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2017 CONFERENCE

OUR SPEAKERS

  1. Dr. Farouk Jega
  2. Harriet Blest
  3. Dr. Olaokun Soyinka
  4. Dr. Nthabiseng Legoete
  5. Ezinne Anyanwu
  6. Dr. Cheluchi Onyemelukwe
  7. Peter Bamkole
  8. Michelle Akande
  9. Bond Emeruwa
  10. Dr. Ike Nwachukwu
  11. Dr. Omokhudu Idogho
  12. Obinnia Abajue

Dr. Farouk Jega
Country Representative for Nigeria and Ghana, Pathfinder International
Dr. Farouk Jega is the Country Representative for Nigeria and Ghana at Pathfinder International. He oversees technical and administrative aspects of a multi-million-dollar portfolio of projects in Maternal Health, Family Planning, HIV/AIDS and Advocacy in the two countries. Dr Jega is a public health physician with 15 years’ progressive experience in programme management and evaluation. Dr Jega has considerable knowledge of the Nigerian Public Health and Primary Health Care system. He has a Master’s degree in Community Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK. He also has experience in evaluating donor-funded projects, including the Chiranjeevi scheme in Gujarat, India and several other projects in Nigeria, such as the CIDA Emergency Obstetric Care Project, United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) 5th Country Program and the Gates’ funded Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) Project. .
Harriet Blest
Country Manager, Human Network International
Harriet Blest is the Country Manager for Human Network International, an ICT4D organisation that provides organizations and individuals with the opportunity to use ICT in innovative, productive, and sustainable ways. Prior to joining HNI, Harriet worked on the Fund Development team at the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) capacity building NGO based out of Calgary, Canada. Before moving to Canada, Harriet managed East Africa for a biotech company that developed the world’s first smartphone-based point-of-care integrated mobile diagnosis and decision support system. Harriet has also spent time in Ghana conducting HIV research. Before moving into International Development, Harriet worked in both the public and private health sectors in the UK. Harriet joined HNI at the end of 2015 to further the organization’s growth in Nigeria. She holds a BSc in Human Sciences from University College, London.
Dr. Olaokun Soyinka
Project Director, Independent Verification Agent for the Saving One Million Lives Programme
Dr. Olaokun Soyinka is the Project Director for the Independent Verification Agent for the Saving One Million Lives Programme. He was the Commissioner for Health, Ogun State from 2011-2015 where he gained extensive experience in Healthcare Finance, Health Insurance and Healthcare Policy Implementation. He is medical doctor with experience in Public Health, Primary Health Care, Cardiology, General Practice and healthcare communications. In 2008, he was appointed to the post of Health Promotion Officer at the WHO country office where he served for three years before leaving for Ogun State. He is a passionate advocate for Universal Health Coverage and has a special interest in the role of Telemedicine and e-health in healthcare delivery. Dr Soyinka graduated from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical school in London, he trained as a GP and developed a special interest in Cardiology. His interest in this field led to his founding of the British Journal of Cardiology. Dr Soyinka is married with children and some pets; he also plays golf and the guitar – Neither as well as he would like.
Dr. Nthabiseng Legoete
Founder, Quali Health
Dr. Nthabiseng Legoete is the founder of Quali Health an organization that provides affordable high-quality healthcare services to the disenfranchised communities of South Africa. She is a medical practitioner who is passionate about improving access to primary healthcare. She has a vision that if realised, will make quality primary healthcare affordable for all global citizens in emerging markets. Dr Legoete completed her MBA through the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). Her research topic entitled, “Factors that influence the non-urgent use of emergency departments in the South African private healthcare sector” sought to aid in the development of divergent strategies for these patients. She has spent the last 10 years navigating the private health sector, first as a medical advisor and product manager in the pharmaceutical division of Roche products, then as a partner in a medical practice that manages three emergency units in South Africa where she served as the clinical director. Dr g also has experience in the sub-acute environment and sees this as another opportunity to curb exorbitant and often unnecessary private healthcare costs.
