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PROF. DORA NKEM AKUNYILI (OFR) - BIOGRAPHY

Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili (OFR), the Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), is an internationally renowned Pharmacist, Pharmacologist, Erudite Scholar, Seasoned Administrator, and a visionary leader. Prior to her present appointment, she was a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Pharmacologist in the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Nsukka (U.N.N.), Enugu Campus.

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Dr FOLABI OGUNLESI MBBS DPhil MRCP (UK), Managing Director, Huntleigh Healthcare Nigeria Limited

Born in Ibadan, Nigeria, Folabi attended Government College Ibadan, King’s College Lagos, College of Medicine University of Ibadan, the University of Pennsylvania USA and Balliol College University of Oxford UK. He is New Business Director (Nigeria) for Huntleigh Healthcare Ltd, a UK-based, global medical equipment and devices manufacturer. In this role he is responsible for strategy...

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DR. MICHAEL PELLY, Associate Director for Global Health Royal College of Physicians

Dr Michael Pelly MD FRCP is a physician at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital specialising in General Internal Medicine and Stroke.  He has clinical responsibility for acute and chronic disease management, and  is a senior lecturer at Imperial College.  As Associate Director for the RCP, his areas of responsibility include Global Health issues (including chronic diseases).

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HUGH BAYLEY MP, City of York Constituency

NALGO district officer (1975 - 77); NALGO national officer (1977 - 1982); set up and ran International Broadcasting Trust (1982 - 86); lecturer in Social Policy and later research fellow in Health Economics at University of York (1986 - 1992). Camden Councillor (1980 - 86); founder-secretary London Labour Co-ordinating Committee (1982); elected MP for York (1992);

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DR. JOSEPH AWOLOLA

Dr. Joseph Awolola is the founder, President Society for Telemedicine and eHealth in Nigeria.  He is the first Nigerian to become member of the International Society for Telemedicine and ehealth (Switzerland), member Africa Telehealth Group Canada.

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JOHN M G HUNT OBE FFGDP(UK) BDS LDS

John Hunt has enjoyed a varied career in the dental profession.   He graduated as a dentist from Guy’s Hospital in London, UK and after a brief spell as a house surgeon he obtained a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the USA.  This was followed by three years postgraduate work in London and then ten years as a general dental practitioner in Torquay.

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DR. LAETITIA KING, Chief Academic Officer, Aga Khan University, East Africa

Dr. Laetitia King was appointed as the Firoz Kassam Professor and Associate Dean, Nursing of the Aga Khan University Advanced Nursing Studies Programme (East Africa) in June 2003.  In May 2005 she was appointed as the first Chief Academic Officer of Aga Khan University in East Africa. She is a Doctor of Literature and Philosophy from the University of South Africa, ...

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REGINALD D. HUGHES, MD

Dr. Reginald Hughes, MD, a native of Birmingham, Alabama in the US is a Family Medicine Physician with fellowship training in Obstetrics who currently practices medicine and teaches at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Family Medicine Program at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, New York.  As the founder of The African Cultural Exchange, ...

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JENNIE GILLIES: HIV/AIDS Manager

Jenni Gillies has worked exclusively in the field of HIV and Aids in Africa for the past 15 years. She is currently coordinating the development and implementation of SABMiller’s corporate HIV and Aids strategy. With a background in Human Resource Management, Jenni has extensive experience in developing and implementing corporate strategies which manage and reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS in the workplace.

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THERESE LETHU, Director, GBC Europe (Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS)

As director of the European Office, Therese Lethu is responsible for broadening the GBC's European participation, raising the organization's European visibility, and offering technical support to companies addressing HIV/AIDS in the workplace and in the surrounding communities. An economist, Therese has 20 years of experience working on public health issues in developing countries and particularly in Africa.

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DR. NEIL SQUIRES (MBChB, MPH, MFPHM, DTM&H)

Dr. Neil Squires (MBChB, MPH, MFPHM, DTM&H) is a Senior Health and Population Adviser working within the Human and Social Development Unit of DG Development of the European Commission. Neil led the development of the EU Strategy for Action on the Crisis in Human Resources for Health in Developing Countries, which was adopted by the Commission on 12th December 2005 ...

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FRANCES DAY-STIRK, Director Learning Research and Practice Development

Frances holds the post of Director Learning Research and Practice Development at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). As RCM Director of Learning Research and Practice Development International Office, her role is multi-faceted in leading the development of the department and its activities. She is a member of the Strategic Management...

