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About the Award jury

Our jury panel comprises seasoned professionals across business, non-profit, and the public sector. Meet the panel members of the 1st and 2nd editions who help us decide on the next cohort of innovators developing health innovations across Africa.

Pr. Awa Marie Coll Seck

Minister of State of Senegal and Chair of the scientific committee for the Galien Forum Africa. 2nd edition

Dr. Ibrahima Socé Fall

Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO. 2nd edition

Caroline Mbindyo-Koroso

CEO, Amref Health Innovations – Amref Health Africa. 2nd edition

Philippe Guinot

Chief Technical Officer at IntraHealth International, former Director Europe and West Africa at PATH. 2nd edition

Yacine Djibo

Founder and Executive Director, Speak Up Africa. 2nd edition

Kelly Chibale

Chairman and CEO of the H3D Foundation. 2nd edition

Ms. Mame-Yaa Bosomtwi

Stakeholder Management Officer for the WHO Cervical Cancer Initiative. 1st edition

Dr. Moredreck Chibi

Regional Innovation Adviser,
WHO Regional Office for Africa. 1st edition

Pape Amadou Gaye

Founder and President,
Baobab Institute. 1st edition

Conrad Tankou

CEO and former Award program winner, GICMED. 2nd edition

Dr. Magda Robalo

President of the Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD), former Minister of Health of Guinea-Bissau. 2nd edition

Dr. Karim Bendhaou

Head of Africa Bureau, Merck group and IFPMA Africa Engagement Committee Chair. 2nd edition

Shakira Choonara

Member of the AHAIC State of UHC in Africa Commission and of Inaugural African Union Youth Advisory Council. 2nd edition

Guy Francis Boussafou

Head of Patents and TechnicalCreations (DBCT), OAPI. 2nd edition

Jean Philbert Nsengimana

Chief Digital Health Advisor at Africa CDC. 2nd edition

Dr. Abdourahmane Diallo

Chief Executive Officer,
RBM Partnership to End Malaria. 1st edition

Elizabeth (Lizz) Ntonjira

Global Communications Director, Amref Health Africa.
1st edition

Meet the Business Mentors

We understand that building a successful business is not just about having access to financial capital. This is why the Award program includes a three-month business mentorship program where Awardees benefit from guidance, advice, and feedback from distinguished business leaders who support them in accelerating their personal and professional development. Meet the 2nd and 1st editions’ business mentors:

Pier Spinazze

Senior executive, venture investor and start-up advisor, Launch Africa Ventures.
2nd edition

Carl Manlan

VP Social Impact for Visa Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa. 1st edition

Gustavo Raiter

Former Business Development Lead, Microsoft 4Afrika. 1st edition

Nicole Kayode

Founder & CEO,
Medixus Health. 1st edition

Awa Dia

Founder and CEO,
ADN Strategy. 1st edition

Osahon Akpata

COO, Consumer Payments atEcobank Transnational Incorporates (ETI). 1st edition


Organizational supporters & Media partners

We are grateful for the support received from all supporting organizations and media partners who contribute to the success and impact of the African Young Innovators for Health Award. Amongst which Amref Health Africa, Forum Galien Afrique, IntraHealth, Geneva Health Forum, Women in Global Health, leading law firm, Adams & Adams, Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), OAPI, and media partners Maddyness, African News Agency,, REMAPSEN, and Scienceactu.