Dr. Nelson Gitonga MD, DHSM is one of the leading health management professionals in Kenya and East Africa with over 21 years experience. He is the founder and CEO of Insight Health Advisors, a health management advisory and consulting firm that focuses on providing health systems strengthening solutions. His client base is diverse, ranging from private health sector companies, to development partners such as USAID, IFC/WB, KfW, DFID and consulting/development firms seeking Kenyan expertise (PharmAccess Foundation, Abt Associates, FHI 360, QED GH-Tech, ECORYS, Deloitte, Cardno Emerging Markets and IT Shows Inc). Dr. Gitonga’s areas of expertise are health systems management, public-private partnerships, health policy and regulatory reforms, demand-side healthcare financing (including public and private health insurance, vouchers and micro-insurance) and health infrastructure and technology development and deployment. He has also provided advisory services to various international entities seeking to invest in the healthcare sector in East Africa. As one of the founding members of the Kenya Healthcare Federation, he has been involved in efforts to bring together the Kenyan public and private health sectors to address health systems and service delivery gaps. He has also played an instrumental role in bringing together the private and public health sectors in other East and Southern African countries. He has been involved in the development of Universal Health Coverage initiatives focusing on social health insurance and low cost private insurance and has contributed significantly to the design of HCF reforms in East Africa. Dr. Gitonga strongly supports public and private sector capacity development in healthcare management and has been a part-time lecturer at the Strathmore Business School and University of Nairobi UNITID program where he has taught various aspects such as managing healthcare businesses, health systems management, healthcare financing and quality assurance principles. He has also worked with GE Healthcare East Africa and various MOH’s in the region in improving healthcare infrastructure and technology. He is involved in various leadership roles including PSI (now PS Kenya) Board (Vice Chairman) and Health Store East Africa. Dr. Gitonga started his career in clinical practice and worked in both government and private healthcare services for 9 years before transitioning to healthcare management. He holds an MBChB from the University of Nairobi Kenya, a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Systems Management from the University of London, Galilee International Management Institute, Israel and National Insurance Academy, India. He is also an alumnus of the IESE/Strathmore Business Schools Advanced Management Programme (AMP).
Barbara O’Hanlon Palacios, M.P.P, US CITIZEN. RESIDENCE – WASHINGTON DC USA. Barbara O’Hanlon is a recognized leader in international health policy and implementation with over 27 years’ experience in creating favorable policy environments for strategic health issues such as increased private sector role in health, promoting systems reforms to strengthen the overall health sector. Ms. O’Hanlon core competencies are legal and regulatory analysis, policy design and formulation, advocacy and policy communication, data use for policy and programming and capacity building – all with the focus of strengthening the private sector role and contribution in health. Ms. O’Hanlon is pioneering technical assistance approaches to build Ministry of Health capacity to engage the private sector using a variety of policy instruments such as policy dialogue, contracting and financial mechanisms to forge public-private partnerships. In the last ten years, she has assisted and trained several African MOHs to conduct private health sector assessments, analyze key health markets for private sector potential, draft Health PPP Policies, establish PPP Units, and implement health services PPPs. In recognition of the MOH skill gaps in PPP capacity, Ms. O’Hanlon launched the Network for Africa, a virtual community of over 750 African policymakers and private sector leaders as a platform to share information and experience in H/PPPs and to offer training in key aspects of H/PPPs (http://shopsproject.org/meeting-place/network-africa).
Ms. O’Hanlon places a strong emphasis on building and coaching and therefore keeping her skills “fresh” and relevant with continued fieldwork and training. She has conducted training on several aspects of H/PPPs (15 African countries) and advocacy/strategic communication (over 30 in all regions of the developing world), facilitated public-private dialogue processes (Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania), lead several consultative processes including the private health to draft MOH strategic plans (over 15 countries) and policies (over 15 countries in 5 different topic areas including H/PPP policy). Her geographic experience spans several geographic regions including Latin American and the Caribbean, East and Southern Africa, the Middle East and Former Soviet Republics and Central Asia. Ms. O’Hanlon has a M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy at Harvard University.
Veronica W. Musembi, M.B.A
Health Management Consultant
Ms. Musembi has nearly 20 years’ experience in managing donor funded programs in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Maternal & Child Health, Reproductive Health, and Social Franchising. She worked with Population Services International (PSI/Kenya) for 15 years in various capacities until November 2011 when she resigned to pursue a career in consultancy. Ms. Musembi led the development of one of Kenya’s first successful social franchises in health - the Tunza Family Health Network - that is managed by Population Services Kenya (PS Kenya). At the time of her resignation, Veronica was the Deputy Country Director in charge of health programs and social franchising. Her areas of expertise include social franchising, social marketing, private sector health programs design, implementation, monitoring, & evaluation. Since she started her consulting career at the beginning of 2012, her consulting clients have included PS Kenya, MSI Uganda, Abt Associates, PSI/Ethiopia, MOH/Ethiopia, Futures, GFA Consulting group, and the Private Sector Innovation Programme for Health (PSP4H). Ms. Musembi has a MBA from the University of Nairobi and a BA in Psychology from the University of Baroda, India
Dr. Pamela Miloya Godia
Public Health Specialist
Dr. Pamela has experience in planning and managing public health sector programmes. She has vast experience in project management, evaluation of health projects, and formulation and review of national policy guidelines. She holds a PhD from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, where her research focus was on young people's access to sexual and reproductive health services. She has played a key role in stakeholder analysis and coordination at the national level. Her research interests are in the areas of reproductive health, maternal and child health, adolescent sexual reproductive health, and sexual and gender based violence. Dr Godia's basic training is in Dental Surgery and Masters in Public Health, both from the University of Nairobi
Dr. Salome Wawire
Dr. Salome is the Research and Monitoring Director for the PSP4H Project. Her work focuses on research and results management, and her main research focuses on health systems, poverty, fertility, sexual and reproductive health and rights, adolescents, gender and HIV/AIDS. Salome has more than 12 years’ experience working in research in her focus areas. She received her PhD. in Anthropology, with a focus on Anthropological Demography, from Brown University. Before joining PSP4H, she worked at APHRC. Salome is highly motivated in her work, driven by a vision to see a world where health is accessed and enjoyed by all. In recognition of her academic achievements, she has received the Phi Betta Kappa honors, among others.
Ms. Dorothy Mbuvi
Mis. Mbuvi has over 17 years of diverse working experience across Sub-Saharan Africa. Her expertise encompasses donor-funded private health sector, social and public health projects in reproductive health, adolescent health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, malaria and community development. She has vast experience in programme management and communication including development and implementation of communication strategies, training, social mobilisation and behaviour change communication. Ms. Mbuvi's experience also includes research studies, needs assessments, baseline surveys, evaluations, socio-economic studies and assessments.
Dr. Ambrose Nyangao
Dr. Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Nairobi a post graduate training on health systems management, and MPH. Dr Nyangao has vast experience in health delivery in the private sector as well as in health financing. In both cases he has been a practitioner and an administrator, in hospitals and in insurance companies respectively. Over the last ten years Dr Nyangao has been in the private insurance market where he has been involved in health insurance product design, administration and evaluation. He has been an active participant in production of the National Health Accounts 2009/10. Also a part time lecturer at the college of insurance. His other work include inhouse medical scheme audits and Medical fraud investigations. On the side Dr. Nyangao is a great public speaker and has given a number of motivational talks.