Godfrey B. Tangwa
He is an African Bioethicist and Professor Emeritus of the University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon, where he was Head of the Department of Philosophy from 2004-2009. Currently he is a Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences (CAS), the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), Vice-Chairperson of the Cameroon Bioethics Initiative (CAMBIN), and Chairperson of the Cultural, Anthropological, Social and Economic (CASE) work group of the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium (GET).
Dr Bridget Haire
She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kirby Institute, University of NSW, where she conducts research in the areas of research ethics, public health and human rights. She is also the President of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), the federation for the community-based response to HIV in Australia.
A treatment advocate, activist, a father, husband and a grass root teacher and community mobilizer has lived openly and constructively with HIV for about two decades.
Ibrahim over the years has championed many community initiatives towards improving the national response to HIV. He initiated the first support group for discordant couples. During his tenure as the NEPWHAN state coordinator, he led the integration of HIV-KAP in the activities of the network which has increased their visibility in the state.
He is a member of several national and global boards which include the Community Delegation to the Board of Global Fund, Community Delegation to UNITAID Board, Country Coordinating Mechanism Nigeria, Stop TB Partnership Nigeria etc.
Ibrahim presently is the Community/Prevention Services Manager of Prime Health Response Initiative and is also the Executive Director of Good Health Educators Initiative.
Olayide Akanni is the Executive Director of Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS) Nigeria. She has been actively involved in research and progress monitoring initiatives related to HIV/AIDS and TB in Nigeria having served as Country researcher under the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) ‘Missing the Target Report’ and the ‘Civil Society Perspectives on TB research’ supported by the Open Society Institute(OSI), New York as well as the Team lead for the Nigeria CCM Shadow Report and Scorecard Initiative supported by EANNASO and AIDS Accountability International (AAI).
Dr. Abha Saxena
She is a senior ethics consultant, with over 17 years of experience of working in World Health Organization in the field of bioethics. In the last ten years in a leadership position, she was advising senior management at WHO and Member States of WHO on integrating ethics in public health policies and programs as well as in research. Under her leadership several normative and standard setting documents, as well as training tools have been published, both in the area of research and public health ethics. She is currently based in Geneva.
He is an author, broadcaster, media specialist and social entrepreneur. He is CEO/Editor -In-chief of HealthTimes.NG -an integrated news website dedicated to covering the Nigerian health sector. He has written and reported across four continents covering the impact of HIV/AIDS, TB, Hepatitis B and C, malaria and non-communicable disease as well as domestic abuse across sub-Saharan Africa.
Kingsley is also the Founder and Creative Director of the MANHOOD Project-a multifaceted campaign aimed at promoting positive masculinity and ending violence against women and girls and he is the host of the MANHOOD Show which airs every Saturday, 7.30pm on City 105.1FM. The show provides opportunity for engaging on issues that me face how it affects them and those in their lives as well as gain insight on mens perspective to life generally.
Paulina Tindana: BA, MHSc. (Bioethics), DPhil Oxon (Public Health)
Dr Paulina Tindana is a Senior Lecturer and Bioethicist at the University Of Ghana School Of Public Health. Until recently, she was a Deputy Chief Health Research Officer at the Navrongo Health Research Centre, Ghana Health Service in northern Ghana where she worked for over 20 years supporting the research ethics review process, training research ethics committees and conducting social science research. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ghana in 1999, a certificate in Bioethics at the Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute, Baltimore USA in 2002, Master of Health Sciences (Bioethics) degree from the University of Toronto, Canada in 2004 and a DPhil at the Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, UK in 2013.
Her main teaching and research focus is on the ethical, social, cultural and policy implications of international collaborative research, particularly the practical ethical issues arising in genetic/genomic research, informed consent, ethics review, community engagement strategies in global health research and health systems research ethics. She has extensive experiences in conducting qualitative studies and has published widely in peer reviewed journals. She is the Chair of the H3Africa Community Engagement Working Group, a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (IBC), a member of the Board of Directors of the International Bioethics Association (IAB), a member of the Plasmodium Diversity Network (PDNA) and several other ethics advisory committees and panels.
