Ellen Wilson is the principal and managing director of Burness’ global practice, which includes a branch office in Nairobi, Kenya. She has over two decades of experience providing strategic communications counsel to some 70 global nonprofits working in malaria, tuberculosis and other tropical diseases; agricultural research and hunger, particularly focused on Africa; and climate change and forestry protection. She leads high-impact, media-centered, multi-continent communications campaigns that deliver increased exposure for research and solutions to social issues in developing countries. She has directly carried out communications activities across Europe, as well as in Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, India, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania.

She has been integrally involved in developing and implementing communications activities in global health for AerasAmerican Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene,Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationGlobal Health Innovative Technology FundGlobal Health Technologies Coalition,Medicines Patent PoolMeningitis Vaccine Project (MVP),PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI) and TB Alliance, among others.

In the area of climate change and agriculture, she has led communications activities for Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food SecurityFord FoundationGlobal Crop Diversity TrustInternational Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI),International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)Rockefeller Foundation and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

Prior to joining Burness, Ellen worked at a public relations firm that represented Planned Parenthood Federation of America and civil rights organizations. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science-international relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband, two sons and her dog, Riley.