Board of Directors

U.S. Board:

Amy G. Lehman, MD, MBA
Kenneth A. Lehman, MA
Mwele Malecela, MSc, PhD
The Honorable Louis Muderhwa
Brahmy Poologasingham
Kevin Sangudi, MBA

 

Tanzanian Board:

Mbwana Alliy
Amy G. Lehman, MD, MBA
Mwele Malecela, MSc, PhD
Julie Makani, MD
Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro

 


 

Amy G. Lehman, MD, MBA
Dr. Amy G. Lehman is the founder of the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic. The LTFHC is an international organization whose mission is to address the problem of health care access for millions of people who live in the isolated, but strategically critical Lake Tanganyika Basin/Great Lakes region of Central Africa.

The Lake Tanganyika Basin is not only Africa’s largest source of fresh water, but is home to enormous mineral resources vital to next generation technologies, newly discovered fossil fuels, and hundreds of endangered and unique biodiversity. Dr. Lehman and the LTFHC have thus become recognized and sought after as key experts, advisers and partners to actors as diverse as regional governments and local tribes, through to donor governments, philanthropists, non-profit organizations and multi-national corporations increasingly coming to understand the magnitude of importance of the Lake Tanganyika Basin across health, energy, environment and economic development disciplines.

Dr. Lehman graduated with honors in English, Spanish, and the Social Sciences from Choate Rosemary Hall. She trained in general surgery at, and additionally received both an MD and MBA, from the University of Chicago. Dr. Lehman was a Senior Fellow with the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics for two years, has been honored by Newsweek as one of “150 Women Who Shake the World,” presents regularly at leadership conferences such as GE Leading and Learning, TED, and is most proud to be the mother of Max, her favorite person of all time.

 


 

Kenneth A. Lehman, MA

Kenneth Lehman is the Managing Partner of KKP Group LLC, a family office for the Lehman Family Group, and Chairman of Winning Workplaces, a not-for-profit which is helping organizations become great places to work. Both the KKP Group and Winning Workplaces are located in Evanston, Illinois.

Before organizing the Lehman Family Office, Ken was Co-Chairman of Fel-Pro Incorporated, a family owned and managed Skokie, Illinois based automotive component part manufacturer. Fel-Pro was nationally known for family friendly benefits and harmonious labor-management programs and policies, and was consistently ranked as one of the top 10 companies to work for in America by Fortune and Working Mother magazines. Fel-Pro was sold in 1998.

Ken served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1966–1968 as a volunteer in Guatemala. From 1968-1971, he served as a staff member in the Latin America Bureau in Washington, DC.

He currently serves on several corporate boards as a director and/or advisor. His civic board involvements include CARE U.S.A. and CARE International, Public Radio International, Chicago Public Radio, and the University of Chicago Medical Center.

During his time at Fel-Pro, Ken served in several leadership positions in the automotive industry and was named the Automotive Person of the Year by Jobber Retailer Magazine. He has also been recognized by civic and educational organizations. Honors include the Distinguished Executive Award from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, the “Good Guy” award from the National Women’s Political Caucus, and the Alumni Merit award from Northwestern University. Ken was chosen as a “Peace Corps Social Entrepreneur” by the Skoll Foundation, and was named a Purpose Prize Fellow by Civic Ventures.

He received his BA from Johns Hopkins University, and his MA from Northwestern University.

 


 

Mwele Malecela, MSc, PhD

Dr. Mwele Malecela is a Chief Research Scientist and Director of Research Coordination and Promotion on the National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania. She is also Director of the Tanzania Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program. She holds a BsC in Zoology from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, and an MSc and PhD in Parasitology from the University of London (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.) Her area of specialization was filarial immunology specifically on filarial immune evasion mechanisms.

Mwele has worked at the National Institute for Medical Research for 21 years, mainly in the field of Lymphatic Filariasis immuno-epidemiology, and has also worked in the areas of Health Systems and Policy Research. As Director of Research at NIMR, Mwele’s focus is now mainly research capacity building and the translation of research into action, policy and practice. She has been in the forefront of priority setting for health research activities in Tanzania where she facilitated the Tanzania National Health Research Priority Setting process in 1999 and revision of these priorities in 2005.

In her role as Director of the National Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, she brings her long research experience to efforts to eliminate filariasis, and she has run the national program since its inception in 2000. She is well known for her role in advocacy campaigns that have brought to light the real extent of the problem in Tanzania. Mwele is also well known for her efforts in ensuring that the LF program has a strong operation research component and has published extensively in this area.

Mwele has served on a number of international committees including The Technical Advisory Group of the Global Program to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis, the Mectizan Expert Committee, and the advisory board of the Initiative on Public-Private Partnerships in Health (IPPPH). She sits on the board of the Aga Kahn Hospital and the International Medical and Technological University, both based in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; and is an adjunct faculty member for the Public Health Sciences Institute of Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

 


 

The Honorable Louis Muderhwa

Former Governor of South Kivu Province in DRC, Louis–Léonce Chirimwami Muderhwa has served as Vice-Minister of Mines, as well as a member of Congress, in DRC. He has tremendous expertise in matters involving the Lake Tanganyika basin and economic development in the region and his connections will be vital to the LTFHC. Muderhwa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Kinshasa, with concentration in administrative, constitutional, banking and telecommunication law. He is fluent in French, English, and Swahili and currently resides in Kinshasa, DRC.

