1. Prof Miriam K. Were


Miriam K. Were is a Medical doctor who qualified from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, in 1973. Subsequently she specialized in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in USA from which she received both the Masters (MPH) and Doctor of Public Health (Dr PH) degrees.

MamaMiriam’s career life: As a Senior Program Officer for Health and Nutrition in UNICEF, Ethiopia: 1985-1990; Country Representative of the World Health Organisation in Ethiopia: 1990-1993; Director in UNFPA of a Team of Technical Advisors for East, Central and Anglophone West Africa: 1993-2000 at retirement.

MamaMiriam’s personal values are underpinned by integrity, respect for human life and its dignity especially as expressed in values of Social Justice that also address gender as well as responsibility of the human family for well-being of planet earth in the context of concerns for environment and climate change.

2. Dr Jacobus Kamfer (Jakkie) Cilliers
Dr. Cilliers is the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies and Head of the African Futures and Innovation Section. He has a B. Mil (B.A.) from the University of Stellenbosch and a Hons. B.A., M.A. (cum laude) and DLitt et Phil from the University of South Africa (UNISA). Awards include the Bronze Medal from the South African Society for the Advancement of Science and the H Bradlow Research Bursary. He was born in Stellenbosch, South Africa on 16th April 1956. Dr Cilliers co-founded the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in 1990 and played an important role in the transformation of the South African armed forces and the institution of civilian control over the military in the period 1990 to 1996. At present most of Dr Cilliers` interests relate to the emerging security architecture in Africa as reflected in the developments under the banner of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union as well as issues around African long-term future.

3. Dr. Sobbie Z. A. Mulindi

Dr. Sobbie Z. A. Mulindi is a Senior Lecturer/Consultant at the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine - University of Nairobi. He is also an international disaster and crisis management specialist. He is the former Director of Coordination and Support of the National AIDS Control Council. Dr. Mulindi has spearheaded HIV and AIDS campaigns in Kenya for the last 30 years. In 2012, Dr. Mulindi led 56 chief executives to test publicly for HIV in an effort to enhance and strengthen HIV/AIDS awareness in the private sector with the aim to reduce medical costs, insurance cover, funeral expenses, absenteeism and low productivity. He is a former Carniege Post-Doctoral Fellow member at Harvard Medical School and a Member of the Global Health Leadership Forum at Berkeley University USA and Kings College, London.

4. Ronak Gopaldas

Ronak is the Head of Country Risk at Rand Merchant Bank in Johannesburg where he manages a team which assesses the economic, political, security and operational dynamics in a number of Sub Saharan African countries for the organisation. Ronak travels extensively to strategic countries to understand on the ground dynamics and engages in robust qualitative and quantitative analysis to identify key country themes and trends which guide the bank’s strategic investment decisions. He is a regular commentator in the local and international press and writes opinion and analysis pieces for various publications. In 2011, Ronak was selected as one of SA’s “Brightest Young Minds” and is currently a fellow of the second youth class of the African Leadership Initiative. Ronak holds a BCom degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) with Business French as well as a BCom (Hons) in Financial Analysis and Portfolio management from the University of Cape Town.

5. Yasushi KATSUMA, Ph.D., LL.M.
Dean & Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University; Vice-President, Japan Society for International Development (JASID)

At Waseda University, Professor Yasushi KATSUMA is Dean of the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS), Director of the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (WIAPS), and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of International Research & Education (FIRE).
He also serves the Japan Society for International Development (JASID) as a Vice-President; the Japan Association for United Nations Studies (JAUNS) as a Director and a Steering Committee Member; and the Association of Former International Civil Servants, Japan (AFICS-Japan) as an Executive Member.
Prior to joining the faculty of Waseda University, he was a staff member of UNICEF at Mexico Area Office, Afghanistan Country Office and the Office in Tokyo. Previously he was consultant for Japanese ODA, conducting research in South & Southeast Asia and Latin America.
Prof. KATSUMA received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; LL.M. & LL.B. from Osaka University; and B.A. from International Christian University, after working as a volunteer for a British project in Honduras and studying at the University of California-San Diego. His fields of specialization are Development Studies (Human Development; Global Health), International Human Rights Studies (Child Rights), and Human Security Studies.

6. Oyewale Tomori, DVM, PhD, FAS, FCVSN, FRCPath (UK) NNOM, FASTMH

Oyewale Tomori, President, Nigerian Academy of Science, was the pioneer Vice-Chancellor (2004-2011), at the Redeemer’s University, Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK), Nigeria Academy of Science and Nigeria College of Veterinary Surgeons and a recipient of the Nigeria National Order of Merit (NNOM), Nigeria’s highest award for academic, intellectual attainment and national development

Professor Tomori has served and currently serves on several national and international advisory bodies: Nigeria National Task Force on Epidemic Diseases; Expert Working Group (EWG) for the Development of National Laboratory Services Policy; Nigeria Expert Review Committee (ERC) on Poliomyelitis Eradication and Routine Immunization. At the international level, Dr. Tomori is a member of the US-IOM Committee on Sustainable Global Surveillance of zoonotic diseases; US-IOM Committee on identifying and prioritizing new preventive vaccines for development; WHO Africa Regional Certification Committee (ARCC) for Poliomyelitis Eradication; WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research; WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE); Co-Chairman, African Science Academies’ Study Team on Country Ownership of Africa’s Development – Post 2015 plan on MDGs. He is a Senior Editor of African Journal of Laboratory Medicine (AJLM). He also serves on the Board of Network of African Science Academies (NASAC). He is one of the 15 Commissioners serving on the Commission on Creating a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future recently appointed by the World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the US National Academy of Medicine. The Commission will conduct a study and prepare a report to recommend an effective global architecture for recognizing and mitigating the threat of epidemic infectious diseases.
Dr. Tomori has been Guest Speaker at numerous national and international conferences. He has authored and co-authored more than 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and he is a prolific commentator on public issues, especially on science and education.

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