Global Surgery Hack-a-thon Mentor and Speaker Biographies

Mentor Bios

Jerome K. Kabakyenga, Director Maternal Newborn and Child Health Institute and Professor of Public Health, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)

Mr. Kabakyenga graduated from Lund University, Sweden, in May 2012 with a Ph.D in Public Health, focusing on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health.  He holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from University of Leeds in the U.K. and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from Makerere University in Uganda. For 11 years (2002-2013,) he held the position of Dean of Faculty of Medicine at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. He has led several international projects on strengthening the health system and community structures so as to improve maternal newborn and child health. His interests are in innovations geared at improving maternal, newborn and child health. The Maternal Newborn and Child Health Institute he leads is envisioned to become a centre of excellence in maternal, newborn and child health where innovations and research will be at its centre.

Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze, Cabinet Minister of Information Technology and Communications in the Cabinet of Uganda

Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze is a Ugandan educator and politician. He is the current Cabinet Minister of Information Technology and Communications in the Cabinet of Uganda. He was appointed to that position on 6 June 2016. He previously served as Minister for the Presidency and Minister for the Kampala Capital City Authority between 2012 and 2016. He is also the elected Member of Parliament for Kibale County in Kamwenge District, on the National Resistance Movement political party ticket.

Prof. Celestino Obua, Vice Chancellor, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)

Prof. Celestino Obua is the Vice Chancellor, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

He has previously worked as the Deputy Principal, Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS), where he was and is still the co-investigator of the MEPI-MESAU consortium project. During the MEPI-MESAU implementation he was responsible for the implementation of the trans-disciplinary mentored research across the consortium institutions that has supported to students and faculty that realized 13 PhDs and 30 Master of Sciences fellowships currently in various stages of completion. He greatly contributed to the development of the current problem based learning (PBL) curriculum at the MakCHS.

At the college he has spearheaded and built research infrastructure for pharmacokinetic studies which is now supporting 10 MSc and 5 PhD students. He is participating in strengthening adherence to ARVs by developing adherence monitoring tools and interventions through the INRUD-IAA a multi-country collaborative project. Professor Obua has been the Team Leader for Research Task Force in the Needs Assessment Twinning Program Project by Makerere University – Johns Hopkins University.

Elioda Tumwesigye, Cabinet Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Cabinet of Uganda

Elioda Tumwesigye is a Ugandan politician, physician, and epidemiologist who has served as Cabinet Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Cabinet of Uganda since June 2016. Prior to that, from March 2015 until June 2016, he served as the Cabinet Minister of Health.

Tumwesigye has been the elected Member of Parliament representing Sheema County North, in Sheema District, since 2001.From 25 July 2013 to 28 February 2015, he served as State Minister for Health (General Duties). He was promoted to the post of Minister of Health on 1 March 2015, taking a slot left vacant since 18 September 2014, when Ruhakana Rugunda was appointed Prime Minister.

Martin Galiwango, Technical Manager, RIMPSCOM Company Limited

Martin Galiwango graduated from Mbarara University of Science and Technology in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in computer engineering with a major in Data communications. He holds Linux certification from Linux Foundation, a certificate in android programming from udacity, a certificate of completion in 4G Broadband LTE and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics engineers (IEEE).

Martin is currently the Technical Manager at RIMPSCOM Company Limited with more than five years of experience in information technology. He is also an Assistant Lecturer and android facilitator at Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

He participated and worked as a data manager in the LaborBand project, a project which was carried out at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital for a feasibility study of the uptake of information technology devices by pregnant women. In this project Martin was responsible among other roles for configuration and proper working of the Zephyr and Sense4Baby devices. These devices were used to monitor the pregnant woman and the baby she was carrying.

He worked as software developer and a researcher in the cell phone project at healthy child Uganda Mbarara. He fully participated in the development of the mobile application which ran on Nokia feature phones. The project was deployed in the remote villages of Bushenyi and used by the Village health Teams.

Martin has supervised award winning projects like the kidycare which detects kidney malfunctioning in the early stage through determining the levels of creatinine and blood urea nitrogen in blood. Smart android lighting system which controls the lighting of the house using an android smartphone and also harvesting energy from the free microwave signals in space and many other projects.

Julius Ecuru, PhD., Assistant Executive Secretary, Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST)

Julius Ecuru, PhD, works as Assistant Executive Secretary in charge of research and technology management at Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST). UNCST is a semi-autonomous Uganda government agency responsible for policy and development matters in science, technology and innovation. Dr. Ecuru is experienced in a wide range of issues connected with research and innovation, particularly in low income countries. Some of the key ones relate to research/technology management, innovation systems development, and bioethics including human, environment and social safeguards in the advancement of science and research. Dr. Ecuru is also a research affiliate with Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology and Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. He has also served on secondment at the Biosciences east and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr. Situma Martin SamuelPediatric Surgeon at MUST/MRRH and BethanyKids

Dr. Situma did both his undergraduate and post-graduate training in General Surgery at Makerere University Kampala and then did a fellowship in Pediatric surgery at RedCross War memorial Children’s Hospital under University of Cape Town, South Africa and Bethanykids Kijabe, Kenya. He is a Fellow COSECSA Ped Surgery. Following his training, he worked as a junior consultant pediatric surgeon at Bethanykids Kijabe in Kenya before coming to Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).

Dr. Situma has overseen the introduction of pediatric surgical services and the establishment of a new pediatric surgical unit in Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH), along with a  second one in Uganda in a public hospital. Currently, he is the only in-house pediatric surgeon at MUST/MRRH. His responsibilities include training and teaching medical students and post-graduate students in pediatric surgery related topics and mentoring future pediatric surgeons. Soon after his training he worked as a Junior consultant pediatric Surgeon at Bethanykids Kijabe in Kenya before coming to MUST.

His other interests include attending to the social needs and mentoring less privileged children in our society, together seeking solutions and participating in genuine Christian activities.

Prof. Nixon Kamukama, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)

Prof Nixon holds a PhD, Msc. Accounting and Finance (MUK), a post-graduate diploma in Computer Science, a post-graduate diploma in microfinance operations and a Bachelors of Commerce (MUK). Prof. Nixon is an external examiner at Moi University and Women’s University in Africa Harare – Zimbabwe. He also served as external examiner at Kyamboga University and the Uganda Management Institute (UMI). He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Commerce, Management, and the International Journal of Competitive Review. Prof. Nixon is the board member of the Uganda Electricity Generation Company. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of trustees of MUBS Retirement Befits Scheme.

