GUEST FACULTY

 


INTERNATIONAL FACULTY BIOGRAPHIES


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    Paul Budema
    Congo
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    Paul Budema
    Dr Paul Budema is a Surgeon at the Provincial Hospital of Bukavu (Hôpital Provincial Général de Référence de Bukavu), Congo as well as a Lecturer at Catholic University of Bukavu (Université Catholique de Bukavu), D.R. Congo. Qualifications/Diplomas: Surgery, Université of Kinshasa, D.R. Congo (2014), Consultant in traumatology and orthopedy, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (2012), Diploma of Medicine, Université Catholique de Bukavu, Congo (2006) and Secondary scroll mathematics-physics, Collège Alfajiri, Bukavu, Congo (1999)
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    Pereira M. Zindoga
    Mozambique
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    Pereira M. Zindoga
    Dr Pereira M. Zindoga, Pulmonologist accredited by the Maputo Central Hospital and the Mozambican Medical Council, Master in Infectious Diseases by the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon. Graduate in Medicine by Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique. Member of the Infection Control Committee of Maputo Central Hospital since 2013. Assistant Professor at the Higher Institute of Health Sciences of Mozambique. He currently works as a Senior TB specialist under the National Tuberculosis Control Program in Mozambique. Areas of interest are TB screening in health workers and infection control.
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    Mandy Deeves
    Canada
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    Mandy Deeves
    Mandy Deeves is an IPAC Specialist at Public Health Ontario. She is a Registered Nurse, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Public Health and holds certification in Infection Control and Epidemiology. She is a member of the IPAC Canada Board of Directors and is attending this conference as a representative of IPAC Canada, with an interest in advancing IPC practice in under-resourced areas. She has worked as a nurse and infection control practitioner in acute care and various community settings, including public health. She also has some experience with IPAC capacity building in underdeveloped and developing countries.
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    Leonardo Pagani
    Italy
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    Leonardo Pagani
    Dr Leonardo Pagani was born in Italy in 1963 and graduated in 1989 at Parma University. He then qualified in Medical Oncology and Infectious Diseases. He currently works in the Infectious Diseases Unit at Bolzano Central Hospital (Italy), where he was the Lead of the Unit for the Hospital Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (UHAC) and the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. His main fields of interest are antimicrobial therapy in the Intensive Care Unit, severe infections in the immunocompromised host, and antimicrobial pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. He worked also at the Geneva University Hospital and was project leader for the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at the Annecy Hospital (France). In 2015, he was board certified in Internal Medicine in Paris. He is a member of the International Scientific Committee of the World Alliance Against Antimicrobial Resistance (WAAAR). He is also member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and is member of the Executive Committees of the Study Group for Antibiotic Stewardship (ESGAP), for Infections in the Elderly (ESGIE), and PK/PD (EPASG). He is involved in many international study groups and expert panels. He was a member of the Guidelines Developer Group (GDG) for the WHO global guidelines for the prevention of surgical site infection and is now among the WHO expert advisors for AMR and Stewardship Programs. Dr Pagani authored or co-authored about 70 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, some chapters in books and presented around 130 scientific communications in international congresses, mainly on antibiotic usage in specific patient populations, and stewardship programs.
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    Jay Varma
    Ethiopia
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    Jay Varma
    Jay K. Varma, MD is the Senior Advisor to Africa CDC. Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dr Varma provides strategic and technical support for Africa CDC's programs in surveillance, emergency preparedness and response, information systems, laboratory systems, and workforce development. From 2011-2017, Dr Varma served as the Deputy Commissioner for Disease Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Varma directed the public health laboratory and all infectious disease control programs for New York City, including HIV, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections, vaccine-preventable diseases, and general communicable diseases. His Division was one of the largest in the Department, employing more than 1100 staff, managing >$350 million, and operating 17 clinical facilities. He led New York City to achieve record lows in HIV and TB incidence and record highs in childhood immunization coverage built new programs for hepatitis C, STDs, HIV, Legionnaires’ Disease, advanced molecular diagnosis, and data management, and served as incident commander for nine city-wide emergencies. After graduating magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard, Dr Varma completed medical school, internal medicine residency, and chief residency at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. In 2001, he joined CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, working on foodborne diseases. From 2003 - 2008, he served in Bangkok, Thailand, directing CDC’s TB programs and research in Southeast Asia. From 2008 - 2011, he served in Beijing, China, directing CDC’s International Emerging Infections Program which assisted the Chinese government on infectious diseases. Dr Varma has authored over 100 scientific manuscripts, six essays, and one book. A captain in the US Public Health Service, he has been recognized as the US Public Health Service Physician Researcher of the Year (2010) and Physician Leader of the Year (2017), and has been awarded the two highest awards in the US Public Health Service (Distinguished Service Medal, 2011; Meritorious Service Medal, 2018).
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    Abimbola Sowande
    Nigeria
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    Abimbola Sowande
    Dr Abimbola Sowande was born in Lagos Nigeria 65 years ago and was educated mostly in Lagos with the highest degree being a Masters in Public Health from the College of Medicine University of Lagos. She is widely travelled and had actively participated in many Public health International academic Conferences and workshops. Abimbola Sowande is a public health physician with over 30 years’ experience on the field spanning Community based integrated health intervention, Maternal and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, Polio Eradication, and Infection Prevention and Control (Injection Safety/ Healthcare waste management). She had served as Senior Immunization Program Officer on BASICS II project, managing the USAID PEPFAR funded Making Medical Injections Safer (MMIS) project, and as the Country Director for AIDSTAR-One for over a decade.  She facilitated Government of Nigeria and all stakeholders through her team to produced National, Injection Safety/ Healthcare Management policy, IPC Policy, State level Healthcare waste management policies, plan and strategy. Her project introduced safely engineered syringes to curative services outside immunization services. She is a very well appreciated clinician with significant management and programmatic experience, including work with USAID-funded projects. Her experience in the field of infection prevention and control and health care waste management includes serving as Treasurer of the Infection Control African Network (ICAN), Regional Coordinator and Board of Trustee, International Federation Infection Control (IFIC) and member Board of Trustee National Infection Control Association in Nigeria (NICA). She is happily married with three children and grandchildren.
