Executive Committee

Dr Githinji Gitahi, Group Chief Executive Officer





Dr Githinji Gitahi

Dr Gitahi joined Amref Health Africa on June 1, 2015. Until his appointment at Amref Health Africa, Dr Gitahi was the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, Smile Train International, where he successfully established partnerships for long-term sustainability with various African governments.  Prior to that he worked with the Nation Media Group, where he was the Managing Director for Monitor Publications in Uganda as well as General Manager for Marketing and Circulation in East Africa. He also held progressively senior positions at GlaxoSmithKline, Avenue Group and the insurance industry.
Dr Gitahi has a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery and a Masters in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing.



Ms Anne-Marie Kamanye, Representing CEO's E/NA Offices

Dr Bettina Vadera, CEO and Medical Officer, AMREF Flying Doctors


Dr Peter Ngatia, Director of Capacity Building 

Dr Peter Ngatia

Dr Peter Ngatia

Dr Ngatia joined Amref Health Africa about 26 years ago and within this time has held key positions within the organisation such as Acting Director General, Director of Programmes, Country Director and Chief Technical Advisor to various Ministries of Health in the region.

He has led several consultancies on Amref Health Africa’s behalf for African governments, the World Bank, European Union, the World Health Organization, CIDA, SIDA, DFID and USAID.

He has also authored several publications in community and public health and training of frontline workers.

His academic accolades include a BSc in Rehabilitation Medicine, MEd in Medical Education and Public Health, and a PhD in Medical Education, Planning and Development from the University of Alberta in Canada.

Dr Ngatia was honoured with the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS) by HE Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya in 2010 for his contribution to Public Health and Community Development in Kenya and Africa.


Jonathan Dutton, Group Chief Finance Officer

   Jonathan Dutton

Jonathan Dutton joined Amref Health Africa in 2014 and  he is the Group Chief Finance Officer.

He has previously worked as the Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services at London Legacy Development/ Olympic Park Legacy Company. He was also the Finance and Corporate service Director at Oasis Community Learning Group. In 1998 he was the Managing Director- Corporate Finance in Deutsche Bank.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Accounting from the University of Wales. He also qualified as a Fellow of the INstitute of Chattered Accountants in England and Wales.


Dr Festus Ilako, Director of Business Development


Dr Joachim Osur, Director of Regional Offices and Field Offices

Dr Joachim Osur

Dr Joachim Osur is the Director of Regional Offices and Field Offices at Amref Health Africa. He is a public health and reproductive health specialist with wide experience in health programming in the African context. He has contributed immensely to health systems strengthening in various countries, health policy development and advocacy and development of models that have impacted thousands of lives. Among others, he holds a bachelors degree in Medicine and Surgery, a Masters Degree in Public Health, and a PhD in reproductive health.



Nancy Muriuki, Director of Human Resources

Nancy Muriuki

Nancy Muriuki

Nancy Muriuki has been with Amref Health Africa since June 2005. In her current role, she is responsible for ensuring timely and economic availability of a highly competent and motivated workforce that helps to deliver the Amref Health Africa strategy while developing the organisational capacity and practice in managing human resources for mutual benefit.

She has previously worked  as Corporate Human Resources Manager, Amref Health Africa HQ; Company Secretary and Human Resource Manager, CIC Insurance and Personnel Officer for various ministries in the Government of Kenya.

Nancy is currently studying for a PhD degree in Organizational Leadership at Regent University, Virginia Beach USA.  She holds an MBA specialising in HRM and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi. She is a certified and registered Public Secretary of Kenya with the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya and holds a Diploma in Management from the Kenya Institute of Management

Desta Lakew, Head of Fundraising, Africa

Desta Lakew

Desta Lakew joined as the Head of Fundraising, Africa in 2014. A certified fundraising executive with more than a decade of fundraising and marketing experience, she is responsible for establishing Amref Health Africa’s Fundraising Directorate for Africa to promote and support philanthropic giving by Africans for Africa.

Prior to joining, she was the Director of Development at Open Door Foundation based in the USA where she also served as Director of Marketing from 2006. She is a founding board member of the NY-Westchester Chapter of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She has served as the Director of Development for Interfaith Council for Action; Assistant Vice President of Maimonides Medical Center and conducted various consultancies with Business Call to Action, UNDP Secretariat; Public Health Innovation, Kenya and Centre for Multicultural and Community Affairs, Mt Sinai Hospital, New York. Desta holds a Master of Public Health, Bachelor of Arts and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).


Dr Meshack Ndirangu, Representing Country Directors in Africa

Dr Nzomo Mwita, Ag Head of M&E and Technical Specialist - Training

Ms Betty Muriuki , Ag Communications Manager, Corporate and Kenya

Mr Samuel Weru , ICT Manager, Corporate and Kenya