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  • Omari_Issa Mr Omari Issa Chair ×

    Effective September 1, 2013 Mr Omari Issa has been appointed as Board Chair of Amref Health Africa’s International Board. Mr Issa is currently the President’s Adviser/Chief Executive of the Presidential Delivery Unit in Tanzania. Prior to this appointment he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa in Tanzania. Mr Issa holds a Master in Business Administration from Columbia University, New York and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Polytechnic of Central London, UK. Mr Issa, a Tanzanian national, has extensive experience in the management of international and local organisations. He has served as a board member and chairman of several organisations in various countries globally. Having extensively collaborated with public and private sectors within these countries, he is well versed with pan-African networks.

  • Judith Chinkumbi Judith Chinkumbi Director ×

    Judith is a successful professional, mother of two girls and a firm believer in the power of social entrepreneurship as the answer to some of the most pressing challenges of our time. With over 22 years work experience in the financial services, auditing, management consulting and fund management, she has managed to find the balance in remaining highly effective in business while changing the lives of vulnerable women, children and learners in poor schools through Sešego Cares, a charitable organization which she and a small group of dynamic women established 11 years ago. Judith holds an MBA from Henley Business School, Advanced Diploma in Project Management - Cambridge University and is also a Graduate and Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators - UK. She is a board member of Henley Academic Board, Amref Health Africa and Sešego Cares.

  • Timothy S. Wilson Timothy S. Wilson Director ×

    Timothy S. Wilson is the Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Risk Management Advisors, the leading firm providing outsourced risk management services for asset management firms and institutional investors. Previously, Tim served as Chief Risk Officer for the investment management company Caxton Associates. Prior to joining Caxton, Tim worked in the risk function at Morgan Stanley including heading the market risk function for Europe and Asia based in London. He had previously served as an Economist in the Division of International Finance of the Federal Reserve Board and as a Research Fellow of the Brookings Institution. Tim has helped lead a range of public and private sector policy efforts to promote enhanced financial stability and sound financial risk management practices. He was educated at Harvard College and Stanford University, is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions, resides in New York City and in his leisure time particularly likes to read new work in fiction, history, development economics and cell biology.

  • Ms Kellen E Kariuki Ms Kellen E. Kariuki Director ×

    Kellen Eileen Kariuki is the Executive Director and CEO for the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority (UFAA), which was established by an Act of Parliament in 2011. She is also the Managing Trustee of Unclaimed Financial Assets Trust Fund. Before joining the UFAA, Kellen had been at Citibank N.A serving in different senior leadership positions. Kellen has held numerous Board positions including Chairperson of Citibank Tanzania Limited, Non-Executive Director of the Amref Health Africa International Board, Non-Executive Director of Resolution Insurance Limited, Non-Executive Director of Citibank Uganda Limited, Chair of the Citibank Kenya Provident Fund, Non-Executive Director of Cititrust (Kenya) Limited, and Non-Executive Director of the Kenya Roads Board. She is a founding member of the Board of Advisors of the Strathmore Business School and has served as an elected council member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. In 2003, Kellen was awarded “The Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear” (MBS) by the President of Kenya. She was also recognized by the Kenya Institute of Management as the “Professional Manager of the Year” during the Company of the Year Awards in 2003. Kellen holds an Msc in International Human Resource Management from Cranfield University in the UK. She also holds an MBA in Strategic Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, both from United States International University. She is a Fellow Certified Public Accountant (FCPA (K).

  • Dr Teshome Gebre Dr Teshome Gebre Director ×

    Dr Teshome Gebre holds an M.Sc. in Global Health Policy and a PhD in Health Care Management. He has served in various senior programme management positions for about 18 years within the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia. In 1995, Teshome joined The Carter Center and served as a Country Director until transitioning to the International Trachoma Initiative in June 2011, when he was appointed to work as a Regional Director for Africa based in his home country, Ethiopia. He has authored and co-authored more than 65 publications, including contributions to book chapters. Dr Teshome has been serving Amref Health Africa in Ethiopia as Chairperson of the National Advisory Council since 2012.

