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2021 CONFERENCE

OUR SPEAKERS

  1. Chris Ubosi
  2. Biola Alabi
  3. Chamberlain Usoh
  4. Vivianne Ihekweazu (Moderator)
  5. Dr. Amina Mohammed Baloni
  6. Kola Aina
  7. Prof. Babatunde Irukera
  8. Dr. Ike Anya (Moderator)
  9. Lanre Adisa
  10. Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong
  11. Moky Makura
  12. Dr. Adaeze Oreh (Moderator)
  13. Dr Mary-Ann Etiebet
  14. Dr. Ebere Okereke
  15. Prof Agnes Binagwaho
  16. Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor (Moderator)
  17. Dr. Emmanuel Agogo
  18. Sarkin Yakin Gagi Alhaji Sani Umar Jabbi
  19. Arush Lal
  20. Dr. Adepeju Adeniran (Moderator)
  21. Dr. Mairo Mandara
  22. Margaret Edison
  23. Tekabe Belay
  24. Fabia Ogunmekan
  25. Dr. Olumide Okunola (Moderator)

Chris Obosi
Founder/Managing Director, Megalectrics
Chris Ubosi is a pioneer in private broadcasting in Nigeria, having run, operated and consulted severally for various private radio stations including the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, on the nationwide 32 FM Radio project. He has been actively involved in private Radio Broadcasting in Nigeria since 1993.

He was appointed into the core working group on the National Mass Communication Policy Review in 2004 with the mandate to review the policy of 1987 and make recommendations for its improvement. He served creditably under the Electronic Media & ICT Sub-Committee and is therefore, very conversant with the Federal Government and other stakeholders positions on issues affecting the media.

Chris is the Founder & Managing Director of Megalectrics Limited Operators of 4 Radio Brands  – Classic FM; Beat Fm; Naija Fm & Lagos Talks – with 11 stations in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt & Ibadan. He also sits on the board of several other companies.

Biola Alabi
CEO, Biola Alabi Media

A global leader, entrepreneur, investor, award-winning executive producer and founder of Biola Alabi Media – a pan-African strategic corporate advisory – Biola Alabi is a recognised expert in corporate strategies for market entry and has worked extensively with corporations, partners and associations in the continuous development of technology and the entertainment industry on the continent.

As Managing Director of M-Net Africa, Biola helped transform the broadcasting and film industry on the continent, launching seven Africa Magic channels, as well as the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, widely regarded as the “African Oscars”. She is the publisher of The Adventures of Lara and Dara (named Young Readers Library’s Book of Summer, 2019), the executive producer of two award-winning feature films currently streaming on Netflix, and producer of numerous television shows, including Big Brother Africa and the documentary series, Great Africans.

An active angel investor and advisor to African technology and media companies, Biola has been involved in myriad start-ups and is a LP in Ventures Platform, a pan-African earlystage fund. True to her reputation as a leader in the community, and fuelled by her passion to support up-and-coming talent, Biola is also the founder of Grooming for Greatness (G4G), a fellowship and mentorship program aimed at cultivating leadership skills in young, aspiring professionals and entrepreneurs.

Biola graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Public and Community Health, and has completed executive education programs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Yale University’s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs and Said business School, University of Oxford. In addition to running her eponymous media company, she is a Non-Executive Director at Halo Invest, Unilever (Nigeria) where she sits on the company’s Audit Committee, Monty Mobile, a global telecommunications company headquartered in London and the Chairwoman of Big Cabal Media.

Connect with Biola Alabi on twitter at @biolaa1 and Instagram at @biolaalabi.

