Our Team

Kofi A. (1 of 1)Francis Aboagye-Nyame, serves as Program Director of SIAPS. In this role, he guides SIAPS’ efforts to strengthen pharmaceutical systems by providing strategic vision and program leadership to technical teams and managerial staff. With over 20 years of specialized experience in health and pharmaceutical systems strengthening, Mr. Aboagye-Nyame has particular expertise in supply chain management, quality assurance, pharmaceutical financing, capacity building, leadership and organizational development, regulatory affairs, medicines policy, strategic planning, program implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Previously, he held several senior leadership and management positions in the RPM Plus, SCMS and SPS programs, including Program Director and Technical Deputy Director of SPS. During his time with SCMS he provided program and technical support to projects in Botswana, Ethiopia, Namibia and Tanzania and, while on the RPM Plus program, he was the project lead on the Namibia pharmaceutical sector strengthening project under PEPFAR.  Mr. Aboagye-Nyame, a pharmacist by training, served as deputy program manager of the Ghana National Drugs Program and as head of the Procurement Unit at the Ghana Ministry of Health. In addition to earning his degree in pharmacy, Mr. Aboagye-Nyame has also earned two master’s degrees; one in pharmaceutical analysis and quality control, and another in business administration. He is also a fellow of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists.

Francis Aboagye-Nyame
Program Director

Dr. Sameh SaleebDr. Sameh Saleeb is the Technical Deputy Director for the SIAPS program. In this capacity, he works to ensure a high level of technical quality in SIAPS program activities and products while promoting integration of programs and incorporating current scientific findings from the field of pharmaceutical management. Whether he is strengthening regulatory and medicine safety systems, evaluating solutions for more effective and efficient supply chains, or advising on patient-centered pharmaceutical care interventions, Dr. Saleeb works with a team of experts to implement long-lasting solutions that help to bolster pharmaceutical systems in developing countries. Dr. Saleeb is a public health physician with more than 20 years of consulting and nonprofit experience managing USAID projects. His areas of expertise include pharmaceutical systems development, program planning and management, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation. Previously, he held several roles on the SPS and RPM Plus programs, including technical deputy director, senior technical manager for HIV/AIDS, as well as manager for field programs in Uganda, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho. Prior to joining MSH, he provided technical assistance to a large number of projects in the areas of maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, malaria control, cost recovery, and health systems reform. In addition to his degree in medicine, Dr. Saleeb also holds a master’s degree in public health. He is fluent in Arabic, English, and French.

Dr. Sameh Saleeb
Technical Deputy Director

Dr. David MabiriziDr. David Mabirizi is the Deputy Director for Country Programs. He is responsible for managing and monitoring the progress of SIAPS country programs and health area portfolios. As part of the SIAPS senior management team, Mr. Mabirizi works to ensure consistency, coordination, linkages, and integration across all components of the program while providing key project management support, guidance, and supervision to over 20 in-country  teams. David is a public health specialist with over 15 years of district, national, and global level experience. He has worked in a variety of settings and capacities, including the public health sector, faith-based organizations and international nonprofits, including over eight years with Management Sciences for Health (MSH). He has worked on and managed USAID projects for more than 10 years, focusing on grants management, human resource capacity development, and pharmaceutical system strengthening. Before working at MSH, Mr. Mabirizi served as Partnership Support Manager for the District HIV and AIDS Integrated Model program in Uganda and held various positions including medical officer, medical superintendent, and deputy director of district health services in Uganda. In addition to earning his medical degree, Dr. Mabirizi also holds master’s degrees in public health, business administration, and philosophy.

Dr. David Mabirizi
Deputy Director for Country Programs

Dr. Ruth MusilaDr. Ruth Musila is a Senior M&E Advisor and the SIAPS lead for global results management and reporting. This role includes synthesis, interpretation, and documentation of global-level results, particularly with regard to progress toward achieving program objectives for pharmaceutical systems strengthening. She also provides oversight for regular SIAPS reporting to USAID Washington. As such, she provides strategic input to the SIAPS leadership team. Dr. Musila also provides technical assistance in program evaluation and operational research design at the HQ level and provides managerial support to the cross bureau portfolio. She is a pharmacist with over 10 years of public health experience, particularly in design and development of national policies and clinical practice guidelines at the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, which works closely with the Kenyan Ministry of Health. She has also worked extensively in program assessments and national policy advocacy in Eastern and Southern Africa with the African Institute for Development Policy, on behalf of a diverse portfolio of clients including the East African Community, UNFPA, Packard Foundation, USAID, among others. Dr. Musila holds a bachelor’s and a PhD in pharmacy from the University of London and is registered with the UK’s General Pharmaceutical Council. She is fluent in English and Kiswahili and speaks conversational Spanish and basic French.