  • Professor Richard O. Muga Prof Richard O. Muga Director ×

    Professor Richard Otieno Muga is currently the chair of Amref Health Africa in Kenya board and an Associate Professor at the Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK). Prof Muga also sits at the Amref Health Africa International Board. He holds a Master's degree in Child Health and Post-graduate Diploma in Health Systems. Management. He has over 30 years of experience in Public Health Service most of which involved leadership and health systems management at different levels in the health sector. He has served as a member in the Country's Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) for the Global Fund. His main areas of interest include health systems management, health systems research, planning of health services, and donor support negotiations.

  • Mr. Tjark de Lange Mr. Tjark de Lange Director ×

    Mr. Tjark R.C. de Lange (1967) graduated in 1992 as a Maritime Officer, Nautical and Technical Engineer. In 1997 Tjark founded Kapp Nederland B.V., a strong international player in a niche market, calculation and supply of industrial heat exchangers in the process industry. The company, from which Tjark de Lange is 100% share holder, has large international clients in the oil and gas industry and in the pharma, food, energy and shipping industry. Tjark de Lange holds several positions. He is member of the Supervisory Board of the Van Gelder Group (a road construction company), he is trustee of VNO-NCW (the Dutch confederation of industry) and co founder and member of the Executive Board of the Lisbon Council (one of Europe’s leading think tanks). Tjark has been the chair of the Supervisory Board of Amref Flying Doctors in the Netherlands since 2015, and a member of the international board of Amref Health Africa.

  • Mr Tito Alai Mr Tito Alai Director ×

    Tito Alai is the principal at Mimi Africa, where he develops projects with Pan African potential in the converging Technology, Media, Telecoms, and Financial Services sectors. Tito played a significant role in the development of mobile telephone networks across Africa and the Middle East as Group Chief Commercial Officer of Zain, and prior to that Celtel. During his extensive international career Tito has been a growth champion across Central Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America, the Indian sub-continent, and low-income consumer segments worldwide. He started his career at Unilever, and has been based in London, Amsterdam and Bahrain.

  • Mr Jacques van Dijken Mr Jacques V. Dijken Director ×

    Jacques van Dijken obtained a master-degree in law at Utrecht University and spent his professional life in the financial services. As CEO, he chaired the management boards of DBV Insurance Company and Swiss Re Netherlands. Jacques joined the supervisory board of Amref Netherlands in 2010 and has chaired the local Dutch Audit Committee since then. He has been a member of the Finance and Investment Committee as well as the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of Amref’s International Board since 2013. Jacques is also the vice-chairman of the supervisory board of the ‘Friends of the Utrecht University Hospital' Foundation.

  • Mary Ann Mackenzie Mary Ann Mackenzie Director ×

    Mary Ann MacKenzie is currently Vice President Relationship Management at CIBC Mellon Global Securities Company in Canada. Prior to joining CIBC Mellon, she was Vice President, Strategic Account Management at Franklin Templeton and has spent most of her career in financial services in the Investment Industry. Mary Ann attended Ryerson University, Toronto and has completed numerous financial services, sales and leadership courses. She is the Board Chair for AMREF Health Africa in Canada. Her charity work has included multiple trips to Uganda to help build classrooms in villages and a climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro for the Make a Wish Foundation. She spent several years on a Board for autistic children. Mary Ann received the Bruce McGowan Award Canada for Community Giving in 2010 and the Harmon Burns Global Award for Leadership and Community Giving in 2011.

  • Dr Githinji Gitahi Dr Githinji Gitahi Ex-Official member ×

  • Tom Ipomai Dr Githinji Gitahi ‎Group Chief Executive Officer ×

    A passionate advocate for pro-poor Universal Health Coverage, Githinji Gitahi joined Amref Health Africa as the Group Chief Executive Officer in June 2015. Amref Health Africa, founded in 1957, is the largest African-led international organization on the continent and reaches more than 11 million people each year through 150 health-focused projects across 35 countries. Until his appointment to Amref Health Africa, Dr Gitahi was the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, Smile Train International. Prior to that, Dr Gitahi was Managing Director for Monitor Publications in Uganda as well as General Manager for Marketing and Circulation in East Africa for the Nation Media Group. He held progressively senior positions at GlaxoSmithKline and worked at the Avenue Group and in the insurance industry. Dr Gitahi is Co-Chair of the UHC2030 Steering Committee, a global World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO) initiative for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).  He is member of the Board of Directors of The Standard Group and was recently appointed by the Africa Union as a member of the Governing Board of the Africa Centre’s for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).  Dr Gitahi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine from the University of Nairobi; a Master’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing, from United States International University and has a Certificate for Strategic Perspectives for Nonprofit Management from Harvard University. In 2018, Dr Githinji received a presidential commendation, ‘Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear’ (MBS) in recognition of outstanding contribution to the health sector in his continuing work at the helm of Amref Health Africa.

