Prof Nelson Torto Executive Director, The AAS
Dr Thomas Kariuki Director of Programmes, The AAS
Dr Moses Alobo Programme Manager, Grand Challenges Africa, The AAS
Alobo has over 15 years’ experience managing research grants both from the recipient’s and funder’s side.His last posting was as a key interface between the African research centres and GSK’s Africa NCD Open Lab. He has worked for GSK, Hoffman La Roche and Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative. He studied medicine at the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and later Public Health at the University of Birmingham (UK). He has been awarded the Archbishop Desmond Tutu African Leadership fellowship in 2014, the EU Contact Point Network for Young African Scientists Fellowship in 2007 and the British Chevening Scholarship in 2005.
Prof Charles Mgone Vice Chancellor, Hubert Kairuki Memorial University, Tanzania
Mgone is a paediatrician by training and holds a PhD in medical and molecular genetics. He has worked in Africa, Europe and the Pacific where he has served as advisor at national and international levels. He has considerable experience in research, research administration, capacity development and training, particularly in sexually transmitted infections, HIV, malaria and other tropical diseases.
Mgone was formerly the Executive Director of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). Prior to that he served as the Head of EDCTP’s Africa Office working closely with the African research community, programme managers and policy-makers in inspiring African commitment and co-ownership of health research programmes. Before joining EDCTP, Mgone was the Network Director of the African Malaria Network Trust with the responsibility of coordinating the African R&D and capacity development for malaria vaccines and related interventions. He is a member of many international scientific committee, the Chair of the TDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee and the founding Chair of the Africa Research Excellence Fund Board. Mgone is a strong advocate of African national ownership and local investment in health research and a proponent of equitable partnerships and capacity development.
Prof Joy Lawn Director of MARCH Centre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Prof Marleen Temmerman Director, Center of Excellence in Women and Health, Aga Khan University
Temmerman is a well-recognised global leader in women, child and adolescent health. She brings academic, technical, political, governance, management and leadership skills to the table as well as diplomacy, advocacy, fundraising, training and clinical expertise. She has a strong track record of working with governments, multilateral organisations, academia, professional bodies, development agencies, private sector, consultancy agencies, civil society, non-governmental and faith based organisations, in a global and changing world.
Prof Chinyere Ezeaka President, Nigerian Society of Neonatal Medicine
Ezeaka has been actively involved in teaching, clinical service and research, which have centred on many aspects of newborn survival, namely prematurity/low birth weight/kangaroo mothercare, neonatal jaundice, perinatal asphyxia and newborn resuscitation trainings. The research works have aimed to be locally relevant and to add value to knowledge and practice; furthermore, to entrench inter-disciplinary collaborations with strong international partnerships.
Ezeaka is a technical newborn health consultant for the Federal Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, UNICEF, Save the Children International, and the USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Programme (MCSP) Nigeria; and in collaboration was the lead editorial consultant that compiled the Nigerian Newborn Situation Analysis and Action Plan: in the context of the IMNCH strategy 2008 (1st Edition) and 2011 (2nd edition) which is the first national comprehensive document on the state of newborn health in Nigeria. She is the National President of the Nigerian Society of Neonatal Medicine (NISONM), and an International Board Member of the International Neonatology Association Congress (INAC) 2016-date.
Prof Liz Molyneux Professor of Paediatrics, University of Malawi (Retired)
For over 30 years, Molyneux has made a major contribution toward improving children’s health care in Malawi. She began to work as a doctor in Malawi in 1974, first in a mission hospital, then at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre. In the QECH she developed the emergency unit and was instrumental in starting the palliative care service for children (the first in Africa), the KMC unit and oncology services. She spent 11 years working in emergency medicine at Alder Hey Children’s hospital in Liverpool before returning to Malawi in 1995 and became head of the University of Malawi College of Medicine Department of Paediatrics. She developed training programmes in triage and emergency medicine, and worked with the WHO to develop the ETA training programme, now used worldwide. Over the last decade she has been working with biomedical engineers to improve, innovate and provide appropriate equipment for health care in low income countries.Her research interests are wide and include infectious diseases, ‘tropical’ oncology, emergency care, health care delivery and health care systems.