Dr. Ruth Musila
Senior Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)
Advisor, Results and Reporting

Dr. Mohan P. JoshiDr. Mohan P. Joshi has 29 years of experience, with focus on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), rational medicine use, drug use review, drug information, hospital formularies, Drug and Therapeutics Committees, medicine adherence, pharmacovigilance, clinical pharmacology, pharmacotherapy, curriculum review, and medical education. As the Principal Technical Advisor and technical lead for the Pharmaceutical Services Cluster of the USAID-supported SIAPS Program, he is responsible for providing technical guidance and oversight in the planning and implementation of rational medicine use and AMR-related activities. From 2003 to 2011, he headed the AMR portfolio under the SPS and RPM Plus Programs. He also served as SPS country program manager for Jordan and Vietnam. Before joining MSH, Dr. Joshi worked as the assistant dean, professor, and head of clinical pharmacology and director of the Drug Information Center at the Tribhuvan University (TU) Institute of Medicine and TU Teaching Hospital in Nepal. He was also a member of the International Health Expert Advisory Panel of the US Pharmacopeia. Dr. Joshi’s first degree is in medicine and his postgraduate degrees are in clinical pharmacology and pharmacology.

Dr. Mohan P. Joshi
Principal Technical Advisor

Emmanuel NforEmmanuel Nfor is the SIAPS Principal Technical Advisor for supply chain management. In this capacity, he provides global technical leadership and strategic direction to SIAPS’ innovative supply chain programs and works to integrate industry best practices into the program’s overarching capacity building and technical assistance activities. From assisting in supply chain reengineering and development of national supply chain strategies, to the optimization of quantification, distribution, and storage of essential medicines, Mr. Nfor and the SIAPS supply chain team help evaluate vulnerabilities along all points of the supply chain to ensure that people have access to the medicines they need, when and where they need them. An expert in supply chain management with over 17 years of experience, Mr. Nfor previously served as supply chain manager at the Global Fund where he led the rollout of an innovative financing model that resulted in widespread availability of malaria medicines, even in hard-to-reach areas, and sharp reductions in price. Mr. Nfor is a pharmacist with a master’s of business administration in health, population, and nutrition.

Emmanuel Nfor
Principal Technical Advisor

Michael GabraDr. Michael Gabra is a Principal Technical Advisor for SIAPS. He is a pharmacist with nearly eight years of experience in private and public sector hospitals who, before joining MSH, was a Technical Officer for the WHO Action Programme on Essential Drugs. Mr. Gabra has provided short-term technical assistance in many African countries and spent four years working for the WHO Malawi Essential Drugs Program. He has also provided technical assistance in Central Asia and Romania. He holds a master’s degree in Pharmacy.

Michael Gabra
Principal Technical Advisor

Niranjan KonduriNiranjan Konduri is a Principal Technical Advisor for SIAPS. He has expertise in pharmaceutical operations research, health system assessments, and application of research methodology. Niranjan is the lead author of a chapter on access to medicines, vaccines, and health technologies for cancer to be published by the Harvard University Press. He worked on a comprehensive study to guide market access strategies for new TB medicines that involved 203 respondents over 166 interviews in 22 high-burden TB countries for the Global TB Alliance. Niranjan was involved with the Stop TB Partnership’s Retooling Task Force to develop a framework for the adoption, introduction, and implementation of new TB technologies and also developed a checklist of planning and operational actions for new TB diagnostics. Niranjan has an MS from the PEPPOR graduate program (pharmacoeconomics, epidemiology, and pharmaceutical policy and outcomes research) at the University of New Mexico. In addition, he has an MPH in global health from Loma Linda University, California, with a certificate in humanitarian assistance.

