Speakers List

Speakers List

This 32nd edition of the FAMSA GA is proposed to have the largest attendance in the history of FAMSA as the 50th anniversary of the federation is planned to be celebrated in grand style with a high-impact, world-changing conference for all delegates. To this end, we have organized a set of experienced and seasoned professionals to deliver the scientific conference experience.

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Opening Plenary

FAMSA GA and Scientific Conference 2018 will be opened with a special keynote session and discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be delivered by the World Health Organization regional director for Africa.

Time: 09:00am
Date: Monday, 19 November 2018


Dr Moeti Matshidiso
WHO Regional Director for Africa

Dr Matshidiso Moeti from Botswana is the first woman WHO Regional Director for Africa. She is leading health transformation in the African Region through a Transformation Agenda which is building a responsive, effective and results-driven regional secretariat that is advancing efforts towards universal health coverage and accelerating progress toward global development goals, while tackling emerging threats.

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Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus
Director-General of the World Health Organization
Dr Tedros was elected as WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017.

He is the first WHO Director-General to have been elected from multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly, and is the first person from the WHO African Region to serve as WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer.

Dr Paulin Basinga
Nigeria Country Director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Paulin Basinga serves as the Foundation’s country director for Nigeria, where he leads a growing team in the development and execution of the country plan, which fulfills the foundation’s programmatic priorities in Nigeria. His work involves complex coordination across the foundation’s divisions and programs.

Professor Jean-Marie Dangou
WHO Team Lead for the NCDs Integrated Management Programme

Jean-Marie Dangou has an international reputation for his work in Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and cancer in particular. He became the Regional Advisor for Cancer Prevention and Control at the WHO Regional Office for Africa in July 2007, and later on the Team Lead for the NCDs Integrated Management programme 

Ibraheem Badejo
Senior Director – New Ventures (Med Devices), Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center, Boston.

Ibraheem (Ib) leverages his expertise in smart materials and biomaterials to support the medical device sector of Johnson & Johnson. From 2010 to 2013, Ib was a Research Fellow at Global Surgery Group of Johnson & Johnson, where he was responsible for external and front-end innovations and intellectual property for Ethicon Biosurgery.

Dr Koffi Ange Houngbedji
SDG Advisor – Senior Public Health Specialist: SDG Center for Africa

Dr. Koffi Ange Houngbedji is currently SDG Advisor – Senior Public Health Specialist in SDG Center for Africa based in Kigali/Rwanda.

Dr Koffi has more than 20 years of experience in public health in Africa setting.


Dr Fiona Braka
Immunization Team Lead at the World Health Organization, Nigeria Office

Dr Fiona Braka from Uganda is the Immunization Team Lead at the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Nigeria. She leads a team that works closely with the Federal Government of Nigeria, the 36 State Governments and the Federal Capital Territory to strengthen the routine immunization programme, introduce new vaccines, interrupt poliovirus transmission and implement accelerated disease control initiatives.


H.E Mrs Toyin Saraki
Founder and President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA)

As Founder-President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Mrs Toyin Saraki is a Nigerian advocate for women’s and children’s health and empowerment, with two decades of advocacy covering reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health; ending gender-based discrimination and violence; and improving education, socio-economic empowerment, and community livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. 


Dr Muhammad Ali Pate
Founder of the Chigari Foundation

Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate is Founder/Chair of the Board of Chigari Foundation and CEO of Big Win Philanthropy. He served in the past as Minister of State for Health in Nigeria. Prior to serving as Minister of State, he was the Executive Director/CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), in Abuja, Nigeria…

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Dr Orekunin Ola
Founder: The Flying Doctors Nigeria

Dr. Ola Orekunin is a medical doctor, a trainee helicopter pilot and an entrepreneur who founded West Africa’s first indigenous air ambulance service, The Flying Doctors Nigeria which saves hundreds of lives across the region every year.

