Speakers

BEATRICE WIAFE ADDAI, MD. PhD

Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai has over 30 years’ experience as a Medical Doctor in Ghana; thus from 1989 to Date. She has been a Breast Surgeon for the past eighteen years and a Consultant in Breast Cancer Management.

Her training and wide scope of study as a specialist in Breast cancer management, and a Surgeon has placed her at a convenient position as the Chief Executive Officer and the Consultant Breast Surgeon of the Peace and Love Hospitals both in Accra and Kumasi; a specialist hospital that is championing the cause of Breast Cancer and its related diseases in Ghana.

From a humble beginning eighteen years ago, Peace and Love Hospitals now serve as a resource Centre for the Diagnosis, treatment, Counselling, Rehabilitation, and Research for Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Hepatitis Infections and Renal Dialysis among others. Dr Wiafe founded Breast Care International (BCI), an NGO that seeks the promotion of Breast Cancer Awareness in Ghana especially in the remote communities in 2002 in Kumasi to intensify public awareness on the disease.

This Public Awareness campaign has salvaged hundreds of women and men from the devastating effects of Breast Cancer and has over 800 survivors.
On weekends (mostly on Sundays and some Saturdays, where most women could be reached), after the exhaustive week days, Dr Wiafe Addai and her able team normally embark on outreach mission among women groups, churches, second cycle and tertiary institutions, organizations, and those marginalized in rural and deprived communities. Since 2011, BCI has been organizing annual national walks in different regional capitals across the country. In October 2019, 40,000 people walked during the BCI Ghana Walk for the Cure in Cape Coast, Central region.


Judy N. Khanyola

Judy N. Khanyola is the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE)’s Chair of the Center for Nursing and Midwifery. based in Kigali, Rwanda.

Judy is a registered community health nurse/ midwife and recognized nursing leader in Africa with over 25 years’ experience in clinical nursing and education programs. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton and a master’s degree in Advancing Health Care Practice from the University of Manchester in the UK.

Judy is currently the Africa Representative for Nursing Now, the global campaign to raise the status and profile of nurses and midwives worldwide, the Secretary of AFREhealth, the convening body for health professions education and research in Africa, an advisory member of the Global Nursing Caucus, board member of AfroPHC which is the continent’s overarching initiative on Primary Health Care and board member of AfriPEN, Africa’s interprofessional education collaborative.

Judy is the 2019 recipient of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) Global HIV Award.


Mary Baltasary Haule

Mary B. Haule has been in the oncology field at ORCI for almost 28 years. Served as Chief Nurse for over 15 years. Served on many international collaborations in oncology nursing and participating in palliative care forums at conferences.


Dr. Khatuna Dolidze

Dr. Khatuna Dolidze has a wide range of experience consulting to national policy development initiatives. Her initiation of an innovative program addressing children facing health challenges is widely respected. She has developed university and post-graduate training programs and policy implementation mechanisms. Her work has encompassed a wide variety of challenges facing the most vulnerable and marginalized children and government responses to their needs in health, education and protection. Her research experience includes intensive work on qualitative research on children under the hospitalized stress. She holds a PhD in psychology.


Tamara Teixeira

Tamara is Continuous Improvement and Patient Navigation Lead for Oncology at Hospital Alemão Oswaldo Cruz. Institutional Affairs Director and Founder of ABRENFOH (Brazilian Association of Oncology and Hematology Nursing). Student of the Master of Nursing Science Program Universidade Federal de São Paulo.

With 16 years working at cancer centers, delivery of care, clinical trials, continuing education, people and services management are areas of expertise. The first international certification for an oncology service in Brazil, the position of the first Brazilian nurse as a medical scientific liaison at a multinational biopharmaceutical company, ABRENFOH foundation and the organization of the I International Meeting in Oncology Nursing with ONS endorsement and ASCO support, are the assurance of right choices in professional life. Together with two princesses, wonderful husband and family, oncology patients and nurses are the reasons to move forward, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.


Haytham Abu Senjar

I am Haytham Abu Senjar from Gaza, Palestine. I am 29 years old. I hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Palestine College of Nursing. I have been working as a nurse in the oncology department at European Gaza Hospital over the last 5 years. I am a palliative care team member at my hospital and an active member of several local and international cancer-related organisations(please refer to my CV in the attachments). I have been selected by the IAHPC as the first palliative care advocate in the Gaza Strip. However, I gave speeches in many palliative care events(workshops, webinars, conferences) online or face-to-face, e.g. The 8th International Conference on Pain Management and Palliative Care in Palestine in 2019. I had an article on “Palliative Care and Islamic Ethics,” published by the journal of the Islamic University of Gaza in 2019.