  • Tom Ipomai Mette Kjaer Kinoti Group Programmes Director ×

    Mette Kjaer Kinoti joined Amref health Africa on June 5, 2018. Mette is a seasoned Programme Development Leader and an expert in Strategic Leadership and Management; Organizational Development of Civil Society Organisations; Programme Management; Institutional Fundraising and Gender mainstreaming and women empowerment. Mette was formerly serving as the Vice President- Africa for Helen Keller International, focussing on nutrition and Neglected Tropical Diseases. Prior to this, Mette held different positions at Amref including from November 2010 and November 2014 where she served as Head of Programme Management at the Amref Headquarters. Mette was the Ag. Country Director, Amref in Ethiopia in December 2007 to January 2007 and also served as Country Director for Amref in Kenya for almost 10 years between January 2000 and October 2010. Between August 2005 and December 1999, Mette served as the Director of International Dep. For MS – Denmark, Country Director for MS-Kenya between April 1992 and July 1995 and Programme Coordinator & Deputy Director for Dansk AFS from 1989 to 1992 promoting exchange between Africa and Denmark. Mette has also held various Board positions including been the alternate Board member of GAVI representing civil society, member of the World Bank’s Civil Society group for Health, Population and Nutrition and was active in the formation of IHP+ ensuring Civil Society voices from the South and promoting South-South learning. Mette earned her Master of Food Science from the Royal Veterinary and Agriculture University, Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Tom Ipomai Jonathan Dutton Group Financial Resources Director ×

    Jonathan Dutton joined Amref Health Africa in 2014. He was previously the Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services at the London Legacy Development Corporation which was responsible for the regeneration of the area of London used for the 2012 Olympics. He had also been the Finance and Corporate Services Director at Oasis Community Learning Group. Prior to that he was a Managing Director in Corporate Finance at Deutsche Bank and UBS. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of Wales. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

  • Tom Ipomai Desta Lakew Global Director of Partnerships and External Affairs ×

    Desta Lakew leads global partnerships for Africa. In this role, she has been engaged in securing high level strategic global partnerships for Amref Health Africa. Desta has served on the Executive and Senior Management teams of Amref since 2014. Desta leads thought leadership and external engagements at the corporate headquarters of Amref working closely with global partners and the senior leadership team of Amref Health Africa. She was instrumental in the establishment and leadership of the first biennial Africa Health Agenda International Conference in 2014; leading a global south dialogue knowledge exchange platform on Universal Health Coverage in Africa and Asia; and the launching various campaigns including Communities at the Heart of UHC global advocacy campaign. Prior to joining, she was the Director of Development at a New York based foundation 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). Her experience includes various roles in USA based university teaching hospitals and consulting with international organizations including the UNDP, and Public Health Innovations. Desta holds a Masters of Public Health from the State University of New York and currently serves on Acumen East Africa’s regional advisory board and the Thematic Working Group on Private Sector of Health Systems Global

  • Tom Ipomai Angela Muchiru Group Human Capital Director ×

    Angela Muchiru serves as the Group Human Capital Director for Africa Health Africa operations. Angela joined Amref in March 2018. She is a seasoned Human Resources professional with over 18 years’ experience in HR mainstream, consultancy and advisory in blue chip companies and development agencies. Angela is passionate about positioning HR as a strategic contributor to organizational success. She has led HR functions at Tetra Pak covering Africa and Middle East and at Commercial Bank of Africa with HR advisory experience gained at KPMG. Her country experience includes Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, Swaziland, Zambia, Namibia, Malawi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti, Sudan, Senegal, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Angela holds an MBA in Strategic Management from United States International University - Africa (USIU-A) and a degree in HR from Daystar University and is a change management professional certified by PROSCI.

