DHIS 2 Symposium
March 23 – 24, 2017


Name: Amina Abba-Gana

Position: Senior Database and GIS Officer

Organization: FHI 360

Profile:  Ms. Amina Abba-Gana is the FHI 360-led SIDHAS Senior Database and GIS Officer with over 9 years of experience as a DHIS 1.4 and later DHIS 2 implementer. Over the years, Amina has supported the setting up and roll-out of DHIS 2 in many FHI 360 country programs – Nigeria, Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya, and South Africa. She is a principal technical lead in providing technical assistance to the Government of Nigeria in successful implementation of DHIS 2 as an integrated national Health Management Information System (HMIS) for the country.

Name: Paul Amendola  

Position: Executive Director

Organization: VecnaCares

Profile: Paul Amendola is a health information systems and research professional with nearly ten years of experience creating evaluation systems for health programs in crisis and development contexts. He is the Executive Director of technology and information management in low-resource settings at Vecna Cares. The current project portfolio focus on electronic medical records, data quality training, and infrastructure deployment. In his previous position as the Technical Advisor for Health Information Systems with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Paul designed and implemented streamlined monitoring and evaluation systems for IRC's health programming, leading the way for strong, evidence-based programming. He has designed and implemented mortality and other epidemiological surveys in challenging environments, making use of mobile phone data collection technology to overcome barriers to data collection and analysis such as low levels of literacy, lack of geographic access, and conflict. His papers on this topic have been published and presented at global conferences. He is based in Cambridge, MA.


Name: Adebusoye Anifalaje

Position: Principal/Director of Services

Organization: BAO Systems

Profile: Adebusoye is a seasoned informatics professional specializing in resource-constrained contexts. As head of the BAO Systems services team, he provides strategic oversight, staff mentoring, and solution design for large-scale DHIS 2 implementation. Since 2009 Busoye has worked exclusively in leading the deployment of DHIS 2 for various ministries of health and international NGOs in countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Namibia, Afghanistan, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Jordan, DRC, Kenya, USA, and UK. He holds two masters’ degrees in Information Systems and Organization Research and a PhD from the London School of Economics. His research interest lies in understanding the role of information systems in improving governance structures for public health delivery. Busoye lives in Cambridge, UK and enjoys classical music (especially baroque) and West End musicals.

Name: Antonia Bezenchek

Position: CIO

Organization: IPRO

Profile: Antonia Bezenchek is IPRO’s Chief Information Officer and is responsible for the IT management, implementation, and translation of the DHIS 2 Pilot project  in the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan, Iraq. She also works on other projects for Databases in the Health sector, such as dbARCA, a system for computer-based clinical management of antiretroviral drug resistance. She also works in the field of network security, firewalling, routing, and system administration. Antonia holds a Master in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and she was invited researcher at the IASI institute of CNR Rome, Italy, where she worked in the field of expert systems and data models for aggregated and statistical databases.

Name: Nirali Chakraborty

Position: Director of Research & Technical Assistance

Organization: Metrics for Management (M4M)

Profile: Nirali leads M4M’s research and technical assistance of Population Services International’s reproductive health related research internationally. Nirali also previously worked as a consultant for the World Bank and Broad Branch Associates, specializing in health systems and performance based financing, and has expertise in quantitative research methods. Nirali has conducted research in, and published articles on, social franchising, health equity, health workforce performance, and maternal health. She is fluent in English and French, and proficient in three Indian subcontinent languages: Gujarati, Hindi and Bengali.  Nirali received her PhD in International Health, with a concentration in Health Systems, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Name: Nicolas de Borman

Position: Founder

Organization: Blue Square

Profile: Nicolas de Borman is the founder of Bluesquare. Bluesquare develops technologies that helps governments and their partners allocate resources where it matters the most. Nicolas and Bluesqaure support data systems  for results-based financing, performance monitoring, quality of care measurement, and patient feedback in twenty-two countries. Before founding Bluesquare, Nicolas, as a health economist, supported health financing reform in multiple countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Nicolas lives in Brussels and is a happy father of three children.

