Board of Trustees

joyceJoyce Barnathan

President, International Center for Journalists (United States)

Joyce Barnathan is president of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing quality journalism worldwide. Previously, Barnathan served as the executive editor, Global Franchise, for BusinessWeek. She oversaw editorial content, managed product launches, created alliances, and ensured the integration of all BusinessWeek offerings across delivery channels.

Barnathan was also assistant managing editor, responsible for the magazine’s Finance, Economics, Investor, and Lifestyle departments. Prior to that, Barnathan completed a seven-year assignment as Asia regional editor and Hong Kong bureau manager for BusinessWeek. In addition to her reporting and writing duties, she helped launched the magazine’s Asian edition and managed its growing network of correspondents and stringers throughout the region. Barnathan came to BusinessWeek from Newsweek, where she served as State Department correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief and Special Projects Correspondent covering presidential elections.

Barnathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Chinese studies and a master’s degree in Asian studies from Washington University, as well as a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She is the winner of five Overseas Press Club Awards, including three as part of BusinessWeek‘s Asia team, as well as the National Headliner Award. She is a trustee of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowships Program. She currently serves on the steering committee of the Global Forum for Media Development.

harryProfessor Harry Dugmore

Director, Discovery Centre for Health Journalism, Rhodes University
School of Journalism and Media Studies (South Africa)

Harry Dugmore is the inaugural Director of the Discovery Centre for Health Journalism at Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies, based in Grahamstown, South Africa. He has a long-standing interest in Health and Medical Journalism and in the media’s ability to influence health behaviours and shape health identities. In the 1990s, he co-wrote the first four seasons of the Soul City TV series, South Africa’s first large-scale health behaviour change mass-media campaign. Soul City TV and print materials were also used in South African Development Community (SADC) countries. In the early 2000s, he conceptualised and produced the field worker picture-based material for the Botswana government’s MASA ARVcampaign.  Between 2002 and 2006, he was one of the coordinators of Khomanani, the then government’s HIV, AIDS and TB multimedia communication campaign.

Dugmore was the MTN Chair of Media and Mobile Communication at Rhodes University before starting the Discovery Centre for Health Journalism. As part of the MTN Chair, he managed the Iindaba Ziyafika Citizen Journalism project between 2009 and 2011, at that stage the largest such project in Africa.  This project explored ways of creating a more participatory journalism in a digital and mobile age, and developed the Nika and NikaNOW software for use by community media.

Harry is currently on the steering committee of the Highway Africa conference, the largest annual conference for African journalist, and is also Deputy Chair of the Board of the David Rabkin Project for Experiential Journalism, which is the publisher of Grocott’s Mail, South Africa’s oldest independent newspaper. He is a Fellow of Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection based in Johannesburg.

Dugmore has published papers and chapters of books in a variety of academic areas, including history, journalism studies, media studies, and health communication. He has a Ph.D. in history from University of Witwatersrand.

adamaAdama Gaye

Author, Journalist, and Political Commentator (Senegal)

A well-known African journalist, Gaye has been a regular commentator on African affairs for CNN, Al-Jazeera, France 24, Radio France Internationale, NPR, the BBC, and CCTV. He has written extensively on African affairs for Newsweek, Jeune Afrique, and the Beijing Review. He is a former editor of the London-based newsweekly, West Africa Magazine, Africa’s oldest magazine.

In 2006, Gaye published a book on burgeoning economic and political relations between China and Africa under the title: Chine-Afrique: Le dragon et l’autruche (L’Harmattan, Paris). He has been monitoring this relationship since then, notably as a Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University (Washington, D.C.) and at China’s premier university, Peking University. Gaye joined Stanford University (California) for the 2011-12 academic year as a Visiting Scholar both at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and at the African Studies Center.

Gaye holds various university degrees, including post-graduate degrees from University Paris 2 and The Pantheon-Sorbonne. He obtained the coveted Oxford Diplomatic Studies Certificate and holds the China Senior Executive Management Certificate jointly delivered by Tsinghua University, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and Harvard Business School. He studied journalism at the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (Bachelor), in Senegal.

Beyond China-Africa relations, his research interests extend to the unsteady democratic evolution of Africa and the renewed interests generated by oil and gas resources in the continent.

akinAkin Jimoh

Program Director, Development Communications Network (Nigeria)

Akin Jimoh is the program director of Development Communications Network (DEVCOMS), Nigeria, a media-based NGO focusing on science communication and health promotion through the media. Jimoh is one of the leading trainers and mentor in science and public health journalism in Africa.

He is a 1995/96 Bell Fellow in Population and Development Studies, School of Public Health, Harvard University and a Knight Fellow in Science Journalism (2000) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  For several years he has been dedicated to the promotion of scientific literacy in Africa through capacity building for journalists to excel in science and public health communication. He has a wide experience in public health, media, communication and film production with more than 22 years of professional science and public health journalism and communication experience.

