Chair: PJ Hooper

PJ Hooper has 15 years’ experience of managing and strengthening partnerships in NTD programs. This includes a proven track record developing strong, collaborative, and trusting relationships with key WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 (GET2020) stakeholders including implementing partners, academia, WHO, health ministries, and donors. As Deputy Director of the International Trachoma Initiative, PJ provides strategic leadership and technical direction for the Pfizer donation, averaging 100 million treatments of Zithromax® for trachoma annually.

Her experience also extends throughout the broader sphere of global health to encompass other NTD communities, health system strengthening initiatives, research endeavors, and public-private partnerships. This includes previous roles such as Senior Associate Director at the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center, where she focused on developing partnerships and conducting trachoma research. She also worked at ITI from 2009-2012, where she managed an operational research grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and oversaw external relations for the program.