Professor Ivan Addae-Mensah is Professor of Chemistry and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana. For the past thirty-seven years, he has taught and done research in universities in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Germany where he was a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1982-1984). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK); Fellow, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences; and Fellow, Ghana Chemical Society. He has published a considerable number of books and research papers. He is board member of the United Nations University Institute of Natural Resources in Africa, a position he has held since 2001; member of the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Quality Assurance. Prof. Adae-Mensah has also carried out consultancy assignments for several other organisations including UNESCO, and is a strong advocate for the underprivileged and gender equity in education and social mobility. Professor Addae-Mensah has Honorary Doctorate degrees from New York University (2002), the University of Ghana (2003) and the Highest Honour of Soka University, Tokyo, (1998). In 2006, the Republic of Ghana awarded him the Companion of the Order of the Volta (COV), the second most prestigious award of Ghana.
Prof. Reginald Fraser Amonoo is currently the President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and former Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ghana, Legon. He was also a Professor at the University of Zimbabwe and an External Examiner in universities in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Botswana. He also served as Consultant for the Association of African Universities, ECOWAS, BREDA - UNESCO, Dakar; and the Commission of Enquiry for the Opportune-ness of Creating a Second University or Campus of the University of Zimbabwe. He is a founding member, Vice-President and Secretary - General of the West African Modern Languages Association, (WAMLA); Past President of the International Federation of Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM); and Vice-President, and later Honorary Treasurer of the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (CIPSH - UNESCO). He is currently on contract with the Department of Modern languages, University of Ghana, where he is a French lecturer.
Dr. Ayorinde Ajayi is currently vice president of field programs, PATH, Seattle. He is an internationally recognized expert with more than 25 years of experience in global health, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. His areas of expertise include building health service capacity and developing culturally appropriate service-delivery models in low-resource settings. Prior to joining PATH, Dr. Ajayi was regional director for sub-Saharan Africa for the Population Council, where he managed seven offices and was responsible for the organization's regional research portfolio. He completed his medical training at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and received his master's degree in public health from Boston University. He also holds a certificate in family planning from the London University School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Professor Jibril Mohammed Aminu is Senator of Adamawa State, and by training a Physician/Internist, and professor of medicine with specialization in cardiology and hypertension. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians, London; a foundation fellow of the Nigerian Postgraduate Medical College; and also a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Sciences. In 2002 the Federal Republic of Nigeria conferred on him the national honour award, 'Commander of the Order of Nigeria'. He holds several honours, prizes and awards including the national Roll of Honour of the Nigerian Medical Association. He also serves on several senate committees including the Nigerian Senate Committee on Health.
Dr. Chris Atim is a senior health economist with more than 16 years post-doctoral experience in health economics and financing in developing countries with special emphasis on Africa. He holds a PhD from the University of Sussex in the UK, and currently works as a senior health economist at the World Bank's new health systems hub based in Senegal. Before that he worked extensively providing leadership and technical assistance in health financing in more than two dozen African countries and through a number of organizations, including the HLSP Institute (UK), Abt Associates Inc. (USA), and the ILO. Between 1999 and 2004, he served as Resident Regional Advisor for West and Central Africa and Senior Economist for USAID's Partnerships for Health Reform (PHR/PHRplus) project. He currently also serves as the executive director of the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) and was also a member of Ghana's PNDC Government at an earlier stage.
Dr. Ayaga A. Bawah is Principal Research Associate at INDEPTH where he leads the coordination of the network's scientific activities, in addition to deputizing the Executive Director. Prior to joining INDEPTH, Dr. Bawah was a Bernard Berelson Fellow in the Policy Research Division of the Population Council in New York. He previously headed the Navrongo Demographic Surveillance unit at the Navrongo Health Research Centre in northern Ghana. He also worked as Demographer (1996-1998) in-charge of the Navrongo Community Health and Family Project. Dr. Bawah holds MA in Population Studies from the United Nations Regional Institute (RIPS) at the University of Ghana and PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board, General Demography of Africa, a series on the Demography of Africa based at the University of Pennsylvania in the USA.
