Allison Flynn, MPH is Senior Program Advisor for Health & Nutrition, World Relief. Allison isMs. Flynn is currently based in Malawi where she provides technical support to World Relief’s family-centric health and nutrition portfolio at the global level with specific emphasis on programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Allison holds an MPH from University of Illinois at Chicago with concentrations in Global Maternal and Child Health and Community Health Sciences, and a BA in International Relations and Human Needs and Global Resources from Wheaton College. She serves as a Co-chair of the CCIH Health of Women and Children Working Group.
Sister/Dr. Priscilla Busingye has been working with the poor and vulnerable in Uganda for over 30 years. She came into the world in 1965 on the dirt floor of a modest hut in the Kamwenge District of Western Uganda and has been committed to advancing the health of pregnant women and their families. She has advanced her own education locally and abroad while fostering collaboration with a diversity of stakeholders. She is the first African Sister and woman to win the L’Chaim Prize, which she received in 2020 for her outstanding missionary work in western Uganda.
Dr. Tonny Tumwesigye is Executive Director of the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB). Before his tenure at UPMB, Dr. Tumwesigye served for ten years as the CEO, Medical Superintendent and a frontline physician at Kisiizi Hospital, a 250-bed mission hospital in rural southwestern Uganda, where he oversaw the expansion of the hospital Community Health Insurance (CHI) into the largest self-sustaining CHI Scheme in Uganda. Through his dedicated leadership, Dr. Tumwesigye guided UPMB to earn the Grant Thornton Institute of Uganda Corporate Governance Award for the NGO category.
Y. Kelechi Sarah Utoware is a professional Social Worker and Mental Health Expert who has worked for over 10 years across multiple crisis intervention areas in both large and small capacities. In the past year, she has worked with both Christian and Muslim leaders in COVID-19 community mobilization. She is currently working for the Christian Health Association of Nigeria as a Programme Officer. Ms. Utoware is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health.
Kongnyu Emmanuel, RN, BSc, MPH is the IPC & WASH Supervisor for Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services. Mr. Emmanuel is a seasoned Nurse Screener and teacher, and an experienced Public Health professional with the church in Cameroon and Africa. He has experience in the management of programs and projects in hospital and community health care, curriculum design in IPC & WASH, health care strengthening, outbreak investigation and epidemiological disease surveillance. He is a member of the Infection Prevention African Network (ICAN) and one of the founders of the Infection Prevention and Control Association of Cameroon and is the organization’s Secretary General.
Nkatha Njeru, MPH is a public health professional who has worked with the faith sector in Kenya and regionally for the past 17 years. She has extensive experience in health systems strengthening where she has worked to support non-profit organizations, mostly faith-based health systems, in organizational capacity development, policy formulation, strategic planning, human resources for health, as well as health financing. She is the team leader for the Africa Christian health Associations Platform (ACHAP), an umbrella organization for Christian health Associations (CHA) with membership in more than 30 African countries.
Dr. Bibiana MacLeod is a missionary with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI). She was born and trained in Argentina and lived in Haiti from 1988 to 2003. She is the founder of Medical Ambassadors Haiti, which is today an independent NGO, fully managed by Haitian nationals. MAI Haiti focuses on training communities in Community Health Evangelism. She served as Regional Coordinator with MAI in South America and the Caribbean from 2005 to 2018 and is now MAI’s Technical Advisor for Disaster Response, Human Trafficking and 1000 Days in Haiti.
Dr. Laura Smelter serves as Director of Training at Christian Health Service Corps (CHSC), a healthcare mission sending and training organization. She also works with the John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency Program in Fort Worth, TX and volunteers with University of Texas Southwestern Christian Fellowship. Her career as a family physician has provided national and international, rural and urban, clinical, academic, and administrative experience. This has included service as the Family Medicine Residency Director at ECWA Hospital, Egbe, Nigeria and Clinical and Community Health Program Manager for Samaritan's Purse in Haiti.
Olivier Bizimana is Passages Project Coordinator in the Tearfund Rwanda office. He oversees Scale up Support for MFF (Masculinité, Famille et Foi). He has been a professional community development worker for the last eight years, and promoted gender equality for women and girls. He is committed to working toward the economic and social empowerment for vulnerable communities, such as the eldery, people living with disabilities, refugees, and other key populations, especially in Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Francesca Quirke is Programme Manager for SGBV Interventions at Tearfund, UK. Ms. Quirke has been working in international development for seven years and has been supporting Tearfund's work on sexual and gender-based violence since the start of 2016, as part of the Gender and Protection technical team. She oversees the adaptation and implementation of Tearfund's Transforming Masculinities and Journey to Healing interventions, particularly in DRC, Rwanda and Nigeria, and holds a Masters in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics.
Lemon Chipwatali has over 15 years of experience in relief and development work in organizational strengthening, health and nutrition, livelihoods, education, gender justice, food security, and emergency response. Has worked with communities and partner organizations in care group model and nutrition integration in livelihoods projects. He is stationed in Malawi, and works with World Renew, Southern Africa Team, as a Regional Consultant for Health and nutrition, and capacity development. Mr. Chipwatali has an MPH and a BSc in Family Science.
Sadoc Aguilar has a bachelor’s degree in Socio-economic and Environmental Development and a master’s in Local Development and Tourism. He has over 15 years of professional experience working with government agencies, private companies and INGO’s in the fields of agribusiness, food security, organizational capacity building, health and nutrition, microfinances and community organization. He is the Country Director for World Renew in Guatemala, currently working alongside faith based grassroot organizations which are supporting rural communities with their transformational journey. He is an advocate of asset-based community development and of servant leadership as key approaches for sustainable community development.
Nancy Tenbroek, MA is a Senior Program Consultant with World Renew, serving in Bangladesh and India. Ms. TenBroek holds a BSc in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University and an MA in International Development, Health Promotion from the University of London, England. She currently works as a field staff member in directly implemented health projects and consults with assigned partners in Bangladesh and India. Her overall focus is primarily rural community development and helping partners carry out these health programs in communities.