Chamberlain Usoh
Producer, News Anchor, Channels Television
Chamberlain Usoh, the award-winning TV Presenter and Journalist is a master’s degree holder in Media and Communication from Pan Atlantic University and University of Lagos, UNILAG where he bagged his first-degree Mass Communication. He is an Alumni of Harvard Programme on Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies. He holds a Diploma in Convergence and Multi-media in Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom. He is certified in TV Newswriting and Reporting by Broadcasting Board of Governors, International Broadcasting Bureau Voice of America. He is a graduate of The Leadership Institute, Arlington Virginia, USAHe is an Alumni of the International Visitors Leadership Programme IVLP of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, USA

Chamberlain is a News Editor who primarily coordinates reporters across the country and abroad in Channels Television. He is also a Supervising Producer and Head of the AM Dept in charge of the breakfast programme Sunrise daily. He is a News Anchor at Channels Television who has anchored several programmes ranging from Political, Business, Sports etc. His Journalism career and experience cuts across the industry. He was a Deputy News Editor of NewsNow Magazine. He has worked in DBN Television as well as ITN News Channel 4 in London. He also worked in Liberation Chambers in Lagos.

Chamberlain Usoh is named as one of the renowned under 40 TV Anchors in Nigeria. He is a recipient of several awards including the Nigeria Media Merit Award NMMA TV Programme Presenter of the year, winner of the NBA, Media Merit Award for Excellence in Programme Presentation, and the S.E.S Male TV Personality of the year.

The talented young Presenter is goal oriented, driven and is renowned for his focus on high quality delivery. Beyond his profession, he is the organiser and Promoter of the International Chamberlain Squash Open organisers of the biggest both in terms of prize money, attendance, participation of the highest world ranking players (both male and female). Now, the tournament has run for three years and counting.

Vivianne Ihekweazu
Managing Director, Nigeria Health Watch
Vivianne Ihekweazu is the Managing Director of Nigeria Health Watch, a health communication and advocacy organisation based in Nigeria, advocating for improved access to health services. She is responsible for designing and implementing health communication and advocacy strategies and campaigns for government, not-for-profits, and development partners in Nigeria.

Her work currently focuses on nutrition, maternal newborn and child health, routine immunisation, sexual and reproductive health & rights and epidemic preparedness and response. She played a leading role in the COVID-19 crisis & emergency risk communications team, supporting the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in public health communications, determining messaging priorities and developing public health guidelines.

She holds a BA(Hons) in Economics & Business Administration and received her MSc in Development Economics from the University of Sussex, and an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (University of Pretoria). She is a currently an African Public Health Leaders Fellow at the Centre for Universal Health at Chatham House.

Dr. Amina Mohammed Baloni
Honourable Commissioner for Health, Kaduna State
Dr. Mohammed Baloni has over 25years of practice as a clinician and a public health professional. Her core competencies of communication, drive for results and working with people was honed during her years in developmental work which has helped her achieve results while working with government in various states to improve the health and wellbeing of children and women, by building their capacity and transferring technical skills such as planning, analytics, formulation of strategies and monitoring for results. A foremost professional with broad public health knowledge working to impact health systems as a vehicle to provide sustainable development and results. She is a team player who leads by building consensus among her team, is passionate about developing people and is a good listener. As a person, she believes that strong systems provide sustainable development and results.
Kola Aina
General Partner, Ventures Platform
Kola is a seasoned Investor, Entrepreneur, Non-Executive Director and company Chair, passionate about seeing start-ups grow. He brings demonstrable success from leading investment in over 70 companies in Africa, India and the US, including payments companies such as Paystack. Recognised as an entrepreneur, technology operator and investor with vast experience working in Africa’s most significant economic market, he brings expertise across several sectors, including venture capital, technology, media, agriculture, infrastructure, publishing and real estate and a significant interest in the arts.

Through Ventures Platform Foundation, he works on advocacy, research and social impact initiatives that support youth entrepreneurship and innovation. He is the Chairman of the Board of Ventures Park – an artsy Co-working space, VP’s flagship Innovation Hub Campus. He is a mentor on XL Africa, the World Bank Accelerator and Google Launchpad Accelerator. He is also a board member and advisory board member of various organisations ranging from ARM Financial Advisers Limited, Reliance HMO and the Yemisi Shyllon Art Museum.