Dr. Robert E. Black is the Edgar Berman Professor and Chair of the Department of International Health and Director of the Institute for International Programs of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Black is trained in medicine, infectious diseases and epidemiology. Dr. Black's current research includes field trials of vaccines, micronutrients and other nutritional interventions, effectiveness studies of health programs and evaluation of preventive and curative health service programs in low- and middle-income countries. As a member of the IOM and advisory bodies of the WHO, the International Vaccine Institute, and other international organizations, he assists with the development of policies intended to improve child health. He currently chairs the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group and the Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative. Dr. Black authored over 450 scientific journal publications and is co-editor of the textbook "International Public Health."
Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, is President of The New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Boufford is Professor of Public Service, Health Policy and Management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. She served as Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University from June 1997 to November 2002. Prior to that, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from November 1993 to January 1997, and as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 1997 to May 1997. While at HHS, she served as the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1994'1997. From May 1991 to September 1993, Dr. Boufford served as Director of the King's Fund College, London England. Dr. Boufford served as President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal hospital system in the United States, from December 1985 until October 1989. She was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine in 1992. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the State University of New York, Brooklyn, NY in May 1992. She received her B.A. (Psychology) magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, and her M.D., with distinction, from the University of Michigan Medical School. She is Board Certified in pediatrics.
Dr. Matthias Brandis is the Senator of the Gynaecology and Paediatrics Sector at the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He is also a professor of Paediatrics at the Freiburg University in Germany. Professor Brandis attended medical school in Hamburg and Vienna and conducted research in physiology in Berlin and at Cornell University in New York. Previously, he served as a professor of Paediatrics in the Hannover Medical School and the Chairman of Paediatrics in Marburg (1981-1988). He is also a former professor and Chairman of Paediatrics in Freiburg (1988-2004). Dr. Brandis has an honorary doctorate from the Semmelweis University Budapest and holds honorary memberships in Korea, Tchechia, Poland, and the German Paediatric Society. His specialties include paediatric nephrology, salt and water regulation, metabolism, renal failure, dialysis, transplantation, and nephrotoxicity.
Jennifer Bryce is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for International Programs (IIP) of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her work focuses on large-scale evaluations of public health programs for children in low-income countries and on strategies for using evidence to improve public health policies and programs. She coordinated the Bellagio Study Group on Child Survival leading to the 2003 series on child survival published in The Lancet, contributed to subsequent Lancet series on health systems and maternal and child undernutrition, and is a founding member of the Countdown to 2015 for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health initiative. With other colleagues in IIP, she is currently engaged in evaluations of large-scale programs to achieve the health-related MDGs. She holds a doctorate in education from Columbia University, and has served previously as the evaluation specialist for the International Health Program Office of the CDC and the Department of Child and Adolescent Health of the WHO.
Dr. Robin Crewe is the President of the Academy of Science of South Africa and the Vice Principal of the University of Pretoria. He obtained degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg and received his Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Georgia. He was Director of Communication Biology Research Group of the University of the Witwatersrand for 10 years and Dean of Science Faculties at both the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria. He has been active in the development of professional registration of natural scientists and the promotion of a number of learned scientific societies, including the presidency of the Entomological Society of southern Africa. He is also the Director of the Unit of Advance Studies and the Social Insects Research Group (SIRG) at the University of Pretoria.
Professor Roseanne Diab is the Executive Officer of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and a Senior Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. Her research interests are broadly based in the Atmospheric Sciences, with particular interests in air pollution and air quality management and climate change. She serves on the Editorial Board of the South African Journal of Science, the Clean Air Journal, the South African Geographic Journal and Atmospheric Environment. She has served on a number of International Commissions including the Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (CACGP) and the International Ozone Commission (IOC). She is a fellow of the South African Geographical Society and of the University of Natal. Roseanne has a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia (USA).
Fru Fobuzshi ANGWAFO III is a full Professor of Urology at the University of Yaound' I, Faculty of medicine. He is currently serving the Ministry of Public Health of the Republic of Cameroon as the Secretary General (Permanent Secretary). He is also a member of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences. He served the Faculty of Medicine for six years as the Vice-Dean in charge of studies and student affairs and practices clinical urology at the Yaound' General Hospital. He brings to the conference years of experience as a doctor, teacher, educator, researcher in public health and an administrator. He is a member of many national, regional and international academic and professional bodies.
