Dr Githinji Gitahi, Group Chief Executive Officer
Dr Gitahi joined Amref Health Africa on June 1, 2015. Until his appointment at Amref Health Africa, Dr Gitahi was the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, Smile Train International, where he successfully established partnerships for long-term sustainability with various African governments. Prior to that he worked with the Nation Media Group, where he was the Managing Director for Monitor Publications in Uganda as well as General Manager for Marketing and Circulation in East Africa. He also held progressively senior positions at GlaxoSmithKline, Avenue Group and the insurance industry.
Dr Gitahi has a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery and a Masters in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing.
Ms Anne-Marie Kamanye, Representing CEOs Europe & North America Offices
Anne-Marie Kamanye is the Executive Director of Amref Health Africa in Canada. She was appointed to the role in 2011, after serving as the organization’s Director of International Programmes since 2006.
Committed to women and children’s rights, Anne-Marie has extensive experience in international development. As Executive Director, Anne-Marie is responsible for continued growth and development of Amref Health Africa in Canada, providing leadership and strategic direction, preparing and monitoring budgets, carrying out policies and procedures developed by the Board of Directors and collaborating and engaging with Amref Health Africa in Africa.
Anne-Marie was awarded the African Canadian Woman Achievement Award by the Endless Possibilities and Hope Development Organization in 2007.
Dr Peter Ngatia, Director of Capacity Building
Dr Ngatia joined Amref Health Africa about 26 years ago and within this time has held key positions within the organisation such as Acting Director General, Director of Programmes, Country Director and Chief Technical Advisor to various Ministries of Health in the region.
He has led several consultancies on Amref Health Africa’s behalf for African governments, the World Bank, European Union, the World Health Organization, CIDA, SIDA, DFID and USAID.
He has also authored several publications in community and public health and training of frontline workers.
His academic accolades include a BSc in Rehabilitation Medicine, MEd in Medical Education and Public Health, and a PhD in Medical Education, Planning and Development from the University of Alberta in Canada.
Dr Ngatia was honoured with the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS) by HE Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya in 2010 for his contribution to Public Health and Community Development in Kenya and Africa.
Jonathan Dutton, Group Chief Finance Officer
Jonathan Dutton joined Amref Health Africa in 2014 and he is the Group Chief Finance Officer.
He has previously worked as the Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services at London Legacy Development/Olympic Park Legacy Company. He was also the Finance and Corporate service Director at Oasis Community Learning Group. In 1998 he was the Managing Director- Corporate Finance in Deutsche Bank.
Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Accounting from the University of Wales. He also qualified as a Fellow of the INstitute of Chattered Accountants in England and Wales.
Dr Bettina Vadera, Chief Executive and Medical Director, AMREF Flying Doctors
Starting off as a Flight Physician with AMREF’s Emergency Service, accompanying air ambulance flights in East Africa and beyond, Dr Vadera has been with AMREF Flying Doctors for the last 14 years.
Dr Vadera obtained her Medical Degree from the Medical University in Hamburg, with specialisation in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Tropical Medicine. Her PHD is in Nuclear Medicine from the University in Marburg and she is certified in ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support), ACLS (Advanced Cadiac Life Support), PHTLS (Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support) and PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support-Instructor).
Dr Vadera has close to 2,000 hours experience in the field of medical patient transport, including ground ambulance, air ambulance and helicopter rescue and is a member of the EURAMI (European Aero-medical Institute) Board of Director.
Dr Festus Ilako, Acting Business Development Director and Acting Chief Programmes Officer
Dr Festus Ilako graduated from the Medical School, University of Nairobi in 1984. In 1985, he joined the Kenyan Air Force as a Flight Medical Officer, rising to the rank of Major and Specialising in Internal Medicine, Tropical Medicine and Aviation Medicine. He resigned after an exemplary service in 1997, and worked briefly as Senior Registrar at the Aga Khan hospital, Nairobi before joining AMREF.
After joining AMREF in October 1997, he worked as Medical coordinator for Amref in Somalia for 2 years, before being appointed Manager, Medical Services Outreach Programme in 2000. In 2002, Dr Ilako was appointed Head of Programmes for AMREF Kenya, and later appointed Deputy Country Director in 2005. He worked in that capacity until 2006, when he briefly served as acting Country Director for AMREF in Uganda. In 2010, Dr Ilako was appointed acting Country Director for AMREF Kenya and in March 2011 Country Director for AMREF Tanzania, where is served for 4 years. He led a comprehensive change management process that culminated in strengthening of programme operation, corporate fundraising and improved support services management systems. He briefly served as Technical Director for Medical Services until between July and October 2015, when he was appointed Acting Director, Business development. Dr Ilako is currently also working as Chief Programme Officer.
