UCGHI Leadership

A team of inspired and committed faculty and staff lead UCGHI, providing strategic direction and oversight of UCGHI programs.

Leadership Team

Tom Coates, PhD, directs the Institute. He is Professor Emeritus at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Founding Director of the UCLA Center for World Health. He founded the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF in 1986, directing it from 1991 to 2003, and was the founding Executive Director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, leading it from 1996 to 2003. His areas of emphasis and expertise are global health, HIV prevention and its relationship to treatment, and international health policy. He previously served as co-director of UCGHI. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) in 2000. 

Craig R. Cohen, MD, MPH, supports UCGHI as a co-director. He is a professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Since 1994, he has co-directed the collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to advance the study of HIV and its intersection with reproductive health. He also directs the UCGHI GloCal Heatlh Fellowship, a program that supports global health research opportunities to UC advanced doctoral and professional students, and UC and international post-doctoral fellows in 17 low- and middle-income countries around the world. He previously co-directed UCGHI's Center of Expertise on Women's Health & Empowerment.

Ndola Prata, MD, MSc, supports UCGHI as co-director. She is a Professor in Residence in Maternal and Child Health and the second holder of the Fred H. Bixby Endowed Chair in Population and Family Planning in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a physician and medical demographer from Angola. She is also the Director of the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability, a campus-wide multidisciplinary research group. Ndola earned her medical degree from the University of Angola and an MSc in medical demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She began her career practicing medicine in Angola for 10 years and served as Head of the Social Statistics Department at the National Institute of Statistics of Angola. Her projects investigate strategies for harnessing existing resources, including human capacity and health care infrastructure while also gathering evidence for setting priorities on national health agendas. 

Sun Yu Cotter, MPHSun Yu Cotter, MPH, is the deputy director for UCGHI and leads operations and strategic development. She is a global health professional certified in mediation & conflict resolution. Her passion for global health began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Uzbekistan. Prior to UCGHI, she was a senior program manager at UCSF on a project aiming to improve the quality of maternal health, family planning and abortion care for women in Kenya and India. She also has extensive field experience implementing large clinical trials in Africa, including a study on childhood mortality and childhood morbidity.


Program Directors

Planetary Health

Samantha Ying, PhD
UC Riverside

Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment 


Oladele Ogunseitan

Oladele A. Ogunseitan, PhD, MPH
UC Irvine


Kimberly Bale, MPHKimberly Bale, MPH
Deputy Director, GloCal Health Fellowship

Kimberly is the deputy director of the UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship, managing every aspect of the fellowship. She greatly enjoys this role and the opportunity it provides to facilitate the research of so many investigators making important discoveries in global health around the world. In addition to GloCal, she has coordinated several other global health training programs at UCSF through the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and the Institute for Global Health Sciences. Prior to coming to UCSF, she worked as a program officer at the Mexican Family Planning Association (Mexfam) in Mexico City and as a health educator at the California Family Health Council.

Kemi AminKemi Amin, MBA
Communications Director

Kemi is the communications manager for the UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI), the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS), and the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (DEB). Kemi joins UCGHI, IGHS and DEB from the UCSF Library where she served as the Communications Manager for nearly five years. Prior to her tenure at the Library, Kemi led the marketing and membership departments at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley. She has more than 15 years of experience in graphic design, marketing and communications, and strategic planning.

Alexis Stanley, MSAlexis Stanley, MS
Communications Manager

Alexis works on increasing UCGHI’s visibility through communications, marketing efforts and program support. Alexis graduated from the UCSF Global Health Master’s Program in 2019 where she conducted her capstone research project on hand hygiene among healthcare providers aiming to assess the impact of a newly introduced pilot infection control training program in a remote public hospital on the Bay Island of Roatán, Honduras. 

Linda ShinLinda Shin
Program Coordinator

Linda supports the overall operations and administration of UCGHI and its programs. She graduated from Stanford University in 2018 with a major in Human Biology and a Concentration in Health and Health Policy. As a student, she conducted research at the Stanford Prevention Research Center studying health disparities among disadvantaged populations and she most recently worked at Triage Consulting Group as a healthcare consultant.​​

Roshni Desai
Program Assistant

Roshni Desai, BS, is a recent graduate from UC Davis who majored in Global Disease Biology with a concentration in Public Health. She was a Mental Well-Being student coordinator at Health Education and Promotion, within Student Health & Counseling Services. She served as a campus representative for the UC Speaks Up & Courage First Partnership: Preventing Abuse through Film. Roshni conducted outreach for 'At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal' documentary screening & panel discussion. She is interested in the One Health approach, along with the intersection of evidence-based public health and sustainable policies that reduce global health inequities.