Name: Aleck Dhliwayo

Position: Information Systems Specialist

Organization: PSI

Profile: Aleck Dhliwayo is an Information Systems specialist with +12 years of International NGO experience. Currently based in Harare, Zimbabwe with Population Services International, Aleck has had considerable experience in Innovative Information systems in the Public Health arena. Aleck has a special interest in delivering cutting-edge, appropriate mobile health technologies (mHealth) and strategies for decision making in low-resource environments.

Name: Patrick Ernst

Position: eHealth Consultant

Organization: UiO/HISP Geneva

Profile: Patrick Ernst is a Senior eHealth Strategy and System Consultant in international development cooperation, working with the University of Oslo, HISP Geneva and donors such as KfW, GIZ, EU, MCC and the Global Fund. He has supported IT solutions related to HMIS, EMR, Health Insurance, Procurement/LMIS, and Finance Management in over 25 countries. In 2016, Patrick started documenting Interoperability Solutions for UiO and integrating them into the DHIS 2 Implementation Guidelines. The objective is to work towards a Community Platform that will allow Implementers to quickly share best practice solutions. Patrick speaks German, English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Name: Mike Frost

Position: Senior Advisor

Organization: University of Oslo

Profile: Mike Frost is a Senior Advisor with the Health Information Systems Program at the University of Oslo, and Senior Advisor with the eRegistries Initiative at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. He has worked on digital health projects in Bangladesh, Ghana, Guatemala, Liberia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Palestine, Tanzania, the United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe, in support of RMNCH, malaria, FP, and HIV programs. He currently leads implementation activities for the eRegistries Initiative, and works with the DHIS 2 Tracker development team.

Name: Nega Gebreyesus

Position: USAID Senior Advisor

Organization: USAID

Profile: Nega Gebreyesus is a USAID Senior HIS Advisor in the Office of HIV/AIDS. Nega brings over twenty years of experience in Information Technology working for public and private organizations. He worked for University of Washington I-TECH Ethiopia operation as Deputy Country Director. Prior to that, he was Chief of Applications Support at the US Peace Corps. Nega holds a terminal degree in Information Technology and  has worked in different capacities in IT.

Name: Leonardo Emberti Gialloreti

Position: Chief Coordinator

Organization: University of Rome Tor Vergata

Profile: Leonardo Emberti Gialloreti is a medical doctor specializing in epidemiology and public health and is adjunct professor at Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy. Since 1996 he has participated in and coordinated health projects in low- and middle-income countries such as Albania, Burundi, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, and Mozambique. Leonardo has also been chief of staff of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for the Emergency Program against AIDS in Mozambique. During the last twenty years he has collaborated with the pharmaceutical industry to coordinate and carry out randomized clinical trials and observational studies. Since 2014, Leonardo has been Chief Coordinator of the Development of a Monitoring and Surveillance Health Information System project in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Leonardo’s main branches of scientific interest are public health, genetic epidemiology, psychiatry, and neurological epidemiology.

Name: Nicola Hobby

Position: Director of Service Delivery and Organizing Chair of the DHIS 2 Symposium

Organization: BAO Systems

Profile: Nicola Hobby is the Director of Service Delivery at BAO Systems and has been the Organizing Chair of the DHIS 2 Symposium since 2015. Prior to joining BAO, Nicola worked in international public health for 11 years with Population Services International in a variety of positions. She has worked in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America leading or managing system strengthening initiatives.  Nicola has extensive knowledge about implementing DHIS 2 as an enterprise-level MIS. As the Director of Service Delivery, she leads an international team to implement DHIS 2 for a variety of public health and development clients.

Name: Samuel Johnson

Position: Consultant

Organization: samuel.johnson@qebo.co.uk

Profile: Sam is a freelance consultant who advises INGOs on the design and roll-out of information systems.  His previous positions include global Head of Management Information Systems for Marie Stopes International, M&E Advisor to the Swaziland Ministry of Health, and a range of senior management roles in UK hospitals.  In addition to extensive senior management experience in the INGO and government sectors, Sam has a deep technical understanding of information systems, with particular specializations in DHIS 2, business intelligence solutions, and electronic client records.  Sam has an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics.

