Tereza Belay

Tereza Belay

Tereza Belay is a senior nursing leader in the Federal Ministry of Health in Ethiopia. She currently serves as Ethiopia’s national nursing education and training coordinator. She began her nursing career in 1985 in Gambella, where she helped establish family planning services in a remote region of the country. For 26 years, she worked in the Black Lion Specialized Hospital in positions that included staff nurse, anesthetic nurse, and critical…

Gezashign Denekew

Gezashign Denekew

Gezashign Denekew is a national nursing and midwifery service coordinator in Ethiopia. She currently serves as coordinator of the hospital reform care team in the clinical service directorate at the Federal Ministry of Health in Ethiopia. In addition, she chairs a national working group on nursing and midwifery care, which developed a reference manual and other tools to improve quality of care nationwide. She is also a member of the…

Joseph Jatta

Joseph Jatta

Joseph Jatta is a nurse and public health expert in The Gambia. He currently serves as a senior research officer at the Directorate of Health Research in The Gambia’s Ministry of Health. He is focused on community service, health care advocacy, and health equity. He is a strong advocate for women’s reproductive health rights. Over his decade in the health care field, Joseph has also co-founded and led Grace Home-Based…

Judy Khanyola

Judy Khanyola is a registered nurse and midwife and nursing leader in Africa. She currently serves as chair of the Center for Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda. With more than 25 years of experience in clinical nursing and education programs, Judy aims to transform nursing and midwifery education and leadership. She is secretary of AFREhealth, the convening body for health education and research…

Patrick N. Kpanyen

Patrick N. Kpanyen is a nurse, epidemiologist, and public servant in Liberia. He currently serves as deputy director general for administration at the National Public Health Institute of Liberia. He provides oversight to safeguard and protect public health. Patrick has helped oversee the nation’s COVID-19 response. With more than 20 years of experience leading health-related organizations, as well as training and research institutions, Patrick has served as a faculty member…

Thokozire Lipato

Thokozire Lipato is a registered nurse and midwife and expert in midwifery practice, education, and health policy in Malawi. She currently serves as a district consultant for the United Nations Joint Program on Health Systems Strengthening, which aims to create equitable health and nutrition outcomes. She also heads the Midwifery Department at Mulanje Mission College of Nursing and Midwifery. Over 20 years, Thokozire has worked to improve midwifery standards and…

Simangaliso Mafa

Simangaliso Mafa is a nursing leader and community and maternal child health leader in Zimbabwe. He currently serves the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health as a community health officer in the Zvimba Rural District Council. He a board member of the Premier Medical Aid Society and CrossBoarder Health Solutions and belongs to the Institute of Directors Zimbabwe. Simangaliso is the immediate past president of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association and has served…

Omar Manjang

Omar Manjang

Omar Manjang is a director of nursing and midwifery services in The Gambia. Omar currently serves the Gambia’s Ministry of Health, where he supervises and manages the nursing workforce and excels at facilitating career development and leadership opportunities. He also coordinates and implements the policies, plans, and budgets of the Nursing and Midwifery Services. Omar earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Benin in Nigeria, where…

Lucy Mkutumula

Lucy Mkutumula

Lucy Mkutumula is a registered nurse and midwife and health leader in Malawi. She currently serves as the deputy director of nursing and midwifery services on the senior management team for Malawi’s Ministry of Health. She oversees hospital and community-based nursing and midwifery programs and leads policy reviews and the development of guidelines. She is also interim chairperson of the institutional integrity committee for the Ministry of Health, which aims…

Mary Consolata Ishepe Nandili

Mary Consolata Ishepe Nandili

Mary Consolata Ishepe Nandili is a registered nurse and midwife and a health leader in Kenya. She currently serves as director of nursing and midwifery services at Kenya’s Ministry of Health, where she has worked for more than 30 years. Working with the United Nations, the World Bank, and other donor partners, Mary coordinated the Health Sector Support Project. She provides consultancy services on health-related projects internationally, including work in…

Nyangi Philemon Ngomu

Nyangi Philemon Ngomu is a registered nurse and health leader in South Africa. He currently serves as the national professional officer for the Africa regional office of the World Health Organization, where he coordinates medical services and medical evacuations. He previously worked as a South Africa-based regional nursing advisor for a program on global nursing capacity-building run by ICAP, an entity created by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health…

Francisca Okafor

Francisca Okafor

Francisca Okafor is a registered nurse and midwife in Nigeria. She currently serves as the director of nursing (chief nursing officer) in the nursing division of the Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja, where she advises the government on nursing issues and creates and oversees nursing policies and programs across Nigeria’s 58 federal tertiary hospitals. She also represents the Ministry of Health on the Board of Nursing and Midwifery Council.…

Dolorence Wakida

 Dolorence Wakida is a nurse educator, mentor, and leader in Uganda. She currently serves as the executive corporate director of a consultancy firm that supports health training institutions in Uganda. Dolorence has been an institutional health administrator and manager for more than 30 years. Dolorence has implemented multiple international surveys, studies, and initiatives on nurse education, the nursing labor market, and nursing recruitment. She chairs the Faculty of Education at…

Benjamin Yamusah

Benjamin Yamusah

Benjamin Yamusah is a nursing leader in Ghana. He currently serves as the senior nursing manager of the Chereponi Government Hospital, where he provides leadership for ward managers and contributes to the development, implementation, and monitoring of standards,policies, and procedures for the delivery of high-quality nursing care. Benjamin has worked as a bedside nurse in surgical, medical, and pediatric wards and often acted an interim medical superintendent. Benjamin earned a…