Speakers

Adebusoye Anifalaje

Director & Principal
BAO Systems

Adebusoye is a seasoned informatics professional specialising in resource-constrained contexts. Busoye has worked in leading the deployment of DHIS2 (an open source software) for various ministries of health and iNGOs in Africa, Asia, North America & Europe. He holds two Master’s degrees and a PhD from The London School of Economics. His research interest lies in unpacking the role of information systems in improving governance structures for public health delivery. He is based in Cambridge, UK.

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Blake Erhardt-Ohren

Technical Advisor
Pathfinder

Blake is a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Technical Advisor at Pathfinder International. She provides support in the development and roll-out of global Pathfinder data collection, management, and analysis systems, as well as training to staff around the world. Blake holds a B.A. in History from the University of California: San Diego and received a Master’s degree in Public Health from Emory University, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health.

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Daniel Messer

Director and CIO
PSI

As Chief Information Officer, Daniel is responsible for PSI’s information technology, MIS, and ERP systems. Daniel is also co-founder and chair of the Non-Profit Organization Knowledge Initiative which improves technology collaboration between major non-profits. Prior to PSI, Daniel was based in London directing International Planned Parenthood’s information systems, including clinic management systems for the federation’s network of clinics across the globe. Daniel graduated from the Free University of Berlin where he was involved in East African research projects. He is fluent in French and German.

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Elmarie Claasen

Project Manager
HISP SA

Ms Elmarie Claasen is currently the Manager Data Science where she leads a team of data scientists and data managers delivering innovative DHIS2 solutions within the health sector, and developing tomorrow’s advances in AI. She has vast experience in database management specifically related to DHIS. She has been employed by HISP-SA for the past 8 years. Her background is rooted in health service delivery as a Professional Nurse with Hospital and Primary Health Care and District Management experience and has specific skills in the application of health domain knowledge and insights in the data analytics domain. She has worked in various organisations providing management and leadership and has developed her skills to provide value and return on investment. Her hybrid of skills coupled with both strategic and operational vision ensures that her teams stays on the cutting edge of innovation.

Previous speaking experience: Development of a Data Dictionary (Master Facility List and Terminology Service) in DHIS in South Africa (HISP conference Bloemfontein, South Africa) | DHIS2 and Human Resource Architecture (DHIS2 Conference, Oslo 2019)

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Farah Sbytte

DHIS2 Mapping Specialist
UN Network-REACH

Farah is currently working at the UN Network Secretariat for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) as DHIS2 mapping specialists where she provides technical support to UN and government nutrition experts in 20+ countries to analyze the nutrition intervention landscape, with a focus on child & maternal health, social protection, WASH & gender projects. In this capacity, she has been conducting multi-sectoral stakeholder mapping exercises using the DHIS2 platform and developing and customizing new DHIS2 apps to meet country priorities.Farah holds a master’s degree in public health and Biostatistics. She has worked on different web-based monitoring and evaluation projects with UNHCR and UNFPA on refugee health and reproductive health in Lebanon and the Middle East.

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John Beck

Principal Research Scientist III
University of Alabama in Huntsville

John M. Beck, Ph.D. works as a Principal Research Scientist III for the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Information Technology and Systems Center. For the past twenty-five years, Dr. Beck has specialized in using geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing programs to solve real world problems. He currently conducts research in the areas of artificial intelligence/deep learning, remote sensing, and geospatial analysis. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Alabama, a Master's of Science degree, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Agronomy and Soil Science from Auburn University.

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Katherine Lew

Product Liaison Senior Manager
BAO Systems

Ms. Lew brings over 15 years of public health experience with an emphasis in health information systems, data management, and data analytics, visualization and use. Before joining BAO Systems, she supported NGO country programs and headquarters with customization and implementation of data analytics platforms to drive program adaptive management and improvement. Having worked in multiple countries across Asia and Africa, she has keen insight into the business requirements of our clients. Ms. Lew serves as a conduit between clients, product management, and product development, helping to drive strategy and improve product functionality to meet client needs.

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Ken Keiser

Research Scientist
University of Alabama in Huntsville

A research scientist at the Information Technology & Systems Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), has over 30 years of experience with development of geoscience related information technology solutions. While at UAH, Ken has been involved with a number of applied research projects ranging from Earth science topics, homeland security activities, and defense-related modeling and simulation systems.

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Knut Staring

Program Coordinator
University of Oslo

Knut has worked on DHIS2 since 2004. He has also been a math teacher, economist, and a Technical Officer at WHO. He is currently focusing on the WHO Collaborating Centre for Innovation and Implementation Research for health information systems strengthening at the University of Oslo and on extending the use of DHIS2 for SDGs, with a particular focus on Education.

