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Luciano Moccia, born in Trento, Italy, is an expert in global health and international development. He has led newborn health programs in Asia and Africa for fifteen years. He was the International Director of the Breath of Life Program of East Meets West Foundation for nine years. During this time, Luciano Moccia directed the implementation of comprehensive programs (equipment, training, capacity building) in more than 500 hospitals in 23 countries across Asia and Africa, leading to the treatment of more than 450,000 newborns. He is also a Board Member of MTTS Asia since 2008.  Luciano Moccia holds an MS degree in Political Economy from the University of Trento, Italy, an MA in Science and Technology from the University of Roskilde, Denmark, and a GNE Certificate from Harvard Business School. Luciano Moccia has co-authored more than 10 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals on the subject of intensive newborn care in low-resource countries.

LOVE POTYA, East Africa Regional Director

Love Potya, born in Tabora, Tanzania, has over ten years in humanitarian development and aid to Africa. As the East Africa Regional Director, Breath of Life Program in East Africa, Love Potya has directed the implementation of comprehensive programs, and training of clinicians and biomedical engineers. She has set up the operation of Day One Health in Uganda with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in East Africa. Under her direction, 15 hospitals in Uganda were given clearance and additional donations of medical equipment. Love has also worked with the EOTAS Foundation Netherlands as the Deaf Awareness Coordinator for Tanzania as a whole. During her time with EOTAS Foundation, under the Deaf Awareness drive, she was involved in the implementation of some USAID project in Zanzibar. Love Potya holds a bachelor’s degree in International Development from Makerere University Uganda.

KUSHAL THAPA, South Asia Regional Director

Kushal Thapa, born in Pokara, is a 37-year-old expert in international development and cooperation. After completing high school in Nepal in 1998, he specialized in Humanities & Social sciences for the following two years. He completed his studies abroad with one semester at the International People’s College of Copenaghen, in Denmark, with particular focus on Sustainable Development. He was Managing Director Nepal Readers Club, an organization involved in providing books and literature to the needy young generation, from 2009 to 2012. For the following three years, he managed several local organizations involved in human and social development in Nepal. Since 2015, he has been the director of the newborn care program supported by Day One in Nepal.

NGUYEN THI XUAN HOI, South East Asia Regional Director

Hoi Nguyen, born in Hanoi, Vietnam, has over six years of experience working for social health developing projects. Immediately following her graduation in 2011 she started her career with East Meets West Foundation, a leading INGO pioneering evidence-based programs and technologies in health, water and sanitation, and education. As a Program Officer of the Breath of Life Program, she is responsible for implementing all newborn health programs, with more than 250 hospitals of various levels throughout the country. To date, she has run hundreds of projects by sending new medical devices to hospitals, holding national conferences on newborn care, and setting up training courses for doctors and nurses. In addition, she also has a remarkable knowledge and professional skills in designing and carrying out clinical research. She has co-led clinical studies on testing effectiveness and impact of new medical equipment in newborn care and treatment among Vietnam hospitals. She graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the Hanoi University of Science and Technologies.

ALESSANDRA ALBERTINI, Communication Manager

Alessandra Albertini, born in Trento, studied Art in Verona (ITA), Salamanca (ESP), and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence (ITA). She has attended courses in audiovisual communication, photography, design, and graphics. Since 12 years, she worked as a video technician for a local Italian television and as a freelance videographer for several companies and national and international organizations. She is the director of all communication at Day One Health.