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    Oliver Boglar
    UK
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    Oliver Boglar
    Dr Bogler studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and completed his PhD at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in London in 1991. Following post-doctoral training at the Salk Institute, and the Ludwig Institute, San Diego Branch, he held faculty appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University (1997-2000), Henry Ford Hospital (2000-2005) and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (2005-2018). At MD Anderson he initially served as Director of Basic Research for the Brain Tumor Center. His research focused on EGFR signalling and novel platinum compounds in glioblastoma. In 2010, he became Vice President for Global Academic Programs and managed a network of 35 Sister Institutions with a total investment of $12M over 7 years in joint research and an annual conference with over 800 participants. In 2011, he was also appointed Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs where he stewarded MD Anderson’s education mission and accreditation and oversaw 300 people who delivered support for 1,700 faculty and more than 2,000 trainees and students. In 2018 Oliver joined the ECHO Institute because the opportunity to be a part of the dynamic, talented and dedicated group of people at the heart of the ECHO movement matches his passions for making a difference in the world and working in a value-driven organization. He now works with Dr Sanjeev Arora to lead the Institute’s strategy for bringing best practices in health, education and beyond to one billion people by 2025.
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    Ann Versporten
    Belgium
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    Ann Versporten
    Ann Versporten (MEHS, MPH) works as project manager, data manager and researcher at the Laboratory of Medical Microbiology of the University of Antwerp, Belgium Ann was in charge of the data management for the last two years (up to 2011) of the European Surveillance of Antimicrobial Consumption project – ESAC), after which the project was transferred to the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) as ESAC-Net), where she was responsible for the data management of several other European projects. These projects on one side focused on antimicrobial consumption in outpatient settings: The Appropriateness of Prescribing antibiotics in primary health care in Europe with respect to antibiotic resistance – The APRES project The Antimicrobial Resistance and causes of Non-prudent use of Antibiotics in human medicine in the EU – The ARNA project (The Driving reinvestment in R&D for antibiotics and advocating their responsible use – The DRIVE-AB project She was further in charge of the antimicrobial consumption data management for 14 non-EU countries of the WHO European region in close collaboration with the WHO/EUROPE . On the other side, projects she worked on focused on antimicrobial consumption in inpatient (hospital) settings such as the Antibiotic Resistance and Prescribing in European Children Point Prevalence Survey  – The ARPEC-PPS project  From 2014 upwards, she mainly worked as project and data manager on the hospital-based Global Point Prevalence Survey of Antimicrobial Consumption and Resistance project – The Global-PPS. This project especially focuses on Low and Middle Income Countries. Her main field of interest is antibiotic use, the factors driving (in)appropriate prescribing practices; and the methods to employ to express antibiotic use, in order to enhance evidence base to improve antibiotic prescribing .
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    Walter Zingg
    Switzerland
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    Walter Zingg
    Dr Walter Zingg is senior physician and consultant at the Infection Prevention and Control Programme of the University of Geneva Hospitals in Switzerland. He has an honorary contract with Imperial College London. His background is in paediatrics, infectious diseases and infection prevention and control (IPC). The publication list includes original articles in peer-reviewed journals and various book chapters. He coordinated the European Commission-funded project “Prevention of Hospital Infection by Intervention and Training” (PROHIBIT) and was the main project manager and leading scientist of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) initiated systematic review and expert consensus to define key components in the organisation of IPC. Based on these key components, the World Health Organization (WHO) elaborated its most recent core components on IPC. He further acted as an expert for the WHO hand hygiene guideline, the most recent Joint Commission recommendations on central line-associated bloodstream Infections, the new WHO guidelines on core components in infection prevention and control, in various ECDC HAI-Net meetings, and he contributed to the new technical document for the ECDC point prevalence survey. He has research experience in multi-modal prevention programmes on catheter-related bloodstream infections, in healthcare-associated infection (HAI) surveillance, in prevalence surveys, in economic aspects of nosocomial outbreaks, in systematic reviews, and quality assessment patient safety studies. He organised five international courses on implementation in infection control. Finally, he coordinates the present Swiss point prevalence survey on healthcare-associated infections and antibiotic use.
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    Ephantus Wanjohi Kabiru
    Kenya
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    Ephantus Wanjohi Kabiru
    Ephantus Wanjohi Kabiru is a Professor of Medical Parasitology. He holds a Masters and PhD degree in the field from the University of Columbia in Missouri, USA and University of Nairobi, Kenya, respectively. He is currently the Dean, School of Public Health, Kenyatta University, Kenya after serving as the Chairman, Department of Pathology, School of Health Sciences in the same university. Previously, Prof. Kabiru was a Senior Lecturer at Kenya Medical Training College and later Senior Parasitologist in the Division of Epidemics and Disease Control (DEDC), Ministry of Health, Kenya. During the period he worked with the DEDC he coordinated major epidemics in Plague, Cholera and Malaria. He later served as the Manager, National Malaria Control Programme. He was involved in the launch of Eriteria National Malaria Control Programme. Prof. Kabiru is a member of National Committee, Neglected Tropical Diseases and a member National Think Tank on Public Health Center of Excellence. He is a seasoned researcher with 75 peer reviewed journal publications to his credit. He has been involved in various School Health Projects specifically in de-worming and hand hygiene. He is also a renowned mentor. He has mentored and supervised more than 50 masters and more than 25 doctoral degree scholars. He has been an External Examiner in many universities in Kenya and also University of Botswana.