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Lars Helge Øverland

DHIS 2 Tech Lead
University of Oslo

Lars Helge Overland has been the lead developer of the DHIS 2 platform since its start in 2005. He has been responsible for designing and implementing the DHIS 2 software as well as building up the development team which today produces the DHIS 2 standard releases. Lars has worked as a consultant for multiple major development organizations, including WHO, USAID, DANIDA, NORAD and MSH, and is leading the software development process for the global PEPFAR reporting system. He holds a Master of Informatics degree from the University of Oslo.

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Lungi Okoko

Data Integration Team Lead
USAID

Lungi Okoko leads the new Data Integration Team—which combines malaria surveillance, supply chain, financial and climate data from 27 countries into meaningful and valuable information—at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). Prior to leading this new team, he was based in Angola, Central Africa, with USAID/PMI and supported the deployment of open-source health information systems such as DHSI2 and OpenLMIS. Lungi also previously worked on strengthening disease surveillance and the implementation of digital information systems in Ebola-affected countries as part of USAID’s Development Informatics team.Over the past 12 years, he has worked on the implementation and evaluation of national health information systems in dozens of African countries, including Nigeria, South Sudan, Burkina Faso,Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Angola.

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Mike Bitok

Informatics Officer – Global Data Solutions Developer
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Mike Bitok is an Informatics Officer - Global Data Solutions Development ( DHIS2, Data Modeling/Visualization) at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. As a great enthusiast of health informatics, data management and data science, he has supported various organizations such as KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Program (KWTRP) and Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH). At EGPAF, he is integral in supporting and advising various country teams using DHIS2 and/or other health information systems. Mike holds a Masters of Science in Information Systems (Decision Sciences) from California State University Fullerton and a Masters of Science in Mobile Telecommunications and Innovation from Strathmore University. Mike also has experience in app development, system and database administration.

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Mike Frost

DHIS2 Tracker Product Manager
University of Oslo

Mike has worked on digital health projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the United States in support of RMNCH, malaria, FP, and HIV programs. He is currently Product Manager for Tracker at the University of Oslo.

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Nicola Hobby

Director of Program Operations
BAO Systems

Nicola Hobby is the Director of Programs at BAO Systems and has been the Organizing Chair of the DHIS 2 Symposium since 2015. Nicola is also the Product Owner for DATIM, the PEFFAR DHIS 2 monitoring system. Prior to joining BAO, Nicola worked in international public health for 11 years with Population Services International in a variety of positions. She has worked in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America leading or managing system strengthening initiatives.  Nicola has extensive knowledge about implementing DHIS 2 as an enterprise-level MIS. As the Director of Programs, she oversees the operational group supporting DHIS 2 and other development projects for a variety of public health and international development clients.

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Ntuthu Dhlamini

Public Health Nurse
HISP SA

Ms Ntuthu Dhlamini is a Public Health Nurse with over 15 years’ experience in Primary Health Care; Community Health management; Maternal and Child Health; HIV and AIDS Prevention , Treatment and Management of TB. She holds a diploma in General Nursing, Midwifery, Orthopedic Nursing Science and Business Administration. She has supported 5 Provinces in South Africa in data management and this including training health workers and information users in SA and other countries in Southern Africa on the Intermediate and Advanced Computerized District Health Information Systems courses offered by the University of the Western Cape. She has played a significant role in the institutionalization of DHIS 1.4 in South Sudan. She has more than 10 years in data analysis and Use of Information for management. She has presented a use case at the Community Health Information System academy hosted by Oslo University in June 2017 and was one of the presenters in SA AIDS conference in 2019. She is currently Project Managing the Ward Based Outreach Team program for HISP.

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Patricia Mechael

Writer and Public Health Specialist
HealthEnabled

Dr. Patricia (Patty) Mechael is co-founder and policy lead at HealthEnabled, a South African based non-profit focused on nationally scaled integrated digital health systems. With over 20 years working in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, South America, and the South Pacific Islands, Patty is celebrated for her roles as thought leader, writer, researcher, professor and executive director of the mHealth Alliance and executive vice president of the Personal Connected Health Alliance. She leads HealthEnabled’s work on the Global Digital Health Index and Maturity Model. She is a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow, Johns Hopkins University Knowledge for the World Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient, British Council UK Education Social Impact Award Recipient, editorial board member of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, and co-editor of mHealth in Practice: Mobile technology for health promotion in the developing world. Dr. Mechael holds a PhD in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Masters in Health Science in International Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

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Prosper Behumbiize

DHIS2 Implementation Team / HISP Uganda
University of Oslo

Prosper Behumbiize is currently working with the DHIS2 Global Implementation Team and is based at HISP Uganda. Previously, Prosper worked with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Uganda for 13 years. He has supported a number of regional, national, and global DHIS2 implementations. He is widely recognized for his expertise as a DHIS2 implementer.

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Romain Olekhnovitch

Project Manager & Data Lead
BlueSquare

Romain Olekhnovitch, PhD, is the Lead Program Manager at Bluesquare. His main goal is to leverage all types of data (routine data, surveys, geospatial data) to provide deciders and citizens with the best and most updated information about health services. He has managed health data systems in the DRC, Uganda, Benin, Senegal and others both in RBF and M&E. Romain has a background in engineering and statistics and over seven years of experience in data science applied to health. He has an expertise in data analysis and modeling for Health Management Information Systems (HMIS), Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and GIS.