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SYLVIA DENTON CBE, FRCN, President of the Royal College of Nursing

Sylvia Denton has been an active member of the RCN for many years and was the founding Chair of the RCN Breast Care Nursing Society. She served on RCN Council from 1998 – 2002 as Deputy President, before being elected RCN President in 2002. She is now serving a second two year term.

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NDIORO NDIAYE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL OF IOM

Mrs Ndioro NDIAYE was born in Bignona, Senegal, on 6 November 1946. After secondary studies in France, she undertook medical studies first at Dakar University, then at Bordeaux and Paris VII (Garancière). She was one of the first African women to pass the concours de l'agrégation (highest competitive examination for teachers) in France (specialising in odonology and stomatology).

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DR. ASA’AH NKOHKWO, Chief Executive of the Sickle Cell Society

Dr Asa’ah Nkohkwo, (PhD Medicine 1993 Manchester), Chief Executive of the Sickle Cell Society, is a Fellow in Laboratory Medicine, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health Promotion and an alumnus of the UK NHS Public Health Leadership Development. Known traditionally as Mbi Asaatong Fontem, he is the Europe Ambassador of HM Fontem Njifua of Bangwa, Cameroon.

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DR KATE ADAMS

Dr Kate Adams is a GP in Hackney, East London and is deputy chair of the British Medical Associationís International Committee. Since 2003 has been a non executive director of the British Medical Journal Publishing Group. The BMA is an organisation representing the interests of over 120,000 doctors in the UK. In addition to representing membersí professional interest ...

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PROFESSOR M W MAKGOBA

Professor Malegapuru William Makgoba is the Vice-Chancellor of the recently-formed University of KwaZulu-Natal. An internationally recognized molecular immunologist, Professor Makgoba has received many honours and distinctions, including the Science-for-Society Gold Medal of the Academy of Science of South Africa in 2002.

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J. CLAIRE K. NIALA BSc (Hon) Psych BSc (Hon) Ost Med DO ND

She is a registered Osteopath and Naturopathic Physician who runs practices in Birmingham, UK and Nairobi, Kenya. She is dedicated to improving the health of people in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2004 she was the Project Officer responsible for setting up the Makini Schools/ Global Fund (II) HIV/AIDS Programme that specifically targeted ...

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DR. HELEN LUGINA

Before joining East, Central and Southern African (ECSA) Health Community Secretariat in September 2005, Helen Lugina was the Dean of the School of Nursing at Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences in Tanzania. She received her doctoral degree in 2001 from Uppsala University in Sweden.

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G. LYNNE LACKEY, PhD

Dr G. Lynne Lackey recently completed a two-year appointment as Fulbright professor and researcher in Swaziland where she was attached to the Swaziland National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS (NERCHA), the country coordinating mechanism to address HIV/AIDS, and the University of Swaziland (UNISWA).

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MARK GOLDRING

Mark, who started off as a VSO volunteer teacher in Sarawak in 1979, has been Chief Executive of VSO since 1999. Prior to this he held a number of posts, including that of VSO’s Overseas Director, Oxfam’s Country Representative in Bangladesh, where he has also worked for UNDP, and Social Development Adviser for DFID in the Pacific.

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DR KEN SAGOE, Director of Human Resources, Ministry of Health, Ghana

Director, Human Resources Development Division, Ghana Health Service.
Director, Human Resources Development Division, Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service, Ghana.
Deputy Director, Human Resources Development Division, Ministry of Health, Ghana ...

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DR DAVID PERCY MBBS FRCGP

David Percy is currently Director of Healthcare Strategy at the Tropical Health and Education Trust. His main responsibility is the management and expansion of NHS Links. Previously he led a project in Europe as part of the UK Presidency of the EU, he has been Director of a School of Inter-professional care at NHS ...

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Hon TABITA BOTROS SHOKAI, Minister of Health, Sudan

A highly motivated resourceful and enthusiastic lecturer and consultant nurse with significant experience in healthcare liasing with multi-professional agencies to provide and improve healthcare

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NTOMBIZODWA DUBE

Ntombizodwa Dube, known as Zodwa, was born and bred in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. Attended Inkonjane junior school in Meadowlands, then proceeded to Daliwonga senior secondary school in Dube. In 1976 during Soweto student uprising, she was a member of the Soweto Student Representative Council (SSRC) ...