Niranjan Konduri
Principal Technical Advisor

Helena WalkowiakHelena Walkowiak is a Principal Technical Advisor with the SIAPS Program and the technical lead for governance. In this role, Ms. Walkowiak supports SIAPS’ technical leadership activities and provides technical guidance in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of activities to help countries strengthen governance and increase transparency at all levels of the pharmaceutical system. Her work also includes leading the SIAPS activity to develop a framework and metrics to measure progress in strengthening pharmaceutical systems; this will enable countries, donors, and stakeholders to measure whether investments in pharmaceutical systems strengthening are contributing to the development of stronger, more sustainable systems. Ms. Walkowiak has 17 years of experience in providing technical assistance in pharmaceutical management in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean, helping countries to scale up HIV programs, assess and build pharmaceutical management capacities, and improve the provision of medication-related patient care services.
Prior to joining MSH, Ms. Walkowiak worked as the expatriate chief pharmacist for two island countries, the Republic of Palau and the Cayman Islands. In addition to her degree as a pharmacist, Ms. Walkowiak has a master’s degree in public health with a focus on developing countries. She is based out of New York.

Helena Walkowiak
Principal Technical Advisor

Kwesi EghanKwesi Eghan is a Principal Technical Advisor for SIAPS providing technical leadership on the medicines benefits management in health insurance programs. Mr. Eghan was a primary facilitator and development team member for Ghana’s national health insurance policy framework and the Health Insurance Act (Act 650) of Ghana. As country project director in Ghana, he provided on-the-ground technical support for the implementation and coordination of the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems Program. He has implemented interventions for increased uptake of antimalaria products and services for children under 5 and pregnant women. He has over 20 years of operational and management experience in health systems strengthening; health financing; design of management systems for universal health coverage programs; health franchising initiatives; modeling private-public partnerships; pharmaceutical management in communicable (HIV and malaria), non-communicable, and neglected tropical disease programs. Mr. Eghan holds a master’s in business administration (finance) from the University of Ghana and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He is presently finishing an international master’s in health economics and pharmaco-economics (University of Barcelona).

Kwesi Eghan
Principal Technical Advisor

Odon MulanguOdon Mulangu is a Principal Technical Advisor for SIAPS based in Arlington, VA, providing support to SIAPS programs in Cameroon, Guinea, and Mali. He provides supportive supervision to country project directors, mentoring, and high-quality technical, management, and political coaching to the country leadership teams. Mr. Mulangu is a pharmacist with a strong background in essential medicines procurement and quality assurance. As a senior technical advisor for SIAPS in the DRC, his responsibilities included development of strategic plans, work plans, and related budgets; M&E plans; activity implementation; monitoring and reporting; supervision of technical associates and provincial representatives; management of the SIAPS malaria portfolio; management of relationships with the Ministry of Health; and liaison with USAID/DRC.

Odon Mulangu
Principal Technical Advisor

Gabriel DanielGabriel Daniel is a Principal Technical Advisor for SIAPS based in Arlington, VA, and a pharmacist with over 30 years of development experience in Africa. His work with MSH as the country program manager for Ethiopia and South Sudan focuses on HIV/AIDS and malaria. His technical areas of expertise include primary health care; child survival; neglected tropical diseases; income-generating initiatives; and pharmaceutical management with a focus on training, monitoring and evaluation, health financing, and quality assurance. Prior to joining MSH, Mr. Daniel worked for over 17 years at Africare, where he provided technical assistance in several African countries, his last five years as the country representative in Ghana. Mr. Daniel has provided consultancy services to MCDI, UNICEF, and other organizations. His work in Ethiopia included representing the government in high-level technical delegations, heading a hospital pharmacy, and reorganizing the national pharmaceutical supply system, as well as practice in private pharmacies. He has headed relief, health, and development programs for refugees in Sudan by working with IRC and ICMC. He has 15 years of service on US Pharmacopeia expert panels. Mr. Daniel has a master’s degree in international administration.

Gabriel Daniel
Principal Technical Advisor

Jane BriggsJane Briggs is a Principal Technical Advisor for SIAPS based in Guatemala and provides technical support to initiatives in child survival, maternal health, and antimicrobial resistance. Prior to moving to Guatemala, Ms. Briggs was the team leader for the RPM Plus child survival portfolio. She is a pharmacist with over 20 years of experience. Before joining MSH, Ms. Briggs worked as a research assistant at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine on a variety of international health projects, including a Cochrane systematic review. Her previous international experience also includes serving as a district hospital pharmacist in Tanzania and managing medicines and commodities in refugee camps in Tanzania, a medicine distribution program in Burundi, and a district health support project in Rwanda. Ms. Briggs has a master’s degree in community health in addition to her pharmacy degree. She is fluent in French, Spanish, and Swahili.

