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Hon. Dr. Michel Hamala Sidibe (African Union Special Envoy for the African Medicines Agency (AMA) at African Union)

Hon. Dr. Michel Hamala Sidibe

African Union Special Envoy for the African Medicines Agency (AMA) at African Union

Sidibé is a renowned tireless champion of African-owned solutions and has been an outspoken advocate for local pharmaceutical production of medicines and other essential health commodities. He contributed to the efforts towards access to quality and safe medicines and vaccines and in fighting global inequities.
In April 2021, he was appointed African Union Special Envoy for AMA. Thanks to his high level advocacy efforts, the AMA treaty entered into force on 5 November, much more quickly than expected.
A former Minister of Health and Social Affairs for Mali (2019-2020), Sidibé has championed a people centered approach to health and development for over 40 years.
He served as Executive Director of UNAIDS, holding the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (2009-2019). Prior to joining UNAIDS, Sidibé worked at UNICEF and for Terre des Hommes, where his passion for advancing global health and social justice began.
Under his leadership at UNAIDS, more than 25 million people started life saving HIV treatment.
In 2021 he was appointed a board member of The Global Commission on Drug Policy.
Sidibe is the founder and CEO of MHS Consulting (, an innovation accelerator platform working with governments, private sector and civil society to promote global health security and diplomacy.
An economist by training, Michel Hamala Sidibé is the recipient of various African and global awards, including honorary doctorates from world's leading universities.

Hon. Dr. John Chamunorwa Mangwiro (Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care at Republic of Zimbabwe)

Hon. Dr. John Chamunorwa Mangwiro

Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care at Republic of Zimbabwe

Dr John Chamunorwa Mangwiro was born on 9 March 1962, in Chikomba District in Zimbabwe. He did his primary education there and enrolled for Secondary school at Assisi High School where he excelled in sciences and got a place to pursue further studies at Bernard Mzeki College. He got a government scholarship to study Medicine at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He is married with 5 children. He currently is the Deputy Minister of health and Child Care in Zimbabwe.
1) Dr of Medicine 1985-1991, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
2) Master of Medicine Degree in Medicine, 2003- 2006, University of Zimbabwe.
3) Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes, 2014-2015, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom.
4) Master of Science in Diabetes, 2015-2016, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom.
- 1989-1991 Medical internship, Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- 1991-1992 Medical Internship, Mpilo Hospital, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
- 1992- 2000 Registrar, Mpilo Hospital, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
- 2001-2006 Registrar Harare Central Hospital'
- 2006- 2018 Consultant Specialist Physician, Harare Central Hospital.
- 2013- 2017 President of the Zimbabwe Diabetes Association.
- 2016-2017 International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Board Member Southern Africa Region.
- 2018 -2019 IDF Africa President Elect.
- Founding Fellow of East, Central and Southern Africa College of Physicians (ECSACoP)
- Founder of the Diabetes Clinic at Harare Central Hospital.
- Member of the Advisory Board of Novo Nordisk Buddy Doctor Initiative.
- 2018 Appointed Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe.
- 2019 Appointed International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Africa Region Chairperson

Beatrice Mutali (Resident Coordinator in Zambia at United Nations)

Beatrice Mutali

Resident Coordinator in Zambia at United Nations

Ms. Beatrice Mutali brings more than 25 years of private and public sector experience within the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights, covering Middle- and Low-Income countries, and a combination of development and humanitarian contexts.   
Prior to her appointment as UN Resident Coordinator, she served as United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Deputy Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, UNFPA’s Representative to South Africa and Country Director for Botswana and Eswatini, and UNFPA’s Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa. In all these positions, she has led successful strategy development and implementation, policy engagement, resource mobilization, programme management, and has built strong partnerships. 
Prior to joining the UN system in 2014, Ms. Mutali held several leadership roles within the area of Family Planning, HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health from organizations such as Merck/MSD, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.   
Ms. Beatrice Mutali holds a master’s degree and a bachelor's degree in Economics from Kurukshetra University, India.

Dr. Tharcisse Barihuta (Country Director of UNAIDS)

Dr. Tharcisse Barihuta

Country Director of UNAIDS

Dr. Tharcisse Barihuta started his assignment as UNAIDS Zambia Country Director in August 2019. He has over 25 years professional experience in prevention and care of communicable diseases programming, oversight implementation, political advocacy, resource mobilisation and leading teams at regional and international levels. He spent four years representing Burundi in the Executive Committee of the Authority of Great Lakes initiative on HIV/AIDS involving Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, three years with the World Bank, Global Funds to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and three years as Special Advisor to the Minister of Health in Djibouti. He has worked with UNAIDS for 11 years and previously served as UNAIDS Country Coordinator in Djibouti, Middle East and North Africa Region, and UNAIDS Country Director in Namibia. Tharcisse is a Physician who worked in hospitals and also taught in medical school.

