Jane Ruth Aceng, MBCHB, MMed, MPH, is the Director General Health Services at the Ministry of Health in Uganda. Dr. Aceng holds a bachelor’s degree in Medicine (MBChB), MMed (Pediatrics), and a Master’s of Public Health. She is a pediatrics expert at the level of a senior consultant. Dr. Aceng has vast experience both as a manager and a practicing medical consultant, which she accumulated while serving in various capacities as Senior Medical Officer, Medical Officer Special Grade, Medical Superintendent, Consultant Pediatrician, Senior Consultant Pediatrician, Hospital Director, and currently as the Director General Health Services. As the Director General Health Services, she is responsible for coordinating technical functions for the delivery of health services, a role she fulfills through the directorates of clinical and community services and planning and development.
Ben Adeiza Adinoyi, MCCB, MA, MSc, is currently the Health and Care Coordinator Africa for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Nairobi, Kenya, a position he has held since 2012. In this capacity he facilitates the development of an Africa-wide health strategy and ensures health-related operations and programs are implemented in strict compliance with technical guidelines, procedures, and methods. He promotes the development of cross-country cooperation and represents the Africa zone in the health management forum on an international level. His previous roles in IFRC included working as the Emergency Health Delegate for Africa, and the Regional Health and Care Manager for the West Coast IFRC office, and serving as the Regional HIV/AIDS officer for the West Coast Office. Prior to joining the IFRC, he had roles as the
Head of the Department of Pediatrics at Centre Hospitalier Departmental in Benin, Resident Doctor of the Kogi State Diagnostic and Reference Hospital in Anyigba, Resident Doctor of the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital in Kaduna, and as an Intern Medical Officer at the Kaduna Armed Forces Reference Hospital.
Aba Bentil Andam, PhD, MS, is a Ghanaian particle physicist and current Vice President of Sciences at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. She earned a degree at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. She sought further education in Britain where she earned a master’s degree from the University of Birmingham and a PhD from Durham University. In 1986 and 1987 she studied charmed mesons at the German research station DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron). Her research centered on radon and she surveyed human exposure levels of the radioactive gas in Ghana. Beginning in 1987, she participated in educational clinics at secondary schools promoting women in the sciences. Dr. Andam has been a professor at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology since 1981. She has headed the physics department since the mid-2000s. She conducts research in applied nuclear physics at Kumasi’s Nuclear Research Laboratory. She has served as chair of the Women in Science and Technology in Africa’s West African region.
Stella Anyangwe, MD, PhD, is an Honorary Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH), University of Pretoria, South Africa, and is trained as a physician (MD) and Epidemiologist (PhD). Dr. Anyangwe retired from the World Health Organization in 2013 after 17 years of service, during which she was WHO Country Representative (WR) in Mali, the Seychelles, South Africa, and Zambia between 1998 and 2011. Her last assignment for WHO was as Programme Area Coordinator for Disaster Preparedness and Response in the African Region. Since joining the University of Pretoria’s SHSPH in September 2014, Dr. Anyangwe’s focus has been on disaster risk management (DRM) and how it relates to global health, and especially on the training of all health workers in DRM for health.
Ali Ardalan, MD, PhD, is a pioneer in disaster risk management in Iran and the Middle East and the North Africa region who was the driving force behind the creation of MPH and PhD training programs in disaster health studies. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Disaster and Emergency Health Academy at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, an Adviser to the Deputy Minister of Health, and Director of the Disaster Risk Management Office at I.R. Iran Ministry of Health and Medical Education. He is also a non-United Nations member of the UN’s Disaster Management
Team in Iran. Dr. Ardalan serves WHO-Eastern Mediterranean Region as a temporary advisor, and collaborates with WHO/Geneva on advocacy of “disaster risk reduction for health” and “hospitals safe from disasters” in line with post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR). Since 2012, he is a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard School of Public Health, and a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Dr. Ardalan is an International Board of Global Network of Disaster Reduction (GNDR) member where he represents the Central Asia region. He was a nominee for the 2015 United Nations Sasakawa Award. Dr. Ardalan is author and co-author of more than 70 articles in English and Persian peer-reviewed journals and has contributed in the 2009 United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Global Assessment Report and the 2013 International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies World Disasters Report. He was a guest researcher at the Karolinska Institute, and remains an active contributor to the Disaster Supercourse based at the University of Pittsburgh.
