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2022 CONFERENCE

OUR SPEAKERS

    1. Dr. Sarah Alade
    2. Dr. Ola Brown
    3. Mr. Onoriode Ezire
    4. Dr. Habib Sadauki
    5. Prof. Obinna Onwujekwe
    6. Dr. Olumide Okunola (Moderator)
    7. Rob Yates
    8. Yosolaoluwa Olanrewaju Akinbi
    9. Yemi Adamolekun
    10. Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi
    11. Amarakoon Bandara
    12. Chioma Agwuegbo (Moderator)
    13. Dr. Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu
    14. Dr. Amina Mohammed Baloni
    15. Dr. Betta Edu
    16. Dr. Oyebanji Filani
    17. Dr. Kemisola Agbaoye (Moderator)

Dr. Sarah Alade
Special Adviser to the Nigerian President Finance and Economy
Dr. Sarah Alade chairs the Central Working Committee to actualise the current National Development Plan (NDP 2021-2025) and drive the development of the Nigeria Agenda 2050, which focuses on developing and implementing policies designed to accelerate sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

She retired from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as Deputy Governor, Economic Policy in 2017 after 23 years in the apex bank. She also acted briefly in 2014 as Governor of the CBN. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Governor in 2007, she gained broad Central Banking and Financial System experience in various roles at the Bank.

She joined the Bank as an Assistant Director in the Research Department, where she served as head of the State Government Finance Office, head of the Federal Government Office, and head of the Fiscal Analysis Division at various times before being appointed Director, Banking Operations Department in 2004.

Dr. Alade attended the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, where she obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics in 1976 and a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1983, and a PhD Management Science (Operations Research), from the University of Ilorin in 1991.

Dr. Alade was Chairman of Financial Market Dealers Quotations (FMDQ) and Chairman of African Finance Corporation.

She is currently a member of the Investment Committee of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) and an Advisory Panel Member of G20 Contact with Africa (CWA).

Dr. Ola Brown
Founder, Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company
Dr. Ola Brown is a graduate of Medicine and Surgery from the Hull York Medical School, United Kingdom. She holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Economic Policy (Major) from the University of London.

Dr. Brown sits on the board of the Professional Women’s Network. She is an international speaker who has spoken at numerous global conferences, a multiple international award winner with many publications to her credit. She currently teaches Economics and Finance at the School of Politics, Policy and Governance in Nigeria.

The Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company (FDHIC) focuses on technology-enabled healthcare with public private partnerships (PPP) in Africa.

Mr. Onoriode Ezire
Senior Health Specialist, World Bank Group
Within the last two years, Onoriode Ezire has successfully supported in mobilising domestic resources for health in three Nigeria states; led work with key stakeholders to revise and update Nigeria Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Health Insurance Scheme and Primary Health Care Development Board Bills for passage at the National Assembly. Both bills have passed through first reading.

Mr. Ezire also supported the development of the FCT Health Insurance Operational Guideline. He is currently working in three Nigeria States and the FCT to strengthen and reposition the States’ Health Insurance Scheme and Primary Health Care Development Boards in readiness to assess the Basic Health Care Provision Fund and also improve access to health in a bid to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC). He has successfully sustained and increased the HP+ Nigeria scope and budget, maintaining a very good relationship with the donor, his organisation and his team.

Mr. Ezire has substantial experience in governance, health systems including health financing and advocacy, FP and MNCH.

Dr. Habib Sadauki
National President, Society of Gynaecology & Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON)
Dr. Habib Sadauki has over thirty years of experience in the medical field, at home and abroad, and has been in top management positions for more than 20 years. He has over a decade of experience managing RH/FP, MNCH and safe motherhood projects at the national, state and community level.

He was the first Vice President of SOGON from November 2017 to 2020. Until January 2017, he was the Country Project Manager for the EngenderHealth Fistula Care Plus project funded by USAID. He was the Deputy Chief of Party to another USAID funded 5-year (2009- 2014) MNCH project, the Targeted States High Impact Project (TSHIP) implemented in Bauchi and Sokoto States.  He was also Chief Medical Director at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano, one of the largest hospitals in the country.

