International Scientific Advisory Board

Dr Mwapatsa Mipando

Dr MIPANDO is the Principal of the College of Medicine (, University of Malawi. An academic administrator, he has previously been Vice Principal, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Head of Physiology Department and Dean of Students.  He has collaborated nationally and internationally in research and programmes aimed at building health workforce, academic and research leadership capacity.  Dr Mipando has also contributed to several advisory boards such as the United States Government funded Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), the Sub-Saharan Africa Medical School Study (SAMSS) and the WHO Expert group on developing Guidelines for Health Profession’s Training…

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Prof Joan Sabaté

Joan Sabaté MD, DrPH, is Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Loma Linda University School of Public Health where he directs the Center for Nutrition, Lifestyle and Disease Prevention. Originally from Spain, Dr. Sabaté is a board certified physician in Internal Medicine who moved to the U.S.A. to further train in Public Health Nutrition. He obtained a doctorate in Nutrition and a Fellowship in Nutritional Epidemiology.

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Prof Laetitia Rispel

Laetitia Rispel is Professor of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and holds a South African Department of Science and Technology/ National Research Foundation Research Chair, entitled Research on the Health Workforce for Equity and Quality. In January 2017, she completed her five-year term as Head (Dean) of the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Laetitia has published extensively on different aspects of health policy and the transformation of the South African health system.

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Prof Olufunmilayo Fawole

Olufunmilayo Fawole is a Professor of Epidemiology and the current Dean of the Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is a Fellow of and Examiner at both the Nigerian and West African College of Medicine in Public Health (FMCPH) and (FWACP). She also has a Masters (MSc-MMed) degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and is a Fellow of the South African Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (SAFRI/SA-FAIMER). She has vast field experience in Disease Notification and Surveillance, Outbreak investigation including Immunisation activities. Her research interests are in Gender based violence prevention, STIs/HIV/AIDS, Adolescent reproductive health and Malaria prevention.

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Prof Gail Hughes

Gail Hughes is a Professor at University of Western Cape Faculty of Sciences  Department of Medical Biosciences; adjunct Professor at University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Health Professions, and guest lecturer at Stellenbosch University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She held the position of Director of South African Herbal Science and Medicine Institute from 2011-2015….

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Prof David H. Cheng

  • Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco, CA (1981-1985)
  • B.Sc., Pharmacy, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (1975-1979)


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Prof Celestino OBUA

Prof Obua earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Dar es Salam in 1983 before his postgraduate qualifications in Pharmacology (MSc from Makerere University and PhD from Karolinska Institutet and Makerere University-in a joint degree program).

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Prof Chimaraoke IZUGBARA

Chimaraoke Izugbara is a Senior Research Scientist and Head of The African Population and Health Research (APHRC) Population Dynamics and Reproductive Health Program. He is also a Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Dr Izugbara holds two PhDs, one in Medical Anthropology and the second in Social Work, Gender, and Heath from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research focuses mainly on local health practices, indigenous knowledge, gender, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.