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The American Friends of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The American Friends of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a volunteer organisation established on 24 January, 1998, to further the mission of the School.

The American Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which supports the School in four priority areas: fundraising, business linkages, profile raising and alumni engagement. US taxpayers who wish to support the full range of work of the School may give tax-efficiently to the American Friends.

American Friends Scholarship Fund

The Board of the American Friends of the School have launched a scholarship fund specifically to help ensure the best and brightest students from the United States can study at the School, regardless of their ability to pay. Individual Board members support the American Friends Scholarship Fund through their own gifts to the fund, and they invite others to join them.

Download the American Friends Scholarship Fund brochure (PDF)

Giving to the American Friends Scholarship Fund

Giving online

US tax payers can make a one-off or recurring tax-deductible gift through our PayPal account.

Alternatively, US tax payers can make a tax-deductible gift through JustGive: American Friends of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine JustGive account.

Giving by post

To give by post, please download the form below.

Donation form (PDF)

Other Ways to Support the American Friends

If you are interested in supporting other aspects of the vital work of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (either through philanthropic support, corporate sponsorship or business partnerships), or would like to discuss Planned Giving, legacies, gifts of stock or securities, please contact us at americanfriends@lshtm.ac.uk

The Board of Directors of the American Friends

Stacey L. Knobler, MSc (President)

Stacey KnoblerMs. Knobler received her Master’s degrees in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She is currently a Senior Adviser and Scientific Program Director at the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

She has over 20 years of experience as a global health and development professional in the areas of research, program design and implementation, and strategic planning related to the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases, maternal and child health, brain disorders, and institutional capacity-building for evidence-based decision making in low- and middle-income countries.

Prior to joining the Fogarty International Center, Ms. Knobler served as a Senior Program Director for the Board on Global Health and the Board on African Science Academy Development at the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academies.

Ms. Knobler has received awards for outstanding achievement and distinguished service to the U.S. Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences with awards in 1999, 2001, 2003, and 2004 and was the recipient of the FIC Director’s Outstanding Service Award in 2010, 2012, and 2014 and the FIC Director’s Special Award for Mentorship in 2013.

Jerry Bratkovich (Secretary)

Jerry Bratkovich Jerry Bratkovich is an expert on management issues with a focus on corporate and business development.

His experience ranges across mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, internal venturing and initial public offerings, on deals ranging in size from seed money financing to a multi-billion dollar acquisition. Jerry is managing director of ZRG Partners, a global executive search and talent management firm, where he heads up its work in the private-equity and healthcare sectors.

Before joining ZRG, Jerry was an executive advisor to Itochu International, where he led an investment initiative focused on healthcare companies and provided assistance with mergers & acquisitions, business development and other initiatives.

Earlier in his career, Jerry was a partner and managing director with the Hay Group and  the CEO of the US Group at Opinion Research Corporation. Jerry has also consulted to organisations ranging from major corporations to start-up and growth-stage companies across several industries, with an emphasis on the healthcare and technology sectors.

A graduate of Wheaton College, Jerry has a BA in psychology with additional coursework and management seminars at Stanford University, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Arizona.

Tony G McClellan, BA

Tony McClellanTony McClellan has had a successful corporate career, first with Ferranti Limited, as marketing research manager, followed by work for Geo. Bassett & Co. Ltd, as group industrial engineer with responsibility for five group factories.

He then worked as regional general manager and marketing director for Carryfast Ltd, at that time a division of Unilever. He led a managed buyout of the company and became part owner, building it into the largest ambulance manufacturer in the UK.

After selling the company to UBS, he founded the ambulance and coach builder UVG Ltd, serving as its CEO and part owner until 1997. Since then he has been chairman and part owner of the Montgomery Property Group Ltd and the Swiss Property Group, as well as chairman of LiWood (UK), a modular architecture firm.

Tony is a long-time friend of the School who has helped it in many ways over the years, including serving on its Council (the School’s governing body), as a member of its Planning and Finance Committee and in a variety of fundraising advisory roles. In 1999, while chairman of the School’s Centenary Appeal Committee, Tony climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru in Tanzania to sponsor scholarships for African students.  Tony is currently the patron and lead donor to the School’s Young Scientists Programme.

Among his many other roles, Tony is president of the advisory board to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (based in San Francisco) and a trustee of the Rix Centre, a charitable research and development organisation based at the University of East London which explores how new-media technology can help people with learning disabilities.

Tony holds a BA in history, geography and French from the University of Sheffield, and a diploma in business administration from Manchester Business School.

Professor David R. Hill, MD, DTM&H, FRCP, FFTM RCPS (Glasg), FASTMH

David HillDavid is the Director of the Institute for Global Public Health at the new Frank H. Netter MD, School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut USA. The Netter School of Medicine matriculated its first class in August of 2013.

At Quinnipiac, David is developing global public health initiatives and leads the medical school in its efforts to establish a master’s in public health programme.

Before joining Quinnipiac in 2012, David was Director of the National Travel Health Network and Centre in London, and an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The centre was established in 2002 with the goal of “Protecting the Health of British Travellers” by setting national standards in travel medicine. At NaTHNaC he helped to develop and provide web-, telephone-, and text-based resources for health practitioners in the UK. He also established collaborative relationships with stakeholders in the UK and the world, including World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Between 1983 and 2003, David was a consultant in infectious diseases at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he cared for HIV/AIDS patients at the very beginning of the epidemic. He was also the founding director of the International Traveller’s Medical Service.

David attended Williams College for undergraduate studies, the University of Rochester School of Medicine for medical school and internal medicine training, and the University of Virginia for Infectious Diseases subspecialisation.

He lectures and teaches widely on travel and tropical medicine and global health, and is extensively published in the field. His research interests are in education in global health and travel medicine. He currently serves as an expert member of the WHO Informal Working Group on the Geographic Risk of Yellow Fever, and is Secretary Treasurer of the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.

Carlos L Nottebohm

Dr Neena Kadaba

Richard Benson (Treasurer)


If you would like to get involved with the American Friends of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, or just have a question or comment, please contact the Board at americanfriends@lshtm.ac.uk.

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