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Mr Omari Issa Board Chair, Amref Health Africa International Board


Mr Omari Issa

Effective September 1, 2013 Mr Omari Issa has been appointed as Board Chair of Amref Health Africa’s International Board. Mr Issa is currently the President’s Adviser/Chief Executive of the Presidential Delivery Unit in Tanzania.  Prior to this appointment he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa in Tanzania. Mr Issa holds a Master in Business Administration from Columbia University, New York and a Bachelor of Science (Honours)   from Polytechnic of Central London, UK.

Mr Issa, a Tanzanian national, has extensive experience in the management of international and local organisations. He has served as a board member and chairman of several organisations in various countries globally. Having extensively collaborated with public and private sectors within these countries, he is well versed with pan-African networks.


Mario Raffaelli Director, Amref Health Africa International Board

Mr Mario Raffaelli has many years of experience in peace-keeping processes around the world as a representative of the Italian Government. He was elected to the Italian Parliament in 1979 up to 1994, during which he was Undersecretary of State for  Health (1982), then Undersecretary of State for Foreign Aff airs in charge of Africa and International Organisations (1983-1989). He was a parliamentary observer in Nicaragua elections (1990) and chaired the Peace Conference for Nagorno-Karabach.

He is famous for his role as Chief Mediator in the Mozambican peace process (1992-1994) and his long engagement in Somalia as Special Representative of the Italian Government (2003-2008). He was recently appointed as Expert for Peace Initiatives for the Horn of Africa.


Gautam Dalal Director, Amref Health Africa International Board                                       

Mr Gautam Dalal

Mr Gautam Dalal

Gautam Dalal is a chartered accountant who spent his childhood in Tanzania. He is chair of Amref Health Africa UK and a member of Amref Health Africa’s International Board.

Gautam was a Senior Partner in KPMG's London office from 1990-2010. From 2000 to 2003 he was Chairman and Chief Executive of the firm’s practice in India, which he helped establish in 1993. He is also a Trustee of The National Gallery, non-executive director of Barts Health NHS Trust, Honorary Treasurer and Governing Body member of SOAS and a non-executive director of ZincOx Resources Plc.


Irene Kitinya Director, Amref Health Africa International Board

Irene Kitinya

Irene Kitinya

Irene holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and French, a Masters in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi, Higher Diploma from the Institute of Human Resources and is a  trained mentor and coach for leadership development accredited by Senn Delaney Consultants UK.

She has over 13 years experience in her field. Irene is currently the Human Resources Director at Airtel Networks Kenya Ltd. Prior to joining Airtel, she was Human Resource Business Partner at Barclays Bank of Kenya and Human Resource Manager at GlaxoSmithKline EA.



Mary Ann MacKenzie Director, Amref Health Africa International Board











Mary Ann MacKenzie

Mary Ann MacKenzie is currently Vice President Relationship Management at CIBC Mellon Global Securities Company in Canada. Prior to joining CIBC Mellon, she was Vice President, Strategic Account Management at Franklin Templeton and has spent most of her career in financial services in the Investment Industry.

Mary Ann attended Ryerson University, Toronto and has completed numerous financial services, sales and leadership courses.  She is the Board Chair for Amref Health Africa in Canada. Her charity work has included multiple trips to Uganda to help build classrooms in villages and a climb up Mt Kilimanjaro for the Make a Wish Foundation. She spent several years on a Board for autistic children. Mary Ann received the Bruce McGowan Award Canada for Community Giving in 2010 and the Harmon Burns Global Award for Leadership and Community Giving in 2011.


Professor Richard Otieno Muga Director, Amref Health Africa International Board


Professor Richard Otieno Muga

Professor Richard Otieno Muga is currently the chair of Amref Health Africa in Kenya board and an Associate Professor at the Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK). Prof Muga also sits at the Amref Health Africa International Board. He holds a Master's degree in Child Health and Post-graduate Diploma in Health Systems.

Management. He has over 30 years of experience in Public Health Service most of which involved leadership and health systems management at different levels in the health sector. He has served as a member in the Country's Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) for the Global Fund.  His main areas of interest include health systems management, health systems research, planning of health services, and donor support negotiations.



Ms Kellen Eileen Kariuki Director, Amref Health Africa International Board


Mr Tjark de Lange  Director, Amref Health Africa International Board


Tjark de Lange

Mr Tjark R.C. de Lange (1967) graduated in 1992 as a Maritime Officer, Nautical and Technical Engineer.
In 1997 Tjark founded Kapp Nederland B.V., a strong international player in a niche market, calculation and supply of industrial heat exchangers in the process industry. The company, from which Tjark de Lange is 100% share holder, has large international clients in the oil and gas industry and in the pharma, food, energy and shipping industry.
Tjark de Lange holds several positions. He is member of the Supervisory Board of the Van Gelder Group (a road construction company), he is trustee of VNO-NCW (the Dutch confederation of industry) and co founder and member of the Executive Board of the Lisbon Council (one of Europe’s leading think tanks).
Tjark has been the chair of the Supervisory Board of Amref Flying Doctors in the Netherlands since 2015, and  member of the international board of Amref Health Africa.

Dr Teshome Gebre Director, Amref Health Africa International Board


Dr Teshome Gebre

Dr Teshome Gebre holds an M.Sc. in Global Health Policy and a PhD in Health Care Management.  He has served in various senior programme management positions for about 18 years within the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia.  In 1995, Teshome joined The Carter Center and served as a Country Director until transitioning to the International Trachoma Initiative in June 2011, when he was appointed to work as a Regional Director for Africa based in his home country, Ethiopia.  He has authored and co-authored more than 65 publications, including contributions to book chapters.  Dr Teshome has been serving Amref Health Africa in Ethiopia as Chairperson of the National Advisory Council since 2012.