Saima Ashraf

CEO, The Able Plus Research Center (ApRec)

Saima Ashraf is the CEO of The Able Plus Research Center (ApRec), a leading institute that works on research, training and development and education projects for the inclusion, welfare and empowerment of persons with disabilities (PWDs). Prior to establishing this start-up, Saima worked as a Consultant for the Punjab government, on policy formation and the creation of inclusive education for students with disabilities. She also worked as a consultant at the Lahore Water and Wastewater Management Project (LWWMP) and the Defense House Authority (DHA). Samia has also been a speaker at a number of conferences including the International Conference on Wash & Sanitation (SWA) organised by UNICEF in Costa Rica. As speaker, Samia highlighted the WASH problems faced by PWDs. She continues to champion for disability rights.

Emeka Ajanwachuku

Director of Health Plans and Digital Innovations, PharmAccess

Emeka Ajanwachuku is the Director of Health Plans and Digital Innovations for business units at PharmAccess. Emeka has over 18 years' experience cutting across management consulting, healthcare financing, digital health market innovations, program management and financial management. In the past ten years, he has led PharmAccess’ technical support in Nigeria helping to operationalise their State Health Insurance Schemes. Emeka is a pioneer of a program managed by the Dutch. Health Insurance Fund and supported by health insurance pilots in rural Kwara (Kwara State Community Health Insurance Scheme) and urban poor programs in Lagos (Lagos Market Women Program and the World Bank Assisted Program).

The unit has piloted over ten digital health market innovations, including disease screening tools such as, mobile application for TB screening (MATS) in partnership with the Global Fund, the National Tuberculosis Program, and the KNCV Foundation.

Dr Charles Njuguna

Health Security and Emergencies Lead, World Health Organisation

Charles is currently working as the Lead for Health Security and Emergencies for WHO Sierra Leone. He is a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology, has a Masters in Community Health and a is a graduate in Clinical Medicine and Surgery. As well as this, he has 20 years of experience in public health surveillance, outbreaks and emergency response. Dr Charles has made remarkable contributions in building a strong health security system in Sierra Leone Post EVD outbreak, including revitalisation of the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR). He conceptualised, guided development and roll out an electronic surveillance system (e-IDSR) countrywide. In honour of his work, Dr Charles has received an award for his outstanding leadership in by the WHO – the 2017 AFRO Regional Director's. In addition to this, he has authored a wide range of academic papers which can accessed through the link below.

Habibah Binti Ab Jalil

Associate professor at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

An instructor for courses related to ICT in education for graduate and undergraduate students (in-service and pre-service teachers). She holds a Bachelor of Science with Education (Hons) majoring in Physics, a Master of Science (Physics Communications) UPM and a PhD from the University of Bristol, UK. At the international level, she is an Hon. Member of Governing Body for the IIMTS Ltd. UK. She has been involved in UNESCO activities since 2016 targeting the youth outside of the formal education system, focusing on ICT-driven innovation to enhance educational opportunities for marginalised groups. The latest involvement is preparing a policy brief on ICT-Driven Innovation for Inclusive and Quality Higher Education in Asia-Pacific (for SDG4). At the national level, she was a member of Malaysian e-Learning Council for Public Universities (MEIPTA), involved in development of various national policies including National policy on e-Learning (DePAN), Malaysian MOOC Development Guideline, National Open Educational Resources and National Gamification. At the University level, she was a Coordinator and Associate Fellow of Teaching and Learning Innovation Division, Research Centre for Academic Development (CADe), Universiti Putra Malaysia. At present, she is the Head of the Research Centre of Excellence for Innovative Learning Sciences (INNOVATE), coordinating two research labs - Putra Future Classroom (PFC) and Trans-disciplinary Learning Experience Lab (TLx.LAB). She’s the founder of, an online fundraising platform dedicated to support schools in having appropriate and sufficient technologies for teaching and learning through community engagement and participation.