Professor Wendy Graham is Professor of Obstetric Epidemiology, and internationally renowned for her work on measuring maternal health outcomes and interventions. In 1987 she developed the Sisterhood Method for estimating maternal mortality - a method which continues today to provide the only source of information on levels of maternal mortality in many developing countries. She established the Dugald Baird Centre (DBC) and was the Director from its launch in 1995 until 2005. She is currently Principal Investigator of Immpact, a global research initiative for the evaluation of safe motherhood intervention strategies based at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. She has undertaken collaborative research in a large number of developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, and regularly provides technical support to a number of international and bilateral agencies.
Dr Monwabisi Bevan Goqwana is currently a Member of Parliament and Chairperson of the Health Portfolio Committee. He previously served on the Portfolio Committee of Agriculture and Rural Development, Portfolio Committee on Sports and Culture as well as the Portfolio Committee of Finance. He is the holder of MB.ChB and FCP (SA) from the University of Natal. Dr Goqwana has extensive experience working as a medical officer in Umtata General and Cecilia Makiwane Hospitals and also served as a Registrar- Internal Medicine at the King Edward Hospital in 1983 to 1984. He served as a Specialist Physician with focus in Internal medicine at the Livingstone Hospital in 1989 and in Mthatha General Hospital from 1990 to 1999. He was appointed as Medical Superintendent at the Mthatha General Hospital and a Member of Council in Eastern Cape Government in 1999. In 1999 to 2006, he became the Political Head of the Department of Health and Member of Executive Council (MEC) for health. His achievements during his tenure include, successful takeover of the management of Santa TB Hospitals; Transfer of management of Emergency Services from Local Government to Province; Rolling out of Rural allowance for health professionals which saw the province attracting about 50 doctors and retaining those that were in service; Drawing and implementing a policy to attract part time medical officers to alleviate shortage of doctors in Eastern Cape hospitals; Implementation of Emergency Air Ambulance service to rescue patients from areas inaccessible by road; Building and opening more than 400 new clinics; Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital, Madzikane Ka Zulu Hospital, and revitalization of several other hospitals.
Professor Mohamed Hassan is Executive Director of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), President of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and Chairman of the Honorary Presidential Advisory Council for S&T in Nigeria. After obtaining his DPhil at the University of Oxford in 1973, he returned to Sudan as professor and dean of the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Khartoum. Since 1986 he has been working in Trieste, first as executive secretary and then as executive director of TWAS. Hassan also serves as executive director of the Secretariat of the InterAcademy Panel on International Issues (IAP), also located in Trieste. He facilitated the transfer of the Secretariat of IAP from the UK Royal Society to Trieste in 2000 and the transfer of the secretariat of the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) from US_NAS to Trieste in 2004. He received the Comendator (1996), Grand Cross (2005), and National Order of Scientific Merit, Brazil; and Officer, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, 2003. Professor Hassan is affiliated with many academies and is fellow, TWAS, 1985; founding fellow, AAS, 1985; fellow, Islamic World Academy of Sciences, 1992; honorary member, Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, F'sicas y Naturales, 1996; corresponding member, Acad'mie Royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer, Belgium, 2001; foreign fellow, Pakistan Academy of Sciences, 2002; honorary member, Palestine Academy of Science and Technology, 2005; and founding member, Academy of Sciences of Lebanon, 2006. Hassan's research interests include plasma physics and environmental modelling of air pollution and soil erosion in drylands..
Dr. Patrick Kelley is the Director of the Board on Global Health of the Institute of Medicine and the Director of the Board on African Science Academy Development at the US National Academies. Dr. Kelley oversees a portfolio of expert consensus studies and convening activities on subjects including the evaluation of the US emergency plan for international AIDS relief (PEPFAR), methodological issues in the conduct of HIV prevention trials in developing countries, the evaluation of intermittent preventive therapy for malaria in infants, the need for retention of the variola virus, an enumeration of US public and private sector interests in global health, and the prevention, treatment, and palliation of cancer in low and middle income countries. Dr. Kelley served in the US Army for more than 23 years as a physician, residency director, epidemiologist, and program manager. Much of his work focused on disease control and disease control policy for the Department of Defense (DoD). He has lectured in over 20 countries and has more than 55 publications.
Kate Kerber, Africa Regional Specialist with Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children US, is a Canadian citizen based in South Africa. She provides country level support specifically in the area of the use of maternal, newborn and child health data for policy and decision making in the African region and advises Saving Newborn Lives' country programs in the region. In 2005-06 Kate co-led the Opportunities for Africa's Newborns publication and translations. Kate recently completed her master's degree in Public Health at the University of Cape Town.
