Lizz Ntonjira

Lizz Ntonjira, Communications and Engagement Director, WomenLift Health

Lizz Ntonjira

Communications and Engagement Director, WomenLift Health

Lizz is a public affairs professional with extensive experience gained within several roles in the public, private, and international development sectors spanning over 17 years. She currently leads the design and implementation of a complex strategy addressing global partner engagement, advocacy and strategic communications to raise awareness about women's leadership, create a compelling case for change and most importantly, encourage and support concrete actions by women, male allies and influencers for equality in health leadership. Lizz is also an award-winning author and a public speaker on a variety of topics, including, branding & digital media, risk communication & community engagement, adolescent health & advocacy, misinformation and disinformation among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, a post graduate Professional Diploma in Public Relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in the UK, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Strathmore University. She is also a Public Policy Management Fellow from Virginia Commonwealth University in the US, and a recipient of former US President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (2015). Lizz is a PhD fellow in Healthcare Management at Strathmore Business School.

All Sessions by Lizz Ntonjira

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