Koku Awoonor-Williams, MD, MPP, MPH, is a clinician and public health consultant. He is the Regional Director of Health Service for the Upper East Region of Ghana. For decades, Dr. Awoonor-Williams worked at several levels of Ghana’s health system and for decades was District Director of Health Services in the Nkwanta District of Ghana where he implemented several health systems innovations aim to bring health services closer to the doorsteps of communities. He has also served as the National Coordinator of the Ghana Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Programme. He is currently Chair of the Navrongo Health Research Centre Ethics Review Board, Co–Principal Investigator of Ghana Mobile Technology for Community Health (MoTeCH) Project and a contributor to several other local and international health programs and initiatives and a member of Governing Board of Global Doctors for Choice (GDC). He is Co-PI of the Ghana Essential Health Intervention Program (GEHIP), a collaborating scientist of Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) Project of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a founding faculty of Advancing Reproductive and Community Health Systems (ARCHeS), a program of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health (HDPFH), Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
Paul Biondich, MD, is a senior medical informatics researcher and pediatrician whose research interests include informatics interventions in resource-constrained environments, decision support systems and open communities of practice. He is the co-founder and leader of OpenMRS, an open source medical record system platform to support underserved populations, which
is currently deployed in more than 80 countries throughout the world. He is also very active in international health information architecture development efforts, both through his leadership of a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Medical Informatics, and in the formation of a new adaptive technical assistance community that supports national planning and implementation of health information sharing architectures (OpenHIE). In his leadership role of the Global Health Informatics program at the Regenstrief Institute, he participates in a wide variety of strategically important research and development health informatics initiatives for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), WHO, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ).
Jim Campbell, PhD, MPH, MSc, is the Director of the Health Workforce Department at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA). Prior to taking on this role in July 2014, Dr. Campbell was the Director of the Instituto de Cooperación Social Integrare (ICS Integrare), a not-for-profit research institute in Barcelona, Spain, where he worked for 8 years. He has worked as a specialist researcher/advisor on Human Resources for Health for governments, United Nations agencies, and philanthropic foundations, including WHO, GHWA, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Bank, UK Department for International Development (DFID), North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Examples of this work include the Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel (2010), WHO policy recommendations on “Increasing access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention” (2010), “A Universal Truth: No Health Without a Workforce” published at the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Recife, Brazil (2013), and the State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 report.
Graham Davidson, PGD, is currently the Managing Director for the Simandou project of Rio Tinto located in Guinea, West Africa. He was appointed to this role on September 12, 2011, and is based in Conakry. Mr. Davidson joined the mining industry in 1986 and has continued his involvement in mining through to today. He has been with Rio Tinto for 25 years and was previously Chief Executive Officer of Port Waratah Coal Services based in Newcastle, Australia.
Delanyo Dovlo, MBCHB, MPH, MWACP, is Director of the Health Systems and Services Cluster at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional
Office for Africa (AFRO). He was previously WHO Representative to Rwanda and before that, a Health Systems Adviser at WHO headquarters. He is a public health physician from Ghana with more than 30 years of clinical practice and public health experience. A former director of Human Resources Development in Ghana’s Ministry of Health during the country’s health sector reforms in the 1990s, he has been a consultant in the area of human resources for health (HRH), on health systems, and on health sector reforms. Dr. Dovlo has an MBCHB from the University of Ghana, an MPH from University of Leeds, United Kingdom, and a Membership of the West Africa College of Physicians (MWACP). He is a Fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Dovlo was a member of the Joint Learning Initiative, a global HRH review in 2004 and was lead author of its Africa report, contributing to its global report, Human Resources for Health: Overcoming the Crisis (2004). He has served on the External Advisory Group on HRH for WHO-HQ in 2004, and chaired the WHO AFRO Multi-Disciplinary Advisory Group on Human Resources for Health 2004-2005. He was also on the Health Advisory Group of the Untied Nations Global Commission on International Migration and has published on the migration of health workers, medical education, and management systems in health.
Mosoka P. Fallah, PhD, MPH, MA, is a public health consultant and was recently made a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has recently been made the Principal Investigator for the largest cohort study on Ebola survivors in Liberia. During the Ebola crisis in Liberia he served as the Head of Case Detection in the Montseraddo Incident Management System administering critical aspects of Liberia’s Ebola response. In this capacity he has been providing technical support to the Montserrado County Health Team since the inception of the Ebola epidemic. Dr. Fallah provides training for surveillance, contact tracing, case management, and community mobilization. He was instrumental in developing training workshops for health workers across the national response. In particular, Dr. Fallah recently led contact-tracing efforts to contain the St. Paul Bridge Cluster, a 22-case Ebola viral disease (EVD) cluster between December 2014 and February 2015 that may be one of the last active lines of transmission in Liberia. He is a member of the Harvard–London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola, which includes Peter Piot, the co-discoverer of Ebola, Chelsea Clinton, and Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Previously, Dr. Fallah provided extensive consultancies in the areas of social science, public health, biomedical and translational research at top-tier universities in the United States and in Liberia. He has experience
in international development work including serving as a consultant on a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project with Indiana University and the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to develop a program for the training of mid-level public health staff. Many of the students from his program are currently leading major Ebola response efforts throughout Liberia in surveillance and contact tracing. He has worked extensively with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia, medical centers, and other nonprofit organizations to initiate this flagship program in Liberia. Dr. Fallah received his Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (2011); a Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2012); a Master of Arts in Evaluation and Measurement from Kent State University (2006); and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Biology from the University of Liberia (2001). Dr. Fallah was a highlighted recipient of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2014 as an Ebola fighter.
