Prof Fausto Pinto graduated at Lisbon University Medical School in 1984. He did his Cardiology internship at Santa Maria University Hospital – CHLN, E.P.E. (Lisbon, Portugal), and Stanford University Medical School (CA, USA), where he was a Clinical Fellow. He was then Clinical Attending in the Echocardiography laboratory and underwent an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at the same institution. He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal), and Full Professor of Cardiology, Head of the Cardiology Department and of the Heart and Vascular Department of Santa Maria University Hospital, CHULN E.P.E., President Elect of the World Heart Federation (WHF) (2019-2020), National Coordinator of the Medical Schools Council (2018-2020) and President of the Executive Board of the Lisbon Academic Medical Centre (CAML) (2019-2021) and Director of Lisbon Cardiovascular Institute (ICVL) since 1999. He was the President and founder of the European Association of Echocardiography (2002-04), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), Chairman of the CPC (Congress Program Committee) of ESC (2008-10), Chair of the European Heart Agency (2016-2018) and ESC President (2014-16). He is currently the President Elect of the World Heart Federation (WHF) (2019-2020), and integrates the Board of the European Heart for Children. He is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC), American College of Cardiology (FACC), American Society of Angiology (FASA), Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (FSCAI) and the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) and Honorary Member of several international societies, including Societé Française de Cardiologie, Sociedad Colombiana de Cardiologia, American Society of Echocardiography, Societá Italiana de Ecografia Cardiovascular, Hungarian Society of Cardiology, Japanese Circulation Society, Sociedad Peruana de Cardiologia, Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences, Romanian Society of Cardiology, Russian Society of Cardiology, and Slovakian Society of Cardiology. Appointed by acclamation (29 November 2018) as Honorary Member of the National Academy of Medicine of Brazil. He is the Honorary President of the International Committee for Education and Cooperation of the Italian Society of Medical Science (SISMED). He was the Editor in Chief of the Portuguese Journal of Cardiology (1999-2015), and is currently Consulting Editor and Member of the Advisory and Editorial of Board of several international peer-reviewed journals, and Expert Reviewer for the European Commission. Prof. Pinto has published over 600 indexed articles and has presented over 1500 lectures/chairmanships at national and mostly international meetings. His main areas of interest are ischemic heart disease, anticoagulation, cardiovascular imaging, particularly on the use of ultrasound in cardiology and pioneered the use of intravascular ultrasound in the study of graft atherosclerosis.
Albertino Damasceno MD, PhD, FESC, FISH, is a Full Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique. Previous head of the Cardiology Department of the Maputo Central Hospital between 1984 and 2018, he leads a very productive research unit in the Department of Medicine of the same hospital that publishes more than 15 papers per year. His areas of interests include hypertension and salt sensitivity, heart failure, stroke and cardiovascular epidemiology. He was a member of the steering committees of several landmark studies such as INTERHEART, INTERSTROKE, RELY, THESUS, IMPI, REMEDY, CREOLE. Is Author or Co-Author of more than 200 peer review papers with more than 30 500 citations, a h Index of 55 and a i10-index of 111. He is a member of the Lancet Commission on Hypertension, International Society of Hypertension and its African Regional Advisory Group, South African Heart Association and the Pan African Society of Cardiology and vice president of the Heart Failure task force for Southern Africa. He was one of the trustees of the ASO. He is now a member of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Noncommunicable Diseases (STAG-NCD).