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    Michael Sharland
    UK
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    Michael Sharland
    Mike Sharland is one of the UK and Europe’s leading experts in antimicrobial prescribing, resistance and healthcare associated infection in children. He has an interest in policy initiative to reduce the burden of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and has been closely involved in the implementation of the National AMR Strategy. He has developed the Paediatric Infectious Diseases Unit at St George’s into a recognised Centre of excellence for clinical care, teaching and research and was appointed Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases in November 2010. Professor Sharland chairs the Department of Health’s Expert Advisory Body on Antimicrobial Prescribing Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (APRHAI).
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    Professor Karume
    Uganda
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    Professor Karume
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    Hamisi Malebo
    Tanzania
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    Hamisi Malebo
    Dr. Malebo is both a Chemist and a Biologist and holds PhD in Medicinal Phytochemistry. For the past 15 years among others, he has been carrying out research on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in communities and healthcare facilities. He has also been researching and implementing interventions geared towards addressing maternal, child and neonatal health. He has published more than 45 peer reviewed journal publications on bioactive phytochemicals, diagnostics, WASH and books on anti-HIV herbal remedy, WASH and Malaria. He has presented research findings in a number of domestic and international scientific conferences. Dr. Malebo is the head of the Traditional Medicine Research Department at the national Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Tanzania.
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    Christiana Conteh
    Sierra Leone
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    Christiana Conteh
    Christiana Conteh nee Kallon a State Registered Nurse (SRN) from the National School of Nursing in Freetown, Sierra Leone and a State Certified Midwife (SCM) from the National School of Midwifery in Freetown, Sierra Leone. A strong nurse who maintains standards of personal conduct which reflect well on the profession and enhance public confidence at work and in the community. I received a Diploma in Community Medicine and Health from the University of Sierra Leone, Fourah Bay College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences in Freetown. Trained as a trainer on Infection Prevention and Control during the Ebola disease outbreak in 2014, I trained both clinical and non-clinical HCWs for the Ebola treatment centers. My professional interest focused on Infection control, received further training from ICAN on Infection Prevention and Control in Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever and IPC in health care facilities. As an IPC focal point in the teaching hospital, I coordinated IPC activities, training of all HCWs in IPC, setting up of IPC committees, monitoring and supportive supervision in the hospital and monitoring IPC logistics supplies. For my outstanding performance, commitment and dedication to work, I serve as the IPC training coordinator in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. I coordinate training activities at National level, developed standardized IPC training Manual, a member of the IPC National Policy and Guidelines review committee and also serves as a member of the National advisory committee.  Proceeded for Fundamentals of Infection Prevention and Control course at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa in 2017. My current projects include providing mentorship and coaching in hospitals to IPC focal points, regular monitoring and supportive supervision in all healthcare facilities and conducting IPC trainings.
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    Babacar Ndoye
    Senegal
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    Babacar Ndoye
    Expert-consultant and trainer in hospital hygiene, infection control and patient safety, Dakar, Senegal. Physician holder of title of “aggregation” in the field of Clinical Microbiology, attended many trainings, workshops in Europa, specially in France for capacity building in IPC/AMR. Professor Ndoye  retired, after he set up and led for 10 years one of the first African national programs on IPC. He is in the process of setting up a training programme in Senegal in the areas of hygiene and infection control, to be hosted by an institute of higher learning. Worked recently as WHO and UNDP IPC expert in the field of MERS-CoV investigation in Tunisia and in the field of Ebola epidemic in West Africa He was member of IHR Committee review expert set up by WHO following lessons learnt with Ebola epidemic: he is currently member of the team of trainers set up by WHO, to support African countries in addressing the AMR challenge. Other current professional activities and positions (including e.g. associations, organizations, boards, memberships)
    • List of the WHO experts for IHR as a specialist of Infection Prevention Control
    • French Society for Hospital Hygiene (SF2H)
    • GEF/UNDP working group for the best practices in health care waste management
    • Editing Committee of the French newspaper “Hygiene’S”
    • WAAAR (world alliance against antimicrobial resistance)
    • Many technical working groups set up by WHO
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    Awa Ndir
    Senegal
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    Awa Ndir
    Awa Ndir is an epidemiologist who works with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) through the Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN). She is a regional IPC and AMR advisor, providing technical assistance and coordinating activities in West and Central Africa. She is also a member of the ICAN board. She has been involved in numerous epidemiological and pharmacoeconomic studies. She previously worked with Institut Pasteur in Dakar as a programme manager for the Bacterial Infections and antibiotic-Resistant Diseases among Young children in low-income countries (BIRDY) project. She has also worked with the Senegalese Ministry of Health’s Infection Prevention and Control Programme.
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    Sade Ogunsola
    Nigeria
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    Sade Ogunsola
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    Joost Hopman
    Netherlands
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    Joost Hopman
    Joost Hopman is a consultant microbiologist and head of the Infection Control Unit of the Radboud University Hospital Nijmegen and the Pantein Hospital Boxmeer, in the Netherlands. He is strongly committed to improve infection control in the Netherlands and in low/middle income countries. His main focus is on the role of the environment as a potential source of microorganisms. He published recently about the contamination of beds and the effect of automated cleaning. He compared settings in both The Netherlands and South Africa. Reducing environmental contamination in low resource settings can strongly contribute to the reduction of hospital associated infections in those settings. Since 2013 he has been lecturing IPC in South Africa at the Stellenbosch University. This resulted in 2015 in the appointment as a senior lecturer in community health at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Since 2015 he acts as an IPC advisor for Doctors without borders, with a recent mission in Haiti. In 2014 and 2015 he has worked on a part-time basis as an IPC consultant for W.H.O. in the Ebola outbreak response in Geneva and Sierra Leone. In 2014 he acted as a national coordinator of the Dutch Society of Medical Microbiology in the response to the contaminated heater-cooler units with Mycobacterium chimaera in The Netherlands. In 2016 he was elected as one of the International SHEA ambassadors.
