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

Mr. Job DiarraJob Diarra is the SIAPS Deputy Director for Finance and Operations. In this role, he oversees the operation and administration of the SIAPS Program. Mr. Diarra has substantial experience in project budgeting, supply chain management and procurement, project start-up and close-out, donor compliance and auditing, as well as solid expertise and skills in accounting, contracts and grants administration, cost share set up, organizational assessments, and training and capacity building. Mr. Diarra is a seasoned finance and administrative professional with over 15 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations and government programs, both in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Diarra holds a master’s degree in business administration from Marymount University.

Job Diarra
Deputy Director for Finance and Operations

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

Seydou DoumbiaDr. Seydou Doumbia is a Principal Technical Advisor for SIAPS. Principal Technical Advisor for Malaria for the SIAPS Program based in Arlington, VA. Previously, he served as chief of party for the indoor residual spraying project in Benin, providing overall management and leadership for the development, coordination, and implementation of residual spraying activities under the Presidential Malaria Initiative. He worked as the country director of the Supply Chain Management System for HIV/AIDS (SCMS) in Cote d’Ivoire where he provided overall management and leadership in support of the PEPFAR program and to the Government of Cote d’Ivoire to expand the national HIV/AIDS program. Dr. Doumbia has also worked for the USAID/West Africa Regional Program as their senior reproductive health, child survival, and infectious diseases specialist. He has a doctorate of pharmacy with a specialty in public health and is fluent in both French and Bambara.

Dr. Seydou Doumbia
Principal Technical Advisor

Gregory SimonDr. Gregory Simon is the SIAPS Principal Technical Advisor for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). As the technical lead, Dr. Simon oversees SIAPS’ program activities aimed at strengthening pharmaceutical management of medicines used to treat NTDs. Collaborating with drug manufacturers, suppliers, donors, and ministries of health, his work centers on finding ways to improve quantification and supply chain processes for donated NTD medicines intended for mass drug administration. He also works to facilitate knowledge sharing and information management of pharmacovigilance data between relevant stakeholders. Dr. Simon has extensive experience in infectious disease research and program management in the areas of NTDs, HIV and AIDS, and infectious disease vaccines. He previously worked at the Global Network for NTDs as senior technical officer where he worked with partner organizations and international donors to ensure funding and proper program implementation for NTD control and elimination. Dr. Simon earned his PhD in immunology and holds a master’s degree in public health.

Dr. Greg Simon
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 based in New York. She has twelve years of experience providing technical assistance to HIV programs in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean. Her technical areas of expertise include pharmaceutical management in support of scaling up HIV programs and helping countries to assess and build their pharmaceutical management capacities and pharmacovigilance systems. Her experience also includes developing and implementing training materials, SOPs, approaches, and tools to strengthen quantification, human resource knowledge, and skills in antiretroviral therapy commodity management and pharmaceutical care. Prior to joining MSH, Ms. Walkowiak worked for eight years as the expatriate chief pharmacist for two island countries, the Republic of Palau and the Cayman Islands. Ms. Walkowiak has a master’s degree in public health in developing countries in addition to her pharmacy degree. She is fluent in Polish.

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

Kanjinga KakandaDr. Kajinga Kakanda is a Senior Technical Advisor based in Arlington, VA. Dr. Kakanda provides technical support for the planning and implementation of field-based pharmaceutical management activities for HIV, TB, and malaria commodities in various countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Cameroon, Haiti, Mali, Uganda, Tanzania, Morocco, and Swaziland. In addition, she supports various systems strengthening activities, including pharmaceutical system assessments and option analysis, quantification, capacity building, and pharmaceutical management information systems. She also supports implementation of tools, such as the Electronic Dispensing Tool for antiretroviral therapy and QuanTB for forecasting, supply planning, and as an early warning system for anti-TB medicines; she also supports public-private partnerships to improve access and availability of quality products. Her past professional experience includes public health sector assessments; design and implementation of HIV care and support programs; clinical studies on HIV infection and TB in the pediatric population; prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; HIV case management, including prevention, counseling and testing, treatment, care, and support through community- and home-based interventions. In this regard, she has worked in several countries including the DRC, Cote d’Ivoire, Haiti, Jamaica, and Guinea. Dr. Kakanda holds a medical degree from the University of Kinshasa and a master’s degree in public health from the University of California at Berkeley. She is fluent in English, French, Swahili, and Lingala.

Dr. Kanjinga Kakanda
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

Wonder GoredemaDr. Wonder Goredema is a Senior Technical Advisor for SIAPS in Arlington, VA. He is a pharmacist, epidemiologist, and public health specialist with over 20 years of pharmaceutical management experience. He worked for 12 years in various positions in Zimbabwe, including as hospital pharmacist, district pharmacist, provincial pharmacist, chief pharmacist, and medical store manager. His areas of technical expertise include supply chain management, rational medicine use, public health management, training, supervision, primary health care, malaria, and HIV/AIDS control. As chief pharmacist, he was actively involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating the Zimbabwe Essential Drugs Action Program, including facilitating national and regional pharmaceutical management and promoting rational medicines use. Before joining MSH, Dr. Goredema was a research associate at the University of California, San Francisco Pharmacy School, and a post-doctoral research scholar at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. He holds a doctorate in pharmacy, a master’s degree in public health, and a master of science in epidemiology. Since joining MSH, he has provided technical assistance in various countries in Africa and Latin America.

Dr. Wonder Goredema
Senior Technical Advisor

Antonia KwiecienAntonia Kwiecien is a Senior Technical Advisor for SIAPS in Arlington, VA, where she provides technical assistance for the TB core portfolio. Previously, she was a senior clinical project manager with Family Health International responsible for overseeing global clinical studies, including a tenofovir gel study for HIV/AIDS prevention and an oseltamivir study for avian influenza treatment. Ms. Kwiecien holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and is fluent in French.

Antonia Kwiecien
Senior Technical Advisor

Dumebi MordiDumebi Mordi is a Senior Technical Advisor for SIAPS.

Dumebi Mordi
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

Andwele MwansasuDr. Andwele Mwansasu is a Senior Technical Advisor for SIAPS in Arlington, VA. In this capacity, she provides technical assistance in support of central, regional, and country activities. She has over ten years of experience in designing, planning, and coordinating public health programs in developing countries and is experienced in pharmaceutical management, clinical care, and research. She managed comprehensive reproductive health programs in refugee camps in Tanzania. As a graduate intern, she contributed to the development of monitoring and evaluation frameworks for the Tulane Xavier National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. Dr. Mwansasu is a medical doctor with a master’s degree in public health and a master of philosophy (health sciences) with a focus on virology. She is certified in public health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners and is fluent in English and Swahili and also speaks some French and Kinyarwanda.

Dr. Andwele Mwansasu
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

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

Edgar BarillasEdgar Barillas is a Senior Manager based in Arlington, VA, but works primarily in Latin American countries on pharmaceutical management issues. He has 20 years of experience in public health consulting, mainly in the areas of essential medicines, health policy, and health financing. He has worked for the Pan American Health Organization implementing projects on essential drugs and primary health care in rural and indigenous areas of Guatemala, and has participated in evaluation teams of essential medicines programs in Bolivia, Kenya, Nicaragua, Peru, and Yemen. He holds a medical doctor’s degree and a master’s degree in social science in management.

Dr. Edgar Barillas
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 Duzey
Senior Manager