Fred Kaggwa, Lecturer, Institute of Computer Science at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).

Fred is the first in Western Uganda, and one of few in the all of Uganda, with a Masters in Computer Security. He completed his masters in 2011 at the University of Twente in the Netherlands following completion of his Bachelors in Computer Science, with First Class Honors at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). Fred’s interests are in computer security related areas including: network security, forensics science, biometrics security, privacy, hardware & software security, and security in organizations. Above all, Fred is passionate about health related projects and research. Fred is currently lecturing in systems security and computer network security at the Institute of Computer Science of Mbarara University of Science and Technology, while also completing the final year of his PhD on the design of multiple enrollment based fingerprint recognition systems. In addition Fred works as the Coordinator of Quality Assurance, Coordinator of Industrial Training, and Head of the Computer Security Research Group. Fred’s work has been published in numerous journals including the International Journal of Computer Applications and in reports by the Global Summit on Computer and Information Technology (GSCIT).

Ephraim MalingaGraduate Research Assistant and Product Developer, iLabs@MAK Project/EpiTent

Mr. Malinga graduated from Makerere University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Power System Engineering. He has worked in the power industry and on numerous projects within Uganda and East Africa at large. Currently he is a product developer at the Resilient Africa Network.

Dr. Robert T Ssekitoleko, Project Coordinator and Biomedical Engineer, Ugandan Maternal and Newborn Hub

Dr. Ssekitoleko completed his four year medical engineering degree at Queen Mary University of London in 2007. He then held a Teaching Assistant position at the same university for one year. During this time he taught Mathematics, Material Science and supervised Bachelor of Science student projects. He also coordinated a programme entitled Student Centered Learning (SCL) where the students learnt through problem based learning (PBL). He then obtained his Doctor of Engineering Degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 2014. During this time he supervised three Master of Science Students and was a mentor to three PhD students in their early years. His doctorate research involved designing and fabrication on microscale ultrasound transducers in a needle for in-vivo diagnosis of early stage cancer.

Since January 2013, Robert has been coordinating a project under the Ugandan Maternal and Newborn Hub to improve Biomedical Engineering practices in eight Ugandan Hospitals through building capacity of local technicians. Through this project, Robert is involved in training technicians to build their skills in Biomedical Engineering. Robert also works as a lecturer on the BSc in Biomedical Engineering offered at Makerere University. He is responsible for curriculum review, strategic plan of the training at the University.

He is very keen on building capacity in Biomedical Engineering in Uganda especially making appropriate links locally as well as internationally.

Dr. Alfred OmoSurgeon and Lecturer, Uganda Heart Institute and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)

Dr. Alfred Omo works as a heart chest and vascular surgeon at Uganda Heart Institute in Kampala and is a lecturer at MUST. He specializes in adult cardiac surgery, general chest surgery, and vascular surgery. In addition to working as a lecturer and surgeon, Dr. Omo has worked in clinical research. He has been published in numerous journals including the Annals of Thoracic Surgery Journal, European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery Journal, Chinese Academy of Nature Sciences, and Asia-Pacific Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Annabella Habinka Basaza-Ejiri (PhD, MSc, BC)Senior lecturer and Director of the Institute of Computer Science

Annabella completed her PhD at the University of Groningen in July 2012. During her PhD study, Annabella gained the expertise and experience of using both qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate studies using various technological adoption models in Uganda. Annabella is current a research-uptake fellow with the Ministry of Education Science technology and Sports under the DRUSSA and UNCSTprogramme. Annabella was a fellow with the Australia-AID where she undertook e-learning training, assessed e-learning systems with over four Universities in Australia. It is on this basis that Annabella builds capacity for carrying out an e-learning study to improve health education in Universities in Uganda in this study. Annabella has over ten years teaching and research experience in ICT4 Development, Computer Science, Information Systems, decision enhancement services, e-learning, research uptake and quality assurance fields. Annabella is also directly involved with research for innovative ways of using ICT to improve health and other development related issues in a resource constrained environments using low-cost technologies.

Irene KagwaDirector for Engineering and Communication Infrastructure at the Uganda Communications Commission

Irene heads the research and development function at Uganda’s Communications sector regulatory authority, whose mandates covers the broadcasting, postal and telecommunications services. She possesses extensive experience in sector planning, policy development, and implementation of related initiatives such as quality of services regulation, numbering resource management, conducting usage studies, as well as processes for set up of universal fund.  In her current role, Irene has enhanced the Commission’s collaborations towards enhancement of ICT research and innovation as well as programs geared to development of ICT for environmental sustainability.

In addition to research and development, Irene is the Corporate Coordinator for UCC. She holds an MSc in Communications Systems and Signal Processing from University of Bristol, a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University and is completing an MSc in Economic Management and Policy.

Sheillah Bagayana, Biomedical Engineer, Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH).

Sheillah is a biomedical engineer currently working at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. She is passionate about building low-cost medical devices and technologies that can improve access to quality healthcare in low-resource settings. She also has an interest in design, innovation and manufacturing homemade medical devices.

She has gained experience both in Uganda and overseas in biomedical engineering, and has also been recognized and awarded at various national and international events for her work and efforts in designing innovative technologies to improve health. Her passion lies in advocating for and inspiring young girls and women in science and engineering, and helping them reach their greatest potential in life. She is looking forward to meeting, hacking and interacting with young innovators at the 2016 Global Surgery Hack-a-thon!

Nabaasa Evarist, Senior Lecturer/Deputy Director, Institute of Computer Science at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)

Nabaasa Evarist holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Makerere University where he graduated in the year 2000. In 2000, he started Lecturing in the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) as an Assistant Lecturer. In 2002 to 2003, he led the department of computer Science at Mbarara University. He won a Chinese scholarship and went to China for a Masters of Engineering in Computer Science from 2003 to 2006, where he graduated with a MEng. Comp Science offered at Hunan University in Changsha City. During his Masters work, he focused on research on Computer Networks, particularly researching on Security of Base Stations in Wireless Sensor Networks. Upon his return to Uganda in late 2006,he continued as a lecturer in the Institute of Computer Science at Mbarara University to-date. In January 2015, he graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from Mbarara University of Science and Technology. During his PhD, he was mentored by Prof. Frits Vaandrager of Radboud University- Netherlands, Associate Prof. Idris Rai – of Makerere University,  Dr. Tonny Bulega of Makerere University and Dr. John Businge of Mbarara University of Science and Technology. His research was about Algorithms for Scheduling and Optimization of Traffic Lights via Wireless Sensor Networks.

