President at Kwazulu Natal Doctors Healthcare Coalition

 Professor Morgan Chetty is a registered specialist family doctor. He is the President of the IPA Foundation in South Africa and President of the KwaZulu Coalition of Doctors for Health. 

He is a Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Durban University of Technology. He is a regular contributor to the Medical Chronicle. 


He was awarded the Fellowship of Family Physicians – 2013 – FCFP(AS) by the College of Medicine of South Africa. In 2019, he was awarded the title of Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) by Nelson Mandela University (PHD). 


He is the author of two books on care management and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. He received the “Life Achievement Award for Quality in Healthcare” from Discovery Health in 2018, as well as the “BHF Titanium Award for Excellence” in 2017. On 16 July 2022, he was honored with the Momentum Lifetime Award for his contribution to healthcare. Professor Chetty is passionate about the quality and safety of healthcare and championing the best medical practice.

Dr. Amit N. Thakker

President at Africa Health Business

Dr. Amit N. THAKKER is a medical doctor, a visionary entrepreneur, industry captain and ground-breaking pioneer in the integration of the private sector within the health system in Africa.



He is currently the Executive Chairman of Africa Health Business and the Africa Healthcare Federation and a Director with AMREF Flying Doctors (Kenya) and Seven Seas Technologies.



Dr Thakker received an Executive Master of Business Administration degree in 2007 from National Insurance Academy in India and a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree in 1997 from the University of Nairobi.



He was the 2017 recipient of the Best CEO award by Titans Global in the Business and Professional Services category, the 2004 Chairman’s Award by the Kenya Medical Association and the 1999 Best Male Entrepreneur of the Year award by Rotary International.


Senior advisor at Africa CDC ‘Centers for disease control and prevention’

Dr. Nicaise Ndembi is the Senior Science Advisor to the Director of the Africa CDC and is a leading virologist and public health expert with a focus on molecular virology applied to effective laboratory research in HIV diversity, resistance to antiretroviral therapy, genomics epidemiology and emerging infectious diseases. 


An active participant in numerous scientific advisory panels, Dr. Ndembi has more than 100 peer reviewed publications under his name and has been an advisor to Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health on HIV drug resistance and control policy and a key player among other public health organizations. 


He is Director of Laboratory Research, Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) and an Adjunct Associate Professor within University of Maryland’s Division of Epidemiology, a Collaborative Professor of Virology and Research Professor in Kanazawa University, Japan.


Head of medical microbiology department of kiwazulu Natal University

Prof. Mlisana is the Associate Professor and Head of both the Medical Microbiology Department at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) based at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. 


She served as the Project Director under the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), as well as the Head of HIV Pathogenesis and Vaccine Research Programme (also under CAPRISA). 


Her research interests now include TB diagnostics, drug resistance as well as sexually transmitted infections. Prof. Mlisana has been a member of the Board of the South African Medical Research Council and currently sits on the National Advisory Group on Immunisation (NAGI).



International Consultant and Strategy Advisor

 Tendai is an award-winning pan-African business strategist, researcher, and international speaker. She is the author of the Pan African Living Standard tool widely used by major multinationals. 


The LSM tool earned her the annual PAMRO Top Achiever award for pursuing research and development goals in Africa. 


She is also the Chief Inspirer for GIBS Faculty Lecturer, CEO of Research Bureau International and Integral Africa, and Public Speaker. 


Tendai has carried out highly effective internal brand engagement projects on the continent. 


She put this to the test in her own business in Zimbabwe where she won Zimbabwean Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001.


Professor in Public Health at Medical College of The Africa International University

 He is a member of the European Public Health Association. 


Prof. Daak is a healthcare professional with proven experience in the field of health policy, disaster relief, and humanitarian assistance to the United Nations, World Health Organization, and other specialized agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the non-profit sector. 


Prof. Daak provides senior and executive-level leadership and expertise in global public health management, including an extensive background in community health, preventative and social medicine, applied epidemiology and biostatistics as they relate to infectious disease prevention, communicable diseases and surveillance, immunization, child health and nutrition, maternal and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS.


Professor of Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry Unit , Cairo University

Dr Rania Mamdouh has a PhD degree in Psychiatry from Cairo University,Egypt, 2007 . ISAM Diploma in Addiction Medicine, 2004. She received Addiction Research internship course in UCLA and ISAP, California, 2014. She received UTC Training, ICUDDR and ISSUP, 2019- 2020. Dr Rania is currently associate Professor of Psychiatry, Addiction Unit, Psychiatry department, Cairo University. 

