Our Leadership Team

Joel Lamstein, President

Joel Lamstein World Education
44 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210-1211
Phone: 1.617.482.9485
Fax: 1.617.482.0617



    Joel Lamstein founded John Snow, Inc. with his partner Norbert Hirschhorn, M.D. in 1978. Joel is the president of John Snow, Inc. and the nonprofit JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. He also serves as president of World Education, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, economic, and social development programs. In 1973, Joel co-founded Management Sciences for Health. Joel is an adjunct senior lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health and an adjunct professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. Joel serves as chair of the board of Seed Global Health and the advisory council of the Children’s Health Fund in New York. He is also chair of the dean’s advisory boards at Boston University School of Public Health, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Joel served on the board of the Global Health Council from 2004 until 2012.

    In 2011, Joel was featured in the New York Times’  The Boss profile. In 2009, he received the CEO Social Leadership Award, a program funded by the Lewis Family Foundation and given by the Boston Business Journal.

    Joel has advised numerous public health programs throughout the world. He studied math and physics at the University of Michigan and management at MIT’s Sloan School.

    Joel Lamstein
    Alexander K. Baker, MBA - Chief Operating Officer

    Alex Baker, Chief Operating OfficerWorld Education
    44 Farnsworth Street
    Boston, MA 02210-1211
    Phone: 1.617.482.9485
    Fax: 1.617.482.0617



      Alex Baker is the chief operating officer for World Edudcation. Prior to rejoining World Education, he served as chief operating officer at Partners Community Healthcare, Inc. (PCHI), the provider network for the Partners Healthcare System. He joined PCHI in July 1999 as its director of finance, and was subsequently made chief financial officer and then COO in 2005. Alex’s background includes positions in financial management, operations, and information systems in a variety of health care-related settings. Prior to joining PCHI, Alex was director of finance for JSI and provided financial management consulting services to U.S. community-based health care providers. Alex has a BA in history from Harvard College and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

      Alex Baker, Chief Operating Officer
      Haiyan Hua, Vice President, Africa Division

      Haiyan Hua Vice President World EducationWorld Education
      44 Farnsworth Street
      Boston, MA 02210-1211
      Phone: 1.617.482.9485
      Fax: 1.617.482.0617



        Haiyan Hua has more than 20 years of work experience in international education development. His professional expertise has been in educational policy research and planning, M&E development, and institutional capacity development. Hua has served as principal investigator, program director, and lead consultant for various international education programs funded by World Bank, USAID, UNICEF, and other agencies. For more than two decades, he has taught courses on education policy planning, monitoring and evaluation, and data for decision-making in the development context at Harvard as well as many parts of the world.

        Haiyan Hua
        Gill Garb, Executive Director, Bantwana Initiative

        Gill Garb Executive Director Bantwana InitiativeBantwana Initiative of
        World Education
        44 Farnsworth St.
        Boston, MA 02210
        Phone:
        1.617.482.9485
        Fax:
        1.617.482.0617



          A native South African, Gill Garb brings a 20-year track record of developing innovative education and HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs in Africa. As the regional director and then HIV and AIDS senior advisor to World Education, Gill used evidence-based strategies to test new approaches in HIV and AIDS programs and championed an integrated, comprehensive approach linking literacy, health, livelihoods, leadership, community awareness, and policy to mitigating the HIV epidemic. Gill launched the Bantwana Initiative in 2006 to help orphaned and vulnerable children—and their caregivers—access the full range of support and integrated care they need to grow into healthy adults.

          Gill Garb Executive Director Bantwana Initiative
          Silja Kallenbach, MA, Vice President, US Division

          Silja Kallenbach Vice President World Education
          44 Farnsworth St.
          Boston, MA 02210
          Phone: 1.617.482.9485
          Fax: 1.617.482.0617



            With more than 30 years of experience in adult education, Silja Kallenbach has worked as an administrator, professional development provider, and program developer, researcher, and teacher. Silja has worked for World Education since 1994 and currently oversees World Education’s portfolio of work and leads program development in the U.S. Some of the projects that Silja has helped to design, secured funding for and worked on include Networks for Integrating New Americans, the National College Transition Network, the New England Learner Persistence Project, and the Adult Multiple Intelligences Study. From 1994 to 2011, Silja served as the director of the New England Literacy Resource Center at World Education. Silja grew up in Finland and is a US and Finnish citizen.

            Silja Kallenbach Vice President
            Dr. James MacNeil, Ed.D., Vice President, Asia and Special Projects Division

            James MacNeilWorld Education
            44 Farnsworth St.
            Boston, MA 02210
            Phone:1.617.482.9485
            Fax:1.617.482.0617



              James MacNeil has implemented programs on education, livelihoods, development, and natural resources management in South and Southeast Asia for 20 years. He lived and worked in Thailand, Vietnam, and India for ten years. Since 1999, he has worked with World Education providing technical assistance and managerial oversight to school governance and sustainable agriculture programs in Indonesia and projects that get vulnerable children and child laborers back to school in India.

              James MacNeil
              Janice Clark - Director of Finance

              Janice ClarkWorld Education
              44 Farnsworth St.
              Boston, MA 02210
              Phone:1.617.482.9485
              Fax:1.617.482.0617



                Janice Clark is the Director of Finance for John Snow, Inc., JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. and World Education, Inc.  Prior to this role, Janice served as the Controller for World Education, Inc. and previous to that, as the Contracts and Grants Manager at John Snow, Inc.  She brings over twenty years of financial management experience in a global environment for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.  Janice has a BA in Philosophy and English from Boston College, an MA in Philosophy from Boston College, and is currently an MBA degree candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

                Janice Clark
                Frank DeSarbo - Director of Human Resources

                Frank DeSarboWorld Education
                44 Farnsworth St.
                Boston, MA 02210
                Phone:1.617.482.9485
                Fax:1.617.482.0617



                  As the Director of Human Resources, Frank has worked in global public health for more than 25 years specializing in employee relations, benefits administration, recruitment, compensation, operations, finance, and more.  Frank believes that in order for JSI/World Education staff to thrive and feel supported, HR should be a leader known for quality service, with equitable, fair and inclusive policies and practices where staff seek professional expertise.

                  Frank DeSarbo
                  Penelope Riseborough - Director of Communications

                  Penelope RiseboroughWorld Education
                  44 Farnsworth St.
                  Boston, MA 02210
                  Phone:1.617.482.9485
                  Fax:1.617.482.0617



                    With almost 30 years of experience in public health communications, Penelope Riseborough has led World Education communications since 2001. In this role, she is responsible for external communications, brand development, and marketing as well as internal knowledge-sharing among World Education’s staff around the world. She oversees digital media and strategic information, developing stories of project impact, and increasing visibility and influence. She also serves as director of communications for World Education’s partner organization, JSI.

                    Penelope Riseborough
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