Dr. Imane Kendili (President at African Global Health)

Dr. Imane Kendili

President at African Global Health

Dr. Imane Kendili is a graduate of Hassan University of Medicine and In Rochd University Hospital in Casablanca. After a stay at the CHU Brugmann in Brussels and at the Université Libre in Brussels, she is now a specialist in substance and behavioral addiction in Morocco and Belgium. Several visits to Switzerland and the United States have allowed a more marked professional shift in Addictology.
Dr. Imane Kendili is very involved in several civil action associations but also in several learned societies at the international level. Indeed, she leads many actions as an honorary member of various associations.
She has been a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) since 2011; Founding member and general secretary of the Moroccan Association for University Sexual Health (AMUSS) since 2009; Founding member of the Moroccan Federation of Sleep and Vigilance (FMSV).

Dr. Imane Kendili is former president of multidisciplinary association Moroccan Association of Dependency Medicine and Associated Pathologies (MAPA) and currently president of the African Global Health (AGH).

Prof. Fastone M. Goma (Registrar/CEO of Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ))

Prof. Fastone M. Goma

Registrar/CEO of Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ)
Dr. Nathan Nsubuga Bakyaita (Representative to Zambia at World Health Organization)

Dr. Nathan Nsubuga Bakyaita

Representative to Zambia at World Health Organization

Dr Nathan Nsubuga Bakyaita has been WHO Representative to Zambia since 4 December 2017. Nathan is a medical doctor specializing in Public Health with experience spanning 27 years. He joined WHO as M & E Officer in the Malaria Program at WHO-AFRO (2005-2011); Medical Officer Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) at WHO-AFRO in Brazzaville (2011-2013); and WHO Malaria Adviser Kenya (2013-2017). Before joining WHO, he worked with the Ministry of Health, Uganda in the fields of HIV/AIDS control; Malaria Control and IDSR between 1994 and 2005. Before joining the Ministry of Health headquarters, he worked in Rubaga Hospital (1990-1994). His research interests include HIV/AIDS Care, Anti-malarial resistance, Malaria Surveillance and Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response. He holds a degree in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from Makerere University Kampala, Uganda and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

Dr. Amit Thakker (Chairman at African Healthcare Federation and Africa Health Business)

Dr. Amit Thakker

Chairman at African Healthcare Federation and Africa Health Business

Amit N. THAKKER is a medical doctor, a visionary entrepreneur, industry captain and ground-breaking pioneer in the integration of the private sector within the health system in Africa. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Africa Health Business and the Africa Healthcare Federation and a Director with AMREF Flying Doctors (Kenya) and Seven Seas Technologies. Dr Thakker received an Executive Master of Business Administration degree in 2007 from National Insurance Academy in India and a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree in 1997 from the University of Nairobi. He was the 2017 recipient of the Best CEO award by Titans Global in the Business and Professional Services category, the 2004 Chairman’s Award by the Kenya Medical Association and the 1999 Best Male Entrepreneur of the Year award by Rotary International.

Dr. Anas Nofal (Managing Partner at Axios International)

Dr. Anas Nofal

Managing Partner at Axios International

Dr. Anas Nofal, Managing Partner of Axios International since 2011, has significantly expanded the company's presence in the MEA region and globally through his leadership and expertise. He is a well-rounded healthcare professional with experience in clinical practice, program design, implementation, and compliance. Dr. Anas is passionate about providing access to quality healthcare services, reducing healthcare inequalities, and addressing patient needs through innovative and sustainable solutions. Dr. Anas oversees strategic planning, business development, project implementation, and relationships for all Axios’ healthcare access programs with stakeholders including charity organizations, the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, healthcare providers, regulators, medical associations, and more. He has successfully established unique and sustainable strategies to access patient support programs and fostered public-private partnerships. Dr. Anas holds a Ph.D. in Public Health and a master’s degree in business administration from Vinayaka Missions University (India), and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Jordan. He is fluent in English and Arabic.

Aggrey Aluso (Director of Africa Region for the Pandemic Action Network (PAN))

Aggrey Aluso

Director of Africa Region for the Pandemic Action Network (PAN)

Aggrey Aluso, is the Director, Africa Region for the Pandemic Action Network (PAN) where he currently leads a process of setting up a vibrant and effective PAN Africa advocacy Hub to champion Africa centric, globally facing Pandemic Preparedness and response.

Prior to joining PAN, Aggrey worked as a senior manager at the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, leading the Health and Rights program. In that role, he provided thought leadership in advancing advocacy (directly and through grant making) in addressing the structural and systemic barriers that hinder equitable access to health as democratic right. Aggrey also had an instrumental stint at Terre's des Hommes where he served as the Technical Expert Lobby and Advocacy for the multi-agency, tri-continental advocacy initiative dubbed ‘Girls Advocacy Alliance’ which aimed to enhance government's accountability for protection and advancement of girl child rights through institutionalized accountability mechanisms. He successfully led the conceptualization including the development of a theory of change of the initiative in East Africa and India.

