Dr Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro

Dr Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro, CEO at Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation

Dr Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro

CEO at Benjamin W. Mkapa Foundation

Dr. Ellen is a renowned leader in Tanzania's public health, with over 28 years of experience boasting a three-dimensional understanding of Tanzania’s health sector from working with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, multilateral organizations, and Non-Government Organizations (NGO). She currently works as the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation from 2006 to date.

Dr. Ellen is a Medical Doctor by profession with a master’s degree in public health and an award recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Science D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) bestowed by The Hubert Kairuki Memorial University-Tanzania, on the massive wide-ranging contribution and success in the health sector.

Through Dr. Ellen's visionary leadership, a coalition of Non-State Actors (NSAs) in the Health Sector was adopted with the Mkapa Foundation leading as the secretariat. She has represented the Non-State Actors in various policy and strategic in-country and International health sector-related dialogues with the Governments, Development Partners, and Private Sector.

All Sessions by Dr Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro

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