Prof Mayowa Owolabi
Professor of Neurology – University College Hospital, Ibadan
Mayowa O. OWOLABI (MBBS, MSc (distinction), DrMed (magna cum laude), MWACP, FMCP, FAAN, FAS) is Professor of Neurology in the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He studied Epidemiology and Global Health at University of Dundee, Scotland, UK and received his Dr. med. degree at Charité University of Medicine; Humboldt University and Free University Berlin, Germany. He has several awards including winner of the 2011 AU-TWAS Young Scientist National Award (Earth and Life Sciences) & 2011 Interacademy Medical Panel (IAMP) International Award for Young Physician Leaders, Berlin, German
Janvier Kabogo
Health Columnist Rwanda NewTimes
Kabogo Janvier is young professional with demonstrated experience working in the non-profit sector. Skilled in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Public Health, youth empowerment, strategic planning and leadership. He is the health columnist at the NewTimes (Rwanda’s leading English Daily) covering global public health, health advocacy, health policy, diseases and recent innovations and breakthroughs in healthcare. He worked with Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) as a professional intern/ Assistant Public Health Specialist. Prior to that he served as the chairperson of the World Healthcare Students Symposium (WHSS), promoting multidisciplinary collaboration among healthcare students and professionals. He is a Pharmacist by professional
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Dr Chizoba Wonodi
Country Director at John Hopkins IVAC

Dr. Chizoba Wonodi is public health physician with over twenty-seven years’ experience on projects in Africa, Asia and America. She is the Nigeria Country Director at the Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) based in Baltimore.

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Prof Kayode Odusote
Chairman: Foundation for Sustainable Development

Prof. Kayode Adetola Odusote graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1971 with MB;BS and intercalated B.Sc. (Med Sci.). He started his professional career at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in 1971. In 1974, he was appointed a Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine of the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos.

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Dr Adanna Chukwuma
Health Economist at The World Bank Group

Adanna Chukwuma is a Health Economist at the World Bank Group, where she leads the health team in Armenia, and supports the design, implementation, and evaluation of projects in Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, and India.

Professor Eme Owoaje
Health Physician at the University of Ibadan

Professor Eme Owoaje is a public health physician by training and has been working as lecturer in the Department of Community Medicine, University of Ibadan since 1998. She is also an honorary consultant to the University College Hospital, Ibadan.  

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Dr. Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde
Director, ACHEST

Dr. Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde the Director Health Work force Education and Development at the African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) 2016 to date. She was the Director of the African Coordinating Centre for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative MEPI at African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) from 2011 to 2016. 


Dr Charles Akhimien
Co-Founder: Mobicure

Dr. Charles Immanuel Akhimien is a medical doctor who co-founded MOBicure, a social enterprise providing mobile technology solutions in healthcare for Nigeria. MOBicure’s flagship product, the multi-award winning OMOMI mobile platform is providing over 34,000 women with life-saving maternal and child health information.

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Mr Runcie Chidebe
Founder: Project Pink-Blue

Runcie C.W. Chidebe, 31, a cancer control advocate, researcher, psychologist, a fighter for cancer patients and one of the leading voices advocating for Nigeria to make cancer control a national health priority.

Dr. Ahmedou Yacoub
Medical Officer WHO AFRO/IST/WA NCDs

Dr. Yacoub is a Mauritanian-born Doctor with experience in Public Health and Epidemiology. He received the Doctor of Medicine degree from the University Frères Mentouri, Constantine, Algeria in 1988.


Dr Stephen Obaro
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Stephen is Professor of Pediatrics, Director of International Pediatric Research Program and Adjunct Professor with the Department of Microbiology and Pathology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 


Dr. Peter Waiswa
Founder INDEPTH Network Maternal & Newborn Research Grp

Peter Waiswa is a Ugandan medical doctor trained in Public Health. He graduated with a joint PhD and later a Post-Doctoral fellowship; both as joint degrees/fellowships from Makerere University and Karolinska Institute, Sweden. 

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Dr Pauline Bakibinga
International Public Health Specialist

Dr Pauline is medical doctor and international public health specialist with a passion for health systems strengthening, with a bias towards reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. 

Abdulmalik, Jibril Omuya
Lecturer, University College Hospital, Ibadan

Dr Omuya is a Lecturer in University College Hospital, Ibadan. He finished his education in Master of Science (MSc), International Mental Health Policy and Services in 2015 in Universidade Nova de Lisboa.


Dr. Oluwayemi Cecilia Ogun
Medical Director at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos

Dr Ogun is the Medical Director of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos and a  Chief Consultant Psychiatrist and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She is a graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos.

Dr Mwaniki Kivwanga
Global Execution Lead, Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health

Dr Mwaniki Kivwanga is a Medical doctor and public health specialist with more than 15 years’ experience in clinical practice, public health and public health programs management, as well as clinical and operational research with a focus on Maternal, newborn and child health, HIV/AIDS, TB, Mental Health, Health Policy & Healthcare Management.

Mr. Adam Thompson
Executive Director and Co-Founder,
eHealth Systems Africa

Adam co-founded eHealth Africa in 2009. As Executive Director, Adam provides executive management for the entire organization, leveraging his expertise in global health and informatics to strategically innovate and lead eHA’s business development, research, private sector engagement, and health information technology initiatives.