He previously worked as the Technical Manager – Policy & Advocacy for the University of Manitoba’s global institute for public as part of the Technical Support Unit (TSU) assigned to the National Aids Control Council where he pioneered the development of the first policy for HIV response for the Key Populations. Hitherto, he served as the inaugural Country Advocacy and Campaigns Manager for Plan International, Kenya Country office where he set up the advocacy and campaign portfolio to buttress efforts to advance child rights in Kenya and Africa through strategic liaison with Plan Africa regional and global offices.

He is thus a seasoned social justice advocate with expansive experience, spanning over 20 years in advancing intersectional justice, using citizen led, rights-based advocacy efforts. Aggrey holds advanced degree in Gender and development from university of Nairobi and is also a recipient of various certificates for strategic professional courses including from INSEAD on Leading for results, certificate in Policy and Legislative drafting by University of Johannesburg and TCA.

Prof. Morgan Chetty (Chairman at KwaZulu Natal Doctors Healthcare Coalition)

Prof. Morgan Chetty

Chairman at KwaZulu Natal Doctors Healthcare Coalition


Prof Chetty is a registered Specialist Family Physician. He serves as Chairman of the IPA Foundation of SA and Chairman of KwaZulu Natal Doctors Healthcare Coalition.
He is the visiting Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at the Durban University of Technology.
He was awarded the Fellowship of Family Physicians by the College of Medicine of SA – 2013 –FCFP(SA).
In 2019 Prof Chetty was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa), by the Nelson Mandela University (PHD).
He writes for the Medical Chronicle (Medical Journal) regularly and other Journals when invited to do so.
He has written two books on Managed Care and is a speaker at National and International Conferences on a regular basis.
Prof Chetty has been the recipient of several awards for leadership in healthcare, including the Life Achievement Award for Quality in Healthcare, Discovery Health (2018) and the BHF Titanium Award for Excellence in 2017. The Zenith Global Health Lifetime achievement award for service to healthcare
Prof Chetty was awarded the Fulbright – Humphrey scholarship to the USA in 1993 – 1994. He completed his MPH in the USA.
He serves on ISQua on the “Partnering with Patients Program”, has been appointed as an ISQua
Expert and is appointed on the International Academy of Quality and Safety (IAQS).
Prof Chetty has been serving on the NHI task team on GP contracting. He has been appointed to the Office of Health Services Compliance by the Minister of Health (OHSC). Prof Chetty served on the Ministerial Advisory Committee during Covid and subsequently on B4SA Vaccine Committee.
Prof Chetty’s interests are Quality and Safety in Healthcare and is an advocate for Best Practice Medicine.

Mukwandi Chibesakunda (CEO of Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO))

Mukwandi Chibesakunda

CEO of Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO)

She is a Past President of the Zambian Institute of Banking and Financial Services, and hails with wide experience in various Financial Service Industry roles. With a banking career spanning over 14 years, she served as first female Managing Director for Access Bank Zambia Ltd. 
Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive Officer for Zanaco, she served as Managing Director National Savings and Credit Bank. She has also served in Executive capacities at Stanbic Bank Zambia as Head of Personal and Business Banking, and at Standard Chartered Bank Plc as Executive Director Consumer Banking. Mukwandi has been featured in various leading publications such as the Forbes Magazine and African Leadership Magazine, addressing subjects on leading transformational growth and supporting the growth of SME’s. 
She has also been very instrumental and influential at The Africa List level and has earned various awards as a leader that drives performance. In February 2019, she was one of ten delegates from across the African continent conferred with a leadership award from the African Leadership Magazine, in recognition of her corporate governance leadership. 
She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Zambia and a postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Manchester Business School

James Chona (CCO at Zamtel)

James Chona

CCO at Zamtel

James Chona is an accomplished Technical, Project Management and Commercial Business professional with a wealth of experience spanning over two decades in various sectors, including Aviation, Telecommunication, Banking, and Consumer Electronics. Currently serving as the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), James oversees Sales and Distribution, Marketing, and Mobile Money, driving business growth by implementing commercial strategies that ensure Zamtel's market expansion.
He previously served as Country Director for Airtel Money and as Country Head of Consumer Banking at Ecobank Zambia. James also worked for Samsung Electronics as Business Leader in charge of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique.

Dr. Bonface Fundafunda (CEO of Africa Resource Centre)

Dr. Bonface Fundafunda

CEO of Africa Resource Centre

As an independent consultant primarily to African governments, Dr Bonface Fundafunda has supported the development of health policies and strategies related to procurement and supply chain systems for essential health products in the public health sector.
With over 25 years of experience of working in health policy, planning, strategy, operational systems and business development in the access to medicines area, he is currently engaged by Africa Resource Centre (ARC), in the role of Regional Lead for East and Southern Africa countries, and as a Government Engagement Lead.

