Joan WuyaNigeria (Org: International Rescue Committee)
Joan Wuya holds a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the University of Jos in Nigeria and a Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She is an experienced human resources professional who has dedicated most of her life after graduating from the university to working in the nonprofit sector. She is an expert in human resources and culture and has a strong understanding of labor laws, compliance issues and benefit plans. She successfully implements process improvement and staff development initiatives to drive achievement of organizational goals. She is an empathetic coach and mentor, helping her team and organization achieve set goals and strategic action plans through staff development parameters. Her current role as HR & Admin Coordinator is to support the growth and infrastructure that will enable IRC Nigeria’s country program to manage its strategic action plan. She also provides technical support and capacity building to the HR team in the field offices in Northeast Nigeria. Joan Wuya’s primary motivation is to build a highly effective, strategic HR function that ensures IRC Nigeria’s country program has the structure, culture, and talent needed to effectively deliver HR services, so that the teams she works with are adequately equipped to support the displaced and vulnerable communities and individuals in Nigeria.
Rick Jones JrUnited States (Org: Homeboy Industries)
Rick Jones was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. After graduating from high school, he began his journey in community service as a youth sports coach and as a volunteer in Juvenile Probation with at-risk teenagers from Southern California. These professional experiences led Rick to develop a passion for social justice that inspired him to pursue higher education at California State University Fullerton’s College of Health and Human Development. There, he combined his life experiences as an African American with his formal education in social work and mental health to earn his bachelor’s degree in human services. He uses his knowledge of systemic inequality and workforce development to provide employment opportunities through vocational training to underserved youth in the greater Los Angeles area as a Youth Career & Vocational Counselor for Homeboy Industries’ Youth Reentry Center.
Shibu VijayanIndia (Org: PATH)
Shibu Vijayan is a medical doctor specializing in public health serving as Global Tuberculosis Technical Director at PATH. With experience in developing, deploying, evaluating, and scaling health service delivery platforms in collaboration with governments and partners, he has played a critical role in building partnerships for scaling tuberculosis projects in India. His work focuses on the adoption of digital technologies to transform the patient experience as they move through treatment by introducing artificial intelligence tools and digital adherence tools. He has led flagship tuberculosis projects worldwide for PATH and co-authored international guidelines with the Stop TB Partnership to promote private sector, digital tools and new diagnostic tools. In addition, Shibu represented PATH on the WHO Core Group on Private Public Mix (PPM) and the Stop TB-led Working Group on New Diagnostics, and published articles in peer-reviewed journals on PPM, diabetes, and TB and health systems. Shibu worked at all levels of the health system, from a primary health center to secondary and tertiary teaching hospitals, in health care delivery and in management of the national TB program. As a survivor of tuberculosis and a physician, he now wants to streamline the delivery of health services that is resilient to pandemics and improve the quality of services.
Revelation NyirongoMalawi (Org: Partners in Health)
Revelation Nyirongo has more than four years of professional experience in nonprofit, nongovernmental and governmental organizations. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Malawi. While working as an mHealth & Data Warehousing Specialist, Revelation’s work in remote Neno district in Malawi, has helped improve data management collected by Community Health Workers using pioneer mobile health technology. His work has resulted in more people being screened and existing clients in HIV and NCD programs being effectively followed up and visits being properly managed. Prior to receiving the Global Health Corps Fellowship as a Medical Informatics Specialist working on Electronic Medical Records, Revelation worked at the High Commission of India in Lilongwe and as a lecturer at a local college. Revelation has participated in various volunteer projects and youth and leadership development positions. These experiences have solidified his grant and project management skills. He enjoys discussing topics related to youth leadership and development, personal and professional development, and has a strong passion for global health equity.
Masalu LuhulaTanzania (Org: Landesa)
Masalu Luhula is a Land Tenure Specialist at Landesa’s Tanzania office and an advocate of the Supreme Court of Tanzania. He is the former coordinator of the National Working Group on Land-Based Investment in Tanzania. He has eight years of experience working on land rights, responsible investment in real estate and land, and has published on land rights and investment. Masalu is also serves as a lead ambassador for Tanzania for the Lex: Lead Group.
Simon MwangiKenya (Org: Handicap International)
Simon Mwangi has more than five years of experience working on education, employment, disability, marginalization and inclusion. He is currently the Program Manager for the COVID -19 Recovery and Resilience Program, focusing on inclusive education and inclusive livelihoods. Previously, he served as Program Manager for the professional fellows’ program on inclusive development and as Project Assistant for the Inclusive Disability Employment Project at HI. He volunteered in inclusive education support in informal settlements in Kenya as a teacher support. Prior to joining HI, he was the chair of an organization he founded at Kenyatta University which advocated for the rights of people with disabilities and creates awareness in local communities. Through his strong leadership and interpersonal skills, he has built meaningful relationships with relevant stakeholders so that the projects and programs he has initiated and supported are successful and sustainable. He has awakened the spirit of volunteerism, innovation, advocacy, community service, and activism. His collective efforts in community service were recognized by the Kenyatta University student governing body and awarded Community Service Person of the Year. He recently participated in the Young Africa Leadership Initiative Fellowship in the Public Management track. He enjoys and aspires to focus on young people with disabilities. He believes it is important to put people at the center of development so that progress is equitable and broad-based and people can actively participate in social, economic, and political change.
