Our Advisory Members
Partnerships with our advisory members are the core copmpoment of our center. Our advisory members are the world-leading professionals from academia, international organizations, NGOs and businesses in diverse fields of global health.
Dr. Alex Coutinho
Dr. Alex Coutinho is a Global health leader who has practiced medicine and public health in Africa for the past 37 years. He most recently was the Executive Director for Partners in Health in Rwanda 2015-2018 and the previous Chair of the Boards for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative based in New York and the International Partnership for Microbicides based in Washington DC. Dr. Coutinho has been involved with the HIV/AIDS epidemic since 1982 when the first cases emerged in Uganda and over the years has provided care and treatment services directly to HIV+ people as a physician as well as designed and led large scale HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in Swaziland and Uganda.
In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Hideyo Noguchi Africa prize by the Japanese Government together with Dr. Peter Piot, recognizing his contribution to global health and scale up of innovative health approaches. Currently Dr. Coutinho serves on the Ashinaga Board in Japan. He is also a senior Lecturer at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda.
His passion is Global Health as well as leadership development and mentoring. He is an articulate and compelling public speaker who has addressed many large scale global health meetings with key note addresses and presentations and is able to communicate complex issues in an accurate but easy to understand narrative to varying audiences.
Currently Dr. Coutinho is back in Uganda, working as an independent consultant, motivational speaker and a mentor for global health leaders.
Dr. Lucica Ditiu
Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership, is a Romanian physician and relentless leader in the global fight against tuberculosis and other communicable diseases – and particularly in the fight to leave no one behind. During her almost 30-year career, she has become one of the strongest advocates in the international community on tuberculosis. Under Lucica’s leadership since 2011, the Stop TB Partnership has evolved into a lean, innovative and progressive team that represents one of the most influential advocacy voices on global health and tuberculosis providing support – financial as well as TB medicines and diagnostics – for the global TB response, with an ambitious agenda of transparency and accountability.
A strong believer in innovation, flexibility, change and breaking rules, Lucica is dedicated to driving political commitment and engagement to accelerate the efforts to End TB.
Prof. David L. Heymann
David L. Heymann is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House in London. Previously, he was WHO's Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment and Executive Director of the WHO Communicable Diseases Cluster where he led the global response to SARS. Before WHO, Prof Heymann was a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa, on assignment from the US CDC. Here he participated in the first and second outbreaks of Ebola. He is the recipient of a number of public health awards, including the Heinz Award on the Human Condition. He has over 200 peer reviewed publications, commentaries and book chapters and is the editor of the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual. In 2009, Prof. Heymann was appointed an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for service to global public health.
Dr. Francis Omaswa
Dr. Francis Omaswa is the Executive of the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (CHEST), an initiative incorporated in Uganda and promoted by a network of African and International leaders in health and development. He also chairs the Independent Advisory Group to the WHO Director for the African Region.
He was a Special Adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General and founding Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) a partnership that is dedicated to identifying and providing solutions to the global heath workforce crisis.
He was Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya, and founding Director of the Uganda Heart Institute at at Makerere University, Uganda. He is the founding His current research interests are in Leadership Capacity of Ministries of Health, Health Systems Governance, Health professionals education and training and Health Worker migration, retention and distribution.
At global level, he was chair of the GAVI Independent Review Committee, Senior Advisor to the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health, founding Chair of the Global Stop TB Partnership, Chair of the Portfolio and Procurement Committee of the Global Fund Board. He was a member of the steering committee of the High Level Forum on health-related MDGs. At the African Level, he has served on many committees and expert panels and he was the lead consultant in developing the African Union HIV Policy.
In 2019, he recieved the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize.
Prof. Rosanna Peeling
Rosanna Peeling is currently Professor and Chair of Diagnostics Research and Director of the International Diagnostics Centre (IDC) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her work focuses on facilitating test development and evaluation to inform policy and procurement decisions in developing countries. She established the IDC to advocate the value of diagnostics, foster innovation, and accelerate evaluation, regulatory approval and policy development for sustainable adoption of quality-assured diagnostics.
Prof. Peeling has served as a member of WHO guideline working groups, WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts for in-vitro Diagnostics, the Global Validation Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV-Syphilis; the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Innovation Fund (GAMRIF), and the UK Longitude Prize to combat antimicrobial resistance. She was awarded the George MacDonald Medal for outstanding contribution to tropical medicine by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, becoming the first woman to receive this honour.
Dr. Dhesi Baha Raja
Dr. Dhesi Baha Raja is a Public Health Medicine Specialist who is passionate about data science and machine learning. He completed his Masters in Public Health Medicine, Doctorate in Health Informatics and pursued his graduate studies in (GSP) Exponential Technology in Silicon Valley, California. Dr. Dhesi was formerly the advisor to the MoH in Malaysia and currently spearheading the Young Digital Leaders.
One of Dr Dhesi’s key contribution to Malaysia was the Data Managing tool & Health Information Technology Program that organizes birth data, immunization coverage & tracks high risks pregnancies in real time. The technology has been implemented in more than 50 hospitals and 800 health clinics in Malaysia.
During his graduate studies, he co-founded AIME (Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidemiology) that has the capability of identifying deadly outbreaks 3 month in advance & geo-locating them up to 400-meter radius at real time. This invention was selected as the top 5 projects in Silicon Valley, California.
Under his leadership in various organizations, Dr Dhesi was chosen by Forbes International as the Top 40 World Changers, acknowledgement as an exemplary by the Clinton Foundation, Winner of the Pistoia Life Science Innovations Award 2016 by King’s College London, and was even awarded MIT Top 10 Innovator Award 2017. Recently he was seen as a leader in health innovations and was awarded as the Top 10 Exceptional Scientist by the United Nations during the recent 2016 UN General Assembly.
Dr. Khama Rogo
Trained as an obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Rogo later earned my PhD in Gynecologic Oncology from, Sweden. After a successful career in academic medicine in three continents, he embarked on international health where he has been an articulate advocate for reproductive health and rights for over two decades.
He has served on the Advisory Board of The David and Lucille Packard Foundation (Palo Alto), Board of Directors of PATH (Seattle), each for the maximum 9 years and on the Boards of IntraHealth (North Carolina) and The Center for African Family Studies (CAFS). He also served on the board of Regional Prevention of Maternal Mortality Network and was a founder member of WHO's Gender Advisory Group, serving the maximum six years. He was also a member of the Regional Task Force for Reproductive Health (WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF & WB) and the NEPAD Health Committee.
He currently serves as the Lead Health Sector Specialist and Head of the Health in Africa Initiative, a private sector in health focused program of the World Bank Group. Prior to that, he was Senior Advisor for Population and Reproductive Health at The World Bank.
He has published over one hundred peer reviewed paper, chapters and books.
He continues to pursue academic through numerous Adjunct Professorial appointments, lectures and supervision of post- graduate students in Universities in Africa, Europe and North America.