Name: Jason Knueppel

Position: Deployment Manager

Organization: BAO Systems

Profile: Jason Knueppel is a deployment manager at BAO Systems working with PEPFAR’s DATIM4U project, an expansion of their DHIS 2 based reporting system leveraging interoperability. He brings 15 years of experience designing, leading and implementing IT solutions in a wide cross-section of institutions and industries, working in cloud based solutions and improving business processes and data governance.  Prior to joining BAO, he worked for CDC in Mozambique where he coordinated and led multi-agency and partner health information system projects.

Name: Mary Jo Kochendorfer

Position: Product Owner

Organization: VillageReach

Profile: Mary Jo is a part of the Information Systems Group at VillageReach and serves as the Product Owner for the OpenLMIS community. She focuses on understanding the community’s product needs, defining the feature roadmap, and delivering on the product strategy. Mary Jo has more than eight years of experience addressing challenges across the global development sector, from implementing mobile health solutions to measuring social impact. Prior to joining VillageReach she worked at Grameen Foundation as the Program Manager for MOTECH, an open-source platform used to cultivate demand for health services through behavior change communications.  She worked on developing and implementing solutions in low-resource settings within the public health sector, specifically in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (RMNCH), HIV/AIDS treatment, and vaccinations.  Mary Jo has worked and lived in multiple countries in Latin America, Asia and Sub Saharan Africa.  She earned her Bachelor degree in International Business and Marketing from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Name: Bill Lester

Position: Executive Director

Organization: NPOKI

Profile: William (Bill) Lester is NPOKI’s Executive Director. A visionary in use of Information and Communications Technologies (particularly in low resource settings), Bill is well-known in the nonprofit knowledge management and technology communities, and is a popular speaker at many industry gatherings. As Chief Information Officer for EngenderHealth for 15 years, Bill was instrumental in capturing and sharing the organization’s operational and programmatic best practices and lessons learned. In 2007, he was honored with NTEN’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill was elected to the Board of ASPIRATION in 2009. He was a NTEN board member from 2000 – 2007, an InsideNGO board member from 2004 – 2013, participates on the advisory committees for NPOWER and KABISSA, and is a NPOKI founding member. A strong proponent of social entrepreneurship, Bill works worldwide to promote and encourage problem-solvers. His personal mission is “Imagine • Build • Connect”.

Name: Laura Lincks

Position: Data Manager/Developer

Organization: ICAP

Profile: Laura E. Lincks has been the DATA Manager/developer of ICAP - Columbia University for the Strategic Information Unit since 2013. She is responsible for the day-to-day data management of ICAP’s more than two dozen country HIV-related projects, almost half of which include DHIS 2 as a primary data collection tool. Before working with ICAP, Laura worked at CAI, a public health organization where she was the Director of Data Management for a large-scale HIV project for the Uniformed Services in a dozen countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to her move to the world of public health information systems, Laura worked in Finance where she managed an international portfolio management and trading system for a Wall Street firm. She graduated from Boston College specializing in Information Systems and Romance Languages. When she is not creating colorful spreadsheets, Laura can be found taking a cue from her two cats by napping on her sofa at home or advocating for better bicycling policies for her hometown of New York City.

  Name: Laurie Markle

Position: Portfolio Lead

Organization: Akros

Profile: Laurie Markle is a monitoring and evaluation and program management specialist with over a decade of experience in development. She specializes in leveraging technology to improve data-driven decision-making, rapid data collection,  and stakeholder engagement through focused feedback channels. She serves as a Portfolio Lead at Akros, overseeing the implementation of community-based surveillance efforts in WASH and education sectors. Previously based in Ethiopia and Zambia, she now works from Costa Rica.

  Name: Donna Medeiros

Position: Senior Advisor

Organization: PATH

Profile: Donna Medeiros is a Senior Health Information Systems Advisor at PATH, located in Washington DC. She supports national information systems implementation, focusing on standardization, interoperability and analytics. For over 25 years, she has lead collaborative efforts to implement innovative technologies in countries throughout Asia, Africa, Latin and South America. She is an advocate of analytics as global health game changer.

Name: Daniel Messer

Position: Director and CIO

Organization: PSI

Profile: As Chief Information Officer, Daniel is responsible for PSI’s information technology, MIS, and ERP systems. Daniel is also co-founder and chair of the Non-Profit Organization Knowledge Initiative which improves technology collaboration between major non-profits. Prior to PSI, Daniel was based in London directing International Planned Parenthood’s information systems, including clinic management systems for the federation’s network of clinics across the globe. Daniel graduated from the Free University of Berlin where he was involved in East African research projects. He is fluent in French and German.