Jemi Pullanthara

Work as Head Nursing at Tata Trusts Cancer Care Programme since April 2018 and responsible for Nursing strategy to implement Tata Trusts Ambitious Cancer Care Initiative, ensuring affordable, high quality health care to millions of Indians closer to their homes through Community Outreach Programmes(COP), Institutional Care, palliative Care and Rehabilitation focusing on the entire spectrum of life cycle of a person affected by Cancer.

Before joining the current position, worked in various clinical nursing positions, Nursing education, Quality and Administration. Won National and International Awards for the project “Reducing Nursing Documentation Time” in clinical setting.

Associated with National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) since 2008 and has more than 50 Hospital Accreditation and Nursing Excellence Certification Assessments across India to the credit.


Ligia Rios

My name is Ligia Rios. I am a Pediatric Oncologist. Since 2017, I work at the Pediatric and Adolescent Oncology Unit of the Edgardo Rebagliati Hospital, in Lima, Peru. I have done observerships at Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital (USA) and at the Children’s Center Boldrini (Brazil). I have published about parental age and risk of solid tumors, and the experience of my hospital on Ewing’s sarcoma in children and adolescents. Since I was a medical student, I always dreamed of being able to work with children and adolescents with cancer, they are a special population that always teaches us.


Rehana Punjwani

Rehana Punjwani is currently the Manager-Research Unit at The Indus Hospital Karachi, Pakistan. This important role is one she fulfills while being the first nurse enrolled the Global Child Health graduate program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

A highly accomplished professional in her field who has worked for over 20 years, with 16 years of expertise in pediatric oncology nursing, she is passionate about the field and how it can be transformed in Pakistan.

She is a founder of the first Pediatric Oncology Nursing Education Department in Pakistan that was initiated in 2009, which has since trained more than 350 nurses from all over the country and 15 international nurses from countries in Asia and Africa.


Ho Sweet Lee

Ms Ho became a specialised oncology Nurse in 2002. Completed her Bachelors in nursing from Monash University Australia (2007) and currently pursuing Masters in counselling to enhance her delivery of more effective and holistic education and service.

Experience in taking care of adult and paediatric patients in haematology and oncology. Currently working as a senior manager in learning and development at Beacon Hospital, one of the well-known cancer care hospitals in Malaysia.


HRH Princess Dina Mired

HRH Princess Dina Mired is Immediate Past-President for Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and global anti-cancer advocate. First and foremost, Princess Dina is a mother of a cancer survivor.

She established and led the King Hussein Cancer Foundation from 2002 to 2016, transforming this organisation.

Princess Dina is a leading national and global figure in advocacy work on behalf of cancer patients and their families and a fierce advocate in the fight against tobacco, globally.

Testament to her outstanding leadership, Princess Dina delivered a keynote speech at the opening of the United Nation’s General Assembly for Cancer Control and Non-Communicable Diseases in 2011. In September of 2018, Princess Dina was chosen again to speak at the third high-level meeting on NCDs as “Eminent Champion of the fight against Non-communicable diseases” on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCD’s)

Princess Dina is the First Patron for The International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) and a Member of WHO Expert Technical Group for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer.

A University of Warwick Graduate, Princess Dina has been conferred with many honorary titles and awards for work in cancer care, leadership, social responsibility and advocacy.


Lorena Segovia Weber

Nurse from the University of Chile trained in HSCT in Curitiba, Brazil. Certified in Pediatric Hemato-oncology by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. Currently, Director of the Latina American Center for Pediatric Oncology Nursing Education: A St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital initiative, in collaboration with Dr. Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, in Santiago, Chile.

Active member of the Subcommittee of the Association of Pediatric Hemato-oncology Nurses (APHON), which has been working on the development and implementation of the APHON chemotherapy and biotherapy Spanish course for providers and instructors. I received the APHON “Patricia Greene Leadership Award” (2016) and the “APHON Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Instructor of the Year Award” (2019) Member of the International Society for Pediatric Oncology (SIOP)


Richard Sullivan

Richard Sullivan is Professor of Cancer and Global Health at King’s College London, Director of the Institute of Cancer Policy and co-Director of the Conflict and Health Research Group. Richard is an NCD advisor to the WHO, civil-military advisor to Save the Children, and a member of the National Cancer Grid of India. His research focuses on global cancer policy and planning, and health systems strengthening, particularly conflict ecosystems. He runs many research programmes ranging from automated radiotherapy planning for low resource settings, to political economy to build affordable, equitable cancer control plans. Richard has led five Lancet Oncology Commissions.


Nadine Ghobreel Abdo

Graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1999. Started to work at one of the big medical centers in Beirut in that same year as a registered nurse in a general paediatric unit. After around 2 years, rotated in the paediatric intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, and normal nursery thus broadening her expertise in paediatrics. In the year 2002, she transferred to a paediatric oncology unit in an effort to prosper in a new and dynamic environment. In the year 2003, she assumed the role of a nurse manager for that same inpatient unit and contributed to its expansion, remodelling and relocation.


