Andrew Nerlinger is a physician, venture capital investor, and social impact innovator. He is the Co-founder of PandemicTech, an Austin-based virtual technology incubator launched in 2016 that supports health security innovators on the front lines of fighting pandemic infectious disease threats. He is also a Venture Partner at Bill Wood Ventures, an Austin-based family office that invests in early stage technology companies, and is the co-founder and Managing Director of Endura Ventures, an Austin-based management consultancy. He is a graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine and the University of Notre Dame. Andrew is the keynote speaker of the 2021 hackathon.
Cyan is a medical doctor with a passion for helping build healthier, more inclusive and more sustainable communities. She is currently doing a Master’s in public health with a global health specialization through King's College London. Cyan is a senior Atlantic Fellow For Health Equity at Tekano, South Africa, where her work focuses on the broader landscape connecting health and social justice. She is an advocate of sustainable development and is focused on the power of innovation and technology to make healthcare more accessible and equitable. Cyan is a panel speaker at the 2021 hackathon.
Dr. Elliot Koranteng Tannor is a Senior Lecturer of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Senior Specialist Physician and Consultant Nephrologist at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. He is the Founder and Director of Kidney Health International, Chairman of the Young Nephrologists Committee, of the African Association of Nephrology, Senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity with the George Washington University. He is a researcher, an author and a kidney health Advocate. He is currently selected into the Emerging Leaders Program of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and part of ISN Education committee and Social Media Team. Elliot is a panel speaker at the 2021 hackathon.
Estelle Mbadiwe is the founding partner of Ducit Blue Solutions, a health consultancy founded with the objective of enhancing quality service delivery and patient safety, using improvement science. She is a Pharmacist, with an MPharm from the London School of Pharmacy and MSc in Health policy, planning and financing, from the London School of Economics and the London School of hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her career spans across public and private healthcare facilities (UK and Nigeria), policy development and government appointment. She’s interested in Pan-African capacity empowerment, including through the use of data for health and a youth productivity strategy.
Carl Manlan works at the intersection of public, private and civil society sectors. Through his professional career he contributed to the development of health financing through multilateral organisations. As a Mo Ibrahim Fellow at the Economic Commission for Africa, he focused on industrial and agricultural policies designed to accelerate the transformation of the African continent. He, subsequently, led a public-private initiative to support an African response to Ebola in West Africa. He was the Chief Operating Officer of the Ecobank Foundation from 2016 to 2021 responsible for Ecobank’s social impact engagement with the communities in which the bank operates in Africa. Carl Manlan is a Senior New Voices Fellow at Aspen Institute. He writes on African economic transformation.
Tolu is an award winning, International trained, dual qualified, experienced and passionate healthcare professional working hard to drastically reduce Nigeria’s maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity rates by 2025. An accomplished senior midwife and nurse with over 15 years clinical and management experience, Tolu is currently studying Perinatal Mental Health (Master of Science) with the aim of creating solutions to support mothers holistically. Tolu founded ‘Tolu the Midwife Healthcare Solutions’ and ‘The Maternity Hub Nigeria’ to educate, inform, empower and support expectant parents as they transition to parenthood through childbirth classes, birthing support and advocacy and a maternity helpline for mums and dads. Tolu truly believes using a consistent health education approach, raising awareness of health deviations from the norm, empowering communities to take responsibility for their health while mapping out a clear pathway to access health services, our health outcomes will certainly improve to Save a mother, Save a baby, Save a community.
Dr. Stellah Bosire is a medical doctor by training and is currently the Co-Executive Director of the UHAI – East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative. She recently was appointed Board Member of FCAA a leading voice on philanthropic resources allocated to the global AIDS epidemic. We provide funders with the data necessary to make informed decisions on HIV/AIDS funding. Stellah has also been appointed to serve in the Global Advisory Committee on Racial Diversity in and Global Initiatives hosted by Matahari Global Solution. She was CEO of the Kenya Medical Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Medicine and Surgery, a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management, and a Master of Science in Global Health Policy and is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Law(Hons) at The University of Nairobi. Her latest significant positions include Chairman of the National Gay, Lesbian Human Rights Commission of Kenya, Vice-Chairman of the HIV/AIDS Tribunal of Kenya, and she serves on the Board of Trustees for Carolina for Kibera.
Dr Chibi works for the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, as the Regional Innovation Adviser. His main role is coordinating implementation of the Transformation Agenda, whose objective is to accelerate the implementation of WHO reforms within the African Region. He is the brains behind the first WHO Innovation Challenge that was successfully launched in October 2018, which in just 4 weeks attracted over 2500 applications from innovators from the African continent and abroad. He is also serving as a chair of the Regional UN Interagency technical experts on leveraging emerging technologies and digital transformation for inclusive growth and development in Africa. Before moving to the Regional Office, he worked as Technical Officer in WHO based in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was part of the team coordinating the implementation of the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation Management and Intellectual Property. He holds an Executive MBA in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship from Switzerland. He has a PhD in Medical Biotechnology from Cape Town, South Africa. He has more than 15 years’ experience in research, development and innovation in the health sector.
