Ms Francine Muyumba
Congolese and African young leader serving as the current president of the Panafrican Youth Union
Francine Furaha Muyumba is a Congolese and African young leader serving as the current president of the Panafrican Youth Union, the official youth body of the African Union. Muyumba was elected president of the Panafrican Youth Union (PYU) in 2014. The PYU functions as the elected representative body for all African youth (defined as those under 35 years of age)—a demographic that consists of 65 percent of Africa’s population. During her tenure as President of the PYU, Muyumba strengthened the relationship with the African Union Commission, in order to bring African youth to the center of decision making; and facilitated intergenerational communication and the inclusion of youth voices in political matters across Africa. She serves as the primary representative of youth issues to the African Union and associated Heads of State.
Hon. Jacqueline Lydia Mikolo
Minister of Health, Republic of Congo
Mr. Sylvain Uhirwa
Medical Doctor Student, Activist, Social Entrepreneur
Ms Gogontlejang Phaladi
Founder and Executive Director of the Gogontlejang Phaladi Pillar
Gogontlejang Phaladi is a philanthropist and development practitioner from Botswana. She is the Founder and Executive Director of a non profit making Non Governmental Organization (NGO) called the Gogontlejang Phaladi Pillar of Hope Organization (GPPHO) which is a member of the UNFPA African Youth and Adolescent Network (AfriYAN) and a member of the PMNCH Adolescent and Youth Constituency. GPPHO is an NGO that is mandated in community capacity building, human rights advocacy, promoting gender equality and doing humanitarian work. She is also a member of the continental advocacy network- African Youth and Adolescents Network (AfriYAN) on population and development, leading the demographic dividend thematic committee. Gogontlejang Phaladi is an African woman leader who is passionately about transforming lives and believes a world free of poverty, with equity and dignity is possible with more youth driving the development agenda as agents of change. She is a seasoned human and social development expert who has served as a member of the African Union High Level Advisory Group on Humanitarian Effectiveness in Africa, Botswana Presidential Task Team of Vision 2036, UNICEF Botswana Child Ambassador, a former Radio Presenter, currently a member of the WHO external advisory group on the Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA) Framework and a Motivational Speaker. She is also a trained SRHR, CSE and HIV and AIDS educator and campaign facilitator having done several campaigns aligned with UNFPA and UNESCO. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate studies in LLB (Bachelor of Law) and doing humanitarian work as well as development work consultancy. During her spare time, she mentors girls and women through an initiative dubbed #SIMI (She Is My Inspiration) and she enjoys farming.
Dr Jeanine Condo
General Director , Rwanda Biomedical Center
Dr Felicitas Zawaira
Director, Family and Reproductive Health
Dr. Felicitas Zawaira is the new Director of the Family and Reproductive Health Cluster at the WHO Regional Office for Africa, a position she was appointed to in July 2015. She leads a team of technical staff working at the Regional Office and in Inter-country support teams in the areas of Reproductive and Women’s Health; Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition; as well as Immunization and Vaccinepreventable Diseases.
Dr. Zawaira’s professional background is in medicine and public health. She worked as director of maternal and child health for seven years and as principal medical director for another two years, coordinating the planning, resourcing and running of the entire preventive and curative services in the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe.
Joining WHO in 1998, Dr. Zawaira worked in the country office in Zimbabwe and thereafter in the Regional Office for Africa in the areas of HIV and Women’s Health. She has served as Head in the following WHO country offices: Zanzibar, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Botswana where she mentored and led WHO teams to produce results.
Felicitas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and an MD in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Zimbabwe; a Masters in Maternal and Child Health from the University of London and a diploma in Management Methods for International Health from the University of Boston, Massachusetts. She is a Member of the Institute of Child Health, London.
Dr. Julitta Onabanjo
UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Director
Dr. Onabanjo joined UNFPA in 1995 as a National Programme Officer and thereafter as Programme Specialist in Swaziland and Kenya before she served at UNFPA Headquarters as Technical Advisor, HIV/AIDS and later as Special Assistant to the Executive Director. More recently, she has held UNFPA Representative posts in Tanzania and in South Africa.
Before joining UNFPA, Dr. Onabanjo worked for Planned Parenthood as Programme Director and prior to this she worked for the Ministry of Health in Nigeria.
Dr. Onabanjo holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of London and a Medical Doctor degree from the University of Zambia, in addition to a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.