He serves as the Director of Operations for the Liberia-United States Clinical Research Program under the name “Partnership for Research on Vaccines and Infectious Diseases in Liberia (PREVAIL). He previously worked for the University of Liberia-Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (UL-PIRE- an HIV/STD prevention research center) as Center Director from 2011 – 2014. Mr. Tegli also serves as Coordinator of the UL-PIRE Institutional Review Board (IRB) and a Member of the National Research Ethics Board (NREB) of Liberia. He is an international IRB Member of the Western Intuitional Review Board (WIRB)-Copernicus Group based in Puyallup, Washington, USA. He has a Master of Degree in Regional Science from the University of Liberia. He is trained Bioethics from the University of Washington and WIRB in 2013. He has attended several basic and advance research ethics and bioethics trainings in Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. He is a contributing author to the book “Research Ethics in Africa – A Resource for Research Ethics Committees. Chapter 9, Informed Consent in an African Context.”
Professor Ademola Johnson Ajuwon
He earned the Bachelors of Science (BSc) degree in Sociology from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1984, Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Ibadan in 1990 and 2000 respectively.
He began his career as a scholar in 1991 in the Department of Health Promotion and Education, Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan where he has been teaching, conducting research, supervising and mentoring young faculty. His areas of research interests are adolescent reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention, social media and research ethics.
Professor Ajuwon has participated in many international scholarly training programs. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco in 1997; a post-doctoral research fellow at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA in 2003 and a DAAD Staff Exchange Fellow at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban South Africa in 2012.
Professor Ajuwon has published over sixty five scientific papers in peer review journals including the Bulletin of the World Health Organization; BMC Public Health; BMC Medical Ethics; Reproductive Health Matters; African Journal of Reproductive Health; Public Library of Science; and AIDS and Behavior. Professor Ajuwon is a recipient of many research grants from agencies including the Fogarty International Center; Office of the Global AIDS Control; British Council; the United Nations funds for Women; the WHO; Wellcome Trust; and Population Media Center.
He has consulted for many international and local organizations namely USAID; International HIV/AIDS Alliance; UNICEF; World Bank; Shell Petroleum Development Company; Population Council; Association for Reproductive and Family Health; Nigeria Business Coalition Against AIDS; Family Health International; and Youth Empowerment Foundation.
He has successfully supervised over 150 MPH dissertations and five PhD theses. His current research, funded by the Swiss Program for Research on Global Issues in Development, is investigating the role of social media in connecting, empowering and educating students and alumni of selected nursing institutions in Nigeria. He was Associate Editor for BMC Public Health and the African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences between 2010-2014.
Professor Ajuwon has served as Sub-Dean, Postgraduate, Faculty of Public Health from 2004-2008; Head of Department of Health Promotion & Education from 2010-2012; Dean, Faculty of Public Health from 2012-2014; and Deputy Provost College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, from 2014-2016.
He is currently a CARTA Senior Faculty Visiting Fellow at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi, Blantyre.
Professor Akin Abayomi
Akin started his academic education in Mary Hill Convent School Ibadan going on to Kings College Lagos, Loyola College and International School University of Ibadan. Akin is now a specialist in Internal Medicine, Haematology, Environmental Health and Biosecurity. He studied at the Royal Medical College of Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital in the University of London where he attained his first graduate degree in Medicine. Obtaining fellowships from both Royal College of Medicine in the United Kingdom and the College of Medicine of South Africa. Akin has worked in several countries around the world and has been exposed to a variety of geographical variations of disease patterns within the discipline of Internal Medicine and Haemato-oncology. Akin is Emeritus in the Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town and Professor of Medicine at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Lagos, Nigeria. He is also the Principal Investigator of the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium or GET which is an African Biosecurity think tank and consultant to the Lagos State Biosecurity Project. Akin’s special interests are environmental health, ethics of access benefit and sharing, precision medicine and genomics. In his spare time Akin runs a 300 acre organic forest reserve in Osun State.