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    Jean Paul Ngandu
    Namibia
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    Jean Paul Ngandu
    Jean-Paul Ngandu is currently owner and Managing Director of Health Star International Inc. IPC consultancy and an elected board member of ICAN. Having obtained a degree in anaesthesiology from the University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, he is currently working on his MSc in Infection Prevention and Control from the University of Stellenbosch. With over 25 years of professional experience, Mr Ngandu has served as a WHO consultant in IPC/patient safety on its Ebola Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. Between 2007 and 2012 he served as technical regional coordinator for medical injection safety and healthcare waste management at the University Research Corporation, a PEPFAR/USAID-funded programme in Namibia. During this time he pioneered the implementation of IPC best practice in Namibia with regard to injection safety and healthcare waste management programmes. He also lectures at pre and in-service health training institutions in that country.
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    Angeline Chiotcha
    Malawi
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    Angeline Chiotcha
    Angeline Chiotcha is a health professional with a Masters in Health Care Sciences from Cardiff University and Post graduate certificate in Infection Control nursing. She has vast experience working at hospital and national level. Currently she is a Quality Management Officer in the Department of Quality Management responsible for Quality Improvement at the Ministry of Health, Malawi. She is also the national focal person for Infection Prevention and Control in Malawi. A highly skilled quality improvement expert with skills in Leadership in quality, infection prevention and control and operating theatre nursing, she has extensive experience developing and revising national policies, strategies, standards and tools with a broad knowledge of the different programs and projects that are implemented in the health sector.  She has hands-on experience designing and implementing QA/QI interventions at national and hospital level. Her responsibilities have included but is not limited to managing teams and working with stake holders and partners at national, district and community levels on quality improvement. Angeline  has supported strengthening of education and training with special focus in infection control, facilitated development of country specific policies and plans on quality improvement and advising various stakeholders on evidence- based policy options to strengthen health service delivery. She also supports capacity building on various training and educating teams on interventions aimed at strengthening technical capacities to deliver intended programs and service standards.  
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    Linus Ndegwa
    Kenya
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    Linus Ndegwa
    Linus Ndegwa is the Program Manager, Infection Control and AMR focal person, DGHP, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Kenya. Dr Ndegwa has a PhD (epidemiology) and is a clinician with over 20 years of clinical experience and of training healthcare personnel. He is currently leading the Infection control and AMR program at the Division of Global Health Protection, CDC, Kenya. Fields of special interest include epidemiology of healthcare associated infections and its drivers.  He is the founder and leader of the Infection Prevention Network Kenya (IPNET-K) and Vice Chair of the Global Antibiotic Resistance Program. Dr Ndegwa is a board member of ICAN, an International Ambassador for SHEA and has served as a member of the SHEA external affairs committee. Currently Dr Ndegwa leads the national surveillance on healthcare associated infections and AMR surveillance for Kenya.  A regular invited speaker to several international meetings on healthcare associated infections, Dr Linus has worked with a number of stakeholders in developed and low resourced countries to implement infection control activities. He was invited by AMRITA, India, to support develop the hand hygiene policy to address healthcare associated infection. He was awarded the CDC innovation award to evaluate an intervention of local production of alcohol based handrub. In 2012 he was involved in the national task force during the Ebola outbreak in Uganda.   During the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa he assisted in developing key training and management material for Kenya and setting up the treatment centre at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi
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    Mercedes Tatay
    Switzerland
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    Mercedes Tatay
    Dr Tatay is the International Medical Secretary of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since February 2016. A specialist in infectious diseases and tropical medicine, Dr Tatay joined MSF in 1998 and has worked in a number of conflict and epidemic settings, including in Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Zambia, CAR, Liberia, Afghanistan, Niger, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This allowed her to develop expertise in operational management and medical programme planning in complex humanitarian emergency contexts. Dr Tatay became Head of Emergency Programs with MSF France, and from 2003 to 2007 she oversaw humanitarian interventions in Iraq, Jordan, Sudan, Chad, CAR, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Lebanon, Haiti, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Angola, DRC, Philippines and Niger among others (conflicts, epidemics and natural disasters). Later on, Dr Tatay practised as an infectious diseases physician in two university teaching hospitals infectious diseases and tropical medicine departments in France until 2015. In 2015, she worked as a consultant for WHO in infection prevention and control as well as in field coordination during the Ebola outbreak response in Sierra Leone. She also took coordination responsibilities as part of the UN Country team leadership. Her teaching experience includes clinical seminars and training on infectious diseases, applied epidemiology, operational management emergency response and humanitarian medicine.
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    Syed Sattar
    Canada
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    Syed Sattar
    Syed A. Sattar is Professor Emeritus of Microbiology. He studies the environmental fate of microbes harmful to humans. Another focus of his work is evaluating and promoting safer and better means of preventing the environmental spread of such microbes. Microbicide test methods developed by him now form the basis for several national and international standards. He has published 230 peer-reviewed papers and chapters in conference proceedings and books, and delivered over 360 invited lectures in nearly 40 countries worldwide. He is co-editor of the 5th edition of the reference text on the Principles and Practice of Disinfection, Preservation and Sterilization published by Wiley-Blackwell. He is a Registered Microbiologist of the Canadian College of Microbiologists, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiologists. He is the recipient of numerous international awards and fellowships, the more recent among them being the Martin S. Favero Lectureship (2007), the OCRI Award (2007) and the Hygieia Medal of the Rudolf Schülke Foundation (2009). In December 2012, he received a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community and professional services. In 2014, the Canadian College of Microbiologists recognized him as ‘Distinguished Microbiologist’ for his long-standing services to the field nationally and internationally.
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    Molla Godif
    Ethiopia
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    Molla Godif
    Molla Godif holds a bachelor degree in Environmental Health from Haromaya University and master’s degree, Public Health, Biostatics and Epidemiology from Mekele University.  He has been working in the healthcare sector in various capacities since 2006 and as an integrated disease surveillance and response expert for approximately five years in the Ethiopian government regional health bureau, where he has been responsible for coordinating the overall activities.   In this role he has contributed significantly in reducing and controlling the burden of many infectious diseases.   Currently he is assigned to the Ministry of Health, Ethiopia,  as National Coordinator and is responsible for  Infection Prevention and Patient Safety (IPPS) and a new initiative which is called Clean and Safe Health Care Facilities (CASH).  Further to the IPPS/CASH initiatives he is also responsible for health service quality activities.