David Fitter, MD, is a medical epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is currently with the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch, where he works on health systems. He has worked in multiple settings, including Haiti, Kenya, and Turkey. Most recently he worked on the Ebola response in Guinea. Dr. Fitter earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago.
Rob Fowler, MD, MDCM, MSc, is critical care physician and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Director of Research for the Department Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Canada’s busiest trauma-critical care hospital. He received his medical degree at McGill University, his residency training at the University of Toronto, and completed a critical care fellowship and clinical epidemiology training at Stanford University. He is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Ontario Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the Associate Program Director for the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. He is a past Clinician-Scientist of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and a current Clinician-Scientist of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Dr. Fowler’s clinical and academic interests include the access and outcomes of care for critically ill patients in the global context. He has investigated differential use of critical care resources according to gender, age, insurance status, and where people live in the world. His work has also highlighted how selective patient exclusion in clinical research leads to deceased generalizability of all our findings. He has studied international differences in end-of-life care as a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow. During the 2003 severe acute respiratory
syndrome (SARS) epidemic, he helped to provide the first descriptions of critically ill patients and modes of disease transmission. Working with colleagues throughout North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia during the 2009-2010 influenza pandemic, he facilitated international research programs to study clinical characteristics, treatments, and outcomes of patients with H1N1-related critical illness. In 2013-2015, working with the World Health Organization (WHO), he assisted in establishing a clinical research program for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) with colleagues in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is a clinical lead for WHO in the West Africa Ebola virus disease outbreak.
Raphael Frankfurter, BA, is the Executive Director of Wellbody Alliance, a health care organization in Kono District, Sierra Leone. Wellbody advances the right to health and saves lives by operating a comprehensive medical center for the poorest Sierra Leoneans and community health worker systems in partnership with the public health care system. Wellbody has worked in collaboration with Partners in Health through the Ebola outbreak, and Mr. Frankfurter has served as Partners In Health (PIH)–Sierra Leone’s Strategic Advisor for Community Health to develop community health worker programs linked to the network of Ebola Care Centers that PIH/Wellbody has been running across the country. Mr. Frankfurter studied anthropology and global health at Princeton University, and prior to assuming his position conducted extensive ethnographic research in Kono District.
P. Gregg Greenough, MD, MPH, has worked extensively in applying epidemiologic methods to public health problems within conflict- and disaster-affected populations. After graduating from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1989), he completed a residency and fellowship in Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (1997) and earned an MPH at Johns Hopkins University (1998). Dr. Greenough has worked in relief operations in the Balkans, Central America, Africa, the United States, the Palestinian Territories, and Haiti. While on faculty at Johns Hopkins University Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, he directed two national nutrition and food security studies of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and evaluated refugee health programs in Colombia, Kenya, and Tanzania and disaster preparedness in Tanzania. Since 2005, he has been the Research Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) at Harvard University, providing senior leadership in establishing the Initiative’s research agenda, designing and implementing field studies, supervising the analysis of data, interpreting analyses to relevant humanitarian stakeholders, and teaching field research methods. His field studies have included the burden of disease in the Hur-
ricane Katrina displaced population; the effects of landmines on human security in Angola and Lebanon; evaluating the use of open platforms and mapping in Colombia; public health surveillance in Ethiopia, India, and Zimbabwe; and gender-based health outcomes from recent conflicts in Central African Republic, Darfur, and Syria. He holds faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, is a fellow at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health & Human Rights, and attends in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
Margaret Gyapong, PhD, MSc, is currently Deputy Director for Research and Development in charge of the Dodowa Health Research Centre. In the past 22 years, she has contributed to the setup of the Lymphatic Filariasis Control Program in Ghana, building research capacity for district and regional health management teams, started and continues to maintain a Health and Demographic Surveillance System in the Dodowa Health Research Centre. The center collaborates with multiple organizations on various projects. In addition she has served on a number of task forces and committees of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Task Force for Global Health in Atlanta, Georgia and is the lead author and facilitator of the recently launched WHO’s Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) toolkit on Implementation Research. She joined the School of Public Health of the University of Ghana as an adjunct faculty member in 2000 and set up the Master’s Program in Applied Health Social Science. In addition she has held adjunct professorial appointments with Brunel University and is currently an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University where she is also a preceptor of their international health program.
Dan Hanfling, MD, is a consultant on emergency preparedness, response, and crisis management. He is a Contributing Scholar at the UPMC Center for Health Security, Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University and adjunct faculty at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. He currently serves as the co-chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events. His areas of expertise include biodefense and mass casualty management, catastrophic disaster response planning with particular emphasis on scarce resource allocation, and the nexus between health care system planning and emergency management. In addition to his hospital and emergency medical services (EMS) clinical responsibilities, he serves as a Medical Team Manager for the Fairfax County–based Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) sanctioned inter-
national urban search and rescue team (VATF-1, USA-1), and has responded to catastrophic disaster events across the globe.
