Project Staff

Doyin Oluwole
Project Director/Child and Newborn Health Specialist

Dr. Doyin Oluwole, Director of Africa's Health in 2010, leads a team of senior technical experts to build capacity of Africans and African institutions to improve the health of women, children and families in the continent. She previously worked with the World Health Organization Regional office for Africa for over 10 years, serving as Director of Family and Reproductive Health. She led the introduction and early implementation of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses in Africa. Dr. Oluwole was the expert behind the conceptualization, development and early implementation of the "Road Map for Accelerating the Attainment of the Millennium Development Goals related to Maternal and Newborn Health in Africa" (Road Map). Prior to that, she was Professor and Head of Department of Pediatrics at the College of Health Sciences, Ogun State University, Nigeria. She is an accomplished innovative international health leader with an impressive record of achievements directing multimillion-dollar programs driving results in public health in Africa for over 30 years. Dr. Oluwole is highly skilled in advocacy, fundraising, budget administration and team leadership. She has expertise and is well published in child survival, maternal, newborn and child health, and reproductive and women's health. She has an MD/MRCP (with Honors) from University of Lagos, Nigeria, and the Royal College of Pediatrics in UK, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pediatrics, Edinburgh, UK. She is fluent in French and English.

Sambe Duale
Technical Director/Infectious Disease Advisor

Dr. Sambe Duale is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health and Development of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He is a public health professional with 30 years of experience in policy dialogue, design, management, and evaluation of health programs in sub-Saharan Africa. He has consulted for regional and international health organizations on issues of primary health care, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and surveillance and epidemic outbreak responses in Africa. From 1993 to 2006, he served as the Senior Research Manager and Infectious Disease Advisor for the Support for Analysis and Research in Africa (SARA) I and II projects. Dr. Duale holds a Medical Doctor degree from the University of Kinshasa School of Medicine, a Masters of Public Health degree from Tulane University, and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from North Park University in Chicago.

Gene Bartley
Operations Director

Dr. Gene Bartley, Director of Operations, comes to Africa's Health in 2010/AED with almost 30 years experience as a financial manager and administrator. He spent 20 of these years working with the World Health Organization/Africa Regional Office in Congo Republic, Togo and Zimbabwe. He also worked at WHO/Geneva with Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, within the Family and Community Health cluster. He holds an MPH from the University of South Carolina, with a focus on Health Education, and a Ph.D in Health Services.

Lolade Oseni
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Dr. Lolade Oseni, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) specialist, seconded from Heartlands International, has managed M&E portfolios in several program areas including HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, Tuberculosis, Reproductive Health, and Malaria. She has experience with M&E tools development, capacity building in M&E, program data analysis, and preparation of strategic information reports to USAID and other donor organizations. Formerly with Family Health International (FHI) in Nigeria, Dr. Oseni worked as the Senior M&E Advisor for the Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Nigeria (GHAIN) project, and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) Rounds 5 and 8 grants in Nigeria. She is an MD, with an MPH from Johns Hopkins University, and a member of the Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society.

Ekong Emah
Senior Technical Advisor, Advocacy, Communication and Dissemination

Ekong Emah has over 15 years hands-on experience (direct or supervisory) in conceptualizing, designing and implementing a wide range of interventions for reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention and care. This includes advocacy, mass media campaigns, special events, media training, peer education, targeted HIV prevention interventions focusing on high risk groups, community mobilization, HIV counseling and testing, community home-based care, life planning skills for young people, networking and partnership building, and participatory monitoring and evaluation of behavior change communication programs. He is also skilled in the development of a range of communication materials and tools to enhance health programs. With extensive experience in sub Saharan Africa, he has provided technical assistance to support different countries - government institutions, civil society organizations, and for-profit private sector institutions - in program design and capacity building. Before moving into public health, Ekong served as a journalist in the print media, covering West Africa. Ekong is a Master of Social Work. He also holds a BSc in Mass Communication and an MSc in International Relations.