Sahil MehtaCo-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Lattice Innovations

Sahil is Chief Technology Officer at Lattice Innovations, CAMTech’s main partner in India. At Lattice, he designs and builds hardware solutions, specializing  in biomedical engineering, and has developed 14 functional device prototypes in the past 5 years, across industry and academia. Sahil also leads the production and logistical planning for all of CAMTech events in India. Sahil co-founded Delhi Makers, Delhi/ NCR’s first maker space, a community with over 200 participants who collaborate on prototyping and “making” articles ranging from usable cardboard furniture to 3D printers. He has worked in orthopedics, diabetes and cardiovascular care, to develop prototypes of portable and wearable devices. In 2014, he led two CAMTech/ USAID grant funded engagements worth ~ USD 80,000.

Sahil holds a M.Engg in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah.

Theodora Twongyeirwe, Senior Lecturer and Dean of Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)

Theodora Twongyeirwe is a Senior Lecturer and Dean of Faculty of Applied Science and Technology at MUST. She Holds a Degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Management with Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Leeds (UK) and the degree of Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham UK. She is also currently pursuing a PHD studies Knowledge Management in Organizations with specific focus on Commercialization and Innovation in Small Medium Scale Enterprises in developing Countries.

She had 4 years Industry experience as a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineer with over in the design, installation, commissioning and operations management of various manufacturing systems and Processes. Over the past 10 years she has been teaching Decision Support Systems, Software Engineering, Project Planning and Management, Ethics and Legal Issues in Computing. I have also had specific interests in technology transfer and innovations, affordable medical technologies, academia-industry relations and quality assurance.

As Dean, she is involved in developing and overall implementation of the strategic objectives and plans, Grant Proposal writing and Project implementation, Finance Planning and Implementation, staff planning and development of the Faculty.

Bernard KakuhikireDirector of the Institute of Management Sciences (IMS), Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda

Bernard Kakuhikire hails from Mbarara, Uganda. Currently, he is the Director of the Institute of Management Sciences, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda.

Bernard is a Principal-Investigator of Health Outputs Progressive Entrepreneurship Networks (HOPENet), a collaboration research and implementation project under the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Massachusetts General Hospital. HOPENet is designed to support HIV/AIDS patients on treatment. He oversees the project on the ground and makes necessary links with local and international partners. In addition, he is responsible for monitoring the study and ensuring its success. In this capacity, he works closely with the foreign HOPENet Principal Investigators Dr. Alexander Tsai, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, MD Division of Global Psychiatry, MGH, Boston, Mass.

In addition to being a director of the Institute of Management Sciences, Bernard is an entrepreneur in theory and practice. He teaches entrepreneurship in the institute and practices it at his farm and construction company. He is also Director in charge of Entrepreneurship at the Center for Research and Development, which provides career guidance and outreach programs to small and microenterprises in East Africa.

Dr. Joseph NgonziSenior lecturer and Consultant Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)

Dr. Ngonzi is a Senior lecturer and Consultant Obstetrician/Gynecologist at MUST, with expertise in Gynecology, Public Health, Oncology.


Faustin Ntirenganya, MD, Surgeon/Lecturer at CHU Kigali/National University of Rwanda

with specific interest in a surgeon and lecturer at CHU Kigali/National University of Rwanda, with a special focus on aparoscopic surgery, Hepato-biliary surgery and research.

Dr Munyarugero, Emmanuel, Anaesthetist, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)

Dr Munyarugero, Emmanuel is a healthcare practitioner, specialising as a Anaesthetist at MUST. He also servers as a Senior Lecturer.

Robert Kasibante, Nurse Educator, Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP). 

Dr. Robert Kasibante is a Ugandan-American who is a both a nurse educator and has also served as a GHSP Volunteer.

Dr. Omo Alfred, DR at Uganda Heart Institute/Mulago Hospital

Dr Omo, Alfred, is a healthcare practitioner, specialising as a Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery at the Uganda Heart Institute and Mulago Hospital.

Cheri Reynolds, Senior Program Manager – Safe Surgery 2020, Assist International

Cheri Reynolds works at Assist International and is directing the innovation pillar of the Safe Surgery 2020 initiative.  Assist International is a long-standing partner of GE Foundation and manages many of GE Foundation’s innovative programs.  Cheri has also been instrumental in the development of Assist International’s women’s empowerment program and its orphaned and abandoned children’s programs.  She is most excited when advocating for those in need and loves to solve problems—especially when the solution brings innovative ideas to alleviate healthcare gaps and poverty inequity.  She holds a juris doctorate degree and is a licensed attorney.

Dr. Zebenay Bitew Zeleke,  Safe Surgery 2020

Dr. Zebeney Bitew Zeleke is a general surgeon at the Felege Hiwot Referral Hospital. He is also currently the head mentor in the Amhara region for the Safe Surgery 2020 Initiative.

Twesigye Deus, Medical Officer at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital

Dr. Twesigye Deus is a medical officer at Mbarara Regional Referal Hospital in Uganda.

Dr. Atlibachew TeshomeManagement and Coordination, Federal Ministry of Health, SALTS Strategy, Safe Surgery 2020

Dr. Atlibachew Teshome is a member of the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health’s (FMoH) SALTS management and coordination team. The SaLTS strategy is the FMoH Safe Surgery National Plan. Safe Surgery 2020, supported by the GE Foundation, works with partner hospitals to design and support programs that make surgery safe, accessible, and affordable.

Philippa Makobore, Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) Instrumentation Division Department Head

Ms. Philippa Makobore is the Department Head of the Instrumentation Division at Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI). She received an International Student Academic Excellence Entrance Award in 2003 on acceptance to the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB, Canada and graduated with a BSc in Electrical Engineering in 2008.  

Over the last 4 years, she has lead a team of electrical and computer engineers that design and develop electronic applications/embedded technology for Healthcare, Agriculture and Energy (healthcare being a top priority). To date, the Division has a portfolio of over 7 projects which she supervises with 3 medical device prototypes in their advanced prototype stages. The Instrumentation healthcare projects have won both international and local awards, including a 1st place US $50,000 Innovation Award at the 2016 World Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit held in Dana Point, CA, USA and finalists at Saving Lives at Birth round 5 in 2015. The Division has a 100% acceptance rate for oral presentations at highly regarded Medical Engineering Conferences including the Canadian Biological and Medical Engineering Conference, World Congress for Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics of which she was once a session chair for the medical devices track and the IEEE.