 


 

Kevin Sangudi, MBA

Kevin Sangudi is a seasoned executive in the energy industry with over 15 years of experience in sales and marketing, management, financial analysis, and operations – for both electric utilities and Oil/Gas. Most recently, Kevin served as regional head of inside sales for Hydratight, a diversified global oil and gas OEM and specialty services provider. Prior to Hydratight, Kevin worked for NRG Energy, where he helped lead commercial power sales efforts for the Texas (ERCOT) market. He joined NRG from Direct Energy, where he was instrumental in scoping, defining, and developing market intelligence and research capabilities for Direct Energy Residential (DER), Direct Energy’s largest business unit. In addition to building these capabilities, Kevin worked on numerous special projects for the President of DER spanning organization realignment, operations, financial analysis, and market research. Early in his career, Kevin worked in management consulting for AT Kearney and Cap Gemini in Boston, MA and New York.

Kevin has developed a passion for sustainability – more specifically, he is interested in how businesses can raise standards of living in health and education; and is keen on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and technologies that will help us move beyond fossil fuels.

Kevin has a BA in Mathematics from Morehouse College, and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. While in Business School, he received a fellowship from the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship.

He lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, Stella and two daughters, Nunu and Zaza.

 


 

Brahmy Poologasingham

Brahmy has more than a decade of experience leading in international development & justice-sector technical assistance initiatives and advocacy/policy coordination. Her areas of expertise include, democracy and governance, transitional justice and atrocity prevention, conflict mitigation and management, security sector reform and gender integration. She has managed multi-million dollar grant programs throughout Africa, and has recent, extensive on-the-ground experience in DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan and South Sudan. She has significant relationships with private foundations, individual philanthropists and officials at USAID, DfID, the US Department of State and numerous European government donors. Previous to her recent Director position with the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), Brahmy was with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) where she served for five years as Special Advisor to the Director and the Africa Program’s Senior Legal Advisor/Senior Program Manager. Prior to ABA ROLI, she practiced international law in Seattle, Washington, at the law offices of K & L Gates and Dorsey & Whitney. Brahmy’s international legal experience includes her work for the Human Rights Commission and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. Additional language skills: she is fluent in French and Tamil.

 


 

Mbwana Alliy

Mbwana Alliy is the founder and managing partner at Savannah Fund, an Africa focused Technology Venture Capital fund that runs both an accelerator and seed investments in e-commerce, gaming, education technology and social networking. In his work in building technology ecosystems and bridges between he has co-taught classes and spoken about Africa technology and entrepreneurship at University of Cape Town, Stanford University, University College London and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
He is passionate about product development and launching new ventures in technology. He is an experienced Product Manager within consumer web, enterprise Software & SaaS. He is originally from Tanzania and has lived and worked in 3 continents (USA, Europe and Africa). He has a Bachelor’s Engineering degree from Bristol University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate school of Business.

 


 

Julie Makani, MD
Dr. Julie Makani is a lecturer at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), which is the main clinical, academic and research centre in Tanzania.

Her two related areas of specialty are malaria and Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), a blood disorder. SCD confers protection against the malaria infection. Hematology (the study of blood) and blood transfusion are her major areas of study. With support from the KEMRI-Wellcome program she received a Training fellowship from the Wellcome Trust to establish a systematic framework for comprehensive research and care, with one of the largest cohorts of SCD patients in Africa. Due to its molecular basis, SCD presents great opportunities for integrating clinical, epidemiological, patho-physiological and genetic research.

MUHAS is a collaborative site for the Malaria Genomic Epidemiology Network (MalariaGEN) Grand Challenges Program which attempts to combine human genome technologies with large-scale epidemiological studies. Dr. Makani is a member of Multi-lateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Secretariat Advisory Committee and of the Royal College of Physicians of United Kingdom, and holds an appointment as Clinical Research Fellow at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford.

 


 

Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro

Dr. Ellen Mkondya-Senkoro is a Medical doctor and a Public Health specialist, with more than fifteen (15) years working experience in the health sector. For the past six (6) years, Dr. Ellen has provided stewardship and strategic leadership as the first CEO to the Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation(BMAF), whereby excellence has been registered by the Foundation’s rapid growth and having its programs advancing the Health workforce matters in strengthening health services (including HIV/AIDS) in rural underserved areas of Tanzania.

Prior to joining the Mkapa Foundation she worked with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for 4 years as the National Program Officer overseeing UNFPA support on Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and Health Systems strengthening to the Government of Tanzania. She has led municipal health teams under the capacity as the Municipal Medical Officer in two Municipal Councils of Tanzania. Through the various posts held, partnership and networking was enhanced with Government, Civil Society Organizations, Multi-Bilateral partners including UN development assistance to the Health sector.

She is an active member and a former national executive committee of the Medical Women Association of Tanzania (MEWATA). She is the Executive Secretary to the Board of Trustees of Mkapa Foundation. Ellen serves as a Board member of a other various institutions including the Management Development for Health (MDH), T-MARC Company, Resolution Health Company, Nashera Ltd and Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT)- Health Board.