With the World Federation of Science Journalists, Jimoh was a mentor in Science Journalism Cooperation (SjCOOP) first phase, a project on mentoring and training of journalists in Africa and Middle East between 2006 to 2009.  He is presently the Coordinator for the Anglophone region of the project.  Along with his wife he initiated the first HIV/AIDS hotline in Nigeria in 2000, now upgraded to a national HIV/AIDS Hotline.

Akin Jimoh is the Editor-in-Chief of Big Issue Lagos, a magazine published as a job creation project that has organized vendor sales operation consisting of unemployed, homeless and socially excluded adults in Lagos Nigeria.

laurieLaurie Liskin

Senior Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Senior Advisor for Communication, MEASURE DHS (United States)

Laurie Liskin, Senior Associate at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Senior Advisor for Communication for the MEASURE DHS Project, is a health communication specialist with more than 30 years of professional experience designing and implementing national and provincial communication, behavior change, and dissemination strategies and programs; conducting needs assessments; and developing monitoring and evaluation plans in more than 30 countries. Ms. Liskin also has extensive experience in capacity building in data dissemination and use, behavior change communication, family planning counseling, HIV counseling, and HIV multisectoral programming. For the MEASURE DHS project, Ms. Liskin provides leadership in communicating DHS data to national and subnational policymakers, health sector program planners and managers, and other key audiences. She is also responsible for the overall management of global and country – level dissemination of DHS data. Ms. Liskin has an Sc.M. in health communication from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

otulaOtulah Owuor

Editor, Science Africa (Kenya)

Otulah Owuor is a Nairobi, Kenya-based journalist and Editor of Science Africa, an online news publication that strives to be the leader in science, technology, innovation and development communications, leading to sustainable socio-economic development in Africa. He was previously an editor and writer for the African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum, where he helped to launch ABSF’s website. Owuor has worked with the World Health Organization on programs and workshops on HIV/AIDS. He was a science writer and editor for ten years for the Nation Media Group in Nairobi, where he helped launch Horizon, the Nation’s weekly science section. Owuor holds bachelor’s degrees in mass communication and microbiology and a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Texas at Arlington.

nelsonDr. Nelson Sewankambo

Principal, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University
Dean Emeritus, School of Medicine, Makerere University (Uganda)

Nelson K. Sewankambo is the Principal (Head) of Makerere University College of Health Sciences. He formerly served as Dean of Makerere University Medical School for 11 years. He is the Vice President of the Accordia Global Health Foundation and Council Member for Global Forum for Health Research. He trained at Makerere University as a medical doctor, went to specialize in internal medicine and later graduated in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University in Canada. He was honored by the Royal College of Physicians in London and awarded a Fellowship of the College. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from McMaster in Canada.

Dr. Sewankambo has devoted the past 13 years to the advancement of medical education, research and capacity development. He initiated a successful research capacity-building consortium (THRiVE) involving seven African institutions (4 universities and 3 research institutes) and two universities in the UK. He is providing leadership for an Africa-wide initiative for Strengthening Research Capacity in Africa (ISHReCA). In 2010, with NIH funding, he was involved in starting a national consortium of Uganda universities to jointly address the country’s health professional education needs. Dr. Sewankambo has led teams of academicians composed of experts in Europe, North America and Africa to develop and manage a very successful model for strengthening a medical school in the developing world – the Infectious Diseases Institute at Makerere. He was founder and principal investigator in Uganda for the internationally renowned Rakai Health Sciences Program (formerly Rakai Project) where he continues to be an active researcher/investigator and has contributed the large volume of scientific publications in peer reviewed journals together with providing mentorship and development of many Ugandan junior and mid-level researchers.

nelsonProfessor Oyewale Tomori

President, Nigerian Academy of Science (Nigeria)

Professor Oyewale Tomori  is a foremost virologist and president of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS). Before assuming the leadership of the NAS in February 2013, he was the pioneering vice chancellor at Redeemer’s University, Nigeria. He has wide-ranging experience in virology, disease prevention and control, national capacity building and development in the African region.

From 1994-2004, Dr. Tomori served as the World Health Organization’s African region laboratory coordinator and advisor on laboratory development and virus control. At the WHO, Dr. Tomori established the Africa Regional Laboratory Network for the diagnosis of polio and other viral diseases. He also provided counsel and assistance to countries in the region in establishing, managing and monitoring laboratory services and ensuring the use of laboratory data in instituting disease preventive and control measures.

In 2002, Dr. Tomori received the Nigerian National Order of Merit, the country’s highest award for academic and intellectual attainment and national development. In 1981, he was recognized by the United States CDC for his contribution to Lassa fever research.

Dr. Tomori also has served on several advisory bodies including the WHO Polio Research Committee, WHO Africa Regional Polio Certification Committee, WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Polio Certification Committee, WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research, WHO Group of Experts on Yellow Fever Disease, the board of BioVaccines Limited in Nigeria and the International Steering Committee of the International Consortium on Anti-Virals (ICAV) in Canada. ICAV is a nonprofit drug development organization that works to discover and develop anti-viral therapies for neglected and emerging diseases.

Dr. Tomori received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Ahmadu Bello University  in 1971 and a PhD in virology from the University of Ibadan in 1976. Both universities are located in Nigeria.