Dr. Mazin Gadir (Strategy & Organizational Transformation Advisor | Digital Health & Innovation Principal at IQVIA Middle East and Africa)

Dr. Mazin Gadir

Strategy & Organizational Transformation Advisor | Digital Health & Innovation Principal at IQVIA Middle East and Africa

Dr. Mazin Gadir is an External Advisor for healthcare government ministries and authorities with responsibility for Health and Digital strategy development, implementation, execution and Transformation.
Moreover, Dr. Mazin Gadir is the Director of Partnerships, Client Relationships and Bid Management at IQVIA Payer Provider Government Group. Currently, he is working on a Post Doctorate research on Value Based Care and Digital Health Transformation in collaboration with the University of North Florida and Angel Kids Pediatrics. This program is part of CMS Transforming Clinical Practice initiative TCPi.
Prior to joining, Dr Mazin was a Senior Consultant at Dubai Health Authority, Organizational Transformation Office. Dr Mazin Gadir also worked in Healthcare Transformation Strategy and Digital Health Innovation at several companies, including PriceWaterhouse Coopers PwC, Abu Dhabi Healthcare Services Co. SEHA and Cerner Limited accumulating 19 years of experience in the field of Healthcare, innovation and transformation. Notable is his 19 years as a management consultant his depth of experience covered many global organizations in the UK, France, UAE, KSA, GCC, Australia, India and the USA.
Dr Mazin Gadir received his PhD in Quantum Electronics and Nanotechnology in Medical Diagnostics from The University of Leeds in the UK in 2005. He also obtained his MSc in Management and Business Administration and BEng in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the same university.
His professional interests focus on Digital Health Innovation, Health Informatics workflow optimization, eHealth Regulatory Framework and Compliance, Health Information Systems/Health Information Exchange, Digital Maturity and Accreditation according to International Standards, Project and Change Management experience in Healthcare IT Transformation Programs, and his current projects include Organizational Development and Strategy Consultancy, stakeholder engagement and knowledge management & skills in the areas of: Strategy Development, Organizational Development & Design, Corporate Policy Development, Human Capital Development, Business Process Re0engineering, change enablement and Organizational Excellence. In addition, he serves as (eHealth Advisory) for Health Innovation Advisory, and is a member of Health Information Management Systems Society and Project Management Institute. Dr Mazin Gadir was recently honored with the (PMI Volunteer of the year for his contributions to the Innovation in Project Management.

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Dr. Hikabasa Halwiindi (Dean, School of Public Health at University of Zambia)

Dr. Hikabasa Halwiindi

Dean, School of Public Health at University of Zambia

Dr. Hikabasa Halwiindi is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Zambia, where he has worked since 2002. He has a Ph.D. in Community Health from the University of Copenhagen, a Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methodology from the DBL-Institute for Research and Development, an MPhil in International community health from the University of Oslo, and a BSc degree in Biological Sciences (Parasitology Major) from the University of Zambia. 
His teaching credentials and experience include Community Health, Implementation Science, Health Promotion, Epidemiology, and Research Methodology. Over the years he has also been a consultant in Public Health Project development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation for various International and local organizations, including the World Food Program, WHO, DFID, UNICEF, National Aids Council, Ministry of Health and Civil Societies Alliance on Scaling Up Nutrition.

Miyele Kaliwanda (Finance Director of Medland Hospital)

Miyele Kaliwanda

Finance Director of Medland Hospital

Miyele Kaliwanda is the Director of Finance at Medland Hospital with responsibility of providing strategic financial leadership, long term financial health and growth, and guidance on all financial the hospital’s financial operational matters.
Miyele has a BA degree in Economics, she is a certified Project manager and Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. In her professional journey, she has been awarded her with accolades for her exemplary contributions in banking and hospital financial operations.
Miyele is a member of Medland Hospital’s Ethics Sustainability Committee.
In 2022 Miyele Joined the International Hospital Federation(IHF) - Young executive leaders Alumni as an International Young Executive Leader.
Miyele is a humanitarian who is passionate about addressing poverty and mental health vulnerabilities and other social economic challenges in partnership with like minded stakeholders.

Kachiza Kwenda (Managing Director of Prudential Life Assurance Zambia)

Kachiza Kwenda

Managing Director of Prudential Life Assurance Zambia

As the CEO and Managing Director of Prudential Life Assurance Zambia, Kachiza Kwenda brings passion of health and protection solutions to Zambia and translates their importance and influence on society.
Responsible for overseeing all facets of the organization, Kachiza drives the mission, sustainability,  operational efficiency, and engagement with the internal and external stakeholders. He has been instrumental in aligning the day-to-day work with principles around diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
Displaying a dynamic, effective, and influential leadership style that inspires, Kachiza successfully navigated the organization to market leadership during the unprecedented covid era while still meeting the needs of customers and the community during the volatile and uncertain periods of the pandemic.
Kachiza is a strong leader within the organization and throughout the sector, making him a dynamic  advocate for the entire insurance industry.
Kachiza sits on the board of the Zambian American Chamber of Commerce and is a Chartered Accountant (FCCA) and a holder of an MBA from the University of Leicester.

