Collins O. Airhihenbuwa PhD, MPH, is Professor and Dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri. He is a global expert on health behavior with a track record on the central role of culture in health behaviors. He has led research collaborations, institutional partnerships, and mentoring of faculty and professional staff at various institutions globally. As the author of PEN-3 model his work has informed ways of addressing the intersection of culture, identity, and health globally. He is a consultant to several UN agencies including WHO, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA. He led one of the earlier WHO efforts to galvanize multi-disciplinary efforts to address HIV and AIDS in Africa. He is the lead author of the Communications Framework for HIV and AIDS (the UNAIDS Communications Framework for HIV/AIDS: A New Direction, 2000); sponsored by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) involving 103 researchers and practitioners from 5 continents with the final report translated into French, Spanish and KiSwahili. He has authored over 120 articles, book chapters, and books. Books include Health and Culture: Beyond the Western Paradigm (1995); Healing Our Differences: the Crisis of Global Health and the Politics of Identity (2007); and Ethnicity: Theories, International Perspectives and Challenges (2013) co-editor (with Agyemang and de-Graft). He chairs the Advisory Board of the Global Philanthropy Alliance which funds projects in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. He has been a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a former President and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Until December 2015, he was Professor and Head, Department of Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University and Director of the Pan University Network for Global Health.
Kamau Gachigi, PhD – Kenya
Dr. Kamau Gachigi is the Chairman and Coordinator of the University of Nairobi (UoN) Science and Technology Park (S&TP) and serves on the National Steering Committee on Science and Technology Parks. He also runs a Fab Lab (the Fab Labs Network was founded at MIT and include over 40 Fab Labs around the world) which serves as a rapid prototyping center within the S&TP. He was also appointed to the in the Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology. He is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Nairobi where he teaches materials science. His current areas of research include activated carbon from agricultural wastes for use in affordable potable-water filtration, and investigation into value addition of titanium and iron bearing ores. He has published 6 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and was awarded a U.S. patent during his doctoral studies. He obtained his PhD (1996) in Solid State Science at the Pennsylvania State University, USA where he specialized in electronic ceramics for capacitor applications, and spent 2.5 years in Japan as a researcher for the electronic, and component manufacturer TDK.
Daudi Khamadi Were- Kenya
Daudi Khamadi Were is the Executive Director at Ushahidi (www.ushahidi.com) a global technology company whose mission is to change the way information flows in the world. Founded in Nairobi, Kenya in 2008, the Ushahidi Platform has grown to be the world-class tool for crisis and humanitarian response, election engagement, service delivery monitoring, human rights monitoring used in 160 countries around the world. Prior to this he was the Director of Innovation at Ushahidi responsible for Making All Voices Count, a USD 55m global initiative that supports innovation, scaling-up, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness. Were has over the last 16 years supported human and social rights defenders across the globe harness the power of technology, data and information strategies and tools to bring about positive change in their communities. He provides technology and strategy support to several high impact grassroots and international organisations and sits on the UNDP Innovation Facility Advisory Board, Africa Advisory Board of Global Philanthropy Alliance, Accur8Africa Advisory Board and Youth Against Cancer Kenya board and is a TED Africa fellow.
Chris Ihidero- Nigeria
Chris Ihidero, holds first and second degrees in Literature-in-English and was Chief Operating Officer of Amaka Igwe Studios, one of Nigeria’s leading audio-visual production company. He has been a theatre artiste, broadcaster, newspaper columnist, magazine editor and university lecturer. He made a switch to film in 2007 when he joined Amaka Igwe Studios as a trainee director. Beyond his duties at AIS, Chris also worked as Director of Studies at the Centre for Excellence in Film and Media Studies, Lagos, the research and training arm of AIS. He has directed over 100 hours of TV drama and has made 2 short films. In September 2013, he became the Chief Operating Officer of Q Entertainment Network. He officially launched PinPoint Media in September 2014. He founded True Nollywood Stories, TNS (www.tns.ng), in December 2014. He produced
MTVShuga Series 4 in 2015. He’s currently Head Writer/Story Editor for Mnet’s latest series HUSH.