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    Getachew Kassa
    Ethiopia
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    Getachew Kassa
    Getachew Kassa served as technical director, Bethzatha Diagnostic Health Services, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia before being appointed as IPC/M&E advisor to ICAP in Sierra Leone.  Dr Kassa is a public health specialist, focusing on research projects and public health works in third world-settings. With over 14 years of experience in national and international development as a programme manager, researcher, advisor and consultant, Dr Kassa has demonstrated practical experience in global health programmes, health safety management, infectious disease surveillance, evaluation of diagnostic technologies and public health policy development and implementation.  Research project appointments include that of regional coordinator of the Occupational Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure Management Project in Selected Hospitals of Three African countries, (Tanzania, Botswana and Zambia), implemented by the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York and the CDC, Atlanta.
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    Maha Talaat
    Egypt
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    Maha Talaat
    Maha Talaat is currently the Regional Adviser for Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Resistance at the World Health Organization, Eastern Mediterranean Region in Cairo, Egypt. She was previously the director of the Infection Control Unit and the deputy director for Public Health at the Global Disease Detection Regional Center, U.S. CDC, Egypt Country Office.   Dr Talaat's professional focus includes technical support to the Ministries of Health in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region to develop national plans for antimicrobial resistance and national infection prevention and control programs. She provided technical support to several countries to develop and implement national IPC guidelines and provided training workshops on IPC best practices. Dr  Talaat holds Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Public Health and Epidemiology, and has a number of professional affiliations including memberships in the WHO IHR steering committee for MERS-CoV, member of the WHO Global Network on Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare for Preparedness and Response to Communicable Disease Crises, and the technical advisory committee for hepatitis prevention for Georgia. Dr. Talaat has about 50 publications in international journals and presented in about 34 international meetings. She was the principal investigator of about 20 research projects in various fields of public health (hepatitis, hospital infections, community-acquired infections, antimicrobial resistance, and respiratory infections).
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    Alaa Hashish
    Egypt
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    Alaa Hashish
    Alaa Hashish is a medical doctor specialized in tropical medicine as well as public health. Dr Hashish was the IPC project lead at WHO Sierra Leone office during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak. Dr Hashish was the former project manager of the national respiratory protection campaign at Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in response to the 2014 hospital outbreak of MERS-CoV. He was a hospital accreditation surveyor 2012-2014 at the Central Board of Accreditation for the Healthcare Institutions and is now the head of communicable disease cluster at the WHO Egypt office. Dr. Hashish’s professional focus is to support Egypt to combat HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STI, TB, and NTDs as well as strengthen the vaccination for the vaccine-preventable diseases. He is supporting Egypt to strengthen the injection safety and infection prevention and control practices at healthcare facilities as part of the support for hepatitis elimination activities. Dr Hashish is a reviewer at the frontier in public health as well as he was one of the reviewers of the South African national guidelines for the management of viral hepatitis 2016. He is co-editor and reviewer of Sierra Leone's first national infection prevention and control guidelines 2015 and was a co-author of a number of IPC publications.
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    Ali Bulabula
    DRC
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    Ali Bulabula
    Prof Ali M. Bulabula, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is a Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine, and the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Kindu in DRC. Trained in the DRC and Belgium, he has 40 years of experience, as clinician, lecturer and researcher. His main research interest has been Malaria related topics, including malaria in immuno-compromised statuses,(HIV infection, pregnancy, malnutrition). Recently, he has developed interest in studying the impact of climate change on malaria profile.
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    Nkwan Jacob Gobte
    Cameroon
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    Nkwan Jacob Gobte
    Nkwan Jacob Gobte is a Cameroonian, resident in Kumbo, NWR of Cameroon. He holds Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Buea. He is currently rounding up with MPH programme from the University of Roehampton in UK.  He is working with the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS), presently; he is the Director of Baptist Training School for Health Personnel (BTSHP), Banso, and the supervisor of CBCHS infection control program and chair of infection prevention committee. He has sixteen years of experience as the pioneer infection prevention nurse at Banso Baptist Hospital in 2002. He is a current member of Infection Control African Network (ICAN) and chair of ICAN IPC/WASH working group, member of Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Canada, member of Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), member of Cameroon Bioethics Association (CAMBIN).  As the lead person of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services infection control program, he has conceived and successfully implemented many infection control projects including control of neonatal sepsis in the obstetric units from 2004-2008, conducting infection control training for primary health care birth attendants and Field Supervisors in 2010, and most recently the alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) project in 2017. Through his leadership, the Banso Baptist Hospital team won the OXOID infection control team of the year award in 2006.The award was offered by SANOFI in the United Kingdom. His work as the lead infection prevention nurse of the CBC Health Services increased the visibility of the CBCHS infection control program nationally and internationally and earned him the prestigious 2018 Society for Health Care Epidemiology of America (SHEA) ambassador award.
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    Lawrence Adeokun
    Nigeria
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    Lawrence Adeokun
    Lawrence Adeokun was born in 1939. After undergraduate studies at Fourah Bay college, Freetown, Sierra Leone, he was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Durham, U.K. where he obtained a Ph.D in 1974. He retired as Professor of Demography and Social Statistics from Obafemi Awolowo University in 1994. He was Short Term Professional at the Global Programme on AIDS of the World Health Organization (1988-1989); Senior Representative for Anglophone Sub Saharan Africa, Population Council Office in Nairobi, Kenya, (1989 – 1991); Visiting Professor, Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda (1991 – 1996); member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) of the WHO Reproductive Health and Research Department from (1999 to 2004) and Director, Evaluation and Operations Research, Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria (1998-2010). It was during the 12-year period at ARFH that Professor Adeokun observed that the characteristics of largely traditional and unsophisticated populations make some of the assumptions of classic Western models and frameworks not fully applicable to the Nigerian setting. On five related projects funded by AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN) and the World AIDS Foundation, Paris, France provided support that allowed him and his project team to show the proof of concept of his 4-stage framework of behaviour change and validate and develop it into a locally relevant tool of behaviour change within the HIV/ADIS epidemic. The outbreak in Nigeria also provided additional evidence that the 4-stage Framework was applicable to other health situations requiring a long lasting change of behaviour irrespective of the speed of the epidemic. Since the publication of his book: “Changing Behaviour in an epidemic – The Era of HIV/AIDS and EVD outbreak” attempts have been made to apply the model to control of corruption in Nigeria.