Prof. Tackson Lambart (Chairperson at Lusaka Apex Medical University)

Prof. Tackson Lambart

Chairperson at Lusaka Apex Medical University

Professor Tackson Kapika Lambart was born on 25th December 1950 in Kaphika Village of Chief Kawaza in Katete District, Eastern Province, Zambia. Professor Tackson Lambart started his education at Mthunya Primary School then Seya Middle School and Nyanje Upper School where he finished his Standard Six (6). In 1966 he proceeded to Katete Secondary School where he finished his Form V in 1970. In 1971 he enrolled at The University of Zambia (UNZA) where he studied Medicine up to 1978. He graduated from The University of Zambia with a special interest in Anatomy and attained a BSc degree in Human Biology and
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB). Prof. Tackson Lambart commenced his internship at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in 1978 to 1979. Thereafter he was posted to Mbala Hospital where he worked as In-charge of Cholera Control from February to March 1979. In the same year, he was posted
to Solwezi General Hospital in North Western Province, Zambia, as a Senior House Officer. He was then later promoted to Registrar in Surgery in Solwezi, as registrar he was able to independently manage Mwinilunga hospital and later on Kabompo District Hospital. From 1980 to 1983 he attended the
University of Dar-er-Salaam and attained a Master’s Degree in Medical Surgery (M.Med.Surgery). After M.Med.Surgery he was appointed Senior Registrar in Surgery at Kitwe Central Hospital from 1983 to 1984, During this time, he was promoted to Consultant Surgeon; followed by a transfer to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH), Lusaka, in 1985 where he became a Consultant General Surgeon. 1989 he was offered a position to study and train in Neurosurgery under Prof. Lawrence. F. Levy and in 1991 he was awarded a certificate in Neurosurgery in Harare, Zimbabwe.
After returning from Zimbabwe Prof. Tackson Lambart established the first Neuro Surgical Unit at UTH
In 1991 which he headed until his retirement in 2007. Prof. Tackson Lambart worked as Deputy Executive Director at UTH from 1993 to 1997 and was later appointed as Managing Director for UTH from 2002 to 2007. In 1994 Prof. Tackson Lambart received training in Health Care Administration and Hospital
Management at the Galilee College, Haifa in Israel; where he obtained a Higher Postgraduate Diploma. In 1997 he took part as one of the four Neurosurgeons who separated Occipital Craniopagus Type II Zambian Siamese Twins in a 30 hour’s operation (28 hours for the separation and 2 hours of closing the wounds) at Garankuwa Hospital in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, the operating team was headed by Prof. Ben Carson of USA.
In 2008 he became one of the eight (8) Founder Members of the Lusaka Apex Medical University (LAMU) and he is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). He was appointed Professor of Surgery at LAMU on 29th August, 2014 at the first Graduation Ceremony by the Vice Chancellor, the late Prof. Lupando Munkonge.

Liyoka Liyoka (Executive Director of Medicines Research and Access Platform (MedRAP))

Liyoka Liyoka

Executive Director of Medicines Research and Access Platform (MedRAP)

Liyoka Liyoka is a registered Pharmacist, Former president of the Pharmaceutical Society. He also served as Vice Chairperson of the ZAMRA Board of Directors as well as Chairperson of the Audit and risk Committee and member of the Medical Store (now ZAMMSA) Board of Directors. He is a trained Director by the Institute of Directors. He is currently serving as Executive Director of Medicines Research and Access Platform (MedRAP)

Dr. Emilia Jumbe Marsden (Managing Director of Pendleton Family Practice)

Dr. Emilia Jumbe Marsden

Managing Director of Pendleton Family Practice

Dr Emilia Jumbe Marsden is a passionate and dedicated Paediatrician with 16 year’s experience managing child health, with special interest in asthma and allergies. Prior to venturing into full time private practice in 2011, she practiced at the tertiary University Teaching Hospital, Children’s Hospital where she managed children with both communicable and non-communicable diseases, and trained and mentored undergraduate/postgraduate students. She served as Programme Manager for the Zambora Asthma Control Programme, where she participated in nationwide education of health workers across Zambia on best practice guidelines for asthma management and led research into Asthma prevalence.
Her advocacy work during this period culminated in the incorporation of the Asthma Step Ladder into the Zambian National Formulary.
Dr Marsden is the Managing Director of Pendleton Family Practice, a unique private paediatric out-patient clinic situated in Lusaka whose ethos is providing quality evidence-based medicine. She manages the business decisions and strategic planning of the Practice, ensuring that the vision and mission of the facility is attained. She has led the Practice into a thriving centre of excellence in paediatric primary care, growing the patient base to its current 13,000 children. The Practice provides unique services within the private health care system which include daily immunisations of both public sector and international vaccines, newborn hearing testing, electroencephalogram (EEG) and Spirometry. In her additional role as Primary Care Paediatrician, she has vast experience in managing sick children with diverse conditions, well child check-ups, developmental screenings and managing neuro divergent children with conditions such as Autism or ADHD. She has done presentations at various local and international fora.
Dr Marsden previously held the post of Secretary General of the Zambia Paediatric Association for a period of 4 years and is currently an active member of the Association. In 2019, the Zambia Paediatric Association recognised her outstanding service to paediatrics and accorded her the award of ‘Excellence in Service’. She is a member of the American Academy of Paediatrics, the Pan African Thoracic Society and is an Executive Member of the Zambia Association of Private Hospitals. She is past Board Chairperson of the Mother of Mercy Hospice and Clinic which provides HIV treatment and care to communities living in Chilanga, Lusaka. Finally, in her passion toward giving back to vulnerable communities, she provides pro-bono medical care to children with intellectual disabilities with Special Hope Network, Lusaka.

