Executive Group

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Professor Helen Rees MB BChir, MA (CANTAB), MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG

Professor Helen Rees is the Executive Director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI) of the University of Witwatersrand where she is also a personal professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She is an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she was also the recipient of the 2010 International Health Clarke Lectureship. She is an alumnus of Cambridge University and Harvard Business School. Read more

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Dr Mags Beksinska – Executive Vice Chair

Dr Beksinska has been working in the reproductive health  field for over 17 years. She currently works for MatCH (Maternal Adolescent and Child Health), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa where she supports the research programme and is involved in a range of trials and interventions in the KwaZulu Natal Province. One of her main areas of work is barrier methods for pregnancy and STI/HIV prevention and she has  She is an international expert in the area of the female condom where she has been … Read more


Sheillah Matinhure – Vice Chair

Sheillah Matinhure is a Public Health Practitioner with a Master’s Degree in Public Health and currently working in the Secretariat of the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) as Regional Manager for Human Resources for Health & Capacity Building. Ms. Matinhure is the ECSA expert in task shifting initiatives and also a member of the following Steering Committees for the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative (HWAI), African Platform for Human Resources for Health … Read more


Prof Mike M. Chirenje (MD, FRCOG) – Vice Chair

Mike Z. Chirenje is a Professor and attending Gynaecological Oncologist at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare. He has been the Director of UZ dysplasia clinic in Harare Spilhaus clinic for  the past 25 years, which introduced digital colposcopy, loop excision treatment, cryotherapy treatment, for all women research participants and referrals from 13 urban primary care clinics … Read more

Prof Dada

Prof. Olukayode Adebisi Dada

Professor Dada currently serves as Director of the Centre for Research in Reproductive Health (CRRH) Sagamu, a non-governmental institution which also coordinates the research and research training programmes of the Nigerian National Network for Reproductive Health Research and Training. Professor Dada has made valuable contributions to research, research training and postgraduate education in the Biomedical Sciences with specialization in Reproductive Health and Endocrinology and has published over 100 papers in the areas of women’s health and safe motherhood; breastfeeding … Read more


Prof. R. Koigi Kamau MB ChB, MMed Obs/Gyn. UON – Vice Chair

Prof. Kamau is the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecologyint eh School Of Medicine at the University of Nairobi. He is a member of the medical education program initiative (MEPI) – focusing on transformative change in medical education in Kenya at the College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi … Read more