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

MemberAffiliationConstituency and Region
Heather Alexander
Core Group Chair
2016-2019
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
Maka Akhalaia Senior Laboratory Specialist
Program Sciences and Technical Support
Global Health Population and Nutrition
FHI 360
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Technical agencies and implementation partners involved in global and country-level laboratory strengthening
Uladzimir Antonenka Program Manager
Institute of Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine
Supranational Reference Laboratory for Tuberculosis
Gauting, Germany
Technical partner
Supranational Reference Laboratory
Martina Casenghi
NDWG liaison
TB Diagnostic Advisor
CaP TB Project
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Geneva, Switzerland
Technical partner
Kathleen England TB Diagnostic Advisor
Médecins Sans Frontières - Access Campaign
Geneva, Switzerland
Technical agencies and implementation partners involved in global and country-level laboratory strengthening
Lucilaine Ferrazoli Research Scientist
TB and Mycobacteriology Laboratory
Adolfo Lutz Institute
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Technical partner
Petra de Haas Laboratory Advisor
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation
The Hague, The Netherlands
Technical partner
Marguerite Massinga Loembé Coordinator
Gabon TB Global Fund Management Unit
Medical Research Center of Lambaréné (CERMEL)
Libreville, Gabon
Research institutions, training centers and institutions of high scientific and technical standing in laboratory strengthening
Daniel Orozco Director of Laboratory Services
Partners in Health
Boston, USA
Technical partner
Kaiser Shen TB Laboratory and Diagnostic Network Advisor
Global Health Bureau
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Washington DC, USA
Donor/funding agency
Alena Skrahina
ELI liaison
Deputy Director
Republican Research and Practical Centre
for Pulmonology and Tuberculosis
Minsk, Belarus
High burden country
National TB Programme
Khairunisa Suleiman Tuberculosis Advocacy Officer
Médecins Sans Frontières - Access Campaign
Geneva, Switzerland
Civil Society
Elisa Tagliani Research Scientist
Emerging Bacterial Pathogens Unit
San Raffaele Scientific Institute (SRL Milan)
Milan, Italy
Supranational Reference Laboratory
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
Abiola Olajumoke Tubi Microbiologist
National TB and Leprosy Control Programme
Abuja, Nigeria
High burden country
National Reference Laboratory
Nguyen van Hung Head of Department
National TB Reference Laboratory
National Lung Hospital
Hanoi, Vietnam
High burden country
National Reference Laboratory
Lice González-Angulo
GLI Working Group Secretariat
Global TB Programme
World Health Organization
Technical Officer
World Health Organization’s Global TB Programme
Geneva, Switzerland
Global TB Programme’s World Health Organization
Wayne van Gemert
Observer
Technical Officer
TB Diagnostics Market Strategies, GDF
Geneva, Switzerland
Technical partner