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DR.BASHEER I. MOHAMMED (Managing Director, CEO)

Dr. Basheer I Mohammed, who was appointed as the acting Managing Director (CEO) in January 2005, is a 1974 Biochemistry graduate of the famous University of Toronto, Canada and a 1978 Dental graduate of Howard University, Washington D.C.

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DR. H NTABA, Minister of Health Malawi

Dr Ntaba has a vast experience coupled with his academic and professional proficiency, has been holding several ministerial and political positions in the Malawi government. He has worked as Chief of Health Services and currently as the Minister of Health. Over the past years he has held several positions and also been responsible for various leading roles in international organisation ...

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RAMFUL YOGENDRANATH, Principal Health Economist, Ministry of Health, Mauritius

Yogendr’nath Ramful, at present occupy the post of Principal Health Economist. After obtaining an honours degree in Economics from the University of Poona (India) in 1978, I started my career as a teacher in a private secondary school. In 1985, I joined the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development as Economist.

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Mrs. FOLA LAOYE

Mrs. Laoye holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, Cambridge, USA. She is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

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Dr. AKPA RAPHAEL GBARY, Regional Adviser for Human Resources for Health

Dr Akpa Raphael Gbary, a citizen of Côte d’Ivoire is an experienced health professional with extensive experience in human resources for health (HRH) development. He is currently the Regional Adviser for Human Resources for Health and focal point for this Area of Work in the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo.

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ANGWAFO III, FRU Fobuzshi

Twenty-seven years experience working in the United States of America and Cameroon as a clinician, university lecturer, and medical researcher focusing on public health and uro-pathology. Did a country-wide survey of prostate diseases, which included a study of prostate cancer and its markers in Cameroon.

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EDWIN MACHARIA, Director of the Rural Initiative for CHAI

Edwin Macharia is currently the Director of the Rural Initiative for the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI). Launched in 2005 by President Clinton, the Rural Initiative responds to the fact that despite increasing access to HIV/AIDS care and treatment services across the world, most of these services are still limited to urban areas.

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JERRY BRATKOVICH, PA's Management group

Jerry Bratkovich is a member of PA's Management group in the Life Sciences & Healthcare practice. His primary role is expanding PA's Healthcare practice in the US and linking it with PA's Global involvement in the Health Sector. Jerry is a recognized expert in Management issues with a particular expertise in helping organizations align resources in response to market needs.

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RICHARD WAGNER, Executive Chairman, Affordable Medicines For Africa

Richard Wagner is founder Chairman and Chief executive of US based AMFA Foundation Inc. and Affordable Medicines For Africa (AMFA), a South African Section 21 not-for-gain organisation. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, his work with AMFA has taken him throughout the African continent where he works with Christian mission hospitals.

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Prof. ERIC BUCH

Eric Buch is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria and is Health Adviser to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). He was formerly Deputy Director General for Health Care of Gauteng in South Africa.

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DR. PETER M. NGATIA, Director of Learning Systems, Corporate AMREF

Dr. Peter Muchiri Ngatia is a 54 year old Kenyan. He is currently the Director of Learning Systems in Corporate AMREF and is responsible for the overall training and capacity building in AMREF Africa. He has been directly and indirectly associated with AMREF for the last 20 years.

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RICHARD DOWDEN, Director, Royal African Society, London

Richard Dowden first went to Africa in 1971 as a volunteer teacher where He spent nearly two years in Uganda years that coincided with the first two years of Idi Amin's rule. It was an ominous introduction to Africa but He loved it. Had He not been forced to leave at the end of 1972 I would probably be there still.

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PROFESSOR ANTHONY C. MOFFAT BPharm, PhD, DSc, CChem, FRSC, FRPharmS

He is Professor of Pharmaceutical Analysis at The School of Pharmacy, University of London where he heads the Centre for Pharmaceutical Analysis. The Centre provides a focus for research and education in pharmaceutical analysis within The School and is extending the world-class knowledge base in that field.

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Dr GREGORY JOHN LYDALL, UK Representative: Rural Health Initiative

Greg Lydall was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied Medicine in the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and worked at hospitals in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Pholokwane. He considers himself privileged to have turned 18 in 1993, and thus vote for the first time in the first democratic elections in 1994.

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MRS FLORENCE MUGASHA

Mrs Florence Mugasha was Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet in the Office of the President of Uganda from 1996 to 2002.  She has had a distinguished career in the Ugandan Public Service commencing in 1972 , rising to the rank of Permanent Secretary in 1990 and eventually being appointed in November 1996 ...