Professor Barth'lemy is a full professor of Medical Demography and Preventive medicine at the University of Montreal where he is affiliated with the department of demography, the school of public health and the Research Center of the University of Montreal's Hospitals and Clinics. He is the founding-director of the PRONUSTIC research laboratory at the University of Montreal, the founding-president of the Caring for Education and Health Foundation (a non-profit organization based in Cameroon), and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences' CPOP.
Professor E.Yao Kwawukume is the Chairman of the West African College of Surgeons (obst & gynae) and also the Interim President of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist in Ghana. He was the former head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. He writes extensively in local and international journals on issues of maternal health and perinatal mortality and morbidity. He has a special column in a Ghanaian weekly paper in which he has contributed over 200 articles on issues affecting maternal health. He developed a special technique in performing Bloodless Myomectomy at Caesarean section and also a co-author in the developing the Medical Eligibility criteria (MEC) Wheel for the World Health Organization (WHO).
Joy Lawn is Director Evidence and Policy Advisor with the Gates funded Saving Newborn Lives programme of Save the Children-US. She is an African-born paediatrician and perinatal epidemiologist. She completed a medical degree and paediatric training in England, and then worked in several African countries, including Ghana for 4 years providing newborn care services and training. She shifted to public health whilst at the WHO Collaborating Center in Reproductive Health at the CDC Atlanta, USA (1998-2001), and then at the Institute of Child Health, London, UK (2001-2004) also completing a Masters of Public Health at Emory University, Atlanta. Joy co-leds the Neonatal Group in the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG), which developed the first systematic cause of death estimates for 4 million neonatal deaths each year, published in The Lancet Neonatal series and the World Health Report 2005. The CHERG Neonatal group is leading work for the Global Burden of Disease regarding stillbirths, neonatal deaths and morbidity. Joy is based in South Africa, working with governments and partners to integrate, scale up and evaluate newborn care, particularly in Africa including large scale effectiveness trials in 6 African countries. She recently co-led the team of 60 authors from 14 organizations working on the book 'Opportunities for Africa's Newborns'. She is also on the core group for Countdown to 2015.
Robert J. I. Leke is professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Yaounde I, Cameroon. He has been practicing for the past 38 years as a physician with 31 of these years as gynecologist/obstetrician. He has conducted consultancies for the World Bank, USAID, JHPIEGO, WHO, and Engender Health; and also published 85 articles and co-authored other publications. He is a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons.
Professor Dominic W. Makawiti is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) at Maseno University and Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Nairobi. He holds a BSc from the University of Nairobi (1979) and a PhD in Reproductive Biochemistry from King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London (1984). He previously held the positions of Dean, Faculty of Medicine (2004-2006), Associate Dean, Pre-Clinical Medicine (1996-2002), and Chairman, Department of Biochemistry (1992-2002), all at the University of Nairobi. He has held a number of appointments on professional and learned societies, among which are: President of the Federation of African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1996-2000), Chairman, International Council for Scientific Unions (ICSU) Regional Committee for Africa (from 2009 - present), and Treasurer, Kenya National Academy of Sciences (from 2000 - present). He has supervised more than 20 MSc and PhD theses and served as external examiner at several universities. His research interest is in the area of biochemical endocrinology in which he has published more than 40 peer reviewed articles. He is a Chartered Biologist (CBiol) and a member of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Biology (UK). He is a trained teacher and holds an S1 Teachers' Certificate from the Kenya Science Teachers' College, Nairobi. In recognition of his contributions to teaching, research and leadership, he was decorated with the Head of State Commendation (HSC) by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Kenya. Professor Makawiti is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Children of God Relief Institute (Nyumbani), Kenya.