Kola studied Electrical Engineering and then secured a Master’s in Business Administration degree with a specialisation in Finance. He has received further education from Berkeley University, Harvard University, and the Lagos Business School.

Kola is passionate about mentoring and advising young entrepreneurs who are creating solutions for mass underserved -markets. This has put him on many stages both locally and internationally, where he has delivered speeches, lectures, and talks on technology, entrepreneurship, social change, and various other topics. He gave a TED talk at TEDxEuston where he spoke on the topic “Who will own our future unicorns?”.  He was also a speaker at Techcrunch’s first event in Nigeria, Techcrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2019.

He has received multiple awards and has been featured in various lists such as The 20 most important people in Nigerian tech, The ten most influential people in Nigerian Tech and #YNaijaPowerList2018 for Technology and many more.

In his spare time, he enjoys writing on topics he’s passionate about in his blog or on Twitter, reading books and spending time with his family.

Prof. Babatunde Irukera
Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC)
Babatunde Irukera is the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC). He has an exceptional record of advocacy and representation in competition and consumer protection law.

Babatunde has considerable experience in transactions, consumer protection, competition law, commercial litigation, regulatory work and government relations. He was key counsel in a large multi-jurisdictional case involving a major pharmaceutical company and the conduct of a clinical trial that resulted in injuries. He also played vital roles in sector related consumer protection advancements including advising the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority with respect to its role in sector consumer protection and led the initiative in developing current aviation consumer protection regulations as well as the Passenger Bill of Rights. He also led the team that revised existing aviation economic regulations and superintended a comprehensive regulatory and parliamentary investigation into anti-competitive behaviour by foreign airlines.

During his three decades of active legal practice, he acquired experiences ranging from being In-house Counsel to General Counsel, Managing Partner in a law firm, and advising senior government officials as well as key government institutions. His leadership of the FCCPC provides vital clarity and direction that the Commission and industry need in addressing issues of customer service/protection; promoting a level playing field in Nigeria’s marketplace; and fosters mutual industry/regulatory assurance and balance for a robust regulatory regime that promotes business stability and investment, as well consumer satisfaction and confidence.

He was admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1990, and before the Washington State Supreme Court in 1996.

Dr. Ike Anya
Public Health Physician & Consultant
Ike Anya is a consultant in public health medicine and co-founder of Nigeria Health Watch www.nigeriahealthwatch.com) and EpiAfric (www.epiafric.com) He was until recently a Consultant in Public Health Medicine, and Deputy Director of Public Health for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea in the Triborough Public Health Service covering Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham.

He is an honorary lecturer in public health at Imperial College. He has over 15 years of experience in clinical medicine and public health in Nigeria and the UK. He has worked as a clinician in the private and public health sector in Nigeria (National Hospital Abuja, General Hospital, Gwarzo, Lagos University Teaching Hospital and Ruz Medical Centre Abuja. In the UK, he worked as specialist registrar in public health medicine at Bristol Primary Care Trust, the Health Protection Agency and University College London. A Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, he has taught at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Imperial College, University College London, the University of the West of England and Bristol University.

He has served on the Board of Knightstone Housing Association and the Postgraduate Medical Education & Training Board in the U.K. From 2010-2014, he was Lead Partner for the General Medical Council chairing registration panels. A past secretary of the Black & Ethnic Minority Health and Epidemiology & Public Health Section Councils at the Royal Society of Medicine; he also served as member of the Advisory Committee for Medecins Du Monde’s Project: London. He has been Vice-Chair of the Trainee Members Committee at the Faculty of Public Health and a member of the BMA committee on public health and community medicine. He is co-founder of the Abuja Literary Society, the Public Health Foundation of Nigeria, and is a TED Global Fellow and cofounder of TEDxEuston.

