2017 Speaker Bios





Kwaku Agyeman Manu is a Member of Parliament (MP) for Dormaa Central in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana.  He has been MP for Dormaa West for several years where he served his people very well and also in different capacities in Government.

Kwaku Agyeman Manu is a product of University of Ghana where he had his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Statistics. He also attended the London School of Accountancy where he chartered as a management accountant.  He is an affable and astute politician and served in various leadership positions in Government (2001-2009) as Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Interior, Finance, Roads and Transport, Transport and Communication and acted briefly as the Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance Authority. His leadership skills and competence made him the choice to be, initially the Vice Chairman and later as the substantive Chairman for Public Accounts Committee where he distinguished himself and excelled by unearthing several financial malpractices in Ghana’s Public Accounts.  He is recognised in the region as an executive member of the West African Association of Public Accounts Committee (WAAPAC), the Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committee (CAPAC) and the African Region Public Accounts Committee (AFROPAC).

Kwaku Agyeman Manu is a high skilled professional and politician. He is the Minister for Health of the Republic of Ghana and also the Board Chairman for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) headquartered in Geneva.  He is married and a father of many children.



Francis Aboagye-Nyame

Director, Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS)


Francis Aboagye-Nyame is the Program Director for the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program and the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems Program, a USAID-funded program implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and based in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Aboagye-Nyame has over 20 years experience in pharmaceutical and supply chain management in developing countries and has worked on pharmaceutical sector assessments within both the public and faith-based health care sectors. Previously, he worked as Country Program Manager for the Supply Chain Management Systems (SCMS) Project in Botswana, Ethiopia, Namibia, and Tanzania. He was involved in the establishment of the Regional Pharmaceutical Forum of the East, Central, and Southern Africa (ECSA) region and in the development of the Coordinated Informed Buying Program, a regional collaboration for procurement initiatives in the ECSA region. Mr. Aboagye-Nyame was also involved in the assessment and design of MSH’s Strategies for Enhancing Access to Medicines (SEAM) Program in Ghana. Before coming to MSH, he was the head of the Procurement Unit at the Ghana Ministry of Health (MOH), with responsibilities for procuring goods, works, and services and for establishing and institutionalizing procurement policies, procedures, and systems in the Ministry; he also served as a pharmacist and Deputy Program Manager of the Ghana National Drugs Program at the Ministry. Mr. Aboagye-Nyame has experience in formulating policy; implementing and monitoring programs and activities aimed at promoting rational drug use; strengthening quality assurance of pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical systems; improving the financing of drugs; and supply chain management. He also has extensive experience in the design and provision of training in pharmaceutical and supply chain management at the national and international levels.




Dr Prashant Yadav

Strategy Leader-Supply Chain

Integrated Delivery

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Prashant Yadav is Strategy Leader-Supply Chains at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Medical School. Before joining the Foundation, Prashant held teaching and research positions in supply chain management at the University of Michigan, the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program and the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics.  Prashant is the author of over 25 peer reviewed scientific publications on health care supply chains and his work has been featured in prominent print and broadcast media including The Economist, The Financial Times, Nature and BBC. Prashant has served on multiple US National Academy of Medicine Expert Committees on health supply chains and has been invited to testify in the US Congress and parliamentary committees in other countries on medicine supply chains and quality. His past advisory roles have included Chair of PSM Working Group at the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Chair of the Market Dynamics Advisory Group at the Global Fund, Chair of the AMF co-payment Technical Advisory Group at the Global Fund. Before academia, he worked in industry and consulting on supply chain strategy, especially for pharmaceutical and process companies. Prashant is a chemical engineer, has a MBA in Finance & Operations and a PhD in Management Science.



Dr Iain Barton

Healthcare Strategy Executive

Imperial Logistics

Dr. Iain Barton is a leading expert in developing and implementing best practice supply chain functions in Global Health. A committed South African, Iain is a medical doctor with 10 years clinical practice and 20 years in supply chain management. Dr Barton specializes in pharmaceutical supply chain solution design and market shaping start-ups. Iain is Healthcare Strategy Executive for Imperial Logistics, coordinating operations across all of Imperial’s healthcare businesses. Imperial is Africa’s largest logistics company and its healthcare operations deliver more than 350 million patient packs of medicine each year. Dr Barton was responsible for developing the concept of Regional Distribution Centers to support the scale-up of PEPFAR, which provides life-saving drugs and commodities for more than six million HIV patients in 17 countries across Africa. Other innovations developed under Iain’s leadership include Unjani Clinics, Warehouse-in-a-Box, Clinic-in-a-Box and Lulama Pharmacies. Iain has served on the Advisory Boards of Merck For Mothers, SA’s Public Health Enhancement Fund and People That Deliver.