Prof. Liesl Zühlke, MBChB DCH FCPaeds Cert Card MPH FESC FACC PhD trained as a Paediatric Cardiologist in Cape Town and Dusseldorf, Germany. She has a MPH in clinical research methods, and her doctorate at the University of Cape Town provided new insights on outcomes of symptomatic and asymptomatic Rheumatic Heart Disease. Prof Zuhlke is widely regarded as an emerging leader in cardiovascular medicine on the African continent. Her major research interests lie in Rheumatic Heart Disease and congenital heart disease. A paediatric cardiologist in the Dept of Pediatric Cardiology at RXH, she worked as the clinical co-coordinator of the ASAP programme, managing several large scale RHD projects in South Africa and on the African continent. In this capacity, she was instrumental in the development, coordination, and management of the largest prospective RHD registry the Rheumatic Heart Disease Registry (the REMEDY study) involving 25 sites, in 12 African countries, Yemen and India and is currently the national leader of the INVICTUS study, which aims to enroll over 30 000 RHD patients. She has received several awards including an academic excellence award from Discovery, NIH Fogarty Fellowship, Wellcome CIDRI and Thrasher awards and the Hamilton Naki Post-doctoral Clinical Scholarship, an award given to clinical scholars of excellence. She is the immediate past president of the pediatric cardiac society of South Africa, President of the South African Heart Association and the chairperson of the Pan African Society of Cardiology Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Task force. She was one of the organizers of the 6th World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery 2013, the World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health 2016 and is on the organising committee for the World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in 2017. A previous board member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, she is now on the board of the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research and is co-director of Rheach (Rheumatic Heart Disease-Evidence, Advocacy, Communication and Hope), the recipient of one of the largest grants from Medtronic Philanthropy for work in Rheumatic heart disease. The initiative will be providing scientific and technical support for Global RHD programmes over the next five years.
Prof. Dr. Amam Mbakwem is a professor of Medicine at the University of Lagos and a consultant cardiologist to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. She completed her residency training in internal medicine and cardiology at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and received a Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians. She underwent further training in cardiology at the Wolfson Heart Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel and Azienda Sanitaria, Tuscany, Italy. Dr Mbakwem’s research interest includes Heart failure, systemic and pulmonary hypertension, heart disease in women, effective communication in disease management and the psychosocial issues in cardiovascular diseases. She is a member of the Nigerian Hypertension society guidelines writing committee. She is the immediate past President of the Nigerian Cardiac Society and a member of the European Society of Cardiology working group on Peripartum cardiomyopathy. She is the treasurer of PASCAR.
A passionate advocate for pro-poor Universal Health Coverage, Dr. Githinji Gitahi joined Amref Health Africa as the Global Chief Executive Officer in June 2015. Amref Health Africa, founded in 1957, is the largest Africa-led international organization, reaching more than 11 million people each year through 150 health-focused projects across 35 countries. Until his appointment to Amref Health Africa, Dr Gitahi was the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, Smile Train International. Prior to that, Dr Gitahi was Managing Director for Monitor Publications in Uganda as well as General Manager for Marketing and Circulation in East Africa for the Nation Media Group. He held progressively senior positions at GlaxoSmithKline and worked at the Avenue Group. Dr Gitahi is the former Co-Chair of the UHC2030 Steering Committee, a global World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO) initiative for Universal Health Coverage (UHC); and has recently been appointed as the Co-Chair Strategic Advocacy Committee PMNCH and a member of the Unilever Sustainability Advisory Council. He serves on several Boards, notably – Board of Directors of The Standard Group in Kenya, Board of Trustees of Safaricom Foundation and Governing Board of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and prevention (Africa CDC). He is also a member of the Commission/Taskforce on Africa’s COVID-19 Response. Dr Gitahi holds a bachelor’s degree in Medicine from the University of Nairobi, a master’s degree in Business Administration from the United States International University, as well as a Certificate for Strategic Perspectives for Nonprofit Management from Harvard University.
Prof. Gerald Yonga is Visiting Professor of NCD Research to Policy at University of Nairobi. He was Foundation Chair of NCD Alliance Kenya and is currently President of East Africa NCD Alliance and Africa NCD Alliances Network. He was Board member of The Global NCD Alliance 2017 -2021. He is also a member of The WHO-CSO working group on NCDs. Prof Yonga has over 100 publications in high impact peer-reviewed journals in cardiology and NCDs and has trained many NCD healthcare providers at primary and secondary levels of care.
Mr. Stephen Ogweno is a global health enthusiast, a non-communicable diseases (NCDs) advocate and an author known for his vast work in developing programmes and innovations, aimed at improving NCDs literacy and access to care. As the founder and CEO of Stowelink, he has led the implementation of such programmes in over 8 countries in Africa. In addition to this Ogweno also currently serves as a steering member of the World Health Organization (WHO) NCDs Labs under the thematic area NCDs and the Next Generation where he advices the WHO on strategies of achieving SDG 3.4. Besides that Ogweno also sits in various boards and educates on various global NCD schools including the World Obesity Scope Schools and in the C3 Collaborating for Health ICN Symposiums. Ogweno Stephen is also a published scientific researcher, a keynote speaker, and the author of 4 books with his latest title being Practical Skills for Entrepreneurial Success. Ogweno is an avid reader who loves traveling and enjoys a quiet meditation every morning. Learn more at www.ogwenostephen.com.