Ezinne Anyanwu
MD/CEO, Efferent Services Limited
Ezinne Anyanwu founded Efferent Services Limited in 2014 to bridge the technology gap that exists in healthcare in emerging economies. During her time as Chief Executive Officer, Efferent has grown to be recognized as the preferred health IT service provider in the region with clients in both public and private healthcare sector. Anyanwu’s mission and passion as a social entrepreneur is to address gaps in health care in Africa by introducing health technologies that can leverage innovation and user experience to leapfrog healthcare delivery, increase accessibility, improve quality and positive outcomes. “We believe that building healthy ecosystems through our various human-centered solutions is the key to unlocking value in healthcare.” – Anyanwu. Since launching in Lagos, Nigeria in the Fall of 2015, Anyanwu and her team of health IT experts have successfully introduced seven new innovative technologies including a revolutionary teleradiology solution which leverages low connectivity to address accessibility and transmission issues in the region. Efferent provides end-to-end health technology services to clients in the region ranging from advisory, technology services and products. Some of her projects includes engaging various healthcare executive leadership and project management teams to develop and implement clinical information systems and workflows based on best practice methodologies and overseeing the technology and workflow adoption lifecycle process.
Peter Bamkole
Director, Enterprise Development Centre, Pan-Atlantic University
Peter Bamkole pioneered the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan-Atlantic University in January 2003, a model which has been replicated in four African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania & Rwanda). As the Director of the Centre, he is responsible for the overall program development, capacity building and support services to entrepreneurs. Trained as a Mechanical Engineer in the UK, with an MBA from IESE Business School in Spain, his almost three-decade cognate experience spans both the public and private sectors. (Oil Industry; Water Supply and Education). He led the Goldman Sachs 10,000 women initiative in Nigeria, Diamond Bank’s Building Entrepreneurs Today (BET) and many other partnerships in Nigeria. With the support of The Coca Cola Africa Foundation, he has developed a new generation of NGO leaders in Nigeria. Mr Bamkole is currently developing a new generation of NGO leaders in Nigeria. He worked in Elf Oil Nigeria Ltd as their Lubricants Manager and was responsible for market expansion, raw materials procurement, supervision of technical sales engineers and third party blending contracts.
Michelle Akande
Country Manager, Nigeria Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
Michelle Akande is currently the Country Manager for Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. She is responsible for establishing Janssen’s presence in Nigeria and driving the organisaton’s presence across key therapeutic areas including; Oncology, Mental
Health, Immunology and a range of Communicable Disease Areas. Previously she was responsible for collaboratively delivering access solutions across sub-Saharan Africa with a strong focus on Oncology and Mental Health.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Michelle worked at the confluence of public policy and business development, working across a number of industries to create an enabling policy environment and solutions geared towards expanding access to essential products and services.
Bond Emeruwa
Co-Founder/Director, Nollywood Workshops
Bond Emeruwa started his career in television and film in 1985 as a script writer. A veteran of Nollywood, He went on to write, direct and produce many award winning movies amongst which are, “Mortal Inheritance”- A movie on the incidence of sickle cell anaemia, which won 10 awards at the Nigeria Movies Awards (THEMA’97). “Heart of Gold”, another multiple award- winning film (1998) which incorporated issues around spinal cord injuries. “Checkpoint”- Nominated for best director at the 2008 African movie academy awards (AMAA) “Mountain Blues”- Best feature film at the Abuja International Film Festival(2007). He was President of Directors’ Guild of Nigeria (DGN) 2007-2011. Chairman, Coalition of Nollywood Guilds and Associations(CONGA) 2009- 2013. Chairman, Audio-visual Rights Society of Nigeria (2016 till date). A TED Fellow, he is a Co-Founder and Director of Nollywood Workshops. Making movies and Working with filmmakers to utilize the vastly popular Nollywood films to pass messages on topical health and developmental issues. Some of the issues he has dealt with in his movies are; Polio and Routine immunization, VVF, Violence against women, Sexual violence, Open Defecation and Infant and Young Child Feeding(IYCF). He is also Co-Creator, co-Producer and Director of a highly entertaining Enter-Educate Television series “Newman Street” that incorporates messages on family planning and malaria
Dr. Cheluchi Onyemelukwe
Lead Consultant, Health Ethics and Law Consulting
Dr. Cheluchi Onyemelukwe leads Health Ethics and Law Consulting, a pioneer legal and consulting firm that advises extensively in the health, social and development sectors. An expert in Health Law and Policy, Cheluchi regularly provides legal, policy and strategic advisory to health care businesses, international development agencies, and government agencies in Nigeria and internationally. She holds a doctorate degree in Law from Dalhousie University, Canada and a First Class Honours Degree in Law from the University of Nigeria.
