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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Alda Mahumana

National Head of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Family Planning Program
Ministry of Health of Mozambique

Alda is the National Head of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Family Planning Program at the Ministry of Health of Mozambique. Alda has attended more than 10 international conferences on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Family planning in most of them sharing the experience from Mozambique. Alda has been an accredited trainer by the MoH on rights of sexual reproductive health for adolescents and youth since 2001.In 2018 Alda was elected family planning champion by Bill and Melinda Gates at the DMPA-SCEvidence-to-Practice Meeting in Dakar.

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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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Brian O'Donnell

Senior Implementation Advisor
Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Brian is a senior implementation adviser at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, where he facilitates e-Registries development for maternal and child health in Palestine and Bangladesh, including advanced DHIS2 tracker system design, program rules, and program indicators. He also works at the University of Oslo to configure standardized DHIS2 metadata packages following WHO guidelines. He has supported a variety of “ICT4D” projects since 2010, and DHIS2 implementations since 2015.

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Bwighane Clive Mwalwanda

Software Products Manager
Ministry of Health and Population - Malawi

Bwighane Clive Mwalwanda is the Software Products Manager for the Kuunika Project, a Bill and Melinda Gates initiative in Malawi. He has about 2 years working experience in the health sector primarily in health systems interoperability. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematical Sciences focusing on mathematics and Computing.

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Carolyn Vopelak

Strategic Information Systems Manager
Pact

Carrie Vopelak is the Strategic Information Systems Manager at Pact, where she advises teams on M&E systems and data collection and management solutions and leads the organizational wide adoption of DHIS2. Carrie’s M&E work focuses on measuring outcomes in complex settings. Prior to joining Pact, Ms. Vopelak worked in humanitarian settings. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University.

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Dr. Chansaly Phommavong

Deputy Director of Planning and Cooperation Department
Deputy Director of Health Governance and Nutrition
Ministry of Health, Lao

Dr. Chansaly Phommavong is Deputy Director of Planning and Cooperation Department and Deputy Director of Health Governance and Nutrition in the Ministry of Health, LaoPDR. He has extensive experience working in government and health information systems for over 15 years and is an important figure in the development and implementation of Lao PDR’s Health Information Strategy. Dr. Phommavong leads the core team of development and implementation of DHIS2, which serves as the official integrated health information system of the country. Dr. Phommavong earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Leningrad Pediatric Medicine Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, and earned his master's degree in PrimaryHealth Care from Flinders University in Adelaide, Southern Australia.

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Couper Turkewitz

Senior Business Analyst
BAO Systems

Couper is an experienced analyst and PEPFAR Data Systems expert who has worked in the PEPFAR program in several roles for over 5 years. Couper has a passion for making data accessible and beautiful, bringing with him an enthusiasm that is infectious. Most recently with PEPFAR Couper has been working on standardized analytics and aligning programmatic indicator calculations across systems and teams. He brings a wealth of knowledge in DHIS 2 configuration and dashboard building. Outside of DHIS 2 Couper uses his data skills in several other BI tools with hopes of finding solutions to analytic problems via integration into DHIS 2.

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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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Frantz Peter Charles

HIS Departmental Coordinator
DAI Global Health

Frantz is a DHIS2 expert with six years’ experience in designing and implementing health information system in Haiti. He is well verse in DHIS2 for aggregate and patient-data level at both institutional and community settings. Wanted to make a difference in the life of neglected people at the community level, Frantz joined USAID funded Haiti Strategic Health Information Systems (HIS) project in Haiti implemented by DAI where he currently serves as Community Health Information System (CHIS) Manager.

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Dr Jean Patrick Alfred

MSPP/UEP Director
DUnité d’Etudes et de Programmationdu Ministère de la Santé Publiqueet de la Population - Haïti

Jean Patrick Alfred is a Haitian doctor from Ouanaminthe. He graduated from Haiti Notre Dame University in 2006. He has a Specialized Higher Study Diploma (DESS) in Management and Health Services Management from Haiti State University. He was the Medical Director of the first Integral Diagnostic Center in Gonaïves. In September 2008, he supported the Departmental Direction of Artibonite during cyclones Hanna and Ike. Following the earthquake of January 2010, he helped Caritas / CRS and the Department of Laboratory and Research Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health respond to emergencies. He worked as Assistant to the Medical Coordinator of the Haiti mission of MSF-Spain, and served as the Deputy Director of the Primary Health Care Unit of URAMEL and Technical Assistant of the Capacity Building Support Project (PARC) of the International Health Unit of the University of Montreal. Dr. Alfred was recognized as one of the 50 Emerging Talents in public health in the world by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp in 2010. After earning his master’s degree in Health Service Administration and Management of the Health System and Evaluation at the University of Montreal, he became the MSPP/UEP Assistant Director and was promoted to the Director of the Study and Programming Unit (UEP) of the Ministry of Public Health and Population from June 2015 to September 2016. Currently, Dr. Alfred serves as the MSPP/UEP Director in charge of Planning and Programming of the Health System, Management and Implementation of the Single Health Information System (SISNU).

