Dr. Amy G. Lehman is the founder of the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic (LTFHC)/WAVE. 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 available fresh water (and the world’s second largest), but is home to enormous mineral resources vital to next generation technologies, newly discovered fossil fuels, and hundreds of endangered species and unique biodiversity. Dr. Lehman and WAVE 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 from Choate Rosemary Hall and was chosen as their 2014 Alumni Award recipient. She received both an MD and MBA from the University of Chicago, and additionally trained in General Surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center and was a Senior Fellow with the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Dr. Lehman received the 2014 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She has been honored by Newsweek as one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World,” and by a number of other publications for her work in the Lake Tanganyika Basin. She 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.
Jessica Boi works as External Relations and Programs Manager out of the Chicago office. Previously, Jessica served as Project Manager at Link Community Development USA. Jessica studied International Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus on economic development in Africa, and graduated with Highest Distinction for her field research on the efficacy of microfinance in Senegal. She also received the International Undergraduate Achievement Award for her active involvement with post-conflict reconstruction in Uganda through the Illinois chapter of Invisible Conflicts, a student organization dedicated to exposing conflicts neglected by most western media and governments. Jessica has spent extensive time in northern Uganda working with a community reconstruction organization called Peace Together Uganda (PTU) and helped acquire a USAID grant for the construction of a pig farm to improve PTU’s sustainability. She has also lived and worked in northern Peru.
Lili Haymann joined the LTFHC/WAVE as Special Advisor to the CEO in April 2016. A Swiss national, she recently completed her MSc in Ecological Economics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland where she specialized in marine-related issues, integrated resource management, and climate change and corporate strategy. In 2015, Lili worked as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Tanzanian presidential campaign of board member Mwele Malecela.
Previously, Lili worked as the LTFHC/WAVE’s first intern (2013-2014), where she assisted with social media/marketing, programmatic support and the completion of our first white paper on oil and gas exploration in the African Great Lakes. She earned her BSc in Politics and Social Policy at the University of Bristol, UK and is also a Lee Strasberg alumna.
Dr. Kate McLean currently oversees and manages LTFHC’s contraceptive outreach project, “Bringing Long-Lasting Contraception to Lake Tanganyika” funded by Hivos International. She received her undergraduate degree and MD from the University of Chicago, then went on complete residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as a Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow in the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Dr. McLean has worked on behalf of ACOG advocating for improved women’s health care on both the state and federal levels and has been elected Secretary of the Washington State ACOG Executive Board. She is also a published researcher, having completed projects focusing on cervical cancer screening in developing nations.
Data Intern, 2017
Nicole Karwowski joined the LTFHC team in the summer of 2017 to aid in the translation and digitization of survey data for the Innovation in Malaria Control project. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Business at Loyola University Chicago. Nicole immerses herself in service for others by volunteering as a tutor, helping out at the soup kitchen, and working with the start up company 1064 Givers to promote educational infrastructure in rural Columbia. She hopes to one day obtain a PhD in Economics and foster growth and development in Chicago, and world-wide. Her goal in life is to
Mohamed Shabani Kariburyo
Data Intern, 2015
Mohamed Shabani Kariburyo is helping the LTFHC standardize incoming data from our Innovation in Malaria Control scoping exercise. A native of Burundi, Shabani grew up on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Bujumbura. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from Saint Cloud State University and a Master’s Degree in Applied Economics from Western Michigan University. Shabani is currently pursuing a PhD in Economics at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and hopes to produce a paper or a thesis related to the issues facing Lake Tanganyika and/or the region. Shabani is fluent in Swahili, Kirundi, French, and English, and has an intermediate level of Spanish.
Policy Intern, 2014-2015
After leaving the University of Aberdeen with a first class honours degree in Politics and International Relations, Hannah relocated to the Netherlands where she studied at the United Nations University institution UNU/MERIT in Maastricht and completed a double MSc in Public Policy and Human Development, specializing in Regional Integration and Multilevel Governance. There, she developed a strong interest in the use of regional cooperation as an instrument for addressing various development issues, particularly in cross-border micro-regions. She spent a year at policy think tank Reform Scotland in Edinburgh post-graduation, until deciding it was time to pursue her specific development interests further.