  • Tom Ipomai Samuel Weru Group Director, ICT ×

    Samuel Weru has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT Industry. He 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 transformed the Programme through aggressive resource mobilization and strategic leadership. He has good understanding of Technology and programming within the NGO sector. 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 East Africa Region. Samuel holds a BSc. in Computer Science and an MBA in Management of Information Systems (MIS), both from the University of Nairobi. Professionally trained and certified as a CISA, MCP, ITIL, CCNA, Computer Forensics, and Financial Management. He is a good resource mobilizer who leverages on technology innovations. He is currently finalizing his PhD programme in Strategic Information Systems with special interest in Open Innovation Ecosystems for organizational Capability, Agility and Performance.

  • Tom Ipomai Dr Meshack Ndirangu Country Director, Amref Health Africa in Kenya ×

    Dr. Ndirangu Wanjuki is the Country Director for Amref in Kenya. He is a tech-savvy accredited coach and entrepreneurial strategist. He brings more than 20 years’ experience developing and providing leadership for public health initiatives in Africa. He is passionate about the application of social entrepreneurship and shared value as vehicles for sustainable social impact. Dr. Ndirangu is on a mission to contribute to transformation of the health of people in Kenya by positioning Amref Health Africa to be a leading catalyst for change in the health & wellness sector. Amref in Kenya has an ambitious plan to train 120,000 front-line health workers, improve quality, access to health care, and financial protection from catastrophic health expenditure for 25 million people in Kenya. Team leadership and people development are Dr Ndirangu’s overarching and highly developed capabilities. Working with a passionate Senior Management Team, he is providing leadership for programmes (grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements) worth over USD 40 million - ensuring sound management of finances, procurement, human resources, M & E, quality, compliance, and risk. The programs span: health systems strengthening focusing on HRH, health care financing, and community development; reproductive, maternal and child health; HIV, TB, malaria; response to NCDs through lifestyle & workplace wellness initiatives; and water, sanitation & hygiene. Dr Ndirangu’s academic qualifications include: MBA; MPH; MBChB; PD-Executive Coaching.

  • Tom Ipomai Diana Amuhaya Barasa Company Secretary ×

    Amuhaya D Barasa joined Amref Health Africa in March 2015. She heads both the Company Secretarial and Legal Advisory functions at Amref Health Africa. She has immense knowledge and over 7 years of experience in corporate legal, company secretarial, corporate governance and NGO legal advisory services. Ms Barasa is responsible for creating and structuring of a vibrant functional legal department for the organization. Before commencing her role at Amref Health Africa, Amuhaya was the Acting Company Secretary at Mumias Sugar Limited where she was responsible for their Litigation Management, Compliance Management system, legal due diligence, drafting and vetting of various legal agreements among other roles. Amuhaya holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Law with specialization in International Finance Law and Regulation. She has an Executive Diploma in Corporate Governance from the Kenya College of Accountancy and holds a PG Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management from the Institute of Risk Management (UK). Her qualification as a company secretary has earned her membership with the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and a Postgraduate Diploma form the Kenya School of Law. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a member of the Law Society of Kenya.

  • Tom Ipomai Elizabeth Ntonjira Head of Global Corporate Communications ×

    Elizabeth (Lizz) Ntonjira serves as the Head of Global Corporate Communications having joined Amref Health Africa in January 2019. In this role, she is a leader and mentor within the communication department and the global communications network where she provides leadership for all Amref Health Africa’s corporate communications working in collaboration with African, European and North American offices to position Amref as a premier organization for lasting health change in Africa. Prior to this, Lizz was the Communication Manager for Central, East and West Africa at IBM where she lead external communication activities supporting business issues of major consequence to IBM and the business units in 25 Sub Saharan African countries. A chartered public relations practitioner with more than a decade of strategic communications and public affairs engagement experience, she is committed to changing the African narrative by showcasing compelling stories that reflect the efforts of improving Africa’s development agenda. Her experience includes various roles in the public, private and international development sectors where she has been accorded various recognitions including most recently being named 2019 100 Most Influential Young Africans by Avance Media, a leading PR and rating Company. She was also recognised as an Industry Thought Leader in the use of social media for brand strategies during the opening reception of The Social Shake-Up Show in Atlanta USA. She was also recognized as the 2018 Africa Youth Leader of the Year by the Africa Youth Awards (the only Kenyan nominated and overall winner in this category). Lizz is also a recipient of former US President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (2015). Lizz holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, a Post Graduate Professional Diploma in Public Relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in the UK and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from Strathmore Business School (Strathmore University). She is also a Public Policy Management Fellow from Virginia Commonwealth University in Virginia (USA).