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Jillian Berkowitz

M&E Specialist for the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)
Abt. Associates

Jillian Berkowitz has over 7 years’ experience implementing ICT4D in support of global health programs. She got her start working with DHIS 2 in support of malaria programming six years ago, and currently is an M&E Specialist for the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) VectorLink project, where she has been a technical lead for a global DHIS 2 system rollout. She specializes in bridging the technology divide between complex public health programming and information system design and implementation. Before joining Abt Associates’ VectorLink team, she was an ICT4D Specialist with Abt’s Data Science division, identifying opportunities for use of technology to strengthen a diverse international development portfolio.

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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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Dr John Painter

Senior Epidemiologist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC

Dr. Painter supports malaria surveillance and program monitoring for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), a program co-implemented by USAID and CDC in 24 African countries and 3 countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion. A critical issue for PMI is to strengthen data-use to inform program decisions. Since 2016, Dr. Painter has focused on how to best use data gathered on malaria cases diagnosed by health facility providers or community health workers. He is a co-author of Malaria surveillance, monitoring & evaluation: a reference manual, published by the WHO.

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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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Lilly Siems

Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Abt. Associates

Lilly Siems has 5 years of experience working in global health, with a particular focus on data analytics and data use for decision making. As a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist at Abt Associates, Lilly works on the PMI VectorLink project to ensure that high quality data is captured to evaluate Indoor-Residual Spray (IRS) campaigns conducted in PMI VectorLink countries for malaria prevention. Lilly is currently leading the development of the VectorLink Collect DHIS 2 modules for entomological data on the VectorLink Project.

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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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Dr Malangizo Mbewe

Deputy Director Quality Management | Ministry of Health and Population | Quality Management Department
Ministry of Health and Population - Malawi

Dr Malangizo Mbewe is currently the Deputy Director Quality Management in Ministry of Health and Population, Malawi, responsible for Quality Assurance, Monitoring and Evaluation. In his role Dr Mbewe coordinates activities related to management of quality of care data, working with stakeholder to ensure quality of care indicators are used in measuring compliance of the set standards by Ministry of Health. He is currently leading a process of developing quality of care performance index for the country which will be linked to DHIS2. In addition, he has over 14 years of experience working at different levels of public service. He has been a clinician, District Health Officer and Zone Health Supervisor for a number of districts.

In his prior position, his responsibilities included providing technical support to district staff in the clinical areas and use of health information for decision making. He has experience of using both versions, DHIS1 and DHIS2, in management of health information.

Dr Mbewe holds Medical Degree from College of Medicine, University of Malawi and is a graduate of Improvement Advisor Program of Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Boston, MA.

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Marta Vila

DHIS2 Android Product Manager
University of Oslo

Marta has worked with Health Information Systems since 2007. She has a technical background as Computer Science Engineer, and MsC in Telecommunications Networks for Low Resources settings. Currently she is the Mobile Product Management at DHIS2 at the University of Oslo, where she also pursues PhD. She also collaborates with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as DHIS2 Liaison Officer.

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Maya Rao

MEAL Manager, Kisili III
CRS

Maya Rao is the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Manager for CRS’ Kisili Phase III project funded by USAID/OFDA&FFP and manages the online information-sharing platform for the Rapid Response Mechanism in Mali. In this role, she guides CRS Mali’s emergency team in data-driven decision-making to ensure vulnerable households in central and northern Mali receive immediate assistance in food security, WASH, shelter, and other essential items immediately following crises related to conflict and flooding.

Before coming to Mali in June 2019, Maya completed the International Development Fellows Program with CRS in Dakar, Senegal, providing management and operations support to a number of development projects in WASH, nutrition, health, and migration in Senegal and The Gambia. She also helped CRS Senegal expand its portfolio by contributing to several winning proposals, namely a WASH and shelter assistance project for refugee returnees in the Casamance region ($1M from State/PRM) and a McGovern-Dole school canteen project in Guinea-Bissau ($17M from USDA).

Maya is a California native with 8 years of experience in global health, development, and humanitarian assistance. She started her international career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northeastern Madagascar from 2010 to 2012 where she trained community health workers, teachers, and other Peace Corps Volunteers on nutrition, WASH, reproductive health promotion, and infectious disease prevention. In addition, she obtained funding to construct improved water points in a rural area with no access to clean water and install a solar panel at a rural clinic with no electricity.

After completing her Peace Corps service and obtaining her MPH, she worked at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in health promotion and communications for the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch. She then moved back to California to continue building on her experience in evidence-based global health as an international research coordinator for University of California San Francisco, where she managed a $6M NIH-funded clinical trial in collaboration with the Aravind Eye Hospital in southern India.
Maya holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master of Public Health in Global Health from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

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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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Ognen Plavevski

Solution Architect, ICT4D
CRS

Ognen Plavevski is an ICT professional specializing in ICT4D. His passion for technology is an inspiration for all ICT4D projects that he undertakes, in order to help the most vulnerable communities in the developing world. 