Oscar Mofu (General Manager - Corporate Business at Prudential Life Assurance Zambia)

Oscar Mofu

General Manager - Corporate Business at Prudential Life Assurance Zambia

In charge of the Group Health, Group Life and Credit Life Business at Prudential Life Assurance Zambia Limited and has been in the Insurance industry for over 16 years (USA – 3 years, South Africa – 6 years, Zambia – 7 years). BSC Mathematics/ Statistics (UNZA), MSC Applied Mathematics/Actuarial Science (DePaul University – Chicago, USA)

Dr. Aaron Mujajati (Chairman at Carepeak Specialist Clinic)

Dr. Aaron Mujajati

Chairman at Carepeak Specialist Clinic

Experienced Chairperson with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Epidemiology, Management, Project Implementation, Global Health, and Healthcare Management. Strong business development professional with a Master of Business Administration - MBA focused in healthcare management from University of Lusaka.

Dr. Earnest Muyunda (HUB Director for Southern Africa and Country Director for Zambia of PATH)

Dr. Earnest Muyunda

HUB Director for Southern Africa and Country Director for Zambia of PATH

Dr. Earnest Muyunda is the new HUB Director Southern Africa and Country Director for Zambia, having served as the Zambia Country Program Deputy Country Director since 2017. Earnest has more than 20 years’ experience in public health programming, having worked as a team lead on a global AIDS program and as a regional director in the East and Southern Africa region. He has extensive experience in managing USAID-funded health, PMTCT and nutrition programs in the region, and has provided technical assistance to maternal and child health programs, HIV prevention care and treatment, PMTCT and nutrition program. He was most recently the Country Project Manager for the Zambia chapter of the global USAID-funded Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance Project (FANTA) in Zambia. He has vast experience working with the Zambian and several Southern African health Ministries at various levels.

Perrykent Nkole (Project Lead & Communication Strategist at African Alliance)

Perrykent Nkole

Project Lead & Communication Strategist at African Alliance

Perrykent Nkole is a communication strategist trained in diplomatic practice, protocol and public relations at the Zambia Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations. He has worked with children, women and youth-focused organizations for the last ten years including: UNICEF, Save the Children International SCI, SRHR Africa Trust SAT and the Media Network on Child Rights and Development MNCRD. He has vast experience in Media Management, Communication Strategy Development and Organizational Programming. He is the current Project Lead and Strategist for the Ports2Arms project under the African Alliance.

Dr. Egbe Osifo-Dawodu (Founding Partner at Anadach Group)

Dr. Egbe Osifo-Dawodu

Founding Partner at Anadach Group

Dr. Osifo-Dawodu is an entrepreneur, strategist and visionary. Trained as a physician, she identified early the importance of utilizing management and financial levers to improve health outcomes for populations. Her understanding of management and finance, and ability to identify health and social trends and risks has enabled her to be an effective board member of MedAccessUK which provides volume guarantees and/or debt to mainly pharmaceutical and medical device companies e.g.  GlaxoSmithKline, BASF to accelerate entry of products in emerging markets. She is also a member of the Healthcare Advisory Council of British International Investment (which has directly deployed over $400 million in equity to India and Africa and is a Limited Partner in several Private Equity Funds with over $1.4 billion investable capital). She was previously an advisory board member of Sproxil (recognized by Fast Company as one of the most World's 50 Most Innovative Companies) and the Mayo Clinic Center for social media. She is currently an Investment Committee Member of a Health Fund, Chair of the People and Renumeration, and member of the Audit and Risk committees of MedAccess UK.
As a founding Partner of the Anadach Group where she leads the Management Consulting and Health Financing Advisory work, she has significant experience on governance and board issues. Anadach is also the prime contractor on 2 United State Trade and Development Agency projects working with private board and/or Ministerial level in the respective projects. She often advices CEOs and Boards, and recently co-authored a chapter on “Boards and Governance” in recently published book “The Global Healthcare Manager: Competencies, Concepts, and Skills.” Her uncanny ability to identify future trends allowed her to identify technology as a major driver for the health industry, over 20 years ago leading the assessment of a potential IFC investment in biotechnology in a New York based Private Equity Fund. She also-organized the first m-health conference in Africa in 2010 and is an adviser to the CEO of a US-based tech-enabled health company focusing on leveraging technology to expand services available to older adults in a location agnostic manner.

