Technical Review Team

Maelle Ba

Strategic Communications Manager, Speak Up Africa

Maelle is leading communication and outreach initiatives and planning under the mentorship of the Deputy Executive Director. She also leads the development and creative expression of the organization’s social marketing assets across video, design, copy, and photography. She joined the Speak Up Africa team in January 2014, to reinforce and develop the communication branch, after an experience in the UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar, as a communication and knowledge management intern. As a program officer at Speak Up Africa, Maelle worked on the design and development of communication programs and campaigns, implemented on the field, while striving to create sustainable partnerships with key national and international stakeholders.


Luca Deplano

Associate Manager, Innovation and Access Policy, IFPMA

Luca Deplano joined IFPMA in September 2018, where he currently works as an Assistant Manager on Innovation and Access Policy. Luca supports on IP and Trade affairs, while advancing research and analytical work on different subjects relating to intellectual property, pharmaceutical innovation, and access to medicines. In addition, he contributes to various projects, including IFPMA engagement with youth. Prior to joining IFPMA, Luca was Assistant Manager on IP and Competition Policy at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).

Gráinne Hutton

Program Officer, Speak Up Africa

Gráinne joined Speak Up Africa in November 2019 and is responsible for implementing Speak Up Africa’s Neglected Tropical Disease Advocacy program in Senegal, Guinea and Niger. Previously Gráinne worked at KYNE, a global health communications agency based in Ireland. There her areas of focus included NTDs, neurology, haematology, smoking cessation, environmental health and vaccinations, including leading their work on the Confederation of African Football’s AFCON 2017 pan-African vaccination campaign and working on the Carter Center Guinea Worm Eradication Program.

Charles Kwanin

Global Health Professional, IFPMA

Charles works with the IFPMA Africa engagement team and deals with Global Health policies and issues in Africa. He also contributes to work on alliance building and various engagement in Africa.

Prior to joining IFPMA, He worked with the Health Team at Terre des Hommes Foundation and other NGOs. He holds a master’s degree in Global Health from the University of Geneva and studies International Affairs at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Charles received his Public Health and Nursing training from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

Dr. Joshua Levens

Manager for the Advocacy and Resource Mobilisation Partner Committee, RBM Partnership

Dr Joshua Levens serves as Manager for the Advocacy and Resource Mobilisation Partner Committee. With over 20 years of professional experience, from university lecturer to public health specialist, Joshua has worked in the technical areas of HIV, TB, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, diarrhoea, respiratory infections, reproductive and child health, monitoring and evaluation, health financing and governance. He managed Tanzania’s first large-scale pay-for-performance programme for health with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. He also served as the United States Government Global Fund Advisor in Tanzania and the Chair of the Oversight Committee for the Tanzania Country Coordinating Mechanism.

Jodi Lis

Jodi Lis is Senior Advisor, Learning at IntraHealth International. She has over twenty years experience implementing digital learning interventions for workforce development, pre-service education and capacity-building initiatives in the health and education sectors. Her roles include being a computer teacher at an international school in West Africa, directing an organization in The Gambia to promote ICT in education, managing a technology program for teacher training institutes in Liberia and designing eLearning for midwifery and nursing schools in Ghana.  She is on the advisory board of SXSW EDU and executive committee of IEEE IC Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering.

Ann-Lise Mikolajczak

Associate Manager, Value and Access, IFPMA

Ann-Lise Mikolajczak joined IFPMA in June 2019 and supports policy development work on the value of and access to medicines and vaccines, as well as strategic engagement with OECD, G7 and G20 on health and innovation. Prior to joining IFPMA, Ann-Lise was a Public Affairs Coordinator for Global Health at Sanofi, and has gained diverse experience in market access, medical affairs and medico-economics during her time at MSD France, the French Health Technology Assessment Agency (Haute Autorité de Santé), and the University Hospitals of Bordeaux and Toulouse in France. Ann-Lise holds a PharmD with a specialization in Hospital Pharmacy, with complementary diplomas in medico-economics, global health, and statistics for medical trials.

Armand-Elie Pango

Head of the Patent Information Service, OAPI

Armand-Elie Pango is the Head of the Patent Information Service at the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI).  As a legal expert, he held several positions of responsibility within this organization related to the promotion of research, invention and technological innovation.

Since 2014, he has been the official correspondent of the Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions for the OAPI member states.


Wayan Vota

Director of Digital Health, IntraHealth International

Wayan Vota is a digital development entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience using new and emerging technologies to accelerate the social and economic development of communities. Vota is the Director of Digital Health at IntraHealth International. He has created holistic, nationwide digital development programs in sixteen countries around the world. And he has held several senior positions in the development sector, including roles at FHI 360, Development Gateway, Inveneo, Mercy Corps, and the International Executive Service Corps, among others. He is the co-founder of the Technology Salon and ICTworks. He holds an MBA from the George Washington University School of Business.