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Board of Trustees

Vital Strategies’ governing board

Message from our Chairperson

Louis James de Viel Castel

Vital Strategies’ work is critical for these times. While Vital continues to respond to the COVID pandemic, we take a long view on health that is rooted in questions like: How can we ensure that leaders have the right information they need to make decisions? How can we build public trust and support for policies that we know improve health? How can civil society contribute to needed policy changes? How can we work in a coordinated way with cities and countries to help them learn from each other’s mistakes and successes? And seeking answers and solutions to these kinds of questions are at the heart of what Vital brings to its collaborations with leaders around the globe.

Vital works in local partnership in more than 70 countries and brings our voice and experience to global health policymaking arenas. We focus on five areas: noncommunicable diseases, urban health, environmental health and climate change, injury prevention and public health systems strengthening. Layered on this is a commitment to equity and seeking out those who have been historically underserved.

The Vital Strategies Board of Trustees appreciates the organization’s continued commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of its operations and governance. In keeping with our mission, we recognize diversity, equity and inclusion not only as important social goals but also as an important public health issue. 

I could not be prouder to be a part of an organization with the vision and mission to carry this work forward.

Louis James de Viel Castel

Executive Committee 


Louis James de Viel Castel 
Managing Director, Quilvest 

Vice Chair for Programs 

Masae Kawamura
Senior Director, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Immune and Infectious Disease Franchise Qiagen 

Vice Chair for Operations

Helen Agerup 
Chairman, H&B Ågerup Foundation 


Marc Sznajderman 
Senior Managing Director, Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group LLC 


Ram Koppaka
Physician, Pulmonary Medicine and Public Health

Board Members

David A. Caputo
President Emeritus and Retired Professor of Political Science, Pace University 

José Luis Castro (ex Officio)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Vital Strategies

Frank G. Colella
Attorney at Law 

Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet
Executive Director, Merck for Mothers

Roslyn “Roz” Feder
Biopharmaceutical Business Development Consultant 

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick
Founder and CEO, Grapevine Health

Mark Foley
President, Pendo LLC 

Scott Halstead 
Investor, Advisor and Board Member, Venture capital and private equity backed technology-enabled service businesses 

Bruce Mandell 
President, Data-Mail, Inc. 

Eric Rosenbaum 
President and CEO of Project Renewal

Renée Ridzon
Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control (Kenya) 

Jack Salvo
Executive Vice President, Business Development, PharmaSphere 

Neil W. Schluger (ex Officio)
Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Environmental Health Sciences 

Dean Schraufnagel
Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy, Department of Medicine