Name: Siaka Momoh

Position: Senior Technical Officer

Organization: FHI 360 Nigeria

Profile: Siaka Momoh is the Senior Technical Officer for Health Informatics at FHI 360 Nigeria. Siaka joined FHI 360 in 2009 and has since then served in various capacities including as a Software Developer where he led a team to develop the National OVC Management Information System (NOMIS), a software currently used to manage OVC programs in Nigeria. He also served as a Database Officer for FHI 360. In this capacity, he administered DHIS 2 and also developed a software that helped move data from FHI 360 DHIS 2 to the donor funded DHIS 2 for routine reporting, making it easier for FHI 360 to report data from over 3000 facilities into the donor instance monthly. Between 2004 and 2009, Siaka served as a System Administrator at Quanteq Technologies Ltd, Abuja Nigeria. He also served in similar capacity at QuickServe.com Ltd where he managed the company’s IT department. He is married with four children.

Name: Neal Myrick

Position: Director of Social Impact

Organization: Tableau

Profile: Neal Myrick is Director of Social Impact at Tableau, where he leads the company’s efforts in employee service and giving, community impact, and grant making. Within his role, he leads Tableau Foundation with a mission to encourage the use of facts and analytical reasoning to solve world problems. Prior to Tableau, Neal worked for two technology companies, Aldus Corp. (acquired by Adobe) and Visio Corp. (acquired by Microsoft), where he ran global IT and facilities.  After a mid-career break working as a barista, Neal became managing director of technology at Casey Family Programs, a national foundation focused on foster care. He left Casey to become executive director of a technology nonprofit and CEO of a related for-profit consulting firm that helped environmental organizations increase their capacity to engage constituents.  Neal joined Tableau as a program director focused on launching customer-facing programs for the company.  He then moved from that role into his current role as social impact director. Neal is an active angel investor and has served as a volunteer, nonprofit board member, and philanthropist.  He currently focuses on ethical data, diversity, and social equity issues.

Name: Lars Overland

Position: Lead Developer

Organization: University of Oslo

Profile: Lars Helge Overland has been the lead developer of the DHIS 2 platform since its start in 2005. He has been responsible for designing and implementing the DHIS 2 software as well as building up the development team which today produces the DHIS 2 standard releases. Lars has worked as a consultant for multiple major development organizations, including WHO, USAID, DANIDA, NORAD and MSH, and is leading the software development process for the global PEPFAR reporting system. He holds a Master of Informatics degree from the University of Oslo.

Name: Sarah Romorini

Position: Senior Program Manager

Organization: PSI

Profile: Sarah is PSI’s Senior Program Manager for Global Business Systems and leads the organization’s work with DHIS 2 and using technology for data use and program decision making. She has over twelve years of experience working in international health and development. Having worked in the field in East Africa and Latin America, Sarah has led evidence driven programming in maternal and child health, safe water and hygiene, and reproductive health. Sarah has a BA in International Relations and an MA in International Development.

Name: Jason Schumacher

Position: Program Manager

Organization: Tableau

Profile: Jason is the Tableau Foundation’s Program Manager. Previously, Jason ran Tableau’s academic programs, acting as PM, trainer, and marketer. Before joining Tableau in 2012, Jason worked with data at a healthcare marketing agency, asking the question “why am I not using Tableau for this?

Name: Wilfred Senyoni

Position: Researcher

Organization: University of Oslo

Profile: Wilfred Senyoni is a researcher in Health Information Systems at the University of Oslo with 10 years of experience in the field. Wilfred previously worked for the University of Dar es Salaam as an implementer and trainer, supporting country implementation of DHIS 2 in Tanzania and other countries in East and Southern Africa. He is currently engaged in widening the scope of DHIS 2 implementations by thriving to establish a regional DHIS 2 data-warehouse and dashboards within the East African Community, Africa Continent and other federal countries such as Indonesia.