Prof Fred Were Immediate Former Dean of the school of Medicine, University of Nairobi
Dr Pius Okong Chairman of the Health Service Commission
Okong graduated as a medical doctor from Makerere University (1980) and followed this with a masters in obstetrics and gynaecology degree in 1986. He carried out pioneer research on the human papilloma virus in Uganda, showing its association with cancer of the cervix, and also conducted subsequent research on genetic characterisation of HPV 16 & 18 in Uganda prior to HPV vaccine development. He has been involved in research on Emergency Obstetric care, HIV/AIDS in Obstetrics and perinatal health and hypertensive disorders in pregnancy and supervises doctoral students in Makerere, Lund University and Karolinska Institute.
Dr Sindura Ganapathi Deputy Director on the Global Health Division’s Maternal, Neonatal and Child health (MNCH Discovery and Tools) team, BMGF
Ganapathi’s work includes setting and executing research agenda around maternal, neonatal and child health to improve conditions which together account for ~70% of the under 5 mortality and significant morbidity. Ganapathi joined the foundation in 2012. Before becoming Deputy Director, Ganapathi served as Chief of Staff to the President of Global Health. In this capacity, he worked as a thought partner to the President to help run the Global Health division. Before that, he worked as a program officer in maternal and child health.
Dr Hilary Gammil Senior Programme Officer, Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Discovery and Tools Global Health Division, BMGF
Gammill is a maternal-fetal medicine physician-scientist who joined the Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Discovery & Tools (MNCH D&T) team as a Senior Program Officer in January, 2019. Prior to joining D&T, she worked at the University of Washington (UW) as an Associate Professor in obstetrics and gynecology. After attending medical school at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, Washington, Gammill, MD completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency and maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She then returned to Seattle and joined the UW faculty, where she initially worked in the multidisciplinary research group of Dr J Lee Nelson, a leader in the field of microchimerism research, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and then launched her own complementary research program at the UW. Gammill’s laboratory was part of the Center for Reproductive Sciences at UW’s dedicated research campus at South Lake Union. Her group focused on maternal-fetal exchange and immune interaction, and reproductive origins of maternal disease, with a particular emphasis on how material exchanged between mother and fetus during pregnancy can influence pregnancy outcomes and reflect placental status. In addition, her group investigated the durable persistence of cells exchanged between mother and fetus as microchimerism and their potential to influence later-life risk of and protection from diseases, for example in cardiovascular health after preeclampsia.
Dr Thomas Nyirenda Strategic Partnerships and Capacity Development Manager, EDCTP
Dr. Thomas Nyirenda is a physician who trained in Medicine and Public Health in the United Kingdom and Malawi. His professional experience has covered medical care, planning and implementing community disease control programs, operational research and clinical trials against Poverty Related Infectious Diseases in Africa. He worked with the Ministry of Health in Malawi from 1993 to 2000, the World Health Organization from 2000 to 2004 covering TB and TB/HIV co-infection clinical research in Africa. He has published and contributed to a number of publications in these fields including malaria. Since 2004 he has been part of the EDCTP Secretariat, in his capacity as Strategic Partnerships and Capacity Development Manager.
Dr Angela Akolo Professor of Pediatrics & Child Health (Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine), Federal Medical Center Asaba, Nigeria (NISONM Advisor)
Okolo was a Professor in the School of Medicine of the University of Benin; she teaches and researches on Neonatal and Perinatal health Issues. Her educational background has provided her the opportunity to serve at both international and national level. Her early formative years in medical School at the Lovanium University of Kinshasa, DRC, has made her a bilingual doctor. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and a fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK). She is a Fellow of the National Post graduate Medical college of Nigeria and a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians. As a Professor of Paediatrics with accrued experience of more the 35 years at the Medical Schools of the University of Benin and the University of Jos, she is a mentor in the domain of Paediatrics and Neonatal health as she has mentored several professional colleagues in that discipline both in the University of Benin, University of Jos amongst others. These individuals have risen to high Academic standards. She has been active in Professional Post graduate medical Education activities at National and Regional Levels and has served various leadership positions & mentored junior faculty. She has over 100 publications, and co-authored book chapters. She is External Examiner for Medical Schools at National and Regional levels. She has served as guest lecturer both at International and National levels. She has authored more than 100 publications, contributed to textbook chapters and supervised over 50 Dissertations.
