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First Coffee and Chai Chat of 2023

6 January 2023 – The first HMHB Expert Coffee and Chai Chat of 2023 will be held on 10 January 2023 at 10 AM  EST | 4 PM CET | 8:30 PM IST. The 45-minute chat will focus on Developing an MMS Supply Strategy to Meet the Growing Global Demand, based on the recently published report by Kirk Humanitarian – UNIMMAP MMS for National Health Systems: Considerations for Developing a Supply Strategy. The chat will feature Guest Speakers, Dr. Clayton Ajello, Technical Advisor, and Mr. Spencer Kirk, Managing Director, Kirk Humanitarian, and will be hosted by HMHB Program Lead, Dr. Martin Mwangi.



Dr. Ajello is an epidemiologist, entrepreneur, and executive who leads and collaborates with public health experts globally. He specializes in advising non-profit organizations seeking to bring about innovative, sustainable, high-impact public health initiatives in low- and medium-resource settings. Clayton’s career spans academia and the private sector. He served as vice president for international programs at the Johns Hopkins University (JHPIEGO), and as faculty of the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Subsequently, Clayton founded the for-profit company LearnWare International Corporation, and currently serves as managing partner of Inlexo, a consulting group focused on public health policy research and practice.

Spencer F. Kirk is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and managing director of Kirk Humanitarian. Mr. Kirk and his wife Kristen founded Kirk Humanitarian in 2002 with the mission of improving maternal health around the world. Kirk Humanitarian is the leading purchaser and donor of high-quality and safe multiple micronutrient supplements for low- and middle-income countries’ governments and NGO partners. Mr. Kirk co-founded Megahertz Corporation in 1985 and served as CEO at Extra Space Storage, Inc. from 2009 to 2016. He maintains his role as a director of the board at Extra Space Storage, Inc.

The chat will begin with a short presentation by Dr. Ajello and remarks by Mr. Spencer Kirk. This chat will allow participants to engage with the speakers and ask live questions during the Q&A session.