The Speakers List

1.Dr. Githinji Gitahi

He is the Group Chief Executive Director of Amref Health Africa. A passionate advocate for pro-poor Universal Health Coverage, Githinji Gitahi joined Amref Health Africa as the Global Chief Executive Officer in June 2015. Amref Health Africa, founded in 1957, is the largest African-led international organization on the continent and reaches more than 11million people each year through 150 health-focused projects across 35 countries.
Until his appointment to Amref Health Africa, Dr Gitahi was the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, Smile Train International. Prior to that, Dr Gitahi was Managing Director for Monitor Publications in Uganda as well as General Manager for Marketing and Circulation in East Africa for the Nation Media Group. He held progressively senior positions at GlaxoSmithKline and worked at the Avenue Group and in the insurance industry.
Dr Gitahi is Co-Chair of the UHC2030 Steering Committee, a global World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO) initiative for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). He is member of the Board of Directors of The Standard Group and was recently appointed by the Africa Union as a member of the Governing Board of the Africa Centre’s for Disease Control and prevention (Africa CDC). Dr Gitahi Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine from the University of Nairobi; a Master’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing, from United States International University and has a Certificate for Strategic Perspectives for Nonprofit Management from Harvard University. On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Dr Githinji received a presidential commendation, ‘Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear’ (MBS) in recognition of outstanding contribution to the health sector in his continuing work at the helm of Amref Health Africa.

2. Dr. Rudolf Eggers

• Dr Rudolf (“Rudi”) Eggers is the World Health Organization Representative to Kenya since 1st September 2016.
• Dr Eggers is a public health physician from South Africa, where he obtained his medical degree and post-graduate specialization in public health, epidemiology, disease control and health administration and financing from the University of Pretoria. In addition, he has postgraduate diplomas in health administration and financing and in occupational health.
• Before his appointment as WHO Representative Kenya, he was the WHO team leader for routine immunization and immunization systems strengthening in WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland for eleven years, where he developed the global strategies for routine immunization, and actively participated in the global immunization partnerships focused on immunization system strengthening, including the Global Vaccine Action Plan development and Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi). Previously he worked East Africa as WHO Intercountry Coordinator for Immunization for six years, providing technical support to East African countries in all aspects of the immunization and disease surveillance programmes, including the support to routine immunization programme management and capacity building, mass vaccination campaigns, introductions of new vaccines and the establishment and maintenance of programme monitoring and disease surveillance systems. Before joining WHO in 1999, he was national immunization programme manager in South Africa, and worked as medical epidemiologist in the national Department of Health in South Africa.
• While his initial interest focused on immunization programme management and epidemiology, his experience in WHO at global level expanded this interest into the strengthening and maintenance of health systems as the foundation of the delivery of health services and the attainment of universal health coverage. In this, he is convinced that the leadership of national governments is paramount to success and that there are few investments more worthwhile than investing in the health of a nation.

3. Dr. Sultani Matendechero

Dr. Sultani Hadley Matendechero holds a Masters’ Degree in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Nairobi. He took up the role of program pharmacist at the national Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Program in 2014 and rapidly rose through the ranks to become the Head, Division of Vector Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases (DVBNTD) in early 2019. He is a member of the National Executive Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK), the External Advisory Group of the global Scientific Research Partnership for Neglected Tropical Snakebite (SRPNTS), the global Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis (STH) Advisory Committee, the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA) and the STH coalition. He chairs the Leishmaniasis East Africa Platform (LEAP) Advisory Committee and is a board member of the Kenya Red Cross Society. His goal is to lead the elimination of at least five Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Kenya by 2025.

4. Prof. Gilbert Kokwaro

Prof. Gilbert Onyango Kokwaro is a Professor of Health Systems Research, Strathmore University, teaching MBA (Healthcare Management);Health Leadership and Governance; Pharmaceutical Commodity Supply Chain Management; Hospital Management; Freight and Logistics
His undergraduate and postgraduate Pharmacy degrees are from the University of Nairobi, PhD, University of Wales and Post-doctoral fellow University of Liverpool. He is a Professor of Pharmaceutics, University of Nairobi teaching Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacology.
He is Chair on the panel on development of a UHC Benefits Package for Kenya (June 2018-2020).
He is also the Founder Director, Consortium for National Health Research ( and is Chair, Expert Committee on Clinical Trials, Ministry of Health, Kenya.
He is passionate about research in health with special interests in Malaria, HIV and AIDS and Non Communicable Diseases.

5. Ms. Benda Kithaka
She is a Women’s Health Advocate.A Co-founder of Women 4 Cancer Early Detection and Treatment, a Kenyan NGO focused on cervical cancer elimination since 2012. Benda sits on various global, regional and local Technical Working Groups in an advocacy and advisory role.
She is Co-chair on the STOP Cervical Cancer Technical Working Group & a member of the NVIP Advocacy, Communications & Social Mobilisation TWG at Ministry of Health in Kenya.She has received various awards including the IGCS Distinguished Advocacy 2019 and Cancer Ambassador of the Year 2016.
A published author who drafted the Africa Advocacy for Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control in Africa toolkit for the WHO Africa Regional Office.
She is a Speaker & Trainer in Advocacy, Strategic Management and Purposeful Leadership.
She is Married for over 20 Years. Mother of 3. And conscious that she’s a blessed Child of God.

