David Makumi : Chairman
David is an award winning cancer control advocate with over 10 years’ experience in cancer control at clinical, advocacy and policy level. David was until recently the East African Regional Manager of the cancer program at the Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi. He was the recipient of the 2011 International Award for Contribution to Cancer care from the Oncology Nursing Society (USA). He has presented papers in numerous local and international conferences and meetings on various aspects of cancer control. David represents the cancer civil society at the board of trustees of the National Cancer Institute- Kenya and is the patron of the Oncology Nurses Chapter. He is currently involved with start-up rural cancer community based organizations and has professional interests in designing low cost models for cancer control.
Catherine Wachira: Vice Chair
Catherine sits on the Board and is a founding member of Women for cancer early detection and treatment. She is an advocate for early screening, detection and treatment of cancer as a way of catching any cancer symptoms early to improve the treatment outcomes. Catherine is a career lawyer and believes one can use any platform to spread the message of hope in the fight against cancer.
Boniface Mbuki: Treasurer
Boniface is the founder of Cancer Awareness Centre of Kenya and is a member of the board. He is ardent and committed to the early detection of cancer as he believes it is one of the ways to ensure that treatment is accessed early as an intervention to fight the disease.
Gabriel Muthwale: Board Member
Mr Muthwale is a strong advocate for education and early testing of prostate cancer and is involved in the support of survivors at Prostate Cancer Association.
Dorothy Nyong’o: Board Member
Mrs. Dorothy Nyong’o, the Managing Trustee of Africa Cancer Foundation, is the First Lady of Kisumu County and Director of 7th Sense Communications Limited. She is a PR consultant and holds an Executive MSc in Organisational Development from the United States International University (Nairobi), a Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communications and a BA Hons (French, Political Science) from the University of Nairobi.
Dorothy has participated in and organized numerous conferences around the world. She has provided consultancy services for the public sector, international and national NGOs most notably the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) where she conducted research and wrote a project on “strategies for increasing the visibility of NGOs in Kenya”. Dorothy, who had a close encounter with cancer, when her husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010, believes that with sufficient information sent out in the right way, the number of cancer deaths would reduce.
She works with faith and is optimistic that the cancer-free Africa dream will be realised through the Africa Cancer Foundation as it networks with other like-minded organizations around the world.
Professor Jessie Githang’a: Board Member
Prof. Jessie is a lecturer at the University of Nairobi and besides teaching at the Medical School, she provides clinical services in haematology and paediatric oncology at the Kenyatta National Hospital. Being a member of several Technical Working Groups with the Ministry of Health she provides key input into cancer care among other areas. She is a founding member of Kenya Childhood Cancer Trust and also a founding member and committee member of College of Pathologists for East Central and Southern Africa (COPECSA), and a former chair of trustees of the Kenya Medical Women’s Association. In 2015 CEO Global awarded Prof Githanga the award of the Most Influential Women in Africa Regional Award (Kenya and East) and the Lifetime Achievement Regional (Africa) Award for Education and Training.
Dr. Zipporah Ali: Board Member
Dr. Zipporah is the Executive Director at Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA). She has experience at national, regional and international levels in providing technical assistance to local and international implementing organizations. Zipporah Ali is the Board Director of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA), she also serves on the boards of several other organizations including International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), and Youth against Cancer in Kenya (YACK). She has previously served on the boards of the African Palliative Care Association (APCA), the Kenya Cancer Association and International Association for Hospice & palliative Care (IAHPC). She is heavily involved in advocacy and creating awareness on palliative care in Kenya for adults and children. She has been awarded several awards including Humanitarian Award for Wowen4Africa 2018 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to palliative care, both internationally and locally.
Josephine Sitawa: Board Member
Josephine Sitawa is a Breast Cancer Advocate and supports Breast Cancer Survivors through a Volunteer organization founded in 2015 known as Breast Cancer Kenya (BCK). She holds BSc in Business Information Systems from Middlesex University and also works at National Registration Bureau, ICT. She is a Global Champion for Women in Tech Africa (2017) and through that she has been able to mentor women in different forums related to STEM. Above all that Josephine is a Breast Cancer Survivor and her journey through diagnosis, treatment and after treatment has enabled her to view things in a more positive way.
Issaji Moussah; Board Member
Issaji Moussah is the Founder and president of Eddah’s Hope Cancer Foundation (EHCF), he also sits as a Board director at Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations (KENCO). As a board director, he is responsible for resource mobilization and accountability. He worked as an Aviator at Kenya Airways, before leaving to serve full time as the C.E.O of Eddah’s Hope Cancer Foundation. He is experienced and skilled in Budgeting, Fundraising, Grants Application and proposal writing, Strategic Planning, public speaking, strong entrepreneurship professional, currently a masters in Business Administration, focused in strategic management from the University Of Nairobi. His hard work has seen him named among the top 40 under 40 men by Business Daily in 2017
Christine Mugo Sitati: Executive Director
With over 11 years’ experience, Christine brings a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in grant and proposal writing as well as program planning and management. She has played a critical advisory role in implementation of Health projects, engagement of government and other key stakeholders, budget development and management, staff mentorship and liaison with donors. She has a MSc in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management.