Saran Kaba Jones, BA, is the Founder and CEO of FACEAfrica, a community development organization working to strengthen water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and services in rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Jones was born in Liberia but left in 1989 at the young age of 8, shortly before the country’s civil war began. The daughter of a career diplomat, Saran spent her formative years living in Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Egypt, and France before moving to the United States in 1999. She returned to Liberia almost 20 years later to find a country in desperate need and made it her mission to help, specifically focused on access to safe drinking water and sanitation and empowering women and girls through education and skills training. Since launching FACEAfrica in January 2009, the organization has raised more than $600,000 from JP Morgan Chase, Coca Cola, the Voss Foundation, Procter & Gamble, Chevron, and the Robert Bosch Foundation, among others; built more than 50 WASH projects and reached 25,000 people in rural Liberia. More recently, FACEAfrica was at the forefront of Ebola response efforts in Rivercess County, Liberia, where they conducted social mobilization, prevention and awareness and community engagement programs. Ms. Jones is a board member of the United Nations Women Civil Society Advisory Group West/Central Africa and a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She was listed by the Guardian United Kingdom as one of Africa’s 25 Top Women Achievers alongside President Joyce Banda of Malawi and Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee. In 2012, she received the Longines/Town&Country Women Who Make A Difference Award for her work with FACEAfrica, and earlier that year she was listed by Black Enterprise as one of 10 International Women of Power to Watch and by Daily Muse as one of 12 Women to Watch. In 2011, Ms. Jones received the Applause Africa Person of the Year Award and was the Voss Foundation’s Women Helping Women Honoree. She was also a Huffington Post Greatest Person of the Day, and listed as one of Forbes Magazine’s 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa. Ms. Jones is a frequent speaker on topics including water and sanitation, entrepreneurship, and gender equality and has served on panels at the World Economic Forum, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the London School of Economics, the African Union, and the U.S. Department of State. Her work with FACEAfrica has been profiled extensively by Forbes, The Boston Globe, BBC Focus on Africa, Town&Country, and CNN. Prior to launching FACEAfrica, Ms. Jones worked as an Investment Project Manager for the Singapore Economic Development Board.
Patrick W. Kelley, MD, DrPH, joined the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in July 2003 as the Director of the Board on Global Health. He has subsequently also been appointed the Director of the Board on African Science Academy Development. Dr. Kelley has overseen a portfolio of expert consensus studies and convening activities on subjects as wide ranging as: the evaluation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. commitment to global health, sustainable surveillance for zoonotic infections, cardiovascular disease prevention in low- and middle-income countries, interpersonal violence prevention in low- and middle-income countries, and microbial threats to health. He also directs a unique capacity-building effort, the African Science Academy Development Initiative, which over 10 years aims to strengthen the capacity of eight African academies to provide independent, evidence-based advice their governments on scientific matters. Prior to joining the Academies, Dr. Kelley served in the U.S. Army for more than 23 years as a physician, residency director, epidemiologist, and program manager. In his last U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) position, Dr. Kelley founded and directed the DoD Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (DoD-GEIS). This responsibility entailed managing surveillance and capacity-building partnerships with numerous elements of the federal government and with health ministries in more than 45 developing countries. He also founded the DoD Accession Medical Standards Analysis and Research Activity. Dr. Kelley is an experienced communicator having lectured in English or Spanish in more than 20 countries. He has published more than 70 scholarly papers, book chapters, and monographs. Dr. Kelley obtained his MD from the University of Virginia and his DrPH in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He is also board certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
Ann Marie Kimball, MD, MPH, FACPM, is a physician and epidemiologist. Currently she is serving as Associate Fellow with Chatham House where she is leading a Rockefeller investment on resilience in post-Ebola surveillance and health systems. Prior to joining Chatham, she served as Technical and Strategic Lead for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Surveillance Strategy Formation. This 3-year process resulted in the first approved surveillance strategy in the history of that Foundation. Prior to her recruitment as Senior Program Officer, Surveillance and Epidemiology for the Foundation she served as Professor of Epidemiology for the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health with adjunct appointments in Medicine (Bioinformatics and Infectious Diseases) and the Jackson School of Foreign Affairs. She attended clinically at Harborview Medical Center. She is emerita at this time. During her tenure at UW, Dr. Kimball founded
and directed the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Emerging Infections Network, and led research and training programs in surveillance and informatics in Peru and Thailand. Her research focus on global trade and emerging infections earned her a Fulbright New Century Scholars award and a Guggenheim Scholars award. She is the author of Risky Trade: Infectious Diseases in an Era of Global Trade (Ashgate 2006), which was highly reviewed by the New England Journal of Medicine, Emerging Infections, and Lancet. She has authored numerous scientific publications, and served on numerous National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine panels. Most recently she led The Rockefeller Foundation evaluation of their global Disease Surveillance Network portfolio. She is a fellow in the American College of Preventive Medicine and member of the National Biosurveillance Advisory Committee (NBAS) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A former Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer for the CDC in Atlanta, prior to joining UW she worked and lived in Ivory Coast, Senegal, and the Yemen Arab Republic. She served as Director of National Program Support for the Pan American Health Organization, directing the elaboration and implementation of medium-term AIDS plans in member countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. She has served as Director of HIV/AIDS for Washington State, and the founding Chair of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) in the United States.