She also recognized early the potential risks of the COVID pandemic in countries around the world. This led to influencing MedAccess UK’s early response to the COVID pandemic (including providing an initial $50 million guarantee to UNICEF for COVID19 supply purchases), and 6M Geriatric’s early response to COVID including its provision of COVID services for over 80 retirement homes across the US. She also led Anadach to co-organize with the International Finance Corporation (the private sector arm of the World Bank Group) a series linking International Venture Capital Funds to Tech Start-Ups working on COVID-related innovations Africa, and a quick COVID status assessment of 6 countries for a major US pharmaceutical manufacturer. She also co-organized early training of strategic conversations around COVID with health leaders from 4 continents starting in Q1 2020 and also co-authored a COVID-related article published in Lancet Microbiology.

With her 30+ year professional experience including 16 years at the World Bank Group (including managerial and technical roles), working both with senior public and private sector leaders across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, and the USA.

Sonia Roschnik (Executive Director, Geneva Sustainability Centre of International Hospital Federation)

Sonia Roschnik

Executive Director, Geneva Sustainability Centre of International Hospital Federation

Sonia is the Executive Director of the Geneva Sustainability Centre for the International Hospital Federation. The Centre is set up to support Hospital and healthcare leadership to ensure their contribution towards a healthy and sustainable future for all.
Sonia comes with 30 years of experience in health and social care internationally as a clinician, in senior hospital management, and in sustainability. In her role as International Climate Policy Director for Health Care Without Harm, Sonia worked on a number of collaborative initiatives including the Global Roadmap for Healthcare Decarbonisation, Race to Zero and the COP26 health leadership initiatives.
Sonia also served as the Director of the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) in the National Health Service (NHS) in England. During her tenure leading the SDU she launched the Greener NHS program, including a commitment to net zero climate emissions, positioning the NHS as the first national health system in the world to do so.
She trained as an Occupational Therapist, holds a Masters degree in Systems Thinking and is a member of the Faculty of Public Health in the UK. She is committed to the transformations needed for a sustainable and healthy planet for all.

Prof. Oliver Saasa Saasa (Professor of Economics and Managing Consultant at Premier Consult Limited)

Prof. Oliver Saasa Saasa

Professor of Economics and Managing Consultant at Premier Consult Limited

Oliver Saasa Saasa is Professor of International Economic Relations and Managing Consultant/Proprietor of Premier Consult Limited in Lusaka. Prior to 2000, Prof. Saasa served for 12 years as the Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research at the University of Zambia. A Rhodes Scholar, Prof. Saasa obtained his doctorate in 1983 from Southampton University in the UK. His PhD thesis was on: The Control of transnational Corporations in Developing Countries: A Comparative Analysis of National Policymaking towards International Investment in Tanzania and Zambia. He has served and continues to serve on other financial sector boards at both national and international levels. These have included Zambia National Commercial Bank (Zanaco); Trade and Development Fund (a subsidiary of TDB – of which he is currently the Chairman); Public Service Pensions Fund (Zambia); and the Africa Economic Research Consortium (AERC). He is also Chancellor of Mulungushi University in Zambia. He is also the Chairman of the Business Coalition Council Emergency Taskforce – BCCET (with over 180 large corporate members in Zambia). Prof. Saasa has consulted widely with many governments, international and regional bodies that have included the World Bank, OECD, and many other multilateral and bilateral institutions. He has published widely in the fields of trade, investment and international economic relations.

Viviane Rutagwera Sakanga (Country Manager at amref)

Viviane Rutagwera Sakanga

Country Manager at amref

Mrs. Viviane Rutagwera Sakanga is a Public Health Specialist with vast experience in project management, strategic planning, stakeholder management, resource mobilization, M & E and Community engagement gained at management and subordinate level over a period of 15 years both at the national and international level. She is currently working at Amref Health Africa in Zambia as the Country Manager since January 2022. Prior to joining Amref, Viviane worked for Right to Care Zambia where she spearheaded the establishments of community structures known as governance committees to oversee the functions of the mothers’ shelters in Eastern and Southern Provinces of Zambia. She has also worked in senior positions in Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia and Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign (TALC). Her main area of work has been in HIV/AIDS, Health Systems Strengthening and Reproductive, Maternal Child and Adolescent Health at the community and national levels and an advocate for equal access for all with an emphasis on vulnerable and marginalized communities. Viviane is a Board member of Association of the Rwandan Community in Zambia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Development Studies and Master of Public Health both obtained from the University of Zambia.

Karen Sichali Sichinga (Executive Director of Churches Health Association of Zambia)

Karen Sichali Sichinga

Executive Director of Churches Health Association of Zambia

Karen Sichali Sichinga is the Executive Director of the Churches Health Association of Zambia- CHAZ, a position she has held for the last14 years. Mrs Sichinga is a graduate of the University of Alberta, Canada; and the University of Leeds, England. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health International.
She has spent the last 31 years working in the field of Public Health. Under Mrs.Sichinga’s leadership, CHAZ has gained government and donor confidence plus the reputation as a leading and accountable Health NGO. Mrs Sichinga has exemplary leadership style including mentoring and building teams while ensuring Excellency in service delivery and efficient use of resources and accountability. Mrs Sichinga’s expartise include but not limited to Advocacy for national and global health, strategic leadership, resourse mobilization, change management, partnership building and manegement; project design, monitering and evaluation.
Mrs. Sichinga has contributed to a number of studies and publications on public health over the years. She is a member of several health-related Boards such as the Zambia Medicines and Medical Supply Agency (ZAMMSA), the National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council (NAC- Vice-Board Chairperson), and serves on the Geneva based Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Strategy Group of the World Council of Churches. She previously served on the following Boards:
the Africa Christian Health Associations Platform- as Board Chairperson
the General Nursing Council of Zambia- Member
the National Health Insurance Authority- Member
the Levy Mwanawasa Medical University- Member.

