2019 Speakers

Edna Adan Ismail

Edna Ismail is the Founder and Director of the Edna Adan University Hospital and Chancellor of Edna Adan University in Hargeisa, Somaliland. She is a nurse and midwife by training, and began her professional studies in London in 1954 and has been active in the healthcare field ever since.

Dr Lydia Namatende-Sakwa, PhD, Ed.D

Head of the Languages Department in the Institute of Languages and Communication Studies at the Uganda Martyrs University. Lydia Namatende-Sakwa holds a PhD in Gender and Diversity Studies from Gent University in Belgium. She also holds an Ed.D from Teachers College, Columbia University in the U.S.

Professor Ged Byrne

Head of Global Engagement, Health Education England

Robert Yates

Senior fellow of Chatham House where he is Project Director of the UHC Policy Forum. He is also a long-term consultant to The Elders. 

Roda  Ali Ahmed, BSN, M.Ed 

Lecturer at the University of Hargeisa and Freelance Consultant. Roda is also a nurse tutor with 30 years-experience in health and education.

Tom Bashford

Clinical Research Fellow within the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma, and a Specialist Registrar in Anaesthesia at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He is an external advisor to THET and sits on the committee of Cambridge Global Health Partnerships. He also co-directs the Cambridge Yangon Trauma Intervention Project ICU & Anaesthesia workstream.

Professor Judith Ellis

Chair of Trustees, THET

Professor Sir Eldryd Parry

Founder, THET

Dr  Shams Syed 

Coordinator of the WHO Quality Systems and Resilience Unit within the Department of Integrated Health Services in the UHC & Life Course Division at WHO Headquarters in Geneva.

Winnie Ssanyu Sseruma

Freelance International Development Consultant based in London, UK. She works on HIV and community health advocacy, focusing on Black communities in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa. For the last five years, she has also been monitoring and assessing HIV community and social projects in 15 countries in the Sub Saharan region, for the Stephen Lewis Foundation

Dr Sara Urassa

Director of Hospital Services, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Tanzania.

Victoria MacDonald

Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News.

Dr Matthew Harris

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Imperial College London.

Dr Andy Leather

Director of the King’s Centre for Global Health & Health Partnerships and a Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Surgery at King’s College London. Andy was a Consultant Surgeon at King’s College Hospital for 20 years holding various posts including Clinical Director for Surgery.

Zainab Nur

Zainab Nur, is the Co-Founder of Hayaat Women Trust, an African Disapora Womens Group, based in Cardiff. She has worked in the Public Sector as a Professional Social Worker for over 25 years. 

Prof. Nynke Renske van den Broek

Obstetrician-Gynaecologist trained in Tropical Medicine with recognised international expertise in maternal and newborn health. At LSTM she established and leads the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health a multi-disciplinary team of academics, postgraduate students and programme management staff who wish to make a difference and develop, conduct and disseminate the highest quality research, teaching and technical assistance.

Ryan Ghita

Ryan  Ghita  is a surgical registrar currently working with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. A graduate of the University of Glasgow, Ryan spent two years training in Newcastle before returning to Glasgow to complete a PhD in Regenerative Therapies. In 2011 he became involved with the Northumbria Healthcare – Tanzania link. Since then has been a faculty member of the National Tanzanian Laparoscopic Skills Course and has been involved in multiple projects at KCMC hospital in Tanzania.

Munashe Nyika

Munashe is a Registered Nurse in Harare, Zimbabwe. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Zimbabwe. In 2016 Munashe was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Community Service Award for his work in health promotion and community engagement across communities in Zimbabwe.

Abi Deivanayagam

Abi is a medical doctor and associate researcher at the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University. She graduated from Newcastle University medical school and from UCL with a Masters in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health. Her main research interests are affordability within health systems and global health education. She teaches on the right to health, health systems and policy and is passionate about ensuring that all medical students are prepared to be the global doctors with the social responsibility that is required in today's world.

Dr Christina Isar

Dr Cristina Isar is the Vice-president of the National Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, Bucharest, focused on building capacity, developing instruments and providing training for Romanian family doctors. For the last 5 years co-directs RespiRO Group, Cristina has been running educational projects in collaboration with IPCRG.