Pascale Krumm, PhD, MA, is a health communications specialist and the speechwriter for the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been with CDC for 15 years. Before joining CDC, she was a college professor for 10 years. Dr. Krumm has extensive experience in global public health. Her areas of expertise are risk communication and scientific communication, and she has taught courses in scientific communication in CDC’s programs around the world. Since 2014, Dr. Krumm has been deployed to Guinea, Mali, and Sierra Leone to serve as CDC team lead for health communication in the Ebola response. Dr. Krumm is originally from Strasbourg, France.
Peter Lamptey, MD, DrPH, MPH, is a Distinguished Scientist/President, Emeritus at FHI 360 and Co-Chair of the FHI 360 Advisory Board. He is based in Accra, Ghana, but provides technical and strategic leadership to FHI 360’s public and development programs, including communicable and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and in integrated multisectoral development interventions in more than 65 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Dr. Lamptey also holds a part-time position as Professor of Global Non-Communicable Diseases at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with joint appointments in the Faculty
of Epidemiology and Population Health and the Faculty of Public Health and Policy. Dr. Lamptey is an internationally recognized public health physician and expert in developing countries, with particular emphasis on communicable and noncommunicable diseases. With a career at FHI 360 spanning more than 30 years, Dr. Lamptey has been instrumental in establishing FHI 360 as one of the world’s leading international nongovernmental organizations in implementing HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and support programs. His experience in HIV/AIDS efforts internationally includes collaboration with the World Bank to design and monitor the China Health IX HIV/AIDS Project. From 1987 to 2007, he directed three major USAID-funded HIV/AIDS Projects: The 5-year AIDS Technical Project (AIDSTECH), the 5-year AIDS Care and Prevention Project (AIDSCAP) and the 10-year Implementing AIDS Prevention and Care (IMPACT) project that encompassed HIV/AIDS programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. He received his medical degree from the University of Ghana, and advanced public health education in the United States, including an MPH from UCLA, a DrPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a nutrition fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Lamptey serves on the Lancet Commission on the Future Health of Africa, the Africa Tobacco Control Committee, Global Advisory Group for the new London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Centre for Global NCDs, and a member of the CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health Policy.
Gabriel Leung, MD, MPH, became the 40th Dean of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong in 2013. Dr. Leung, a clinician and a respected public health authority, concurrently holds the Chair of Public Health Medicine. Previously he was Professor and Head of Community Medicine at the University and served as Hong Kong’s first Under Secretary for Food and Health and fifth Director of the Chief Executive’s Office in government. Leung is one of Asia’s leading epidemiologists, having authored more than 350 scholarly papers and edited numerous journals. His research defined the epidemiology of two novel viral epidemics, namely severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 and influenza A (H7N9) in 2013. While in government, he led Hong Kong’s policy response against the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) pandemic. Dr. Leung currently directs the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control. He was inaugural Chair of the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies during 2010-2014. He regularly advises national and international agencies, including WHO, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Daniel López-Acuña, MD, MPH, is a Spanish and Mexican national. He graduated as Medical Doctor (MD) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1978 and specialized in Public Health and Health Systems at Johns Hopkins University between 1979 and 1983, where he obtained his MPH degree. Dr. López-Acuña worked over a period of 30 years for the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Washington, DC, and Geneva, respectively. He served there as Director of Health Systems, Director of Program Management, Director of Recovery and Transition in the Cluster of Health Action in Crisis, Advisor to the Director General for the WHO Reform, and Director of Country Cooperation and Collaboration with the United Nations System. He retired from WHO in December 2014 and he is now an independent health systems, public health, and development cooperation consultant based in Gijon, Spain. He is the author of many books and articles in the fields of health policy, health systems, humanitarian health response, public health, and development cooperation.
Lloyd Matowe, PhD, MSc, is the Director of Pharmaceutical Systems Africa (PSA). PSA is an international health organization providing consulting services to developing countries to strengthen pharmaceutical supply chains and to address systems and management challenges. PSA has presence in the United States, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia. Dr. Matowe has vast experience strengthening the pharmaceutical value chain systems in Africa, having worked in more than 23 countries in Africa on the matter. Previously he has worked with the Global Fund in Geneva and Management Sciences for Health, and as a consultant on pharmacy systems for organizations such as Supply Chain Management System (SCMS), World Health Organization (WHO), the East African Community, the Southern African Development Community, PATH, and USAID, among other organizations. Dr. Matowe is active in academia being on staff at the University of Iowa School of Pharmacy, at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology School of Pharmacy in Ghana, at Makerere University in Uganda, and at the University of Liberia. Dr. Matowe has published widely in the field of public health pharmaceutical systems and has given in excess of 100 talks in more than 30 countries on pharmacy and supply systems strengthening. Dr. Matowe holds a PhD in Health Systems Implementation from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom, a Master’s degree in Clinical Pharmacology from the same institution, and a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Zimbabwe. He has received several awards for services to the pharmacy profession, including recognition by the government of Liberia for resuscitating the training of pharmacists in the country after the war. He is currently leading training
efforts in Liberia aimed at pharmacy and supply chain management after the Ebola epidemic.
Michael Myers, MA, performs a number of leadership roles at The Rockefeller Foundation. He leads the Foundation’s global health work including its Transforming Health Systems initiative and the campaign for universal health coverage. He also coordinates strategies for the Foundation’s work in the United States with a focus on building inclusive economies in cities. Mr. Myers joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2010 and led the organization’s successful centennial program, which included an array of global activities to build on past successes and to help shape the Foundation’s future direction. Prior to coming to The Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Myers served in leadership capacities in the U.S. Senate for much of his career, including chief counsel and staff director to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He worked on a range of issues, including health care, employment, economic development, refugees, immigration, and education. Before his career in government, Mr. Myers worked on refugee and international humanitarian matters for nongovernmental organizations and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Mr. Myers holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in political science from Columbia University.
Janet Nakuti, MA, PGD, is a Senior Program Officer responsible for Monitoring and Learning at Raising Voices in Kampala, Uganda since 2007. Over the years, she has developed substantial experience working to promote the rights of children and women in communities and specifically engaging communities to create social norm change to prevent violence against women and children. Ms. Nakuti coordinated large randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with SASA! and the Good Schools Methodologies in Uganda and engaged in rigorous and intensive operations research for the RCTs. She has assembled and managed several teams, and provided guidance to various partners using SASA! in Botswana, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. She has co-authored several publications around violence prevention. Before Raising Voices, Ms. Nakuti worked with Save the Children Norway in Uganda, UPHOLD, a USAID-funded project, WHO, Creative Research and Evaluation Centre, Ministry of Health, and Makerere University in Kampala. She is currently serving as a member of the Board on Community Health Alliance Uganda and Amber House, and also serves on the Advisory Board of Friends of Canon Gideon Foundation (FOCAGIFO).
Abdul Nasidi, PhD, MSc, is a doctor with 40 years of experience. He obtained a Master’s in epidemiology in 1979 and a PhD in virology in 1983,
and worked as surgeon and subsequently transferred into public health in 1983. Dr. Nasidi worked as a scientific officer from 1980 to 1986, when he was appointed as Nigeria’s Chief Epidemiologist. He became Director Public Health in 1991 at the Federal Ministry of Health from where he retired in 2008. He was appointed to serve as Special Technical Adviser to the Minister of Health and in 2010 was recalled by the government to establish the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. He received a national honor of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in 2002. In 2014 he was appointed the Director, Chief Executive Officer by the President of Nigeria.
Patrick Mboya Nguku, MD, PGD, a medical epidemiologist by training, currently serves as the Resident Advisor of Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) (www.nigeria-feltp.net) and has been since October 2008. He received his medical degree and postgraduate diploma in HIV management from University of Nairobi in 2000 and 2003, respectively. He received his FELTP training from the Kenya FELTP between 2004 and 2006. He served as National Coordinator of Surveillance and Response in Kenya in 2006-2008 and was instrumental to the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) scale up and response to a multi-country Rift Valley fever outbreak, among others. He also served in the multi-agency response to the Ebola outbreak in Uganda in 2007 and Nigeria in 2014. He has conducted trainings and supported public health workforce development and surveillance system strengthening activities in multiple countries.
Ian Norton, MD, is an emergency physician with post graduate qualifications in Surgery, International Health, and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Norton works for the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva heading the new Foreign Medical Team Unit. Previously the Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, Darwin, Australia, he led key developments in the Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) initiative, in particular an innovative training program for disaster response teams, and a fully self-sufficient capability for international field hospital deployment for the Australian government. He has led the Australian government medical team deployments to the Ashmore reef boat explosion, Pakistan floods, Solomon Islands Dengue outbreak and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, including a 50-bedded surgical field hospital and tertiary referral trauma center for Tacloban city within days of the storm. He is the lead author of the new World Health Organization (WHO) global classification and standards for Foreign Medical Team (FMT) deployment to sudden onset disasters which led to his appointment to WHO. In that role he leads the development of a global registry of FMTs and the increasing role of WHO in their quality
assurance and coordination. He was deployed for more than 5 months to the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak and led the coordination of more than 60 FMTs in 3 countries and the design and construction of 5 large Ebola treatment centers in Monrovia, along with plans for building by the United Kingdom, United States, and World Food Program (WFP) in the 3 worst-affected countries. He led the coordination of 132 FMTs in Nepal during the earthquakes of April and May 2015. Lessons learned during these recent responses for a rapid and predictable international health response to all-hazards will reshape the FMT initiative along with the mechanisms of emergency health response within WHO, and is integral to the future of Dr. Norton’s portfolio at WHO.
