Board of Directors

Charity Wainaina

Charity has passion for providing leadership in creating meaningful relationships for brands based on market insights of the stakeholders. She thrives in building and working with diverse teams and tapping into the rich knowledge, culture and insights. Charity has 15 years marketing and communication industry experience with background from the media and financial services sectors having started off in an advertising agency- McCann Erickson Kenya. In 2004 she joined Faulu Microfinance Bank where she served 10 years as the Head of Marketing & Product Development spearheading the micro-leasing products strategy to drive the assets growth and also transitioned the brand through a successful rebrand after the Microfinance Act was changed to allow for deposit taking institutions in 2009.

In January 2014, she joined Old Mutual Kenya as the Head of Marketing, PR and Brand with key success in creating significant brand awareness in Kenyan households through a financial education led campaign .In October of the same year, she was appointed to Group Head of Marketing & Communication with oversight for Old Mutual and Faulu Microfinance Bank, a role which has since been enhanced with the current merger of UAP and Old Mutual. In her new capacity with UAP- Old Mutual Group, Charity is tasked with building a strong East Africa brand that is connected to the relevant market segments and resonates with all its stakeholders’ expectations across the East Africa business. Charity has an MBA in Strategic Management from The United States International University and a B.Com in Marketing from the University of Nairobi with various trainings in brand management and financial services marketing. She is a member of the Marketing Society of Kenya, Association of Microfinance Practitioners and also worked on the Microfinance Standards as a Member of the Microfinance Committee under the Kenya Bureau of Standards Financial Services Standards. Giving to the community is at the core of her engagements and she currently oversees the Old Mutual Foundation where she is also a trustee. In personal capacity she volunteers at Chosen Children of Promise, an NGO in Kawangware slums in Nairobi, where she supports education for orphans as her part in finding solutions to societal challenges.
Prof. Sylvia Ojoo

Professor Ojoo, is an Associate Professor at Georgetown  University Centre for Global Health Practice and Impact. she was an Assistant Professor of Medicine with the Clinical Infectious Diseases Division of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA. Over the past 12 years Professor Ojoo has led the development, implementation and ensured the technical quality of large-scale HIV care and treatment programmes across all levels of health institutions in Kenya, serving over 100,000 patients on antiretroviral treatment.

These programs have demonstrated the institutionalization of quality improvement practices as a key driver of services standards and patient outcomes. In addition, she was responsible for leading the Ministry of Health in developing an innovative competency-based curriculum that has been adopted for HIV in-service training in Kenya and is set to cut the cost of training significantly, while ensuring health worker capacity to provision of services is maintained.Professor Ojoo mentors and provides leadership for a technical team of highly accomplished health professionals that have demonstrated clinical care delivery systems improvement capacity, and the ability to equip other healthcare workers with skills and competences required for HIV and tuberculosis services development. Additionally she has served as a technical resource for HIV practice guidelines development for the World Health Organization from 2004 to 2014, and for Kenya where she continues to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health.Favorite Quote: In God we Trust, all others bring data- William Edwards Deming
Judy Omumbo

Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), Dr. Omumbo began her career in epidemiology in 1995 working as part of the Kenya Medical Research Institute/Wellcome Trust Collaborative Programme in Kenya.In 2002 she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Prize studentship scholarship to undertake a D.Phil. at the University of Oxford in modelling the spatial risks of Plasmodium falciparum in East Africa.

When she completed her D.Phil. in 2005 she moved to Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) in Palisades where she was an Associate Research Scientist with IRI’s Africa Program until 2011. Her research interests involve promoting the use of evidence-based decision making for disease control in Africa. Judy holds a PhD in Epidemiology (Oxford University, UK), an MPH (Hebrew University, Israel) and a Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry from University of Nairobi
Dr. Deus Bazira

Dr. Deus Bazira is a global health practitioner with more than 28 years of experience and field working experience in more than 15 countries spanning academia, public policy and healthcare delivery. He is the Director and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Center for Global Health Practice and Impact within the Georgetown University Medical Center. He leads a multi-disciplinary team working to strengthen health systems and solve intractable public health challenges through implementation science, data science and health technology solutions in several countries. His current portfolio includes managing multi-country HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs, public health program evaluation, patient-centered health care delivery innovative models, implementation science, public health surveillance and health security initiatives in the U.S.A, Pacific Region and Sub-Sahara Africa.

Prior to joining Georgetown University, Dr Bazira was the founding Director of the Center for International Health Education and Biosecurity (CIHEB) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he led development, design, and implementation of a portfolio of programs implemented in more than twelve countries focused on integrated service delivery, implementation science, health security, training and broader health systems strengthening.

Earlier on, Dr. Bazira worked as a Senior Lecturer in the Health Economics Unit within the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town South Africa where he was also Program Director of the premier Oliver Tambo Health Leadership & Management Fellowship Program.

Dr. Bazira has undertaken research in public-private partnership in health, diffusion of health innovations, innovative health financing under decentralized systems, pharmaceutical regulation, hospital governance and efficiency. Current research and focus include: Modeling care delivery to optimize health outcomes – effectiveness and quality, cost and efficiency, patient and provider experiences; Novel approaches to improve country capacity and preparedness to detect, prevent and respond to major health security threats, and; Translating evidence from research and program interventions to improve public health policy, practice and enhance sustainability.

In addition to leading several education, research, and institutional strengthening programs, Dr. Bazira has also led implementation of point-of care technologies and strategic planning for Ministries of Health, pharmaceutical sector regulation and innovative health care financing. He has consulted widely for governments and industry in several African countries, the Caribbean, India and China.

Dr. Bazira received Doctoral degree in Health Policy and Management from the Gillings Global School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. He was a distinction recipient of the Arthur B. Holzworth Endowed Scholarship in Health Leadership in 2013. In addition, he holds Master of Public Health in Health Economics from University of Cape Town, South Africa, a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Strategy and Bachelor of Pharmacy degree with honors, both from Makerere University, Uganda and a post-MBA Executive Diploma with distinction in Strategic Management from Maastricht School of Management, Maastricht Netherlands.

Dr. Andrew Nyandigisi

Dr. Andrew Nyandigisi is a goal oriented; people focused visionary who has recently joined Health Strat as the team’s vision bearer. With a career spanning 10 years, Dr. Nyandigisi has extensive experience in the field of health with a bias in health policy and health systems strengthening. He holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy from University Of Nairobi, MSC in Health Economics and Policy and an MBA in Strategic Management all from The University of Nairobi.

Dr. Nyandigisi has worked in different capacities within the Ministry of Health-Kenya as Focal Person for The World Bank Funded program, East Africa Public Health Laboratory Network, as the Country Coordinator for Affordable Medicine for Malaria, Secretariat to the joint inter agency coordinating committee (ICC) for HIV, TB and Malaria, Focal Person for Case Management of Malaria and most recently as in charge of partnerships and resource mobilization in the National Malaria Control Program. His key competencies include health policy assessment and development, health systems strengthening, resource mobilization, supply chain management and monitoring and evaluation. He is passionate about designing and implementing sustainable home-grown solutions to public health problems. When he is not thinking of the next health systems solution he enjoys playing soccer and enjoying quality time with family.