Dr. John Nkengasong
Director, Africa CDC
Dr Donal Brown
Director East and Central Afric, DFID
Donal has over 25 years’ experience in international development. He has lived and worked in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as spending considerable time in the Middle East.
Donal is currently Director for East and Central Africa. Previously he was Director for Global Funds, responsible for DFID’s policies, programmes, financial management and shareholder relations with health and education funds and WHO. Donal has significant experience in corporate governance and strategy and sits on a range of boards.
Donal has strong all round development expertise, having worked extensively in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Donal has significant Africa experience both working and growing up there. Donal led the UK Government’s Joint Inter-Agency Ebola Taskforce - the UK’s overall civilian and military response to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. Other positions previously held by Donal include DFID Head of Africa Regional Policy and Programmes, DFID Director for West and Southern Africa and Head of Middle East Department. Donal was also Head of the DFID Office in Vietnam.
Donal initially trained as a veterinarian. After a period in private veterinary practice, he joined DFID in 1990 as a Livestock, Health and Production Advisor for Bolivia and Peru, where he worked on public health issues and preventive medicine programmes. Donal has postgraduate qualifications in tropical animal health and production as well as in public leadership and management.
CEO, Ethiopian Airlines
Rebecca Martin, PhD
Director, Centre of Global Health
Rebecca Martin, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr Martin has worked both domestically and internationally in immunization, HIV, and health system strengthening and now leads CDC’s global efforts to protect and improve health globally through science, policy, partnership, and evidence-based public health action. Dr. Martin has over 18 years of experience working in international health. Since 1991, Dr. Martin has worked in the global health arena and has had CDC assignments in Kenya, Tanzania, and Denmark (2002-2011). She was detailed to the WHO African Regional Office from 2002-2006, based in Kenya as a senior epidemiologist in the inter-country immunization program office for eight east African countries. Dr. Martin received her Doctorate of Philosophy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in international health with a focus in infectious disease epidemiology. Over the past 15 years, she has collaborated with multilateral organizations and development partners and has worked closely with ministries of health and non-governmental organizations. She has co-authored manuscripts and developed strategic plans, normative guidance and guidelines on immunization strategies, vaccine-preventable diseases and surveillance methods for both immunization and HIV.
Dr Bernice Dahn
Ms Julie Gichuru
Entrepreneur and media personality with investments in media, fashion retail and entertainment sectors
Julie Gichuru is an entrepreneur and media personality with investments in media, fashion retail and entertainment sectors. Julie is an Independent Director on the Boards of Brand KENYA Board and Acumen Communications Ltd and is a Fellow and Trustee of the Africa Leadership Initiative EA.
Julie’s career in the media over the past 15 years has seen her work across the fields of broadcast, print and digital media. Julie has also pioneered an impressive number of television shows, from the first Kenyan investigative TV series, The Inside Story on KTN to various current affairs shows at NTV including political and current affairs programs Showdown, On the Spot, You The Jury and The People’s Voice, and the celebrated news program Sunday Live and peace and reconciliation program Fist to Five at Citizen TV. Also included in this list is the celebrated post election peace specials Voices of Reason. Through ARIMUS Media Limited Julie now oversees the production of quality African content such as Africa Leadership Dialogues, high school debate platform Great Debaters Contest and entertainment series Maisha.
The Footprints Africa Foundation (FAF) has been established by Anthony and Julie Gichuru to help empower and grow healthy, dignified and informed societies in the region. FAF
believes in giving people a chance to make a mark, to leave a footprint of positivity on the world. Website: www.footprintafrica.org
Julie is passionate about family, she is married to entrepreneur Anthony Gichuru. They have had 5 children.
“Above all we have a responsibility to nurture and grow the younger generation and our primary role is vested in the family unit.”
Media Training for Elections & Conflict & Crisis
• 18 years career in media at the forefront of key moments of crisis, transformation and change in Kenya.
• Recognition and awards for peace reportage and building cohesion, positive community action amongst and across communities.