Lanre Adisa
MD/Chief Creative Officer, Noah's Ark Communications
Lanre founded Noah’s Ark, one of West Africa’s leading independent agencies, in 2008. He started out in 1990 as a Trainee Copywriter at MC&A: Saatchi & Saatchi, Lagos. He was an Associate Creative Director at Insight-Grey till 2003 when he joined TBWA\Concept as CD. He left in 2008 as ECD to start Noah’s Ark.

Noah’s Ark has since evolved into a Group of specialist agencies/businesses. It comprises of Integrated Indigo (PR), The Red Wolf Company (Creative Digital), Underdog Productions (Content/Production) and Media Mast (Media Independent).

He graduated with a Combined Hons in Linguistics and English from the University of Ilorin in 1989. He has attended several professional training programmes in the course of his career. He is an alumnus of the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos and the London Business School Executive Programmes.

Lanre is actively involved in the Nigerian creative community with a special passion for inspiring and grooming the next generation. He is the chairman of the Lagos Advertising & Ideas Festival (LAIF) Management Board. He was also on the jury of the African Cristals Festival in 2016. He served as the President of the Heritage Jury of the debut Pitcher Awards. In 2018, he became the first West African to serve on the Cannes Lions jury. In 2019, 2020 and 2021, he was on the jury of the Loeries in South Africa. He is a member of the Loeries Committee.

Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong
Founder/CEO, 54gene
Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of 54gene.

54gene is a health technology company advancing the state of  healthcare through large scale discovery and  translational research, advanced molecular diagnostics, and clinical programs for the benefit  of Africans and the global population.

He holds a PhD in Cancer Biology from University of London, a Masters in Human  Molecular Genetics from Imperial College London, and a Masters in Business Management from Claremont Colleges, California. He also worked as a cancer  researcher and published a seminal paper on pancreatic cancer immunology in the Gastroenterology Journal.

Dr. Ene-Obong has extensive experience operating in the US, UK and Nigerian healthcare  industries. Prior to 54gene, he worked with leading healthcare  organisations, including Fortune 100 pharmaceutical companies, academic and research institutions, and governments as a management consultant with PwC and IQVIA (formerly QuintilesIMS).

Founded in 2019, 54gene has made the Time Magazine list of 12 innovations that  would change healthcare in the 2020s and has been listed by Nigeria’s Punch  newspaper as 1 of 5 innovations that would improve healthcare for Africans. 54gene  also made the Fast Company list of the world’s ‘Most Innovative Companies’ in  2020. It was also awarded the best health technology solution by AppsAfrica.

In 2021, 54gene was selected as a Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. In September 2021, 54gene was named Company of the Year 2020 in Nigeria by the Leadership Newspaper.

Dr. Ene-Obong was listed as 1 of 30 most innovative entrepreneurs on the African  continent in 2019 by Quartz Africa. In September 2020, he was labelled  a Nigerian hero in the fight against COVID-19, by a Nigerian newspaper, ThisDay.

Dr. Ene-Obong is also included in Fortune’s 40 under 40 most influential people in  healthcare for the year 2020.

In 2021, he was admitted into the inaugural class of the Bloomberg New Economic Catalyst in recognition of his contributions towards accelerating solutions to global healthcare problems. In the same year, the respected pan-African publication, New African Magazine, recognised Dr. Ene-Obong as one of Africa’s young innovators.

Moky Makura
Executive Director, Africa No Filter
­­­­­Moky Makura was born in Nigeria, educated in England and has lived in London, Johannesburg and Lagos. She is the Executive Director of Africa No Filter, a donor collaborative focused on shifting the African narrative. Prior to that she was the Deputy Director for Communications Africa at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she was responsible for building and managing the foundation’s reputation on the continent. In 2017 she took on interim role as the foundation’s Country Representative to South Africa responsible for government relations and internal program coordination. Before joining the Gates Foundation, Moky worked as Communications Director for the Tony Elumelu Foundation in Nigeria. Prior to that she was a well-known TV presenter, producer, author, publisher and a successful entrepreneur in her own right.