Ms. Makobore has formed valuable collaborations with academia, research institutes and companies both locally and internationally for knowledge sharing and capacity building. These partners include but are not limited to Columbia University in New York, Addis Ababa University, Makerere University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Oxford BioHorizons Ltd.  

Francis BajunirwePhysician and Epidemiologist

Francis Bajunirwe is physician and epidemiologist. His interests are in the application of epidemiologic methods and modeling to chronic and infectious diseases particularly HIV and malaria. He has an interest in conducting large scale community based epidemiologic studies to test the impact of large scale interventions. He has completed implementation of a mobile pharmacy system to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy in two districts in western Uganda. He is currently part of an initiative to establish a cohort in Uganda and 3 other African countries to study non-communicable diseases (NCDs), particularly cancers, CVD and mental health in collaboration with Harvard School of Public Health.  

Nakku Doreen, Lecturer/ ENT Surgeon, Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Dr. Nakku Doreen is a surgeon and lecturer in the department of ENT at MUST, with keen interest in research and finding sustainable solutions to medical problems.  She has collaborated with Engineers in Scrubs, UBC in trying to develop a solar powered hearing aid, and is currently a research fellow working on a hearing loss project.

Lejju, Julius Bunny, Associate Professor of Botany/Associate Dean of Faculty of Science, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). 

Dr. Lejju is an Associate Professor of Botany and Associate Dean of Faculty of Science at MUST, as well as n Associate Editor of African Journal of Ecology and Secretary General of International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA). He received his PhD in Environmental Science at Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. He will coordinate the project and organize graduate students to assess agro-biodiversity and impacts of climate and environmental change on local natural resources and adaptation mechanisms advanced by riparian communities to address food security in Lake Victoria Basin.

Beth Mosher, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design – Remote Mentor ( or Skype: prof.beth.mosher) 

WhatsApp number (+1-617-817-8901) 


Saturday from 2pm – 2am (Uganda time)

Sunday from 2pm – midnight (Uganda time)

Beth Mosher is Associate Professor of Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design and teaches design research, experience design, future strategy and innovation. Leveraging her background in anthropology, archaeology and industrial design, Beth Mosher uses human-centered research to power the design of both products and systems. She has worked as a senior designer at frog design for clients including Swatch, Next and IBM.

She was also a member of Nike’s Advanced Product Engineering group, researching new material applications, the biomechanics of athletic endeavor and the cultural aspects of footwear and sports. Beth now works for clients on a broad range of projects, including low-invasive surgical devices for Boston Scientific.

Grace Sweeney, J.D., Associate, Magyar, Bogle & O’Hara LLP – Remote Mentor (

Grace’s practice focuses on the acquisition and exploitation of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs, and plant breeders’ rights, and the enforcement of those rights in both U.S. and Canadian litigation.

Her practice also extends to general corporate and commercial matters. She has advised on both domestic and cross-border corporate and intellectual property transactions, involving matters such as corporate organization and agreements, commercial transactions, joint ventures, and early- to late-stage financing.

Grace is a B.Sc. (Hons) candidate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Toronto, and is working towards certification as a registered patent agent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She has experience conducting patentability searches, as well as assisting with the drafting and prosecution of patent applications.

Prior to Magyar, Bogle & O’Hara LLP, Grace worked in university-based technology transfer, as well as with the Hospital for Sick Children and a litigation boutique. She has worked with clients in a wide variety of industries, including chemical, electrical, and biomedical engineering, pharmaceuticals and natural health products, agriculture and viticulture, and the oil and gas and alternative energy sectors.

In her spare time, Grace acts as counsel to MIT’s Sloan School of Management in its various initiatives to commercialize early-stage cancer research. She is an avid distance runner and has competed in the Boston and Chicago marathons.

Barbara Birungi, Co-Founder and Director, Hive Colab

Barbara is a ground-breaking innovator dedicated to promoting the economic empowerment of youth especially girls and women by encouraging greater youth participation in Uganda’s technology sector and actively contributing to the budding IT innovation and entrepreneurship sector of the country. She is the Director of Hive Colab, a business accelerator and incubator for East African startups, and founder of WITU (Women in Technology Uganda), which encourages, inspires, and trains women in technology. Barbara brings expertise in business development, managing and establishing relationships among entrepreneurs, incubators, venture capitalists, and angel funders from Uganda and abroad.

The Hive is currently home to over 1000 members, from 20 companies and hosts numerous collaborative events throughout the year including (Apps4Africa, Mobile Monday, ISOC events, Mcirosft4afrika, Tech for Governance Initiative challenge, DemoAfrica workshops and Girls In ICT day. Todate, Hive Colab has been a major contributor to local capacity building, creating local jobs, improving access to capital, and has encouraged innovation by fostering a culture of collaboration to build a vibrant tech community in Uganda. Prior to this, she also worked with Makerere University on a project to increase the sales of rural craft making women using the web so as to improve the livelihoods of local women. Barbara worked with Watoto Childcare Ministries as a volunteer training the orphaned youth in computer skills for two years. Barbara is a 2014 Anita Borg Institute Change agent winner. Barbara is an international speaker at various events including the UN ECOSOC youth forum multiple times, UNESCO youth forum on science and technology Multiple times, Motorola- UNDP mobile development stakeholder forum, GHC conference for women in Technology among others.

Barbara is a blogger and social media activist for gender equality, women’s and children’s rights, youth empowerment, transparency and governance, maternal and infant health, climate change and all things concerning development in Uganda and Africa.

Kathleen (Kate) McKone-Sweet, Professor Of Technology and Operations Management, Babson College-, 0792.58.54.86

Kate McKone-Sweet is a Professor of Operations Management and the Faculty Co-Director of the Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship at Babson College. Her teaching and research focuses on supply chain management. She is the author of over 30 articles and her book The New Entrepreneurial Leader: Developing Leaders Who Shape Social and Economic Opportunity (2011), co-authored with Danna Greenberg and Jim Wilson, details a new model for innovative leadership development. Recently, Kate has also co-authored a series of cases on advancements in global surgery in Uganda, Haiti, and Ghana.

