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SalakoProfessor Babatunde Salako is a seasoned physician, teacher and administrator. He is a Professor and Consultant Physician and Nephrologist at the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan and is the current Provost of the same College. He works as an Honorary Consultant Physician and Nephrologist at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria as well.

His foray into the world of Medicine began in 1986 when he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Ibadan and further went on to become a Fellow of the West African Postgraduate Medical College in 1994. He is also a Fellow, by election, of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Some of his professional memberships are with the Nigerian Medical Association, Nigerian Association of Nephrology, International Society of Hypertension in Blacks, Scientific Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, Global Forum for Health Research, Geneva and National Institute of Management, among others.

He began expressing excellent leadership skills right from his time in secondary school through his undergraduate and postgraduate years up till date. He has held positions such as Chairman of the Continuing Education Committee of the Nigerian Medical Association (Oyo state), Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (Oyo state), Head of the Department of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan, to name a few. In the Academics, he has served and still serves as guest lecturer at the annual update courses of the West African College of Physicians and also as internal and external examiner to both undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Ibadan and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, both in Oyo state of Nigeria.

As a demonstration of his consistent scholarship, he has won several grants to carry out research activities on Hypertension, such as Senate Research grants, MacArthur Foundation Research Grant and just recently, a grant in collaboration with the Department of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology of the Loyola University, Chicago, USA.

Professor Salako has been decorated with several awards by the University of Ibadan, the Nigerian Medical Association and other bodies in recognition of his meritorious service.

He is committed to serving his community as he has given talks and trainings to various audiences on several occasions and has been decorated with awards for his selfless service.

Professor Salako has completed a number of research works focused on hypertension and nephrology and he currently has 5 on-going research projects. He has also carried out clinical trials for a number of Pharmaceutical companies, namely, Neimeth International Pharmaceutical, May and Baker, Glaxo Nigeria Ltd and a few others.

Professor Salako has 96 publications to his credit and these include journal articles, abstracts, a published book (Handbook of kidney and kidney-related diseases for Lay persons) and conference papers.

In his spare time, away from work, Professor Babatunde Salako enjoys listening to music, watching football and reading the Holy Quran.

obinna oleribeDr Obinna O E. Oleribe is a certified Project Manager, a PRINCE 2 Practitioner, a Grant Management Specialist and a seasoned Public Health Management consultant trained in Nigeria, United Kingdom and the United States of America. He has Bachelors’ degrees in Pharmacology, Medicine and Surgery from the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. He has Masters Degrees in Public Health (MPH) and Business Administration (MBA) from University of Benin and Imo State University, in Nigeria. Dr Oleribe is a Member of both West African College of Physicians and the Nigerian Medical College of Public Health. He currently has two more degrees in view – another MBA and a DrPH. He also obtained additional trainings from United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), South Africa and Uganda. He is well travelled and has worked in several capacities in Nigeria, Tanzania, Southern Sudan, Rwanda and Ghana. He is a trainer in Grant Management, Project Management, Leadership and all aspects of US Financial Regulations including the Mandatory Standard Provision (MSP), OMB A-122, 45 CFR 74, etc. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer/Chief Consultant of Excellence & Friends Management Care Centre, a non-governmental organization providing sustainable public health solutions for all. His recent appointments include Leader of the Health Management Caucus, Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, Project Manager for West Africa, Royal College of Physicians (UK)/West African College of Physicians’ collaboration on MDG6 Partnership for African Clinical Trainings (M-PACT) and National Coordinator for the Nigerian Walden University Scholars’ Network. He trains, mentors, consults, supervises and certifies individuals and corporate organizations.

He has consulted for – US CDC, US DoD, Harvard University APIN Project, University of Maryland AIDRelief Project USAID MAPS Project, National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), Federal Ministry of Health, IntraHealth/CapacityPlus Project, Federal Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Finance, Akwa Ibom State Government amongst others.

Before his current position, he was the Epidemiology Resident Advisor for Tanzania Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP), Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. In this position, he trained, supervised, mentored and directed Masters in Science (Applied Epidemiology) degree residents of the Tanzania FELTP. Working with Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW), Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Medical Research, USAID and WHO he initiated, developed, implemented, monitored and evaluated several new programs in Field Epidemiology in Tanzania.

