Ellen Agler is the Chief Executive Officer of The END Fund, working to see an end of the suffering caused by the most prevalent neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) – including river blindness, lymphatic filariais, intestinal worms, schistosomiasis and blinding trachoma – affecting over 1.5 billion people.
Previously, she served as Operation Smile’s Senior Vice President for International Programs, managing programs to provide comprehensive care to children with cleft lips and cleft palates in over 60 countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She also led Operation Smile’s global public policy, collaboration and advocacy efforts to promote essential surgery as an integral component of global health policy and programming.
Agler holds graduate degrees in International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, with a focus on humanitarian affairs, and in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, with a focus on nonprofit management and child rights. She has also pursued postgraduate studies in Conflict Resolution at Universidad de Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia.