The Global Forum 2020: speaker biographies

The Global Forum 2020: speaker biographies

We’re delighted that the following people will be speaking at our inaugural Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia.

Deputy Director General, Ministry of Public Health, Chad
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Dr Mahamat Hamit Ahmat is Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Public Health, Chad, since 2018. Following his graduation as a Doctor of Medicine in 1999, he worked as a practising physician at Bol Hospital until 2001, after which he became Chief Medical Officer for N’gouri Health District. Following this, he has been Regional Health Delegate for three Regions in Chad from 2005-2012. He then completed a post graduate public health degree in Niger in 2014, specializing in reproductive health, and was appointed as the Director of Reproductive Health and Immunisation services. In 2016 he became Deputy Director General for Health Activities and was responsible for the implementation of the national health policy. Since 2018 he has been Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Public Health.


Senior Global Health Specialist, Islamic Development Bank
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Dr Ammar Abdo Ahmed is a Senior Global Health Specialist at the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). His duty includes IsDB health’s policy and strategy, designing and appraising cross-regional health programmes and providing expertise in alternative health financing, partnership for health, disease control and prevention, maternal new born and child health to IsDB Regional Hubs and Member Countries. Dr Ammar Abdo Ahmed is also GAVI and Global Financing Facility focal point for IsDB. His areas of expertise include training, research and development for health. Between 2014 and mid-2018, he has also managed a health portfolio amounting to US$ 300 million as Project Team Leader for Health in Cameroon, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia and Western African Health Organisation. Before joining IsDB in 2014, Dr Ammar was the Regional Director of the Medicine Preventive Agency (AMP). In this role, he funded and ran the LAMIVAC, an international reference laboratory for vaccinology research and training.


Founder & Executive Director Kigezi Health Care Foundation
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Dr. Geoffrey Anguyo is a general practitioner trained at Makerere University Medical School in Uganda, with interest in innovative and sustainable approaches to community health and global health education. He is the founder and the executive director of Kigezi Health Care Foundation (KIHEFO) a non-profit organization based in south-west Uganda. He is also the medical director of Child Family Health International for the Ugandan global health program, and supervisor of the student community placement program with Mbarara University of science and technology faculty of medicine and department of community health. In August 2018 he was elected board member of the governing council for Uganda Society for health scientists, which brings together health professionals. He is currently supervising the implementation of a pilot project on the use of point of care ultrasound to scan pneumonia in children. The project targets mid-level health workers and assesses their competence before being rolled out. It is supported by the Butterfly Company and the technical assistance to get experts to review the process is coordinated by Bridge to Health Medical and Dental(BTH) a Canadian-based non-profit organization. Current ultrasound technology is inexpensive, portable, easy to teach, produces images that are simple to read and requires few resources.


Country Director (Chad), CARE International
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Marie Gladys Guerrier Archange is the current Country Director of CARE International in Chad. She oversees CARE’s refugee crisis response and CARE’s contribution to building community resilience and supporting access to basic services in a complex humanitarian context. In 2012, she served as Programme Director at Plan International Haiti before becoming Country Director for Plan International in Rwanda. In this capacity, she pushed the organisation’s agenda in gender transformative programming in both development and humanitarian settings. Previously, Marie Gladys Guerrier Archange joined the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) where she worked closely with the Haitian government and introduced the “Small Grant Programme of the Global Environment Fund”.


Head, Department of Pediatrics, King George’s Medical University Lucknow
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Professor Shally Awasthi is Head of the Department of Paediatrics in King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, where she has worked for over 33 years. She specialises in epidemiology, paediatric pulmonology, infectious and parasitic diseases and clinical trials, and has published over 280 research papers in the field. She has been awarded Fellowships of National Academy of Medical Sciences, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, National Academy of Sciences, India Allahabad and Indian Academy of Paediatrics.


Mbara technical lead-LPOS Research, MRRH/FREO2 Australia
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Sheillah Bagayana is the Mbarara technical lead-LPOS Research at MRRH/FREO2 Australia. She is an emerging expert in medical oxygen plants and delivery systems in Uganda, where she locally manages the charity FREO2 Australia. The charity research organisation advances research and development of affordable oxygen technologies locally. These systems provide uninterrupted supply of oxygen to children, including during power outages. Sheillah Bagayana has worked as maintenance engineer for the 14 oxygen plants in regional hospitals under the 1.8 million USD project managed by Silverbacks in partnership with the Ministry of Health. She also co-founded Shishi International, a start-up working to assemble and manufacture medical devices locally for neonatal and maternal care in Uganda with the support of the United States Development Fund. Prior to that, she consulted Clinton Health Access Initiative on the training of health workers and technicians in oxygen systems.


Acting Head of Research, Malaria Consortium
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Dr Kevin Baker is the acting Head of Research at Malaria Consortium. His work, as an implementation scientist, has focused on better understanding the diagnosis and management of paediatric pneumonia in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. He is currently leading a number of studies looking at improving the diagnosis of pneumonia by frontline health workers in Ethiopia and Nepal. Dr Baker has over 15 years research experience in a range of global organisations, ranging from financial services to global health.


Chief Medical Officer, Muso
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Dr Jessica Beckerman serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Muso, a global health organization working to cure delay, because no one should die waiting for care. For the past decade, the Muso team has conducted operational research with the Government of Mali, to design solutions for early access to care and improved survival. Building on this research, Mali’s President last year committed to a historic reform of Mali’s national health care system, which Dr. Beckerman and her team will be intensively supporting over the coming years. In 2019, Muso also began providing strategic support to the national community health system of Côte d’Ivoire. A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist physician, Dr Beckerman previously worked in health equity and human rights for the NGOs Partners In Health and Tostan. She studied international development at Brown University, obtained her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Kaiser Permanente. Muso’s work has been featured by the BBC World Service, the Guardian, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Atlantic and others.


Head of Newborn and Child Health Programme, Ministry of Health, Tanzania
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Dr  Felix Bundala is  head of the Newborn and Child Health Programme in the Ministry of Health in Tanzania. He has been working for the Reproductive and Child Health Section in the Ministry of Health for the past 12 years and has held various positions including Programme Officer Responsible for IMCI. Dr  Bundala is a medical doctor and holds a masters in Health Policy and Management.


Head of Technical Advice & Partnerships Department, The Global Fund
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Michael is Head of the Technical Advice & Partnerships Department (TAP) at The Global Fund in Geneva.  He is building impactful collaboration with Global Fund’s partners and is responsible for providing technical advice and support to the Global Fund’s Country Teams to accelerate in-country results against HIV, TB and Malaria while also building Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health.  He has worked at the Global Fund for more than 10 years, and previously led the High Impact Africa 1 Department at the Global Fund’s Grant Management Division.   Michael has more than 30 years of strategic planning, operations management, and people leadership spanning international development institutions, bilateral aid, NGO and the private sector across Asia, Africa and Europe.


Director, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences & Informatics and Co-Director, National Institute of Health Research Unit in Global Respiratory Health
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Professor Harry Campbell is currently Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Public Health and co-Director of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Unit in Global Respiratory Health, which is setting up many child pneumonia studies in Asia. He also co-directs the Centre for Population Health Sciences and WHO Collaborating Centre for Population Health Research and Training at the University of Edinburgh. He has over 25 years’ experience in child pneumonia research. He set up the Basse field station and pneumonia research programme at MRC Gambia, developing pneumonia research and programme implementation during three years at WHO Geneva and serving as a consultant to WHO, UNICEF, BMGF, UNHCR on many occasions. In the past few years he has led pneumonia field studies in several low- and middle-income countries, including India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nigeria. He authored over 500 research publications, mainly focused on childhood pneumonia.

Deputy Executive Director, Unitaid
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A French national, Philippe has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of HIV/AIDS, infectious and tropical diseases and public health. Philippe has been working at Unitaid for 10 years, and played an instrumental role in the creation of Unitaid in 2006. Previously, he was a practicing Doctor at Hospital “La Pitié Salpétrière” in Paris (Infections Diseases Department) and was twice advisor for the French Ministry of Health, Minister Bernard Kouchner. He was the head of the Mission against HIV/AIDS and harm reduction for l’Assistance publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) and also heads the French regulatory agency for medicines and health products. He chaired the Board of the European Medicines Agency. Philippe holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and is a Doctor.


Nigeria’s Hon. Minister of Health
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Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire is Minister of Health of Nigeria, a Specialist in General Surgery and Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery by training. He attended Ludwig Maximillians University of Munich in Germany and Medical Residency in North Rhine. He also holds a Diploma in Anaesthetics from Royal College of Surgeons Ireland.

Dr. Ehanire worked with University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City Nigeria; with Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria as Divisional Surgeon at the Company Hospital in Warri (Niger-Delta) Nigeria; and as a private Consultant Trauma Surgeon.

He was appointed to President Buhari’s cabinet as Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health in 2015 and to the President’s second cabinet in 2019 as Minister of Health.

He is passionate about advancing Universal Health Coverage and Emergency Medical Services.


Senior nutrition specialist, Global Financing Facility, World Bank
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Leslie Elder is a senior nutrition specialist at the World Bank. As a member of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) Secretariat, she focuses on nutrition and supports work on maternal, newborn and child health. She is the interlocuter between the GFF and the World Bank Human Capital Project, a member of the Investing in the Early Years team and World Bank representative on the Nurturing Care core team. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2009, Leslie was Senior Director, Newborn Health and the Deputy Director of the Gates Foundation-funded Saving Newborn Lives program at Save the Children US.  She has an MPH from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BSN from the University of Pennsylvania.


Minister of Public Health, Afghanistan
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His Excellency Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz was appointed Minister of Public Health of the National Unity Government of Afghanistan in February 2015. He is a medical graduate of Kabul University, with an MSc in Public Health Management from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MBA from the International Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur, India.Dr. Feroz was the Technical Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Public Health, between 2002 and 2004, during the interim government. Between 2005 and 2014, he did consultancy work for donors within Afghanistan and in other countries including in India and South Sudan. He has published a number of academic papers.


Executive Director, UNICEF
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Henrietta H. Fore became UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director on 1 January 2018. She has worked to champion economic development, education, health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in a public service, private sector and non-profit leadership career that spans more than four decades.   From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Fore served as the Administrator of USAID and Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance. The first woman to serve in these roles, she was responsible for managing $39.5 billion of U.S. foreign assistance annually. Earlier in her career at USAID, Ms. Fore was appointed Assistant Administrator for Asia and Assistant Administrator for Private Enterprise (1989-1993). She served on the Boards of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. In 2009, she received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award the Secretary of State can bestow. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Fore served as Under Secretary of State for Management; from 2001 to 2005, Ms. Fore was the 37th Director of the U.S. Mint in the U.S. Department of Treasury. In 2005, she received the Alexander Hamilton Award, the Department of Treasury’s highest honor. Ms. Fore has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wellesley College and a Master of Science in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.


Special Adviser on Africa to the United Nations Secretary-General
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Ms Bience Gawanas is the Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa to the United Nations Secretary-General at UN Headquarters in New York since January 2018. Named amongst the 100 most influential individuals for women and children’s health by Women Deliver, she has also been the recipient of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) award for the Most Outstanding Contribution on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Ms. Gawanas has held various portfolios, spanning a 40-year career, including as Special Advisor to the Namibian Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare and as Special Advisor to the Namibian Minister of Health and Social Services. She has worked as a lawyer at the Legal Assistance Centre, a human rights NGO in Windhoek and has served as Public Service Commissioner, overseeing the transformation of the public service.


Minister of Health, Ethiopia
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Dr. Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin is the Minister of Health for Ethiopia since November 2018. She is an obstetrician and gynaecologist, with extensive experience in healthcare leadership and hospital administration. She has worked in government, NGO, academia and leading grant-funded programs. Dr. Lia has served as CEO and Vice Provost of St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medial College – leading hospital service and academic reforms as well as growing partnerships. She has also worked as Project Director of the Maternal and Child Survival Program at Jhpiego, Ethiopia, and as Program Director at the University of Michigan’s Center for International Reproductive Health Training. Dr. Lia’s passion is strengthening and reforming health systems and has received recognition for this work.


Head of Health, Nutrition and WASH, Save the Children, Somalia
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Dr Binyam has more than 19 years’ experience in implementing and managing integrated maternal, newborn and child health programmes, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, community health, programme development and quality and health system strengthening in development and humanitarian settings. He is currently head of health, nutrition and WASH for Save the Children’s Somalia Programme. Previously, he has worked in Nigeria, Rwanda, Somali and Democratic Republic of Congo in various capacities including head of health and child survival. Earlier in his career he has worked as a medical coordinator in Congolese refugee camps in Rwanda, and practiced surgery in Rwanda and Ethiopia. He has a medical degree and postgraduate degree in General Surgery from Addis Ababa University, and MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


MBS Group Chief Executive Officer, Amref Health Africa
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Dr Githinji Gitahi is the MBS Group Chief Executive Officer of Amref Health Africa since June 2015. Amref Health Africa, founded in 1957, is the largest African-led international organisation on the continent. It reaches more than 11 million people every year through 150 health-focused projects across 35 countries. Dr Gitahi is Co-Chair of the UHC2030 Steering Committee, a global World Bank and World Health Organisation (WHO) initiative for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Standard Group and was recently appointed by the Africa Union as a member of the Governing Board of the Africa Centre’s for Disease Control and prevention (Africa CDC). In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the health sector and work at the helm of Amref Health Africa, Dr Githinji received a presidential commendation, ‘Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear’ (MBS) on 12 December 2018.


Co-ordinator and Founder, Every Breath Counts Coalition
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Leith Greenslade is Co-ordinator of Every Breath Counts, a coalition of 40 organizations that have joined forces to support governments to tackle the leading infectious killer of children – pneumonia.Leith also founded and leads JustActions which works with partners to make progress in 10 critical areas ranging from increasing women’s incomes, to preventing early death, to reversing inequality. She is a proud member of the Every Woman, Every Child movement established by the United Nations Secretary-General, and has served as a Vice Chair with the MDG Health Alliance, a network of leaders committed to accelerating the achievement of global health goals.Deeply committed to the power of new ideas, Leith founded two global innovation teams focusing on the health of children, sits on the Board of TEAMFund and advises several non-profits, including Women in Global Health.She has served on the US Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and in several positions with the Australian Government, including with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health.


Director, Maternal, Neonatal Child & Adolescent Health, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh
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Dr. Mohammad Shamsul Haque is the Line Director-Maternal, Neonatal Child and Adolescent Health (Maternal Newborn Child & Adolescent Health) Directorate General Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh. Dr. Shamsul has more than 30 years’ experience in maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health working in programs and policies with a regional experience. He has been a pioneer in the implementation of the National Immunization Programme in Bangladesh.


Director, Tropical Disease Unit & SAR Laboratories, Sandra Rotman Centre for Global Health, UHN-Toronto General Hospital
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Dr Kevin Kain is Director of Tropical Disease Unit & SAR Laboratories, Sandra Rotman Centre for Global Health at the UHN-Toronto General Hospital. He also serves as Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr Kain’s research efforts are focused on developing a translational research programme that characterises host-parasite interactions responsible for major global infectious disease threats, particularly those that pertain to women and children. Dr Kain’s efforts are also focused on global equity, knowledge sharing and education, including the transfer of appropriate technologies and the training of research scientists in the developing world, enabling and empowering them to address their own problems in a sustainable fashion. His work has been recognised by multiple awards, such as the Young Investigators Award from the Canadian Infectious Disease Society, and Bailey K Ashford Medal from the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene among many others.


Senior Health Specialist, Implementation Research & Delivery Science Unit, UNICEF
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Dr Karin Källander is a Senior Health Specialist in the Implementation Research & Delivery Science Unit in UNICEF’s Health Section. She is the Unit Lead for child & community health and the global focal point for digital health. She previously worked as Senior Research Advisor at Malaria Consortium in London, UK, where she was heading the organisation’s research group, leading and guiding research and evaluations in the areas of maternal, newborn and child health, including digital innovations for effective health service delivery. She is a specialist in health systems research, child health epidemiology, community-based primary healthcare, and is an Associate Professor in the division of Global Health at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Dr Källander has over 17 years’ experience as a researcher, lecturer, programme coordinator, and consultant in both development and emergency settings, seven of which were spent living in an African low-income country.