Afriyie Ofori-Koree, MSc, is an astute transformational leader with an educational background in natural resources management and public health. She has more than 10 years of experience in developing and delivering international and local programs across various development sectors both in the public and private sector. She has experience in the oil and gas, local government, international development, and telecommunications sectors. She is currently working as the Foundation and Sustainability Manager for Vodafone Foundation Ghana to improve general public health by leveraging on the resources in the telecommunication sector.
Francis Omaswa, MBBCh, MMed, FRCS, FCS (ECSA), is the Executive Director of the African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), Chancellor of Busitema University in Uganda, Chair of the African Platform for Human Resources for Health, and Co-Chair of the Global Policy Council on Health Worker Migration. He was the founding Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance, Director General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health in Uganda, founding Director of the Uganda Heart Institute, founding Chair of the Global Stop TB Partnership Board, Chair of the Portfolio and Procurement Committee of the Global Fund, and Chair of the Independent Review Committee of GAVI. He has a keen interest in leadership and governance of health and in access of the poor to health care and spent 5 years testing models for this at the rural Ngora Mission Hospital in Uganda. Dr. Omaswa is a graduate of Makerere Medical School, founding President of the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the New York Academy of Medicine, Senior Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Foreign Associate of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He has recently published two books: African Health Leaders: Making Change and Claiming the Future and Handbook for Health Ministers.
Raj Panjabi, MD, MPH, is Co-Founder and CEO of Last Mile Health, Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. At age 9, Dr. Panjabi escaped a civil war in his home country of Liberia. He returned as a 24-year-old medical student to serve the people he had left behind, co-founding Last Mile Health, a Liberia- and Boston-based nonprofit organization working to save lives in the world’s most remote villages. Described by Forbes as “a healthcare model for 1 billion people,” Last Mile Health employs village health workers—giving them the training, equipment, and support they need to perform as community health professionals. Their work has been published in the Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and PLoS Medicine, and has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and the New York Times. In 2015, Fortune Magazine named Dr. Panjabi 1 of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. Dr. Panjabi is a Forbes 400 Philanthropy Fellow, a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur, an Echoing Green Fellow, and a Clinton Global Initiative Advisor. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins, the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina, and the Global Citizen Movement Award. Dr. Panjabi received his medical and public health training at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.
Trish M. Perl, MD, MSc, is a Professor of Medicine in the Infectious Diseases Division at Johns Hopkins University and the Senior Epidemiologist for Johns Hopkins Medicine and has an interest in the epidemiology of risk factors for the development and transmission of Staphylococcus aureus, influenza, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and other emerging infections and their prevention and control. Her expertise and research interests predominately involve reducing the risk of transmission of organisms to patients and health care workers, and surveillance for organisms that cause harm to humans.
Inge Petersen, PhD, MSc, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She has played a leading role in three multinational research consortiums concerned with strengthening mental health services in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), namely the Mental Health and Poverty Project, the Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME), and Emerging Mental Health Systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (EMERALD). She has developed a body of work over the past decade focused on strengthening the evidence for the integration of mental health into primary health care as well as using implementation
science to understand how to strengthen health systems to enable scaled up integrated mental health care. Dr. Petersen is currently a Principal Investigator for PRIME in South Africa, a work package lead for EMERALD and a Principal Investigator of the COBALT (Comorbid Affective Disorders, AIDS/HIV, and Long Term Health) trial investigating the health impact of integrated mental health care on HIV-infected patients on anti-retroviral treatment. Further, she is also well-known for her work in the field of mental health promotion and has specifically been involved in trials focused on family strengthening to promote resilience in vulnerable youth.
Kumanan Rasanathan, MD, is a public health physician currently working as a Senior Health Specialist for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in New York. He leads or has led work at UNICEF on health in the post-2015 development agenda, social determinants of child health, district health system strengthening, integrated community case management policy, universal health coverage, and implementation research on maternal and child health service delivery. Before arriving at UNICEF, Dr. Rasanathan worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva on social determinants of health and primary health care. Prior to this, Dr. Rasanathan worked in a number of different countries as a clinician, researcher, policymaker, and program manager in clinical practice, vaccine clinical trials, primary health care, national health policy, and reducing inequities in maternal and child health.
Lewis Rubinson, MD, PhD, FCCP, is Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Maryland School of Medicine and Director of the Critical Care Resuscitation Unit at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Rubinson was the Acting Chief Medical Officer of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in the Office of Emergency Management within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He served as the federal Chief Marketing Officer in the HHS Secretary’s Operation Center for recent major events such as Superstorm Sandy, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, and the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Dr. Rubinson has deployed on numerous occasions for NDMS as a front-line clinician and as the medical lead for the Incident Response Coordination Team. Dr. Rubinson is also a leader in mass critical care preparedness and has published and lectured extensively on mass casualty mechanical ventilation. In addition, Dr. Rubinson has been an international proponent and leader for establishing systems and processes to ensure clinical learning during public health emergencies. Dr. Rubinson was the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lead for the largest critical care registry established during the 2009 influenza
pandemic. He is currently the co-chairperson of the Steering Committee for the United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group Program for Emergency Preparedness. Dr. Rubinson was a clinician-consultant for the World Health Organization and the clinical lead at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone in September 2014.