Dr Lucien Wasingya

Dr Lucien Wasingya is the Deputy Medical Director of Kitovi Hospital in Masaka, Uganda. He is a General Surgeon by training.

Dr Jienchi Doward

Dr Jienchi Doward BSc, MBChB, MSc, is a Primary Care Physician and a Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Fellow at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences in the University of Oxford. In his PhD he is investigating point-of-care viral load testing to improve management of HIV in primary care clinics in South Africa. He is an Honorary Associate Scientist at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), having previously worked there as a Research Clinician He has an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and aims to combine academic & clinical work in international primary care and HIV.

Hamdi Issa

Hamdi Issa is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, under the supervision of Professor Lord Darzi and Dr Matthew Harris. Hamdi's research explores the role of international health partnerships in supporting health care delivery within high-income settings too. She is interested in models of learning between high income and low and middle-income countries and identifying spaces that promote mutual learning and benefits to both partners, in the context of reverse innovation. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Imperial College London (2014) and BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science from University College London (2012).

Lucy Drescher

Lucy Drescher is the Head of Parliamentary Advocacy at RESULTS UK. Lucy previously worked for Sense and then Sense International on campaigns and advocacy around deaf blindness in the UK and internationally. Lucy has recently stepped down from being a co-Chair of the Bond Disability and Development Group after 5 years. The Bond Disability and Development Group has established itself as the leading CSO voice on disability and development in the UK, bringing together organisations working on campaigns, advocacy and programmes. The group regularly engages with DFID around their Disability Strategy and its implementation.

Stuart Tuckwood and Livi Rees

Stuart Tuckwood and Livi Rees are both registered nurses working in Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. They have spent six months living in Yangon, Myanmar working on a nursing development project in the Intensive Care Unit of Yangon General Hospital as a part of the Cambridge-Yangon Trauma Intervention Partnership, a project overseen by Cambridge Global Health Partnerships. Stuart is a Critical Care Outreach nurse, specialising in management of the deteriorating patient and ICU follow up. Livi works in the Neurosciences Intensive Care and Major Trauma Unit, specialising in multi-system support following brain injury and major trauma.

Sam Clarke

Sam Clarke is the Communications Manager of Standing Voice, an NGO dedicated to defending the rights of people with albinism in Africa. Sam is responsible for elevating the public profile of Standing Voice and raising the vital support necessary to deliver its life-changing health, education, and community-building initiatives on the ground in Tanzania and Malawi. He has worked broadly in international advocacy around albinism in Africa, contributing expertise to academic publications and mainstream media reporting around this issue.

David Hare

David Hare leads the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, the representative body for independent sector healthcare providers of both NHS and privately-funded services ranging through acute, primary, community, clinical home healthcare, diagnostics and dental. Previously David was a Director at The Whitehouse Consultancy, a political communications firm.  David has also acted as Director of Strategy for the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) Council, been Parliamentary Adviser to a large national charity, and worked in Parliament.  

Julia Downing

Professor Downing is an experienced palliative care nurse, educationalist and researcher. She is a Professor in Palliative Care at Makerere University, Uganda and the Chief Executive of the ICPCN. She has been working within palliative care for 27 years, with nineteen of those working internationally in Uganda, Africa, Eastern Europe and globally developing palliative care services for adults and children.

Mrs. Enid Mwebaza

Enid Mwebaza is a Nurse/Midwife by profession, a Nurse Researcher and a Reproductive Health Specialist. Worked as Commissioner Health Services (Nursing) at the Ministry of Health- Uganda. As a Reproductive Health Specialist, Enid has rich knowledge and experience in coordinating public health programs especially in maternal and child health. Later, Enid worked with Jhpiego as a Program Advisor: Scale-Up of a new and innovative Low-dose, High-frequency (LDHF) training approach to in-service training for health care workers in Uganda. Enid is the current Lugina Africa Midwives Research Network (LAMRN) Focal Lead- Uganda.