Jehiel Oliver

Founder and CEO, Hello Tractor

Jehiel Oliver is the founder and CEO of Hello Tractor, an agricultural technology company that connects tractor owners with smallholder farmers in need of tractor services. At Hello Tractor, Jehiel is responsible for overall management and strategy. He has been honoured with numerous awards for his work in social entrepreneurship including being recognised by Foreign Policy Magazine as a Top 100 Global Thinker for 2016.

He was appointed under the Obama Administration to serve two years as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa, where he most recently chaired the technology subcommittee. Prior to Hello Tractor, Jehiel worked in consulting and investment banking. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Johanna von Toggenburg

Project Manager, Cewas

Johanna is cewas’ country manager in Lebanon and project manager with a focus on the Middle East. With over 10 years of professional experience, Johanna contributes a combination of water and sanitation sector knowledge, experience in participatory process design, and a passion for training and coaching entrepreneurs. Previously, Johanna was programme coordinator for the international NGO WeWorld-GVC where she managed projects to reduce non-revenue water through infrastructure improvements, capacity building for water service providers, and behavioural change in Lebanon and developed projects on agriculture and local economic development. Before that, she collaboratively managed networks of scientists and practitioners, conducted research on innovations in water and waste management, and advised decision-takers, while working at the United National Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Oxfam and the think tank Ecologic Institute. She believes, that bridging the gap between stakeholders from the business, academic, public sector and development fields is key to evidence-based and impact-driven solutions.

David Wilkie

CEO & Co-founder, Somleng

David Wilkie is the CEO & Co-founder of Somleng, an open-source cloud communications platform, aiming to break down the economic and accessibility barriers to building telephony applications. Originally used as a Mobile Dating Platform it was quickly adopted for use by the Cambodian Government to run the national Emergency Warning System (EWS). Prior to this, David was a Silicon Valley software consultant which shaped his vision for his start-up. He is also Co-Founder and CTO of Bongloy Payment Gateway.

Boubaker Hammou

SmartRocket Africa, CEO

Boubaker Hammou is a Founding Partner and CEO of SmartRocket Africa. In his current role at SmartRocket Africa, Boubaker leads the start-up of operations in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia on the technology and business development sides. Prior to this, Boubaker joined Nielsen, a global leader in market research, as Senior Manager in Retail Measurements Services overseeing the north African market. He is also the Founding partner of International Marketing Services, where he manages tracking research projects, turning data into insight and helping teams make better decisions with more tangible impact. Boubaker graduated as a Medical Doctor from the University of Algiers, going on to work for two years in the private sector before immigrating to Canada to pursue further studies. He also has an MSc degree in Applied Nutrition from the University of Montreal.

Dr. Karim S Karim (PhD, PEng, MBA)

Founder and Chief Technology Officer, KA Imaging.

Karim has developed novel X-ray imaging devices and systems since 1998 and has both supported and founded multiple startups in the past two decades. He is also a Professor of Engineering at the University of Waterloo where he has raised more than US$ 15M in research grant funding, trained over 40 PhD and MASc students, has co-authored 250+ publications and 50+ patents. Some of the X-ray circuit technology he developed is now used in ultrasonic fingerprint sensors in mobile phones and tablets.

Dr. Muhammad Munir Hussain

Programme Analyst - Adolescent and Youth, at UNFPA Bangladesh

Dr. Muhammad Munir is responsible for designing and managing programmes for adolescents and youth in the organisation, providing policy support to the relevant government departments and ministries in the area of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, life skill education and child marriage. Dr. Hussain has proven experience of working in the field of public health for 16 years. Before joining UNFPA in 2015, Dr. Hussain worked in a number of reputed national and international organisations including Plan International Bangladesh and International Center for Diarrheal Diseases and Research (icddr’b).

He is a great leader and always thrives on new methods, technologies and innovations. Works of Dr. Hussain have been presented in different national and international conferences including American Public Health Association conference and International Conference on Family Planning. Dr. Hussain graduated in Medicine and holds a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Dhaka.

