Our dedicated team

We are a small and determined team with extensive experience in government, business, international development and strategic philanthropy. Click on our photos below for more information.

Board of Trustees

Jamie Cooper

Chair and President

Jamie Cooper is founding Chair and President of Big Win Philanthropy. Jamie has more than 20 years’ experience in bringing private sector, government and non-profit leaders together to pursue innovative policy on economic and social issues. She previously co-founded the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and served as its President and CEO.

"Growth and stability in African countries will be achieved by leaders with the vision to invest in the emerging new generation of young people. With Big Win Philanthropy, I aim to support these leaders."

Suprotik Basu

Board Member

Suprotik (Protik) Basu is CEO of the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and for Malaria. He concurrently serves as CEO of the MDG Health Alliance, an initiative to bring business leaders and business approaches into the effort to achieve the world’s global health goals. Starting at the World Bank, Protik has spent his career focused on developing and deploying creative financing approaches to fuel large-scale change.

"I'm convinced that investment to unlock human capital is the path to reduce inequality, and bring about a more peaceful planet. With so many young people throughout Africa and South Asia, we have a chance to see some of the most positive change in human history. The window won't be open forever, and I'm proud that through Big Win Philanthropy, we'll help leaders make the most of the opportunity."

Malik Dechambenoit

Board Member

Malik Dechambenoit is the CEO of Africa Advisory firm Gumbi, Dechambenoit & Associates. He has over 20 years’ experience advising with policymakers and multinational companies in Africa. A former United Nations political official Malik was instrumental in mediating conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Africa’s Great Lakes Region. He now assists corporates with their development strategies and engagement strategies with African governments and regulators. Malik strongly believes in the fundamental right of every human being to peace, liberty and opportunities for a healthier, more secure and brighter future.

Mark Dybul

Board Member

Mark Dybul is Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Mark has worked on HIV and public health for more than 25 years as a clinician, scientist, teacher and administrator. Mark was a driving force in the formation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, better known as PEPFAR. After serving as Chief Medical Officer, Assistant, Deputy and Acting Director, he was appointed as its leader in 2006, becoming U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, with the rank of Ambassador at the level of an Assistant Secretary of State.

Bill Haney

Board Member

Bill Haney is the CEO of BI-SAM, a private-equity backed portfolio analytics company, and has over 20 years’ experience in managing software and information businesses towards rapid growth and strategic repositioning. Early in his career Bill worked with public and private sector leaders in emerging market economies to develop broad policy reforms to spur export-led economic growth.

"By focusing our efforts on quantifiable outcomes from the very start, Big Win Philanthropy will more effectively impact the lives of those we hope to improve."

Nikos Makris

Board Member

Nikos Makris is a Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Macrosynergy Partners, a fund management firm. Over his 22 year career, Nikos has strived to identify Emerging Market countries going through an economic and political transformation that enables growth and investment. His investment activities give him regular access to policymakers with whom he is in regular dialogue about fiscal, monetary and growth policies.

"Africa and South Asia are at the cusp of a historic century of growth and development. The potential is as palpable as the challenges to realizing it. With Big Win Philanthropy we can enable responsible leaders that have the vision and drive to rise to the occasion."

Staff

Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate

CEO

Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate is CEO of Big Win Philanthropy. Dr. Pate was Minister of State for Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from July 2011 to July 2013. He led the successful Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication in Nigeria and developed the results-based initiative Save One Million Lives. Previously, Dr. Pate served as the Chief Executive of Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency and worked for several years at the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. He is a founding co-chair of the Board of the Private Sector Health Alliance in Nigeria and serves on Merck’s Advisory Board for Merck for Mothers, Harvard’s Defeating Malaria Initiative, the FHI 360 Advisory Board and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Demographic Dynamics. He has received the Geneva Health Forum Award 2014 and Harvard Health Leadership Award 2012.

"I like very much the idea that Big Win Philanthropy is supporting national leaders to achieve 'big wins' for their countries."

Chris Klatell

Chief Operating Officer

Chris Klatell is General Counsel for Big Win Philanthropy. Chris graduated summa cum laude with honors from Williams College and from the Yale Law School. He clerked for the Hon. Robert D. Sack of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and, prior to joining Big Win Philanthropy, worked at Debevoise & Plimpton and was a Partner at Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman, where he remains Of Counsel.

Kevin Steele

Senior Manager for Advocacy, Campaigns and Communications

Kevin Steele leads Big Win Philanthropy’s work to influence the global development agenda and was previously Chief of Staff to its President, Jamie Cooper in her role as Chair of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. Before this he founded Britain’s biggest climate change campaign Climate Week which reached 25% of the UK population. He was CEO of the enterprise development body Enterprise Insight, for which he raised over $35m, and founded Global Entrepreneurship Week, now backed by the heads of state of 120 countries and involving 10 million participants. He conceived the anti-poverty Trade Justice Movement and led the Ethics for USS campaign resulting in the ethical investment of a $34bn pension fund. He has served on government committees such as the Council on Social Action chaired by the UK Prime Minister.

