UNITE’s Secretariat is comprised of a multidisciplinary team, whose aim is to support the Global Board and UNITE Network in pursuing our collective goal of ending infectious diseases as a global health threat.

The Secretariat’s actions are developed through direct interaction with UNITE’s Members and by fostering partnerships at all levels. These include:

  • Supporting the role of UNITE members of parliament
  • Bridging the gap between policy makers and key global health stakeholders to achieve communicable disease elimination
  • Representing policy makers and promoting the need for political leadership on the global health agenda
  • Connecting policy makers with experts in the field
  • Incorporating and translating scientific research and data driven information for political decision making, leading to policy change
VICTORIA GRANDSOULT

Executive Director, a.i.

Victoria holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas and a master’s in Human Rights and Democratization from the Global Campus of Human Rights (EIUC).  She is experienced in clinical research, business development, and community outreach. Previously, Victoria was the senior physician liaison at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she successfully managed community partnerships in support of institutional growth and facilitated the launch and implementation of the hospital’s pediatric health network.

Prior to transitioning to the role of Interim Executive Director, Victoria oversaw advocacy and community engagement at UNITE; working with community organizations and civil society to bring their needs before members of parliament and increasing their participation at international meetings and key UNITE events.

AMISH LAXMIDAS

Head of Strategic Partnerships

Holds a degree in International Relations from the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lisbon and plays an active role in different organizations such as NATO, the Portuguese Atlantic Commission and the Portuguese High Commission for Migration. He was President of the Association of Portuguese Youth of the Atlantic and serves as secretary general in the House of India. He worked in the area of internationalization of Portuguese companies in Africa and was part of the Organization of the 5th Edition of the Conferences of Estoril, where he was Coordinator of the Youth Summit.

FILIPE MARQUES

Head of Finance and Operations

Filipe has extensive experience in business administration and strategic management of large multinational organizations. Having previously assumed the role of Operations Manager and Financial Manager at a leading, international telecommunications company, while also having had opportunity to participate in startups, he feels comfortable in processes of reorganization and transformation within contexts of high complexity. Filipe also has demonstrated leadership of large multi functional and interdepartmental teams, having focused on the development of people and business.

ÓSCAR MADUREIRA

Legal Advisor

Lawyer and Legal Counsel. Member of Portuguese Bar and Macau SAR Lawyers Association and the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators. Currently is head of Macau SAR Law firm Lektou branch in Portugal.  Worked in Macau SAR for 11 years 5 of them as Senior Legal Counsel of Melco Resorts & Entertainment. Has strong experience assisting Portuguese and overseas NGO’s with their daily operations and is also a founding member of Portuguese NGO “Mundo a Sorrir”.