, policy development and program design, Sarah has committed her career to finding innovative solutions that improve the health and well- being of the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Over the past fifteen years Sarah has led global advocacy coalitions, developed access strategies for new health technologies and vaccines and designed innovative programs for NGOs, governments and agencies that are scalable, equitable and lasting. She has worked with young leaders, Ministries of Health, physicians, activists, Parliamentarians, the global media, world business leaders and international agencies to positively affect global health.
An innovator in the areas of women’s health, vaccines, non-communicable disease and public-private partnerships, Sarah’s work has fostered a convergence of political will, global financing and strong community-based interventions in developing countries. Recently, she has led Cervical Cancer Action, and provided technical support to International Planned Parenthood, FIGO, PATH, American Cancer Society and international agencies in the global effort to introduce HPV vaccines in low and middle-income countries. Sarah was also Director of Advocacy at Global Health Strategies in New York and Senior Technical Advisor at the Center for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) in Cairo, Egypt. Early on in her career, she founded the Global Action Network, an early social networking and career development site for young leaders from developing countries, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and other major donors.
A Fulbright Scholar, Sarah graduated with honors from Princeton University and earned her masters degrees in International Affairs and Public Health from Columbia University. She teaches global health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
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Aubrey has more than ten years of experience designing and supporting innovative reproductive health, maternal, newborn and child health and refugee health programs. Aubrey has led numerous global initiatives for international organizations, including Save the Children, Intrahealth International, and the International Rescue Committee.
Aubrey is a recognized expert in demand creation and access strategies for under-used and emerging practices and technologies in maternal, newborn and child health. Aubrey has been a contributor to recent inter-agency strategies on commodities, financing and human resources for maternal and newborn health. She works with global health agencies, donors and organizations on program strategy, advocacy and communications in MNCH, reproductive health and family planning. Recently, Aubrey co-authored of the U.N. Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children: Country Case Studies.
Aubrey has worked in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. Aubrey holds a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Our team of consultants offers a diverse set of skills and experience to meet the needs of our clients.
Laurence Cibrelus, MD, MPH
Dr. Cibrelus is a medical epidemiologist specializing in research, health planning and policy making around the introduction of new health technologies. Over the past decade, Laurence has worked in partnership with governments, academic institutions and international agencies to develop innovative strategies to improve public health decision-making in low resource settings. Most recently, Laurence has worked with the World Health Organization to support national prioritization and introduction of underutilized vaccines across Africa.
River Finlay, MPH
River is a communications specialist and filmmaker with over 15 years of experience in health promotion and disease prevention in maternal-child health, HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health with an emphasis on young people. During her career, River has worked throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia providing expertise in program design and management, technical assistance, training and monitoring and evaluation. Blending technical know-how with extraordinary creativity, River also advises and trains organizations on the use of digital media and communications to reach their programmatic and advocacy goals. River holds a MPH from Columbia University and is an MA candidate in Film and Video at American University.
Ilka Rondinelli, RN
Ilka Rondinelli is a registered nurse, master trainer and technical specialist with over 20 years of experience in program design, quality improvement, health system strengthening and access strategies in sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. In her most recent role, as Senior Advisor for Access for International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Ilka provided technical guidance and support to increase access and quality of care for integrated sexual and reproductive health services through IPPF Regional Offices and member associations around the globe. Ilka has worked as a technical expert and program lead for numerous international organizations, including FHI 360, IPPF Western Hemisphere Region, Pathfinder and JHPIEGO. She holds a nursing degree from Catholic University of Campinas in Brazil. Ilka, a native of Brazil, is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish. She has worked extensively throughout Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Mona Selim, MA, MPH
Mona is an evaluation specialist with 15 years of experience in international development. An expert in monitoring and evaluation, Mona has primarily focused on maternal and reproductive health, gender equity, economic and social empowerment of women and girls and national advocacy and governance. Mona has led the design, implementation and analysis of large-scale impact evaluations as well as smaller scale participatory studies. She has partnered with government ministries, international agencies and NGOs, research institutions, private foundations and local community-based organizations. Mona has worked extensively in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a BA from Stanford University, MA in International Development Policy from Stanford University and MPH from Columbia University.
Paul Wilson, PhD, MSc
Paul Wilson is a scientist and economist working on global health policy. His recent projects have focused on malaria drug subsidies, vaccine financing, and India’s role in developing new drugs and vaccines. Paul has been Director of Policy Analysis at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and Associate Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He teaches a course on global health at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. Before moving to Columbia to work on global health policy, Dr. Wilson held research positions at Harvard, Rockefeller University, and Cornell Medical College, where he was Assistant Professor of Cell Biology. He has a Ph.D. in Zoology and a M.Sc. in Economics.
Global Access to Pain Relief: Evidence for Action. Policy Brief. Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), EAPC, ESMO and the Pain & Policy Studies Group, 2013.
Scaling Up Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage: Moving from Evidence to Action. Policy Brief. Family Care International, PATH, FIGO and Gynuity Health Projects, 2012.
Women, HIV and Non-Communicable Diseases: Making the Links and Moving to Action. Policy Brief. Task Force on Non-Communicable Diseases and Women’s Health, 2012.
Progress in Cervical Cancer Prevention — The CCA Report Card. Cervical Cancer Action, 2011.
Non-Communicable Diseases in the Americas: Building A Healthier Future. Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), 2011.
Delivering Cervical Cancer Prevention in the Developing World. Women Deliver, 2011.
Strategies for HPV Vaccination in the Developing World. Cervical Cancer Action, Issue Brief 2010.
Global Guidance for Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control. International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2009.