6. Mr. Daniel Otele

Otobo Daniel Otele is a Level 5 Medical Student at Bingham University, Nigeria.
He is an astute advocate of Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights (SRHR). He has supported and developed several projects and plans to educate Teenagers and young adults on Sexual education and Contraception. He has partnered with various Organizations to promote this agenda such as Ipas-Nigeria and DKT Health International.
He was on the workshop team that discussed and developed measures to eradicate Cervical cancer in Nigeria at SOGON2019.
He has attended and Spoken at various Conferences and workshops, building up knowledge and developing skills and ideas to improve the health system and promote Preventive medicine.
He is a Public Health enthusiast and an astute researcher in Obstetrics, Tuberculosis and infectious diseases, including STIs,and has presented some of his papers at international conferences.
He is a Mentee of Stop TB Partnership Kenya and Nigeria and headed the first Students work force against Tuberculosis at the National Tuberculosis Conference 2019
Mr. Otobo Founded and Directed the First Nigerian Health Students’ Summit (NHESS) in 2019 and Co-Founded the One-Health Virtual Summit (an online one health webinar). He founded BINCISION (an emergency medicine and safe surgical based initiative). He is an executive member of Incision-Nigeria, YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative) and recently just got accepted into the Students-Build Fellowship Program.

7. Sen. Sylvia Kasanga

Sylvia Kasanga is a practicing Architect & Arbitrator. She holds an Undergraduate Degree in Architecture from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT) and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from United States International University – Africa (USIU-A).
She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators both in United Kingdom (UK) and Kenya, vibrantly serving in the Kenyan Branch Committee as a RIBA Chartered Architect. She has been in the construction industry for sixteen years, and is the Founder and Managing Director of Sycum Solutions Company Ltd, an Architectural firm based in Nairobi. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Lukenya Group of Schools and is a Trustee for the Lukenya University in Makueni County.
Currently, Sylvia is a Member of the 12th Parliament of Kenya in the capacity of Senator. Duly, she serves as a Member in the Parliamentary Committees on “Land, Environment and National Resources”, “Powers & Privileges” as well as the “Road and Transport”. Internationally, she represents Kenya in the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) under the Forum of Parliaments.
As a legislator, she aspires to utilize her professional passion and expertise on; Affordable Housing, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Health and Education matters, to advocate for formulation of SMART policies, regulations & laws on these areas. Duly, she has sponsored two bills in Parliament; The Mental Health Bill 2018, and The Alternative Dispute Resolutions Bill 2019. In overall, on this national stage, she has pro-actively sponsored eight motions, four statements and the two Bills.

8. Dr. Eda J.B Tatu

Dr Eda Beauttah is a Medical Doctor who specialized in Ophthalmology in 1997. She is also a Counseling Medical Doctor in 1997; She holds several certificates including Traumacounseling, Childhood Trauma, Crisis PregnancyCounseling and Post Abortive Healing. She is also a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach with Goal International. She has been trained by NACADA (National Authority for the CampaignAgainst Drug Abuse) in Addiction Counselling.
Dr Eda has a passion for Mental Health issues, with a particular interest in raising public awareness about the same. She is committed to reducing the stigma of Mental Illness, as well as the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of survivors. She is an ardent Pro-Life and Pro-Family Activist who believes in promoting healthy Family Values and Effective Parenting to prevent Childhood Trauma, the effects of which are a major unaddressed Public Health and Social issue. She has a passion mentoring the Youth and assisting them to develop Life Skills, helping them to become the best version of themselves, to create a better future for Humanity.

9. Prof. David Ndetei
David M. Ndetei: MB.Ch.B., DPM, MRC.Psych., FRCPsych., M.D., DSc. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and the founder and Director of the Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation (AMHRTF) – a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to research for evidence-based policy and practice in mental health, and promotion of neurological health and healthy behaviour. His passion is research to generate evidence for policy and best practice in the provision of affordable, appropriate, available and accessible mental health services for all.
In addition, he has 344 publications on various aspects of mental health and authored 6 books and 21 monographs (the list is available to the public on AMHRTF website). He is finalizing the editing of his latest book ” African Text Book of Psychiatry and Mental Health: Integrated Clinical and Public Health Approaches”, which brings together multidisciplinary contributors from Africa and beyond. It has just about 150 contributors drawn globally but mainly from Africa. He is a member of various professional bodies and honorary official of various academic Institutions and Associations across the globe.

10. Dr. Ouma Oluga

11. Dr. Ameet Aggarwal

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