  • Tom Ipomai Dr George Kimathi Director, Institute of Capacity Development ×

    Dr George Kimathi is an accomplished health development specialist with over 18 years experience in design and implementation of integrated public health programs. He has hands-on experience in core Primary Health Care methodologies with particular interest in contextualized innovations for delivering Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Sub-Saharan Africa. George is the Director, Amref Institute of Capacity Development (ICD) providing overall leadership to Amref’s Human Resources for Health (HRH) agenda. Additionally, he oversees diverse health education and training programmes spanning over 20 countries in Africa. Further, he provides oversight to Amref Health Africa’s Malawi, Zambia and Senegal Field Offices. Previously, he held prime team leadership roles in various International NGOs and the Government of Kenya. He holds a PhD, MSc and BSc degree in Epidemiology and Public Health and is a Health Systems Development and Management adjunct Lecturer at Amref International University. Further, he has successfully supervised PhD and Masters Students in various universities for over 4 years. He’s widely published and has presented research/opinion papers at regional and global fora.

  • Tom Ipomai Guglielmo Micucci CEO, Amref Health Africa Italy ×

    Guglielmo Micucci is the Executive Director for Amref Health Africa in Italy. Since 2001, Gugliemo has worked in the field of development cooperation and by 2004 he had already worked in various countries including Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Lebanon.  He has held various capacities over the years including serving as an administrator and later, as Asia and the Middle East, Head of Administration and Finance for INTERSOS. From 2008 to 2010 he served as an Administrative Manager and then served as the Director of Administrative and Financial Department of Amref Italy. Additionally, since 2009 he has been serving as the President of PRIME Italy - an Italian NGO that deals with asylum seekers and refugees in Italy. Further, from 2010 to 2014 he was responsible for the Administrative and Financial Department of AGIRE (Italian Agency for Emergency Response). Gugliemo holds a degree in Statistics and Economics from the University of Bari with a thesis on the operations of the World Bank in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has a Master's degree in Economics and nonprofit Cooperation for Development at the CARID - University of Ferrara.   

  • Tom Ipomai Patricia Vermeulen CEO of Amref Flying Doctors in the Netherlands ×

    Patricia Vermeulen has been leading the Dutch Amref office within the global Amref Health Africa network since 2015. She has a background in International Business Studies and worked prior in the business sector and the Red Cross. She has been leading teams across the world for the past 20 years. An important driver throughout her life has been (in)equality and (in)justice. She made a conscious decision to use her business background and skills to work in the humanitarian and development sector and to do good. She is very much purpose driven. “I need to match with an organisation's identity, and I need to believe in an organisation's mission and vision. That is why I am proud to work for Amref Health Africa.” Since 2015, the year of her appointment, the income from the Dutch Amref office has grown substantially. The diversified funds are coming from various streams like the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, corporates as Philips and Schiphol Airport, foundations, the Dutch Postcode Lottery and the Dutch public. Patricia is passionate about people and she is convinced that there is an incredible amount of potential in each one of us. It is her ambition to unleash this potential and talent, and to help people grow. That is why she is a mentor in the TopFem programme for young female leaders in the Netherlands. She is also a much sought after motivational speaker and is often asked as a jury member, for instance for Accenture’s Blue Tulip Awards 2020

  • Tom Ipomai Dr Florence Temu Country Director, Amref Health Africa in Tanzania ×

