OUR ADVISORY BOARD

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CLAIRE FULLER (United Kingdom)

Chair of the International Foundation for Dermatology
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IKPONWOSA ERO (Nigeria)

United Nations Independent Expert on Albinism
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JOSE Mª MÁRQUEZ (Spain)

Director Africa Directo
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ULI OSTERWALDER (Switzerland)

Senior Scientific Advisor in Photoprotection, former DSM and BASF
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YOLANDA GILABERTE (Spain)

Researcher and Dermatologist, former director of the photobiology group of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology
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PETER ASH (Canada)

CEO and Founder of Under the Same Sun
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GIACOMO PROLI (Italy)

Marketing and Communication, former Director of Marketing and Retail at L'Oréal

OUR TEAM

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MAFALDA SOTO

Director
Mafalda has a pharmaceutical background specialized in International Health. In 2008 she threw her backpack on and became a volunteer. What would initially be a nine stage months became nine years of work pioneering socio-sanitary projects to support vulnerable groups in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2010, she has been obsessed with improving the lives of people with albinism in Africa.

In 2016 she returned to Europe and co-founded Beyond Suncare. Mafalda is a "United Nations Champion on Albinism" and the model she developed for the protection of People with Albinism was chosen as Best Practice by the United Nations in 2016.

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LOREA BAGAZGOITIA

Medical Director
Lorea is a dermatologist. Since 2008 she has participated in workshops training African doctors on how to treat skin cancer in people with albinism. With one or two annual surgical-training trips to Tanzania in the last ten years, she lived closely and witnessed the birth of the first sunscreen made specifically for people with albinism produced in Africa.

Since 2017 she has moved from cancer treatment to its prevention, embarking enthusiastically on the Beyond Suncare project.

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ROCÍO DÍAZ-AGERO

Projects Director
Rocío is an industrial engineer who has dedicated her professional career to develop innovative and sustainable solutions towards development problems involving all of actors of the society, working with the United Nations and ONGAWA amongst others.

What began in Tanzania as a friendship with Mafalda ended up becoming a shared passion for changing the lives of people with albinism in Africa, which led to her to join the project in 2015.

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MARÍA ÁLVARO

Responsible for communication
María Álvaro is a journalist fascinated by social journalism, sustainability and new trends of generating impact. She is specialized in social communication. She has focused her professional career on the third sector, working in entities dedicated to development, international cooperation and humanitarian aid.

Since 2019 she has been working with Beyond Suncare to raise awareness of the situation of people with albinism in Africa and, through communication, to do her bit to improve it.

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DEVLINE MSOWOYA

Regional Coordinator for Southern and Eastern Africa
Malawi-born physician, Devline has more than 20 years experience in the creation of hospitals and in the direction of community development projects. He is a regular participant in the World Bioethics Conference and member of the Scientific Committee of the World Bioethics Society since 2016.

His extensive experience in project management, combined with its passion to improve the lives of the most vulnerable, prompted him to join the Beyond Suncare project with enthusiasm since its birth.

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ALAITZ SAIZAR SUAREZ

Project Coordinator in Malawi
With a degree in mathematics, her curiosity about Chinese culture pushed her to study the language and move to the Asian giant in 2011. A semester of immersion would become 6 years in the country.

In 2019 she changes continent and starts a new adventure in Africa. After some first experiences working in development projects in Uganda and Kenya she discovers the work of Beyond Suncare and begins to learn about the unfair situation in which people with albinism live in Africa, so she decides to embark on the implementation of Beyond projects in Malawi.

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EDDINGTONE CHISUI

Monitoring and evaluation officer
Born in Malawi, Eddingtone is an environmental and natural resource management specialist, with additional qualification and extensive knowledge in Agriculture. Over the past years he has been involved in implementing community development projects with the Government of Malawi as well as other non governmental organizations; managing and coordinating projects, being involved in conducting research, data collection and analysis and human resources management.

Because of his passion and enthusiasm for working on projects with direct impact to the community, he joined Beyond Suncare in 2019 as a data technician and definitely in 2020 as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer.