e-Health Africa Conference - Advisory Board Members, Speakers and Moderators


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The meeting was very successful and should catapult the efforts to scale up ehealth in the region – Grace Miheso‏, Senior Regional Maternal and Child Health Specialist at USAID/EA

Once more I would like to congratulate you on the very successful eHealth Africa Conference which you and your team ably organised - Dr. Catherine Omaswa - Executive Director , Ehealth Society of Uganda

Congratulations on a successful conference and look forward to more of the same next year.- Dr. Marasi Mwencha, Senior M-Health Advisor, John Snow International

The conference brought to life new partnerships that have a long lasting beneficial effect on clients, strategic growth plans and Sproxil’s role in East Africa. I will be there every year! - Mr. Geoffrey Otieno, Sales Director, Sproxil-East Africa Ltd.

Advisory Board Members (PDF)

Dr. Kechi Achebe: Deputy Director, Office for Health and HIV/AIDS, Africare
Dr. Kechi Achebe is the Deputy Director for the Office of Health & HIV/AIDS, Africare. Dr. Achebe has more than 15 years of experience in international development, research, and program implementation. In 2004, she joined Africare to help broaden its health & HIV/AIDS portfolio and develop a set of core activities in service delivery and infectious diseases under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Dr. Achebe also serves as the project Director and the principle investigator for Africare’s PEPFAR-funded comprehensive HIV/AIDS projects in South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Prior to joining Africare, She served in various capacities with Pathfinder International, BASICS II and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Dr. Achebe earned an MD at the University of Benin in Nigeria, and received an MPH in International Health (with emphasis in Infectious and non-communicable diseases) from Boston University School of Public Health. A licensed medical practitioner, she was awarded a certificate in Finance and Management in International Health by Boston University, and she completed a research fellowship in Infectious disease epidemiology at the Boston Medical Center, in Massachusetts.

Mr. Sam Agutu: Founder, Changamka Microhealth
Mr. Sam Agutu is founder and CEO of Changamka (Swahili for "Be Happy" or "Cheer Up"). Changamka's mission is: "to use technological innovation for improving access to affordable healthcare to millions of the working poor, currently excluded from conventional government arrangements and private insurance schemes." The programme was the overall winner of the Kenyan MDGs 2010 award for MDGs Goal 5 of Improving Maternal Health. Mr. Agutu has extensive experience in the Kenyan finance and insurance industry having been an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand, Chief Accountant at AIG, Assistant Finance Director at the African Re-insurance Corporation and MD of Clarkson Notcutt Insurance Brokers before founding Changamka.  A Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of Nairobi, he is a Certified Public Accountant CPA (K), a Certified Public Secretary (CPS (K)), a Chartered Arbitrator (ACIArb) and holds an MBA from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

Ms. Elizabeth J Ashbourne: Lead, Global Health Information Programs and Partnerships, World Bank/Health Metrics Network
Elizabeth (EJ) Ashbourne, is the Lead, Global Health Information Programs for the World Bank and the Health Metrics Network. Among many projects, she is leading the work on eHealth and mHealth in the Health Anchor of the Bank, and contributing to research on a common metric for donor agencies, development partners and countries to measure their investment in health information. Prior to this, she managed the work of the international pillar in the World Bank’s Results Secretariate. Before coming to the Bank, EJ spent three and a half years in Eastern Europe managing USAID training programs as Country Director in Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, and Deputy Director and Program Manager of a Management Training Institute in Bratislava, Slovakia. EJ Ashbourne’s other experience includes designing programs to encourage and facilitate joint ventures between developing country entrepreneurs and SMEs in the US; serving as the senior coordinator for international cooperative education programs at the American University; adjunct professor, career planning and tracking, and human resources change management at Arthur D. Little’s Executive Management Program; and worked for the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafiq Hariri. She also spent two years in NYC working with the textile designer, Jack Lenor Larson. EJ holds an MA in International Education, with an emphasis on Organizational Management from American University, in Washington DC, and a BSc in Communications and History from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

Mr. Piers J.W. Bocock: Project Director, Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project
Mr. Piers J.W. Bocock is currently the Project Director, for the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project. Mr. Bocock is an expert in knowledge management, communications, capacity-building, strategy, and technology with nearly 20 years of domestic and international experience helping a variety of organizations address challenges and improve effectiveness. He has worked for international development organizations, government entities, NGOs, associations, corporations, SMEs and consulting firms to develop solutions to information, business, policy, public health, trade, information management, operations and technology challenges. He has presented and published on a variety of topics including mobile technologies, public health, supply chains, energy, software, and nonprofit management. His professional experience spans more than 20 countries. He earned MBA in International Business and Strategy from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and BA in Communications from McGill University.

Dr. Frederick Bukachi: President , TeleHealth Society, Kenya

Mr. Tunde Fafunwa: Senior Partner, Kitskoo Inc,
Tunde Fafunwa has more than 20 years of senior management experience in the Telecommunications and Information Technology field. He has led start-ups, mid-size companies as well as major initiatives in Fortune 500 companies. Previously Managing Director of Bayan Telecommunications Inc., a leading Internet and competitive fixed line provider in the Philippines he led company's competitive repositioning to deliver data and Internet revenue growth of 30% a year, with a significantly lower cost structure. Previously he was Vice President, Marketing at Verizon subsidiary, where he was responsible for the product bundling of Landline, Cellular, Video and Internet to over 2 million customers with combined revenues of over $1 billion. In addition, Tunde has held senior IT management positions in the financial and computer consulting industries. He is the founder of Resourcery Limited the largest network integrator in West Africa.

Mr. Hank Kearney: President, PHM International, Inc.
Hank Kearney is president of PHM International and publisher of the PHM Emerging Markets Healthcare Monitor. With more than 25 years experience in the healthcare and health insurance sectors, Hank helps clients better understand how the combination of policy, market risks, and geopolitics impact the markets at large, and client companies in particular. Clients include private equity firms, fund managers, banks, healthcare and health insurance companies. The PHM Emerging Markets Healthcare Monitor is a leading commentary focused entirely on healthcare opportunities in emerging markets. PHM International also owns GHAN, the Global Health Access® Network for hospital and clinic executives in the world’s emerging markets. Hank Kearney has a BA in Economics from Rutgers University, and is one of only a handful of individuals with both the MHP (Managed Healthcare Professional) and RHU (Registered Health Underwriter) designations. He is also the author of the upcoming book Top 10 Plus One Global Healthcare Trends.

Dr. Michael Kabiru: Founding Partner-Telehealth Society of Kenya
Dr. Michael Kabiru has over 10 years working experience in the Kenyan Health Sector. He has been involved in the provision of primary healthcare to rural health facilities, logistic management of public health commodities and training of health workers. He has served in various capacities in the pharmaceutical industry in Kenya. He is currently working for HighChem East Africa, as a Sales & Commercial Manager.  He has interest in the use of ICT in improving health care to provide a strategic advantage. He is also the National Treasurer of the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK) and a Founding Partner of the TeleHealth Society of Kenya. A Registered Pharmacist, he earned an MPH in Health Systems Management from the Kenyatta University. He is currently finalizing an executive MBA from the Management University of Africa.

Dr. Esther Ogara:
Head eHealth & Continuing Professional Development, Ministry of Medical Services
Dr. Esther Ogara studied Human Medicine at the Moscow 2nd Medical School and obtained her degree in Medicine. She has been working with the Ministry of Health, Kenya in various fields of health for the last 20 years. In 1996 she was awarded a World Bank Scholarship to study Public Health Medicine at the University of Wales, College of Medicine and obtained diploma in Public Health. Esther is currently undertaking a dual course for Masters and PhD in Public Health. She has also attended a training course on Adolescent Reproductive Health at John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. Apart from these, Esther has also had Continuing Professional Development through short courses trainings and has obtained many certificates in the areas of Quality Management in International Health, Monitoring & Evaluation, Scientific Report writing, Health Systems Management, consulting skills on HIV/AIDS, Strategic Communication and Advocacy for Adolescent Reproductive Health, Information Education & Communication Material Development and training on Burden of Disease and Cost Effectiveness Analysis. Expert in use of ICTs in health service delivery; HIV & AIDS prevention and Care for young people in urban poor and other marginalized people; Malaria prevention and treatment; Provision of safe motherhood and child survival services. HMIS in health facilities; Needs Assessments, e-Readiness Assessment, Capacity building, development of Information, Education and Communication strategy and materials, Planning and Policy development, programme designing and Monitoring and Evaluation. Dr. Ogara is now the Head of the eHealth Division for the Ministry of Medical Services- Kenya.

Dr. Ekpe Okorafor: Founder, RadiCube LLC
Dr. Ekpe Okorafor is the founder of and chief consultant for RadiCube LLC. Dr. Ekpe Okorafor brings a combination of research and development skills and more than 15 years of experience in large complex computing systems, network architectures and IT solutions. Dr. Ekpe Okorafor received the received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2002 and 2005 respectively, from Texas A&M University. He has worked in leading research labs including IBM Watson Research and Almaden Research Centers and has managed a large Information Technology department. He is also a visiting professor at the African University of Science & Technology. Dr. Ekpe Okorafor's expertise includes computer architecture, mobile networks, virtualization, grid/cloud computing, embedded systems, security, performance modeling and optimization. He has authored and co-authored many conference papers and journal publications.

Dr. Kelechi Ohiri: Special Adviser , Minister of State For Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Dr Kelechi Ohiri is the Senior Adviser to the Honourable Minister of State for Health in Nigeria and the Head of his delivery unit. In this position, he serves as the senior aide to the minister and the lead for driving the delivery of the agenda, which include Improving access to primary care; addressing the rising burden of NCDs through strategic focus on prevention; Improving quality of care through better clinical governance; and unlocking the potential of the private sector in healthcare.Prior to this, he was an Engagement Manager with the London office of McKinsey and Company, where he served a broad section of health sector clients, including Payors, Providers, Health Systems and Pharmaceutical clients in Europe, Middle East and Africa. His functional areas of focus were in Strategy, Organization Design and Private Equity.Dr Kelechi Ohiri has a Medical degree from the University of Lagos. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University, as well as a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management, from Harvard University.

Mr. Samuel Quarshie: Head of ICT Department, Ghana Health Services
Samuel Quarshie is the Head of ICT Department, Ghana Health Service. His primary role as the head of ICT is to provide leadership and direction in the use of Information Technology and Information Systems in the Ghana Health Service. The pursuance of good IT governance and the alignment of IT strategy with business strategy and programmes of the healthcare sector are a few of his responsibilities. He also holds several IT certifications in the area of Security, IT Auditing, Systems and Networking administration. He is familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). He is a Chartered Accountant and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK.He was previously a Deputy Director of Finance in charge of financial management information systems.

Dr. Edward Rukwaro: Regional General Manager, AAR Health Care Limited
Dr. Edward Rukwaro is the Regional General Manager of AAR Healthcare Ltd. This is a wholly owned subsidiary of the AAR Group of companies. Dr. Rukwaro is a medical doctor by profession with a special interest and training in the fields of Healthcare Financing, Knowledge Management, Risk Management and Corporate Strategy. Having worked in both managed healthcare and insurance environments he has extensive knowledge and experience in management of large medical schemes and clinical service delivery mechanisms where ICT is crucial for long-term success. He has attended various local and international seminars and courses in the above related fields. He is currently finalizing his Masters in Business Administration degree (MBA) and professional qualifications in Life Insurance (LOMA-USA).

Dr Khama Rogo: Lead Health Specialist, Investment Climate Department, World Bank Group
Khama Rogo is Lead Health Sector Specialist with the World Bank and Head of the World Bank Group's Health in Africa Initiative. Prior to his WB career, he taught Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nairobi, before becoming the Vice President of Medical Affairs Africa for Ipas. A native of Kenya, Prof Rogo received his MD and M.MED  from the University of Nairobi and earned a Fellowship and PhD in Gynecologic Oncology in Sweden.  A prominent advocate and global authority on reproductive health issues, he is a visiting professor at several universities and author of over 100 papers and book chapters.  He has been a consultant to WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID, and DFID, and advisor to many other bilateral and unilateral international organizations.  Prof. Rogo is past president of the Kenya Medical Association and Kenya Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. He was also the chairman of Kenya's National Council for Population and Development, and served on the Gender Advisory Panel of WHO, the Advisory Committee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the board of the Center for African Family Studies. He is currently on the board of INTRAHEALTH, among other responsibilities.

Dr. Feng Zhao:
Health Division Manager, African Development Bank
Dr. Feng Zhao is the Manager for the Health Division at the African Development Bank. He has more than 20 years of experience in public health, medicine, economics and demography in Africa and Asia. He has extensively worked on service delivery, public-private partnership, eHealth, Sector-wide Approach, health care financing, and public expenditure analysis. His rich experience in managing health programs from both the government and donor side strengthened his skills in the areas of strategy development, planning, and implementation.Before he joined the AfDB, he worked for a range of organizations from World Bank, academia, to government agencies. His last position was Senior Health Specialist of the World Bank responsible for both operations and economic and sector work in a number of African countries. He was also the eHealth coordinator for the World Bank, leading the preparation of an eHealth program for Africa. For the past two years, he was based in the World Bank’s Ethiopia country office, also serving as Chair of the Health Partner Group in Ethiopia. He was also the eHealth coordinator for the World Bank, leading the preparation of an eHealth program for Africa. He holds a Ph.D in population and health economics from the Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Public Health from University of California at Berkeley, a MD from China. He serves as a faculty member for a number of universities.


H.E. Elkanah Odembo: Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to the U.S.A
H.E. Elkanah Odembo, is the Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to the U.S.A.  He received his Bachelors degree in Biology and Sociology from Bowdoin College and in 1980 received his Masters in Public Heath from the University of Texas. For his distinguished public service, he was awarded the 2010 Common Good Award by the Board of Trustees of his Alma Mater, Bowdoin College which honors those alumni who have demonstrated an extraordinary, profound and sustained commitment to the common good, in the interest of society, with conspicuous disregard for personal gain in wealth or status.Prior to serving in Washington, Ambassador Odembo served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to France since January 2009. And prior to representing Kenya abroad, for more than two decades he held senior level positions at philanthropic and non-governmental organizations in East Africa. The Ambassador was the founding director of Ufadhili Trust, a Nairobi based organization that promotes philanthropy, the use of local resources for social development, especially through corporate social responsibility, cross-sector partnerships, technical assistance and policy research.The Ambassador has served as a distinguished member of the following organizations: the National Advisory Committee for Health Research, the NGO Co-ordination Board of Kenya, and the National Committee for Social Dimensions of Development. Additionally, he was one of the founding members of the NGO Coalition for East Africa and has served on the Boards of several National and International NGOs.

Ms Mary Wairimu Ngari, CBS: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Medical Services
Ms Ngari M.W is the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Medical Services. A career Administrator Ms Ngari has served in the public service for over 31 years. Madam Ngari has risen through all the ranks within the civil service, serving as a District Officer III, District officer I, Senior Assistant Secretary, Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Senior Deputy Secretary, and Director of Administration to the post of Permanent Secretary, Ministry of State for the Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands on 31st October 2008 and currently in the Ministry for Medical Services.Her exemplary performance in effective service delivery and commitment in official assignments has earned her a Presidential Commendation Award for sterling contribution towards the successful of the commemoration of the 25 years of Kenya’s Independence. She was awarded a Certificate and Faithful Service by P.C.E.A Milimani Church Council-Nairobi, in 2005. Madam Ngari’s key assignments as an Administrator include coordination of the Civil Service Reform Programme at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, coordination of the Ministerial Strategic Plan development for the Ministry of Trade, worked as a liaison officer for ten Parastatals in the Ministry of Trade. In December 2003, she was seconded to East Africa Portland Cement as the Acting Managing Director till June 2004. She has also served in the boards of National Hospital Insurance Fund and National Aids Control Council as a member between 2007 and 2009. As Director of Administration she coordinated ministerial matters, donor projects and Government policies, in the Ministry of Health, prepared ministerial budgets, procurement plans, managed ministry registries, transport, security, litigation matters and parliamentary business among others.Ms. Ngari has a Master’s degree in Psychology and Counseling from Daystar University, and Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Nairobi. She has attended professional courses both locally and internationally. Locally she has attended Administration Officers induction, Para Military, Advanced Public Administration and Population and Development courses. Other range of courses she attended include District Focus, Performance Management and Target setting, Total quality Management and performance Appraisal System.

Dr. Ladi Awosika: Chief Executive, Total Health Trust

Dr. John Koku Awoonor-Williams: Upper East Regional Director of Health Services; MoTeCH Co-Principal Investigator, Ghana Health ServiceJohn Koku Awoonor-Williams, Fellow of the Ghana Collage of Physicians and Surgeons, is the Ghana Health Service Director, Upper East Regional Health Administration and Part-time Senior Lecturer, Columbia University.  He is  a public health physician/specialist with an MD from the Minsk State Medical School, Belarus, an MPH from the University of Leeds and a Masters in Health Administration and Management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. His interests include health systems development, childhood survival, reproductive health, and health program assessments and evluation. For decades, Dr. Awoonor-Williams was District Director of Health Services in the Nkwanta District of Ghana where he implemented several health systems innovations which aim to bring health services closer to the doorsteps of c communities. He has won several awards both nationally and internationally for his contribution to the health sector and public health community. In 2006, the World Medical Association nominated him as one of its “Caring Physicians of the World” and WHO featured him in the cover article of the State of the World’s Health for his contributions to health manpower development. In 1997 and 2006 two Presidents of the Republic of Ghana awarded him the ‘Grand Medal Civil Division’ for his meritorious medical and public health service in Ghana.

Mr. Ramy Alam: Regional Sales Support Manager, Polycom

Ms. Uju Ofomata-Aderemi: Programme Director, Mobile4Good projects at OneWorld UK
Uju is currently Programme Director, Mobile4Good projects at OneWorld UK, where she oversees mobile and Web-based community empowerment projects in Africa. In the last 6 years, she has overseen the development and implementation of the Learning about Living Programme, a sexual and reproductive health educational project which uses new media to empower adolescents (especially young girls), to improve their life chances. Following a successful two-year pilot in Nigeria, the programme is being scaled up across Nigeria, launched in Senegal and Morocco, and more recently in 2012, Mali and Egypt. Uju has worked previously as a Pharmacist with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals in Nigeria, and as the Head of Corporate Affairs, led the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives of a bank in Nigeria. She has an MBA and a MPH from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and her interest is in Public-Private and Voluntary sector partnerships for social development and poverty alleviation.

Dr. Kola Babalola: Professor, African University of Science and Technology
Kola Babalola has over 13 years experience in working with information systems in the NHS in England. He has worked at various hospitals including Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital, both in London, and Saint Mary's Hospital in Manchester. He also obtained a PhD degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Manchester in 2004. Until 2011 he remained at the University of Manchester as a Research Associate working closely with clinicians to apply computer vision techniques to the analysis of medical images. In  2003 he founded Sprynt International Ltd (www.sprynt.com), a company that specialises in delivering bespoke web solutions to clients in a range of industries including health and education. Kola Babalola is still the director of Sprynt International and joined the African University of Science and Technology in January 2012 as an assistant professor with a joint appointment in computer science and biological sciences.

Mr. Scott Dalessandro: Communications Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs, Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project
Based in South Africa, Scott manages the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project’s regional activities in Southern Africa, including the Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange (SHARE) website.  His areas of expertise and experience include research and information services, search and information seeking, public affairs, information literacy, usability and knowledge management.  Scott has applied his training as an information specialist in a variety of settings including in NGOs, academia, and the UN, working in diverse domains including microfinance, employment, and public health.  He holds an MLIS degree from the University of Washington Information School and an MPA from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs.

Dr. Katherine Getao: ICT Secretary, eGovernment Directorate, Presidency and Office of Cabinet Affairs, Government of Kenya
Dr. Katherine Getao was appointed the ICT Secretary in charge of the eGovernment Directorate in August 2010. The eGovernment Directorate is the strategic advisor on ICT issues to the Government of Kenya and manages the ICT operations of the government. In her new role Dr. Getao has prioritized the implementation of the constitution through the use of ICTs to deliver public services to all Kenyans and the achievement of Vision 2030 through improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government. Katherine Getao was previously a project manager of the NEPAD e-Schools Initiative, a priority project of the NEPAD e-Africa Commission.For six years, prior to joining the NEPAD e-Africa Commission, Katherine was the Director of the School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi, Kenya.On December 12, 2011 Katherine was installed as an Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) in recognition of her contribution to the Government and people of Kenya. Katherine holds a B.Sc. (Hons)  in Combined Sciences (Chemistry and Computer Studies) from Brighton Polytechnic, U.K. an M.Sc. in Intelligent Knowledge-based Systems from the University of Essex, U.K. and a Ph.D. in Computing from Lancaster University, U.K. She is a Commonwealth Research Fellow (2005.)

Mr. Victor Gathara: ICT Consultant (eHealth)
Victor enjoyed working for more than 14 years for the British Government. In 1997 Victor joined the British High Commission in Kenya as Systems Administrator at a time when the British Government was moving to computerise its systems. Victor led the drive to introduce ICT as a key factor of business in the High Commission, developing and installing new systems to replace functions that had hitherto been manual. His performance led him to be invited to the UK to facilitate a high level session on Change management within the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) being one of only two non UK staff in the FCO invited to this meeting. A successful time in this position led to the launch of his ICT consultancy, Vimak Company Limited, in 2011. As consultant, Victor is currently engaged by DFID to help design the eHealth components of its new family planning and maternal health programmes. He is also assisting the Kenya Government to develop its action plan for the implementation of the Kenya National eHealth Strategy 2011-2017.

Dr. Gregory Jagwer: Chief of Party, Africare-South Africa
Dr. Jagwer is a Medical Doctor holding two Post Graduate degrees: Masters in Public Health (specialized in Primary Health Care Management); and, Master of Science in Infectious Disease Control with 17 years’ experience in international programs development & management, epidemiology, health and HIV/AIDS program service delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has extensive skills and experience in application of evidence based initiatives in health and HIV/AIDS development cooperation programs, including field experience with demonstrated achievements in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Somaliland, Tanzania and now South Africa. Currently as the Chief of Party, he is responsible for the implementation of Africare’s Comprehensive HIV and AIDS care, treatment and support programs in South Africa.