1. Fuji House of Commotion – Director, over 52 episodes, Television Comedy, since September, 2008
2. Now We Are Married – Director, Television Drama, 18 episodes, 2009/2012.
3. VIP – Director, 15 episodes, Television Thriller, 2010
4. Big Daddy, Writer-Director-Producer, Short Film (12Mins). 2011.
5. It Happened to Me – Director. Short Film (15mins). 2013.
6. MTVShuga – Producer. 2014.
7. HUSH – MNET Series. – Head Writer/Story Editor
Josephine Nzerem – Nigeria
Josephine Nzerem is a Social Entrepreneur. She holds a degree in Dramatic Arts from the renowned Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife and a Masters Degree in Public and International Affairs (MPIA) from the University of Lagos, Akoka. In 2002 she was elected an ASHOKA fellow for her innovative work in the advancement of women’s human rights, with emphasis on protection of women from disinheritance and other socio economic abuses. In 2004 she received an award from the Junior Chambers International as the outstanding young person for the year, in the area of contribution to children, world peace and/or human rights. Josephine believes that women’s human rights must be recognized and upheld at all times and she speaks with great passion and insight on this crucial issue at various fora, whenever she is called upon, year round. In addition to running her own organization, Josephine also serves as the Ashoka Representative for Anglophone West Africa, an area covering Nigeria, Ghana and The Cameroon. She is currently the Executive Director at Human Angle, a Non Governmental Organization which she co-founded in 1998.
Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo – South Africa
Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo has been in the hospitality industry since 1987 when she studied at the renowned hospitality school, Ecole Les, in Switzerland. Upon completion of her Diploma in Hotel Management, she furthered her studies at Penn State University and obtained a BSc in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM), and graduated in 1993.
Her career in the hospitality industry began with Hyatt Hotels at the Grand Hyatt Washington DC in 1993 as an intern. She then joined the Park Hyatt Rosebank in 1995 as part of the management team, and quickly rose in the ranks to join the Executive Committee as Rooms Director until 1999. Lindiwe joined the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) as Chief Director of Tourism Support in 1999 and remained there for a year, before being drawn back into the hospitality industry by Southern Sun Hotels as General Manager of the InterContinental Sandton Towers Hotel.
Five years later, Lindiwe embarked on a new journey, and followed her entrepreneurial spirit to star her own hospitality company, Zuka African Tourism Investment Corporation (ZATIC). This led to her developing and operating the first Holiday Inn in Soweto in 2007, which she later renamed, the Soweto Hotel and Conference Centre.
Lindiwe has been a shareholder and Managing Director of the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre from 2011 to 2015. More recently, she has joined the City Lodge Hotel Group as Operations Director. She remains a Director and Shareholder of the Soweto Hotel and Conference Centre. She is also a Board Member of the Africa Advisory Board of the Global Philanthropy Alliance, and the Chairperson of the Schauenberg Educational Trust.
In her spare time, Lindiwe spends time with her husband Salifou and her family.
Bongi Mkhabela – South Africa
Sibongile (Bongi) Mkhabela is the Chief Executive Officer of Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. Bongi is also Chief Executive Officer of Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust whose mandate is to design, build and operate a tertiary and quaternary academic referral pediatric hospital to serve all children of Southern Africa, irrespective of their socio-economic status.
Bongi has an Honors degree in Social Work and several graduate diplomas and she gained immense experience in development issues nationally and internationally whilst serving as a UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) consultant to help establish its presence in South Africa. Bongi is also the Chairperson of Black Sash. She is presently a non-executive director of Barloworld. Bongi is also a Fellow of the Joel L Fleishman Civil Society, Duke University, North Carolina USA. Bongi has published a book Open Earth Black Roses based on her role in the June 1976 Soweto Student uprising.