Infectious Diseases Epidemiologist, Karolinska Institutet
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Dr Carina King is an Infectious Diseases Epidemiologist, with a focus on observational and experimental research for improved diagnosis and management of paediatric pneumonia in sub-Saharan Africa. She leads research into novel diagnostic technologies and strategies for prevention and effective management of paediatric pneumonia at community and primary care levels in Nigeria and Malawi. Dr King is based at the Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet and is an honorary senior research associate at the Institute for Global Health, University College London.


PhD student, University of Edinburgh
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Lois King is a PhD student with the Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health in Asia (RESPIRE) at the University of Edinburgh. She holds a Masters in Public Health, with a background in Biomedical Sciences. Her research interests are health policy, systems and financing. Her PhD project is looking at the governance of childhood pneumonia in Bangladesh and the influence of global-level agenda setting to better understand how we perceive and measure neglect in global health.


Director of the Pneumonia Programme, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Professor Keith Klugman is the Director of the Pneumonia Programme at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). He leads the Foundation’s work to reduce deaths from pneumonia, neonatal sepsis, and meningitis in children. He also co-directs the Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Discovery & Tools Programme. Professor Klugman has made major contributions in the field of pneumococcal research, including antimicrobial resistance. His work demonstrating pneumococcal conjugate vaccine efficacy in the developing world has led to interventions that have saved millions of lives, especially in Africa. Professor Klugman previously served as the President of the International Society of Infectious Diseases and chaired the International Board of the American Society for Microbiology. He also chaired and served on numerous expert committees for the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Wellcome Trust, and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, USAID
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Irene Koek is currently the Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Prior to this, she was the senior infectious disease advisor for the Global Health Bureau and the Global Health Security Agenda lead at USAID.From 2010-2014, she was director of the Health Office in USAID/Indonesia where she also served as health attaché and PEPFAR coordinator.After her return to Washington from Indonesia and until April 2015, Ms. Koek served as the deputy director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health in the Global Health Bureau. Ms. Koek joined USAID in 1986. Starting in the Office of Population, she moved to the Policy and Program Coordination Bureau in 1995 as a health advisor, addressing maternal and child health, family planning and infectious disease issues.In 1998, Ms. Koek became the chief of the Infectious Disease Division in the Global Health Bureau, overseeing staff and programs for malaria, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases.In that role, she helped to start the President’s Malaria Initiative and served as chair of the Stop TB Coordinating Board.Ms. Koek has a Master of Arts degree from George Washington University.


Managing Director, Country Programmes, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance
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Thabani Maphosa is Gavi’s Managing Director of Country Programmes, overseeing Gavi’s operations in 73 countries. The Country Programmes Department’s raison d’être is to harness the power of the Vaccine Alliance for countries to save the maximum number of lives through immunisation. This is achieved through maximising financial investments (donor and domestic), bringing the best partners to the table and driving innovative solutions. The Country Programmes Department manages Gavi’s relationships with governments and provides grant management oversight for all in-country resources. Prior to joining Gavi, Thabani held several leadership roles in World Vision International for over 16 years. Thabani is a seasoned humanitarian who has led disaster preparedness and response efforts globally. He is also recognised for introducing the use of technology in the last mile and for scaling up cash transfers in stable and fragile contexts. With a Master of Philosophy degree in Science, Thabani has worked in academia as a lecturer in physiology and microbiology.


Senior Health and Nutrition Advisor, Save the Children, Bangladesh
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Dr. Golam Mothabbir is a senior Health and Nutrition Advisor at Save the Children Bangladesh. He is a public health specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of community-based maternal, child health and nutrition programs in mainly development contexts. Mothabbir obtained a Masters in Public Health and a Diploma in Food and Nutrition Security from IAC, The Netherlands.He had successfully applied Community Case Management (CCM) strategy for addressing child mortality in Bangladesh from preventable causes utilising community health workers and private providers – establishing a new model for community management of pneumonia and diarrhoea.He has also carried out two CCM research projects: “Enhanced community case management to increase access to pneumonia treatment multicenter trial in Bangladesh”, WHO, and “Community Case Management during flooding emergencies in Southern Bangladesh”. Mothabbir is actively engaged in many child health and nutrition national networks including the Civil Society Alliance for SUN.


