For the last four years, we’ve gathered members of our community annually for our Sharing Best Practice Workshop. Last May, we hosted 53 people in central London for a day of stimulating discussions.

This year, to encourage those in our community to continue with these essential conversations – and given current circumstances – we're moving to a summer series of online webinars.

These webinars start at 2pm and finish at 3.15pm, and will include four speakers and time for Q&A at the end.




On 15th July, we’ll be looking at: Is there a new role for product donations in the post COVID-19 world? We’ll also be considering the global health impacts of COVID-19, including perspectives from corporate and NGO partners on implications of the present crisis and ways forward.



14:00 – 14.10

An update from International Health Partners

Adele Paterson (CEO, IHP)

14:10 – 14:25

How has COVID-19 changed the landscape for product donations?

Elizabeth Ashbourne (Executive Director, PQMD)

14:25 – 14:40

Managing product donations effectively  before, during and after COVID-19

Mark Repath (Customer Services Manager, Janssen) 

14:40 – 14:55

Planning during a pandemic

Marissa Pledger (Project Manager, Foundation Panzi DRC)

14:55 – 15:15




Webinar 2 Speakers 

Adele Paterson – CEO, IHP

Following a successful career as a political researcher and Ministerial advisor, Adele worked for a ground breaking regeneration charity in east London, creating impactful partnerships with the corporate sector. 

She returned to the economic policy arena as head of policy for a financial trade association, and in 2008 joined International Health Partners to support (and then lead) our corporate partnerships. Adele was appointed CEO in October 2017. Adele sits on the Board of PQMD (Partnership for Quality Medical Donations) and Integral Alliance, the disaster response network.



Elizabeth Ashbourne – Executive Director, PQMD 

As Executive Director of PQMD, Elizabeth (EJ) Ashbourne is responsible for furthering PQMD’s commitment to championing and advancing standards in medical supply and service donations by developing the vision, strategy, and execution of the organizations five pillars of work. Prior to joining PQMD, EJ was most recently the Managing Partner for EJA Consulting, a small private firm specializing in strategic planning, fundraising, international development and joint venture support, mission driven event management, and all aspects of non-profit turn-around. Prior to that, EJ spent 17 years at the World Bank in a number of senior level positions. 

Additionally, she was a senior operations officer in the Office of Corporate Reform and Human Resources. In the area of health, EJ held the position of Lead, Global Health Information Programs for the World Bank and the Health Metrics Network at the World Health Organization.



Mark Repath  Customer Services Manager, Janssen

Mark Repath has worked at Janssen in Supply Chain and Customer Services. He and his team have been key to ensuring a constant stream of Janssen product for IHP’s Essential Health Packs. Mark drives the EMEA wide donation program across Johnson & Johnson, and spent 6 months on secondment at IHP developing, among other things, the Guide to Product Donations which helps prospective donors through the process of setting up a medical product donation programme. 

Mark is also working with IHP, Pfizer and the ABPI on raising awareness amongst other healthcare companies. 



Marissa Pledger – Project Manager, Foundation Panzi DRC 

Marissa Pledger is currently a project manager for the holistic care program at Panzi Foundation DRC. She has served in that role for almost two years now, which is based in Bukavu, DRC. Her role includes supervising project activities in the medical, psychosocial, legal and socioeconomic pillars of care for survivors of sexual violence. In recent times, however, this role has been expanded to include significant management and oversight of the hospital and foundation’s COVID-19 response.  

Marissa has been a part of the larger Panzi network for a number of years prior to her current position, however. While completing her Master’s in Development Studies, she served in a number of capacities working for the Mukwege Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. In particular, she assisted with the writing and editing of the foundation’s “Holistic Care Handbook” as well as the promotion of the SEMA Network (survivors of conflict-related sexual violence from around the world) through a large multimedia exhibition. Marissa is originally from Denver, Colorado, but has spent most of her adult life outside of the USA. Notably, she spent two years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a small village in rural Senegal.





We hope you’ll be able to join us on Wednesday 15th July! Please feel free to share the registration pages with anyone you think would be interested in taking part.

We are extremely grateful to our amazing network of supporters. Thank you for standing with us as we support the world's most vulnerable people.