Kathleen Kurz
Nutrition and Food Security Advisor

Kathleen Kurz is the Senior Food Security and Nutrition Specialist on the Africas Health in 2010 project at the Academy for Educational Development (AED), where she works on the policy, program and evaluation aspects of the global food crisis, essential nutrition actions, and HIV, food security and nutrition. She has 20 years of experience in international nutrition and health in Africa and South Asia. Previously she was Director of Reproductive Health and Nutrition at the International Center for Research on Women, where she worked on adolescent and maternal health and nutrition, agriculture and nutrition, and gender issues, and held management responsibilities. She has conducted programmatic, descriptive and analytic research, and published numerous peer-review articles. She holds an MS and PhD in International Nutrition from Cornell University and a BA from Grinnell College.

Holley Stewart
Senior Technical Advisor, Maternal-Newborn and Reproductive Health

Holley Stewart assists in the development, promotion and adoption of policies and strategies for the improvement of Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) and Reproductive Health (RH) programs in sub-Saharan Africa, and in the implementation and management of USAIDs Africa Bureaus RH and MNH portfolios. Ms. Stewart works with a variety of African stakeholders, NGOs, parastatal organizations, bilaterals, multilaterals, and professional associations to implement initiatives and activities in Africa that inform policy and programming in MNH and RH. Aside from RH and MNH, Ms. Stewart has strong technical knowledge and experience in formative behavior change and operations research related to youth, HIV, and harmful traditional practices. Born and raised in New York City, she holds degrees from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in medical demography and from Harvard University in French history and literature.

Eyob Zere Asbu
Health Systems Senior Technical Advisor

Dr. Eyob Zere Asbu has over 20 years of experience working in Africa and specializes in health economics and health system financing. He most recently worked for WHO/Africa region, advising countries on trend analysis and issues related to the Sector Wide approaches. Dr. Asbu has a PhD in Public Health from the University of Cape Town South Africa and has published extensively on assessing and evaluating various health systems in Africa.

Victor Ayieko Masbayi
Senior Specialist for Child Survival

Victor Ayieko Masbayi has 25 years experience in the management, planning and promotion of public health interventions, with 15 years dedicated to maternal and child health programs in Africa His strengths include program design; planning and management of intervention activities; institutional capacity development and; policy advocacy with African institutions. He has particular interest in maternal and child health, including nutrition. Mr. Masbayi who gained the experience working with the African Medical and Research Foundation, a leading African private voluntary organization, and with USAID in East Africa, holds an MPH in Health Planning and Economic Development from the University of Michigan and a BA in Government and Sociology from the University of Nairobi.

Antonia Wolff
Communication and Advocacy Program Officer

Antonia Wolff holds degrees in both international relations and International Studies and has over 12 years of professional experience in the field of international development. For the past nine years, Ms. Wolff has primarily focused on the dissemination of key research and policy related materials under the Support for Analysis and Research in Africa (SARA) Project, and the Africas Health in 2010 at AED, based in Washington DC. As a Dissemination Specialist, Ms. Wolff provides technical guidance and support to USAID and partners on issues that relate to communication and dissemination. Ms. Wolff has developed and facilitated training workshops on dissemination, repackaging and advocacy for African partners. Prior to her work for SARA, Ms. Wolff was a Research Assistant for the International Center for Research on Women, and helped administer a multimillion dollar USAID cooperative agreement that sought to promote womens research organizations all over the world. Ms. Wolff has worked throughout Africa, with Peace Corps experience in Senegal.

Dorcas Lwanga
Nutrition Specialist

Dorcas Lwanga is a Dietitian/Nutritionist with 12 years experience in nutrition and dietetics. Her expertise is in nutrition and HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health nutrition. She has provided technical assistance to African institutions, NGOs, and international agencies working in Africa to support the nutritional care of people living with HIV (PLHIV), infant and young children feeding in the context of HIV, and mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Ms. Lwanga has provided nutrition assessments and education to PLHIV. She developed an interactive tutorial and a pre-service training module on the nutrition care and support of HIV-positive pregnant and lactating women, a pre-service training manual for nurses and midwives in Africa and counseling materials for nutrition care and support of PLHIV and provided technical assistance to African partners for countries to develop their national nutrition care and support guidelines for PLHIV. Currently, she is working with African partners to scale up programs to support the Essential Nutrition Actions approach to improve maternal, infant and young child nutrition. Ms. Lwanga, has a Masters in Human Nutrition, speaks French and Swahili, and is a member of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada.