Michael Heerde

Director HealthCare Programs at Bayer

Michael Heerde has successfully led companies & region during turn-round/crisis management, start-up, hypergrowth and post-merger integration phases in different healthcare segments like pharmaceuticals, generics, consumer health, and animal health. He has extensive experience along pharmaceutical value chain in Regulatory Affairs, Medical Affairs, Marketing, Business Development, Strategy and General Management functions. His specialties include emerging markets, international development aid Start-up, turnaround, post merger integration for pharmaceuticals, generics, consumer health, and animal health.




Kwasi Poku Boateng

Senior Manager of United States Pharmacopeia, Ghana

Mr. Boateng is a pharmacist, an ASQ Certified GMP Professional and Certified Quality Auditor with an MBA in Strategic & Project Management. He has 22 years experience in Quality Management and Manufacturing Industry.  He has worked in a number of institutions including Ghana Standards Authority; Phyto-Riker (GIHOC) Pharmaceuticals and Danadams Pharmaceuticals in Ghana. He has also worked as a Quality Management Consultant and been involved in the implementation of ISO 9001 and ISO 17025 in a number of organizations. He has provided technical support to medicines regulatory authorities in a number of African countries in the area of post marketing surveillance, medicines quality monitoring, capacity building and systems strengthening.  Currently he is the Manager of United States Pharmacopeia, Ghana.




Hon. Tolbert G. Nyenswah, LL.B, M.P.H.

Deputy Health Minister of Liberia on Ebola


Tolbert Nyenswah currently serves as the first Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, an entity, which was officially established on January 26, 2017, to prevent and control public health threats, post the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic, that devastated Liberia’s public health system and resulted in over 11,000 cases with close to 5,000 deaths in Liberia alone.

Prior to his appointment as Director General, Hon. Nyenswah became Liberia’s first Deputy Minister of Health for Disease Surveillance and Epidemic Control, in the Dept. of Public Health, which was created within the Ministry of Health, after the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first declaration that Liberia was free of Ebola in the human population. He had been appointed Incident Manager of the Incident Management System, responsible for leading Liberia’s National Ebola Response activities.

Mr. Nyenswah has worked in the public health sector in Liberia for the past eighteen years in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, now Ministry of Health, in several capacities, beginning as an office assistant in 1999. Since then, he rose to the position of Assistant Minister of Health and Deputy Chief Medical Office for Preventive Services, (2012-2015), responsible for the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as, mental health. Before assuming this position, he was the Deputy Program Manager of the National Malaria Control Program (2007-2011), overseeing the coordination of malaria control and prevention activities, formulating policies and implementation strategies. He also served concurrently, as the Acting Program Manager for two years (2009-2011).

As Acting and Deputy Program Manager, he was a senior malaria specialist, overseeing  the nationwide distribution of millions of bed nets and the effective treatment of millions of malaria cases in Liberia. Under his leadership, malaria prevalence was substantially reduced from 66 percent in 2005 to 28 percent by 2011. Nyenswah was instrumental in the development of the first National Health Policy and National Health Plan for Liberia in 2007.

Tolbert Nyenswah has received several distinguished service awards. In March, 2017, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented him with an Honor and Award Certificate  from the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. He was honored with the first Bloomberg Hopkins Emerging Leader Award, on September 19, 2016. This award was established by Bloomberg Philanthropies, in honor of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Centennial celebration, to recognize a student or alumni with the potential to impact public health on a large scale for years to come. He also received the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association in 2015, a distinction from amongst over 20,000 alumni globally. Additionally, Johns Hopkins University, Master of Public Health program, graced him with a Certificate of Recognition, in 2011.

In 2015, Nyenswah was awarded one of the Liberia’s highest honors, the Grand Commander, Order of the Star of Africa, by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, during Liberia’s 168th independence day anniversary, for his service as the Incident Manager, who coordinated the Incident Management System, that brought the Ebola crisis under control in Liberia. Also in 2015, he received the Golden Image Award, from Crusaders for Peace, a non-governmental organization in Liberia.

Tolbert Nyenswah obtained the following degrees and certificates: Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, U.S.A. (2012), Bachelor of Law degree (LL.B), Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, Monrovia Liberia (2009); Bachelor of Science (Biology and Chemistry), University of Liberia, Monrovia Liberia (2006).  Certificates/ (postgraduate diploma): Public Health Surveillance and Population Disease Control; Health & Human Rights, Public Health Law, Malaria in Pregnancy, Global Mental Health, among others.