Dr. Alvin Wachira holds an MBChB from Makerere University, is a fellow of the college of physicians of South Africa and holds a PG diploma in Diabetes. Dr. Wachira works as a consultant physician In Machakos level 5 hospital and is one of the heads of the diabetes centre of excellence in the same hospital. He has a special interest in preventive management of CVD and especially diabetes remission using Intensive lifestyle management.
Mr. Konzolo Edward Ligondo is a Bachelor of Education (BED) Degree holder from Moi University in 1992. I taught in several schools up to 2012 when I was caught up with stroke and retired on medical grounds. I was taken as the secretary of the association in 2015. Through my time as a secretary, I have been a champion when it comes to matters stroke. I have been able even to present People Living with Non-Communicable Diseases (PLWNCDs) on United Nations High Level Meetings (UNHLM) in New York in September 2018, apart from representing stroke fraternity and NCDs in general in local for a to discuss how web can fight this scourge of NCDs.
Mr Reuben Magoko Carlo is an elderly married man with three grown-up children and a grandfather of 11 children. I am the founder member of Kenya Defeat Diabetes Association (KDDA) and a dedicated church leader, in Presbyterian Church of East Africa, formerly P.C.E.A. Mt. Kenya Region Health Committee Treasurer, Kieni West Presbyterian Health Committee Chairman, P.C.E.A Mweiga Parish Health Committee Chairman and lastly P.C.E.A. Mwiyogo Parish Health Committee Chairman. I was at one time a Dissemination Officer of Kenya Red Cross Society Nyeri Branch and Chairman of KRC Kieni West Subbranch. I am also the founder and chairperson of Nyeri County Diabetes Support Groups. I was a National Executive Committee member (NEC) of Ford People Party holding a position of National Organizing Secretary. Currently I am the National Chairman of Kenya Defeat Diabetes Association and KDDA Projects Focal Person. I am a Kenyan and a very proud person living with diabetes. My main objective is to transform diabetes patients making them people living with diabetes in partnership with other stakeholders. United We Can.
Dr Catherine Karekezi, a pharmacist by profession with PhD specialisation in Medicinal Chemistry, holds key positions in the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) arena as: Executive Director and previously Technical Advisor NCD Alliance Kenya, Member of Board and Research Committee East African Non-communicable Diseases Alliance and a founder Director of Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Centre. She also serves as a Member of the NCD Child Task Force on Essential Medicines and previously as a Member of Steering Group Community of Practice (CoP) for the Meaningful Involvement of People Living with NCDs hosted by the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the prevention and control of NCDs (WHO GCM/NCDs). Dr Karekezi has previous experience in academia and research at: Rhodes University (South Africa), University of Nairobi, USIU Africa and Kenya Medical Research Institute. She contributes to NCD prevention, access to treatment and care, health systems strengthening, research, advocacy, and policy development in the region.