Name: Tenly Snow

Position: OpenLMIS Community Manager

Organization: VillageReach

Profile: As the OpenLMIS Community Manager, Tenly works with a broad variety of stakeholders and constituents to build consensus and identify opportunities for OpenLMIS. She facilitates dialogue within the Community, and is the point-of-contact for all things OpenLMIS.

Tenly comes from a background of international development in Africa, where she worked for over eight years. First serving as a Peace Corps volunteer, she has significant experience in logistics and supply chain oversight and design, primarily in West Africa. Tenly is also a fluent French speaker, and is currently based in Pasadena, CA.

Name: Knut Staring

Position: Senior Engineer

Organization: University of Oslo

Profile: Knut Staring is one of the founders of DHIS 2. He holds PhD and master’s degrees from the University of Oslo, and an MBA from Cornell with a specialization in Asian studies. Knut has worked as a math teacher, economist, and IT consultant, and spent 2 years in Geneva as a Technical Officer with the World Health Organization. He loves travel and languages.

Name: Martin Van Aken

Position: CTO

Organization: BLSQ

Profile: Martin has over fifteen years of experience in software development, having held virtually every position possible within a software company. From junior developer to cofounder, by way of architect, customer contact and tech lead. He is a trained economist with a background in teaching. It is as CTO that Martin has found the right balance between technical and organizational challenges. For him, Bluesquare is the perfect opportunity to do what he loves, for a cause he believes in.

Name: Uwe Wahser

Position: Development Advisor

Organization: GIZ HSP

Profile: Uwe Wahser works as a Development Advisor for the GIZ Health Sector Program (HSP) in Kenya. In this function he works mainly at the National Hospital Insurance Fund  (NHIF) where he introduced DHIS 2 as a prototype for a Business Intelligence (BI) Platform. Uwe holds a master’s degree in Medical Informatics from the University of Heidelberg, which he completed with a thesis on software development for an HMIS in Uganda in 1995. In the following years he continued to work in tropical health systems with the design of a household registration system and GIS in Burkina Faso and a platform for collaborative action planning in Guinea. After a 15 years’ engagement as BI developer and project manager for MLP, a German bank, he is now heading the component on IT-supported Quality and Process Management at the GIZ-HSP in Kenya.

Name: Michael Wario

Position: Systems Analyst

Organization: NHIF (Kenya)

Profile: Michael Wario has worked with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) Kenya for 12 years as a systems analyst. He is tasked with system design, development, support and extraction of management reports. He was recently the lead systems analyst in designing and developing an online portal for registering members. Currently, he is involved in the development and implementation of a business intelligence prototype platform using DHIS 2 assisted by a consultant from GIZ Health Sector Kenya.

Name: Wycliffe Waweru

Position: Senior Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, East Africa

Organization: PSI

Profile: Wycliffe provides leadership and technical assistance on the design and implementation of routine monitoring strategies and systems, as well as providing technical and capacity building support for the generation and use of evidence in multiple PSI programs in 9 countries in the East African region. Wycliffe has managed the implementation of DHIS 2 as PSI’s Management Information System in 7 countries as well as the implementation of a Clinic Management Information System in social franchise clinics in Uganda. He is leading the implementation of PSI´s evidence use initiative in the region that is promoting the use of evidence for decision making by the country-level leadership and management. Wycliffe has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Name: Jenna Wright

Position: Health Financing Technical Advisor

Organization: Broad Branch Associates

Profile: Jenna Wright is a Health Financing Technical Advisor with Broad Branch Associates and with USAID's Public Sector Systems Strengthening Activity in Tanzania. She advises policy makers and program managers on design and implementation of strategic purchasing and use of data for adaptive management. After passage of the Affordable Care Act, Jenna managed value-based purchasing programs under Medicare. She has a masters in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

Name: Andrew Wyborn

Position: CEO

Organization: Greenmash

Profile: Andrew has started and grown a number of technology companies over a 30-year career. He launched Greenmash in 2011 to help address the demand for fast and accurate data to support health system strengthening in low and middle income countries. Greenmash is a UK based software and services organization that deploys data collection and reporting systems on a cloud-based mobile application platform known as Mango. Mango is used in many countries to improve program performance management by providing real time access to essential information from the ‘last mile’. Mango and DHIS 2 are integrated at the application level, meaning that the two applications interoperate and are able to readily share data and functionality using the DHIS 2 API.