Dr. Sadauki is the Director to the  SOGON subgrant on the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health Project (PACFaH) implemented by dRPC funded by BMGF. This is a social accountability capacity building project designed to enable 7 Nigerian civil society organisations to advocate to the executive and legislature in the domains of policy; budgetary compliance and regulatory reform in 4 important issue areas. All these development projects and activities have exposed him to prospects and challenges associate with maternal and reproductive  and sexual rights especially in my geopolitical region, the Northern Nigeria.

Prof. Obinna Onwujekwe
Professor of Health Economics & Policy & Pharmacoeconomics, University of Nigeria; Lancet Nigeria Commissioner
Professor Onwujekwe is a medically qualified but also has Msc and PhD in Health Economics. He is a professor of Pharmacoeconmics/Pharmacoepidemiology in Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Professor of Health Economics, Systems & amp; Policy in the Department of Health Administration and Management, both at the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus. He is an adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Sysytems with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos.
Dr. Olumide Okunola
Senior Health Specialist, World Bank Group
Dr. Olumide Okunola supports health systems strengthening reforms across several Sub-Saharan African countries. He is a policy entrepreneur who actively engages with stakeholders on broad ranging issues and initiatives on country and regional health financing policies, strategies, and programs for Universal Health Coverage.

He is passionate about bringing innovative and inclusive approaches to healthcare delivery in Africa, supporting reforms to rethink and redesign the way primary healthcare services are financed and delivered. His work spans alternative financing models for healthcare infrastructure, institutionalising quality in healthcare and mainstreaming gender in the health sector.

Olumide undertook graduate studies at the London School of Economics/LSHTM and University of Oxford -Said Business School where he earned master’s degrees in Health Policy, Planning & Financing and Major Programme Management (MPM) respectively. He also graduated with an MBA from the Said Business School at the University of Oxford. He brings to healthcare an uncommon combination of skills in healthcare as a practitioner and expertise in management of complex projects.

Rob Yates
Executive Director, Centre For Universal Health Chatham House
Robert Yates is a political health economist specialising in universal health coverage (UHC) and progressive health financing. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a long-term consultant to The Elders on their health programme.

His principal area of expertise is in the political economy of UHC, with a focus on advising political leaders and governments on how to plan, finance and implement national UHC reforms. He has previously worked as a Senior Health Economist with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Health Organisation, advising numerous governments in Asia, Africa and Europe on health financing policy and health systems reforms.

He holds a BA degree in Natural Sciences and Economics from the University of Cambridge and a MBA, from the University of Leeds.

Yosolaoluwa Olanrewaju Akinbi
Coordinator, Core Working Group (CWG) National Human Capital Development Program
As coordinator of the CWG, Yosolaoluwa Akinbi provides strategic leadership on the National Human Capital Development Program. She doubles in the above position as Head of the National Economic Council Cluster in the Office of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Yosolaoluwa had previously worked as Economic Adviser to a former Governor of Ogun State of Nigeria (2003-2011). She has many years of professional experience in audit, accounting, project management, systems design and development, privatisation and commercialization, donor coordination, and so forth. She is an insightful, focused, energetic, dependable, and passionate personality.

She is a Graduate of the University of Lagos, a Chartered Accountant and an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School, United States.

Yemi Adamolekun
Executive Director Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE)
Yemi Adamolekun has a diverse career spanning the public and private sectors in the United States and Nigeria. In January 2022, Yemi was appointed to the Editorial Board of ThisDay Newspapers and in May 2022, she won the Global Citizen Prize.

 

Yemi grew up on the campus of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) but started her university education at the University of Lagos. She has a first degree in Mathematics & Economics from the University of Virginia; an MSc in Development Studies from The London School of Economics (LSE) and an MBA from Oxford University’s Said Business School.

 

EiE is a non-partisan network of individuals and organisations committed to building a culture of good governance & public accountability in Nigeria through active citizenship. The organisation has led various advocacy campaigns including its flagship #RSVP: Register |Select |Vote |Protect Campaign promoting voter education and participation. It is also involved in the #OpenNASS campaign calling for accountability and transparency in the National Assembly. To mark its 5th anniversary in 2015, it started the ‘Office of the Citizen’ Campaign, which is focused on teaching citizens their rights & responsibilities as they occupy the highest office in the land.

Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi
Nigeria Country Director Pathfinder International
Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi is a physician and public health professional with more than 18 years’ extensive experience in designing and managing health systems and sustainable development programs aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of women, young people and communities.

She is currently the Nigeria Country Director at Pathfinder International where she provides overall strategic leadership and oversees the programmatic and operational management of Pathfinder activities in Nigeria. Prior to this role, Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi served as the Technical Director for the USAID-funded Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector Plus (SHOPS Plus) family planning project in Nigeria and a Senior Technical Advisor with the International Development Division of Abt Associates. She was also the Associate Deputy National Program Manager and Director of Service Delivery for the DFID funded £148million Partnership for Transforming Health Systems (PATHS2) project in Nigeria.

Dr Amina Aminu Dorayi served as a Reputational Capital Advocate for Abt Associates. She also represented more than 600 Abt employees of the Africa region when she was elected the Africa Region Representative for the Employee Advisory Council (EAC) of Abt Associates. Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi was also the Service Quality Improvement and Reproductive Health Advisor for the PATHS2 project and in this position, she provided leadership in designing and implementing quality improvement interventions for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) both at the national level and in project states.

Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi is an Independent Review Panel member for the Internet Society Foundation where she reviews, rates, and recommends funding applications for the foundation. She is also a Steering Committee member of Women in Global Health Nigeria Chapter and she serves on the Advisory Board of Family Empowerment Media, an international organisation focused on enabling informed family planning decisions through radio-based communication.

Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi is a Matron of the West African Chapter of the ECOWAS Youth Parliament and a Fellow of the African Institute of Public Health Professionals.

Amarakoon Bandara
Senior Economic Advisor & Head of Strategic Policy & Inclusive Growth, UNDP Nigeria
Amarakoon Bandara was with UNDP Tanzania before moving to Zimbabwe (also serving in Mauritius and Seychelles). He has provided policy advisory support to governments in designing national development plans, implementation of strategies to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), impact assessments, integrated national financing, SDG impact mapping and national human development.

Prior to joining UNDP, he worked for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand. He is a former banker and a Central Banker having served the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in the Economic Research Department. He has to his credit several research articles presented at high-level international conferences and published in reputed refereed journals. He is also a regular independent reviewer for many journals. He holds a PhD in economics from Boston University, MA, USA and a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics from University of Kelaniya.

Chioma Agwuegbo
Executive Director, TechHerNG
Chioma Agwuegbo is the Convener of the State of Emergency GBV Movement, a coalition igniting citizens to advocate for an urgent, comprehensive, and sustainable response to Gender-based Violence. Chioma believes in applying digital solutions to societal problems, whether it is chaperoning young, first-time women politicians, co-creating solutions for sexual and gender-based violence, or curating sessions on digital freedoms/security.

She serves on the boards of PLAN International Nigeria and OXFAM International.

Dr. Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu
Hon. Commissioner for Health, Enugu State
Dr. Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu is an Associate Professor of Public Health Medicine, a Public Health Specialist and Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in Public Health. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH), and is an Honorary Consultant of the Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Nsukka/Teaching Hospital at Ituku/Ozalla Campus.

Dr. Obi is a health development consultant and has served as Long Term Technical Assistant on a Health Systems Strengthening Project for Family Health International (USA), the Global HIV/AIDs Initiative in Nigeria (GHAIN) Project, and is a Short-Term Technical Assistant/National Consultant to several international and local organisations on assignments in Nigeria.