I am a Governance, Health and Social Justice advocate and a Patient for Patient Champion having been a victim of a medical error and suffering from a range of chronic diseases. I am a holder of a Bachelor of Arts Public Administration and a Master of Arts Development Studies obtained from the University of East Anglia, UK. I have over 34 years Public Sector experience having served in various Ministries including the Ministry of Health and Population where I successfully steered the multi-development partner Sector Wide Approach (SWAP) and Human Resources for Health programme as part of the Malawi Health system strengthening. I retired from the Office of the Ombudsman Having served for 11 years in September 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. I am a Board Member of the International Alliance for Patients Organizations, IAPO, UK with effect from 1st August 2018, Founder Board Member for Geneva-based Patient for Patient Safety Observatory since October 2020 and Advisory Board member for University of York Thanzi La Onse (TLO)-Health for All Africa Program since August 2021. In my work, I collaborate with International Bodies such as the International Alliance of Patients Organizations (IAPO) UK where I am a Board Member representing the Africa Region 2018, WHO Patient for Patient Safety Champion, World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA), WHO Patient for Patient Safety Network, and the African Liver Patient Association (ALPA). I am a Founder Board member for IAPO Geneva Based Patient for Patient Safety Observatory with effect from 2020. Armed with my medical error experience, work experience in the Ministry of Health as well as having seen what patients, some of them are my Relations and kinsmen most of them illiterate and feel disempowered go through in the Public Health system because of lack of awareness of Their patient rights and a deeply rooted culture of complaining in silence. Patient organizations in Malawi struggle to coordinate their efforts hence no harmonized voice to advocate on issues of concern encountered in the health system. I am therefore involved in the work which attempts to speak up for the patients who suffer from the health Challenges they encounter as they seek the services throughout the Country. I am also involved in patient and community empowerment and Awareness activities so that vulnerable communities are aware of their rights, enjoy their rights and welfare to the maximum as well as hold the duty bearers accountable without any fear of repercussions. I lobby and advocate for the implementation of more humane, equitable, passionate Patient-centered health and social service delivery, and ensure that Malawi has a robust vibrant Patient movement that is informing health Policy and practice. This, I collaborate closely with the Ministry of Health, District Councils, District Health authorities and various non-state actors. Malawi does not have universal health insurance hence making the Attainment of UHC a challenge. My passion and strong belief in NOTHING FOR US WITHOUT US drives Me to soldier on this noble task despite the resource challenges.
Prof Ali Ibrahim Toure. After Baccalauréat at National HIGH SCHOOL. I attended Medical SCHOOL for general medicine in Dakar (Senegal). Residency in Dakar medical SCHOOL and in Montpellier medical SCHOOL. And Bordeaux medical teaching school. Consultant CARDIOLOGIST teaching hospital of LAMORDE NIGER. Assistant Professor medical school in NIGER. Graduation of Maître de Conference Agrégé in Paris 1990.
- 1990-1992: Training in New England Institute of EPIDEMIOLOGY in Boston (USA). DIRECTOR of Teaching Hospital of LAMORDE until 1994. Elected Dean 1994 of the faculty of Medical Sciences (Medical school) of Niamey (Niger capital city). Chairman of Cardiovascular Department and Internal Medicine department.
- 1996: Full Professor in Cardiology of CAMES (Conférence Africaine Malgache pour l’enseignement Supérieur (High Commission for High education of African French Speaking countries). Special medical ADVISOR of Minister of Health and President of Niger republic from 2000 to 2010. Associate Member of FRENCH Cardiac society. FESC, AHA/ASA Professional Membership. President of Niger cardiac Society. Vice President of Pan African Society of Cardiology. Member of CAMES JURY for HIGH Education board in Medicine and member of the high commission of medical education quality committee in the CAMES states (19states).
- Field of Interest: HIGH BLOOD pressure, Rheumatic Heart Diseases, Congenital Heart diseases, Ischemic Heart diseases, Heart failure. Quality Assurance in Medical Education and Health Care Board for African French speaking countries (CAMES). (19states)
- Distinctions: Knight of National Academic Palms (Niger); Knight of International Academic Palms of CAMES (African French Speaking High council of Universities); High Officer of National Merit of Niger Republic; Knight of Honor Legion (Légion d’honneur France); Knight of Malta Order
Prof. Augustine Odili is a Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine in the department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Abuja, and Consultant Cardiologist University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja. He was formerly the Deputy Dean Faculty of Clinical Sciences and Pioneer Director of Research and Innovation Directorate. He currently serves in the University Research Council, the apex research governing body of University. Augustine graduated from the prestigious College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus with a distinction in Medical Physiology. He had his postgraduate training at the Jos University Teaching Hospital under the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria from where he graduated in 2006 with two awards viz:- the Best Part II and the Best Overall Candidate in Internal Medicine. In addition, he holds a Ph.D in Cardiovascular Epidemiology from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He