    Dr Florence Temu is a Country Director for Amref Health Africa in Tanzania. Florence has worked for Amref Health Africa in different capacities in Tanzania and Ethiopia- as project manager, head of programmes, deputy country director in Tanzania and as country director for Ethiopia and now Tanzania. Within Amref, Florence has spearheaded a number of initiatives that include development of country strategies, technical reviews and development programme specific strategies, technical advisorory on NCD programming, leading in the programme development and designing for a range of health interventions in the areas of Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health; Maternal and New-born and Child Health; HIV and AIDS, Water, Hygiene and Sanitation. As a Country Director, Florence provides oversight for country programmes, leads the strategic and technical direction for the organization in country; leads in identifying health intervention priorities, manages donor relations and drives strategies for fundraising and resource mobilization for the country. Before joining the organization she was Head of Cancer Prevention Services Division at Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Tanzania; and also general medical practitioner and researcher under maternal and HIV research projects at Muhimbili National Hospital. Dr Temu holds a Degree in Medicine, Masters in Public Health, Diploma in Palliative Care, as well as a University certificate in Geriatric Health Care Management. Florence has also served as Vice Chairperson for Medical Women Association of Tanzania, and is a member of Institute of Directors Tanzania. She has undergone several leadership courses including PEAK Fellowship by Population Fellows Programs of the University of Michigan, USA; and Women Leaders for the World leadership programme. Florence is a member of Global Women Leadership Network and a member of the Board of Directors for White Ribbon Alliance Tanzania, and Board of Director for Guaranty Trust Bank in Tanzania.

  • Tom Ipomai Abenet Berhanu Country Director, Amref Health Africa in Uganda ×

    Abenet Berhanu is the Country Director at Amref Health Africa in Uganda since September 2012. Prior to this, Abenet served as Chief of Party, Deputy chief of party, and Regional Coordinator at PATH, Abt Associates, and Pathfinder International. In his long years of service, he has demonstrated capabilities in policy, advocacy, and program leadership to advance a rights based approach to health and education, gender equality, and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Over the years, Abenet has demonstrated strong dedication to improve the lives of the underserved communities; particularly women, children, and young people. He has also held senior positions with vast experience in leading diverse and multi-disciplinary teams in large and complex programs; including dealing with high level government officials, donors, bilateral and multilateral organizations. He has proven competencies to take charge of the change management processes to foster employees’ productivity, compliance, and operational efficiencies and possesses high value for teamwork, knowledge sharing, goal achievements, and devotes time to train and coach young employees to maximise their full potential. Additionally, Abenet has over 25 years of leadership, health systems strengthening, and grant management experience in international non-governmental and private for profit organizations. His education and qualification includes: Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Administration from Addis Ababa University, MPH from Royal Tropical Institution in the Netherlands, and an MBA from University of Roehampton in the United Kingdom.

  • Tom Ipomai Robert Kelty CEO, Amref Health Africa in the USA ×

    Bob Kelty has 25 years of experience working with impoverished communities in East Africa, India and the United States. Before joining Amref Health Africa, Robert held leadership roles at Action Against Hunger, Coalition for the Homeless, Gere Foundation, and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Prior to his non-profit career, he spent five years working in the real estate and commodities industries. Bob has a B.S. in Business Administration from San Diego State University and completed his Master’s Degree in Public Administration at NYU's Wagner School.

  • Tom Ipomai Misrak Makonnen Country Director, Amref Health Africa in Ethiopia ×

    Ms Misrak Makonnen, a public health professional with over 20 years of international public health and development experience, serves as the Country Director for Amref Health Africa in Ethiopia since 2016. She is currently leading a diverse RMNCH, WASH and NTD program portfolio with an annual budget of over $12 million. Ms Makonnen has a proven track record in strategic planning, program management, and capacity strengthening of local partners, operations oversight, consortia management and public relations. Prior to joining Amref Health Africa, Ms Makonnen oversaw a USAID funded five year $30 million MNCH and PMTCT project as IntraHealth’s Country Director/Chief of Party in Ethiopia. Prior to this position, she also served as the Chief of Party in Ethiopia and as a Regional Program Advisor in Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda for AIDSRelief, a PEPFAR funded HIV care and treatment program led by Catholic Relief Services for a period of five years. Ms Makonnen worked as the Director of Programs with University of Washington’s International Training and Education Center on HIV (ITECH) in Ethiopia, supporting the development of national anti-retroviral implementation strategies and nationwide scale up of HIV/AIDS care and treatment. Prior to her work in Ethiopia, Ms Makonnen worked at the Carter Center in the United States as a Technical Consultant and Senior Program Officer, and in various African countries supporting disease control and eradication programs. Ms Makonnen holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Tom Ipomai Walter Schmidjell Executive Director, Amref Flying Doctors, Austria ×