Hassan Chaudhury

Hassan Chaudhury is the Digital Health & Data Specialist at Healthcare UK. His role focuses on the UK offer in digital health and HealthTech which covers electronic health records (EHR), personal health records (PHR), AI, Big Data, telemedicine, remote monitoring, self-care mobile apps, blockchain, virtual/augmented reality, multiomics etc. Hassan maintains relationships with the most innovative UK suppliers, monitors the UK digital health landscape and assesses how the UK direction of travel can support different markets. He also speaks to Governments and other buyers abroad, supporting firms to invest in the UK. Hassan’s background covers Health and Social Care and he was a founder of a successful tech start up.

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is the Prosperity Fund Specialist at Healthcare UK and works to deliver commercial opportunities for UK businesses in a set of eight middle-income countries, through the Better Heath Programme. This initiative is active in Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. Mark has twenty years’ experience of business development, alliance management and technology commercialisation activities in the pharmaceutical industry. He was a senior director at GlaxoSmithKline, where his activities spanned business development, technology strategy and out-licensing, and has been involved in over a hundred commercial transactions and alliances.

Vicky Opia

Vicky Opia is executive director of Peace Hospice Adjumani, a senior nurse (MOH) and the district focal person for palliative care, Vicky coordinates palliative care programmes across the District. Over many years of working with the University of Edinburgh and Cairdeas teams through THET funded partnerships, Vicky was in the first cohort of Ugandan nurses to receive palliative care leadership training. Since then she has become a mentor for the second cohort of leaders as well as local lead for the partnerships latest project in refugee settlements across Adjumani District, funded by Johnson & Johnson through the THET managed Africa Grants Programme.

Dr Keith Ridge CBE

Dr Keith Ridge is Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at NHS England and NHS Improvement where he is head of profession for the pharmacy professions and the principal advisor on pharmacy and medicines use.

Dr Geordan Shannon

Dr Geordan Shannon is a feminist, medical doctor, and global health academic. She is based at the UCL Institute for Global Health and Centre for Gender and Global Health, where she leads research in health systems innovation, gender-based violence, participatory research and health economics. Geordan co-founded Global Health Disrupted (, and is also co-founder of STEMA. She was recently awarded Young Australian of the Year in the UK in recognition of her contributions to global health.

Nigel Edwards

Nigel Edwards is Chief Executive at the Nuffield Trust. Prior to becoming Chief Executive in 2014, Nigel was an expert advisor with KPMG’s Global Centre of Excellence for Health and Life Sciences and a Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund. Nigel has a strong interest in new models of service delivery and a practical focus on what is happening at the front line and in wider health care policy in the UK and internationally.

johann Malawana

Johann Malawana is the Education and Training Specialist at Healthcare UK. Johann is responsible for supporting organisations across the NHS, charity and private sector to deliver education and training products and services to global partners. Johann works with undergraduate institutions such as nursing and medical schools, to postgraduate institutions such as Royal colleges and NHS organisations. Johann has a background as a clinician and doctor in the NHS for a decade. He has been on the board of the General Medical Council and the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board, as well as the Council of the British Medical Association. Johann is also the founder of a growing Digital Health Technology company and the founder a rapidly growing not for profit social enterprise working internationally with clinicians.

Rachel Arrundale

Rachel Arrundale is the team leader for the DFID's Health Services Team. The team has responsibility for having an overview of DFID's health effort, working across Government on global health. Rachel joined DFID in 2013 and led work on the Multilateral Aid Review Update 2013, and Multilateral Development Review 2016, and spend 6 months working on essential medicine supply in Sierra Leone. Previously Rachel held Senior Civil Service roles in the Department of Health, including working on NHS and social care services for older people, those with mental health problems, and disabilities, and in MHCLG, on the renewal of deprived urban neighbourhoods; and led advocacy work for International Medical Corps UK.

Zahid Latif

Zahid Latif is the Innovation Specialist at Healthcare UK. His role involves working with the research base and identifying early stage businesses seeking investment and with potential for overseas growth. He has served as Head of Healthcare at Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board), a former Board Member of the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult and Director of Population and Early Detection Research at Cancer Research UK. Zahid originally qualified as a pharmacist and then went on to do a PhD in Pharmaceutical sciences specialising in natural product chemistry before embarking on a career in industry. He has held a number of industrial roles and gained an MBA from Cardiff University.