Dr Githinji Gitahi, MBS Global Chief Executive Officer Amref Health Africa
A passionate advocate for a pro-poor Universal Health
Coverage, Githinji Gitahi joined Amref Health Africa as the
Group Chief Executive Officer in June 2015. Amref Health Africa, founded in 1957, is the largest Africanled international organization on the continent
and reaches more than 11 million people each year through 150 healthfocused projects across 35 countries.
Until his appointment to Amref Health Africa, Dr Gitahi was the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, Smile Train International. Prior to that, Dr Gitahi was Managing Director for Monitor Publications in Uganda as well as General Manager for Marketing and Circulation in East Africa for the Nation Media Group. He held progressively senior positions at GlaxoSmithKline and worked at the Avenue Group and in the insurance industry. Dr Gitahi is Co-Chair of the UHC2030 Steering Committee, a global World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO) initiative for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). He is also a member of the Private Sector Advisory Board of Africa CDC, the Global Health Investment Advisory Board, and of the World
Health Organization’s Community Health Worker Hub. He is member of the Board of Directors of The Standard Group and holds Board member positions across Amref Health Africa offices in Africa. Dr Gitahi has a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nairobi; a Master’s in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing, from United States International University and has a Certificate for Strategic Perspectives for Nonprofit Management from Harvard University. Dr Githinji was recently issued the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS), a presidential commendation given to recipients on the advice of the National Honours and Awards Committee in the Office of the President.
The President issued Dr Githinji the state commendation in recognition of outstanding contribution to the health sector at the helm of Amref Health Africa. Dr Githinji has been instrumental in promoting primary health care that is the core of Amref Health Africa’s work across the country.