He is a member of the Nigerian Medical Association, Chairman of the Association of Public Health Physicians (APHPN) Enugu State Chapter. He is Deputy National Representative (for Nigeria) of the International Association for Communications in Healthcare (EACH), and an Associate Fellow of the African Heritage Institution (AHI).

He is published in several peer-reviewed journals, having presented papers in both local and international health conferences.

Dr. Amina Mohammed Baloni
Hon. Commissioner for Health, Kaduna State
Dr. Amina Mohammed Baloni has over 25 years 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.

She is 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.

Dr. Betta Edu
Former Hon. Commissioner for Health, Cross River State
Dr. Betta Edu is a graduate of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Calabar. She obtained a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Public Health in 2014 from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, and holds a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Public Health from Texila American University. Dr. Edu is a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health England.

Dr. Edu is a multiple award winner, a philanthropist and a technocrat who has served in different capacities under various governments. She was former National Chairman of Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum where she coordinated cooperation and unison among Commissioners for Health to effectively serve their States in leading public health initiatives at the state level.

Dr. Oyebanji Filani
Hon. Commissioner for Health, Ekiti State
Dr. Oyebanji Filani is a passionate advocate for innovative and sustainable health financing mechanisms. He is a public health economist with over 15 years of experience in health financing and health systems reforms. He currently serves as the Honourable Commissioner for Health and Human Services in Ekiti State, Nigeria.

As the Honourable Commissioner for Health, he is responsible for the development of and provides oversight on the implementation of innovative and sustainable programmes, towards fulfilling the State’s Universal Health Coverage.

Prior to becoming a Public Servant, Dr Filani was the Technical Director for Nigeria’s Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) initiative. He was also the Senior Technical Advisor to the former Minister of Health, Professor Isaac F. Adewole. In these roles, he provided leadership for the strategic implementation of nationwide initiatives, led engagements with political and health leaders across states, as well as international and local partners.

Dr. Filani also worked in the United Kingdom, providing analytical support to the NHS, pharmaceutical companies and charity organisations.

Dr. Kemisola Agbaoye
Director of Programmes, Nigeria Health Watch
Over the last 5 years, Dr. Kemisola Agbaoye has worked extensively to support the Nigerian government to strengthen health security at regional, national, and subnational levels. She has ongoing research interests in the use of evidence to influence health policy and regularly contributes her thought leadership on this issue.

At Nigeria Health Watch, she oversees all programme activities, and leads implementation of the Prevent Epidemics project focused on advocacy for sustained funding for epidemic preparedness and response.

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OUR SPEAKERS
Dr. Sarah Alade
Special Adviser to the Nigerian President Finance and Economy
Dr. Ola Brown
Founder, Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company
Mr. Onoriode Ezire
Senior Health Specialist, World Bank Group
Dr. Habib Sadauki
National President, Society of Gynaecology & Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON)
Prof. Obinna Onwujekwe
Professor of Health Economics & Policy & Pharmacoeconomics, University of Nigeria; Lancet Nigeria Commissioner
Dr. Olumide Okunola
Senior Health Specialist, World Bank Group
Rob Yates
Executive Director, Centre For Universal Health Chatham House
Yosolaoluwa Olanrewaju Akinbi
Coordinator, Core Working Group (CWG) National Human Capital Development Program
Yemi Adamolekun
Executive Director Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE)
Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi
Nigeria Country Director Pathfinder International
Amarakoon Bandara
Senior Economic Advisor & Head of Strategic Policy & Inclusive Growth, UNDP Nigeria
Chioma Agwuegbo
Executive Director, TechHerNG
Dr. Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu
Hon. Commissioner for Health, Enugu State
Dr. Amina Mohammed Baloni
Hon. Commissioner for Health, Kaduna State
Dr. Betta Edu
Former Hon. Commissioner for Health, Cross River State
Dr. Oyebanji Filani
Hon. Commissioner for Health, Ekiti State
Dr. Kemisola Agbaoye
Director of Programmes, Nigeria Health Watch