Life for a Child
Jan is the Group Executive at Diabetes Australia responsible for leading the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) on behalf of the Australian Government and International Programs including Life for a Child.
Jan is a senior executive health leader with more than 25 years’ experience in the health and education sectors and has led national initiatives in health service design and delivery, consumer education programs, and accredited training for health professionals. Combined with health content publishing experience and business management, Jan is dedicated to business growth, innovation, and transformation.
Dr. Graham Ogle
Graham is Life for a Child’s General Manager and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney. He trained in paediatric endocrinology in Australia, before working in Papua New Guinea and Cambodia, delivering health care to vulnerable communities for 6 years.
In 2000, he and Professor Martin Silink established the Life for a Child program with the vision: No child should die of diabetes.
Dr. Julia von Oettingen
Julia is a pediatric endocrinologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor at McGill University, and a Fonds de Recherche du Québec Santé supported Clinician-Scientist at the McGill University Health Center Research Institute.
Julia has a passion for pediatric endocrinology and global health and is the founding medical director of Kay Mackenson Clinic- a Life for a Child partner centre in Haiti.
Stéphane is a biologist and nutritionist working in Mali, with expertise in nutritional physiopathology and international development.
In 2001 Stéphane co-founded the international NGO Santé Diabète with a group of specialists in diabetes, health and development with the aim of improving the prevention and management of diabetes in Africa.
Dana is a founder of the open source artificial pancreas system (OpenAPS) movement, working to make safe and effective artificial pancreas technology more widely available globally.
Dana has lived with type 1 diabetes since 2002, and is a passionate advocate for making sure individuals with type 1 diabetes have access to insulin and other supplies, including education, in order to thrive while living with diabetes.
Dr. Ragnar Hanas
Ragnar is a consultant pediatrician at NU Hospital Group, Sweden and associate professor at Gothenburg University, Sweden.
A past president of the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD), Ragnar has dedicated his career to improving the lives of young people living with type 1 diabetes and has taught in many countries around the world.
Kelsey is an expert in the operations and logistics of humanitarian supply-chains and holds a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Global Health and Humanitarian Assistance from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
As the International Program Manager at Direct Relief she specializes in collaborating with healthcare providers and organizations to deliver medicines and medical aid to vulnerable communities in 95 countries.
Dr. Mark Barone
Mark is a diabetes educator and journalist. He holds a PhD in Human Physiology and has more than two decades of experience in developing health programs and undertaking research, and empowering people with type 1 to become change-makers.
Mark is currently Vice-President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), Founder and General Manager of the Intersectoral Forum to Fight NCDs in Brazil (ForumDCNTs), and Manager of other programs at the ADJ Diabetes Brazil.
Dr. Iryna Vlasenko
Iryna is an internationally recognised expert in diabetes. She is Associate professor in Shupyk National Healthcare University of Ukraine (PhD in Pharmacy). Her research covers pharmaco-economics of diabetes, therapeutic education for people with diabetes, and diabetes management in disaster. Since February 2022 Iryna has been coordinating humanitarian help from the international diabetes community through the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
Iryna has been a Vice President of the IDF since 2019. She has lived with type 1 diabetes 30 years and is a strong advocate for people with diabetes.
Life for a Child USA Inc.
Board of Directors
Dr. Larry Deeb
Dr. Anju Goel
After his diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in 2002, Manny became an advocate committed to making sure nobody touched by diabetes ever feels alone. He has been a devoted supporter of Life for a Child since his tenure at Diabetes Hands Foundation, the NGO that cradled TuDiabetes and EsTuDiabetes. He was an executive at Livongo and Tidepool. Manny is VP of Customer Success at Thrivable, a healthcare market research agency. He also serves on the board of The Diabetes Link and the National Advocacy Committee for ADA.