Board of Trustees


Ambassador Barbro Owens-Kirkpatrick (chair) retired from the US Department of State following a distinguished diplomatic career of more than 20 years. Her posts included US Ambassador to Niger, Senior Inspector in the Office of the Inspector General, and positions at the National Security Council, in Mexico City, and the Office of NATO Affairs at State.


Randal Teague (secretary) is an attorney with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Washington, DC, with special interest in international development and related finance. He is a former chairman of the US Agency for International Development’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid.


Dr. Peter Bourne is a visiting scholar at Green College, Oxford (United Kingdom), and Vice Chancellor Emeritus, St. George’s University, Grenada. Dr. Bourne was special assistant to the president for health issues during the administration of US President Jimmy Carter and served as assistant secretary general at the United Nations.


Julius Coles

Julius E. Coles is a distinguished veteran diplomat with 28 years of service with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Mr. Coles has been President of Africare, a leader among private, charitable U.S. organizations assisting Africa. The first Director of Howard University’s Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, he is now Interim Director of Morehouse College’s Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership. Among his many awards are the 2007 James Madison Medal and the 2010 Africa Lifetime Achievement Award, both from Princeton where he earned his Masters of Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs — a prominent and innovative development professional.



Dr. Donald Hopkins is Vice President (Health) of The Carter Center, where he is responsible for oversight of all health programs at the Center. Previously, Dr. Hopkins served as deputy director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has been at The Carter Center for 25 years after 20 years with CDC, where he started the global campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease (dracunculiasis).  He also serves on the board of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Photo of Triica A. Smith for HDI

Tricia A. Smith (LLD) has been practicing law in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California for 40 years and is recognized by the California state bar as a Certified Family Law Specialist.  When she entered the legal profession in the early 1970s fewer than five percent of the lawyers in the country were woman.  After earning her JD from Northwestern Law School in Chicago, she prosecuted felonies for the Washington Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.  After leaving the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, she established a thriving litigation and transactional practice that spanned many areas of law, including real estate transactions, estate and probate law and specifically legal procedures that affect families, namely divorces, custody battles and property divisions. Working her way into the male dominated legal community, while raising two daughters to be strong professionals themselves, Ms. Smith developed a particular interest in women’s issues. She has traveled extensively, and has contributed her time and money to improving the lives and health of women, which she considers to be the most important way to affect change in the larger society.  In 2013 at the age of 66, she successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.



Jane Symington is a Pediatric Resident at University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital. Having lived in both Latin America and Africa for much of her life, she has been actively engaged in projects to help others since childhood and has developed a strong adult commitment to public service and to women’s health issues.

Anders-Passport Photo Portrait.

Dr. Anders Seim (executive director) is the founder of Health & Development International. Anders worked for the World Health Organization and in private practice as a family physician in Norway before assuming full-time duties as HDI’s executive director. Focused on protecting dignity and preventing suffering since he as a medical student initiated what became Norway’s first “Hospice” palliative care program in the 1970s, Anders is now keenly working to eradicate guinea worm disease and eliminate lymphatic filariasis as well as other Neglected Tropical Diseases where possible. Most recently, he and HDI under his leadership are using lessons from disease eradication programs to save lives at childbirth and rapidly prevent obstetric fistula. Anders has received the prestigious Karl Evang Prize from Norway’s Surgeon General for his work, and Harvard University’s 2008 Alumni Award of Merit, “the highest honor the school bestows on its alumni in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of public health.”

(Sep 2016)