Alex Jakana

Alex Jakana

Alex Jakana

Senior Program Officer Philanthropic Partnerships, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

An Unwavering Believer in the Power of Partnership, Alex is a Senior Program Officer on the Philanthropic Partnerships Team at the Gates Foundation with eight years of experience in partnership development, advanced negotiation, networking, stakeholder management, and fundraising.

Over this time, He has managed a portfolio of grants and contracts in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the USA (including funding the first-ever gender desk in an African newsroom)

Before joining the foundation, Alex was an Executive Producer of editorial partnerships at the BBC in London, the culmination of an eighteen-year-long career as an international multimedia journalist.

Alex was born and raised in Uganda, has lived, and worked on three continents, and is a passionate advocate of collaboration!

All Sessions by Alex Jakana

11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Mt Meru

Elevating Women’s Leadership in Health Media Coverage

Led by: WomenLift Health.

Despite progress in gender equity and women's empowerment, there remains a significant gap in the representation of women leaders in health coverage by the media.The session will explore the “invisibility” of women in news coverage and focus on how journalists think about covering health stories, including those related to women’s leadership in the health sector. The session aims to provide a platform for journalists to share insights, identify gaps, and discuss challenges they face in highlighting the stories and voices of women leading in health. The session will also explore how best women leaders can become key opinion shapers in the news. By fostering dialogue and collaboration, we seek to address these challenges and work towards increasing the visibility and impact of women's leadership in health.

Moderator: Lizz Ntonjira, Communications and Engagement Director WomenLift Health

1. Dr Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, CEO at Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation
2. Dorcas Odumbe, Gender & Education Editor, Kenya's Nation Media Group
3. Alex Jakana, Senior Program Officer Philanthropic Partnerships, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
4. Mr Abraham Mariita, Project Director, Internews