Moky holds an Honours degree in Politics, Economics and Law from Buckingham University in the UK. As part of her passion to present a positive image of Africa and showcase its heroes and achievements, she created one of the first websites to serve as a repository of positive facts about the continent. Visit the website at: www.africaourafrica.com. Moky started and runs the first storytelling networking event for women called Herstory Joburg.

Moky serves on the advisory boards of five non-profits: Junior Achievement Africa, the Houtbay Partnership, Corps Africa, Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and The Festival Academy. She is a non-executive director at the communication Advisory BB Partners and a member of the Angel investment group Dazzle Angels.

 

Watch Moky at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM6EnulUQf0 (Living it promo)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDLWWP8N6MU (TED Talk on telling the African story)

Dr. Adaeze Oreh
Country Head of Planning, Research and Statistics, National Blood Transfusion Service Commission
Dr. Adaeze Oreh is a Consultant Family Physician, Country Head of Planning, Research and Statistics for Nigeria’s National Blood Service Commission (NBSC) and Senior Health Policy Advisor with Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health. She has over 18 years of private and public healthcare experience and sits on the Governing Council of Pamo University of Medical Sciences – Nigeria’s first private university of Medical Sciences. She is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians, the Aspen Institute, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Royal Society of Public Health and is a Member of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood Global Strategy Advisory Group and the International Society for Blood Transfusion COVID-19 Working Party.

She advocates for respectful, dignified quality healthcare, health equity, universal health coverage and quality medical education; and spoke on Universal Health Coverage at the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York. In early 2021, Dr Oreh was one of 15 accomplished Amujae Leaders awarded by the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development and was named a Neglected Tropical Diseases Champion by the Global First Ladies Alliance and The END FUND.

She recently won a Best Poster Prize at the International Society for Blood Transfusion 2021 Congress in Amsterdam for research she led and coordinated on blood services in 34 tertiary hospitals in Nigeria during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a Best Poster Prize in the Blood Donation category at the 2021 British Blood Transfusion Society Conference for research she also led and coordinated on the impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria’s National Blood Service. Dr Adaeze Oreh was also recently named a recipient of the 2021 Montegut Global Scholars award by the World Organization of Family Doctors and the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet
Lead & Executive Director, MSD for Mothers
Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet has two decades of experience improving healthcare outcomes for vulnerable populations and transforming healthcare delivery at the frontlines. She is the Lead & Executive Director of Merck for Mothers*, Merck’s $500M global health initiative to help create a world where no woman has to die giving life. Since 2011, Merck for Mothers programs and partnerships have resulted in healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries for over 11M women in 48 countries.

Building on her experiences as a physician, researcher, implementer, funder and advocate across the public, private and global development sectors, Dr. Etiebet brings a diverse set of perspectives to this work. Under her leadership, MSD for Mothers is catalyzing partnerships that leverage private sector capabilities to strengthen health systems, deliver respectful, high quality care for women, and improve maternal health outcomes.

Dr. Etiebet holds an MD and MBA from Yale University. She is a member of the Center for Global Development Board of Directors and the UCSF Institute Health Sciences Global Health Group Advisory Board. She also serves as the private sector representative on the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Board and the Investors Group of the World Bank’s Global Financing Facility.

*Merck for Mothers is known as MSD for Mothers outside of the U.S. and Canada.

Dr. Ebere Okereke
Senior Technical Adviser, Tony Blair Institute
Ebere Okereke is a public health physician specialising in global health security and health system strengthening. She has been recognised by the British Medical Association as a role model for women in academic medicine, and as an Inspirational leader in Science and Engineering.

Ebere is a Senior Technical Adviser at the Tony Blair Institute and honorary Senior PH  Adviser to the Director of Africa CDC, where she is co-leading the development of the Partnership for African Vaccine Manufacturing

Ebere is on a career break from Public Health England where she led the IHR strengthening programme which works across Africa and Asia.