Jimmy Bishara
Publications Coordinator

Jimmy Bishara has over 15 years of experience in graphic design, print and web management, and editing. He worked as senior graphic designer at Family Health International; associate editor and designer at the Middle East Research and Information Project; and publications manager at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Jimmy did undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and graduate work in cultural studies at the University of Minnesota. He studied Arabic at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Reena Borwankar
Gender, Gender-based Violence Advisor/Program Officer for Monitoring and Evaluation

Reena Borwankar has been working in international public health, with a focus on program monitoring and evaluation and applied research for the past 10 years. At Africa's Health in 2010, she combines her skills in monitoring and evaluation and her passion for improving maternal and child health and nutrition programs. She is a core team member of several strategic areas: M&E, Maternal and Newborn Health, Gender-based Violence, Nutrition, and Reproductive Health. Before joining Africas Health in 2010, Ms. Borwankar spent five years providing evaluation support to several AED domestic and international projects. Ms. Borwankar holds an M.S. in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition with a concentration in Program Design and Evaluation from Tufts University's School of Nutrition Science and Policy. A native of India, Ms. Borwankar is fluent in Hindi, Marathi and is proficient in Spanish.

Jose Molina
Program Officer for Operations

Mr. José R. Molina, Program Officer in the Operations Department of Africa's Health in 2010 Project (Africa 2010), has over 15 years experience working with USAID contractors in operations departments where duties included backstopping staff and consultants, opening and closing country field offices, hiring local staff, reconciling field office accounts, and budgeting. He joined the project team in 1998, working first as staff on SARA I and later SARA II. Both projects were precursors of Africa's Health in 2010. Mr. Molina transitioned from SARA II to the Africa 2010 Project in 2005. In the course of his work, Mr. Molina backstopped three AWARE (Action for the West Africa Region) Project staff based in Ghana, providing them with logistics, administrative and procedural guidelines. Under Africa 2010, he provides procedural and contractual guidance to African subcontractors and works closely with the Project's Financial Manager. He also manages other aspects of project operations. Mr. Molina has a BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University. He also has a Certificate of Graduate Study in Comparative Political Culture and holds a Master's Degree in Statecraft and International Affairs. José R. Molina is fluent in French, and a native Spanish speaker.

Molika Forsythe
Financial Manager

Molika Forsythe holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok and has a decade of experience in both the private and governmental sectors. She has experience working with diverse donors, e.g., USAID, UN, EU, AusAID; and her last position before relocating to the United States was as Regional Administrator for Oxfam's East Asia Regional Office in Phnom Penh. Prior positions include those with Ockenden International, World Education, the Mekong River Commission, and the UNHCR, as well as consultancies for various clients, including WHO, IOM, World Bank, and UNDP.

Julienne Hayford-Winful
Program Associate for Operations

As Senior Program Associate for the Africas Health in 2010 Project, Julienne Hayford-Winful supports more than 15 program officers and coordinates administrative, logistics, programmatic activities and procedural guidelines. Prior to coming to AED, Ms. Hayford-Winful worked as a legal assistant for a law firm specializing in the rights of the elderly. Additionally, for three years, she has worked as an administrative assistant for a number of private firms and completed an internship with Human Rights Watch. Ms. Hayford-Winful currently volunteers with HOPE Worldwide, an NGO that works to meet the developmental and health needs of children and families in low income communities around the world. She has a law degree in Human Rights from the Catholic University of Lyon (France), is fluent in French, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Novalina Kudsarman
Program Associate for Operations

Ms. Kusdarman has extensive years of international development experience with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), at the American Embassy, Jakarta Indonesia. Before joining the Africa Health in 2010 project, her work focused on education, training, and democracy & governance. Ms. Kusdarmans pre-college and college education was completed in California which prepared her for a career at the USAID Mission in Indonesia. Her work focused on USAID policy, grants & management and USAID rules & regulations. Her dedication and service to the United States Government has brought her and family to the United States through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) in early 2006.

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