Meet our advisory board.
Dr. Amani Abdelmoniem M. Mustafa
Public Health Training Initiative Project Manager
Dr. Amani is a medical doctor, Public Health and Community Medicine Consultant. She has over 12 years of experience in child health and immunization programme management. She joined The Carter Center, as PHTI project manager for Sudan in May 2014. Prior to her current role, she worked as a Director General for Planning, Monitoring and Research Directorate, National Medicines and Poisons Board, Sudan (NRA), Director General for Policy, Planning, and Monitoring Directorate (FMOH) , National Immunization Programme Manager; Maternal & Child Health Deputy; National Nutrition Programme Manager and Deputy Manager of Health Economics Department for the Khartoum state Ministry of Health.
She also served as a WHO & UNICEF consultant in Sudan as well as in other countries. She is a member of the WHO SAGE Working Group on the Global Vaccine Action Plan , member of Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Independent Review Committee (IRC), and a member of WHO Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (IPAC). She participated as a reviewer with African Health Science and Vaccine series Journals. Dr. Mustafa has MBBS degree from Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi University, India and a Fellowship in Community Medicine & public Health from Sudan Medical Specialization Board. She received many short training courses on strategic planning, performance evaluation, research methodology, epidemiology, cold chain, vaccine management and vaccinology courses.
Richard Gakuba, MD
Dr. Richard Gakuba is the former Director of e-Health in Rwanda’s Ministry of Health. In this role, he spearheaded the development of e-health in Rwanda and led the process of developing a five-year National e-Health strategy for the Ministry of Health. He has a medical degree from the National University of Rwanda and a Masters degree in e-Health from Brunel University in the United Kingdom. Dr. Gakuba is currently an independent consultant, leading the implementation of the Rwanda Health Information Exchange while pursuing a PhD at the National University of Rwanda focused on the impact of eHealth on Health System Strengthening.
Technical Officer, WHO HQ
Mr. Grevendonk works at the World Health Organization as a Technical Officer in the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals. His responsibilities include facilitating the uptake of information systems and technology in national immunization programs, and identifying new ways to improve immunization data quality. Before joining WHO, Mr. Grevendonk worked at PATH in project Optimize, a five-year initiative aimed at developing and demonstrating new approaches and technologies to improve vaccine supply chains.
Richard Mihigo, MD,
Programme Area Coordinator, Routine Immunization & New Vaccines, Immunization, Vaccines & Emergencies Cluster, WHO/AFRO
Dr. Richard Mihigo is responsible for providing technical support and expertise to Member States in the WHO African Region in planning, monitoring, and evaluation of routine immunization programs and new vaccines introduction, as well as developing policies, norms, and standards for national immunization programs. His responsibilities also include supporting member states in establishing and strengthening partnership coordination mechanisms at country and inter-country levels and resource mobilization in support of immunization programs in the African Region.
Senior Program Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Mr. Tim Wood specializes in applying information technology to address the problems of poverty and health in developing countries. After 12 years at Microsoft working on software development, in 2002 Mr. Wood joined the Grameen Foundation’s Technology Center where he pioneered replication of the Grameen Village Phone program, launching sustainable initiatives in Uganda and Rwanda and co-authoring the Village Phone Replication Manual. Mr. Wood went on to implement money pilot programs for microfinance institutions in the Philippines and Kenya and spent four years as the Director of Mobile Health Innovation at the Grameen Foundation, creating the MOTECH platform to deliver multiple mobile-service initiatives at scale in India and Africa. Tim joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2013 and is working across a wide range of information technology initiatives.