David Sarley, PGD, BSc, has worked for 13 years in public health supply chain management, 10 years with John Snow, Inc. (JSI), and 3 at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He currently manages several vaccine delivery supply chain investments in Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Benin as well several global integrated delivery and family planning supply chain investments. Mr. Sarley is also leading the Integrated Delivery Supply Chain strategy definition. At JSI he held several positions in the USAID DELIVER PROJECT, including Director of Public Health Supply Chain work. He also led work on supply chain costing. Prior to JSI Mr. Sarley worked in economics consultancy for 16 years in trade, transport, finance, and health economics. He was a volunteer with Voluntary Service Overseas and started his career for Ford in inventory management. He has a degree in Econometrics from Hull University and a Post Graduate Diploma from Southampton University. He has worked in more than 80 countries doing short-term economics and public health consulting and management assignments.
Marie Claire Tchecola, BSN, is an emergency room nurse from Guinea. During the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, countless health care workers put themselves in harm’s way to help control the disease and provide care and comfort for those sick with Ebola. She was recognized by the U.S. Department of State in March as a 2015 International Women of Courage awardee, along with nine other women from around the world. The award honors women who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, women’s equality, and social progress—often at personal risk. Ms. T checola grew up in a small Guinean village. She is the first woman in her family to receive an education. She could have been a doctor but chose nursing, “because you can affect more people.” Because only the doctors at Donka Hospital–Conakry, Guinea’s largest hospital, were supplied with gloves, Ms. T checola was exposed to the Ebola virus while treating a patient in July 2014. Once she identified her own symptoms, she quickly checked herself into an Ebola treatment unit to avoid spreading the disease to other patients and to protect her colleagues. In addition to fighting the disease itself, Ms. T checola continues to battle the stigma she experienced during and after her illness. She and her two daughters—one who is deaf from a childhood seizure—were evicted by her landlord and thrown out on the street. She has since returned to Donka Hospital to continue her work as an emergency room
nurse, which includes triaging and testing patients who may have Ebola. Ms. T checola continues to raise awareness and foster hope about surviving Ebola. She also advocates for other public health priorities, like vaccines for childhood diseases, and urges potential patients to visit hospitals for medical care.
Oyewale Tomori, DVM, PhD, FASTMH, is currently President, Nigerian Academy of Science. He was pioneer Vice-Chancellor at the Redeemer’s University, Nigeria. He is a recipient of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM), Nigeria’s highest award for academic and intellectual attainment. At the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he was Professor of Virology, he led research into the study of viral infections, and elucidated the properties of Orungo virus, registered with the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). In 1981, he received the U.S. Public Health Service Certificate for contribution to Lassa Fever research. At the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa as Regional Virologist from 1994-2004, he set up the African Regional Polio Laboratory Network, which provided laboratory diagnostic support for polio eradication, and became the forerunner of other regional diagnostic laboratory networks for other diseases. He has been involved in the investigations of outbreaks of viral hemorrhagic fevers (yellow fever, Ebola virus disease, etc.) and infections in many African countries. Dr. Tomori serves on several national and international advisory bodies, including the Nigeria Expert Review Committee (ERC) on Poliomyelitis Eradication and Routine Immunization; Nigeria National Task Force on Epidemic Diseases; Expert Working Group (EWG) for the Development of National Laboratory Services Policy; Judging Panel Bill Gates Nigeria Governors’ Immunization Leadership Challenge; WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research; Co-Chairman, African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI)/National Academy of Sciences (USNAS)/Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) African Tobacco Control Committee (ATCC); Co-Chairman, African Science Academies’ Study Team on Country Ownership of Africa’s Development Post 2015 plan on millennium development goals (MDGs). He is a senior editor of African Journal of Laboratory Medicine. He has served as member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Sustainable Global Surveillance of Zoonotic Diseases; IOM Committee on Identifying and Prioritizing New Preventive Vaccines for Development; WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE); and Co-Chairman, ASADI/USNAS/NASAC African Tobacco Control Committee (ATCC).
Kate Wilson, MA, MBA, is Director, Digital Health Solutions, PATH. Ms. Wilson has been advising companies on market entry strategies for digital
solutions in emerging markets for more than 25 years with experience in international commercial and nongovernmental organizations. Ms. Wilson co-founded PATH’s Digital Health Solutions group in 2009 based on a belief that information and communication technology were the next essential health tool that could change decades long paradigms of poor health services delivery in the developing world. Ms. Wilson leads a global team supporting PATH’s work in health information systems analysis, design and delivery. She has led PATH programs and initiatives in Asia and Africa covering areas as diverse as delivery of improved data systems and use for immunization services to the design of appropriate health information systems for universal health coverage.
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