Dr. Izukanji Sikazwe (CEO of Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ))

Dr. Izukanji Sikazwe

CEO of Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)

Izukanji Sikazwe, BSc., MBCh.B., MPH, is a Zambian infectious disease specialist, U.S. board certified with over 15 years’ experience implementing PEPFAR/CDC funded HIV prevention, care and treatment programs. She has keen interest in HIV research, clinical care and training of healthcare providers. She is Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) and principal investigator of its PEPFAR/CDC funded HIV prevention, care, and treatment grant. She provides technical expertise and clinical care in the management of patients with complicated HIV disease, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases in the Adult Infectious Disease Clinic at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka. She has vast experience working at the national level, both as lead implementing partner to the Ministry of Health and when she served as technical advisor to the National antiretroviral therapy program, 2010-2013. Dr Sikazwe has extensive experience in mentorship and with an excellent understanding of the Zambian health and research environment. Her current focus is the implementation of HIV care and treatment programs with incorporation of implementation science to better understand and address the current gaps in HIV care and treatment programs.

Jacqui Stewart (CEO of The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA))

Jacqui Stewart

CEO of The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA)

Jacqui Stewart is the Chief Executive Officer of The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa NPC (COHSASA). She has worked in the public and private health care sectors in South Africa and England. Having qualified as a registered nurse in Cape Town she went on to specialise in Cardio-Thoracic nursing in London. She ran the Heart Transplant Unit at Harefield Hospital, Middlesex for five years. From there she moved into a variety of managerial roles in quality, capital and service planning in the National Health Service.
In 2005 Jacqui returned to South Africa and joined COHSASA as Chief Operations Manager. She was appointed CEO in 2016. She has experience in quality improvement, standards, external evaluation and accreditation. As COHSASA works in low- and middle-income countries there is a strong focus on capacity building and quality improvement in all the programmes.
Jacqui has a Master of Professional Studies, Health from Middlesex University, London. She was a member of the South African National Lancet Commission on High Quality Health
Systems. In 2019 Jacqui was elected to the International Academy of Quality & Safety in Health Care (IAQS). She is an ISQua Expert and serves on the Accreditation Council of the
ISQua External Evaluation Association. She served on the ISQua Board from 2017 to 2020.
She is passionate about building capacity to improve care for patients and make healthcare safer for staff and patients.

Dr. Kate Tulenko (Founder & CEO of Corvus Health)

Dr. Kate Tulenko

Founder & CEO of Corvus Health

Dr. Kate Tulenko is a physician entrepreneur and health systems and health workforce expert. She is the founder and CEO of Appleseed Education, an EdTech platform that addresses the global health worker shortage by helping African nursing schools undergo their digital transformation and expand and improve. In 2022 she was appointed by President Biden to the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa, which advises the President and Secretary of Commerce on how to support African and U.S. businesses to increase mutual trade.
She is also the founder and CEO of Corvus Health, a global health workforce firm that helps health systems and governments develop, management, and retain an optimized health workforce. Corvus Health was honored for its innovative model of sustainable international health worker migration as a finalist in the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Organization of Employers (IOE) Migration Challenge 2021. Previously, she served as director of the US government’s global health workforce project and the coordinator of the World Bank’s Africa Health Workforce program. She was named one of "50 Women in Global Health Security" by Women in Global Health and one of “300 Women Leaders in Global Health” by the Geneva Graduate Institute. She received her bachelors in biochemistry from Harvard, her masters in history and philosophy of science at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, her MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and her masters of public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health where she serves as an adjunct professor. Follow her on twitter at @ktulenko.

Dr. Cheswa Vwalika (Doctor at Mobile Medical Services)

Dr. Cheswa Vwalika

Doctor at Mobile Medical Services

Cheswa Mpolokoso Vwalika  is a medical doctor, public health specialist, program manager and researcher with extensive experience in Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV prevention program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
She did her medical studies in Shenyang China graduated in 1992 and later did Masters in Public Health in USA at University of Birmingham in Alabama. 
With a work experience of 29 years as a medical doctor,  she first worked in government hospitals and clinics and later joined the NGO world. She then worked for WHO and UNICEF on PMTCT programs. Later, Cheswa worked at Society for Family Health as Chief of Party for a USAID funded program. Cheswa now  heads Mobile Medical Services a private clinic that offers home based care and tailor-made work place health packages. 
As a public health specialist she  is passionate about raising awareness on prevention of illness such as Cancer, hypertension and diabetes.