Speakers are listed chronologically to reflect the scientific programme.

Dr Gwendoline Malegwale Ramokgopa is the Deputy Minister of Health in South Africa. As an anti-Apartheid activist she has occupied various leadership positions, including in student movements, women`s organisations, professional health associations and in the African National Congress. As a Medical Doctor (MBCHB), she attained her Masters in Public Health (MPH) in 2007. 

In her various roles and responsibilities, Dr Ramokgopa has demonstrated her passion and commitment on issues of policy, leadership and strategic planning; corporate governance, ethics, accountability and participatory democracy; economic development, youth empowerment and gender equality; as well as excellence, quality assurance, innovation and research.

Ernest Omenge Nyamato MBChB, MBA, Ms. (Health) has over 14 years of experience in health care in Africa. He has worked in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Swaziland, Lesotho and Botswana in health system strengthening and quality improvements for HIV and Health programmes funded by DFID, USAID and CDC. He is currently the Country Director of the University Research Co, LLC in Botswana overseeing health strengthening work with the Ministry of Health.


Malik Jaffer has served as Senior Technical Advisor for USAID/Southern Africa, and provided technical leadership within the US Government team on Human Capacity Development and Systems Strengthening. He has held the positions of Senior Program Advisor for Africa/Asia and Regional Manager for Africa at the American Red Cross. He has also worked as Assistant Regional Director for Asia/Middle East with Project HOPE and as Country Manager for the Aga Khan Foundation in Tanzania.

Dr Emmanuel Luyirika is the Executive Director of the African Palliative Care Association (APCA). Prior to his appointment, he worked as Deputy Director of Mengo Hospital in Uganda and as country Director for Mildmay International in Uganda, an organization he served for nine years at the director level. Dr Luyirika’s vision for APCA’s work in Africa is to see health systems strengthened through the integration of palliative care using evidence based approaches as a means to advocate for policy development for palliative care across the continent.

Fatia Kiyange is the Programmes Director for the African Palliative Care Association (APCA). Ms Kiyange has worked in the field of palliative care for the last 12 years, having worked as the Education Administrator of Hospice Africa Uganda for five years and seven years with the African Palliative Care Association. As a social worker and social sector planner and manager, Fatia has provided strategic leadership for the recognition and development of social work in palliative care programmes across Africa.

Mr. WagnerAndre Wagner is the Organisational Development manager at HPCA. Andre has extensive experience in local government management, NGO management and development. He also has extensive experience as a consultant in different settings and countries across Africa.