Healthier Longer Lives Leadership

Kenneth Dudek


Fountain House

A recognized leader in the mental health field, Kenneth Dudek has led Fountain House and the international development of clubhouses since 1992.  He has directed development of groundbreaking programs that address the housing, employment, educational, and health needs of people living with mental illness. During his tenure, Fountain House has been honored by many organizations – including receiving the world’s largest and most prestigious, Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize – and widely praised by leading scholars, psychiatrists, government officials and others working in the mental health field.   Prior to joining Fountain House, Dudek was director of community support at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health where he created 25 model clubhouses and many other community-based mental health programs. Because of Fountain House’s outstanding track record, Dudek is frequently quoted by media, invited to serve on key advisory committees and asked to speak throughout the world.  He appeared in and co-produced the award-winning documentary, “West 47th Street,” as well as two short films on mental illness and stigma, “A Family Matter” and “Lance’s Story.” Dudek is a co-author of the book, Fountain House: Creating Community in Mental Health Practice.

Since 1996, Jeffrey Aron has served as Director of External Affairs at Fountain House, a community-based mental health organization in New York City. Fountain House is dedicated to the recovery of men and women with serious mental illness. Recently, under Jeffrey's leadership, the organization won the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world’s largest and most prestigious humanitarian award, with a $1.5 million honorarium; and created a partnership with the World Health Organization to develop guidelines and best practices for health practitioners working with people with serious mental illness. Jeff was a founder of the All Stars Project (ASP) and currently serves on its Board. ASP is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting human development through the use of an innovative performance-based model. ASP creates outside of school, educational and performing arts activities for thousands of poor and minority young people. Jeff has graduate degrees from Stanford University (anthropology) and Teachers College, ColumbiaUniversity (dance education).

Jeffrey Aron

Director of External Affairs

Fountain House

Kathleen Pike, PhD

Director & Scientific

Co-Director of the Global Mental Health Program

Columbia University

Kathleen Pike is on faculty in the Departments of Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Psychology at Columbia University where she serves as Director and Scientific Co-Director of the Global Mental Health Program. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Pike works globally examining risk factors for mental illness and has lead diverse initiatives to reduce stigma associated with mental disorder as well as clinical
training and education to expand capacity in evidence supported psychotherapy for mental disorders.

Dr. Pike has held academic and administrative university appointments in both the United States and Japan and is recognized internationally for her work in the area of eating disorders. She currently serves on the editorial board for three journals in the field of eating disorders and is on the Board of Directors for the World Federation for Mental Health. She is the founding chair of the US-TELL Foundation and for over a decade she served as vice-chair of the Board of Directors for TELL in Japan, the only accredited mental health center dedicated to serving the needs of the international community in Japan. She also served as vice chair of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation Board of Directors, launching the first residential liberal arts college for women in Bangladesh that draws students from across South and Southeast Asia. 

Dr. Pike earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Johns Hopkins University and her doctoral degree at Yale University.

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Dr. Shekhar Saxena

Visiting Professor,

Harvard University

T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MSD) at WHO’s Headquarters Office, is the joint leader of the Mental Health Innovation Network. Dr. Saxena is a psychiatrist with about 30 years of experience in research and program management, service delivery and information systems in the areas of mental health, especially in low and middle income countries. He was one of the writers of the World Health Report 2001 on mental health and an editor and author in the Lancet Series on Global Mental Health 2007 and the Lancet Series on Global Mental Health 2011. He led WHO's Mental Health Atlas and WHO Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems (WHO-AIMS), which have been used in more than 80 countries, and is responsible for implementation of WHO's mental health Gap Action Program on scaling up care for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in low and middle income countries. His current responsibilities include implementing the WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020.

Karlee Silver is VP Programs for Grand Challenges Canada. Dr. Silver is responsible for the strategy of the Stars in Global Health, Saving Lives at Birth, Saving Brains and Global Mental Health programs. She is a thought leader for the Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace and helps manage the Fellows who contribute to the Innovation Marketplace activities.

Dr. Silver has been with Grand Challenges Canada since it launched, and led the process of selecting the organization’s prioritized grand challenges. Prior to joining Grand Challenges Canada, Dr. Silver trained in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Kain at the Sandra Rotman Centre in Toronto, first as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research postdoctoral fellow, then as a MITACS Elevate postdoctoral fellow, where she helped to identify host responses of malaria infection in pregnant women to harness for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Dr. Silver received her doctorate in 2006 from the University of Oxford, where she attended as a Rhodes Scholar and trained in genetics and immunology under the supervision of Professor Richard Cornall and Professor Sir John Bell. 

Karlee Silver, PhD

VP Programs

Grand Challenges Canada

Moitreyee is the Chief Executive Officer of citiesRISE. She brings extensive experience working across sectors to address the root causes and complex interdependencies that stand in the way of healthy communities. Through her work at the GE Foundation and the Global Development Incubator, she has shaped multiple national programs through scaling innovations and public-private partnerships for emergency care, maternal and child health, clean water, mobile technology, and education.

Moitreyee has a PhD in Physics, has received GE’s highest technical team award and the Kingdom of Cambodia’s Highest Award for Philanthropy.

Moitreyee Sinha, PhD