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    Junior Mutsvangwa
    Zimbabwe
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    Junior Mutsvangwa
    Dr Junior Mutsvangwa is a Clinical Scientist and a specialist in Medical/molecular Microbiologist. She has over 20 years’ experience in laboratory diagnostics, biomedical research, training, quality management systems and M&E with focus on TB/HIV diagnostics, surveys and drug resistance, HIV DR (DPhil ). She has spent most of her working time at the Biomedical Research &Training Institute (BRTI), where she served initially as Head of Laboratories and currently, Senior Research Scientist. Additional skills were accrued through previous employment with DANIDA, University of Zimbabwe and National Public Health laboratories. Her work includes evaluation of the IGRA in comparison to TST in the detection of TB infection in a high HIV prevalence setting (MPhil 2007). She then led the Global Funded training of 300 TB Microscopists to bridge gap created by mass exodus of medical laboratory scientists during 2008-2010 national economic challenges. Subsequently, she successfully directed the first National TB prevalence survey which resulted in revision of national TB diagnostic algorithm and then national Targeted TB mass screening among TB high risk groups. Currently she is the country Lead of 2 multi-country multisite projects;  validation of rapid TB meningitis in-vitro diagnostic kit and Trials of Excellence in Southern African Network aimed at building capacity in clinical trials within SADC (2017-2019).  As an M&E certified practioner in HIV/AIDS programs, she guided the development of a monitoring system to track implementation of the national IPC policy, Guidelines, Strategic and M&E Plans (2011-2016) and the current HATIPP (2016-2021), which aims to reduce TB transmission & other related diseases at the healthcare facilities and strengthen TB screening among health workers. She is the current Chair of the national IPC M&E/Surveillance TWG which is spearheading the establishment of HAIs surveillance and also the inclusion of IPC indicators into the National Health Information System. She has more than 25 publications as first or co-author in TB and HIV.
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    Val Robertson
    Zimbabwe
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    Val Robertson
    Valerie Robertson  has a BSc, PhD in Microbiology, London and is  Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Zimbabwe,  Harare,  where she teaches Bacteriology and Mycology in undergraduate and post graduate programmes. Her research interests cover antimicrobial resistance, opportunistic fungal infections and infection prevention and control.  Professor Robertson’s experience and skills as a microbiologist and  educator have been used in the support of laboratory services and the development of  Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) programmes in Zimbabwe  since  the 1990’s . The main focus of her laboratory involvement has been to introduce quality management systems and to expand laboratory testing capacity. She was a member of the DART trial team investigating “Routine versus clinically driven laboratory monitoring of HIV antiretroviral therapy in Africa”. She is currently an ISO and Microbiology Consultant for a clinical trials support laboratory and Director of the Zimbabwe Infection Prevention and Control Project.  Professor Robertson is  President of the Infection Control Association of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) and Secretary of the Infection Control Africa Network and chairs the Scientific Committee for the 6th ICAN conference.
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    Aleathea Mashamba
    Zimbabwe
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    Aleathea Mashamba
    Alethea Mashamba is a Zimbabwean Nurse Specialist with vast experience in training, program development and health systems strengthening and Infection Prevention and Control. Ms Mashamba has an MBA in Health Management, Diplomas in General Nursing, Midwifery and Community Nursing and Certificates in Infection Prevention and Control, Training of Trainers and Quality Assurance.  She currently works for the Biomedical Research & Training Institute as an IPC Trainer and Health Management Specialist on the Zimbabwe Infection Prevention and Control Program (ZIPCOP).  Her experiences in both developed and low income countries adds value to this Consortium that supports the Ministry of Health and Child Care in strengthening Infection Prevention and Control in Health Institutions throughout Zimbabwe. Ms Mashamba spearheaded the development of the National Infection Prevention and Control Policy, Strategic Plan & M&E (2015-2017) and she works with other ZIPCOP Team members to conduct site support visits to mentor trainees who have undergone basic training in IPC to assist them in implementing IPC programs, develop institutional plans that include TBIC and assist them in developing IPC related Standard Operating Procedures. Prior to working with ZIPCOP, Ms Mashamba was working as an Independent Consultant for MSH, VSO, Compre Health, ZACH, Mother Of Peace and other Non Governmental Organizations where she successfully carried out training and capacity building, project evaluations and  program management strengthening consultancies. Ms Mashamba has held various positions in the MOHCC where she rose through the ranks from being a Sister-in-charge, Community Health Nurse, Trainer of Village Health Workers to become the Provincial Nursing Officer for Manicaland Province. She has worked for the WHO Zimbabwe Country Office as a National Health Information Officer and Focal Person for Women and Health Development and for UNFPA where she worked on Youth Reproductive Health programs with Women Parliamentarians. Alethea is an active member of ICAZ and ICAN and has participated in local and regional conferences to share experiences on Infection and Control Program development.
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    Celestino Dhege
    Zimbabwe
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    Celestino Dhege
    Celestino Dhege holds a Masters in Public Health (2011-2013) and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (1987 – 1991) degrees both obtained from the University of Zimbabwe – College of Health Sciences. Currently the Medical Superintendent for Marondera Provincial Hospital since June 2015, he has obtained training in various disciplines which include among others:
    • Trained in WISN by WHO, and chaired the expert team for doctors’ category and was involved in setting activity standards (2015).