Dr. Kateera Abdl Wahab Ahmed Mohamed

Manager, Sudan Family Planning Association digital health interventions project

Graduated from University of Khartoum, Faculty of Medicine, and Community Medicine master degree holder and currently Senior Registrar of Community Medicine (MD), Sudan Medical Specializations Board (SMSB). Seven years of experience in Public Health, specifically in the areas related to maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health, reproductive health and medical education.

Major contributions to reduce maternal mortality, improving access to family planning methods and building capacity of health care providers.

Former reproductive health officer at Sudan Federal Ministry of Health. Most recently, involved in leading the technical management of WISH project (Women’s Integrated Sexual Health) providing sexual and reproductive health services to vulnerable groups, under served, poor and young people.

Ferruh Gurtas

CEO, Tink - Technology and Humanity Colleges

Ferruh has a BSc degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey and MSc degree in Teleommunications from Imperial College, London. After working as a software engineer for a year at Nortel in telecommunications sector, he joined Intel Corporation in 1997 and has taken various roles in different countries in sales, marketing, business development and operations till 2006.

In 2006 he joined the Corporate Affairs Group at Intel as the Director of Middle East, Turkey and Africa region in charge of government affairs, education, entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility programs. During his 12 years in this role, he designed and implemented education, entrepreneurship and women empowerment programs and expanded these programs to more than 25 countries in his region reaching 2 million teachers and 1 million students. These programs helped educators to integrate technology and project-based learning into their teaching methods and helped students to acquire 21st century skills like digital literacy, problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration. In 2011 took on additional responsibility as World Economic Forum Partnership Manager and managed Intel’s presence and the participation of its executives in regional events as well as the Annual Davos event.

In July 2020, Ferruh co-founded Dijital Kolej as the CTO, in order to create a hybrid online education solution to address the needs of education ecosystem during Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

Farhana Sultana

Assistant Scientist, Emerging Infections,

Farhana Sultana is an Assistant Scientist for emerging infections at icddr,b. Her role focuses on designing, testing and implementing low-cost and sustainable water, sanitation and menstrual hygiene interventions for low-income and high-risk people in Bangladesh. With over 13 years of experience working in the public health sector in Bangladesh, she has conducted systematic reviews, as well as leading school, household and slum-based WASH management interventions in Bangladesh. She has been awarded multiple funds for her work including from BMGF to develop school-based menstrual hygiene management intervention.

Dr. Ssekabira Byansansa Umaru MBChB, MSc CEB

Deputy Head of Training, Infectious diseases institute

Dr. Umaru is a clinical epidemiologist and biostatistician with over 14 years’ experience in developing, implementing and evaluating capacity-building programs in the area of infectious diseases management for health care workers in Uganda and Africa. He is a seasoned international trainer and mentor with skills and knowledge acquired through attending training of trainers and mentorship courses, execution of trainings and mentorship programs in Uganda and Africa. He has supported development of training materials on Infectious diseases management for various categories of health workers including in Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi and has published two papers on capacity building for management of infectious diseases. He is currently a member of three national technical working groups; Uganda national COVID-19 surveillance and treatment technical working group, Malaria case management, Hepatitis and the one health committee.

He is well versed with both traditional and virtual approaches to capacity building including use of new interactive voice response systems for patient and health care worker support. He is a member of the national task force for management of COVID 19 and Viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks. Prior to joining IDI, he worked in Luwero district as assistant District Health Officer for 5 years. He possesses substantial experience in management of decentralised health care services including working with communities and civil society organisations.

Dr. Ikhide Imumorin

CEO of African Biosciences Ltd

With a total of 30 years work experience, Dr. Imumorin brings very strong scientific and technical background in bioscience research to the company with over 20 years in US academic system as a graduate student, postdoctoral researcher, and professor. He is currently Adjunct Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta and Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of Research and International Linkages at First Technical University, Ibadan, Nigeria. He is extensively published in the scientific literature and has given over 60 invited talks within the United States to academic and industry groups and to international audiences in Algeria, Australia, Canada, Ghana, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa and United Kingdom on issues of science, technology, innovation and economic development in developing and emerging economies. 