Cheikh Mback', PhD, recently retired as Senior Advisor, Population Program, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to this, Dr. Mbacke was responsible for The Rockefeller Foundation's regional programs and key Foundation-wide administrative offices, specifically information technology, fellowships and special projects, library services, office services and program administration. Dr. Mback', a population scientist by training, began his career with the Foundation as a senior scientist for its Population Sciences division in 1992. He became the Foundation's representative for Africa in 1999 and director of Africa Programs and representative for eastern and southern Africa in 2000. In this position, he was responsible for developing and implementing the Foundation's new strategy for improving the lives and livelihoods of the poor and excluded people in Africa. In 2003 Dr. Mback' was the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation's Outstanding Achievement Award for his excellent leadership and management of the Nairobi Office. Dr. Mback' joined the Foundation after spending six years as a researcher and head of the training division of the Center for Applied Studies and Research on Population and Development at the Sahel Institute in Bamako, Mali. Prior to that, he was both researcher and statistician, working on projects such as the first Senegalese census and on a pilot survey in a nomadic area in Mauritania in preparation for the first Mauritanian census. Dr. Mback' has a bachelor's degree in statistics from the Institut National de la Statistique et des 'tudes 'conomiques in Paris, France, a master's degree in demography from the Institut de Formation et de Recherche D'mographique in Yaound', Cameroon, West Africa, and a doctoral degree in demography from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has several publications and is a member of several professional associations. Dr. Mback' was raised in Nioro, a town in Senegal, West Africa, about 25 kilometers north of the Gambian border. He grew up learning English, French and his native tongue, Wolof.
Dr. Mugambi is Founding Member and President of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS). He is also the Acting Vice Chancellor of Nkumba, University. He has served extensively in academia as one of Africa's foremost mathematicians. He has made significant contributions to the formulation of national science and technology policy frameworks, the most recent being the National ICT Policy Framework He also served as the overall coordinator of all projects in Uganda under the Norwegian Universities' Committee for Development Research and Education (NUFU) program. He is actively involved in the East African education sector, sits on a number of boards, and belongs professionally to a number of organizations, including the American Mathematical Society, Biometric Society, and the Uganda Mathematical Society. He holds a BSc., MSc and PhD in Mathematics and he is the First Professor of Mathematics in East Africa.
Francis Kwesi Nkrumah, M.D, (Berlin) M.P.H. (Harvard), Emeritus Professor and Former Director Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana. Prior to that was Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Ghana Medical School and Faculty of Medicine, University of Zimbabwe. He has served as advisor and expert to many scientific and international health groups. His current interests are health research and development, tropical endemic disease and vaccine preventable diseases.
Hon Charles Ngabirano is a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Uganda, where he is the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology and Natural Resources; a member of the Natural Resources Committee; a member of the Parliamentary Climate Change Forum and the Publicity Secretary of the MDGs Forum in Parliament. Prior to joining Parliament he worked and gained a lot of field experience in rural water supply technologies of gravity flow systems, spring protection, rain water harvesting systems, water catchment areas conservation and sanitation systems (hardware and software). He has vast experience in emergency water and sanitation interventions and has been a member of the national, regional (East Africa) and international emergency response teams in water and sanitation under the auspices of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. He has also done a lot of social development work aimed at poverty alleviation among the rural people, including spearheading a household based rain water supply system in highland areas of his home district of Mbarara where he was a Councilor and Chairman of Works and Technical services for 8 years. Hon Ngabirano has a Bachelors Degree in Development Studies, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management and a Diploma in Civil Engineering and Construction.
Dr. Oye Ibidapo Obe is President, Nigerian Academy of Sciences. He served as Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos and other prominent positions in Nigeria and Africa. He has published extensively in reputable international journals with some 60 papers after his appointment as professor. The focus of his research is on Control and Information Systems in a Stochastic Environment. He serves as an International Scholar-in-Residence at The Pennsylvania State University and a Visiting Research Professor at Texas Southern University. Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe was conferred with the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Science and Academy of Engineering, Nigerian Computer Society and Mathematical Association of Nigeria and a recipient of the ICOBA Merit Award .He was conferred with the national honor as Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) by the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Hon. Patrick Amuriat Oboi is a Member of Parliament in Uganda with the Forum for Democratic Change for the Kumi County - Kumi District. He specializes in science innovation and technology, human rights advocacy, and conflict resolution. As a member of The Committee on Science and Technology, Hon. Amuriat overviews the strategic plans concerning science and technology for national development. He is also a member of The Committee on Physical Infrastructure with previous experience as the Technical Advisor to Care International, the District Executive Engineer for Kumi District, and the Technical Manager for Godom Builders. Hon. Amuriat obtained a BSC in engineering and a diploma in education from Makerere University in Uganda.
