The Team

Jonathan Cushing

Programme Director

Jonathan leads the work of the Global Health Programme, and joined the programme in 2019. Jonathan’s background is in public health, and he has extensive experience of working in with governments, civil society organisations and the private sector in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa on health systems strengthening, and on improving the quality of care. He has also worked as a freelance consultant and with UK royal medical colleges. He possesses an Msc in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing, and speaks German and Nepali.

Melissa Cederqvist Njihia

Senior Policy Advisor

Melissa joined Transparency International in August 2021 as Senior Advisor Vaccines Advocacy. She is based with Transparency International Sweden in Stockholm, and leads efforts to ensure that multi- and bi-lateral institutions place transparency and equity at the heart of health systems. Melissa has a Masters in International Maternal and Child Health from Uppsala University and has ten years of experience working with health and health systems strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa, North America and Europe.

Tom Wright

Research Manager

Tom joined the Transparency International Health Initiative in February 2018 to develop the advocacy and research work streams of the flagship, DFID funded, Open Contracting for Health Project. Tom joined the team having previously worked on International Development projects focussing on Health, Women’s Economic Empowerment & Governance. He holds a Master’s degree in Corruption and Governance from the University of Sussex.

Emily Wegener

Research and Reporting Officer

Emily became the Research and Reporting Officer for Transparency International Global Health in April 2022 after joining as an intern in October 2021. She is responsible for conducting research, developing reports and publications, as well as supporting project implementation. She holds a Master's degree in International Development with a specialisation in poverty, conflict and reconstruction from the University of Manchester and has previously gained work experience in Kenya, Uganda and Germany.

Brenda Ireo

Project Officer

Brenda joined the Global Health team in April 2018 as a project officer to ensure the implementation of project activities in Uganda for the Open Contracting for Health project. She joined the team having previously worked on several other projects focusing on development and public accountability for eight years. Brenda holds a post-graduate diploma in project planning and management from the Uganda Management Institute.

Sandie Sikazwe

Project Officer

Sandie joined Transparency International Zambia (TI-Z) under the Democratic Governance Programme in April 2020 assigned to the Global Health team's Open Contracting for Health project as a Project Officer. She is currently attached to the TI-Z COVID-19 Programme which aims at ensuring transparency and accountability in the COVID-19 response. Prior to joining TI-Z Sandie worked with CARE International Zambia, FHI 360 and ActionAid Zambia on Health, Gender and Governance issues. She holds a Bachelor’s degree In Arts and is currently studying for a Master’s in business Administration-Project Management.

Claire Kangabe

Program Assistant

As a Program Assistant since 2018, Claire has worked on the Open Contracting for Health project for three years and Enhancing Equitable access for Covid-19 Vaccines project. Claire gained experience and a sense of appreciation for NGOs ensuring integrity, accountability and transparency in improving the daily lives of people and value for money. Claire holds a bachelor's degree in human resources and serves as an Administrative Assistant under the Director of Human Resource office at Transparency International Uganda.