Aloysius is a global health leader with over six years experience in all aspects of local, state, and federal public health advocacy and policy reviews. He is experienced in development programming and its application in social and economic analysis, gender mainstreaming, achievement of the global agendas, poverty reduction and sustainable human development especially for women, children, and youth. In a few years, Aloysius has accumulated knowledge and skills through sustained advocacy efforts, partnerships, evidence generation and work in community mobilization. He has worked under the DFID, Gates Foundation and USAID funded projects and understands their dynamics in programming and reporting processes.
Dara Ajala-Damisa is Programme Manager at Nigeria Health Watch, a health communications and advocacy non-profit organisation based in Abuja, Nigeria. She is a microbiologist, public health and as well as communications professional. Dara is a member of Nigeria Health Watch’s editorial team, a team that oversees the publishing of four articles weekly. Here she writes and edits several thought leadership and solutions-oriented stories to provide Nigerians the tools they need to make informed decisions about their health.
Umeh Chukwunonso is a public health specialist and public health supply chain expert with both Bachelors and Masters’ Degree in Public health. He wields profound skills on health system strengthening and capacity building of health personnel on proper management of health commodities across HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis control, maternal & child health, control of vaccine preventable diseases and other communicable diseases. Over the past 11 years, he has been actively involved in strengthening health commodity supply chain system in Nigeria via projects and researches while consulting to Federal Ministry of Health (Nigeria); National Primary Health Care Development Agency; United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS); Johns Hopkins University’s International Vaccine Access Centre (JHU/IVAC); and The Global Fund, respectively. He will be serving as a mentor in the 2021 hackathon.
Bester Mulauzi is the Country Director for Save the Children Tanzania Country Office. Bester is an experienced humanitarian and development professional with over 16 years of project management and leadership experience in the aid sector in Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Tanzania. From Ebola recovery programing in West Africa to conflict induced emergency response in South Sudan; Bester has led multinational and multidisciplinary teams in delivering lifesaving and life sustaining interventions to affected populations. Bester is passionate about exploiting technology for enhanced service delivery in development and humanitarian programs in low resource settings.
Chioma Nwakanma is a Public health physician and healthcare content creator. She is a TEDx public speaker with years of experience in health communications and tech. She is an alumni of the YALI RLC West Africa, with certification in “Leadership and Management in Healthcare”, from the University of Washington. She is the SGS Geneva ambassador for UNDP, and a digital influencer for the International Centre for Journalism Knights Fellows. She is highly recognized for her outstanding contributions to healthcare promotion and digitalization via her NGO, SMILE WITH ME Foundation, and her Health blog “Medically speaking with Dr Zobo”. Amongst many, she is a 2021 recipient of the Royal African Awards, a 2020 Future Awards Africa Nominee for health and wellness, and listed 100 most inspiring and powerful women in Nigeria- by Leading Ladies Africa and Power woman Africa. Chioma is committed to influencing data driven health policies and innovation, especially around sexual & reproductive health and rights in Nigeria, via advocacy and research.
She works directly with foreign direct investment agencies, government agencies, chambers of commerce in the US and beyond with proven success in building dozens of public private partnerships and generating over $6 million USD in funding for academic institutions, startups and for-profit fortune 500 companies in global health innovation. Sarah earned her bachelors of journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and still works closely with University partners through the Texas Global Health Security Innovation Consortium, an arm of the University of Texas Austin Technology Incubator (ATI). She completed her Masters of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center’s School of Public Health in Houston and co-founded the Student Society for Global Health while focusing on management and policy.
Asher Adeniyi leads the Eazipay team. Eazipay makes payroll easier for both businesses and staff. My passion is to build great products that solve Africa/Africans' problems and to support my community to become a most desirable place to live in and be happy. We currently serve both private & public institutions Asher is part of the 2017 cohort of Mandela Washington Fellowship (Business and Entrepreneurship track at Drake University, Iowa). The fellowship is a United States Department of State Exchange Program for young African leaders.
Beti Baiye is Project Manager and Editor at Nigeria Health Watch (a public health advocacy organisation based in Abuja). She is a public health and communications professional with core expertise in managing projects, health communications and creative, evidence-based writing and research. She has participated in several research consultancies and is a member of Nigeria Health Watch’s editorial team. Beti has worked as a freelance writer and editor for over five years and during this time her work has been published in the anthology, ‘The Different Shades of a Feminine Mind’ and on Bellanaija, an online lifestyle blog. She a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, UK.
Akachukwu is the Founder and Principal Partner at Change Partners International, an energy, environment, climate change and sustainability consultancy firm that specializes in providing sector policy analysis, policy reform support, market intelligence services, broad stakeholder engagement and facilitating public private partnerships in the African market. He is a member, Technical Advisory Committee on Green Economy at the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC) and also the Nigeria National Focal Point, Transport and Climate Change Global Status Report (TCC-GSR) of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon and Transport (SLoCaT). Akachukwu is a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow (Public Management, University of Maine, a United States Department of State Fellowship) and holds a Master of Science in Energy Policy for Sustainability from Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, United Kingdom. He is an Associate Member, Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria and received United Nations specialized leadership trainings at New York and Geneva.
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Health Meets Tech Partners’ Corner
Our 2021 Health Meets Tech PanAfrican Virtual Hackathon is supported by the partners listed below. This Partners’ Corner showcases the exceptional work being done by our partners to improve health and wellbeing globally.
Marie Stopes Nigeria
Riders for Health Nigeria
TY Danjuma Foundation
Save the Children Tanzania
Nigeria Health Watch