Vijay Anand Ismavel, Medical Superintendent, Makunda Christian Hospital

Dr. Vijay Anand Ismavel is a pediatric surgeon and the Medical Superintendent of Makunda Christian Leprosy & General Hospital, a remote rural mission hospital in the northeast Indian state of Assam. During his two decades of work there, he has helped transformed from a poor facility that lacked staff and resources into a flourishing medical care facility that to date treats over 90,000 patients and performs more than 2,400 major surgeries annually.  He holds several degrees, including an MBBS from Kilpauk Medical College, University of Madra, an M.S. in General Surgery from Madurai Medical College, and a Doctorate from Medical University. He has won numerous awards, including from the Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Paediatric Surgeons and is the author of several scholarly articles.

Dr. Viola Nilah Nyakato, Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)

Dr. Viola Nilah Nyakato is a sociologist. She holds a Masters in Public Health and a PhD in Development Studies. For about 10 years, Viola has been engaged in research that delves into the underlying gender barriers particularly decision-making, women land rights, couple relations and life skills that limit access maternal healthcare for young people and women. She is a specialist in social determinants of health. Since 2007 she worked as a lecturer for sociology and gender and development at MUST. She has done a number of research projects related to the field of SRHR, including an ongoing project that developed a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum for primary schools. In 2015, she was recognized as 2015 World Heritage Hero at the at the 39th Session of the German Commission for UNESCO in recognition of the publication on Women in Conservation. She has been engaged as local consultant  to evaluate community based projects in adolescent health, women empowerment project and gender. She has also published work on women and access to land, health poverty, family relations and access to maternal health care among other.

Danielle Zurovcik, CEO, WiCare

Danielle Zurovcik is currently Founder and CEO of WiCare. She led the engineering development of the Wound-Pump technology and supported its clinical application during the Earthquake Relief Effort in Haiti and a phase I field study in Rwanda. She graduated in Aug. 2012 from MIT with her PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan. Prior to her PhD, she received an MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BS from Penn State in Mechanical Engineering, with minors in Engineering Entrepreneurship, Engineering Leadership Development, Product Realization and Engineering Mechanics. She has received awards, including the: CAMTech Innovation Award, MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowship, PSMES Outstanding Early Career Award, IEEE E4C Member of the Month, Hugh Hampton Young Memorial Fund Fellowship and World Technology Award for Health & Medicine.

Samuel Mugisha, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Innovation Streams Limited

Samuel is an experienced software developer and tech-entrepreneur based in Uganda.He has worked as a software programmer at Mbarara University since 2013 and heads the department of Software Incubation and Innovations of the Institute of Computer Science. He holds a first class honours degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer engineering from Mbarara University. He is a finalist MBA student at University of Nicosia- Cyprus. He is co-founder and managing director at Innovation Streams Limited(istreams); the largest I.T firm in Western Uganda in terms of portfolio and customer base. He has experience with software for healthcare and business where he has worked for the last 6 years.

Ephraim Malinga, Graduate Research Assistant with the iLabs@MAK

Ephraim is an Electrical Engineer with experience in Power Systems Engineering, Electronics, Embedded systems and product design. He currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant with the iLabs@MAK project leading a team of dedicated people in developing and maintaining internet based laboratories in Makerere University and have collaborated with Universities in Uganda and East Africa at large. This has enabled him become a trainer of trainers. Ephraim is also an innovator, working with the Resilient Africa Network.

Most notably he was in a team that was among the grand challenge winners of the 2014 Ebola Grand Challenge sponsered by USAID and has worked as a product developer for the Humanitarian Emergency Canopies and Accessories (HEUCA) Project to develop the EpiTent – a next generation tent for use in extreme climatic conditions. Ephraim brings onboard his technical expertise but also blends it with the Design Thinking Approach of Human Centred Design that fits perfectly with CAMTech’s Co-create – Ideate – Innovate process.

David Mutiibwa, Lecturer, Department of Surgery, Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Dr. Mutiibwa is a general surgeon and lecturer at MUST.

Amarsinh Jadhav, Product Development Medtronic

Amarsinh Jadhav (short name ‘Amar’) is a mechanical engineer by profession. He holds bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Shivaji University India; and currently pursuing MBA in marketing. He has 9 years of experience in product design, product development projects.

Amar has worked on Product Development projects in Medtronic’s surgical business unit and contributed to the team in variety of activities including concept design, preliminary CAE simulations, prototype development and testing activities. He has explored new method of conducting kinematic & dynamic analysis of Ligasure devices by using CAE tools.

As a part of Amar’s current role in Medtronic, he is actively engaged with the interactions with Indian surgeons, sales and marketing colleagues for understanding clinical needs. He is aware about the unique challenges faced by HCPs while working in resource constrained setup. 13 patent applications are evident of his passion towards Innovation. His key strength is concept design and developing proof-of-concept.

Amar started his career with SKF India ltd. as Engineering Trainee and grew professionally as Assistant manager where he got exposure on manufacturing processes, product development process and product design. He continued his career as Anode design lead in GE Healthcare where he was actively working with cross-functional teams for developing cost effective X-ray tubes.

Tadele Bogale, Deputy Country Director, Jhpiego Ethiopia (an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University)

Dr. Bogale is a medical doctor and public health professional with 21 years’ experience providing clinical care and leading public health programs in Ethiopia. As Deputy Country Director for Jhpiego’s Ethiopia office since 2011, he leads and directs several of Jhpiego’s technical and management teams, including HIV prevention and VMMC activities, building off of experience gained in his previous role as a Technical Officer at CDC Ethiopia. Dr. Bogale provides vision, direction and oversight to ensure the timeliness and quality of Jhpiego Ethiopia’s programmatic inputs.

During the earlier years of his professional career (1995-1997), he provided clinical services at two rural HCs in southern part of Ethiopia. He was a full time faculty at Jimma University (1997-2001) and Addis Ababa University (2003-04). He has about 15 years of progressive senior management and leadership experiences at iNGOs and a donor agency: Jhpiego, CDC, JSI, ORBIS International, Child Fund; and successfully led the implementation of HIV/AIDS, MNCH, Child Survival, and Health Systems Strengthening programs. Since June 2011, he is serving as a Deputy Country Director for Jhpiego.

Amar has worked on Product Development projects in Medtronic’s surgical business unit and contributed to the team in variety of activities including concept design, preliminary CAE simulations, prototype development and testing activities. He has explored new method of conducting kinematic & dynamic analysis of Ligasure devices by using CAE tools.

