Our Founders

Brandon Kohrt, President, Director of HeartMind International


Brandon Kohrt, MD, PhD, serves as President of HeartMind International and is dedicated to providing mental health services to vulnerable populations in Nepal. Dr. Brandon Kohrt is a medical anthropologist and cultural psychiatrist who has worked in rural Nepal for 18 years. Dr. Kohrt is an expert in developing culturally-appropriate mental health treatments. Dr. Kohrt is passionate about reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. He is a technical advisor for the HeartMind International’s implementation partner Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal. He teaches global mental health at the Duke Global Health Institute. Dr. Kohrt has conducted research in Jumla, Nepal, since 2000, in order to design sustainable and effective mental health services.

 

Libby King MacFarlane, Vice President, Director of HeartMind International


Libby King MacFarlane serves as Vice President of HeartMind International. MacFarlane is a positive, change-oriented strategist with strong experience in global consulting, product innovation and change leadership. She is currently a candidate for the MSc-Global Health and MBA at Duke University investigating the psychosocial impacts of climate change on rural farmers in Nepal. Previously, she was a Global Health Trustees Fellow with International Honors Program comparing health systems in India, Argentina and South Africa. She received the recipient of the prestigious Career Development Award from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She is also a global citizen with extensive experience working in six different countries.


Robert Koenig, Treasurer, Director of HeartMind International


Robert Koenig serves as Director and Treasurer of HeartMind International. Robert Koenig is a multiple Emmy nominated producer and director of films and television. He produced and directed the documentary film “Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal’s Maoist Army”, which won the prestigious Artivist Award for Child Advocacy for highlighting issues related to the reintegration of child soldiers in Nepal.  He produced the critically acclaimed documentary "Coexist", which was nominated for Best Documentary Film by the African Movie Academy Awards. Koenig has also written and contributed to numerous articles and book chapters focused on the subject of human rights. Koenig served as an adjunct professor in the department of Electronic Media & Film at Towson University and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He is the Past President and current Foundation Chair of the Rotary Club of Towsontowne in Towson, MD.


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