Jane Briggs
Principal Technical Advisor

Maheen MalikDr. Maheen Malik is a Senior Technical Advisor for SIAPS, providing technical support for health system strengthening with a particular emphasis on improving RMNCH indicators in the developing world. She has over 20 years’ experience executing public health programs on reproductive health, family planning, MNCH, TB, HIV and AIDS, and emergency preparedness. Dr. Malik specializes in establishing private medical care franchise networks, using social marketing, developing training curricula, and training health care providers. She also has experience in direct communication campaigns and innovative strategies for public-private partnership models to improve access to quality service delivery and products. Dr. Malik has led the development of guidance documents to improve access and effectively introduce new medicines and supplies. She has presented at numerous international forums to share approaches and mechanisms on state-of-the-art, low-technology best practices. She has actively participated and represented SIAPS in the United Nations Commission working groups supporting implementation of recommendations for RMNCH. Dr. Malik received her medical degree from Rawalpindi Medical College. She speaks English, Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

Dr. Maheen Malik
Senior Technical Advisor

Gashaw MekonnenGashaw Mekonnen is a Senior Technical Advisor for SIAPS. Gashaw is a pharmacist with over 12 years of experience in Africa. In Swaziland, Mr. Shiferaw redesigned and implemented the ART, reproductive health, and laboratory supply chain management system. He has also supported the development of the Swaziland commodity tracking system. His work in Ethiopia was designing and implementing the Pharmaceutical Management Information System to make pharmaceuticals available and accessible. He managed the development and implementation of a web-based system that captures, analyzes, and generates pharmaceutical information and links facilities with the central level to make sure that pharmaceutical products and services are available and accessible to the community. His areas of technical expertise include pharmaceutical management, supply chain system design, business process analysis, training, curriculum development, warehouse operations and distribution, SOP development, LMIS, and quantification. Gashaw has a master’s degree in pharmaceutical science.

Gashaw Mekonnen
Senior Technical Advisor

Suzanne DiarraDr. Suzanne Diarra is a Senior Technical Advisor for SIAPS in Arlington, VA, focusing on the maternal and child health and SIAPS Senegal country portfolios. In this capacity, she provides technical and managerial leadership and support in planning and implementing activities to advance pharmaceutical management and trainings in procurement, quantification, distribution, and the rational use of medicines. She is responsible for developing work plans with budgets and for their implementation and monitoring. Previously, Dr. Diarra worked as a consultant for Abt Associates, Inc., providing technical assistance on several projects targeting the improvement of basic health services delivery and scaling up HIV/AIDS services in Cote d’Ivoire and Ethiopia. She also served as a primary care physician for the Ministry of Health in Mali and as a health program coordinator for Plan International-Mali. Dr. Diarra holds a medical degree and a master’s degree in public health. She is fluent in Bambara/Dioula, French, and English.

Dr. Suzanne Diarra
Senior Technical Advisor

Shiou-Chu Judy WangShiou-Chu Judy Wang is a Senior Technical Advisor for SIAPS in Arlington, VA. She is a pharmacist with over 25 years of experiences in pharmaceutical services and management, including 14 years of international development work. Her work with MSH since 2008 includes supporting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and general pharmaceutical management in the public sector in Malawi, TB in China, and pharmaceutical systems in regulation, human resource management, and strengthening the supply chain system in Afghanistan. Ms. Wang’s technical areas of expertise include rational use of medicines and supply chain management, in particular, quantification, pharmacy management, training, mentoring, and supervision. Prior to her international work, she worked for 12 years as a pharmacist in hospital and community pharmacy in Taiwan. She has a master’s degree in public health.

Shiou-Chu Judy Wang
Senior Technical Advisor

Andualem OumerAndualem Oumer is a Senior Technical Advisor for SIAPS.

Andualem Oumer
Senior Technical Advisor

Oliver HazembaOliver Hazemba is a Senior Technical Advisor for SIAPS and is based in Zambia. He is a pharmacist with nearly 26 years of domestic and international experience. He has held senior pharmacy management positions in the Zambian Ministry of Health; served as the pharmacist in charge of pharmaceutical management at district, general hospital, provincial, and national levels; and was the managing director of the national medical stores. Mr. Hazemba was key in expanding the essential drug program and malaria and HIV/AIDS pharmacy care in his country and in developing Zambia’s national drug policy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and postgraduate diplomas in medical education, effective drug management, and rational drug use.

