Our Staff

Kate Campana

Kate Campana

President and CEO 

Kate Campana has been building successful coalitions and campaigns for equal access for the past 12 years. As the chief executive of The Access Challenge, Kate is responsible for the organization’s vision and strategy.  She designs and executes its powerful mass media campaigns, builds global coalitions and pushes for policy change to ensure universal access to health for the most vulnerable populations.

Before founding The Access Challenge, Kate led Speak Up Africa, Inc. for six years. In that role, she created some of the continent’s most notable mass media campaigns, including Every Breath Counts, focused on the global fight against pneumonia and Africa United, which featured football stars in a campaign meant to build public trust in health workers to fight ebola. Before joining Speak Up Africa, Kate was the first employee and founding member of Malaria No More, where she served as Managing Director. She played a pivotal role in establishing the organization as a leader in the global fight against malaria.

Kate has her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She worked as an attorney at the international law firm, Shearman & Sterling before beginning her career in public health.

“To me, universal access means reaching ALL all mothers and children -- even the most vulnerable in the hardest to reach places.”

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Liv Scott

Liv Scott

Director of Programs and Organization Strategy 

Liv is dedicated to making holistic and strategic change in the segmented systems we find ourselves in. With a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College, Liv recently completed Forum for The Future’s School of Systems Change course to augment a background in systemic change-making. Inspired by the complexity and ingenuity found within the biological world, Liv brings unique ideas to the public health arena in order to buttress and build a health system adaptive and resilient to impending environmental changes.

“Access means equity. This means looking at the past, present and future to ensure that there is equity in providing people access to resources. Solutions can come from many different places. We have a lot to learn. Access is a challenge, but it is not impossible.”

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Asad Lilani

Asad Lilani

Director of Political Strategy 

A native of Tanzania, located on the eastern coast of Africa, Asad is a recent Master’s graduate from New York University (NYU) - Gallatin School of Individualized study with a Master's in Business and Human Development in Global Emerging Markets. His Master’s thesis research was based on sustainable textile manufacturing in Tanzania and the way forward. As part of his thesis deliverables, Asad created a policy proposal for Tanzania’s Textile sector and collaborated with Tanzania’s Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, Textile Development Unit, and the esteemed Prof Benno Ndulu, Former governor of Tanzania’s central bank among other renowned economists, professors, and leaders.

While at NYU, Asad was appointed as a graduate research assistant at NYU Africa House & Development Research Institute, working directly with the Former President of Tanzania, H.E Jakaya M. Kikwete doing high-level research and had the rare opportunity to be a ghost-writer for his upcoming book: The Journey of My Life: From Barefoot Schoolboy to President" which is based on the Former President’s 40+ years of leadership experience and active public service.

Prior to NYU, Asad graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor’s in Business and Engineering, and has worked at multinational corporations such as Sunoco Inc, Exelon-Peco, and TE Connectivity in business development and corporate strategy.

These broad experiences have provided Asad with an expertise in emerging markets, business strategy, sustainable investing, high-level presidential research, presidential book writing, government affairs, diplomacy and policy planning.

To Asad, “Access means hope. Hope for a better future, for all people, everywhere.  Access to healthcare, education, and adequate living standards, is essential for the development of any nation.” 

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Thea Klement

Thea Klement

Communications Manager 

Théa Klement has 5 years of experience in global health and development program communications. Prior to working at the Access Challenge, Théa lived and worked in Ghana and Greece working with at-risk communities in both a development and refugee support capacity. 

Théa is passionate about the power of narrative and imagery in shaping public opinions, driving collaboration, and securing a space for voices that are frequently kept out of the policy-making space. She works at Access Challenge to: 

     -   Cultivate and amplify the Access Challenge and its campaign, One by One: Target 2030’s brand.

     -   Build a portfolio of communications materials by and for health advocates and activists in Africa

     -   Craft a communications strategy to capture African audiences, and drive the commitment of both communities and political leadership for Universal Health Coverage. 

     -    Work with partners and thought leaders to design media campaigns for UHC and healthy behavior change.

To Théa: Injustice and inequality are not unchangeable realities. Through sustainable programmatic design and the participation of diverse change-makers, we can create a world where every person has access to quality and affordable healthcare. Sustainable development and change requires that action be informed directly by the needs and capacities of local communities, and that aid be led from within those communities first and foremost. The key to UHC is to involve everyone in making it a reality from youth and mothers, to the private sector and government. 

 

Education: 

University of Amsterdam

Summer Certificate in Immigration and European Public & Integration Policy

 

Oberlin College

B.A. in Biology, B.A in Peace & Conflict Studies

Minors in French, Politics, and Religious Studies

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Sarah Searfoss

Sarah Searfoss

Program Manager 

Sarah believes that the job of global health professionals is to help people take control of their own health within their communities so that each next generation can be healthier than the last. Professionally and personally, Sarah is most passionate about strengthening national and local health systems to increase access to health for all. A graduate of NYU’s College of Global Public Health’s Undergraduate Program with a B.S. in Global Public Health and Biology, and a current MPH student in NYU CGPH’s Global Health program, Sarah intends to never stop learning about ways in which the global community can combat health inequity and follow through with solutions that account for the entire health and wellness of every person. 

 

“Access means leaving no one behind. Access is assurance that no matter who you are or where you live, your future is not limited by a lack of availability of health resources and care.”

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Banafsheh  Unger

Banafsheh  Unger

Director Of Finance 

Banafsheh joined The Access Challenge in September 2018 and is a certified public accountant in the State of New York.  She has over ten years of experience in public accounting and has supervised audits of companies of all sizes, including non-profit organizations.  She volunteers as the chief operating officer of a human rights organization, The Article 20 Network, and is a lifelong activist.  

Banafsheh overseas and manages our finances and implements our budget process.  Banafsheh believes that all people should have access to healthcare and free education as these are basic human rights and is working with us to help achieve these goals. 
 

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Dayo Oluwole

Dayo Oluwole

Country Director, Nigeria 

Dayo has 17 years of experience leading advocacy programs throughout Nigeria and West Africa. As Country Director of The Access Challenge for Nigeria, Dayo is helping establish roots for the organization on many levels. She has already developed a market entry strategic plan, has formed important coalitions with various government agencies and international donors, has recruited Program Ambassadors from Kannywood, Nollywood, sports and music, and has established relationships with social and traditional media houses and influencers.

Dayo started her career in development in Dublin, Ireland with the Irish Catholic Church’s Development Agency. She also worked with Fate Foundation, one of Nigeria’s leading non-for profits, helping to establish a major fundraising unit before joining Coca-Cola Nigeria, where she managed community projects locally and in Ghana. She worked closely with the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, developing new projects in the health, water and sanitation, entrepreneurship and education sectors. Later, she created the organization Kasher, where she was the principal consultant and responsible for driving strategy, project design and business development

Dayo has her BA in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria, and her MA in International Relations from Dublin City University, Ireland.     

For Dayo, access means “every child receives access to a safe and conducive environment to receive an education."  

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Adesewa Banjo

Adesewa Banjo

Finance and Administrative Specialist 

Adesewa Banjo handles finance and administrative matters for the Access Challenge in Nigeria.

She began her career as an administrative officer at Midgalor Associates, and later became an accountant at Susej Nigeria Limited.

She is a finance graduate from the University of Lagos. She is also a student member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and an associate member of the Accounting Technicians of West Africa and an associate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management.

For Adesewa, access means, “women and girls have a voice and are well represented.”

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