As a social change agent, he founded several non-governmental organizations including Excellence and Friends Management Care Center, Centre for Family Health Initiative, Anti-Child Abuse Society of Africa (ACASA), and Pro-Child International (PCI), where he held leadership positions. He was also a co-founder of Association of OVC NGOs in Nigeria (AONN), a child oriented organization coordinating activities of all orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) non-governmental organizations in Nigeria. He is also in the Board of several NGOs including Excellence and Friends Management Care Centre, Centre for Family Health Initiative, Modern Health Hospital, International Compassion Centre for Women and Children Empowerment, Association of OVC NGOs of Nigeria, Living Faith Church, Jahi, among others. Also, he is a member of the Nigerian Medical Association, Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, American Public Health Association, West African College of Physicians and the American Society for Public Administration.

Before his present positions, he was the Nigerian Programs Networks Coordinator with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global AIDS Project (GAP) project under the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In this position, he also managed the Orphans and vulnerable children’s portfolio of CDC Nigeria. Along with his USAID counterpart, they expanded the program from a few sites to more than 270 sites across Nigeria, initiated the OVC minimum package and longitudinal documentation of care; developed and finalized the OVC Standard Operating Procedure, National Plan of Action for OVC, and Nigerian Children Policy; developed capacity for OVC programs in Nigeria, and supported the implementation of Child Rights Act 2005.

He also served as the Program Coordinator of CDC Sponsored FMOH Nigerian Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP), and Director of Studies of Project Management College United Kingdom.

Dr Oleribe has numerous peer-reviewed journal publications, conference abstracts and presentations to his credit. The books he has authored and published, includes The Fundamentals of Child Rights, The Concept of Child Abuse, Re-positioning for Marital Success and Celebrating Marital Success, which points to the undisputed fact that he is a compassionate and dedicated family man, happily married to one wife with 3 children.

He is a winner of several local and international awards and is a Golden Key International Honours Society (GKIHS) member.

Simon D TaylorProfessor Simon Taylor-Robinson has an immense wealth of experience in the field of Medicine as a physician, teacher, mentor and researcher. He is a British Professor of Translational Medicine and Honorary Consultant Hepatologist at the prestigious Imperial College, London, UK where he also heads the Translational Research Facility at the same institution. He obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Degree at the University of London in 1984. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and a European Fellow of Gastroenterology.

Professor Taylor-Robinson held the position of Clinical Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London from 2010 to 2013. He presently serves as the Royal College of Physicians Associate International Director for sub-Saharan Africa, Senior Fellow of the Institute of Hepatology, London among several other appointments. He serves on the Review Board for Chevening Fellowships and also on the Management Boards of the Wellcome Global Centre, Imperial College, London and the PROLIFICA EU-funded Hepatitis B programme in Nigeria, Senegal and Gambia. He also currently serves as the Mentor for the Amos Bursary for Black and ethnic minority students.

His professional memberships are with the Royal College of Physicians (as collegiate member), Association of Physicians of Great Britain, British Viral Hepatitis Group, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, Royal College of Anaesthetists, among others. A few of the prizes he has been awarded are the Linacre Lecturer of the Royal College of Physicians, BMJ Book Awards Prize 2002 for Medicine, Royal College of Physicians Sheila Sherlock Travelling Fellowship, for his excellent contributions to the field of medicine.

He has a lot of interest in working in Africa, for Africans and with Africans as evidenced by his recent work in delivering post-graduate medical training courses in West Africa on the M-Pact project on MDGs of TB, HIV, Malaria and Ebola and on the NCD project on Diabetes, Hypertension and Obesity. He has research projects in some West African and East African countries and also has the responsibility of setting up postgraduate medical training colleges and learning curricula for East, Central and Southern Africa.

In addition to his excellent work in Africa, he acts as a mentor to peers, junior scientists, junior doctors and to several Afro-Carribbean school leavers, some of whom are part of his research projects in West Africa.

Dr Simon Taylor-Robinson’s experience in research is extensive as he has received over 30 grants to fund medical researches in different parts of the world, Nigeria inclusive.