Mr. Jean François Laureys: Regional Director for West-Africa / Country Manager, IICD, Mali
Jean-Francois Laureys qualified with MoA (Doctorandus) from University of Amsterdam in 1988. His work experience began in Journalism in 1989 as a Radio Editor with Radio Noord-Holland Amsterdam where he was responsible for the production of the regional news programmes of Radio NH. In 1993, he was radio Editor at IKON, Hilversum, the Netherlands where he was in charge of the production of the news programme De Andere Wereld. In 1995, Jean-Francois Laureys joined Radio Nederland Wereldomroep, Hilversum, the Netherlands as Radio Editor and Chief-Editor News, and later on assumed the position of the Internet Coordinator. He worked at Radio Netherlands for six years. His foray into Information and Communication Technology began in January 2001 when he joined the International Institute for Communications and Development in The Hague as Capacity Development and Knowledge Sharing Manager for Bolivia, Mali and Burkina Faso. In October 2005, he became the Regional Programme Manager for Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso in the same organization and he occupies the position till date. Jean-Francois Laureys has coordinated several teams, he is experienced in Programme and Project Management, training and organizing workshops and coaching. He has good knowledge of Information and Communication Technology-related developments in the Health sector and in the Economic Development sector.

Mr. Milton Lore: Director, Bridgeworks Africa Limited
Milton Lore is a Kenyan enterprise development executive with wide ranging experience across innovation management, venture capital investment, policy engagement and pharmaceutical industry operations in Africa and Europe. He has previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the African Venture Capital Association in addition to co-founding Bridgeworks Africa, an East African life sciences technology transfer, risk capital investment and business incubation group. Milton maintains a strong interest in the healthcare sector across Africa and has contributed to several national and multi-country policy initiatives. In the recent past, he has advised the East African Community towards development of a regional pharmaceutical manufacturing plan of action. Milton also serves as a board member for the Kenyan affiliate of the global health organization Population Services International (PSI).

Dr. Mabvuto Kango: Senior Health Officer (Population and Nutrition) , African Union Commission
Dr. Mabvuto Kango is the Senior Policy Officer for Health, Population and Nutrition at the African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As a team member, he is responsible for formulating policies & programmes and evaluating implementation in the African Union Member States. Prior to this portfolio, he worked in several senior government positions in the Republic of Zambia. Dr. Kango holds Masters Degrees in Public Health (MPH) and Business Administration (MBA).

Dr. Terry R. Knapp: CEO/CMO, Magellan Global Health, Inc.
Dr. Knapp has a 40-year record of achievement in health care and business. In 1970, he completed his MD degree at University of Florida, where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and received the faculty’s highest award at graduation, the John Gorrie Award ("Most Promise for Becoming a Physician of the Highest Type"). While in specialty training at Stanford University, Dr. Knapp developed and patented the enabling technology for Collagen Corporation (CGEN - NASDAQ), which he co-founded in 1975.  While serving as Collagen’s first VP of Regulatory and Clinical Affairs, he developed the clinical and regulatory strategies that resulted in the first U.S. product approval by the FDA of a Class III medical device under the Medical Device Act of 1976. He served as a Director of Collagen from 1990 – 1996. He currently serves on the boards of several private medical and engineering companies.  Dr. Knapp also has co-founded, and serves as President of the DRL Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation providing reconstructive surgery for children and telehealth to developing nations. In 1998, Dr. Knapp became the eighteenth graduate in the history of the University of Florida College of Medicine to be inducted into its Wall of Fame “for noteworthy contributions to medicine, education and to the benefit of the medical consumer.”  Currently, he serves as Chairman, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Magellan Global Health, Inc., a multinational, early stage telehealth and global health care delivery company.

Dr. Hellen Mbugua-Kabiru: Hon. Secretary,  the International Health Relations Secretariat, Ministry of Medical Services
Dr. Hellen Mbugua-Kabiru has over 10 years working experience in Public Health. Currently she heads the International Health Relations Secretariat at the Ministry of Medical Services. Dr. Mbugua has a wealth of experience in national health policy development and program implementation.  She has been the deputy head ehealth at the Ministry of Medical Services and actively assisted in coordinating for the development of the National ehealth strategy. She also participated in the Review of the Health Acts and is an alternate member in the Public Private Partnership-Health Kenya (PPP Health Kenya) working group. She has consulted for John Snow Inc (JSI) and Management Sciences for Health (MSH). A licensed pharmacist, she holds a Masters in Business Administration and is currently finalizing a Masters in Public Health. She also holds a Diploma in Leadership Development Program and Strategic Leadership in Global Health Diplomacy. Dr. Mbugua is Hon. Secretary of the Telehealth Society of Kenya (TSK), a member of the Kenya Institute of Management (MKIM) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (MPSK).

