Luc Armand Hegesiste Bodea is the Director of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) and the Coordinator of the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) custodian of ICASA. Since 2006 when he joined the organization as SAA coordinator, he has revamped its governance system to increase accountability and good governance and to improve its leading role as the unique platform for Africa in terms of advocacy and knowledge sharing on AIDS, TB and new emerging viral infection. Milestone achievements have been recorded under his stewardship with his background in Business Management and incredible experience of over 20 years in high level managerial positions working with for-Profit and Not-for-Profit Organizations in Benin Republic, Nigeria and Ghana. The most significant achievement is the establishment of the Permanent Secretariat of the Society for AIDS in Africa in Ghana since 2009 with 20 staff.
He has since been in charge of the organization of the prestigious ICASA and steering the affairs of the society that organize ICASA with 7000 to 11,000 delegates every two years from 132 countries. Members of Meeting Professional Industry ( MPI), Luc is the current Secretary General of African Society of Association Executive (AfSAE) and as Certified Professional Strategic Health Planning (ICPS, London). He believes that ICASA platform is one of the efficient tools of the HIV and AIDS response in Africa .
Sibu Malambo is the National Coordinator for the Zambian Youth Platform-ZYP which is currently the largest adolescent and youth network in the country. He is also a member of the Country Coordinating Mechanism of the Global Fund. And a member of the PEPFAR Civil Society Advisory Board. He has over 12 years experience in SRHR and HIV programming at various levels. He also has vast experience working with adolescents and young people in Zambia and beyond. Has an incredible passion for SRHR programming.
He is an innovative, dynamic and highly energetic professional with proven ability to achieve organisational goals. He has the ability to mobilise stakeholders from community to the highest level.
Mr. Yeukai Nyasha Chuma is a Zimbabwean Parliament Researcher for Health. He is also the SADC PF SRHR coordinator for Zimbabwe. Mr Chuma has been offering evidence, information analysis and research services to Parliament for the past 12 years and has vast experience in parliamentary advocacy and coordinating Parliament interface with Civil Society up to Africa region networks level. In Zimbabwe he seats in 5 cross-sectional SRH related National Technical Working Groups, including two on AYSRHR. He pursues a profound passion in public sector performance monitoring and accountability as well as youth empowerment.
Ms. Manengu works for UNFPA as the Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Youth Programme Specialist, prior to joining UNFPA, she worked as a programme adviser in HIV/AIDS and PMTCT for USAID and CDC respectively. Her passion for HIV prevention led to her current position where she strives to address acquisition of HIV, including STIs and teenage pregnancy among adolescents and young people, triple threats which are affecting young people’s realization of their full potential in Zambia today.
Ms. Manengu has a Master’s Degree in Development Studies, specializing in Population and Development, from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Development Studies and Mass Communication from the University of Zambia.
Morekolodi Kakambi from Botswana is currently pursuing my Masters of Arts in Economics at the University of Botswana. She ia a peer counselor, volunteer and youth advocate. Her passion is youth empowerment, engagement and leadership. She was a peer counselor at the University of Botswana careers and counseling center for 2 years where worked on issues of sexual reproductive health among the university students. This included HIV prevention education, family planning and teaching self efficacy to resist sexual pressure among students. In addition she am a volunteer at the Botswana Red Cross Society where she is a peer educator. With Red Cross she provides SRH education to school youth, orphans and vulnerable youth as well as youth living with disabilities. Morekolodi is currently engaged with UNICEF Botswana as a UNV Youth Advocate for HIV and adolescents. She is focused on programming of interventions for adolescents and young people aged 15-24 years. This includes formulating youth friendly services and interventions that are suitable for young people. Her main areas of focus includes SRH, HIV interventions, teenage pregnancy and youth empowerment. In terms of achieving youth empowerment, She is working on establishing a youth platform that would facilitate the engagement and participation of youth in programming and policy making. The project is still at infancy stage and believe that from this conference will be able to interact with other young people and share ideas on strengthening the youth platform
Tumelo or “Duke”, is currently employed as a Project Manager for the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender and is responsible for organising and overseeing the day-to-day logistics of the Just Leaders project and liaising with the project’s regional partners. He is also responsible for the #SpeakOutUP campaign and coordinating the Anti-Sexual Harassment workshops in the University. He further represents the Centre in the Faculty of Humanities’ Transformation Committee, sits on the University’s Safety Committee and is a member of the Tuks AIDS Reference Group.
Tumelo completed his undergraduate studies in Industrial Sociology and Labour Studies, and continued to complete his Honours in Development Studies. He is enrolled for a Masters in Development Studies and continues in his activism work, birthed from his time of service on the Student Representative Council (2015). His interests are in leadership, community-based development engagements and in work aimed towards the facilitation of social justice and the advancement of all freedoms.
Dr Michael T. Mbizvo is the Zambia Country Director of the Population Council, having joined in October 2014. This entails providing research, scientific, technical and administrative leadership in the programmatic areas of Reproductive Health; HIV & AIDS; and Poverty, Gender and Youth. He has had constant dialogue with government Ministers and Heads of Country Missions and multiple stakeholders in the region and globally, to facilitate and support policy formulation and programs to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights, especially in his previous role as Director for Reproductive Health and Research for the World Health Organization (WHO) at headquarters in Geneva.
