Dr. Samu Dube

Dr. Samukeliso Dube, Executive Director, FP2030

Dr. Samu Dube

Executive Director, FP2030

Dr. Dube’s 20 years’ experience in health care has included several senior roles in the delivery and financing of health care and global health programs, the latest of which was as a Director at Afrocentric Health leading Health Policy and Medical Advisory for the Group. She has led strategy and Business development at Philips, where she also served as Medical Counsel for Africa. Dr. Dube worked at ArK as Head of Healthcare Investments prior to which she was Africa Director at PATH, leading Global Campaign for Microbicides. This experience spans across geographies, most of which has been spent delivering various models of health care in Africa. Dr. Dube is currently the Executive Director of FP2030, the only Global organization focusing solely on Family Planning.

Dr. Dube has a Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MD) from the University of Zimbabwe, a Master’s in Public Health (MPH), a Diploma Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases (DTMH) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master’s in Finance and Investments (MMFI) all from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a Leadership Advancement Program in Strategy from Harvard Business School. She is a certified physician coach and spends some of her time coaching doctors to lead for better healthcare

All Sessions by Dr. Samu Dube

7:00 am - 9:00 am
Kilimanjaro Hall

Mentorship Breakfast

The Mentoring Breakfast reflects WomenLift’s commitment to envisioning a world where diverse, accomplished leaders collectively transform global health outcomes. This breakfast gathering has consistently been one of the most popular sessions of our previous conferences. It is a unique opportunity for early- and mid-career leaders to connect with each other and to gain from the vast experience of senior health leaders such as our keynote speakers, Prof Rhoda Wanyenze and Dr. Samukeliso Dube. The session will begin with the keynote speakers sharing their stories, including key inflection points in their journey, big risks they took, and when they experienced ‘aha’ moments. This will be followed by a Q&A with the audience of mentees and table mentors moderated by our Southern Africa Director, Akhona Tshangela.

WomenLift Health Alumnae will have the role of Table Mentors. Each table has been assigned a theme that corresponds to the table mentor’s expertise. This is a unique opportunity for WomenLift Alumnae to pay forward what they have gained from their careers and the Leadership Journey. Like the keynote mentors, they will briefly share their stories, but most of the time at the table will be for mentees to ask them questions. We’ll also have some suggested discussion prompts ready at the table. We have chosen a diverse set of table mentors representing various health domains and expertise. We hope every mentee can find a theme and a mentor to connect with. Check out the profiles of our keynote speakers and table mentors. Build a new relationship. Find a new mentor. RSVP while we still have space!

WomenLift Alumnae Table Mentors


Name and Title

Table Theme

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Adanna Chukwuma

Senior Director, Global Impact Measurement


Private Sector and Multilaterals

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Amina Muhtar

Senior Program Officer

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Philanthropy and Private Sector

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Aling’ Achieng’

Senior Program Manager, Global SRH

Clinton Health Access Initiative

Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy, Implementation, and Measurement

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Evelyne Opondo

Africa Regional Director

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)- Africa Region

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Jackline Aridi

Faculty /Director

Strathmore University


WomenLift Health Alumnae

Jacqueline Kitulu

General Practitioner & Board Director with HHI B.V, E-Plus Kenya, and PATH (K)

Physicians in Africa

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Ines Buki

Country Director

Chemonics International

Health Systems

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Kashmira Date

Medical and Scientific Affairs Lead, Global Health Equity, Johnson & Johnson

Vaccine Development and Private Sector

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Maimunat Alex-Adeomi

Director of Global Training and Implementation

American Academy of Pediatrics

Maternal Newborn and Child Health


WomenLift Health Alumnae

Milly Kaggwa

Senior Technical Advisor and Acting Head of Quality of Care, Population Services International (PSI)

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Nelly Munyasia

Executive Director

Reproductive Health Network Kenya

Reproductive Health Systems and Policy

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Schola Matovu

Assistant Professor

University of Utah College of Nursing

Director of Global and International Health (Interim)


Inclusion in Global Health: Global Nursing

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Shubha Nagesh

Chapter Development Consultant Asia-Pacific & Middle-East

Women in Global Health

Inclusion in Global Health: Disability Rights

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Sia Nowrojee

Senior Director, Girls & Women Strategy

United Nations Foundation

Gender Equality

WomenLift Health Alumnae

Christine Ngaruiya

Population and Global Health Research Director, Department of Emergency Medicine

Stanford School of Medicine

Clinician Scientists and NCD Research


WomenLift Health Alumnae

Joyce Wanderi

Chief Program Officer

Girl Effect

Social Behavior Change

9:15 am - 10:15 am
Auditorium (Selous)

Panel: Policies that work

Despite growing public commitment to gender equality in the workplace – including in global health – there continues to be notably few women at the highest levels of leadership. Meaningfully changing existing power imbalances requires concrete actions within institutions, including policies and practices that create inclusive environments, respond to the unique sexual and reproductive health needs of women, address historic inequities around pay, and protect from gender discrimination and harassment. This panel will spotlight key leaders and organizations who have successfully implemented policies and practices to create more equitable workplaces and outline why women’s leadership is critical to institutional success.

Video Address:
Prof Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan, DAE - Homi Bhabha Chair Professor, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Moderator: Dr. Iris Mwanza, Deputy Director of Women in Leadership, Gender Equality Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

1. Dr. Rohini Anand, Founder and CEO, Rohini Anand LLC
2. Dr. Samukeliso Dube, Executive Director, FP 2030
3. Mr. Paul Kasimu, Chief Human Resources Officer, Safaricom PLC
4. Dr. Maliha Khan, Executive Director and CEO, Women Deliver

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Championing Youth Leadership in the SRHR/Family Planning Sector: Lessons from FP2030

Led by FP2030.

The sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents and youth must be met to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Within the 10-29 demographic, there are SRH challenges faced by youth of all genders, but adolescent girls bear unique needs, aspirations, and compounding challenges. Focusing on adolescents and youth increases sustainability, has a three-generation impact, and decreases the need for future social behavior change interventions as their behaviors are shaped during adolescence. FP2030, a global partnership centered solely on family planning works with youth leaders and advocates as part of its group of technical leaders who oversee the country’s FP2030 commitment to family planning. This session’s focus aligns with the third conference theme: Advancing Women’s Leadership in Health. Specifically, the discussion will focus on best practices for promoting future women’s and youth leadership as a critical path to the success of the FP2030 partnership and building its legacy and future leaders in FP service delivery, policy advocacy, and research.

Opening Remarks: Dr Samukeliso Dube, Executive Director, FP2030

Moderator: Dr Sheila Macharia, Managing Director FP2030 ESA Hub

1. Ms. Shalom Mwape, Youth leader Zambia
2. Ms. Ninabina Davie Kitururu, Youth leader Tanzania
3. Ms. Sesilia Shirima, CSO/YLO