2022 Speakers include
Professor Zahida Qureshi
Zahida is an Associate Professor at the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nairobi, Kenya with over two decades of clinical and research experience. She is a member of the WHO guideline development group and has participated in and chaired several guideline updates in maternal health in the last few years. She has been actively involved in International clinical trials and surveys as the country Principal Investigator and Regional coordinator for some of them. The trials include, The Woman trial, WHO Champion trial, Action trial and Multicountry survey (MCS)- MNH and MCS-Abortion among others. Most of them have led to global and regional policy change. Currently as the County PI she is leading the E-Motive trial which is sponsored by the University of Birmingham, and the other countries participating are Tanzania, Nigeria and South Africa.
Ms Indie Kaur
Inderjeet Kaur or ‘Indie’ as she is popularly known is the Director of Midwifery at Fernandez Hospitals. Indie has held several strategic roles in her career at the NHS, UK. She is passionate about reducing health inequalities of vulnerable women. Indie successfully launched the world’s first maternity clinic in the Royal London Hospital to support women who have experienced sexual violence. Her initiative for developing seamless pathways of care for women with complex social needs won her the British Medical Journal award. She is also the recipient of 2019 Chief Midwifery Officer Gold Award NHS, UK for outstanding contribution to the midwifery. Indie has several publications and presentations to her credit.
Ms Yesmin Begum
I am a PPI Representative member at the NIHR Academy. I also facilitate online workshops for medical research. I have an extensive interest in research in pregnancy and gynecology. Overall, I am a public contributor and an expert with lived experiences that I like to share to enhance medical research and help the strategic development of services, techniques, medications, and digital tools.
Ms Charlotte Allen
Charlotte Allen is the Interdisciplinary Programme Manager for Global Health at the Medical Research Council. She is responsible for MRC’s maternal and neonatal health, early childhood development and adolescent health portfolios as part of her role. She is also interested in the nexus of global health and other disciplines such as planetary health, food systems, equitable partnerships and cities.
The Applied Global Health Research Board is MRC’s response mode board supporting research that will address global health challenges and inequities. We aim to develop a portfolio of high-quality global research which will be diverse, promote multidisciplinarity and strengthen global health research capacity. Maternal and neonatal health is an area of strategic focus for the board.
Dr Ana Pilar Betran
Professor Andrew Weeks
Dr Fernando Althabe
Professor Arri Coomarasamy
Dr Alison Wright
Mrs Ngawai Moss
Professor Hadiza Galadanci
Prof Galadanci is the founding Director of ACEPHAP, a World Bank funded Africa Center of Excellence to strengthen inter-disciplinary evidence-informed policy development in West and Central Africa. she has established a research network and delivered over 20 studies with WHO, Mac Arthur Foundation, FIGO, MRC, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has trained and mentored over 600 medical students, residents, and postgraduate students and has published over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals. She has extensive experience in working and conducting projects with WHO, USAID, UNICEF, UNFPA and MNCH2. She is an inspiring model for women, particularly women clinical academics, being the first female obstetrician to be trained in the Kano region and has won multiple awards for her leading work in maternal health in Nigeria. She has served as a member in several initiatives and working groups including the TETFUND NRF, RDSC, AlignMNH committees. She has a Bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, a Masters in Reproductive Health and Sexual Health Research from University College London and a Diploma from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. A Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons and Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology United Kingdom.
Professor Soo Downe
Soo spent 15 years working as a clinical and research midwife, then in 2001, she joined UCLan where she is now the Professor of Midwifery Studies. Her main research focus is the nature of, and cultures around, physiological (normal) birth, and she has been a member of the Technical Working Group of the World Health Organization antenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, ultrasound, and optimising caesarean section guidelines. She has published over 180 peer reviewed papers, and several books, She has undertaken research using a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods,and was a co-author in three Lancet Series (Midwifery, Stillbirth, and Optimising Caesearan Section). Her most recent completed study has examined the impact of the pandemic on safety and personalisation in maternity and neonatal care in the UK and the Netherlands. She is a co-investigator on the current GBS3 trial, and on the forthcoming C-Safe study.
Alinane Linda Nyondo-Mipando
A health systems researcher and faculty member of the Department of Health Systems and Policy at KUHeS, where she teaches and supervises students’ research projects that are primarily on health systems and policy. Her research interests are in Health Systems and Implementation Science Research with a focus on health service delivery including quality management. Her areas of interest are HIV and AIDS across different populations, Malaria, and Maternal and Newborn Health. Linda has a Ph.D. in Health Systems and Policy from the University of Malawi (UNIMA); a Master’s degree in Community Health Nursing from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and a Bachelor of Nursing Advanced Practice (summa cum laude) from the University of Natal Durban, South Africa; University Certificate in Midwifery and a Diploma in Nursing with credit from UNIMA. Linda has vast experience in health systems strengthening including improving delivery of health services and application of quality management techniques. Her publications are on this link. ORCID ID: www.orcid.org/0000-0002-3572-3810
Dr John Allotey
John Allotey is a lecturer in epidemiology and women’s health at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Women's Health within the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research. He has more than a decades experience in academic clinical research, primarily in the field of maternal health. His research interests lie in the development, evaluation and implementation of prognostic models and evidence synthesis using aggregate data and individual participant data meta-analysis.