  • Tom Ipomai Prof Joachim Osur Director, Emerging Markets ×

    Joachim Osur is an Associate Professor of sexual and reproductive health at the Amref International University. He is also the Director of Regional Projects and Field Offices at Amref Health Africa. He is a public health, reproductive health, and Sexual Medicine specialist with a 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 Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery, a Master’s Degree in Public Health, and a PhD in reproductive health, a Membership of the American College of Sexologists and a Fellowship of the European Committee on Sexual Medicine.

  • Tom Ipomai Onome Ako Executive Director of Amref Health Africa in Canada ×

    Onome Ako serves as the Executive Director of Amref Health Africa in Canada since June 2019. Onome joined the organization in October 2014 in the role of Director of Strategic Partnerships. Prior to joining Amref Health Africa, Onome worked with World Vision Canada for six years in different capacities including Business Development Manager and Manager Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programs-Extractive Industries. Her work allowed her to work in countries including Peru, Senegal, Mozambique, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Mexico, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mongolia where she developed strategies, tools and programs in consultation with stakeholders such as the community, government bodies, extractive industry and other civil society to ensure that the development impact of natural resources can be harnessed. Prior to moving to Canada in 2008 Onome worked as the Communications and Outreach Manager for AfricaRecruit, a joint program of the NEPAD and Commonwealth Secretariat that seeks to mobilize skills and human resources for capacity-building in Africa.  Before joining AfricaRecruit, Onome worked at the Senegal office of UNDP-UNESCO joint project on the Foundations for Africa’s Future Leadership where she helped develop the Diaspora component of the project.  Onome is an associate of the Nigerian Leadership Initiative a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network a community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the non-profit sector that provides a platform for highly accomplished and uniquely qualified Nigerian leaders to enhance their value-based leadership skills and assume a transformative role on the future development of Nigeria. Onome is a mentor with the Creative Institute for Toronto Young (CITY) Leaders, United Way where she supports the growth of young leaders to achieving their professional and personal goals. Onome holds an MSc in Management of NGOs and Social Policy and Participation in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics.

  • Tom Ipomai Sarah Murithi Ex officio member ×

  • Tom Ipomai Maria Lannér Director, Amref Health Africa Nordic Office ×

    Maria Lanner is Director of Amref Health Africas Nordic Office. Maria has over 20 years' experience in senior management in public and private sectors in Sweden and several countries in Africa. Her experience includes 10 years being part of the senior management of the Swedish Development Finance Institution Swedfund. Maria is an experienced project leader and entrepreneur who drives creative change processes within small and larger companies, leading them through paradigm-shifts and business expansions as well as coaching leaders on their strategies. Maria was also member of the Nordic board between 2006-2008 and 2013-2015. Maria first interacted with Amref in early 90s, when she lived and studied at an American university in Kenya.

  • Tom Ipomai Linda Hummel Director, Global Fundraising Development ×

    Linda serves as the Director of the Global Fundraising Development Office. Prior to this she was management team member at Amref in the Netherlands (2005 – 2018) responsible for fundraising, partnerships and communication, leading rapid fundraising growth and diversification of income. Before joining Amref, Linda worked as a CEO in publishing and in several marketing/commercial management positions in the international media - (i.e. TIME Magazine) and internet industry (America Online). Designing growth plans, developing teams and achieving results in multiple markets were key in these positions. Linda studied Business Administration and has a Master’s degree in European Studies. She was born in South Africa and raised in the Netherlands.