Professor Akin Osibogun is the Chief Medical Director of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and the former head of the Department of Community Health at the University of Lagos in Nigeria. He received his medical training at University of Lagos and post graduate training in Public Health at Columbia University in New York. His residency resided in the National Post Graduate College and the West African College of Physicians. Professor Osibogun was a visiting Fellow in Epidemiology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom and received training at the School of Public Health, University of Zagreb, Croatia.
Dr. Fred Sai, is an internationally recognized gender and reproductive health advocate and until recently was Advisor to the government of Ghana on Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS issues. He is also a family health physician, former president of International Planned Parenthood Foundation; and former Senior Population Advisor of the World Bank among many other positions held in and out of Ghana. He is a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and also a past president. Fred Sai has received many awards and honors for his work in population, reproductive health and nutrition. Some of these awards include the UN Population Award (1993); the Price Mahidol of Thailand Prize; and honorary doctorate degrees from Tufts University, USA, and the University of Ghana, Legon. In recognition of his work in promoting women's health and rights, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists conferred him as an Honorary Fellow. He received his MBBS from University of Edinbugh, and MPH from Harvard University. Professor Sai is well published; and his most recent publication focuses on the ethical issues in the Sexual and Reproductive Health field. His recent publications include 'Adam and Eve and the Serpent ', which highlights the inequalities and difficulties facing African Women; and 'Fred Sai Speaks Out', which is a collection of essays on his views of the reproductive health field. This collection of essays includes a letter to the late Pope asking for a reconsideration of the Vatican's anti-contraception and family planning stand. In 2006, he was awarded one of the Nation's highest honors, Member of the Star of Ghana.
Prof. Dr. Jutta Schnitzer-Ungefug is a neurobiologist and a Professor Extraordinaire at the Charit' in Berlin. She is secretary general of Leopoldina and manages the Academy Group, a joint project of the German Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina and the German Academy of Science and Engineering acatech.
Dr. Sally Stansfield is the Executive Director of the Health Metrics Network (HMN), a global partnership founded to improve the supply and use of information to improve decision making for health in developing countries. For HMN's global network and for its host, the WHO, Dr. Stansfield manages the technical and financial contributions of HMN partners to accelerate reform of health information systems for improved health outcomes. Prior to 2006, Dr. Stansfield was the Associate Director for Global Health Strategies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She draws upon more than 30 years of clinical and public health practice, experience in research agencies, universities, governments, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral agencies. She has designed and managed programs for the CDC, USAID and IDRC and has advised numerous governments.
Dr. James Tibenderana is a medical doctor trained as an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Currently, he is working for the Malaria Consortium in Uganda to support the Ministry of Health with the change of anti-malarial treatment policy, to implement interventions that focus on the health systems and that aim to reduce the mortality of severe malaria, to establish a research centre for malaria in Uganda that aims to provide the evidence needed for effective implementation of malaria control interventions, and to help the private sector to provide affordable and accessible ACTs. In addition, Dr. Tibenderana is involved in conducting operational research on communicable diseases within a DFID research programme consortium in partnership with the Nuffield Institute at the University of Leeds. He is an honorary lecturer with the Disease Control and Vector Biology Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Nana A. Y. Twum-Danso is currently the Director of Project Fives Alive!, a partnership between the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Catholic Health Service of Ghana to accelerate the achievement of Millennium Development Goal 4 in Ghana through the application of quality improvement methods. Prior to joining IHI, Dr. Twum-Danso worked with the Task Force for Global Health, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on the control of various parasitic diseases in Africa. She has more than 10 years of experience in public health program planning, management, policy development, monitoring and research and has expertise in quality improvement in health, health systems strengthening, community-based healthcare delivery, health promotion, emergency preparedness, and road traffic safety. Dr. Twum-Danso holds a bachelor's degree in Biochemical Sciences and a medical degree, both from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She received specialty training in preventive medicine and public health from Emory University in Atlanta.
Professor Wasunna is Associate Professor of Neonatal Medicine and Paediatrics at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Prior to this position, he was the Head of Department of Paediatrics and Child Health. Before coming to the University of Nairobi, he was a Research fellow/Registrar in Neonatal Medicine, Royal Postgraduate Medical School at the University of London. Prof. Wasunna qualified as a paediatrician from the University of Nairobi in 1984.
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