Minister of Health and Population, Malawi
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Hon. Jappie Mtuwa Mhango is the Minister of Health and Population and is also serving as Member of Parliament for Rumphi North Constituency for a second term. He has also served as Minister of Transport and Public Works; Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security; Minister of Information, Civic Education and Tourism; and Deputy Minister of Defence. Born on 21 June 1969, Jappie Mtuwa Mhango is also a successful entrepreneur and manager who has worked in several reputable organisations. He holds various important positions in sports bodies such as the National Olympic Committee and the Volleyball Association of Malawi. He holds a Master’s Degree in Management.


Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet Global Health
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Zoë Mullan is Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal, The Lancet Global Health. She is an Ex-Officio Board Member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and an International Advisory Board member of Sun-Yat Sen Global Health Institute, Guangzhou, China. Between 2013 and 2017 she was a Council Member and Trustee of the Committee on Publication Ethics. She trained in Biochemistry at the University of Bath, UK, before joining the publishing industry in 1997 as a Scientific Information Officer with CABI. She moved to The Lancet in 1999, where she has worked in various positions since then, notably as technical editor, section editor, and founding editor of The Lancet Global Health.


Professor of Paediatrics, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences
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Dr. Jai Krishin is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (P.I.M.S) in Islamabad since 2017. He did his Fellowship in the field of paediatrics in 1998 and has since worked in a  children’s hospital. As a professor he is involved in the training of undergraduates and post-graduates, and in supervising students of MD, FCPS, MCPS and DCH. He is the registered examiner of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and is also involved in the training of health care workers at community level. He has special interest in Paediatric Nephrology. He has published 16 research papers in the field of Paediatric Medicine.


Federal Minister for Health and Social Care, Somalia
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Dr. Fawziya Abikar Nur is the Federal Minister for Health and Social Care in Somalia since March 2017.  She graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Somali National University in February 1985 and completed a two-year post-graduate fellowship in Public Law at the University of Bologna. She has also obtained a master’s degree in Health Services Management from the Istituto Superiore di Sanita’ in Rome and completed a PhD in Public Health from l’Universita’ Degli Studi di Roma, “La Sapienza”. Dr. Fawziya Abikar Nur began her career as an assistant lecturer at the Somali National University and has worked on poverty reduction training programmes at Rome University-Sapienza and Istituto Superiore di Sanita’. From 2012 to 2016, she worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization (Somalia Office) conducting needs assessments in health projects, facilitating training activities, monitoring and evaluation and coordinating the public health law project in Somalia.


Secretary General of the Ministry of Health for Burkina Faso
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Dr Landaogo Ouedraogo is a public health specialist who is currently the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health for Burkina Faso. His specialist studies have included health promotion, malaria, preventative medicine in developing countries and disaster management, and he is experienced in vaccine financing advocacy. His previous experience includes as head doctor for the Kombissiri medical centre with responsibility for the surgical unit. He has received the national order of Burkina Faso for services to the nation – the highest honour in Burkina Faso.


Chief of Health and Associate Director, Programme Division, UNICEF
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Dr. Stefan Peterson is UNICEF’s Chief of Health and Associate Director, Programme Division, based in New York. He was a Professor of Global Health at Uppsala University and at the Global Health Division of Karolinska Institute.  He has also been a visiting professor at Makerere University in Uganda.  As a health systems researcher and medical doctor, Dr. Peterson did extensive field work in Tanzania and Uganda, and worked with different ministries of health, and organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).He implemented projects supported by the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA), the Gates Foundation, and the European Union. He was a co-founder of Medecins Sans Frontieres Sweden and the CCM Task Force Operations Research Group.  Dr. Peterson is a medical doctor with degrees in Medicine, Public Health and a PHD in International Pediatrics. He is a national of Sweden.