As a part of Amar’s current role in Medtronic, he is actively engaged with the interactions with Indian surgeons, sales and marketing colleagues for understanding clinical needs. He is aware about the unique challenges faced by HCPs while working in resource constrained setup. 13 patent applications are evident of his passion towards Innovation. His key strength is concept design and developing proof-of-concept.

Amar started his career with SKF India ltd. as Engineering Trainee and grew professionally as Assistant manager where he got exposure on manufacturing processes, product development process and product design. He continued his career as Anode design lead in GE Healthcare where he was actively working with cross-functional teams for developing cost effective X-ray tubes.

Patrick Kyamanywa,  Deputy Vice Chancellor, Kampala International University

Dr. Patrick Kyamanywa was born and raised in Uganda. He had most of his university training – medical training and specialist training in Surgery – at Makerere University in Uganda. Dr. Kyamanywa went on to pursue a Masters degree in Public Health from the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds and he is a trained educator and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom. Dr. Kyamanywa later rejoined Makerere University Medical School in 1999 to pursue specialist surgical training, qualifying as a surgeon in 2002. Thereafter he worked and taught at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda before taking up the appointment as Associate Professor of Surgery at the National University of Rwanda in 2008. In January 2010 Dr. Kyamanywa became the Dean of the Medical School in Rwanda and in 2015 he was promoted to full professor of Surgery at the University of Rwanda. He has held several leadership positions in academia and professional bodies and he is engaged in a number of collaborative efforts. Patrick has been at the center of the innovative Human Resources for Health Program in Rwanda, a multi-million dollar program supported by the US government and the Government of Rwanda. The program brings together faculty from over 15 medical, dental and nursing schools in the USA to strengthen health professional education in Rwanda. He now serves as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Kampala International University in charge of the Western Campus which hosts the University’s medicine and health sciences programs.

Currently in addition to his responsibilities with the University, he is involved in research in the areas of injury prevention and epidemiology, gastrointestinal surgery and has a passion for medical education.

These roles and responsibilities have continued to sharpen his skills in building collaborations for medical education, management, negotiation, team building,communication, scientific writing and the innovation, design, implementation and evaluation of interventions aimed at improving surgical practice, and human resources for health training in resource-poor settings.

Ignatius Kakande, SurgeonNsambya Hospital Kampala

Prof Kakande, Ignatius, is a healthcare practitioner, specialising as a surgeon in Central Kampala, Uganda.

Ikhami Gunay Akdogan, R&D Manager, Medtronic,, +00.530.790.5157

Gunay Akdogan is the Manager of Turkey Extended R&D Team in MITG of Medtronic. Gunay came on board in March 2014 to join Lean Tailored Products R&D as Manager. Prior to joining Medtronic, he worked as Senior Scientist at Turkish National Research Institute of Electronics and Cryptology where he involved in research activities on dispenser cathodes and setting up an infrastructure for developing and producing dispenser cathodes for high power microwave devices. From 2007 to 2012, Gunay worked as senior R&D engineer at Nanotechnology Research Center at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. He worked on the development of fiber optic gyroscope (FOG) systems, fiber based light sources, integrated optics (phase modulators, Mioc devices, etc…), integration, optical and electrical testing. Previous to this, he was a Development Engineer for a local defense contractor, Roketsan, Ankara Turkey, at the department of Engineering development – guidance and control division for 6 months.

Before Gunay moved back to Turkey, he lived for 7 years in the US, attended graduate school, worked as research staff at university and had some consultancy experience. Gunay holds two master`s degrees in Materials & Ceramics Eng`g and Electrical & Computer Eng`g from Rutgers University, NJ, US. He has a BS degree in Physics from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

Niels BuningVenture Manager, Philips –, +31615649657

Niels Buning, is a Venture Manager at Philips Research with a focus on developing business opportunities for Low Resource setting Medical Devices. He received his Master’s degree in Business from the University of Groningen in 1997, and started out his career in the specialty chemicals industry. After that moved into pharmaceutical wholesale followed by the specialty textiles, before joining Philips in 2012 where he assumed the role of business development manager for Africa in the Mother & Child care segment.

Over the years Niels has successfully completed several post-graduate courses in business strategy, strategic business development and sales. He has held a variety of leadership roles in marketing/business development and sales.

Luis F. Ayllon, Sloan Fellow, Sloan School of Management Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mr. Ayllon was born and raised in Bolivia. He was most recently the Research and Development Program Manager for international product development for Bard Access Systems. Bard Access Systems, based in Salt Lake City, is a division of CR Bard and the world leader in the development of vascular access devices. Mr. Ayllon was responsible for leading R&D efforts globally in development and registration of medical devices for global market development.

Before Bard, Mr. Ayllon worked as the hardware program leader at GE Healthcare, where he was responsible for developing the hardware and firmware for GE’s next generation 3D navigation minimally invasive spinal surgical system. Before GE he worked for Medtronic where he led global custom product development for one of Medtronic’s key in-clinic patient management cardiac software systems. Additionally, while at Medtronic, Mr. Ayllon also worked in the development of life sustaining implantable cardiac-assist devices.

During his tenure at Medtronic he served as the global chair of the Hispanic employee resource group, where he created and led initiatives for employee professional and leadership development, enhancing the company engagement in emerging markets. He led key discussions with ambassadors of various Latin American countries on behalf of Medtronic’s international global expansion efforts. He was a founding member of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Twin Cities Latino Network, focused on bringing together and supporting Latino employees across fortune 500 companies in Minnesota in various employee development and community service efforts. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Utah Alumni Association, the University Neighborhood Partners, Heartland Communities for Youth and Families and advising member to the dean of the college of science at the University of Utah in development of diversity in the hard sciences.

He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Leonardo’s Basement, a nonprofit organization focused on education and making inventing fun for children and adults in Minneapolis. He was a development member for high-tech focused on First Lego league STEM competitions for children 8-12. He served as the president of the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers, Vice-President of the Society of Women Engineers, Chair of the Undergraduate Student advisory committee, member of the dean’s student advisory committee at the University of Utah, member of the Advisory committee to the Governor of Utah on engineering initiative. Mr. Ayllon completed undergraduate work in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City Utah. Completed graduate work in Bioengineering focused on Biodesign and innovation at Stanford University in Palo Alto California. He is a Sloan Fellow, of the prestigious Sloan Fellows Program at MIT where he focused on Innovation and Global Leadership. He received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge Massachusetts.

