Regional and Country Directors
Regional Director, Program Implementation and Country Management
Titus Syengo is the Regional Director, Program Implementation and Country Management in Africa. Previously, he was the Country Director for Kenya for two years. An executive with a wealth of experience managing large-scale international development programs, Mr. Syengo joined EGPAF as Deputy Country Director for Kenya in 2011, playing an integral role in the country program’s success and growth. Prior to joining EGPAF, Mr. Syengo worked for Pact Kenya for almost 12 years, where he served in several progressively more responsible roles. Most recently, he was Chief Executive Officer for Pact Kenya, where he managed several large programs funded by donors such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID), the European Union (EU), and Danida. Also with Pact Kenya, Mr. Syengo served as Director of Pact Sudan Country Program Operations, where he provided strategic leadership in conflict management, governance, and water and sanitation. He also served as Pact Kenya’s Strategic Communications Services Director and Information Systems Manager.
Regional Director, Program Implementation and Country Management
Martine Laney is one of EGPAF’s Regional Directors for Program Implementation and Country Management. Prior to joining EGPAF, Ms. Laney served as Director of Project Management at IBI where she oversaw IBI’s Project Management Unit and was responsible for the successful implementation, both technical and administrative, of all of IBI’s projects including the very complex $50 million USAID Liberia Governance and Economic Management Support Project (USAID-GEMS). Ms. Laney holds a Master’s degree in International Management and International Finance from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. She holds a certificate in Human Performance Improvement (HPI), from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). Originally from Cameroon, Ms. Laney speaks fluent French.
Regional Director, Program Implementation and Country Management
Jennifer Macias brings over two decades of leadership experience in managing international public health programs. Most recently, Macias developed expertise and experience in the analysis and strengthening components of complex national human resources for health (HRH) systems; complimenting her extensive experience in the strategic design and implementation of women’s health programs including prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS, family planning and reproductive health, maternal and neonatal health, and cervical cancer prevention programs. She brings extensive experience partnering with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) global, regional and bilateral health projects, collaborating with USAID missions, Ministries of Health and local not-for-profit organizations, especially in Africa. From 2009—2014, Macias was based in Tanzania leading a national HRH capacity-building program.
Edward Bitarakwate, MD
Country Director, Uganda
Dr. Edward Bitarakwate is the country director for EGPAF in Uganda. Previous to his position leading EGPAF’s efforts in Uganda, Dr. Bitarakwate acted as the country program’s technical director, coordinating prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services and HIV care and treatment expansion efforts. Prior to joining EGPAF, Dr. Bitarakwate worked in various capacities with the Uganda Ministry of Health, participating in the national scale-up of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment services. Dr. Bitarakwate is a pediatrician and public health specialist by training, and has practiced clinical and community medicine since 1995. He received his master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.
John Ditekemena, MD, MPH
Country Director, Democratic Republic of Congo
Dr. John Ditekemena is the country director for EGPAF in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In his role, he oversees EGPAF's presence in DRC, leading programmatic and operational activities. Dr. Ditekemena joined EGPAF in 2009 as a prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) specialist, managing the implementation of PMTCT activities in four provinces in DRC. Prior to his tenure at EGPAF, Dr. Ditekemena worked as a PMTCT project manager at the Kinshasa School of Public Health, where he oversaw PMTCT services and conducted national and provincial technical trainings. Dr. Ditekemena received his degree in medicine from the University of Kinshasa, and his master’s degree in public health from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium.
Joseph Essombo, MD
Country Director, Cote d'Ivoire
Dr. Joseph Essombo is the country director for EGPAF in Côte d’Ivoire. He is a longtime activist and expert in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and has 20 years of experience in care and community mobilization around HIV issues. Prior to joining EGPAF, Dr. Essombo worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Retrovirus Côte d'Ivoire project as program officer for care and treatment and as coordinator for public-private partnership initiatives. Currently, he acts as a member of the International Committee of Sidaction, a French organization focused on raising awareness of and funds for HIV/AIDS. Dr. Essombo received a master's degree in disease control at the Belgium Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, where he was granted the prize of best thesis.
Agnes Mahomva, MBChB
Country Director, Zimbabwe
Dr Agnes Mahomva is a specialist public health physician by training (MBChB, MPH) with over 20 years experience in managing and supporting public health programs at local and regional levels. She is the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) Zimbabwe Country Director since 2007 as well as the President of the Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZiMA) since 2014. Dr Mahomva is a member of the Zimbabwe Public Health Advisory Board and also serves as a member of both the HIV/AIDS and TB technical committees of the Zimbabwe Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM). Dr Mahomva has in the past served as a regional Technical Advisor for EGPAF’s country programs in Africa. Prior to this she spent four years as a Senior National Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) Technical Coordinator with the Zimbabwe MOH. During this time she was responsible for managing and directing the rapid roll out of the national PMTCT program to all 1,5000 + MNCH facilities in Zimbabwe’s 62 districts within a short space of time. Dr Mahomva’s strong leadership qualities saw her receive a USAID - Auxilia Chimusoro leadership award in 2011 in recognition of her HIV program work in Zimbabwe. In 2015 she was also awarded the 2014 Director of the year award from the Zimbabwe Institute of Directors for the NGO and Parastatal category. Dr Mahomva has over 20 publications in peer review journals.