Oliver Hazemba
Senior Technical Advisor

Melissa ThummMelissa Thumm is a Senior Technical Advisor with SIAPS who provides management and technical support to regulatory system strengthening and pharmacovigilance activities. She has 13 years of experience working with USAID-funded pharmaceutical management programs and has worked throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America in pharmaceutical system assessments, strategic planning, tool development, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building and training. On previous projects, her role was to provide technical assistance in supply chain management for regional malaria control initiatives in the Amazon and Mekong regions. Prior to joining MSH, Ms. Thumm was a project manager for a non-profit pharmaceutical company on a phase IV clinical trial of a treatment for visceral leishmaniasis and a research assistant at the London School of Hygiene and Tropic Medicine to revise cause-specific child mortality rates with the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group. Ms. Thumm has a master’s degree in public health in developing countries and epidemiology. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.

Melissa Thumm
Senior Technical Advisor

Maura Soucy BrownMaura Soucy Brown is a technical advisor for the SIAPS Program. She works on a portfolio of technical activities within pharmaceutical regulatory systems, pharmaceutical governance, and pharmaceutical system strengthening (PSS). Ms. Soucy Brown has experience in pharmaceutical system assessments, tool development, pharmaceutical product introduction, and monitoring and evaluation. She has led activities relating to the definition and implementation of the options analysis approach for PSS and is developing a measurement tool to assess PSS. She has been with MSH since 2014. Prior to her work with MSH, she earned dual bachelor’s degrees from Brown University in biology and business economics. Following a year working in pharmaceutical management for a nonprofit in Guatemala, she earned her MPH in international health and pharmaceutical management from Boston University. She is currently earning a second master’s degree from the University of Sheffield in international health technology assessment, pricing, and reimbursement. She speaks and writes in English and Spanish.

Maura Soucy Brown
Technical Advisor

Tanya Malpica-LlanosTanya Malpica-Llanos is a technical advisor for SIAPS and has 12 years of international and domestic health experience in the areas of health system strengthening, pharmaceutical management, maternal and child health, and HIV and AIDS clinical research. In her current role, Ms. Malpica-Llanos provides support to regulatory system strengthening, pharmacovigilance, and capacity building activities. In this capacity, she supports headquarters and field offices by developing and managing tools, developing technical reports, and performing quality reviews.
Prior to joining MSH, Ms. Malpica-Llanos worked for the Pan American Health Organization, where she led the effort to develop the Pan American Network for Drug Regulatory Harmonization strategic plan 2014–2020. Ms. Malpica-Llanos holds a master’s degree in international health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Tanya Malpica-Llanos
Technical Advisor

Dinah TjipuraDinah Tjipura is a Senior Manager in Arlington, VA, where she provides technical assistance for the SIAPS programs in Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Swaziland. Previously, she worked as the director of tertiary health care and clinical support services, where she was responsible for managing pharmaceutical services in the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services. Prior to that, she was the registrar of medicines and head of pharmaceutical control and inspections in the pharmaceutical services division. As the registrar of medicines, she acted as the secretary to the Namibia Medicines Regulatory Council. Ms. Tjipura was the president of the Interim Pharmacy Council in Namibia and then president of the Pharmacy Council of Namibia. Ms. Tjipura has more than 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical sector. She holds a BSc in pharmacy and a master of public health. She speaks English, Afrikaans, and Otjiherero.

Dinah Tjipura
Senior Manager

Dr. Zubayer HussainDr. Zubayer Hussain works as a Senior Manager for SIAPS, providing management and technical support to country programs in Bangladesh and Swaziland to develop and manage work plans and budgets. Dr. Zubayer’s areas of expertise include family planning and reproductive health, maternal and neonatal health, program management, health systems strengthening, pharmaceutical management, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) capacity building. He provides supportive supervision to field-based Country Project Directors and mobilizes technical and other resources required for the country teams to deliver quality results in the area of pharmaceutical management which includes supply chain, pharmaceutical management information, and regulatory functions. Previously, he was the Country Program Director for SIAPS in Bangladesh, leading and managing activities to strengthen health systems in the area of pharmaceutical management in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and its component directorates. Dr. Zubayer has worked in various advisory and management capacities for international organizations and bilateral organizations (donors). He has also worked as an independent consultant with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to provide guidance on the development of public health policy and health management systems that improve the accessibility, availability, and affordability of pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Zubayer Hussain
Senior Manager

Olya DuzeyOlya Duzey is a Senior Manager for SIAPS.

Olya Duzey
Senior Manager