    • Co-Supervisor for WISN Main Study Data Collection at Harare Central Hospital, Zimbabwe (2017)
    • Member of the WISN Technical Taskforce team involved in data analysis and report writing (2017)
    • Attended HIV Management course for doctors in Africa IDI Uganda (2005)
    • Board Member of Zisco-steel Medical Aid Society 1996-2000
    • Board Member for Zimbabwe Association of Church related Hospital 2002-2005
    • Current Board Member of the Advisory Board for Public Health to the Minister of Health and Child Care , Zimbabwe since 2009
    • Chairman of National Cancer Forum since 2016
    • President of the Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Programme Alumni Association since 2016
    • Member of the College of Public Health Physicians Zimbabwe
    • Vice President of the Infection Control Association of Zimbabwe
    • Member of Infection Control Africa Network.
    He has published an article on Maternal Mortality Notification Trends in Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe , 2002-2011 published in the International Journal of Maternal and Child Health 2014
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    Joe Solomkin
    USA
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    Joe Solomkin
    Joseph Solomkin is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Ohio, USA. Educated at Harvard College, Massachusetts, he studied medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. He obtained his surgical training at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minnesota. Professor Solomkin has published extensively on the mechanisms and management of surgical infection. He has been involved in the evaluation of a range of antimicrobial agents and in the development of guidelines for the selection of anti-infective agents for the treatment of surgical infections. Membership of several learned societies includes the American College of Surgeons, the Society for Critical Care Medicine, the American Society for Microbiology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Leukocyte Biology. Professor Solomkin is currently CEO of OASIS Global, a non-profit organisation working to lower the incidence of post-surgical infection in low and middle income countries. He is also chair of the Guideline Development Group for the WHO Guideline on the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection.
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    Molly Patrick
    USA
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    Molly Patrick
    Molly Patrick is an Environmental Engineer, working with the International Infection Control Program (IICP) of the Division for Healthcare Quality Promotion at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta Georgia. She began her career at CDC in 2010 with the Emergency Response and Recovery branch of the Division of Global Health Protection working on a variety of global water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)-related emergency and recovery activities for over 6 years. Some of her projects included environmental investigations involving water sampling and analysis during waterborne disease outbreaks, quantitative survey design and implementation, development of training materials for environmental health technicians, and technical assistance to UN and NGO implementing partners in emergency and post-emergency settings. Molly worked considerably in post-earthquake Haiti on CDC’s WASH program, and she has worked in South Sudan, Mauritania, DRC, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, and Iraq. Ms Patrick joined IICP in 2017, with whom she is coordinating several environmental health-related activities, including healthcare waste management and environmental cleaning initiatives. She is also working with WHO and other stakeholders to support the implementation of the WASH in healthcare facilities global action plan. Molly earned her Masters of Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Bachelor of Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science from Dalhousie University and Acadia University in Canada. Prior to working at CDC, she has worked on WASH in communities and healthcare facilities in the Gambia, Guinea Bissau and the Philippines.
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    Ruth Stringer
    UK
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    Ruth Stringer
    More information coming soon
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    Caroline Tarrant
    UK
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    Caroline Tarrant
    Dr Carolyn Tarrant is Associate Professor and joint research group lead of the Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research (SAPPHIRE) Group, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, UK. She is a social scientist with expertise in qualitative methods. She has experience of using ethnographic methods to evaluate quality and safety interventions in health care, with a focus on the acute care environment. Recent studies include evaluations of a national programme to reduce central line infections in ICUs (funded by the Health Foundation), and an evaluation of the Scottish Patient Safety Sepsis VTE Collaborative (funded by Healthcare Improvement Scotland). She is currently involved in several projects funded by the Joint Research Councils UK, studying behaviour change in antibiotic prescribing in hospital and community healthcare settings. She is Assistant Editor for the journals BMJ Quality & Safety, and the Journal of Hospital Infection.
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    Ginny Lipke
    USA
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    Ginny Lipke
    Ginny Lipke is a Registered Nurse and holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration. She is a specialist in AIDS nursing and Infection Control, holding certifications in both fields. Her Bachelors of Science and MHA degrees allow her to work within the healthcare system to advocate for evidence-based policies and practices to improve patient outcomes and champion healthcare worker wellness programs. In the past, she has worked at a variety of medium to large multi-centered tertiary hospitals as the manager of Infection Control. She has served as content advisor for a number of infection control video’s and has spoken nationally and internationally on how to implement practical infection prevention strategies and operationalise safer work practices in developing countries. A consultant to WHO, KNCV and the International Lung Union against TB, she has published articles and posters on the measurement and sustainability of TBIC indicators over time. Her use of a color coded dashboard as a quick evaluation tool for large amounts of data, has been adopted and modified by WHO and others. For the past 7 years, she has worked for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on nosocomial spread of tuberculosis and tuberculosis infection control in PEPFAR supported countries. Ms Lipke is a valued member of the team providing training courses in airborne infection control and the evaluation of airborne infection control practices in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Botswana, Zambia, China and Central America, where the TB and MDR-TB is epidemic. Professional membership includes the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) since 1999 and in 2007 she was honored as one of APIC’s Healthcare Hero’s. She is a past President of the Atlanta chapter of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, national nursing honor society.
