Lulu Nair is a senior lecturer and clinician with a background in public health, clinical trial research in HIV and TB treatment and prevention and bioethics. Dr Nair has a noteworthy publication record and has served on the UKZN Biomedical Research Ethics Committee (BREC) and the REC of the South African MRC and is currently on the HREC of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University. She is currently a member of the Tygerberg Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee. She has served on the executive committees of CAPRISA (Centre for AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa) and the NIH funded Microbicides Trial Network (MTN) in addition to being a member of the strategic planning group of the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation and more recently on the Management Committee of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law (CMEL). In addition to having been the site principal investigator on HIV and TB prevention clinical trials she has been the protocol chair of 2 NIH funded studies focused on HIV prevention. She has an interest in HIV and STI prevention strategies for adolescent girls and young women and community engagement and the informed consent process for research participation. Lulu serves as an ethics co-investigator to the REDSSA project.
Keymanthri Moodley is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law (CMEL), Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Keymanthri is a specialist family physician, bioethicist and has served as a Principal Investigator on numerous clinical trials. In 2017, she was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC), USA. Additionally, Professor Moodley is a member of the Academy of Science in South Africa (ASSAf) and completed an Executive MBA in 2015. She is an NRF rated researcher and has served on the SAMRC Board, the NHREC and in international organisations: WHO, International AIDS Society (IAS), NIH DSMBs and the WHO SAGE Ebola Working Group. The CMEL was re-designated as a Collaborating Centre in Bioethics in 2019 by the WHO. Professor Moodley serves as Principal Investigator for the REDSSA project.
Nezerith Cengiz is a bioethics graduate conducting empirical research on the REDSSA
project at the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at Stellenbosch University. She completed
her undergraduate studies in Public Health from Monash University; and an Honours
degree and Master of Science in Bioethics and Health Law at the Steve Biko Centre for
Bioethics at the University of Witwatersrand. Her Masters’ thesis focused on carebots and
virtue ethics. Nezerith has a background working as a research assistant in vascular surgery
research and ophthalmology. Nezerith’s current research focuses on the perspectives of
REC members and researchers on data governance in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2022 she
is an ad hoc member of the Tygerberg Clinical Ethics Committee.
Adetayo Emmanuel Obasa
Adetayo Emmanuel Obasa is a medical virologist, lecturer at CMEL and HREC member at Stellenbosch University. He completed a postgraduate diploma in Applied Ethics and is currently completing a Master of Philosophy in Applied Ethics (Bioethics). He serves as a researcher to the REDSSA project.
Walter Jaoko (Kenya)
Walter Jaoko is a Professor of Medical Microbiology and Tropical Medicine, the Director of KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research at University of Nairobi, and Fellow of the Africa Academy of Sciences. He has over 30 years’ experience in teaching, research and post-graduate student supervision in infectious diseases transmission, pathology, treatment, prevention and control, and has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is also a bioethicist as an alumnus of the Fogarty funded ARESA training programme at Stellenbosch University where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Ethics, and a holder of a Master of Global Bioethics degree from Anahuac University.
Lillian Omutoko (Kenya)
Dr. Lillian Omutoko is an Educationist and Bioethicist. She holds a PhD in Education, a Master’s Degree in Global Bioethics, a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Ethics and a Certificate in Responsible Conduct in International Research. She is a Senior Lecturer at University of Nairobi, Department of Educational Management, Policy and Curriculum Studies. She received Fogarty Scholarship Awards from National Institutes of Health for a fellowship at University of Washington and Stellenbosch University. She is a Co-investigator in the project Strengthening Ethics Review and Oversight in Kenya sponsored by European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and a team member in the project ‘University of Nairobi –Ohio State University Project in One Health and Emergency Research Ethics (MOHERE)’ sponsored by National Institutes of Health. Lillian is part of the collaborative team involved in establishment of Hospital Ethics Committees in Kenya. She has presented papers and keynote addresses in several workshops and conferences in Bioethics nationally and internationally. She is a member of Kenyatta National Hospital- University of Nairobi Ethics Research Committee; Bioethics Society of Kenya; International Association of Ethics Education; Research Ethics Association of Southern Africa and also one of the founders of African Bioethics Network.
Stephen Ombok Muhudhia (Kenya)
Dr Muhudhia is a medical doctor, specialised in paediatrics and child health as well as bioethics. He has qualifications in Bioethics and Health Law. He has a Master's degree in Bioethics and Health Law from Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa, a Post Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Ethics, from the Centre for Bioethics and Culture of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplant in Karachi, Pakistan. He also has additional training by UNESCO in teaching of Bioethics and he is a UNESCO certified teacher of ethics. He undertook a research fellowship at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity of the Trinity International University in Illinois, USA, where he studied clinical and research ethical issues and was accorded recognition as the Bioethics Fellow of the Year, 2018. Dr Muhudhia is an adjunct professor of Bioethics at Trinity International University and a Co- Director of the Trinity International University Africa Bioethics Initiative program. He is a partime lecturer in bioethics at Kabarak University in Kenya. In addition, he serves as faculty on the CBEC-KEMRI Bioethics Training Initiative, an NIH-funded program for capacity building in the fields of Research Ethics, Clinical Ethics, Public Health Ethics, Research methodology and IRB administration.Dr Muhudhia is a member of the Scientific, Ethics and Research Unit (SERU) of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). He has served for two years on the IRB of Gertrude's Institute of Child Health and Research in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr Muhudhia is a member of the Bioethics Society of Kenya.