His work has received support from the NIH, NSF, USDA, USAID, Pakistani, Nigerian and Senegalese Governments and from private industry and foundations (including Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). He is passionate about deploying private sector solutions to improve biosciences and applications in Nigeria and Africa. He earned BAgricTech from Federal University of Technology, Owerri, MTech from Federal University of Technology, Akure and PhD in Animal Genetics & Genomics from Texas A&M University, College Station followed by postdoctoral training in human genetics at the School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Flavien Kouatcha

Managing Director, Save Our Agriculture

Flavien Kouatcha is the Managing Director at Save Our Agriculture, an agricultural start-up specialising in the production of organic food by aquaponics (cultivation of plants in symbiosis with fish farming). Flavien started his first business, a non-alcoholic beverage sales depot, at the age of 13. Three years later, he acquired a laundromat. Following this, he became a generalist engineer in working for three years in a multinational company based in Cameroon before deciding to focus on Save Our Agriculture.

Flavien is also a founding member of Green and Livable, an association created in 2012 to popularise sustainable development goals and bring youth back into agricultural professions. Flavien is also a YouTuber on Flavien Décortique where he shares his opinions on the development of farming sectors in Africa.

Isaac Oluk

Co-founder, Research & Development Lead, Badaye Technologies Ltd

He holds a Bsc (Hons). in Agricultural Engineering from Makerere University, Uganda and he is a Co-founder and the Research & Development Lead of Badaye Technologies Ltd. Isaac is a graduate researcher at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky, USA and he is passionate about Research and Innovation in Sustainable Design, Humanitarian Engineering, Water, Sanitation and Food systems. Isaac has authored and co-authored research papers, four under review and two already published including “Development of a Maize Cob-Based Biochar Filter for Water Purification” and “Simulation of Heat Transfer in A Charcoal Soybean Roaster Using Computational Fluid Dynamics”.  

Isaac is a recipient of the Resilient Africa Innovation Scaling Program (RISP) 2020 award and a member of the UNLEASH Innovation Lab community, a global innovation lab that develops solutions towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030. Isaac holds two award prizes in the Food Systems category from the Big Ideas 2018 Contest (University of California-Berkeley, USA). As a co-investigator of the Serari Security Kit (SSK), he won the Kampala Transport Hackathon “Using Technology in Improving public Transport Modes”- the first of its kind organised in 2016, and later emerged the 1st Runners up in the first Global Public Transport Hackathon 2017 in Montreal Canada. In the sprouting of COVID-19, Isaac led the team at Badaye Technologies Ltd, to develop a touchless handwashing technology (TW-20 Kit) as a responsive, smart and revolutionary hand hygiene technology.

Mountaga Keita

CEO & Founder, Tulip Industries Ltd

Mountaga Keita is a Guinean born inventor, Founder and CEO of Tulip Industries since 2017. He has revolutionised lately the African high-tech industry by innovating a world class and multiple Award- winning interactive green kiosks, which target public and private sectors, Government, Education, health and security segments.

He was a laureate of the 2017 Guinean Digital Week, recognised in Rwanda by the African Innovations Summit (AIS 2017) as one the 50 Best innovations in Africa for 2018. In late 2018 he received from the African Intellectual Property Organization’s the prestigious World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO’ Gold Medal for the contribution of his innovations to his country socioeconomic development. And Recently he received three distinguished Awards at the Geneva International Inventions Expo (47eme Salon International de Genève): The French Inventors Association Gold Medal, the European Inventors Association Award, and the Geneva Expo Gold Medal in the technology category.

Omer Iqbal

Chief Operating Officer, Knowledge Platform

Omer Iqbal has been working in the EdTech industry for more than a decade. Over the past 13 years, he has been meticulously involved in corporate learning solutions, product design, development and management of technology projects at various scales. As COO of Knowledge Platform, he is trying to create a strong, compelling vision of what the future of EdTech needs by leveraging technology. He believes that educational technology must reach students beyond social and economic barriers. Access to quality of education is a fundamental right of every student in our society.

