Who we are

We are a group of senior global public health and communication professionals who have spent years working to solve some of the world’s toughest health and development challenges. Our knowledge and experience in social and behaviour change communications has helped bring the world to the edge of polio eradication, end the West African Ebola Outbreak and protect vulnerable communities from natural disasters and climate change. 

Together we have lived and worked in more than 20 countries including Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Morocco, Honduras, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Jordan, Vietnam, Angola, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Switzerland, Canada and the United States. 

In the end, it's all about people. We believe human behaviour is ultimately what spreads and stops disease, and what drives human progress. Understanding what motivates people to act positively is to understand how we can make the world a more just and connected place.

The Founders

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SHERINE GUIRGUIS

Sherine has worked with UNICEF at managerial and technical levels for over 15 years, in the fields of C4D, public health, nutrition, communication and monitoring and evaluation. She was recently in charge of UNICEF's global behavior change strategy for Polio Eradication, where she helped secure global public commitment for oral polio vaccine so the world could finally become polio-free. She was part of UNICEF’s senior team helping to respond to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, and was part of the local team in India that contributed to the last polio case in 2011. She has helped Maldivian communities recover from the Tsunami of 2004 and has supported numerous countries to develop communication and development strategies. She is widely published in the realm of public health and C4D. She speaks Arabic and holds a MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is currently based in Bucharest, Romania. 

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MICHAEL COLEMAN

Michael was recently a Communication for Development Specialist with UNICEF’s polio team in New York covering Afghanistan and Pakistan, responsible for training and capacity building, and the transition of polio assets to Routine Immunization. He served as the Communication Manager for the Polio team in Pakistan from 2012-2013, managing the strategic response to community engagement following the unprecedented attacks on health workers. Previous to this he was Chief of Communications for the UNICEF Angola country office, and as Communication Manager for the United Nations team in Vietnam, helped to establish the world’s first multi-agency communication team. He has also worked in communication and social development in Honduras, Sri Lanka, Canada and Poland. He speaks French and Spanish and holds a journalism degree, a graduate certificate in Communication for Behavioural Impact from NYU, and a Masters in Political Science and Communication from the University of London. Michael is currently based in Da Nang, Vietnam.

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THOMAS MORAN

Thomas is a health and communication expert with 15 years’ experience working in complex development and emergency settings. As a technical and communication officer working for the World Health Organization in Geneva, he has supported and led Polio outbreak response activities in more than a dozen countries. Most recently he was WHO's regional coordinator for the Syria polio outbreak response. He also led WHO's Community Engagement Pillar for the West African Ebola Outbreak Response in 2014. He lived for several years in Indonesia where he was responsible for developing communication strategies for a number of public health and emergency programmes including polio eradication, measles elimination and the Jogjakarta earthquake response and early recovery. He holds a Masters of Communication from the Queensland University of Technology and likes to pretend he can speak fluent Bahasa and take reasonable photographs. Thomas will join the Common Thread team full time from January 2018.

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Our Partners

We believe in designing social and behaviour change strategies that draw on diverse sectors to deliver results. That’s why we have established relationships with a number of companies and organizations with world-class expertise to help you implement the various parts of your strategy: qualitative and anthropological research, facilitation, strategic communication, multi-media production, social marketing, capacity building, and evaluation. 

We have strategic relationships and experience with the following organizations:

Our list of collaborators is always growing, so contact us to hear who we're working with now.

 
 

How can we help you achieve your public health goals?

 
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