Dr Rania Participated in developing and implementation of the Egyptian National Program for Prevention Of Drug Use in Schools and Youth Centers,2004 till 2011 . She also worked for one year with the WHO- EMRO in development of the Middle East Life Skills Program for Adolescents. She developed “Serenity Girls Program” psychiatric and Addiction Program for Women in Cairo, 2007 and currently she is the Program Manager . She has international and national publications. 

Dr Rania is a consultant Addiction Psychiatry in Al Amal Hospital, Sultanate Oman, 2017. 

She shared in development of the Egyptian National Program for Pregnant Addict Women who won the best practice in Africa, 2021 by the African Union. 

2021, she joined the technical committee of the Egyptian National Observatory of Drugs and Drug Use. Dr Rania has a 25 years of practice, teaching and lots of training in Addiction Psychiatry and prevention
She is currently board member in ICUDDR ( International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction ).

2022,she is a board member in African Global Health Association ( for expanding the Health Harm Reduction Programs.
May, 2023: ISAM Regional Coordinator for North Africa and west Africa

Dr. Patrick LUWAGA

Chairman – Uganda Healthcare Federation (UHF)

He is a Medical Doctor, an esteemed Health Sector leader and enthusiast for a resilient Health System  in Uganda and the African Continent towards Universal Health Coverage.


He is the current Chairperson and a founder member of Uganda Healthcare Federation (UHF).

He is a director at East African Healthcare Federation (EAHF), and he is affiliated to the  African Healthcare Federation (AHF).


He recently completed his tenure as the Deputy Medical Director/ Clinical Director at Mengo Hospital ( a 300 bed teaching Hospital with  over 800 staff) in Uganda. He had earlier served at executive levels at AAR Health Services, Uganda, as its Country Head Doctor responsible for provision of health services; and  later as it’s Head of  Network Partners, whom he contracted/accredited as providers  for the insured within Uganda and the rest of the world. His medical practice and experience includes a decade in the Middle East.


He helped found an association for the Facility-based Health Membership Organization (HMO) in Uganda, which he also served as  its  pioneer Chairperson.


He is a holder of Masters of Business Administration (2017) and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (1984) both from Makerere University- Kampala Uganda.


Public Health Consultant at 3Analytics

 Dr. Sunitha Chandrasekhar Srinivas is the Vice President of Public Health at 3 Analytics, she also led an implementation project that focussed on post-vaccination safety surveillance for COVID-19 vaccines and routine immunization. 


She collaborated with JHPIEGO, a John Hopkins affiliate for this USAID-funded project. 


Dr. Sunitha is also a Visiting Professor at Rhodes University, South Africa. She is the Principal Investigator of an Antimicrobial resistance stewardship (AMS) project at the Karuna Trust, a public health NGO in India.


Head of relations and business development, Board of Healthcare Funders

Mrs. Zola Mtshiya is the Head of Stakeholder Relations and Business Development at the BHF. 


She manages a diverse community of stakeholders in government, government agencies, the funding industry, the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals, and other sectors within healthcare in more than 13 countries.


She has over 20 years of experience working in the healthcare industry, two of which were in an executive role. 


She is passionate about creating networks that empower women and the next generation of leaders in healthcare.


Physician and PHD in Pharmacology

Enrique Teran is a medical doctor and holds a PhD in pharmacology plus a master’s degree in International cooperation for development. 


With more than 25 years of academic activity, he has published more than 130 peer review papers on preeclampsia, infectious diseases including HIV, pharmacogenetics, and metabolic diseases. 


Dr Teran is a founder member of the Latin American Network for Tobacco Harm Reduction and advocates all in the region about.  


He is also a member of the Ecuadorian Academy of Medicine and the Academy of Science of Ecuador. 


Currently Dr Teran is a professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador.



David Sweanor is an adjunct professor of law and chair of the advisory board for the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics at the University of Ottawa, Canada. 


He has worked globally for 40 years on public policy initiatives to promote health.


 His work has led to many global precedents in measures to reduce cigarette smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. 


He has worked with UN bodies, numerous national governments, law firms and a broad range of civil society groups.


His insights on pragmatic ways to effectively address major health challenges are in demand worldwide.


Clinical Oncologist and Preceptor in Oncology Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Porto Alegre RS

Graduated in Medicine from the Federal University of Pelotas (1998) and medical residencies in Internal Medicine (Hospital Nossa Senhora da Conceição) and Clinical Oncology (Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre). 


He is currently an accredited physician at Complexo Hospitalar Santa Casa de Porto Alegre and Preceptor in Clinical Oncology of the Medical Residency of Hospital Santa Rita.

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