Susan SilikaMalawi (Org: CAMFED)
Susan Silika is committed to supporting young women in Malawi to achieve economic independence and build their leadership potential. Susan joined CAMFED Malawi as a Finance Manager and later became the Head of Finance. After gaining a deep understanding of CAMFED’s programs, Susan transitioned to Operations and was promoted to Operations Director shortly before assuming her current role as a National Director in 2022. Susan oversees CAMFED’s holistic interventions that serve the education of the most marginalized girls and young women. She works closely with the Ministry of Education – including on academic catch-up programs in the wake of the COVID -19 pandemic – and with CAMFED’s Association of Women Leaders on its governance structures, supporting the network’s activities, and creating an ecosystem in which young women can thrive and become independent and influential. Susan holds a Chartered Management Accounting Qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the UK. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from at the University of Malawi, Polytechnic, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Eastern and Southern Africa Institute of Management (ESAMI).
Rêber JahwarIraq (Org: Women for Women International)
Rêber Jahwar grew up in Iraq, a country torn by conflict. But that did not stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a “computer geek” in the traditional sense of the word and enrolling in computer science studies at the University of Duhok. Currently, Rêber works at Women for Women International and manages one of the departments of the country office. He coordinates various activities within the organization, such as monitoring projects, developing accountability tools, and contributing to research aimed at finding marginalized women who could be included in future projects. Previously, he worked at a German NGO, Welthungerhilfe, where he started as a Senior Database Office before rising to become a MEAL expert, managing M&E activities of more than six projects in different areas of Iraq. He has also worked as a software engineer in a private IT company. Rêber discovered his passion for humanitarian work after his country experienced yet another crisis in 2014 when the so-called Islamic State took over large parts of northern Iraq. Rêber has worked as a Database Officer and Analyst, as well as a Monitoring & Evaluation Officer for NGO ACTED and PIN. Rêber strives to connect technology, humanitarian aid, and communities in need and provide leadership to his community. Driven by his passion, he motivates his colleagues with his professional commitment and innovative mindset.
Yesani KapandaMalawi (Org: Partners in Health)
Yesani Kapanda is a development worker with a master’s degree in Project Management from at University of Bolton. He has nine years of professional experience in implementing development projects. He has managed big projects on health, education, water and sanitation, gender, and social support. His special interest is in researching innovative interventions that address the needs of vulnerable people. Currently, Yesani is the Director for Strategic Partnership and Grants Acquisition at Partners in Health, where he strategically leads the organization in grants acquisition processes through business development, and develops strategic partnerships. Previously, he worked for Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) in different portfolios, rising to the position of Programme Manager. At VSO, he led implementation of an innovative Education Technology program aimed at improving literacy and numeracy levels among early grade learners, working hand in hand with the Ministry of Education. Yesani has also worked as a Program Manager for Marie Stopes International, where he was managing both clinical staff in the implementation of project activities aimed at reducing and preventing HIV infections, as well as increasing availability and choice of quality family planning services among young women. Yesani has also worked with Concern Worldwide and local organizations on sexual and reproductive health rights, safe motherhood, and water and sanitation. In his free time, he likes to offer pro bono services to Community Based Organizations (CBOs), especially on building their capacity in the areas of resource mobilization.
Parag ShahIndia (Org: Aravind Eye Care System)
Dr. Parag Shah is an ophthalmologist and has been associated with Aravind Eye Hospital for more than two decades. He is instrumental in commencing Pediatric Retina and Ocular Oncology Service at Aravind. His interest and passion made Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) telescreening possible across five states and over thirty districts in South India. Through his efforts annually, six thousand babies undergo telescreening, preventing needless blindness among premature children. He is instrumental in developing good network channels among Government and Private NICU’s both in Urban and Rural areas. He is also part of the National ROP Task Force under National Program of Control of Blindness, Govt. of India, supported by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. This task force is responsible for training and creating awareness of ROP among ophthalmologists, pediatricians and the general public. Under the USAID and SEVA funded program, he is testing low cost camera systems and artificial intelligence in ROP screening and diagnosis with his US collaborators (Casey Eye Institute, Portland and University of Illinois, Chicago). This emerging technology has a possibility of saving physician time and gives a more accurate diagnosis.
Jouvens CorantinHaiti (Org: Heifer International)
Jouvens Corantin has seventeen years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He holds a Master’s degree in Control and Audit from the Universite Quisqueya of Haiti. He has worked as a Finance and Administration Director in Heifer International under Heifer International, World Bank, European Union and IDB funding, that helped gather greater understanding in rural development. Previously, Jouvens Corantin worked as a Finance Director with I-TECH, a CDC funded program which provided health mechanisms and systems to alleviate the conditions of those living with HIV/AID and other diseases. Jouvens has also worked as a volunteer for International Child Care and Grace Children Hospital.
Rawan KhouryJordan (Org: HelpAge International)
Rawan Khoury has extensive experience in development and humanitarian projects and approaches with a special focus on technical training. Her professional experience has given her a chance to work with different target groups in different locations, with the aim of engaging local stakeholders through increasing their capacities, allowing them to embrace their responsibilities, and act as agents of change in their own communities. For the past three years, Rawan’s role at HelpAge International has increased her knowledge and skills in relation to older men and women in addition to building strong relations with international, local and government institutions to ensure that the rights of older people are being recognized, respected and protected.