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.
Nicole Buono, MPH
Country Director, Malawi
Nicole Buono was appointed Country Director for EGPAF/Malawi in October 2012. She has been with EGPAF since 2003, serving in a number of capacities and supporting numerous countries; she has over 15 years of experience in implementing and managing HIV and health programs, particularly in Africa.
Most recently, Ms. Buono was EGPAF's Director for Country Business Plans, and was responsible for furthering the concept of business plans, developing a guidance document for the organization and facilitating the completion of country business plans for Rwanda, Malawi and India. From 2010 to 2012, she was the Director of Project HEART, and managed the successful five-country, CDC-funded Track 1.0 prevention, care and treatment project implemented in Côte d'Ivoire, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania. Earlier, Ms. Buono served as the Project Director for the USAID Call to Action Cooperative Agreement and as a Senior Program Officer/ Country Officer supporting programs in Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Lesotho, and Uganda.
Prior to joining EGPAF, Ms. Buono worked for USAID in Washington and West Africa; the Population Council; and the US Peace Corps as a volunteer, staff member, and trainer. She has resided in Senegal, Ghana, Benin, and South Africa, and has a MPH degree from Johns Hopkins University.
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.
Mohammed Ali Mahdi, MD, MIH
Country Director, Swaziland
Dr. Mohammed Ali Mahdi is the country director for EGPAF in Swaziland. He joined EGPAF in 2006, first as the office’s technical advisor supervising prevention, care, and treatment operations. Prior to joining EGPAF, Dr. Mahdi acted as a prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) technical director for the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Ethiopia, where he worked closely with health facilities to support the implementation of HIV prevention programs; assisted in the development of national prevention guidelines; and organized and facilitated training courses on PMTCT services. Dr. Mahdi received his degree in medicine from Addis Ababa University, Gondar College of Medical Sciences; a certificate of specialty in pediatrics and child health from Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Medicine; and a master’s degree in international health from Copenhagen University in Denmark.
Agnes Mahomva, MBChB
Country Director, Zimbabwe
Dr. Agnes Mahomva is the country director for EGPAF in Zimbabwe. Before her role as the Zimbabwe country director, she worked as a senior global technical policy advisor and a regional technical advisor for EGPAF’s country programs in Africa. Prior to joining EGPAF, Dr. Mahomva served as a senior government technical officer for the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, where she was responsible for implementing the national prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) program. Dr. Mahomva holds bachelor’s degrees in medicine and surgery, and a master’s degree in public health. She currently serves as the education secretary for the Zimbabwe College of Public Health Physicians, and chairs the Technical Committee of the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) in Zimbabwe.
Country Program Manager, Rwanda
Sushant Mukherjee is the Country Program Manager in Rwanda. He has been with EGPAF since 2009, first as a Financial Analyst and then as a Manager in the Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) unit. Since 2010, he has been based in Rwanda, providing regional support for training and capacity building of finance staff in EGPAF’s various country programs, and leading EGPAF’s program cost analysis work. Prior to joining EGPAF, Mr. Mukherjee worked in humanitarian relief for the World Food Program in Nepal, and HIV program management in South Africa, for the UN Development Program (UNDP), and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He holds a B.A. in English from the College of Wooster, a M.A. in International Relations from Yale University, and a M.B.A from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Country Director, Kenya
Titus Syengo is the country director for EGPAF in Kenya. 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.
Appolinaire Tiam, MBChB, DipHIVMan, MMed
Country Director, Lesotho
Formerly EGPAF's Senior Technical Advisor in Lesotho, Dr. Tiam now oversees EGPAF's presence in Lesotho, leading programmatic and operational activities; he also oversees the implementation of HIV services and the management of EGPAF/Lesotho's technical staff under the USAID-funded Strengthening Clinical Services Project. Dr. Tiam is a recognized HIV/AIDS technical expert with demonstrated experience managing the technical implementation of integrated HIV/AIDS service delivery projects.
Dr. Tiam has been working in Lesotho since 2005, and brings necessary technical expertise with a strong understanding of integrated HIV/AIDS programming in Lesotho. In addition, he has worked closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH), providing technical assistance in policy formulation and roll-out. Dr. Tiam currently leads technical activities under EGPAF's USAID-funded project in Lesotho, overseeing the integration of care and treatment activities into PMTCT settings; the scale-up of HIV care and treatment services across Lesotho; and compliance with national guidelines at supported sites. He is also principal investigator and/or co-investigator on several operational research initiatives.
Dr. Tiam was awarded his Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) degree from the Ogun State University in Nigeria; received his diploma in HIV Management from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa; and completed specialty training with a Masters in Family Medicine from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.
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
Priscilla Banda is EGPAF's Country Director for Zambia. She brings to the Foundation a professional career of over 18 years in health related USAID/CDC PEPFAR funded programs and served the last six years as Country Director and Chief of Party. Previous to this position she served as Country Director for National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) an organisation whose key objective was to build the M&E capacity of National AIDS Council (NAC) to report on HIV/AIDS using a peer to peer model.
She has a wide-range of strategic and policy-level leadership and advisory experience with strong analytical and conceptual skills and proven ability in the development and direction of organizations, programs and processes involving a diverse and complex range of partners and stakeholders including government, civil society, multilateral & bi-lateral agencies and the private sector, across a range of development disciplines. Her extensive experience and proven expertise in capacity & institutional development, multi-stakeholder facilitation, strategic analysis & planning, learning, curriculum development & assessment, human resource management and resource mobilization. It is these expertise that led to her appointment on the Global Fund, Country Coordinating Mechanism Oversight committee for Program/Grant Management specialization and was instrumental in providing capacity building for the Ministry of Health to qualify as GF principal recipient.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is a 2012 Ford Motor Foundation Fellow and currently completing her Master’s in Business Administration with a major in Leadership.