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. His passion and career is committed to international development that is geared to implement sustainable innovative home-grown solutions to address health challenges in Africa. 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.