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Scott Jackson

Manager, Analytics & Informatics
BAO Systems

Scott Jackson leads the Analytics & Informatics Team at BAO Systems and is responsible for the design of analytics solutions that are absurdly useful.Since incubating the team, Scott has been instrumental in accelerating BAO’s efforts to enable social impact organizations across the globe to harness data for making a difference on the world’s most intractable problems, such as the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, the treatment of non-communicable diseases, and human trafficking.Prior to joining BAO, Scott co-founded a social impact consulting firm, ImpactBeta, which helps social enterprises leverage data and network analytics to develop strategic partnerships. Before then, as part of the PwC Public Sector Data Analytics Team, he helped the U.S. Departments of Education, State, Labor, Justice, Homeland Security, and Defense, as well as Ginnie Mae, the U.S. Secret Service, SAMHSA, HRSA, CDC, U.S. Peace Corps, USAID, and U.N. Women use IBM Cognos, OBIEE, SAS, R, SQL, Python, DHIS2, and Tableau to become more data-driven in their decision-making. Scott has also provided strategy consulting at hospitals and hospital systems; researched the role of social entrepreneurship on the civil sector at the U.S. Congressional Research Service; enabled social ventures to acquire debt and equity as part of sustainable financial strategies while at Enclude Holding; helped stand up grant due diligence processes at the U.S. Social Innovation Fund; and provided ad hoc consulting for Ashoka, the Peery Foundation, Criterion Ventures, Innosight, Dowser, and Teach for America. His favorite job is still the summer he spent leading backpacking crews as a Philmont Ranger in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

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Scott Russpatrick

DHIS2 Analytics Product Manager
University of Oslo

Scott is a DHIS2 implementation adviser and data quality and analytics product manager at the University of Oslo. His responsibilities include supporting corner case DHIS2 implementations globally, creating the software development roadmaps for data quality and analytics, and coordinating advanced DHIS2 trainings. Scott is also the University of Oslo point person for communitybased information systems and logistics management information systems.

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Dr Sherri Bucher

PhD, MA
Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Sherri Bucher is a global health researcher, educator, technical expert, innovator, patent holder (US and Nigeria), and implementation specialist with 15 years of expertise in maternal, child, and newborn health. She has extensive experience cultivating strategic partnerships and international coalitions by which to strengthen health systems in low/middle-income settings through the use of mHealth solutions; implementation and dissemination research; and development of best practices for evidence-based medical, nursing, and midwifery education and training. Dr. Bucher currently serves as the US-based co-PI (Kenya site) of the NICHD-funded Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research, and as an International Mentor, and Kenya and Liberia Country Mentor, on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for Helping Babies Survive newborn care training and education programs. In collaboration with Dr. Saptarshi Purkayastha, of the IUPUI School of Informatics and Computing, Dr. Bucher co-leads on-going global efforts, by a group of international multidisciplinary partners and stakeholders, to design, develop, evaluate, and implement innovative digital health solutions which are purpose-built within the DHIS2 platform for effectiveness, impact, and scale. A mobile phone-based neonatal care clinical decision-support tool, co-designed by Drs. Bucher and Purkayastha with their team, was awarded First Prize in the 2019 Student Design Challenge by the American Medical Informatics Association.

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Tim Harding

Sr Systems Analyst
BAO Systems

Tim brings a keen eye for detail to BAO. He has 10 years’ professional experience burying his nose in Excel sheets, Access databases, aggregate collection forms, and ETL software of many stripes. Since joining BAO he has worked on myriad DHIS 2 implementations for many different countries, provided onsite training, and is currently a primary developer on the PEPFAR project. Additionally, he is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Vanuatu, where he spent more than three years providing IT education to the young and old alike. During his time abroad, he worked with the WHO and Ministry of Health as they transitioned their HIS systems to DHIS 2. Training end users both in the capital and on remote islands, he was an essential part of growing the HIS competency of the host country nationals. Before his service in the Peace Corps, Tim worked as an ETL specialist for an insurance company, playing a vital role in bringing new business through automated, secure data exchange. He speaks Bislama and holds a BS in Business Administration from Oregon State University.

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Tyler Porth

Statistics Specialist (Health)
Unicef

Tyler Porth is an international development, global health and human rights advocate with technical expertise in health information systems, administrative and routine data, digital health, real-time monitoring, analytical tool development, and more; with a strong interest in the application of data science and emerging technologies in the development and humanitarian sector.As the Statistics Specialist (Health) in the Data and Analytics Section at UNICEF’s New York headquarters office, Tyler supports global health programmes through guidance development and technical assistance on health information systems strengthening, with a strong focus on data use, data quality, digital tools and capacity development at all levels of the health system.

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