Ebere is a graduate of the University of Nigeria and a fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health and of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Prof. Agnes Binagwaho
Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity

Professor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PHD currently resides in Rwanda. She is the Vice Chancellor and co-founder of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) (in 2015), an initiative of Partners In Health based in Rwanda which focuses on changing how health care is delivered around the world by training global health professionals who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all. She is a Rwandan pediatrician who returned to Rwanda in 1996, two years after the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi. Previously, she has provided clinical care in the public sector and has served the Rwandan health sector (1996-2016) in high-level government positions, first as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission, then as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and lastly as Minister of Health for five years.

She is a Professor of Pediatrics at UGHE, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. She is member of multiple editorial, advisory and directors’ boards, including the Think20 (T20), the Rockefeller Foundation, the African Europe Foundation and the Commission on African COVID-19 Response.

Professor Binagwaho is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the World Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. She has published over 220 peer-reviewed articles and was named among the 100 Most Influential African Women for 2020 and 2021.

Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor
Senior New Voices Fellow, Aspen Institute
Ifeanyi Nsofor is a Senior New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity at George Washington University and Innovation Fellow at PandemicTech. He is a public health physician and global health thought leader. He has authored and co-authored almost 100 opinion pieces written (35 specifically on COVID-19). Interviewed by top media outlets such as The Lancet, BBC, Al Jazeera, Channel News Asia, Forbes, Devex etc. Ifeanyi is a leading voice in global health equity, maternal, newborn & child health, COVID-19, vaccine equity, health security, universal health coverage and health research.

For more than 22 years since graduating as a medical doctor, he has worked in government, international non-profit organizations, indigenous non-profit health organizations and the private health sector. He served as CEO of EpiAFRIC and Director of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch. Ifeanyi is a COVID-19 Top 100 healthcare professional globally in 2020 by Onalytica and Top 100 most influential Africans of 2020 by NewAfrican magazine. He is a Two-time TEDx Speaker.

Dr. Emmanuel Agogo
Country Representative, Resolve to Save Lives
As the Country Representative for Resolve to Save Lives, Dr. Emmanuel Agogo oversees RTSL efforts to prevent epidemics and improve cardiovascular health in Nigeria. He previously served in leadership roles at the National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. He trained in and practised infectious diseases and Family Medicine in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Agogo holds an MBBS from the University of Ibadan, a Masters in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases (with distinction) from the Liverpool of Tropical Medicine and a Master of Science in Primary and Community Health from the University of Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He was a 2019 Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security Fellow (Emerging Biosecurity Leadership) and is currently a Kofi Anan Fellow (Public health leadership) at the African CDC.

Sarkin Yakin Gagi Alhaji Sani Umar Jabbi
District Head of Gagi, Sokoto State
Alh Sanni Umar Jabbi, the Sarkin Yakin Gagi was born in 1973 obtained both Islamic and Western education in Sokoto and Kebbi.

He is a strong advocate for women and Children’s health in Nigeria and beyond. With a vast wealth of experience across Nigeria, Africa and the world over, he has been instrumental in many Maternal and Child Health issues with support from the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III.

Some notable achievements include:

  • Set up of Community Misoprostol project with resounding success. Many states and countries still carry out study tours to learn the Gagi Model
  • Supported the USAID T-SHIP project in delivering maternal and Child Services in Sokoto
  • A champion for birth spacing acceptance leading the behavior change communication drive through messages and demand creation initiatives
  • State President General, NAG/JNI
  • Chairman BOT Association for the advancement of family planning in Nigeria and many more
  • Supported actively the Polio Eradication drive under the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee of Primary Health Care delivery

He is happily married with children.