Sarah Karanja, MA: mHealth Consultant, WelTel
Sarah is a social scientist and has worked in the field of mHealth for over 5 years with WelTel, a program that is committed to improving health outcomes through evidence-based solutions that use mobile technology such as text messaging in the management of HIV/AIDS and other health issues. WelTel is currently planning for the scale up and launch of its mHealth service delivery model in various HIV comprehensive care clinics in Kenya. Prior to developing the service delivery model, WelTel conducted a randomized controlled trial which proved that mobile phones can be used effectively to improve adherence to antiretroviral treatment (The Lancet, WelTel Kenya1 Randomized Control Trial, Nov 2010)

Dr. Moretlo Molefi: Bsc,MBCHB,TelemedDip,SMP
Dr Moretlo Molefi recently set up an eHealth consultancy business focusing on eHealth programme management, distance medical services and Telemedicine consulting. She is actively involved in the development of eHealth solutions for developing countries as well as giving strategic guidance in creating and implementing eHealth services both for clinical and educational purposes. The focus is on ICT –based systems that support all levels of healthcare including primary healthcare and tertiary care. Dr. Moretlo is currently consulting to the Medical Research council of SA on the implementation of a virtual hospital network involving 18 hospitals in one of the provinces in SA . Has spearheaded a successful rural connectivity pilot on Telemedicine in Partnership with Motorola and the State information Technology Agency using wireless systems in Limpopo province

Dr. Marasi Mwencha: Senior M-Health Advisor, John Snow International, USA
Marasi Mwencha has over 10 years of experience in international development and health including work on USAID, CDC and GFATM funded projects. He has a strong background in health economics and public health and specific strengths in the supply chain management of essential health commodities.He is the Senior mHealth Advisor for John Snow, Inc. (JSI) where he serves as the technical lead for JSI's mHealth work. In that role, he oversees the application, review and evaluation of agreed-upon technical approaches and tools to support JSI's mHealth projects. Marasi is also concurrently a Technical Manager on the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT where he is responsible for providing technical oversight to the Project's work in various countries. Prior to joining JSI, Marasi served several roles with direct responsibility in supply chain management and research such as with Management Sciences for Health (MSH) as a Principal Advisor on the Supply Chain Management Systems (SCMS) Project. He has also worked with the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) and MEDTAP International. Marasi has a Healthcare focused MBA from the George Washington University and a Bachelor in Science from the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Tom Ngwiri´╝ÜChief Physician, Getrude Childrens Hospital Nairobi

Mr. Nathaniel Otoo: Director, Administration and General Counsel, National Health Insurance Agency Ghana
Nathaniel is the Director of Administration and General Counsel of the National Health Insurance Authority of Ghana. His 21 years of work experience has spanned both the public and private sectors, with the last 10 of them being in social protection. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ghana and a professional qualification in law from the Ghana School of Law. He also holds an MA degree in International Relations from the International University of Japan, and has undertaken a professional training in International Marketing at the Export Akademie, Reutlingen, Germany. Nathaniel has attended various management and health leadership courses and spoken at a number of international fora on health insurance. He has played key roles in the ongoing legal reforms in Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme as well as in the development of ICT at the National Health Insurance Authority as a member of the ICT Steering Committee.

Dr. Meera Shekar: Lead Health, Nutrition and Population Specialist, Lead Health, Nutrition and Population Specialist, the World Bank
Meera Shekar is Lead Health, Nutrition and Population Specialist with the World Bank’s Africa Human Development team.  In addition to other responsibilities she is leading the development of the World Bank Africa region’s work on ICTs and health. Over the last several years, she has been leading the repositioning of the nutrition agenda within the World Bank and with donor partners that led to the new global Scaling-up Nutrition (SUN) initiative. She has been one of the principals for the emerging aid-architecture for the SUN, and the G8 and G20 agenda-setting process for food security and nutrition over the last several years.  Meera has lived and worked across the globe and has extensive programming experience in public health and nutrition in India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Vietnam, Bolivia, Guatemala, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Before joining the World Bank she led UNICEF’s Health, Nutrition and Water and Sanitation teams in Tanzania and the Philippines. Meera has a PhD in international nutrition, epidemiology and population studies from Cornell University and has consulted extensively including with the Johns Hopkins University Population Communications Services and Population Services International.