Dr. Miliard Derbew, MD FRCS, President, College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA)

Dr. Miliard Derbew is a founding Fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) and was elected President of COSECSA in December 2015.  Dr. Derbew received his MD (1987) and Specialty Certificate in Surgery (1993) from the School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University. He completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery (1998) at Tel Aviv University and the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in 2007). Dr Derbew served as Assistant Professor from 1998-2009 and was Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery from 2009.  He has served as Chief Executive Officer (with a rank of Vice President) for the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University (2009 -2011) and was Dean of the School of Medicine (2007-2009).  He also currently serves as Project Director for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative project for Ethiopia. He was previously served as Country Representative for the Surgical Society of Ethiopia and Vice-President of COSECSA. He is a Member of the Office of International Surgery (University of Toronto, 2006). Dr Derbew has published widely.

Pankaj JanjiM.B.Ch.B., M. Med., FRCPS, FCS (ECSA), College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA)

Pankaj G. Jani is an Honorary Consultant Surgeon with Firm 1 General surgery, Kenyatta National Hospital; Vice President, College of Surgeons , East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA); Chairman, Senate ECSA – College of Health Sciences; Vice Chair, Executive Committee, Interim Board of Directors. G4 Alliance (Baltimore Maryland)

Dr. Jani graduated from University of Nairobi, and after his residency was awarded a Commonwealth Medical Fellowship to train in HPB surgery and G.I. Endoscopy at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Dr. Jani’s expertise is in Hepato – Pancreatico – Biliary and Laparoscopy Surgery, and therapeutic G.I. Endoscopy. Has been part of the team instrumental in setting up of Laparoscopic Surgery and G.I. Endoscopy in Kenya

Dr. Jani has been extensively involved with Surgical Training and Health Systems Strengthening in 17 countries in the East Central and Southern Africa region. Dr. Jani was a founder member, then council member and head of General Surgery, then Chair of the Examinations and Credentials committee for 6 years followed by promotion to the Secretary Generaland at present is the Vice President(president elect) of COSECSA. Dr. Jani has travelled widely both in Africa and abroad with the aim of improving Surgical Training and care of the surgical patients in Africa.

Robinah Nakakeeto, Deputy Secretary (Planning), Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)

Robinah has over 10 years of  experience in university business management, where she is in charge of strategy, budgeting, Monitoring and Evaluation of Strategy and Budget as a Deputy Secretary (Planning) at MUST. She holds a Masters of Arts in Development Studies Degree and a Graduate Diploma in ICT Leadership in the Knowledge Society. She has undergone a number of Professional Training including: Certificate in African Leadership in ICT (ALICT), Leadership and Management, Building and Implementing the Balanced scorecard, Entrepreneurship and personal awareness, Business Identification, Adult Training and Facilitation skills, Business functions and Planning, Record keeping and Business Ethics, customer service and responsibility, Science-policy interfacing: Enhancing contributions of Forest science and Traditional Forest-related knowledge (TFRK) to the conservation and sustainable use of forest resources in Africa.

Robinah is the Coordinator for the Africa Development Bank Higher Education Science and Technology (AfDB-HEST) Project at MUST. She has served as a Member of MUST Top Management Committee, Education Sector Budget Working Group (ESBWG), University of Lund and MUST Collaboration (LUMUST) Project – Steering Committee, Uganda Development Studies Association (UDESA), MUST ICT Committee.

Girmay Hagos Araaya,  Thoracic Surgeon, Mekelle University

Dr. Girmay Hagos Araaya is an Ethiopian General and thoracic surgeon at Mekelle University college of medicine and health science. He is also a Senior Mentor of Safe Surgery 2020.

Rita Owino, Market Development Manager, Primary & Referral Care – Africa, GE Healthcare – Africa

Rita is currently the market development manager for GE’s Primary & Referral Care initiative in Africa (P&R C Africa). In this role, she leads, coordinates and manages the P&R C Africa go-to-market strategy and designs the market development approach for Africa.

Prior to joining GE, Rita was the healthcare lead for KPMG’s healthcare practice in East Africa. Prior to KPMG, she served for 8 years in various capacities with UnitedHealth Group, a leading diversified healthcare company in the US. 


Ashley Eberhart, Program Manager, Safe Surgery 2020

Ashley Eberhart is the Program Manager at Safe Surgery 2020, a partnership that designs, tests, and scales solutions that improve the quality and availability of surgical and anesthesia care. As a senior consultant at Dalberg, she has worked on global health strategy projects in Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Liberia, and the US. Ashley is especially interested in applying human-centered design methods to global surgery, and has conducted design research with experts from a variety of sectors and geographies to transform surgical care through out-of-the-box thinking. She holds a degree in politics, with a concentration in entrepreneurship and innovation, from Princeton University in the US.

Data Santorino, Uganda Country Manager, CAMTech Uganda

Dr. Data is the Uganda Country Manager for CAMTech Uganda. He is also  a Pediatrician and Lecturer in the Department of Pediatrics at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). Dr. Data has championed the creation of an Innovations Ecosystem that includes the monthly MUST Innovation Café, an Innovation office, a Co-Creation laboratory and a students’ innovation internship program that target medical technology development for Low and Middle Income Countries.  He is collaboratively involved in the development of the Augmented Infant Resuscitator an add-on  device to existing bag-valve-masks that monitors and provides instant feedback on resuscitation quality. Dr. Data has a wealth of experience in research including clinical trials.

Lydia Asiimwe, Administrative manager, CAMTech Uganda

Asiimwe Lydia (MPAM, BED) is the administrative manager for the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies in Uganda (CAMTech Uganda), based at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). Lydia completed her Master’s degree in Public Administration and Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Education Economics at Uganda Christian University–Mukono.

Over the years, Lydia has gained experience in managing processes, implementing policies, coordinating programs, people, budgets, and providing vital daily services for the well-being of an organization. At CAMTech Uganda, Lydia coordinates teams and activities that make innovations and collaborations possible. She also manages the finances of the organization.

Pat Daoust, MSN, RN, Interim Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health

Ms. Daoust is the Associate Director for Nursing at MGH Global Health and the Chief Nursing Officer of Seed Global Health.

She regularly lectures on global health at the University of Massachusetts School of Nursing and Health Sciences, co-chairs the Global Committee for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) and serves on the advisory committee for the Global Nursing Caucus. From 2008-2011, she was the Director of Health Action AIDS for Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).