Rima Saad

A master’s prepared and Certified Paediatric Haematology Oncology Nurse with 15 years clinical experience encompassing basic and advanced nursing roles, the latest being Clinical Nurse Specialist for paediatric oncology for over 5 years. I have completed the nursing fellowship program at Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2007 and the research fellowship at the University of Michigan and at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 2019. Currently, I am pursuing my PhD in Nursing Sciences with a research focus on paediatric palliative care. I have participated in several national, regional and international conferences as a speaker or attendee and earned several nursing awards. I am a member in the Sigma Theta Tau and SIOP PODC nursing and palliative care groups.


Ahmed Abu-Afifeh

Ahmed Abu-Afifeh is a Registered nurse who is working in an operation room since 4 years as a senior nurse, especially in onco-surgeries , before that he experienced working in the ICU department for 5 years at Beit-Jala governmental hospital. He has almost 11 years of nursing experience. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Hebrvon University in 2010 and then earned his H.D degree in palliative care at Bethlehem University in 2019 and master degree is still in progress. He is a member of Al-Sadeel society for palliative care since 2012, he also has 8 years of experience as a nurse educator, teaching baccalaureate students at Hebron and Al-Quds Universities.


Neil Ranasinghe

Parent of a survivor of ALL; now a healthy young adult studying physics at university. For over ten years have been involved in reviewing paediatric oncology clinical trial documentation to ensure it can be understood by parents and patients. This is to help parents decide whether to enrol their child onto a clinical trial. Note I mentioned “help parents decide” and avoided the words “informed decision”. I am also involved with the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP). This is providing access to training and materials to help clinicians in LMIC treat children with cancer, often without formal training.


Edna Adan Ismail

The daughter of Somaliland’s best-loved doctor, Edna saw first-hand how poor healthcare, lack of education and ancient superstitions had devastating effects, especially on women.

When she suffered the trauma of FGM as a young girl, Edna’s determination was set.

The first girl from Somaliland to win an educational scholarship in Britain and first midwife to practise in Somaliland, Edna became a formidable teacher and campaigner for women’s health. Amid a bloody fight for independence, Edna rose to become Somaliland’s First Lady and first female cabinet minister. This extraordinary woman never forgot her roots.

Edna build her own hospital, brick by brick, training future generations in one of the Horn of Africa’s finest University Hospitals.


Silvija Piskorjanac

Cancer Nurse Specialist with almost 30 years experience in cancer nursing. Head Mentor for cancer nurses at University Hospital Osijek (Croatia).
Main focus of interest are palliative care and symptom management.
Master’s Degree of Nursing Science at University J. J. Strossmayer in Osijek and currently PhD candidate at Postgraduate Doctoral Study in Biomedicine and Health at University J. J. Strossmayer in Osijek.
Among other activities becomes permanent Lecturer at the University J. J. Strossmayer, Osijek; Faculty of Dental Medicine and Health – Department of Nursing in a field of Cancer Nursing, Ethics and Philosophy.
For several years performed duty of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Chair of the Commission for Nursing at the Croatian Ministry of Health.
President of the Working Group for developing guidelines on Cancer Nursing care at the Croatian Chamber of Nurses. Executive Board member of Croatian Oncology and Hematology Nursing Society and Croatian representative in European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS).


Dr. Kenneth Anthony Fleming

Dr Fleming qualified in the University of Glasgow in 1968 and has been an academic pathologist for over 45 years. Dr Fleming has had several major leadership positions in academic medicine, including Dean of Medicine at the University of Oxford from 2000 till 2008.

Since 2008, the problem of lack of good quality pathology in many countries has been his focus. He has set up a MMed for Pathology in Zambia, directed the International Department at the Royal College of Pathologists and was Senior Adviser for Pathology to the Centre for Global Heath at the NCI. He is currently serving as a WHO adviser for several areas of pathology and chairing the Lancet Commission on Diagnostics.


Dana Nur

I’m a Palliative care nurse, community nurse instructor, as well as a wound specialist in east Jerusalem. I hold a bachelor degree in nursing, high diploma in oncology and palliative care and currently doing my master degree in the same subject. I have worked for 5 years in primary clinics, and since 2 years as palliative care nurse for cancer, and non-cancer patients. In addition, I work in a wound clinic for all types of burns, ulcers, wounds, and pressure sores. I believe my super power is that I can always draw a smile on my patient’s face no matter what they are going through.


Justin Baker, M.D.

Justin Baker, M.D., has one of the hardest jobs at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As chief of the Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care, he works with patients who are facing the very real possibility of death. He is viewed as a leader in integrating palliative care into the ongoing care of children with cancer – a topic he frequently is asked to speak on both nationally and internationally.