Dr. Richard E. Scott: Director&Associate Professor, Office of Global e-Health Strategyi&Departments of Community Health Sciences and Family Medicine, University of Calgary
Dr. Richard E. Scott is Director, Office of Global e-Health Strategy, and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Family Medicine, University of Calgary, as well as Director, NT Consulting. He is also a Canadian Harkness Associate (2004-2005), and a Fulbright New Century Scholar (2001-2002) alumnus; experiences that opened his ‘e-health policy’ and ‘global e-health’ perspectives, respectively. Richard focuses his interests on examining the role of e-health in the globalisation of healthcare, including aspects impacting the implementation, integration, and sustainability of e-health globally and locally (termed ‘glocal’ e-health). He promotes the application of ‘culturally sensitive and technologically appropriate’ e-health solutions, and has pursued, or is pursuing, collaborative research, capacity building, and implementation activities with colleagues in European, Asian, Australasian, African, and Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries. His research program and interests are directed towards inter-jurisdictional e-health policy (management and facilitation of the complex interactive trans-border environment of glocal e-health), strategic implementation (developing needs- and evidence-based, and defensible e-health strategies to guide countries and facilities in the introduction of appropriate e-health solutions to address current and future needs), outcomes and evaluation (identifying and defining suitable outcome indicators and developing tools and frameworks for rigorous yet pragmatic demonstration of the value of e-health), ‘disaster life-cycle’ response (understanding and promoting the role of e-health in facilitating all stages of the disaster life-cycle), and environmental e-health (a new area of research spawned by Richard in 2003 to understand the environmental costs [e.g. e-waste; energy use] and benefits [e.g. reduced greenhouse gas and particulate emissions] of e-health).

Dr. Amit N. Thakker: CEO, Kenya Healthcare Federation and Founder, Avenue Healthcare Ltd
Dr. Amit N. Thakker has strong academic background with a Medical Degree from University of Nairobi, an eMBA from NIA in Pune India and Health Leadership training from George Washington University, USAA well recognized medical doctor and entrepreneur, and an accomplished champion in the healthcare management space within Eastern Africa. He controls / manages and is affiliated with several companies in the private healthcare space, healthcare management / administration, and allied fields. Dr. Thakker has strong academic background with a Medical Degree from University of Nairobi, an eMBA from NIA in Pune India and Health Leadership training from George Washington University, USA

Andrew Wyborn: Managing Director, Greenmash
Andrew is the public face of greenmash a UK based software and services organisation. greenmash provides and supports the technical platform for a growing number of health programs across sub-Saharan Africa including the SMS for Life program in Kenya, Ghana and the DRC.This program is helping to address the issue of stock-outs in health facilities using the greenmash platform known as mango.The greenmash platform known as mango is industrial strength, scalable and highly configurable. mango is typically deployed as a service which includes hosting, security, back up, support and maintenance leaving the client free to concentrate on the management of the health system

Estelle VERDIER: e-health and BM product manager, Orange
Estelle joined Telkom Kenya in January 2011. Prior to joining TKL she was working at Orange headquarter in the international business development unit. While working on development opportunities she had the chance to get involved in efforts to develop e-health projects in Africa. Taking into account her previous experience in Kenya, Orange offered her the opportunity to come back to Kenya to push e-health projects implementation within TKL


Caroline Kiarie brings her managerial experience in the financial and communication sector and has worked with people from different diversity. She has been coordinating and facilitating the ground work for Anadach Group during the E-health conference in Kenya, 2012 and the USA Week for PAT Enterprises in Kenya in 2011 among other events. She lectures Communication, Public Relations and Marketing at Daystar University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). She has worked with PAT Enterprises in Washington, DC, Discover Financial Services in Columbus, Ohio as a communication specialist. She holds a Masters in Science degree in Communication and Marketing from Franklin University in Ohio, USA and Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics from University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is fluent in Swahili and English.

Gbemi Adeniran is currently an Associate with the Anadach Group.  She works as a Consultant at the World Bank with over seven years on various capacity building projects and in different capacities within the Africa and Middle East Regions and the World Bank Institute. Her experience covers areas such as Health, Disability issues, Social Protection, Education and Procurement spanning Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the MENA region.
She is a certified Project Management Professional, Business Analyst and has a Masters degree in Public Policy from George Washington University. She also received her Bachelors degree in International Business with an Economics minor at Illinois Wesleyan University.  She is a member of the Project Management Institute.

Jacqueline Oudia, Esq. is a Kenyan born national and naturalized citizen of the United States. She is a licensed attorney residing in the District of Columbia, USA. Jacqueline graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business-Finance from North Carolina State University and received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of the District of Columbia - David A. Clarke School of Law.
Currently, Jacqueline is an attorney in the legal and political affairs department at the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya, Washington, DC. There she works on developing a legal and legislative agenda, analyzing and tracking relevant legislation that affect the Kenyans living in the United States and collaborating with legislators, state officials, and federal departments to support the Embassy’s priorities.