Dr. Norah Obudho

Norah Obudho, East Africa Director, WomenLift Health

Dr. Norah Obudho

East Africa Director, WomenLift Health

Norah comes on board with a wealth of experience in leadership, management and public health. She is a qualified medical doctor and public health specialist.

Her career spans over 15 years with a genuine interest in the interface of public health and project management. She has designed, managed and led teams in various public health programs including HIV, MNCH, Sexual and Reproductive health and rights and empowerment programs. She has led projects funded by USAID, CDC, EU, GF, VLAD, HP and World Bank.

Norah is a graduate of the Nairobi University with a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery. In addition, she attained her Master degree in Public Health at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel where she maintains an alumni membership. Norah is also a proud alumni of the Afya Bora Consortium where she attained a certificate in Global Health Leadership. Norah enjoys outdoor activities, music, reading and travel.

All Sessions by Dr. Norah Obudho

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Reimagining Leadership in Global Health: What’s Power got to do with it?

Led by: WomenLift Health.

Globally, the emerging discourse on women’s leadership is around redefining narratives and cultures of power grounded in equality and justice. Power has often been considered as a binary, masculine, often synonymous with men in opposition to those who don't hold it, largely women. On the contrary power is not a binary; in fact, it is multi-layered and complex. Incorporated within power are ideas of access to money, people, spaces, and information. Discussions of reimagining leadership in the context of power prompts us to think about the complexity of redistributing power and creating more dissonance in who has access and under what conditions.

This session will convene leaders from organizations that have been walking the talk- of shifting power and creating models of shared leadership with a vision to democratize and achieve higher and sustainable impact. We believe the conversation of reimagining leadership needs to be pegged to important discussions around redistributing power. We want to bring an honest conversation about what it takes to shift power to reimagine leadership as we know it, between those who have reimagined leadership and practiced it in their institutions and participants at the WLH Conference.

The panel will explore these questions: How are organizations restructuring and redistributing assets and opportunities to develop shared leadership models? What does it mean to identify meaningful, contextual objectives for reimagining leadership, and have they been able to allocate resources to achieve these objectives? What are some of the expected outcomes of the process of shifting power, and how effectively are these achieved? What is the role of traditional “HQs” in localization processes? What does localization mean to the diverse stakeholders who are experiencing the change? How do roles and relationships change? What are some of the reflections of this process amongst those who have tried to shift power?

1. Ms. Benter Owour: IPAS Global Network Advisor, Uganda
2. Gunjan Veda, Global Secretary, The Movement for Community-led Development, USA
3. Ms. Joanna Mbakulo: Uganda Country Coordinator, Movement for Community Led Development (MCLD), Uganda
4. Ms. Evelyne Opondo, Director, ICRW Africa, Kenya
5. Dr. Norah Obudho, East Africa Director, WomenLift Health, Kenya

1. Sia Nowrojee, Senior Director, Girls & Women Strategy, United Nations Foundation, USA/KENYA, WLH NA 2020
2. Dr Nandini Oomman, CEO, Samya Ventures, USA/INDIA WLH NA 2020
3. Dr Priya Nanda: Global Health Research and Evaluation Specialist, INDIA, WLH INDIA 2021

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

African Women Rising: Investing in Women as Global Health Leaders for Sustainable Development

Led by: WomenLift Health.

Like in many other regions around the world, African women are at the forefront of healthcare delivery across the continent, providing both paid and unpaid labor where it is needed most. Yet their leadership potential remains largely untapped, with African women making up just a fraction of the 5% representation of women from low- and middle-income countries at the helm of global health organizations. This session will bring together a diverse selection of progressive African professionals to explore the critical need for investing in African women's leadership in global health. Panelists will unpack the realities of African women’s participation in health, share their own experiences, highlight the impacts of empowering women as decision-makers, and outline strategies to accelerate investment in African women as global health leaders for sustainable development.

Moderator: Akhona Tshangale, Southern Africa Director, WomenLift Health

1. Dr. Norah Obudho, East Africa Director, WomenLift Health
2. Ms. Abosede George-Ogan, Founder, Women in Leadership Advancement Network (WILAN)
3. Awa Sarr, Program Director, EtriLabs
4. Oley Dibba-Wadda ,Executive Director, The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development
5. Klara Michal, Chief Learning Officer, AMP HEALTH