  • Tom Ipomai Professor Marion Mutugi Vice Chancellor, Amref International University ×

    Marion Wanjiku Mutugi, a professor of genetics and research scientist graduated with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1994. The dynamic scholar, trainer and manager who is widely published in her area of medical genetics and more recently bioethics has a personal motto; ‘What’s worth doing, is worth doing well’. Her current focus is ethical application of research findings and advances in science to end users thus benefiting communities. Prof. Mutugi who has worked in various public and private research institutions and universities is currently the Vice Chancellor of Amref International University (AMIU); a Premier Pan-African University specialised in training, research and extension in health Sciences. She previously served as Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Planning, Research and Development at the University of Kabianga. Prior to that, she was at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) where among others she was the Director, Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases (ITROMID). In this latter position, she oversaw regional postgraduate training in Public Health, Clinical Medicine, Tropical Medicine, Epidemiology and Molecular medicine. She is an accomplished trainer through whose hands many biomedical and health professionals in the region have passed. In addition, Prof Mutugi has been involved in various international and national government activities in various agencies, institutions, committees and taskforces. In 2011, the President of the Republic of Kenya awarded Prof Marion with the ‘Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (E.B.S.)’ in recognition of her service to the Nation.

  • Tom Ipomai Joanna Arulraj Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning ×

    Joanna Arulraj has worked in the field of Monitoring and Evaluation for more 11+ years, building and implementing M&E systems and processes, leading and training teams and working with technical and implementation teams to ensure quality programming. She has worked for various donor and implementation organisations including Mercy Corps, Save the Children and the Joint Peace Fund covering a range of thematic areas covering humanitarian, development and peacebuilding programmes. Joanna has been part of Myanmar and Sri Lanka country programmes and supported programmes across the Asia Region. Joanna holds a basic degree in information Technology and a masters degree in Development Studies.

  • Tom Ipomai Marcus Leonhardt Chief Executive Officer, Amref Health Africa in Germany ×

    Dr Marcus Leonhardt serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Amref in Germany. Dr Marcus received his medical doctorate at the Humboldt University in Berlin. After practicing medicine in the U.S., Argentina and in the U.K., Marcus gained business-experience in the TV-industry. Since 2009 Marcus has been the CEO of Amref in Germany. Additionally, he served on Health Program Committee of the Amref Board for three years. His principal interests include Community Health, NCDs and the establishment of Social Entrepreneurship for health.

  • Tom Ipomai Camilla Knox-Peebles Chief Executive Officer, Amref Health Africa in UK ×

    Camilla Knox-Peebles has 25 years of experience in the humanitarian and international development sector. Before joining Amref Health Africa UK in August 2019, she was Deputy Humanitarian Director at Oxfam International where she oversaw Oxfam’s global work on public health, water and sanitation, capacity development of local partners, and Disaster Risk Reduction. She also led the global technical and management support to high-profile humanitarian crises including the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh. She was instrumental in raising funds for Oxfam’s work, securing and subsequently leading a number of high-performing multi-agency partnerships. Camilla is also a skilled public speaker and throughout her career has represented the charity sector at high-level events and in the media. Camilla has a BA in Social Anthropology with Indonesian Studies from SOAS University of London and an MSc in International Health from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She has lived and worked extensively in Asia and Africa and speaks four languages. She now lives in Oxford with her husband and two teenage children.

  • Tom Ipomai Stephen Gitau Chief Executive Officer, AMREF Flying Doctors ×

    Stephen Gitau is the Chief Executive Officer, AMREF Flying Doctors (AFD). Previously, Stephen was the Chief Finance & Administration Officer (CFAO) of AFD for the last 8 years, providing strategic leadership and management to the Finance, ICT, HR and Administration units. Stephen joined Amref when AFD was transitioning from a department of Amref under the NGO providing air evacuation and outreach services to a newly formed commercial entity in the year 2011. Since incorporation, AFD has transformed into a strategic and key Amref Health Africa social enterprise. The company has achieved great milestones and is generating vital income for the parent organisation. As the CFAO of AFD, Stephen demonstrated great leadership skills and good business acumen. He is highly regarded by colleagues as a key advisor, creative problem solver and results driven financial and business professional. Before joining AFD, Stephen worked at KPMG East Africa as Audit Senior (2001-2004) and TNT International Express as Head of Finance and Administration (2005-2011). Stephen holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Strathmore Business School, BA Economics from University of Nairobi, and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K).

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