Prof. Miriam Khamadi Were is a Kenyan medical doctor, public health specialist, teacher and publisher. She is a member of the Champions for HIV-Free Generation that mostly consists of former African Heads of State. She has been Chancellor of Moi University, Chairman of Kenya’s National AIDS Control Council and Chairman of the Board of African Medical and Research Foundation. She graduated as a Medical Doctor from the University of Nairobi and holds both the Masters (MPH) and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degrees from Johns Hopkins University. Prof. Were worked in the Kenyan Ministry of Health, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Nairobi, UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA. The focus of her work and research has been on establishing and promoting community health. Prof. Were has received multiple honors and awards including Kenya’s Elder of the Burning Spear, the Queen Elizabeth II Gold Medal in Public Health and Knight in the French National Order of the Légion d’Honneur. She is the first Laureate of the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Services by Japan.
Diana Nambatya Nsubuga
Prof. Diana Nambatya is a Ugandan public health specialist with nearly 15 years of experience in RMNCH and health systems strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa. She worked at the Regional Economic Communities of the African Union and coordinated the Eastern Africa Reproductive Health Network. Prof. Nambatya was also part of the team at Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office that reinvigorated the Western Africa Reproductive Health Network (WARHN) and Southern Africa Reproductive Health Network (SARHN). Prior to joining Living Goods as Uganda’s Deputy Country Director, she worked at Global Health Corps as a Country Manager. Prof. Nambatya holds a PhD in Public Health and has won a number of leadership awards including the 2017 Women Champion Award, 2016 American Express Ngen Leadership Award, and 2015 Urban Farmer Award. She has served as an Honorary Associate Professor at Makerere University as part of her community service. Prof. Nambatya is passionate about advancing primary health care towards Universal Health Coverage at the national, regional, and global levels. She is currently a member of the WHO/UHC Social Protection Network.
Crystal Lander is a senior public health professional who launched the advocacy and global policy portfolios for two global non-governmental organizations. As the Director of Advocacy for Living Goods, she manages engagement on global health policy to drive the organization’s vision for lasting and systemic impact that will enable every family to access quality health care in the community in which they live. Prior to Living Goods, Ms. Lander led the advocacy unit at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) for more than seven years. Ms. Lander is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Economics and a Master of Public Health from Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a degree in International Health Policy.
Innocent Grant is a 22-year-old Tanzanian youth leader, trainer, public speaker and a clinician with special competence in managing digital media for reproductive health promotion, with proven experience in founding and managing a project called “Contraceptive Conversation”. Innocent also created and currently running a project called “Her story is my story” so as to promote the youth needs on contraception and sexual health in Tanzania. He is a former International Citizen Service Volunteers with Voluntary Service Overseas in Tanzania. Later, Innocent assisted SH:24 (Sexual health 24 hours) in designing the new digital tool for reproductive health information in Nairobi. He has been a youth speaker at two major global conferences, the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda, and the 2019 Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Dr. Elizabeth Wala is the current program director health systems strengthening with Amref Health Africa in Kenya. She has more than 15 years’ experience spanning fields of health systems strengthening for universal health coverage, health care policy development, pharmaceutical medicine and clinical research. She is known and respected for program refinements and building credibility and partnerships across cultures and with leading national and international private, public, and non-profit health sector stakeholders. Dr. Wala has participated in the development of key national and international policies and guidelines across many African countries. She serves as vice-chair for the Kenya Healthcare Federation and co-chair of SDGs Kenya Forum. She has also served as organization representative at national and international forums, conferences, technical working groups, and advisory boards. She was part of Business Daily’s Top 40 Under 40 Women in 2016, and was a 2017 nominee of the Upcoming Human Rights Defender of the Year Award. Dr. Wala received a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Nairobi, a Master of Science in Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Certificate in Economic Evaluation of Global Health at the University of Washington.