Women. Diversity. Global Health Leadership.

The women who lead our global health programs come from all walks of life. They and their stories are as diverse as the countries in which they work and the people they serve.

We Lead: A JSI Podcast

JSI is stronger because of the diversity of the women who lead our health programs globally. They bring a multiplicity of perspectives and experience to the decision-making table, which strengthens our programming and management worldwide.

In this series, we explore the personal and professional stories of six women who lead some of JSI’s global health programs. We’ll learn how they started their public health careers, how their personal stories affect their professional lives, what makes them successful leaders, and what advice they have for young professionals just starting their careers.


We Lead Podcast graphic for Wuleta Betemariam's podcast episode. The graphic features the podcast name at the top with "Celebrating women, diversity, and leadership" and features a photo of Wuleta wearing a white blouse and holding a microphone talking to a crowd.

March 29, 2022 – WULETA BETEMARIAM

In our final episode of the We Lead podcast series, we talk with Wuleta Betemariam. Wuleta is the new director of JSI’s Center for Healthy Women, Children, and Communities, and has more than 20 years of experience leading public health programs. In her previous role, Wuleta was JSI’s country representative in Ethiopia and project director for the Last 10 Kilometers Project. Read the podcast transcript.

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March 29, 2022 – AMINATA TRAORÉ

For our fifth episode, we talk with Dr. Aminata Traoré, chief of party of the Momentum Integrated Health Resilience project in Mali. This project is a global initiative to improve the health and well-being of women and children living in fragile environments. Read the podcast transcript in English and French.

We Lead Episode Four with Ainura Ibraimova

March 22, 2022 – AINURA IBRAIMOVA

For episode four, we talked with Ainura Ibraimova. Listen to learn about Ainura’s professional journey to public health and how she led the transformation of Kyrgyzstan’s health system after independence from the Soviet Union. Read the podcast transcript in English and in Russian.

We Lead Podcast Series Episode 3 with Yasmin Chandani

March 15, 2022 – YASMIN CHANDANI

For episode 3, we talked with Yasmin Chandani, the CEO of one of JSI’s affiliate organizations, inSupply Health. inSupply Health is an East African public health advisory firm dedicated to improving people’s access to essential health products and services. Read the podcast transcript.

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March 8, 2022 – NABEELA ALI

In our newest episode of We Lead, we meet with Nabeela Ali, JSI’s Country Representative for Pakistan and Chief of Party for our Integrated Health Systems Strengthening and Service Delivery Project. Read the podcast transcript.


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