won various scholarships through which he acquired further training in Clinical Cardiology and Cardiovascular Epidemiology. These include the Royal College of Physicians Visiting Fellowship to St. Thomas Hospital, London, the Coimbra Group Scholarship for Young African Scholars to University of Leuven, Belgium; International Fellowship on Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention at Hydrabad, India and the World Heart Federation Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Fellowship at Cape town South Africa. In 2016, he won the Wellcome Trust UK Seed Award in Science. Augustine’s research interest is focused on hypertension epidemiology and understanding the circulatory system dysfunction in diabetes mellitus. He is the principal investigator of various research projects including: REMAH (REmoving the MAsk on Hypertension), NIPREGH (Nigerian Population Research on Environment Gene and Health), HERALD (Heart of an African Living with Diabetes) and NSS (Nigerian Salt Survey). He established the Circulatory Health Research Laboratory (CHRL) at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital for training and research in cardiovascular health. The research agenda of CHRL spans from basic through clinical science to epidemiology and implementation science with an overarching goal of creating solutions to problems challenging the human circulatory system. Augustine initiated the Community Action Against Non-Communicable Diseases (COMAAND); a community-based intervention project set to address the epidemic of non-communicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. COMAAND project is currently being piloted In conjunction with the Society for Public Health and Social Development (SPHSD) and the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) in three communities of Anambra state, Nigeria. He is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Hypertension, Journal of Clinical Hypertension, and the Nigerian Journal of Cardiology (NJC). He is a reviewer for Hypertension, Blood Pressure Monitoring, Blood Pressure, Journal of Hypertension and BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. He is currently the Secretary General of Nigerian Cardiac Society, Vice President of the Nigerian Hypertension Society and President Society for Public Health and Social Development. He is the chair of the International Society of Hypertension African Regional Advisory Group. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology, and the Nigerian Cardiac Society.
Mr. Johnpaul Omollo is a public health professional and a health Policy analysist with vast experience in health systems strengthening and health policy advocacy. He has extensive expertise in health policy formulation, monitoring and evaluation, health systems strengthening and program management. Currently he is the Health Research and development officer at PATH. Before joining PATH, Mr Omollo was the National Coordinator of the Health NGOs Network (HENNET). Before that, He served as the Health Systems Strengthening Officer at LVCT health, and The Quality Control and Quality Assurance officer in an influenza effectiveness study at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mr Omollo was a member of the Universal Health Coverage, Health Benefits Advisory Panel (UHC-HBAP), a team charged with the responsibility of designing an affordable, responsive health benefits package for the delivery of Universal Health Coverage in Kenya. He also serves as a member of the African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization partnership platform. He previously served in the global Gavi CSOs steering committee and the global financing facility civil society steering committee. He holds a Master’s in Public Health.
Dr. Bernard Gitura is Consultant Physician & Cardiologist, department of Cardiology Kenyatta National Hospital, President Kenya Cardiac Society, Chair the Research Committee, Cardiology Department, KNH. Spend a lot of my time doing clinical work and Research. I am the National Leader and a Principal investigator for the INVICTUS Study an International multicentre Clinical Study in RHD. I am the Principal investigator for Kenyatta Hospital in the National Heart Registry Study. I have played a leading role in the KCS World Heart Federation funded Kenya National Cardiovascular Guidelines dissemination project.
Dr. Zipporah Ali is the current chair of the Non-Communicable Disease Alliance of Kenya (NCDAK). She is a palliative care physician and advocate. She is also a Public Health Specialist. She served as the Executive Director of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) for 15 years. She sits on the Kenya Network of Cancer organization (KENCO), Alzheimer/Dementia-Kenya, Public Health and Palliative Care International (PHPCI), and the City Cancer Challenge boards. She is passionate about the empowerment of Civil Societies, Patient Lead organizations, Persons Living with NCDs and Persons Living with Palliative Care Needs. She has been instrumental in palliative care advocacy in Kenya and beyond and has advocated for palliative care to be fully integrated into the Kenya Health System. She has also been involved in advocacy for Universal Health Cover (UHC) and believes every person in Kenya should have access to quality health care services, from prevention to palliation. She has received a number of awards in recognition of her work nationally and globally. These include:
Doctor of Law Honoris Causa-University of Dundee (2018)
International Humanitarian Award-Women4Africa (2018)
Social Impact Award for the Sub-Saharan Africa region-British Council (2018)
Honorary Doctor of the University by Oxford Brookes University (2012)
Individual Advocacy Award by the African Palliative Care Association and Open Society Foundations (2013)
African Palliative Care Award –(In recognition for being on the interim board and later serving on the board for 2 teams) -2007.