Jhpiego announces new chief officers

Tigistu Ashengo named chief medical officer, Pandora Hardtman to lead nursing and midwifery

Jhpiego has announced the appointment of two new leaders. Tigistu A. Ashengo, a global health physician, educator, and leader, has been named chief medical officer. Pandora Hardtman, an alumna of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, will serve as chief nursing and midwifery officer.

Ashengo has more than 15 years of experience working in public health, clinical and surgical care, and strategic leadership in resource-limited settings. He joined Jhpiego Ethiopia in 2005 as a technical director and subsequently served as HIV/AIDS infectious disease adviser, then as HIV/AIDS team leader for the U.S. Agency for International Development Bureau for Global Health's flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program and most recently as associate medical director.

Along with his role as Jhpiego's chief medical officer, Ashengo will continue to serve as special adviser to the minister of health in Ethiopia on the national COVID-19 response and remain engaged in academia as an adjunct professor at St. Paul's Millennium Medical College in Ethiopia.

Hardtman brings to Jhpiego more than two decades of midwifery experience as both a clinician and consultant for midwifery capacity building in diverse health care settings around the globe, specializing in midwifery and maternal child health services in low-resourced and conflict and fragile settings.

Hardtman has worked closely with ministries of health and midwifery organizations to provide strategic direction as well as clinical and programmatic assistance for the design and implementation of global, regional, and country-level programs benefiting mothers and newborns. She is a fellow of the American College of Nurse Midwives and represents the North America/Caribbean region on the International Confederation of Midwives board. She will remain active in clinical practice.

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