Data Driven Strategies
BRINGING TOGETHER EVIDENCE AND EXCELLENCE IN ANALYTIC THINKING
How we work
Building on existing evidence, we apply qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches to answer the toughest questions.
We support clients to improve
effectiveness and outcomes, maximize impact of investments, and drive the intersection between strategy, policy and advocacy.
Our network includes professionals in public health, impact and outcomes research, product development
and introduction, performance management, monitoring,evaluation and advocacy.
Based in New York, with representation in New Delhi and Lisbon, the practice draws on experts from around the world.
What we do
Our clients are organizations working in health and global development that aspire to significantly impact the systems in which they operate.
Not for profit and intergovernmental organizations
Principal | New York
Nina founded Spark Street in 2019. She has held numerous leadership positions including as Managing Director for Policy and Performance at Gavi, the vaccine alliance, where she led Gavi’s work in strategic planning, policy development, market-shaping, performance management, and monitoring and evaluation. She also served as the principal advisor and acting chief of health at Unicef, overseeing their health programs in over 150 countries.
Nina led the Policy team at Global Alliance for Tuberculosis Drug Development, where she focused on market access, product introduction and advocacy. She directed the global public health program for the Open Society Foundation and has worked for the Population Council and AVSC International (now Engender Health). She holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities and teaches on the faculty at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She was appointed as a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the United Nations International Institute for Global Health and Chair of Gavi's evaluation advisor committee.
New Dehli, India
Susanna focuses on results-based program development, strategic planning, and analysis.
She has held positions with UNICEF in country and at headquarters and worked in maternal and child health in Finland and India.
Brian is responsible for review of methods and quality control. Currently a faculty member at Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health, he has been based in South Asia since 2009 conducting research, policy and advocacy projects.
Susanna holds a BA in Social Sciences and an MA in Public Health from Tampere University, Finland. She also has an MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies from European University in St. Petersburg and in addition to Finnish, is fluent in English and Russian.
Brian holds an MPH in Epidemiological and Biostatistics methods and a PhD in Global Health and Epidemiology both from Johns Hopkins University.
He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles.
Anna-Carin is a health policy and health system specialist. She started her career at the Swedish Ministry of Health and has served as a senior policy advisor to the Ministries of Health in Kenya and Zambia. Anna-Carin has managed the implementation of health programmes for Swedish Sida, the German GIZ, the European Union (EU) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). At Gavi, she worked on both policy development and evaluation, where her work included developing Gavi's fragility and emergency, gender and risk policies. Anna-Carin holds a MSc in Health and Pharmaco- Economics and a BSc in Macro Economics. Anna-Carin is fluent in Swedish and English and has a working knowledge of French.
As global and national policymakers deliberate approaches to achieving the SDGs, including for universal health coverage, the delivery of community-based interventions involving CHWs in urban settings should be strongly considered.
Brian Wahl, Susanna Lehtimaki, Stefan Germann and Nina Schwalbe