Hon. Sarah Achieng Opendi
Minister of State for Health, Uganda
Hon. Sarah Achieng Opendi, is the Minister of State for Health, General Duties in the Republic of Uganda and also a Member of Parliament since June 2016. Prior to this she was the Minister of State for Health-Primary HealthCare/MP, a position she held from 2012 to May 2016. She was also Minister of State for Lands 2011 to 2012.
Hon. Opendi, holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and has held various positions in both the Local government and central Government. She worked at the Inspectorate of Government, an Anti Corruption Agency for 8 years at senior level and was also the Deputy Project Coordinator, DANIDA Anti-Corruption Programme (2004 – 2006). She has a distinguished and long experience in politics, management and corporate affairs in the public and private sector.
Hon. Opendi has been part of the team that has worked tirelessly to improve the health sector performance for the last 5years and the Uganda Demographic Health survey Report (UDHS 2016) shows remarkable achievements in reduction of the Maternal Mortality, child Mortality, Immunization coverage, malaria incidence, Fertility rate amongst others.
Dr. Githinji Gitahi
Group CEO, Amref Health Africa
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.
Dr. Timothy G. Evans
Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank Group
Tim Evans is the Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group. From 2010 to 2013, Tim was Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Senior Advisor to the BRAC Health Program. From 2003 to 2010, he was Assistant Director General at the World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to this, he served as Director of the Health Equity Theme at the Rockefeller Foundation. Earlier in his career he was an attending physician of internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and was Assistant Professor in International Health Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a board member of a number of international health alliances.
Tim has been at the forefront of advancing global health equity and strengthening health systems delivery for more than 20 years. At WHO, he led the Commission on Social Determinants of Health and oversaw the production of the annual World Health Report. He has been a co-founder of many partnerships including the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) as well as efforts to increase access to HIV treatment for mothers and innovative approaches to training community-based midwives in Bangladesh.
Tim received his Medical Degree from McMaster University in Canada and was a Research and internal Medicine Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He earned a D.Phil. in Agricultural Economics from University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Mr. Andrew Mwenda
Andrew Mwenda is a Ugandan journalist and the founder and owner of The Independent, a current affairs newsmagazine. He was previously the political editor of The Daily Monitor, a Ugandan daily newspaper, and was the presenter of Andrew Mwenda Live on KFM Radio in Kampala, Uganda’s capital.
He has written widely on the effects of aid on the development process in Africa and been published in such prestigious newspapers as the International Herald Tribune and Der Spiegel and done radio and television documentaries for the BBC on this subject. Mr. Mwenda has also been widely quoted in international media – BBC, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, The Times, The Economist, and many other newspapers, radio and television networks in Europe and North America.
Nominated by Foreign Policy among the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2010, Mwenda was also nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2008 and by the Africa Study Institute as an Archbishop Tutu fellow, a program for "Africa’s future leaders" (2009). He has also won the International Press Freedom Award (2008) by the Committee to Protect Journalists "in tribute to his commitment to a free press in Uganda and the whole world" and the Outstanding Alumni Award from the British Council (2006)
Mwenda has also authored and co-authored articles for international academic journals like Africa Affairs, the Journal of Modern African Studies, the Review of African Political Economy, the Journal of Commonwealth Studies, the Journal for Contemporary African Studies, and the Journal of Democracy on top of publishing chapters in several books.
Mr. Carl Manlan
Ecobank Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer
Carl Manlan is Ecobank Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer. He has worked with communities across Africa and contributed to the development of systems to improve public health financing while at UNDP and at the Global Fund. He worked on economic policy for transformation as a Mo Ibrahim Foundation Fellow at the Economic Commission for Africa. He supported the African private sector response to Ebola in close collaboration with the African Union.
Carl Manlan holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. In 2015, he was awarded one of the highest civilian honors, Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite du Bénin.