Dr Ilako has served on several voluntary positions. As Chairman of Public Service Club, Nairobi; founder member of the Kenya Association of Physician, founder member and first secretary of the Kenya Aviation Medicine Association, member of Kenya Medical Association and Gastroenterology Society of Kenya. Dr Ilako is an epidemiologist and has authored and co-authored over 26 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals and he helped establish institutional Ethical and Scientific Review Committee (ESRC) in both Kenya and Tanzania. He has been a member of Amref Health Africa Senior management Team since 2002.
Dr Meshack Ndirangu, Reresenting Country Directors in Africa
As the Country Director, Dr Ndirangu provides overall strategic leadership to the Country Programme, working with the Senior Management Team of Amref Health Africa in Kenya.
Prior to this he worked as the Head of Programmes for Amref Health Africa in Kenya Country from January 2011 – October 2014 where he provided leadership in: strategic planning for clinical & diagnostics program; program development; programmatic performance management; quality improvement; monitoring & evaluation; staff development.
Dr Ndirangu holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (2010); Master of Public Health (2006); Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (1996); extensive leadership development (2009 to 2011); Executive/Professional Coach accredited through the UK Academy of Executive Coaching (2014).
Dr Nzomo Mwita, Head of Monitoring and Evaluation
Dr Nzomo Mwita joined Amref for the second time in October 2004 and since that time, he has held different positions: Technical Specialist-Training/Deputy Director for Capacity Building, Regional Training Coordinator, Eastern Africa Regional Director for the Management Development Institute (MDI) implemented jointly with University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), Johnson & Johnson, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), and University of Cape Town-South Africa.
Previously, Dr Nzomo had worked for AMREF between 1991 and 1999 in different positions: PHC/CBHC Training Coordinator, Project Manager for Water and Sanitation (WATSAN), and Programme Sociologist. He left Amref in May 1999 to join MS-Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS-TCDC), where he worked as a Training and Development Advisor based in Arusha-Tanzania.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health, from Kenyatta University, Master of Science (MSc) in Community Health and Health Management from University of Heidelberg in Germany, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Kenyatta University. He also holds a certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management from Johns Hopkins University in USA. He has published books and several training documents.
Dr Joachim Osur, Director of Regional Offices and Field Offices
Dr Joachim Osur is the Director of Regional Offices and Field Offices at Amref Health Africa. He is a public health and reproductive health specialist with wide experience in health programming in the African context. He has contributed immensely to health systems strengthening in various countries, health policy development and advocacy and development of models that have impacted thousands of lives. Among others, he holds a bachelors degree in Medicine and Surgery, a Masters Degree in Public Health, and a PhD in reproductive health.
Desta Lakew, Head of Fundraising, Africa
Desta Lakew joined as the Head of Fundraising, Africa in 2014. A certified fundraising executive with more than a decade of fundraising and marketing experience, she is responsible for establishing Amref Health Africa’s Fundraising Directorate for Africa to promote and support philanthropic giving by Africans for Africa.
Prior to joining, she was the Director of Development at Open Door Foundation based in the USA where she also served as Director of Marketing from 2006. She is a founding board member of the NY-Westchester Chapter of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She has served as the Director of Development for Interfaith Council for Action; Assistant Vice President of Maimonides Medical Center and conducted various consultancies with Business Call to Action, UNDP Secretariat; Public Health Innovation, Kenya and Centre for Multicultural and Community Affairs, Mt Sinai Hospital, New York. Desta holds a Master of Public Health, Bachelor of Arts and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).
Samuel Weru, ICT Manager, Corporate and Kenya
Samuel Weru joined Amref Health Africa in May 2015.
He previously worked for Oxfam Great Britain as the Regional Information Systems Manager for the Horn, East and Central Africa in charge of Information Technology operations in 8 countries and regional centre. His last appointment in Oxfam was that of Associate Country Director for Oxfam, Somalia where he successfully turned round the Programme through aggressive resource mobilization and strategic leadership.
Prior to joining Oxfam, he served as the IT Manager for Practical Action, a UK based international charity that uses sustainable technology solutions to challenge poverty where he established a fully-fledged hub for the region.
Samuel holds a BSc. in Computer Science and an MBA in Management of Information Systems (MIS), both from the University of Nairobi. He is currently finalising his Phd. programme in Strategic Information Systems with special interest in Open Innovation Alliances and Innovation Ecosystems for organizational Capability, Agility and Performance.