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Adam Zayan, M.D. Joins AmeriCares as Vice President of Global Partnerships

  • February 7, 2011

AmeriCares, a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization, has announced the appointment of Adam Zayan, M.D. as vice president of global partnerships. In his new role, Dr. Zayan will be responsible for managing AmeriCares global network of partners.

“Dr. Zayan brings great breadth to our team as a global nonprofit program expert with more than 25 years of experience in medicine, public health, fundraising and organizational management. He has worked in more than 23 countries building partnerships, delivering services and programs, and developing global policies on particular areas of concentration, including child survival, Vitamin A deficiency, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and blindness prevention and rehabilitation,” said Christoph Gorder, senior vice president of global programs at AmeriCares.

Prior to joining AmeriCares, Dr. Zayan served as chief program officer for the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) where he led efforts to eliminate blinding trachoma worldwide. He has held senior and executive positions with prominent nongovernmental organizations, including The Iris Network, a U.S.-based organization serving the blind or visually-impaired; ORBIS International, a blindness prevention organization that trains ophthalmologists worldwide; Partners in Population and Development, an organization dedicated to promote south to south collaboration; Save the Children’s worldwide primary health care program; and Helen Keller International’s Niger Vitamin A deficiency control program.

He has served on a number of coalitions including the governing board of the National Council for International Health, the Bernadotte Foundation, the Trachoma Technical Expert Committee, the Partnership for Diseases Control Initiative, the International Program Advisory Council for ORBIS International, and the World Health Organization’s Global Cataract Working Group.

Dr. Zayan earned a doctorate in medicine from the University of Alexandria, Medical School in Egypt and a master’s degree in public health at the University of Pittsburgh.