Arush Lal
Vice Chair, Women in Global Health
Arush Lal serves as Board Vice Chair for Women in Global Health and is a Women Deliver Young Leader, where he pushes for gender equity and intersectionality in global health and the COVID-19 response. He has also been selected as a Community & Civil Society Representative on the ACT Accelerator Health Systems Connector in order to ensure the global COVID-19 maintains equity and resilience through health systems interventions. Arush is currently an MPhil/PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where his research explores the politics of global health diplomacy and governance, particularly the policy implications for integrating health systems that support both global health security and universal health coverage.

Arush has provided technical support and guidance on global health systems, policy, and governance. As an International Consultant at PAHO/WHO, he supported access to medicines and the COVID-19 response. With UHC2030, he helped develop a strategic narrative for country governments, donors, multilateral institutions, civil society, and private sector to strengthen health systems for health security and UHC. Other roles include drafting a report on integrating health systems in the wake of COVID-19 and publishing a new framework to support investments and policies for the global health workforce.

Arush has policy, advocacy, and research experience in primary healthcare, pandemic preparedness and response, health workforce, and resilient health systems strengthening at community, national, and global levels. He is a Gates Foundation Goalkeeper, WHO/UNICEF Primary Health Care Young Leader, Georgia Tech 40 Under 40 Honoree, Emerging Voices for Global Health, and Global Health Corps alumnus. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including The Lancet and BMJ Global Health on a range of topics, including digital health and technology, social determinants of health, youth engagement, global health supply chains, and global health governance.

Arush holds an MSc in Health Policy, Planning & Financing from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as a Rotary Global Scholar and a BSc in Business Administration and Operations Supply Chain Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Stamps President’s Scholar.

Dr. Adepeju Adeniran
Health Systems Strengthening Consultant, PHC Board, Lagos State Ministry of Health Grant Management Office

Dr. Adepeju Adeniran is an experienced public health physician with over 15 years of experience in public health, program design and management. She has worked for several years as a consultant to non-governmental, private and public-sector organisations, in the areas of health system strengthening focussed on local lessons and solutions to Universal Healthcare Coverage.

She is skilled in policy evaluation and analysis, for health systems research and science-to-table knowledge translation for program implementation. She has served as lead program specialist at Hospital Assist Nigeria, a public-health consultancy firm that has served many state and national-level clients in health system strengthening and development.

She leads SRH services delivery at The Initiative for Equal Rights, and also is the founder and National Co-chair of the Women in Global Health Nigeria, where she leads initiatives and advocacy for Gender parity in Global Health care leadership in Nigeria.

She believes that low to middle income countries in the global south have significant insights to add the conversation on global health, and aligns her career in the direction of making these contributions palpable.

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OUR SPEAKERS
Chris Obosi
Founder/Managing Director, Megalectrics
Biola Alabi
CEO, Biola Alabi Media
Chamberlain Usoh
Producer, News Anchor, Channels Television
Vivianne Ihekweazu
Managing Director, Nigeria Health Watch
Dr. Amina Mohammed Baloni
Honourable Commissioner for Health, Kaduna State
Kola Aina
General Partner, Ventures Platform
Prof. Babatunde Irukera
Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC)
Dr. Ike Anya
Public Health Physician & Consultant
Lanre Adisa
MD/Chief Creative Officer, Noah's Ark Communications
Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong
Founder/CEO, 54gene
Moky Makura
Executive Director, Africa No Filter
Dr. Adaeze Oreh
Country Head of Planning, Research and Statistics, National Blood Transfusion Service Commission
Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet
Lead & Executive Director, MSD for Mothers
Dr. Ebere Okereke
Senior Technical Adviser, Tony Blair Institute
Prof. Agnes Binagwaho
Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity
Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor
Senior New Voices Fellow, Aspen Institute
Dr. Emmanuel Agogo
Country Representative, Resolve to Save Lives
Sarkin Yakin Gagi Alhaji Sani Umar Jabbi
District Head of Gagi, Sokoto State
Arush Lal
Vice Chair, Women in Global Health
Dr. Adepeju Adeniran
Health Systems Strengthening Consultant, PHC Board, Lagos State Ministry of Health Grant Management Office