Dr Gloria Quansa-Asare Medical Doctor and Public Health Consultant, Ghana Health Sector (Ministry of Health)
Quansah Asare (BSc. Human Biology, MB, ChB, MPH, Dr.PH, FGCPS) is a Medical Doctor and a Public Health Consultant with about 35 years experience with Ghana's Health Sector (Ministry of Health). She had her medical training in the School of Medical Sciences, University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana and undertook her post graduate training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
She has recently retired from the position of Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Health Service - a position she held for five years. Prior to that she served as the first Director of the Family Health Division of the Ghana Health Service and was the National Family Planning (FP) Programme Manager. She also served as the Programme Manager for the Expanded Programme on Immunization and Control of Diarrhoeal Disease (EPI/CDD) prior to her post-graduate training. She is a Foundation Fellow (Public Health Faculty) of the Ghana College of Physicians & Surgeons, former Deputy Head of Population, Family & Reproductive Health Department, University of Ghana School of Public Health, former Member (Global South Representative) of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition Executive Committee (2013 -2017), an Honorary Fellow of the Fred Sai Institute and adjunct lecturer at the Ensign School of Public Health, Kpong, Accra Medical College and Family Health Medical School, all in Ghana.
Dr Jane Chuma Senior Health Economist, World Bank
Prof Monica Magadi Professor of Social Research & Population Health, Department of Social Sciences, University of Hull
Before joining the University of Hull in July 2012, Magadi was a Reader and Senior Lecturer in Social Research Methods at the Department of Sociology, City University London (2007-2012); a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP), Loughborough University (2004-2007); a Senior Research Fellow at the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI), University of Southampton, UK (2002-2004); a postdoctoral Research Fellow with the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) of the Population Council, Nairobi (1999-2002); and a Lecturer of Demography and Statistics at the Population Studies and Research Institute (PSRI) of the University of Nairobi (1993-2002). Her academic background is in social statistics and demography, having done her PhD in social statistics & demography (University of Southampton, 1999), MSc in population studies (University of Nairobi, 1989) and BEd in mathematics and statistics (Kenyatta University, 1987). Magida focuses on international population health research, especially reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa, including maternal/child health, HIV/AIDS, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. She has published extensively in these areas.
Dr Peter Olupot-Olupot Founding Executive Director, Mbale Clinical Research Institute
Olupot-Olupot has 19 years of experience in clinical practice and 11 years in clinical research. He is a founding Executive Director of the Mbale Clinical Research Institute (MCRI; www.mcri.ac.ug) in Eastern Uganda where he is also lead investigator for studies conducted in this centre. Olupot-Olupot holds MB.Ch.B, MPH and PhD. He has completed several fellowships tailored towards paediatric infectious diseases, public health and research, including, NORAD Fellowship in 2006, BHIVA/ABBOTT/SSAT Fellowship 2006 and the ICWR Fellowship 2012. His passion is clinical spectrum of severe malaria and dark urine syndrome (DUS) in Children in Eastern Uganda. He is furthering this work through a postdoctoral project on acute kidney injury in severe malaria (AKIM) which is funded by the IDeAL/DELTAS Wellcome Trust Fellowship. He also holds EDCTP II Senior Fellowship where he is doing work on malaria epidemiology, Pathophysiology and Implementation Studies. In neonatology research he is leading efforts at MCRI where a number of studies are being implemented and others being planned. He remains active in academia where he serves as Associate Professor of Busitema University and a recognised Clinical Adjunct Faculty at Imperial College London (UK), University of Wisconsin (USA), and as Research Associate at Liverpool University (UK).