He has 230 publications to his credit, which include peer-reviewed papers, books, book chapters, case reports, clinical audits and research reviews. He has made multiple presentations all over the world.

Samuel Okafor 2Mr. Samuel Okafor is a Financial expert with many years of relevant experience. He has Bachelors degrees in Applied Economics (1981) and Business Administration (1983) from the California State University, Los Angeles, California, USA. He also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Financial Management and Project Management from the West Coast University, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Mr Samuel Okafor’s professional experience is drawn from a number of US-based organizations and they include Quotron Systems, Inc. where he worked as the Fixed Asset Accounting Supervisor from 1981 to 1983. He also worked as Accounting Supervisor at RobertShaw Controls Co., from 1993 to 1998 and is currently the Accounting Manager at Pioneer Electronics USA, Inc. His skills and competencies include General Ledger Accounting, Financial Reporting, Financial Analysis, Auditing, Inventory Management,, Forecasting, Budgets, Process Improvement, Internal Controls, Consolidation, Fixed Asset Accounting, Sarbane-Oxley Act (SOX), among several others. He is proficient in the use of the following software packages-Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point, Publisher), SAP (ERP & BW), Hyperion Enterprise, Oracle GL and Sage Fixed Asset Software.

Mr Samuel Okafor’s numerous years of professional financial experience have earned him a reputation of being meticulous, systematic and thorough.

Emeka NwachikuDr Chukwuemeka Nwachukwu is a dynamic public health professional with skills in Clinical and Epidemiological Research, Health Systems Strengthening, Public Health Program Evaluation, Project Management, Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Policy and Advocacy.

He qualified as a Medical doctor in 2001 at the University of Calabar, Nigeria and also obtained a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from South Africa in 2007. Dr Nwachukwu’s experience as a Researcher and Epidemiologist stems from the various capacities he has worked in over the years. He was a Research Assistant on the Effective Healthcare Alliance Program (EHCAP Nigeria) representing EHCAP UK in 2003 and also worked as Research Associate/Clinical Epidemiologist for four years at the Institute of Tropical Disease and Prevention, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital. He also taught, in the capacity of Assistant Lecturer, courses in Epidemiology, Medical Statistics, Infectious diseases, etc to clinical students at the Community Department of the University of Calabar.

Dr Nwachukwu is an exemplary manager of Public Health programs. He served as Deputy Program Director/Program Manager of the Men’s Health Network, a program of the Population Council, Abuja, where he designed and implemented the HIV prevention project for high risk men in Nigeria and also developed a comprehensive package of care for this group into the National Prevention Plan. He served as the Technical Advisor for Health Systems Strengthening at Management Sciences for Health, Abuja for the Program for Leadership and Accountability in the Nigeria’s Health System (PLAN_Health). He was Program Director for over four years at Excellence and Friends Management Care Centre, Abuja where he successfully directed all the operations, strategic plans and implementations of all Public Health projects funded by CDC/PEPFAR. At EFMC, he was the Principal Investigator on the Chriatian Aid, UK-funded Malarial Community Diagnosis project in Anambra state, Nigeria and Endline Evaluation of DfID-funded SCHH community health project, commissioned by Christian Aid Nigeria.

Dr Nwachukwu is currently the Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Advisor for The Pallidium, Abuja (formerly known as Futures Group International) and is responsible for, among other duties, delivery of the policy output of the USAID-funded Family Health Plus project with Marie Stopes International Organization of Nigeria. He established Family Planning Advocacy working groups in 6 states, while engaging stakeholders, partners, civil society, Government of Nigeria on strategies, policies and guidelines to improve access to FP services in Nigeria He also worked with the Government of Nigeria and other partners to achieve a HRH task shifting policy approval in Nigeria.

Dr Nwachukwu has authored and co-authored 12 published articles and has presented a number of papers and abstracts at conferences in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mexico city and Austria.

His volunteer experience and community service include his service to the Society for Public Health Professionals of Nigeria, Epidemiological Society of Nigeria in various capacities and also as a Volunteer Physician at ProHealth International, where he assisted in providing medical services/treatment to more than 20 communities in conflict, isolated and displaced situations in the Niger Delta region and North East of Nigeria.