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    Anna Maruta
    Sierra Leone
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    Anna Maruta
    Anna Maruta is an experienced nurse with 24 years of demonstrated clinical and public health experience. She possesses significant pre- and in-service training/capacity building and is an Infection Prevention and Control Specialist. Currently she works as the Senior Infection Prevention and Control Training Co-ordinator for the Zimbabwe Infection Prevention and Control Project (ZIPCOP) at the Biomedical Research at Training Institute. The purpose of this project is to support the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) Zimbabwe in improving infection prevention and control practices in health care facilities nationwide to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases, including TB. Whilst working for the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare Mrs Maruta served as a member of the Health Information Technical Working Group and also as a member of the National Procurement committee. She has attained good expertise in TB Infection Control and undergone extensive training as a TB Infection Control Consultant with KNCV including mentored field visits. Formerly appointed as a senior nursing officer for the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, where she was the Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator and the HIV workplace focal person, she assisted with formulating the hospital’s HIV Workplace Policy and the supervision and follow-up health workers on ART therapy. Other clinical experience includes working as a Sister in Charge in the main operating theaters at the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, as well as extensive, hands-on experience gained through facilitating and conducting Infection Prevention and Control and TB Infection Control workshops. Mrs Maruta is currently the Interim Secretary of the Infection Control of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) and is also a co-opted member and assistant to the secretary of the Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN).
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    Niño Dayanghirang
    Congo
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    Niño Dayanghirang
    Dr Niño Dayanghirang is currently the technical officer for Service Delivery, Quality and Safety (including Infection Prevention and Control) for the Service Delivery Systems unit / Health Systems Cluster of the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO).  Prior to joining WHO/AFRO, he was a WHO consultant for Non-Communicable Diseases, Country Cooperation Strategies, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Leprosy and Tuberculosis based in WHO’s Regional Office for the Western Pacific Region in the Philippines and Division for Pacific Technical Support in Fiji since 2011. Prior to joining WHO, Dr Niño was the Hospital Epidemiologist, Total Quality Services Officer, and Manager of the Infection Prevention and Control Unit of Makati Medical Center (Philippines) and an Assistant Professor for the College of Medicine of the University of East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMMC / Philippines). Dr Dayanghirang received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from UERMMMC and his undergraduate degree in Psychology and master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of the Philippines (UP Diliman).  He was awarded with a scholarship from the Department of Science and Technology (Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program) for post graduate training on Public Health and Health Facility Management.  He was also awarded with a special fellowship from WHO under the Health Leadership Development Initiative of the Regional Director and received training on Health Facility Management from the Asian Institute of Management.
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    Maggie Montgomery
    Switzerland
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    Maggie Montgomery
    Dr Maggie Montgomery is an environmental engineer with fifteen years of water and sanitation work and research experience, including four years living and working in East Africa. Since 2010 she has worked in the Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Unit at the World Health Organization leading global efforts on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities, evaluating the performance of household water treatment technologies, WASH in emergencies and outbreaks, and more generally integration of WASH and health.
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    Benedetta Allegranzi
    Switzerland
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    Benedetta Allegranzi

    Benedetta Allegranzi is a specialist in infectious diseases, tropical medicine, IPC and hospital epidemiology. She currently works at WHO Head Office, Service Delivery and Safety Department, as the coordinator and technical lead of the IPC Global Unit, including the “Clean Care is Safer Care” programme.  Dr Allegranzi was awarded the title of Professor of Infectious Diseases in the official Italian professorship list and is Adjunct Professor attached to the Institute of Global Health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland. She closely collaborates with the team at the IPC and WHO Collaborating Center on Patient Safety, University of Geneva Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland, as well as with the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, for clinical research projects. Dr Allegranzi is currently involved in the leadership on the WHO Ebola Response in the field of IPC and supervises IPC activities in Sierra Leone and Guinea. She has experience in clinical management of infectious diseases and tropical medicine, as well as in clinical research in healthcare settings in both developing and developed countries. Known for her thorough skills and experience in training and education, she is the author or co-author of more than 150 scientific publications, including articles published in high-profile medical journals such as Lancet, Lancet Infectious Diseases, New England Journal of Medicine,  the WHO Bulletin and six book chapters.

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    Amy Kolwaite
    USA
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    Amy Kolwaite

    Amy Kolwaite is a nurse epidemiologist and a team lead in the International Infection Control Program, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC, Atlanta, Georgia. Ms Kolwaite is part of a team that provides assistance to countries in the development and implementation of sustainable solutions to prevent and control healthcare associated infections internationally.   She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, Master of Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, followed by a Master of Public Health at University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. Thereafter she practiced as a Peadiatric Nurse Practitioner at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, where she specialized in Pediatric Critical Care and Emergency Medicine.  She began her career at the CDC in 2010 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Field Assignments Branch, where she was assigned to the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Frankfort, Kentucky. She worked on monitoring and responding to communicable disease outbreaks and supported public health preparedness activities. From 2012–2013, she completed the CDC Preventive Medicine Fellowship on the global team in the Division of Viral Hepatitis, where she provided technical support to countries implementing viral hepatitis surveillance and prevention programs.  Ms Kolwaite joined the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion’s international program in April, 2016.  As a team lead, she supports countries to enhance infection control programs, implement surveillance for healthcare associated infections, build laboratory capacity to detect antimicrobial-resistant pathogens and optimize antimicrobial use through stewardship programs.

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    Didier Pittet
    Switzerland
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    Didier Pittet

    Professor Didier Pittet is Lead Adviser, Clean Care is Safer Care (CCiSC) and African Partnerships for Patient Safety, WHO Patient Safety, WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

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    Benjamin Park
    USA
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    Benjamin Park

    Benjamin Park,  is the Chief of the International Infection Control Program in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia. Dr Park leads a team that provides assistance to countries in the development and implementation of sustainable solutions to prevent and control healthcare associated infections internationally.  He received his bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire and his MD at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, before completing his clinical residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He began his career at the CDC in 2002 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Mycotic Diseases Branch, where he worked on monitoring and responding to fungal diseases domestically and globally, including serving as one of the leads in the large multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak related to a contaminated compounded medication in 2012. He was awarded the 2013 CDC Shepherd award for outstanding scientific publication and was a finalist for the 2013 Samuel Heyman Service to America Award.  In 2014 he began leading the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion’s international program.  During the 2014-15 CDC Ebola response he coordinated CDC infection control efforts across the affected countries.

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