Prof Dillichukwu Anumba Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Director for Clinical Academic Training, University of Sheffield Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health
Anumba (MBBS, FWACS, MD, FRCOG, LLM Medical Law) is Professor of obstetrics & gynaecology and Director for Clinical Academic Training at the University of Sheffield Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health. He is Consultant Obstetrician and Specialist in maternal and fetal medicine at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Sheffield UK. His translational research programmes focus on the physiology of human birth, reproductive immunology and reducing health inequalities. He is Principal Investigator on several project grants funded by the UK’s Department of Health, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Medical Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC. He is Director of the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Preterm Birth Prevention and Management (PRIME) - an interdisplinary research alliance working across UK, Africa (currently South Africa - Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg; Nigeria – Kano, Benin and Ilishan) and South East Asia (currently Bangladesh). PRIME prioritises maternal and newborn health (preterm birth) research in LMICs, and delivers social science, physiology and clinical research agendas, with focus on implementation and improvement of health systems in the Global South.
Dr Oniyire Adetiloye Country Director, Jhpiego, Nigeria Office
Adetiloye is a public health physician with over 20 years’ of professional experience in clinical care service delivery, health management and project implementation. He is currently the Nigeria Country Director of Jhpiego – an international, non-profit health organisation affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, U.S.A. Adetiloye holds a bachelors degree in medicine and surgery (M.B.B.S), both master’s degree and a PhD in public health. He holds several training and programme certificates in project management, including a certificate from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) in collaboration with the University of California Anderson Business School (UCLA); and a project management certificate from the QA Training Institute in London. He equally holds a training certificate on adolescent sexual and reproductive health from the OFRI International Training Center Jerusalem, Israel. His experience in project management covers the areas of family planning, maternal and newborn health, HIV/AIDS, adolescent and sexual reproductive health, community based programming and institutional health systems strengthening at both private and public sectors. Adetiloye is a member of several scientific technical committees and sub committees both in Nigeria and abroad.
Prof John Ele-Ojo Ataguba Associate Professor and Director of the Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town
Celestin Hategeka Vanier Scholar, University of British Colombia
Hategeka is a Vanier scholar at the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Population and Public Health and UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research in Vancouver, Canada. Hategeka studies how health system can deliver high quality health services. He analyses health system performance using mainly existing health surveys and routine health facility data to diagnose suboptimal quality (care gaps) in order to help inform practice and policy decisions to improve health system quality. Hategeka also uses quasi-experimental methods and economic evaluation methods to study the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health system interventions and reforms. Prior to joining UBC, he practiced medicine in rural Rwanda and was also Instructor and Coordinator of ETAT+ (Emergency Triage, Assessment and Treatment plus Admission care for severely ill newborns and children) program and contributed to implementing health system quality improvement programs in district hospitals in Rwanda. Hategeka holds an MSc in Population and Public Health from UBC and an MD from University of Rwanda.
Dr Sylvia Deganus Consultant Obstetrician/ Gynaecologist, Tema General Hospital
Sonia dos Santos Tembe Bandeira Pediatrician and Neonatologist, Director of Human Milk Bank, Maputo Central Hospital
Bandeira has a master’s in paediatrics-neonatology (13 years) and specialist in paediatrics (11 years). She is the first neonatologist in the Mozambique.
As a director of neonatology (in two most important hospitals of Mozambique: Maputo and Beira), she had two priorities: identification and implementation of low-cost strategies to reduce neonatal mortality.
She also worked with the team in training courses in neonatology for physicians, nurses residents, obstetricians, in “Neonatal Care and Neonatal resuscitation:
• Performed team supervision at the district and provincial level.
• Has experience in organisation of workshops and training courses in coordination with health facilities, Health Ministry, local government, NGO's & partners (University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), CUAMM- doctor for Africa, etc.
• Teaching experience: medical students (Eduardo Mondlane and
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