Prior to joining PHR, she worked on issues related to the domestic HIV epidemic and served as the Director of Client Services for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. She subsequently worked with the Harvard AIDS Institute and served on the nursing faculty of the KITSO program, an HIV education partnership between the Harvard School of Public Health and the government of Botswana. She led a large and innovative Center for Disease Control-funded Nursing Leadership and Capacity Building Project in Ethiopia for I-TECH, which is presently being replicated in other African countries.

Ms. Daoust is a registered nurse with over 30 years of clinical, education and managerial experience.

Mary Sebert, RN, MPH, International Nurse Program Manager, MGH Global Health –, 0793949888

Mary Sebert, RN, MPH is the International Nurse Program Manager of Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health.  Previously, Ms. Sebert worked in Mbarara, Uganda as a Global Heath Service Partnership volunteer, a partnership program between Seed Global Health and the United States Peace Corps.  In Uganda, she worked at Mbarara University of Science and Technology as an instructor in the nursing program. She also served as a mentor in leadership for the nursing faculty.

Additionally, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania where she worked in the development of Non-Governmental Organizations, specifically those with health issues.  Ms. Sebert is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of clinical education and managerial experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from South Dakota State University and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Kristian Olson, (Clinical)Medical Director, CAMTech, Massachusetts General Global Health; Clinician Educator, Internist and Pediatrician, Massachusetts General Hospital Kristian Olson is the Medical Director of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech), 0778309422

He is both a Paediatrician and Internist and serves as a Clinician Educator at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. He has` worked in Darfur, Indonesia, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda, and India, is a serial innovator and one of the architects of the CAMTech Innovation platform. He completed an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of British Columbia, medical school at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and his residency training in the Combined Harvard Medicine and Pediatrics Program. He trained in the Masters of Public Health program at the University of Sydney as a US Fulbright Scholar and completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2003. In 2009, he was named to the Scientific American Top 10 Honor Roll as an individual who has demonstrated leadership in applying new technologies and biomedical discoveries for the benefit of humanity.

Ryan Carroll, MD, MPH Program Director, MUST Research Collaboration

Ryan Carroll, MD, MPH is currently serving as the Program Director for the MGH-MUST Collaborative in Uganda. He has been working with the CGH-MUST community for the past 4 years as a co-PI with Dr. Juliet Mwanga-Amumpaire at MUST, studying the safety and efficacy of inhaled nitric oxide in children with cerebral malaria. In addition, his funded technology development team is working with Dr. Data Santorino’s CAMTech team at MUST to develop safe and simple continuous positive airway support for infants and children with respiratory distress. He is an Assistant in Pediatrics faculty member within the division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the MassGeneral for Children and an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Carroll received his medical degree from the Medical School for International Health, Israel, in collaboration with Columbia University Health Sciences, and also holds a Master of Public Health in International Health.

Kat Albutt, MD, MPH, Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC), Harvard Medical, 0781673682

Kat was born in London, England, but has spent most of her life in the US (between living and working in various countries in sub-Saharan Africa). After studying international health at Georgetown University, she moved to Boston to obtain her MD and MPH from Harvard University. Kat has stayed in Boston ever since, pursuing her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her long term career interests lie in the intersection of surgery and health during times of conflict and disaster. She is planning to spend the coming year living and working in Uganda.

Alexis Steel, Program Manager CAMTech 

Ms. Alexis Steel is CAMTech’s Program Manager and is responsible for all pre- and post award management of the CAMTech grants and contracts throughout Uganda, India and the US. In addition, Ms. Steel manages the CAMTech Innovation Award Program and CAMTech Launch Award Program. Prior to joining CAMTech, Ms. Steel worked in post award grants management and with the legal team at the Partners Healthcare Corporate Office. Ms. Steel has also worked with numerous nonprofit organizations focusing on women and children both locally and globally including working with several alternative education programs and domestic violence organizations. Her primary focus has been in global health and education reform across Central and South America. Ms. Steel graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Trent University with a double major in Global Studies and Culture Studies with a focus on Latin America.

Kate Hutchins, Program Manager, CAMTech 

As a Project Manager, Kate Hutchins helps organize events, manage communications, and assist with various administrative tasks. Prior to joining CAMTech, she worked as Executive Assistant to David Bangsberg at the MGH Center for Global Health for two years. She graduated from Scripps College in Southern Cali- fornia with degrees in French and European Studies. She has volunteered in Costa Rica, Nepal, and Paris and has worked in admissions, journalism, and nonpro ts. Combining her interests in international a airs and healthcare, she joined MGH Global Health in 2013.

Molly Ward, Project Manager, CAMTech 

Molly Ward is a Project Manger for CAMTech. Molly leads the organization of all events, helps manage international travel, and assists with various administrative tasks. Prior to her role as a Project Manager, Molly worked as a Project Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for CAMTech. She graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications. 

Jason Harlow, MPH, MA, Associate Director for Global Programs, MGH Global Health  

Before joining the MGH Global Health, Mr. Harlow served as the Uganda Country Manager for the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative. He has also worked for the Partners AIDS Research Center at MGH, the Medical Research Program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Africa Bureau of the United Nations Development Program. Mr. Harlow received his Master of Public Health and Master of International Affairs degrees from Columbia University, and attended Wesleyan University for his undergraduate studies in molecular biology and biochemistry.

Jenna Sherry, MGH Global Health

Ms. Sherry graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. with a Bachelor of Science in International Health. Prior to joining the Center for Global Health, she interned at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD), HelpAge USA, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), and the Global Pediatric Surgical Technology Education Program (GP STEP). Ms. Sherry conducted research on Dengue and Chikungunya in Kerala, India, and studied infectious diseases at the Vector Control Research Center (VCRC) in Pondicherry, India.

Patrick Ssonko, CAMTech Uganda Co-creation Lab Manager

Ssonko Patrick is a Ugandan born from the central district of Mpigi. Patrick possesses a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering of Mbarara University of Science and Technology. He has a reputable experience in electronics, embedded systems design and embedded software development.  

Patrick is currently working as the CAMTech Uganda co-creation Lab manager where he has worked on a number of projects which include PRISMs an sms based medical decision support tool for managing neonates,a digital infusion monitor and control device, an automatic surgical suction pump controller and a wireless physiological monitor (HR,SpO2,Temp) among others. He was also part of the team that developed an affordable HCT tool for the Paediatrics (Toto) ward in Mbarara regional referral hospital.

Patrick is the local project engineer for the modular continuous airway pressure (mCPAP) project which is being housed in the CAMTech Uganda co-creation Lab. He has led the development of a functional mCPAP prototype.