Speaker Bios: CCIH 2022 Day 6

April 27, 2022


Day 6:
Localization of Health: What is Necessary to Ensure Healing and Sustainability?
June 23, 2022 from 8 – 11 am ET

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Speaker Bios

Evelyn Gathuru is a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer at Christian Health Association of Kenya supporting RMNCAH, NCDs and Health Systems Strengthening Programs. She holds an Honours BSc Degree in Human Biology and Sociology, a Graduate Diploma in Project Management and certification in Monitoring & Evaluation and Gender Analytics and is currently pursuing a Masters’ Degree in Project Management. She is passionate about Sexual and Reproductive Health, human-centered inclusive program design, collaborative learning and adaptation, and knowledge management.
Ariella Camera is a Local Capacity and Partnership Advisor in the Office of Country Support in USAID’s Global Health Bureau, supporting the New Partnerships Initiative unit. She also co-leads the Bureau’s Locally Led Development and Government to Government Working Groups. At the Agency level she represents GH in the Localization Agenda Working Group and Local Policy Development efforts. She has over 12 years of in-depth experience in both domestic and international health with a focus on health systems strengthening and health care policy reform.
Reverend Troy Lewis, ThM, is co-founder and Executive Director of Expanded Church Response (ECR). He’s lived in Zambia for 20 years serving with partners to help network the Church and awaken its potential to be a Christ focused holistic transforming agent of individuals and communities who transform everything. ECR’s focus and success contributing towards obtaining HIV/AIDS epidemic control has grown to tackling a range of issues causing human suffering and paralyzing despair. Lewis, through his faith, passionately aims to elevate the talents, perspectives, and lessons from Africa, the diasporas of color, and peoples the world over, to next generation development systems.
Nkatha Njeru, MPH, is Coordinator and CEO of the Africa Christian health Associations Platform (ACHAP), an umbrella organization for Christian health Associations (CHAS) with membership in more than 30 African Countries whose mandate is to support health care systems of CHA members. She has extensive experience in health systems strengthening where she has worked to support non-profit organizations (especially faith-based sector) in organizational capacity development, Policy formulation, strategic planning, human resources for health, as well as health financing. She is experienced in project design, coordination and management having provided project leadership and oversight for funding from various donor agencies and governments.
Benjamin Bronnert Walker, PhD, completed his BA (History) and MPhil (African Studies) at the University of Cambridge and then, funded by the Wellcome Trust, his PhD in the WHO Collaborating Centre at the University of York. He has been a Teaching Fellow at the University of York and also led, in a team of three, a £5million project for planting new Christian communities, raising leaders and reaching younger adults in the Diocese of York. He is now the Strategic Programme Manager for the Diocese of Leeds.
Peter Yeboah, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), which is the largest and oldest non-state provider of health services in Ghana. He is also the Chairman of the Africa Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP), a member network organization representing over 41 Christian Health Associations (CHAs) and Health Network Organizations throughout sub-Saharan Africa. With his 26-year experience in managing the health sector at both policy and practice levels, Yeboah serves on several national and international committees comprising: Chairman-UHC Operationalization Task Force-MOH(Ghana), Member-GAVI Civil Society Steering Committee, and Member-WHO Informal Technical Advisory Committee on Anti-Microbial Resistance.
Wilma Mui, MPH, is a Program Manager at World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) and primarily supports WFDD’s project on maternal and child health in West Africa. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Senegal from 2010 to 2013, working with local communities on a variety of health topics. Before joining the WFDD team, Wilma worked with the Grandmother Project in Senegal as a community health and development consultant. She has an MPH in Global Health from Emory University.
Ibrahima Etia is an information and communication specialist with in-depth expertise and 15 years experience in research, management and leadership at both national and international level. He studied at Cheikh Anta Diop University before specializing in communication at the Institute of Information and Communication Sciences in Dakar. His experience in media and development allows him today to support several national and international structures as well as local authorities to achieve their communication and development objectives. Ibrahima has been working with CRSD since 2018 as a communication consultant.
Emily Chambers Sharpe, MPH works as a Senior Technical Advisor with World Relief, where she supports the SCOPE project. She previously was the President and CEO for the House of Mercy in the Charlotte, NC area, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy to people living with HIV. She has held various senior management and technical roles in humanitarian health and nutrition and community-based HIV programs. She was the Southern Africa PEPFAR Regional Director for the US Global AIDS Coordinator. Before she held US-based roles, Emily worked in Sudan, Niger, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Sudan, and Uganda.
Reverend James Tengatenga, MDiv has served in the Anglican Church since 1985. He has a diploma in theology from Zomba Theological College, Malawi; an M.Div. from the Seminary of the Southwest, Texas; a diploma in community work from Birmingham University, UK; and a Ph.D. from the University of Malawi. He served as president of the Anglican Family Network, chair of the Anglican Council in Malawi twice, and chair of the Malawi Council of Churches. He was also a founding member of the Malawi National AIDS Commission. He chaired the Public Affairs Committee (a multi-faith civil society body in Malawi). He currently serves on the grants committee for SIM and is a member of its board.
Cecil "Ngoni" James Tengatenga, MPH is a public health researcher in infectious and liver diseases, digital health systems, bioethics and health policy. He has experience managing and administering municipal and federal grants to scale up HIV and viral hepatitis prevention and treatment initiatives in Connecticut through the HOPWA, ESG and Ryan White Programs. He is also a bioethicist and is involved in faith-based initiatives around the world within the Anglican Church Communion, in which he is a lay minister and clinically trained in health chaplaincy. He completed his Clinical Practical Education (CPE) in health chaplaincy at Saint Francis Hospital and St. Mary's Home in Hartford, CT.
Diana Cabezas, PhD is a monitoring and evaluation specialist fellow at Compassion International. She resides in the USA and has devoted her research to examine risk and protective factors for maternal and infant health outcomes. Her passion in this field motivated her to pursue and complete a doctorate degree in Family Science and Human Development from Montclair State University. She has been involved in Compassion’s Survival program, where she assists in designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation measures using a collaborative partnership approach.
Jedida Sempore, MD is Manager of Program Support at Compassion International. She is a medical doctor with additional training in public health focused on nutrition. She served as Subject Matter Expert for Survival for 10 years and helped develop a variety of implementation guides, action plans, and interventions, including home-based WASH interventions, youth programming, and more.
Dennis Mwangwela, MSc, is a qualified international development practitioner with 25 years experience in development, mostly with World Relief. He is a well-experienced researcher, trainer, and community organizer. Dennis has extensive experience in design and implementation management of church and community based integrated projects and programs. Dennis has a MSc. in Agriculture (Rural Development and Agricultural Extension) from University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa and a BSc. in Agriculture (Rural Development) from the University of Malawi.

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