About Us

Since its formation in 2008, the Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI) has provided a focus for TB within the framework of a multi-faceted, integrated approach to laboratory capacity strengthening through a network of international partners.

Organizationally, GLI is one of the seven Working Groups of the Stop TB Partnership. Functionally, it serves as an independent, technical expert advisory group to WHO, the Stop TB Partnership, development and funding agencies, and countries. Structurally, the GLI consists of individuals with expertise in multiple disciplines, representing constituencies of stakeholders and/or institutions involved in global and country-level laboratory strengthening.

The GLI core group has representation from key constituencies including national and supranational reference laboratories, high TB and MDR-TB burden country programmes, technical partners, donors and civil society. The WHO Global TB Programme provides the GLI secretariat.

GLI Core Group Governance and Operating Procedures [.pdf]

GLI Core Group members: May 2017

MemberAffiliationConstituency and Region
Heather Alexander
Core Group Chair
2016-2017
GLI Africa liaison
TB and Clinical Monitoring Team Lead
International Laboratory Branch
Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Atlanta, USA
Technical partner
Supranational Reference Laboratory
North America
Heidi Albert
GLI Africa liaison
Head of FIND South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
Technical partner
Africa
Martina Casenghi
NDWG liaison
TB Diagnostic Advisor
Médecins Sans Frontières - Access Campaign
Geneva, Switzerland
Technical partner
Western Europe
Lucilaine Ferrazoli Research Scientist
TB and Mycobacteriology Laboratory
Adolfo Lutz Institute
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Technical partner
South America
Levan Gagnidze Regional Coordinator for Laboratory Services
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Bangkok, Thailand
Technical partner
South East Asia
Petra de Haas Laboratory Advisor
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation
The Hague, The Netherlands
Technical partner
Western Europe
Christy Hanson Senior Programme Officer, TB Delivery Team
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Seattle, USA
Donor/funding agency
North America
Nguyen Van Hung Head of Department
National TB Reference Laboratory
National Lung Hospital
Hanoi, Vietnam
High burden country
National Reference Laboratory
Western Pacific
Alaine Umubyeyi Nyaruhirira Senior Laboratory Technical Advisor
Management Sciences for Health
Pretoria, South Africa
Technical partner
Africa
Daniel Orozco Director of Laboratory Services
Partners in Health
Boston, USA
Technical partner
North America
Kaiser Shen TB Laboratory and Diagnostic Network Advisor
Global Health Bureau
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Washington DC, USA
Donor/funding agency
North America
Tom Shinnick
GLI Africa liaison
Core Group Chair
2014-2015
TB laboratory consultant
Atlanta, USA
Technical partner
North America
Joseph Sitienei Head of Communicable Disease and Prevention
Ministry of Health
Nairobi, Kenya
High burden country
National TB Programme
Africa
Alena Skrahina
ELI liaison
Deputy Director
Republican Research and Practical Centre
for Pulmonology and Tuberculosis
Minsk, Belarus
High burden country
National TB Programme
Eastern Europe
Khairunisa Suleiman TB Diagnostics Working Group Lead
Global Tuberculosis Community Advisory Board (TB CAB)
Nairobi, Kenya
Civil Society
Africa
Elisa Tagliani Research Scientist
Emerging Bacterial Pathogens Unit
San Raffaele Scientific Institute (SRL Milan)
Milan, Italy
Supranational Reference Laboratory
Western Europe
Sabira Tahseen Head of National TB Reference Laboratory
National Tuberculosis Control Programme
Ministry of National Health services, regulations and coordination,
Government of Pakistan
Islamabad, Pakistan
High burden country
National Reference Laboratory
South Asia (Eastern Med.)
Wayne van Gemert
Core Group Secretariat
Technical Officer
WHO Global TB Programme
Geneva, Switzerland
WHO Geneva
Western Europe