In his current role as Innovation lead for CRS Global Knowledge and Innovation Management department he works with the signature program areas to find ways to implement innovative new technologies in our work, such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Blockchain and more. 

He has extensive field experience in implementing ICT4D projects in challenging locations such as the DRC, Ethiopia, Nigeria and during times of emergency, such as the Philippines during hurricane Hyan, DRC in emergency context as well as working with end users and helping with technology adoption in the field.

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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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Pradeep Kumar Thakur

Senior Technical Advisor
FHI360

Pradeep Kumar Thakur has earned MPH degree with experiences in designing, developing, planning, implementing, managing and monitoring health related projects since 2006. Mr. Thakur has been providing technical guidance in designing and developing National M&E system for HIV response, M&E Plan, knowledge management strategies/system, monitoring tools collaborating with various government and non-government agencies, stakeholders, networks and M&E/SI Technical Working Group.  Mr. Thakur lead the development process of recording and reporting tools supported to establish national reporting system, strengthened capacity of government and non-government program personnel and clinical staff on developing strategic information system. Mr. Thakur is currently with FHI 360 as Senior Technical Advisor, Strategic Information (SI) under PEPFAR-funded LINKAGES Project and have been providing technical leadership in developing, planning, implementation of SI systems and capacity building for staff in analysis, visualization, dissemination, and use of data from different sources for seven countries.

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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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Rodrigo Gramajo Rodriguez

Deputy Director at Population Services International
PSI

Rodrigo Gramajo Rodriguez is a Deputy Director and co-leader of the Digital Health Solution team that is responsible for the design, deployment and improvements of digital health solutions at Population Services International. Rodrigo has more than 10 years of experience implementing digital health systems in both the private and the public sector of the global development field.  He is based in Washington D.C. and spends a significant amount of time supporting PSI’s projects in East and West Africa. Rodrigo is a former Fulbright fellow and holds a master’s degree in Epidemiology from University of Massachusetts. Rodrigo speaks Spanish, French, English and Portoñol and is an avid cyclist.

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Romain Tohouri

HMIS Developer
John Snow, Inc. (JSI)

An expert in the field of Health Informatics and ICTs for development. He has over 15 years of experience designing and developing health information technology and systems in developing countries including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Haiti, Mali, Madagascar and Burkina Faso. Since 2017 Dr Tohouri is the activity lead for the MEASURE Evaluation, Burkina-Faso One-health project, supporting the implementation of a one-health zoonotic disease surveillance electronic platform in three different ministries. Currently he is a Senior HMIS Advisor on MEASURE Evaluation Phase IV.

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Sarah Cruz

DHIS2 Mapping Specialist
UN Network-REACH

Sarah is currently working at the UN Network Secretariat for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) as DHIS2 mapping specialist 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.Sarah holds a Master’s in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Previously, Sarah worked for the World Bank, WFP, local NGOs and social businesses in monitoring and evaluation and capacity building across Africa, Latin America and South East Asia.

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Sarah Searle

Senior Project Manager
BAO Systems

Sarah Searle works with partners and the BAO Systems team across the globe to manage the iterative design and roll-out of DHIS 2-based systems . She is passionate about building systems that empower people to access and utilize high-quality data to make decisions. Sarah’s background is in health systems strengthening and digital health in low- and middle-income settings, particularly in the areas of reproductive, maternal, and newborn health, and she brings this global health lens to her work in deploying data systems. Her work experience spans large international NGOs, academic institutions, and small tech companies, and she holds a masters degree in public health.

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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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Dr Vincent Shaw

Executive Director
HISP SA

Vincent Shaw is a medical doctor by profession and holds a PhD in Information Management. He has extensive experience in public sector health management having served in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa at facility, district, regional and provincial levels for many years.

Vincent has been involved in the development of information systems in the public sector in resource constrained settings and has been intimately involved in the development and use of the DHIS in a variety of contexts.

He has focused on the development of hospital information systems, as well as building routine information systems from the ground up (in contexts such as South Africa, Nigeria, South Sudan and Zambia). He has led various initiatives to strengthen information systems such as the importing of “legacy” data into the DHIS software in Zambia, the development of a surveillance module in the DHIS and its use in West Africa, and the use of DHIS to strengthen human resource information systems in South Africa.  He has extensive experience in developing health information systems in contexts characterized by low levels of access to technology and power, and low computer literacy. His experience in managing district hospitals at the provincial level in South Africa provides depth to the team in the use of service-related information to support financial allocations and health service planning, aspects that are becoming increasingly relevant in relation to Universal Health Coverage.

He has also published numerous articles and book chapters related to health information systems development in resource constrained contexts. As Executive Director of HISP South Africa he has seen the organization grow from a small consulting firm to a 100-person team that remains at the forefront of Health Information Systems Development in South Africa and regionally.

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