The Population Council is a research and technical resource to Zambia, other SADC countries and beyond. He has oversight on the Council’s research evidence generation and utilization efforts. Dr Mbizvo, also a Professor in Reproductive Sciences, served until 2013, for close to 16 years, at WHO/HQ, in several roles and capacities and as Director of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR), and of HRP, a co-sponsored UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme for Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, also based at WHO/HQ, Geneva.
Nokubonga Tracy Zwane is a final year Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) of the University of Eswatini, Institute of Distance Education (UNESWA-IDE). After enrolling for B.Com in 2012, she became active in activities that promote the academic and social life of distance learners. She obtained various certificates from the peer education, counselling, project management and leadership programmes while engaged as a peer educator.
As a distance learning ambassador, she has made various presentations during orientation of new IDE students, careers fairs and expos, Eswatini International Trade Fair and motivation of High School students on behalf of the Institution. As chairperson of IDE peer education team, she has also co-ordinated the students’ community projects. This will be her second time attending the SARSYC as she attended the previous one in Johannesburg in 2017 where she was a panellist of the debate on LGBTQIs.
Alice Mwewa Saili holds a Masters Degree in Public Health and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Development Studies. Alice has an established career of over 14 years in health and education program design and management. As the UNESCO Team Lead for Health and Education in Zambia, Alice is responsible for overseeing and ensuring quality design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of programs/projects/activities related to UNESCO’s expanded work on Health and Education in Zambia. This includes leading UNESCO’s work on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Zambia. Alice also serves as UNESCO’s point of contact for various high-level internal and external audiences including government, cooperating partners and other international actors on HIV and Health Education in Zambia. Before joining UNESCO, Alice worked as a National Consultant to strengthen the capacity of the Zambia Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) and its Secretariat to carry out oversight of Global Fund grants and principal recipients (PRs) under Grant Management Solutions (GMS). Prior to working for GMS, Alice worked as the Ministry of Education Ministerial AIDS Coordination Adviser under the UNDP program of mainstreaming HIV and AIDS in Line Ministries. Alice began her work experience as a Research Assistant Officer at the University of Zambia Institute of Economic and Social Research (INESOR).
Dr. Choolwe Muzyamba is a Lecturer/Researcher at University of Amsterdam (UvA) in the Netherlands. He holds a PhD from Maastricht University, The Netherlands, and an MSc from the London School of Economics (LSE), UK.
He specializes in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), HIV and maternal health, Global health, Public policy, Governance, Community Mobilisation, political economy, participatory research and health promotion.
Cleopatra Makura is a 23-year-old psychologist. She is an Advocate for HIV prevention and young people’s Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights in Zimbabwe. She works in her region to ensure that the voices of young people are heard, especially when decisions are being made about their health, rights, and lives. She is currently a 2019 AVAC Fellow working on an Advocacy Initiative that will influence the inclusion of Pre Exposure Prophylaxis in the minimum SRH and HIV prevention package for Universities and colleges to Strengthen the capacity of students and young people in articulating the need for Pre Exposure Prophylaxis in the HIV prevention package for youth including students in Zimbabwe. She also Advocates for Students to be informed in ongoing women-specific research and LGBTQI specific research so they can be better prepared to engage and/or participate in rollout strategies.
Rainny Nkhatho is a Professional Nurse, with over 20 years in Health Care experience. She furthered her education by obtaining an Advanced Diploma in Nursing & Management Education from Potchefstroom University and later a Masters Degree in Nursing from Potchefstroom University. Currently busy with her PhD in Higher Education Management at the University of Bath (UK). Her career entails working as a professional nurse at Government and Private Sector. Her career into Senior leadership started when she became a Nurse Educator and later a Nursing Services Manager (Matron) at a Mine Hospital in Carletonville. Rainny is currently Head of the Institutional Office for HIV & AIDS (IOHA) at the University of Johannesburg since 2014. Significant Achievements over the years include conference presentations, publishing, marking for SANC, leadership and development, designing and implementing turnaround strategy and advocacy for SRHR at the University.
Pierre Thomas, PhD is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Public Health Genomics at the University of Maastricht. He specializes in sexual and reproductive health and sexually transmitted infections in low and middle income countries. Pierre has gathered most of his expertise working and collaborating in India. He is part of the global health teaching faculty at the University of Maastricht where he mentors and supervises students
Cecilia Nyondwa Katebe is an adept Private Consultant with a focus on Business Strategy, Project Management and Organisational Development and holds a Diploma in Pharmacy, Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Zambia Institute of Marketing. Cecilia has a broad experience in Public Private Partnerships and worked as a liaison person between governments, quasi-governments and private companies in Angola, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia for over ten years. Ms. Katebe is currently engaged with national, international and multi-national organisations where she provides consultation services such as business development, strategic positioning and planning, market research to mention a few.