• Media management and training during key moments of instability
• Julie Gichuru has a vast experience in handling media, exercising utmost responsibility during moments of crisis and a thorough understanding of issues of governance and citizen responsibility.
Julie Gichuru created the show Voices of Reason as an immediate response to the post election violence in Kenya in 2007/8. The show called for immediate secession of violence and peace building within communities. As a result of this show Julie won the Martin Luther King Jr Salute to Greatness Award and was nominated to the Africa Leadership initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Following the establishment of the coalition government, in an effort to build understanding and cohesion between warring communities Julie studied the Fist to Five model of community mediation utilized in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. This model was utilized in the development and implementation of the post election peace and reconciliation television specials supported by DFID and aired on Citizen TV, Fist to Five for Change. Communities that took part in the process found significant healing and restoration over a process of dialogues and deliberations. Julie hails this as one of the most impactful works of her career.
In the 2005 and 2010 referendum Gichuru presented critical talk shows on the content of the proposed foundations of law. Her law degree and MBA have proven critical towards providing a more informed and holistic discussion on matters of law. Ahead of the announcement of the ICC list of suspects Julie supported and conducted media training
along with the NCIC and United Nations to enhance the capacity, awareness and willingness of journalists to abide by an ethical code of practice. This training incorporated most mainstream media houses and vernacular readily stations.
“There is an urgent need to provide training to multiple media platforms which have developed in this digital era. In particular, urgent training is required for media on social media platforms and vernacular radio stations. This is a matter of urgency.” Julie Gichuru played a driving role within a core multimedia team that conceptualized,
managed and executed the Presidential Debates ahead of the 2013 General Elections, commended globally for professionalism.
DIGITAL VIDEO BLOG
In an effort to engage the larger public in meaningful, productive conversations, Julie launched a weekly v-log where she shares her thoughts on an array of issues affecting our society. Her inaugural v-log was focused on the boy child and her advise to the boys was to protect their seed. The V-log attracted over 150k views in the digital space. This platform has proven to be very effective in engaging the youths whose main source of information is the digital media Related Educational Background LLB Law, University of Wales Cardiff, elective in Civil Liberties and Human Rights MBA, University of Wales Cardiff Leadership, Society, Globalization & Africa modules, Aspen Institute Challenges of African Leadership & African Leadership in a Global Context, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship, Stellenbosch/Oxford University, Said Business School Study of Leadership and Globalization, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard.
Recognitions, Awards & Fellowships
Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness 2008
Julie is the first African woman to receive the Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness for advocacy of non violence following the 2007 election in Kenya. Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative & Aspen Global Leadership Network 2008
Young Lobal Leader
Julie was declared a Young Lobal Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. Order of the Grand Warrior She was awarded the Order of the Golden Warrior for her contribution towards nation building by President Mwai Kibaki in 2011.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Program
Julie was nominated as a Fellow of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Program otherwise known as Tutu’s Children in 2013. Top 20 Young Power Women in Africa Julie was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 20 Young Power Women in Africa.
60 Most Influential African Women in the World
Julie has also been recognized in the Women in Enterprise (WIE) list of 60 most influential African women in the world. Julie Gichuru is an alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School and Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.
Dr. Adeiza Ben Adinoyi
Head of the Africa Health and Care Unit for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Adeiza Ben Adinoyi is currently the Head of Health and Care at the Africa Regional Office for the international Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Nairobi Kenya since 2012, he has had various roles within the IFRC in the past 10 years.
Prior to joining IFRC he has had roles as the Head of Department of Paediatrics at Centre Hospitalier Departmental de l’Atacora Donga in Benin Republic, and various health institutions in Nigeria which include; the Kogi Diagnostic and Reference Hospital, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching hospital, and the Armed Forces Reference hospital.
He has a degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Masters of Arts degree in Leading Innovation and Change. He also holds a Diploma in Humanitarian Diplomacy and is a Certified Strategic Management Professional.