Country Director, Lesotho
Jeroen van’ t Pad Bosch, MD, MPH
Country Director, Tanzania
Dr. Jeroen van’ t Pad Bosch is the country director for EGPAF in Tanzania. Dr. van’ t Pad Bosch joined EGPAF in 2005 as senior technical advisor of HIV programs in Rwanda. In 2008, he transitioned to the role of associate technical director of the Tanzania program, followed by a promotion to technical director. Dr. van’t Pad Bosch was promoted to country director of the Tanzania office in August 2010. Prior to joining EGPAF, he spent over a decade as a clinician and teacher, working for organizations in the Netherlands, Australia and Malawi. Dr. van’ t Pad Bosch received his medical degree from Radboud University Hospital in Nijmegen, Netherlands, with a specialization in tropical medicine from the Netherlands Society for Tropical Medicine & Netherlands School of Public Health; he earned his master’s degree in Public Health and Health Systems Management from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Country Director, Mozambique
Xavier Alterescu is EGPAF’s Country Director for Mozambique. He has 22 years of experience implementing, developing, governing and managing public health teams, organizations and programs in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States. Mr. Alterescu is an expert in HIV/AIDS, project management, leadership development, organizational development, strategic planning, capacity development, training of trainers, and key populations. Prior to joining EGPAF, he was the Deputy Director for the flagship $200 million Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) project funded by USAID, where he was in charge of streamlining the project’s management systems and of advocating for LMG goals at national and international levels.
Mr. Alterescu holds a PhD (ABD) in Strategic Management from the Federal University of Paraiba in Brazil, a Master of International Business from the Clermont Business School in France, a Master in International Business Law from the University of Paris in France, and received his undergraduate Law degree from the University of Paris in France. He also holds diplomas in English and Portuguese languages from the University of Sorbonne and Cambridge University.
Country Director, Zambia
Eliud Mwangi, MD
Country Director, Kenya
Dr. Eliud Mwangi is a public health specialist with over 10 years of experience leading HIV programs in both the public and private health sectors. At ICAP Dr. Mwangi provided strategic direction in the design, planning, implementation and monitoring of ICAP Programs. Before joining ICAP, Eliud worked with the Kenya Ministry of Health where he trained and mentored health care workers on the implementation of HIV programs. At a national level, Dr. Mwangi is has played a critical role in HIV programming as an active and engaged member of various national technical working groups and as a national trainer and mentor. Dr. Mwangi has a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Nairobi. He also has a Master’s degree in Public Health and an Executive MBA from Jommo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
Gregory Jagwer, MD
Chief of Party, Swaziland
Dr. Gregory Jagwer leads EGPAF-Swaziland programs and the AIDSFree team to support the Ministry of Health in improving HIV/AIDS patient outcomes in Swaziland. Jagwer brings a wealth of experience in HIV/AIDS programming; his involvement in HIV/AIDS activities dates back to 1993 when he managed and supported HIV/AIDS programs in Uganda. He brings in vast experience working in senior positions with the governments of Kenya and Uganda as a clinician and health services management.
A medical doctor specialized in Primary Health Care Management; and, Infectious Disease Control with over 20 years’ experience in international programs development & management, epidemiology, health and HIV & AIDS, TB and STI program service delivery in Africa and Asia.
Prior to joining EGPAF, Jagwer was responsible for the scale-up and quality of HIV & AIDS and TB programs in Africa and Asia while working for Save the Children. He also served as the Director (Office of Health and HIV/AIDS) at Africare Headquarters, responsible for the implementation of Africare global Health and comprehensive HIV & AIDS, TB and STI care, treatment and support programs. He was also responsible for a successful Africare HIV & AIDS comprehensive program in South Africa while working as the Chief of Party/Country Director.
With the advent of PEPFAR, Jagwer worked as the Director of Programs and Deputy Country Director for Columbia University’s comprehensive HIV & AIDS and TB in South Africa. He also worked in Tanzania as the Technical Director responsible for a large CARE (USA) USAID funded comprehensive HIV & AIDS, TB and STI program.
Gilles Francois Ndayisaba, MD
Country Manager, Rwanda
Dr. Ndayisaba is the Country Program Manager in Rwanda. He has been with EGPAF since 2013, first as a Research Director. Previously, Ndayisaba worked for a leading local NGO, Rinda Ubuzima, as Head of Research Clinic and Principal Investigator, where he was responsible of microbicide clinical trials and other reproductive health studies. Dr. Ndayisaba was awarded his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Rwanda and received his postgraduate diploma in clinical research from the Bordeaux Segalen University in France.
Albert Bakor, MBBS, MPH
Country Representative, Cameroon
Dr. Albert B. Bakor is EGPAF’s Country Representative for Cameroon. Dr. Bakor has over 17 years of international experience in designing, implementation and management of Public Health programs, strategic leadership and business development in multiple countries in Africa. Prior to joining EGPAF, Bakor was the Country Director for Health Alliance International in Cote d’Ivoire and Country Director for the University of Washington’s International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) South Africa, and Clinical Instructor with the Department of Global Health, University of Washington.
Bakor is an expert in HIV/AIDS, organizational development, health system and policy development, program development and management. He successfully started-up and established Health Alliance International as an Organization in Cote d’Ivoire. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery Degree from the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria, Graduate Certificate in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tel-Aviv University Israel, Master in Public Health from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles Belgium, graduate certificate in Project Management from the University of Washington and is currently pursuing a Masters in Health Economics and Pharmaco-economic with the Barcelona School of Business, University of Spain.