"I am proud to work for an organization that supports political leaders to transform the lives of their poorest citizens."

Nalini Tarakeshwar

Senior Manager, Strategy and Programs

Nalini Tarakeshwar is Senior Manager, Strategy and Programs at Big Win Philanthropy. Nalini has over 15 years’ experience in managing and evaluating programmes benefiting children and families. Prior to joining Big Win Philanthropy, she led the Evidence, Measurement and Evaluation team at The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation in London. Nalini previously worked as an Assistant Professor at Yale University and served briefly as a faculty member at the Global Health Institute at Duke University. She holds degrees in Clinical Psychology, Special Education and Civil Engineering.

"The future of nations will be shaped by the investments we make in today's children and young people. In working with Big Win Philanthropy, I hope to channel these investments into programs that can deliver the highest impact."

Oscar Arcos

Manager for Programs and Operations

Oscar Arcos is Manager for Programs and Operations at Big Win Philanthropy. Inspired by the power of developing countries learning from each other, Oscar has worked in the development sector for more than 10 years, planning and implementing innovative programs to tackle poverty and improve human capital and capabilities. Oscar previously worked as Sector Manager for The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and prior to this he served as Director-General of Social Policy in the Office of the President of Mexico. He has also worked as a consultant to the Government of Nigeria, the World Bank and the Gates Foundation.

"I believe that technical cooperation among our countries can enable a lesson from one to become a big win for another."

Annabelle Drelin

Executive Assistant to the Chair of Big Win Philanthropy

Annabelle Drelin is Executive Assistant to the Chair of Big Win Philanthropy, Jamie Cooper. Annabelle has acquired experience over the past 18 years in a diverse range of industry sectors including commercial property, politics, charity, telecommunications and banking. Prior to joining Big Win Philanthropy, she worked for Jamie Cooper at The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. Annabelle previously spent 11 years working for the late Andrew Rosenfeld, supporting him in his roles as Chairman of Minerva plc and Air Capital Ltd, Chairman of the NSPCC FULL STOP Campaign, Vice President of NSPCC, Chairman of UNICEF UK, Political Advisor and Founder of The People’s Operator.

"I believe that true philanthropy is at its finest when foundations not only fulfil their role as grantors, but also travel into the field as conveners, facilitators and provocateurs. I am proud to be working with such a dedicated and talented group of individuals, all committed to improving the lives of children and young people in developing countries."

Patricia Ndegwa

Africa Representative

Patricia Ndegwa is the Africa Representative for Big Win Philanthropy, based out of Nairobi, Kenya. Patricia has over 15 years’ experience in the management of programs and projects in Africa in the areas of health, governance and children welfare. She has extensive experience in program development, delivery and management, Public Private Partnerships (PPP) Management, government relations and partnership building, advocacy and networking. She is the immediate former Africa Director, Strategy and Partnerships of The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK). Her main responsibility was maximizing and extending the impact of CIFF’s programs and influencing practice and outcomes in philanthropy, development and the children’s agenda.

"Being part of the Big Win Philanthropy team is very exciting. Big Win Philanthropy understands that investing in children and youth is not just a moral or good thing to do, but the smart thing to do. Investing in Africa's human capital will yield very positive dividends in terms of inclusive economic growth. I am excited to be part of an organization that is partnering with transformative leaders who are moving from vision to action."

Dr. Adetokunbo Oshin

Senior Program Advisor at Big Win Philanthropy

Dr. Adetokunbo Oshin is Senior Program Advisor at Big Win Philanthropy. Tokunbo has over 13 years’ experience in providing technical assistance and consulting services in the design, implementation and management of public health and international development programs. Prior to joining Big Win Philanthropy, he served as the Deputy Project Director of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program (SURE-P) Maternal and Child Health Project in Nigeria. Tokunbo was Senior Technical Assistant to the Minister of State for Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from July 2011 to July 2013. He is a medical doctor and holds a M.Sc. degree in Poverty Reduction and Development Management.

"It is a pleasure and honor to be part of the Big Win team, and to have this incredible opportunity to contribute to programs that achieve ‘big wins’ for leaders"

Lewis Pennell

Information Technology Manager

Lewis Pennell is the Information Technology Manager of Big Win Philanthropy. Lewis has eight years’ experience in designing, deploying and managing IT infrastructures for a range of medium-sized organizations. He has previously managed the delivery of projects such as the deployment of over 60 servers for a globally known search provider and an infrastructure refresh for the Bedfordshire Primary Healthcare Trust.

"It excites me to be a part of Big Win Philanthropy. Knowing that the IT platform I am creating will be fundamental to the foundations' ability to deliver projects in a timely and professional manner is extremely rewarding."

Paige Sholar

Program Analyst

Paige Sholar is a Program Analyst for Big Win Philanthropy. Paige graduated from Duke University’s Master of Science in Global Health program in 2014. She has worked as a Research Associate for the Duke Global Health Institute where she gained experience engaging with academic, public, private and foreign entities.

"Data is essential to advocate and demonstrate the value of health systems in under-resourced countries. I believe in Big Win Philanthropy's commitment to data-driven evidence."