Dr. Ike Nwachukwu
Founding Partner, Nikea Specialist Hospital
Dr. Ike Nwachukwu graduated 32 years ago from UNN. Following residency training in UK and clinical fellowships in US( Boston) and Australia( Melbourne) he was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Warwick NHS Trust in 2000. He was actively involved in training and medical management roles as Head of Training and Clinical Director until retirement early this year to focus on his Nigerian Project. He is founder and cofounder of three companies involved in Nigerian healthcare since 2006 and in September this year he and his partner Dr. Sam Orakwe formerly opened Nikea Specialist Hospital. He is married to Win and is blessed with 3 daughters.
Dr. Omokhudu Idogho
Deputy MD, Society for Family Health (SFH) Social Business Enterprise
Dr. Omokhudu Idogho is a Medical Doctor with postgraduate degrees in Public health and Public Policy. He has more than twenty years’ leadership experience developing and leading large development interventions at country and multi-country level. Presently Dr. Idogho is the Deputy Managing Director, responsible for Society for Family Health (SFH) Social Business Enterprise. Prior to this role he was the Programme Director for the Enhancing Nigeria’s Response to HIV&AIDS (ENR) programme, and worked in various capacities with a number of other organizations notably WaterAid Nigeria, ActionAid Nigeria, ActionAid Alliance Brussels, ActionAid International Nigeria, and ActionAid International in Johannesburg South Africa, where he was the International HIV/AIDS Director. Dr. Idogho possesses strong skills in providing technical assistance to national and subnational governments, and has a working experience in more than 10 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa and recently vacated the technical committee of the multi-country Civil Society Health Policy Action Fund (CSHPAF).
Obinnia Abajue
CEO, Hygeia HMO Limited
Obinnia Abajue Obinnia is the Chief Executive Officer of Hygeia HMO Limited. Obinnia has more than 20 years of experience in Banking and Financial services primarily in Nigeria. Prior to joining Hygeia HMO, Obinnia was based in South Africa and was in charge of Business Transformation for Standard Bank’s Personal and Business Banking Business in Africa.
Obinnia served as an Executive Director and Head of Personal and Business Banking at Stanbic IBTC Bank. This business encompasses small, medium and commercial business banking, high net worth individuals and personal markets banking. Prior to this, he was the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited and Head of Wealth Management for Stanbic IBTC overseeing the Pensions, Asset Management and Trusteeship Business.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos and MBA from Imperial College London. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB), and of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria
(FCS).
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OUR SPEAKERS
Dr. Farouk Jega
Country Representative for Nigeria and Ghana, Pathfinder International
Harriet Blest
Country Manager, Human Network International
Dr. Olaokun Soyinka
Project Director, Independent Verification Agent for the Saving One Million Lives Programme
Dr. Nthabiseng Legoete
Founder, Quali Health
Ezinne Anyanwu
MD/CEO, Efferent Services Limited
Peter Bamkole
Director, Enterprise Development Centre, Pan-Atlantic University
Michelle Akande
Country Manager, Nigeria Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
Bond Emeruwa
Co-Founder/Director, Nollywood Workshops
Dr. Cheluchi Onyemelukwe
Lead Consultant, Health Ethics and Law Consulting
Dr. Ike Nwachukwu
Founding Partner, Nikea Specialist Hospital
Dr. Omokhudu Idogho
Deputy MD, Society for Family Health (SFH) Social Business Enterprise
Obinnia Abajue
CEO, Hygeia HMO Limited
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