Isaac Akinkunmi ADEDEJI
He holds a BSc Sociology and Anthropology Degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He also studied at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria where he obtained both MSc and Doctoral degrees in Sociology, with bias in Medical Sociology/Anthropology. He teaches at the Department of Sociology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria. He is a Nigerian collaborator on the Global Burden of Disease study, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and hosted at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle. He is on the MSc Bioethics training at the University of Ibadan.
Dr Patrick I. Okonta
Dr Patrick Okonta is an Associate Professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences of the Delta State University, Abraka and a Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist in the Delta State University Teaching Hospital Abraka. Until very recently, he was the Chair of the Health Research Ethics Committee (HREC) of the Delta State University Teaching Hospital. He received a masters degree training in research ethics through a Fogarty grant administered by the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI). He is a member of the Ethics and Community engagement working group of the H3Africa Consortium.
DR Ezeome, Ijeoma Victoria
1) Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (MBBS)
2) Fellow, West African College of Surgeons (FWACS)
3) Natural Family Planning Medical Consultant (NFPMC)
4) Fertility Care Practitioner (FCP)
1) Senior Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, College of Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
2) Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu.
ACADEMIC PURSUIT: WAB Scholar, MSc Bioethics Program, University of Ibadan (2017/18).
Professor Catherine Olufunke
Prof Falade graduated MBBS with distinction in Paediatrics from University of Ibadan wining the Glaxo-Welcome and Departmental Prizes in Paediatrics. She holds the Fellowships of both the National and West African Postgraduate Medical Colleges and MSc in Pharmacology. She is a Consultant Clinical Pharmacologist to the University College Hospital, Ibadan. She is also a Fellow of both the African Academy of the Sciences and of the Nigerian Academy of Science. She is currently the Director of the Institute for Advanced Medical Research & Training at the College of Medicine, UI, Nigeria and Chair of the UI/UCH Institutional Review Committee.
Her research efforts have focused on malaria and She has successfully adopted interdisciplinary framework to foster partnership with other researchers locally and internationally to explore malaria control strategies across family, community and healthcare context
Professor Haruna Muktar, MON
He is a specialist in Hemostasis with special research interest in HIV Medicine, coagulopathy and sickle cell disease. He currently teaches Haematology at the college of Medicine of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria for the past 27 years.
He was awarded a national honour by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2007 in the category of medical contribution with an MON (Member of the Order of Niger).
He had at various times served as the Principal Investigator for the clinical trial of the antiretroviral drug role out by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2001 in ABUTH, the PI for the Global Funds HIV intervention at ABU, the PI for the Harvard School of Public Health PEPFAR supported HIV treatment and Research program at ABU, the PI for the MEPIN ( Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Nigeria) at ABU and currently the PI for the STAMINA research group at ABU. Both are US NIH grants.
Currently he is the Dean of the Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences at ABU and the Chair of the APIN HEALTH INIATIVE IRB.
Professor Shalom N. Chinedu
Shalom Nwodo Chinedu is a Professor of Biochemistry at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria. He is a seasoned academic, researcher and university administrator.
Shalom Chinedu is the leader of Covenant University Public Health and Wellbeing Research Cluster (CUPHWERC), an interdisciplinary research group, committed to raising the health and living standards of local communities. He is the current chairman of Covenant Health Research Ethics Committee (CHREC).
Shalom Chinedu is the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University. He had also served in the university as Head, Department of Biological Sciences, Dean, College of Science and Technology and Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies.
He is a consultant public health physician with Irrua specialist teaching hospital, Edo State. He is also the research ethics committee (REC) administrator and currently the acting chair of Irrua REC. He is an international fellow and board member of the western institutional review board (WIRB) and a member of the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) both in the United States.
Chiedozie current interest is on illustrating bioethics for schools. Apart from his double diploma and a fellowship in research ethics, he holds an advanced regulatory training certificate for IRB professionals at WIRB