Director General, Bureau of Disease Prevention and Control, China
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HE Qinghua is Director General in the Bureau of Disease Prevention and Control, National Health Commission, P.R. of China. He is a Doctor of Medicine (Public Health) and has worked in various capacities in the National Health Commission in the Ministry of Health since 1985 until he became the Director General. As Director General he is responsible for drafting the National Law on Vaccines and the National Law on Prevention and Control of Occupational Diseases. He is also responsible for developing related policy, rules, regulations and technical standards for occupational health, radiation protection, public health, infectious disease prevention and control.


Professor of vaccine epidemiology & Director HPRU in Immunisation, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
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Professor Anthony Scott is a Professor of Vaccine Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow. He trained in clinical infectious diseases and in epidemiology before moving to Kilifi, Kenya in 1993 to work as a Wellcome Trust Training Fellow. He has spent most of the last 20 years in Kenya, studying pneumococcal disease and pneumonia in children and adults. He has run a series of phase IV vaccine studies evaluating the impact of vaccines against Hib and pneumococcus with a variety of endpoints including clinical and radiologically-confirmed pneumonia. In addition to his research, Professor Scott has developed a surveillance network for invasive bacterial diseases in East Africa (Netspear) and co-directs the Kilifi Health and Demographic Surveillance System. He frequently works with WHO and GAVI on vaccine preventable diseases and with the Ministry of Health in Kenya on the evaluation of a pneumococcal vaccine.


General paediatrician, ALIMA
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Susan Shepherd is a general pediatrician with the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA). She has 15 years experience working in humanitarian settings, primarily in West and Central Africa.


Chief Paediatrician, Rwanda
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Dr. Lisine Tuyisenge has been a Senior Consultant Paediatrician for more than 10 years and is currently the Director of Medical Services in the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK), the biggest public teaching hospital in Rwanda. She has been the Head of the Paediatric and Child Health Department in the same hospital and is a clinical Associate Professor at the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences.  She was the General Secretary of the Rwanda Paediatric Association (RPA) for the past 13 years and was elected recently as the Chair.  Dr. Tuyisenge coordinates several successful paediatric training programs in Rwanda which have improved the capacity of health professionals at different levels of pediatric care. Dr. Tuyisenge earned her Doctor of General Medicine and Post-Graduate (Paediatrics) degrees from the National University of Rwanda (Butare) Faculty of Medicine and her advanced training in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Neonatology at Sint Peter Hospital in Brussels, Belgium.


Partnership Manager, Global Financing Facility, Civil Society Hub
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Maty is an international health specialist with a background in reproductive, maternal and child health and nutrition in Africa. Over the past years, she has focused on strengthening civil society capacity to engage in the Global Financing Facility (GFF) process. As Partnership Manager for the GFF Civil Society Hub, hosted at PAI, Maty is responsible for identifying capacity-building needs and resources in GFF countries, managing partnerships with CSOs and providing technical support. She is instrumental in building and linking up civil society networks across the continuum of care, and helping them develop strategies to contribute to country investment cases. Before joining PAI, Maty was the Africa NGO Focal Point for The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), leading on advocacy and communications around RMNCAH Global initiatives. Maty has also worked on health and nutrition as the West African Program Officer for Terre des Hommes Foundation, and also led funding and business development for Oxfam in the region. Maty holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Science in International Health from Humboldt University.


Chief Executive, Save the Children
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Kevin joined Save the Children in September 2016, after spending three years as Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute. Previously, he held a senior academic role at the Brookings Institution, and acted as an adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Education, before which he spent seven years at the United Nations, as director and lead author of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report and UNDP’s Human Development Report.


Professor & Chair, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health at Red Cross Children’s Hospital; Director, SA-MRC Unit on Child & Adolescent Health, University of Cape Town, South Africa
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Dr Heather Zar is Professor & Chair of the Department of Paediatrics & Child Health at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. She is also Director of the SA-MRC Unit on Child & Adolescent Health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr Zar’s work, focused on childhood pneumonia and tuberculosis, has had global impact on strategies for diagnosis, prevention and treatment. A key advocate for child health in Africa and globally, she has served as President of the Pan African Thoracic Society, as President of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies, and in an advisory capacity to the WHO and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She received the World Lung Health award from the American Thoracic Society in 2014 and the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Laureate for Africa/Arabia in 2018.