He is trying to address few key barriers with online education in Pakistan, which include access to quality of education, digital inclusion and literacy, affordable access to an internet enabled educational device per family. He is currently heading corporate business development and marketing, B2C initiatives, technology outsourcing and development. He is also involved in management of key client relationships, strategic partnerships, business planning and execution, process optimisation and investor reporting.

Wala Saadeh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering,
Lahore University of Management Sciences

Wala Saadeh received a B.S. degree from the Computer Engineering Department, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan in 2009, and the M.Sc. degree in Microsystems Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in interdisciplinary program from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in 2012 and 2016, respectively.

From January 2013 to June 2013, she was a Test-Chip intern at Test-Chip Integration team, Global Foundries in Dresden, Germany where she performed quality assurance tests on advanced nodes for DFM. During her PhD, she developed a low-energy Body-Area-Network (BAN) transceiver for binaural hearing aid for long-term continuous monitoring. Since 2016, she has been with Electrical Engineering Department, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan, where she is currently an assistant professor. Her current research interests include ultralow power wearable devices, human gait analysis for elderly people, and system-on-a-chip design for portable medical devices. Her publications can be viewed via Google Scholar here. Dr. Saadeh is a recipient of the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) 2015 Best Paper Award (BioCAS Track) and the ISCAS 2015 Runner-Up Best Student Paper Award. Her LinkedIn profile can be accessed here.

Sali A Ndindeng

Grain Quality & Post-harvest Research, Development Africa Rice Center

Before joining AfricaRice, he was a Senior Research Officer at the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD), Cameroon. Dr Ndindeng holds a PhD in Agriculture (Bio-Systems Sustainability) from Hokkaido University, Japan and is an IsDB Merit Scholar for High Technology (2007‒2010: Hokkaido University, Japan). At AfricaRice, he heads the Grain quality and Postharvest Unit and coordinates the Africa-wide rice Postharvest and Value-Addition Taskforce composed of Scientist from AfricaRice member countries. He is the lead scientist in the development of – (i) methods for the quantification of rice losses in Africa, (ii) an improved artisanal parboiling technology codenamed GEM, (iii) nutritious rice and rice-based products for both adults and infants and (iv) rice husk stoves for household and cottage industry cooking processes. Dr Ndindeng is the co-investigator for several research grants funded by different organisations such as the Islamic Development Bank, CGIAR Systems Organization, African Development Bank, World Bank/Federal government of Nigeria, Global Affairs Canada, German Technical Cooperation and International Foundation of Science. He has 27 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals to his credit.

Karen Schmiady

Fundraising Manager at Kiron Open Higher Education

Trained as a technical translator, Karen started her professional career running her own translation business in Leipzig, Germany. After moving to the UK, Karen sought out new challenges by joining the not-for-profit sector first as a volunteer for Oxfam and shortly thereafter as a fundraiser for Cambridge University’s Hospitals Charity Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. 

After three years with ACT, Karen took up a position as Fundraising Officer for Red Balloon Learner Centres - a charity providing therapeutic education for severely bullied and traumatised school refusers. Before returning to Germany to join Kiron Open Higher Education, Karen spent a year living with her family in the Middle East in Qatar.  Karen is a highly professional and enthusiastic fundraising manager with overall  ten years of full-time experience working in the private and not-for-profit sector across several countries and cultures. Karen is a strong team player and strategic thinker with a strong drive to deliver results for causes she is passionate about.

Nissi Madu

Programme Manager, eLimu

Nissi Madu is Programme Manager of eLimu, with over 6 years’ experience working in the education technology sector, her goal is to improve access to interactive, engaging and quality content in the education sector. She is an alumnus of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) and The Siemens Stiftung/Do School Education Challenge Africa, where she designed a sustainable distribution model for Experimento in Africa, a product aimed at improving students' understanding and interest in STEM subjects. Prior to joining eLimu, she has worked as a Programme Coordinator, at LEAP Africa where she developed e-learning solutions for the organisation’s curriculum. Nissi has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Babcock University.