Alwyn Mwinga (Zambia)
Dr Alwyn Mwinga is a Physician trained at the University of Zambia with a special interest in TB, HIV, and bioethics. Dr Mwinga served a member of the University of Zambia Ethics Committee for 10 years and is currently a member of Ethics Advisory Group for the Union. She is currently a member of the Board of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) as a patient representative. Dr Mwinga has post-graduate qualifications from the University of Zambia, the University of London, and Stellenbosch University. She served as Associate Editor for the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases for 10 years, as an Associate Editor for the Lancet Infectious Diseases as well as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Lancet. She has served as external reviewer for research proposals with various organizations including the MRC (UK), European Commission, the International Development Research Centre (Canada) and the Union (Fund for Innovative DOTS Expansion using Local Initiatives). She has served as a member of the Data Safety Monitoring Committee and Trial Steering Committees for several clinical trials and was a member of TDR Scientific Working Group for Research Capacity Strengthening and Knowledge Management. She is the Chairperson for the Zambian Ministry of Health's Tuberculosis Technical Working Group. She is the Chief Executive Officer for Zambart, an independent research organization based in Zambia that is renowned for conducting high quality community randomised trials in Zambia.
Esperança Sevene (Mozambique)
Dr Esperança Sevene graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in 1993, did a master's in Pharmacoepidemiology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2000 and a PhD in Medicine at the University of Barcelona in 2009. She worked on the safe use of medicines and vaccines and was involved in implementing pharmacovigilance in several countries in collaboration with World Health Organization. She was involved in creating the National Bioethics Committee for Health in 2002. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, serving as Director of the Doctoral Program in Biosciences and Public Health at UEM, Senior Researcher at the Manhiça Health Research Center and Vice-President of the National Bioethics Committee for Health.
Mareli Claassens (Namibia)
Mareli Claassens is a medical doctor and an associate research professor at the University of Namibia, She is also an African research leader funded by the British Medical Research Council (MRC), a Senior Fellow of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and Harvard LEAD fellow in Global Health. Her research focuses on tuberculosis, HIV and Covid-19 especially within marginalized societies in Southern Africa, like the San, an indigenous group in northeast Namibia, who suffers a very high burden of tuberculosis. Mareli Claassens aims to improve implementation gaps by bringing the bench to the bedside and the community through participatory and community engagement approaches, in conjunction with state-of-the-art diagnostics and other technologies. She believes that transdisciplinary approaches, for instance One Health, could have a monumental impact on health outcomes. Engaging with young girls and women to make their way in the STEMM fields is close to her heart. She is currently involved in a project titled WoNam (Women in Namibia) to ensure equitable opportunities for all.
Marceline Djuidje Ngounoue (Cameroon)
Marceline Djuidje Ngounoue holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry since June 2009, with specialty in Molecular Virology/Viral Genomics. She is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Research Methodology and Bioethics at the University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon. Marceline is also a Fulbright Research Scholar Alumna and former Visiting Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA. Marceline is a consultant for human health research ethics: she has so far served as Executive Secretary at the Cameroon National Ethics Committee, member of the Central Africa Ethics Committee and is currently coordinating the human health ethics at the Joint Institutional Review Board for Animal and Human Bioethics (JIRB), University of Yaoundé 1. She joined the REDSSA African Consortium of Bioethicists in 2022. Marceline is a resource person for Vaccinology course in Cameroon, having attended the African Vaccinology Course in Cape Town in 2012, and the African Advanced Vaccinology Course (Afro-ADVAC) 2021 at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and also organized a vaccinology course at the University of Yaoundé 1 in July 2022. Her research has produced a number of articles in peer review and impact factor’s journals (e.g. The Lancet, BMJ, BMC Infectious Diseases & BMC Globalization and Health, Academic Journals, Journal of the Cameroon Academy of Science) as well as book chapters in research ethics reviews. Marceline serves as reviewer for BMC AIDS Research and Therapy, BMC Globalization Health and Academic Journals & is Editor in scholarly books. To date, Marceline has trained fourteen (14) master holders and currently supervises more MSc and co-supervises ten (10) PhD students in the field of Biochemistry, Molecular Microbiology, and Immunology both at the Universities of Yaoundé 1 and Buea, Cameroon. Marceline is a holistic mentor for women and girls in science.
Victor Chalwe (Zambia)
Victor Chalwe is a Zambian Medical doctor, Associate Professor (Honorary PhD) of Health Sciences
and Public Health Specialist with 23 years of health experience, including more than
19 years of research experience serving as co-Investigator or Principal Investigator on
over 30 malaria , HIV/TB, STI and NTD studies. Dr Victor Chalwe has provided leadership in research
as Head of Clinical Sciences Department in TDRC (2003-2011), Deputy Director at
IMRET (2011-2013), Acting Director – Public Health and Research in Zambia Army
(2012-2014), and Public Health Specialist at Provincial Health Office in Luapula (2015-
In addition to university graduate training, he has completed a wide range of short
trainings and workshops, including Bioethics certificate with Georgetown University, US
and Advanced Diploma in Clinical Research from Vienna School of Clinical Research. He has worked on part-time basis as Honorary Lecturer in Epidemiology in the
Department of Public Health at the University of Lusaka, under the School of Health
Sciences (2014 to date) and also as a part time lecturer at University of
Zambia, Public Health Department, and Cavendish University (2013-2015). Dr Victor Chalwe is now an
Associate Professor Health Sciences at Chreso University and is currently the Deputy Director –
Research Promotion and Regulation, for the National Health Research Authority.
He also has over 24 publications and has worked on over
35 research projects.
George Rugare Chingarande (Zimbabwe)