His work also includes collaborating with other physicians and provider teams to make sure patients concerns and issues are being heard throughout their treatment. Additionally, Dr. Baker works with bereaved parents of patients to educate other doctors and health care staff on how to deliver bad news to families.


Vicky Opia

Vicky is a specialist palliative care nurse working in a remote corner of Northern Uganda – Adjumani. In Adjumani access to health care, including cancer care, can be a challenge for both the host population and the same number again of refugees who have fled the conflict in Southern Sudan. Vicky is trained as a nurse, a palliative care specialist and has undertaken a Fellowship in Leadership. These skills alongside supportive family, amazing colleagues and rich partnerships have led her to a place where she can really make a difference though so much more needs to be done. She is the focal point for palliative care in Adjumani District, works in the District Hospital and also founded an NGO, Peace Hospice, to help extend the work of chronic disease and palliative care right into peoples homes including the refugee settlements. She has been involved in partneshios with Makerere, ICPCN, the University of Edinburgh and CairdeasIPCT and has been able to represent the work in district, regional, national and international fora. She is not only a palliative care specialist, but an advocate, researcher, presenter, trainer, mentor, a coach, and a multi skilled person.


Naomi Oyoe Ohene Oti

Naomi Oyoe Ohene Oti is an Oncology Nurse Specialist and Head of Nursing at the National Radiotherapy, Oncology and Nuclear Medicine Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana. She is also the Registry Manager of the Accra Cancer Registry. Naomi serves as the Vice President for Nursing of the African Organization for Research and Treatment in Cancer (AORTIC) and the Regional Ambassador for Africa for the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC).

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Maura Buchanan

Maura is an Independent Nursing & Healthcare Adviser having retired from the NHS in 2012. She was Nursing & Quality Projects Lead at the Oxford University Hospitals Trust. Her clinical specialty was neurosurgery -working in Glasgow, London and Oxford.
Since relocating back to Scotland in 2014, she is Deputy Nursing Director for ScotNursing, a Glasgow based agency providing nursing and care services. Maura served as the elected President of the Royal College of Nursing from 2006–2010, Deputy President from 2002-2006 and as Chair of RCN Congress from 1998-2002.
Her professional interests include Healthcare Ethics and Global Health. From Oct 2012- Dec 2014 she was Acting Director of the Uganda UK Health Alliance and also a Trustee of THET (Tropical Health Education Trust) from 2009-2015.

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Paola Viveros

Paola Viveros Lamas, BSN, RN, CPHON
Nurse from the University of Chile trained in HSCT in Curitiba, Brazil. Certified in Pediatric Hemato-oncology by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. Currently, Nurse Supervisor of the Latin American Center for Pediatric Oncology Nursing Education: An international initiative of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in collaboration with Dr. Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, in Santiago, Chile.

Active member of the Subcommittee of the Association of Pediatric Hemato-oncology Nurses (APHON), which has been working on the development and implementation of the APHON chemotherapy and biotherapy Spanish course for providers and instructors. I received the APHON “Patricia Greene Leadership Award” (2016) and the “APHON Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Instructor of the Year Award” (2019)

Member of the International Society for Pediatric Oncology (SIOP)

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Mariam Ndagire

Mariam Ndagire is a pediatric oncology nurse working at the Uganda Cancer Institute with 8 years experience caring for children with cancer.

Ndagire is a member of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) and will be the nurse leader for the SIOP Africa conference in 2022. 


Dr Louise Soanes

Louise is currently Chief Nurse at Teenage Cancer Trust, before that she was Nurse Consultant at UCLH (University College London Hospitals) NHS Foundation Trust. Throughout her career, Louise has worked in a variety of clinical, academic and managerial roles. She has extensive experience in teenage and young adult cancer care and a detailed understanding of the opportunities and challenges that charities face when delivering services in partnership with the NHS. Louise is the author of a recent publication titled: A Practical Approach to the Care of Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer published by Springer International Publishing in 2018.


Vivian Gyasi-Sarfo

Mrs. Vivian Gyasi-Sarfo is the President of the Peace and Love Survivors Association (PALSA). Peace And Love Survivors Association is a group of breast cancer survivors of Peace and Love Hospitals in Ghana. She works at the hospital as a Peer Navigator and at the Counselling and Guidance Department. She speaks with the newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Vivian is a member of Breast Care International, a non- governmental organization (NGO) in Ghana, and a subsidiary of the Peace and Love Hospitals which organises free education and clinical screening on breast cancer for communities, churches, schools and other organised groups. During the outreach programs, she shares her testimony to back the lectures by the experts. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2005 at the Peace and Love Hospital. She underwent her treatment and has survived for fifteen (15) years and still counting. She is a proud breast cancer survivor and uses her experience as evidence that it is survivable. Vivian is also a member of the Ghana Non-Communicable Disease Alliance (GhNCDA). She has participated in several projects and meetings internationally and locally. Vivian is happily with three children and a grandchild.