Sylvana Q. Sinha, Esq

Founder and CEO of Praava Health

Ms. Sinha is the Founder and CEO of Praava Health in Bangladesh. Praava Health is building Bangladesh’s fastest growing consumer healthcare brand and raising the bar for healthcare with a brick-and-click healthcare platform that combines digital tools with meaningful doctor-patient relationships, quality diagnostics, and pharmacy services. She is now poised to scale the Praava model nationally, and to deepen Praava’s brick-and-click service delivery model. Ms. Sinha is an attorney and entrepreneur with a passion for innovative approaches to impact and human progress. She has nearly two decades of experience leading diverse, interdisciplinary teams in international law, business, development, and government relations, including at major international law firms, management consulting firms, the World Bank, and think tanks in the Middle East and South Asia. Ms. Sinha also served as a foreign policy advisor to the 2008 Presidential campaign of then-Senator Barack Obama.

Omer Iqbal

Chief Operating Officer, Knowledge Platform

Omer Iqbal has been working in the EdTech industry for more than a decade. Over the past 13 years, he has been meticulously involved in corporate learning solutions, product design, development and management of technology projects at various scales. As COO of Knowledge Platform, he is trying to create a strong, compelling vision of what the future of EdTech needs by leveraging technology. He believes that educational technology must reach students beyond social and economic barriers. Access to quality of education is a fundamental right of every student in our society.

He is trying to address few key barriers with online education in Pakistan, which include access to quality of education, digital inclusion and literacy, affordable access to an internet enabled educational device per family. He is currently heading corporate business development and marketing, B2C initiatives, technology outsourcing and development. He is also involved in management of key client relationships, strategic partnerships, business planning and execution, process optimisation and investor reporting.

Charlotte Hawkins

PHD Student, University College London

Charlotte’s PhD research is part of a global comparative study about ageing and the health-related use of phones amongst people aged 40 and above. She conducted a 16-month ethnography in a low-income area in Kampala, Uganda, to learn from older people about their experiences, particularly related to health and the impact of smartphones and mobile phones on their lives. She is currently consolidating findings in an open-access monograph, regular blog posts, comparative volumes as well as her PhD thesis. This project has also included a commitment to contribute insights to a mobile health initiative. For this, she worked alongside the Medical Concierge Group (TMCG), a leading digital health organisation in Uganda, who were then interested in piloting a tele-psychotherapy service. In order to inform their formative considerations about the service and to support grant-seeking efforts for the pilot, she conducted research about the perceptions and experiences of mental health amongst my participants. Next year, she will be supporting TMCG in delivering the pilot in Kampala and in managing various qualitative research projects at the intersection between healthcare and technology. 

Anupama Bhardwaj

Founder, Women Investing in Women Digital

Founder of Women Investing in Women DIGITAL, one of the world's largest digital media platforms focused on women & investing, Qrypto Queens, and The State of Women Institute.  Prior to founding WIIW DIGITAL, Bhardwaj spearheaded the 2010-2013 U.S. Department of Commerce Private Equity/Venture Capital Certified Trade Missions to the Nordics and the Middle East, representing over $175 billion USD private-equity and venture-capital interests in collaboration with the International Trade Administration, the U.S. Embassies in the Royal Kingdoms of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman. Her client list includes top-tier global private equity, venture capital, and fund-of-funds such as Irving Place Capital. Her specialties include international business development for private equity professionals, women in private equity, women in philanthropy, high-growth women entrepreneurs, Angel Networks/Angel Capital, crowdfunding, blockchain, digital assets and deep tech.