Dr. Clement Lugala Peter
WHO Health Emergencies Program in Nigeria

Dr Clement Lugala Peter (MD, MPH) is the Team lead for the WHO Health Emergencies Program in Nigeria. He is a Public Health Expert with over 20 years’ experience in humanitarian and development work. He has worked extensively in the area of health emergencies including disease outbreaks, other humanitarian crisis and disease prevention and control.

He brings a wealth of experiences in combining health emergencies and disease prevention and control.

Dr Segun Fatudimu –  African Medical Students and SDGs

Segun Fatudimu is a dentist practicing in Ibadan, Nigeria. Alongside his private practice, he has 9 years of experience in the development sector as a youth development strategist and community mobilizer with extensive experience in creating youth platforms that engage youth in playing active innovative roles in community development.


Ogunbiyi Rukayat 
- Mental Health in Africa

Rukayat Ogunbiyi is the founder of Sane Mind Advocacy organization. A mental health advocacy created to fil the paucity of information and services around mental health in Nigeria. She became passionate after her internship as a pharmacist at the federal neuropsychiatric hospital in Yaba.


Dr Elizabeth T. Peters – Medical Education in Africa


Dr. Elizabeth T. Peters has many years of experience in civil society management in different organizations and roles. She has been an invited speaker at the World Health Organization, United Nations Youth Assembly, and the GIMAC Pre-Africa Union Summit.


Dr Isaac Olufadewa – Maternal and Child Health


Isaac Iyinoluwa Olufadewa is a recipient of several awards for his distinction in leadership and community development, including the Award  of Excellence presented to him by the then Vice-Chancellor of Nigeria’s premier university (University of Ibadan) during “Jaw War” finale in November, 2015.


Dr Subomi Omoleye – Infectious Diseases in Africa

Dr. Olasubomi Jimmy Omoleye is an avid researcher and medical education enthusiast who is deeply passionate about the application of technology in medicine. He is the current Publicity Director, C.H.E.C.K (Creating Healthier Communities and Kinship) Medical Missions Inc., a non-governmental organization that is committed to the provision of healthcare, advocacy, and education to underserved communities.


Dr Zainab Odufuye – The Burden of NCDs

Zainab Oyindamola Odufuye was born in Lagos State, Nigeria. She is a graduate of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan. During her undergraduate days, she was an active member of the University of Ibadan Medical Students’ Association as well as other student organisations where she was part of and headed several committees. She is currently a medical house officer at the University College Hosptial, Ibadan. She is interested in working towards the achievement of affordable healthcare for all. Outside her medical career, she enjoys public speaking, sightseeing and volunteering with non-profit organisations.


Dr Noimot Balogun- Sustainable vaccination schemes in Africa


Dr Noimot Abisola Balogun is a Public health communicator and the founder of Linka.NG, a health relationship company that interfaces between colleagues in the health system and the people they serve.

Ope Okunbor  – Social Determinants of Health


A practicing Dental surgeon with an interest in Public Health. Graduated from the University Of Ibadan in 2014 making the Deanʼs List and winning the Provost Award, He has certifications in Advance Trauma and Life Support -American Heart Society; Health Management and leadership, HIV management and Health Economics, all from The School Of Global Health, University Of Washington,USA; A certified HSE 1&2 from The Chartered Institute Of Environmental Health, UK and still on a zigzag journey to being a global expert in Public Health.

He is a Professional Photographer, a Chef and a writer in his spare time.


Panel Discussions & Special Sessions

FAMSA GA 2018 will feature panel discussions and breakout sessions will involve participants partaking in a wide array of enriching discussions in smaller and more engaging groups. These sessions will run concurrently and participants will be required to select and register their preferences before the conference begins. The sessions will include oral presentations, workshops, short courses, trainings and hackathons.


  1. Plenary sessions will feature 3-5 panelists with a moderator. The topic of discussion will center on the subthemes of the conference. All conference participants will be involved in the sessions.
  2. Parallel/ Break-out sessions will involve participants partaking in a wide array of enriching discussions in smaller and more engaging groups. These sessions will run concurrently and participants will be required to select and register their preferences before the conference begins. The sessions will include oral presentations, workshops, short courses, trainings and hackathons.
  3. Poster break/ Exhibition time creates a dedicated atmosphere for rich scientific communication. Poster and other exhibits will be showcased on allocated stands and participants can go round to engage the presenters creating an ambient intellectual milieu.