Scientific Advisory Board


Dr. Firoz is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and a member of the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine, and the International Society of Obstetric Medicine. She has been a technical advisor to the World Health Organization’s Maternal Morbidity Working Group and the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities. She is co-chair of the joint International Society for the study of Hypertension in Pregnancy/ International Society of Obstetric Medicine (ISSHP/ISOM) Global Health Committee.  Dr. Firoz received her medical degree from the University of British Columbia. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto, and completed a fellowship in obstetric medicine at the British Columbia Women’s Hospital & Health Care Center at the University of British Columbia. Firoz earned a master’s degree in Global Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

She is board certified in internal medicine. Her clinical and research interests include global maternal health policy, pre-eclampsia, and postpartum cardiovascular risk reduction. She is fluent in English and Bengali.


Dr.  Aloke  Debdas  is  an  obstetrician  from  India  and  the  President  of  the Rajkumari Foundation.  He  is  also  a  2012 Chairman of ICOG and onetime  Vice President  of  FOGSI (2006)  (the  obstetrics  and gynecology  federation  of  India).  Dr. Debdas served as the Indian Representative Committee of RCOG for four terms and is a professor at MGM Medical College in Jamshedpur, India.  


Dr. Lunze trained in pediatrics, preventive medicine and addiction medicine and is a global health research faculty in the CARE unit. His areas of specialization include maternal and child health, post-conflict health systems reconstruction and behavioral economics for health behavior change.He collaborates with research partners in Russia, Malaysia and other countries, and is a health advisor for the WHO and UNICEF.  Dr Lunze teaches courses on research methods and management & leadership in the BU School of Medicine academic primary care programs.


Mark is Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Dean Emeritus and Director of Global Health Programs at the University of New Mexico.

Mark has published almost 100 academic manuscripts on emergency medicine and is especially interested in problems that effect pregnant women and children. He has worked in the UK, Malaysia, Nepal and Papua New Guinea and for WHO and the US Disaster Medical Assistance Team in Haiti.


Nancy is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico. Nancy is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist with over 40 years of experience. She has worked in the US Southwest with the Indian Health Service, in private practice, and teaches at the University of New Mexico (clinical assistant professor). She has experience in disaster medicine (US NM1 DMAT) including in Haiti, and when embracing more global work received an MPH at Johns Hopkins and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School. Her recent international work has been in Papua New Guinea and Nepal.


The outgoing dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences and the Frank L. Day professor of Biology at Brown University, Dr. Adashi is a physician-scientist-educator-executive with over 25 years of experience in health care and in the life sciences, with a specialty in obstetrics and women’s global health.


Mary Jo Terrill is a healthcare activist who works to educate and empower women, supporting them through pregnancy, birth and lactation. Mary Jo currently works as a midwife and lives in Rwanda. She is a core member of the Network4Africa team, a UK-based charity that helps to rebuild lives and communities destroyed by war and genocide.