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Dr MANDELA THYOKA MB BS, MRCS Ed, Specialist Registrar in General Surgery

Currently working at the department of Paediatric Surgery, Royal Aberdeen Childrens Hospital. Basic Medical training at St Andrews University in Scotland 1990-1992, Clinical years at University of London and completed and graduated from University of Malawi in 1996. Spent initial part of my work in a district hospital set up in Zomba, Malawi before joining private practice at Blantyre Adventist Hospital in 1998.

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Dr ABDOULAYE BAGNOU, Coordonnateur Cabinet du Premier Ministre Niger

Specialist in Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Doctor BAGNOU Abdoulaye made his medical studies at the University of Niamey in Niger before specializing in Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the University of Cocody in Ivory Coast.  He occupied the functions of Chief of the Infectious Diseases Department at the National Hospital of Niamey, Director of the National Program against HIV/AIDS and as ...

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Mr PATRICK FREDERICK, Aimex International

Mr Frederick is the owner and Chief Executive of Aimex International. He has a B.sc.(Hons) in Engineering (London) and an MBA Cass Business (London).  Born in the Caribbean (Dominica) and has 40 years experience with Smiths Industries plc (Engineering), J.P. Morgan Inc (Investment Banking) and runnibg his own Corporate Consultancy providing International corporate funding and advisory services ...

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STANLEY OKOLO, President of MANSAG

Consultant, North Middlesex University Hospital (NMUH), London.
Senior Lecturer & Honorary Consultant, RFUCMS, London.
Professor, St Georges University School of Medicine, Grenada, W. I.

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JIMMY WHITWORTH, Head of International Activities Wellcome Trust

Jimmy Whitworth has been Head of International Activities at the Wellcome Trust since 2004. He oversees strategy and policy for research in developing and restructuring countries of the world, including fellowships, project and programme grants, networks and partnerships. He qualified in medicine in 1979 and has worked in The Gambia for Save The Children Fund, and in Sierra Leone and Uganda for the Medical Research Council ...

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Dr ABDELMONIEM ALI BIO

Consultant in General Adult & Liaison Psychiatry, Child Psychiatrist and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist.
Founder and Chairperson of The Sudanese-International Academy. Trustee of The Sudanese Autism Society.
Trustee of SUWGIA (Charity for providing clean water in incapacitated areas in Sudan).

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Dr DON NWOSE

Don has over 13 year experience in pharmaceutical research and development. He has help various medical positions in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK and the US. He trained in the basic sciences at Leeds University, UK, completed his medical education at the college of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria and postgraduate training in Pharmaceutical Medicine and in Human Metabolism and Pathology in the UK

 

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GARETH THOMAS, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for International Development (DFID)

Member of Parliament for Harrow West since May 1997. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for International Development (DFID) since 2003, with responsibility for Asia; Europe; Latin America, the Caribbean and Overseas Dependent Territories. He is also DFID's Green Minister with responsibility for the department's environmental performance in relation to the Sustainable Development ...

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MARY ROBINSON, President Ethical Globalisation Initiative and Former President Republic of Ireland

Mary Robinson served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002 and as President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997. Before her election as President, Mrs. Robinson served as Senator, holding that office for 20 years. In 1969 she became Reid Professor of Constitutional Law at Trinity College, Dublin. She was called to the bar in 1967, becoming a Senior Counsel in 1980, and a member of the English Bar (Middle Temple) in 1973.

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ROSIE WINTERTON MP, Minister of State for Health Services

Rosie Winterton MP is Minister of State for Health Services at the Department of Health, having served as Minister of State at the Department since June 2003. Between 2001 and June 2003 Rosie Winterton was Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor's Department. She has been Member of Parliament for Doncaster Central since 1997.

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Dr. ELSHEIKH ELSIDDDIG BADR, Director, General State Affairs, Federal Ministry of Health – Sudan

MBBS , University of Gezira, Sudan.
DPH, University of Gezira, Sudan.
MD community Medicine, Sudan, Medical Specialization Board(SMSB)
MA , Health Management, Planning and Policy, Nuffield center , University of Leeds , UK.

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ANN KEELING, Acting Deputy Secretary-General (Development) and Director, Social Transformation Programmes Division, Commonwealth Secretariat, London

Ann Keeling joined the Commonwealth Secretariat in February 2005 as Director, Social Transformation Programmes Division. She came from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) where she was Head of Policy and Senior Social Development Adviser for the Europe, Middle East and Americas Division.

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