Esesua Ikpefan

Doctor of Design candidate, Harvard University

As a third year Doctor of Design candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Esesua Ikpefan’s work aims to advocate the importance of the spatial dimensions of inequality and marginalization in Lagos, Nigeria. Her research sees the built environment as both an informer of conflict and identity, as well as a reflection of these issues. She focuses her work on the intersection between heritage, identity, inequality, and colonial legacies in Nigeria’s urban centers. Her past research through the Master in Design Studies in Critical Conservation at the Harvard GSD, examines the colonial, religious, and cultural practices that together have formed current governmental and societal biases towards Nigeria’s urban poor. This research focuses on how heritage and narratives of history and place, and its built environment, can become tools for urban inequality and exclusion. Her work assesses how claims of ownership and authenticity are performed in contestation over limited urban space in Lagos, Nigeria. It confronts popular hierarchies of place and persons in Nigeria, questioning who a given society sees as valuable enough to have a right to urban space, and why. Esesua also holds a B.F.A. in Environmental and Interior Design from Syracuse University. She has been a Teaching Fellow at both the GSD and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She held a position as a Research Assistant at the Just City Lab, and served as the Logistics Committee Lead for the 2019 Harvard GSD Black in Design Conference. 

Dr. Amadou A Sall

CEO, Pasteur Institute of Dakar
Director, WHO collaborating center for Arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fever

He is the chairman of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and a member of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation (CEPI) Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Sall is a virologist with a Ph.D. in Public health. He is an expert in epidemics response and control more specifically for arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fevers (Ebola, Zika, Yellow fever…). Dr. Sall is a member of several expert committees for WHO (GOARN, TDR, SAGE, STAG-IH…) and OIE. Dr. Sall is the co-chair of the COVID 19 laboratory technical working group of Africa Center for Disease Control and a member of the task force for COVID 19 in Senegal. Dr. Sall is the founder of Diatropix, a non for-profit initiative with 4 founding members (Institut Pasteur de Dakar, FIND, IRD, Foundation Merieux) and Mologic as an industrial partner, promoting access to diagnostics in Africa.

Dr. Aymen Jarboui

Head of Regional Health & Care Unit MENA, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

A medical doctor with a Masters in Global health at Barcelona Institute for Global Health - Universitat de Barcelona. He previously held the post as regional Medical advisor with Medecins du Monde France covering the Middle East.  He has led several crises around the world in both a managerial and technical capacity: Tunisia/ Lybia, South Soudan, up Nile crises, ERT in Turkey, the Syrian crisis, Central Africa, and Iraq. Since 2019, he has led the regional health and WASH thematic in MENA region in full alignment with the red cross and red crescent and IFRC global health strategic directions and based on National Societies priorities, providing regional technical leadership and support to NSs and country/cluster offices, with full engagement with RC/RC movement and external partners in the region (WHO, UNICEF, private sector, governments, NGOs, etc.).  

Randa Bani Odeh

Community Development expert, Palestinian Authority

With over 25 years of experience, Mrs. Bani Odeh is an expert in youth, community, education and health programming. She has 15 years of experience in youth development, and close to 10 years in community development. She has extensive expertise in building effective community mobilization strategies and at working hand-in-hand with government, municipal, and educational institutions to effect change at the community, municipal, and national levels. Currently serving as Youth Program Manager on the USAID Partnership with Youth Project, Ms. Bani Odeh leads initiatives across various technical specialties to increase access to educational and leadership opportunities for youth, while ensuring a PYD focus across technical programs at the Youth Development Resource Centers (YDRCs). She leads the work with the YDRCs to build youth engagement into planning and implementation and to involve families in monitoring and evaluation. Previously she served as the Community Based Program Manager on a five-year, $86 million USAID-funded project that aimed to strengthen the institutional capacities and performance of the Palestinian health sector. She supervised three specialists, four supervisors, and more than 100 community coordinators while leading the design and implementation in 83 communities of a community-based program to improve community engagement in the development process. Prior to that, as Associate Director of Community Mobilization on the USAID Mother and Child Health and Nutrition Program. Bani Odeh is an experienced trainer, having designed and delivered training and capacity building sessions to civil society organizations, public officials, and community members. She holds a master’s degree in Community and Public Health from Birzeit University and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Ibn Sina Nursing College in Ramallah.