What's the Real Story Behind Africa's COVID-19 Figures

Host

Teresa H. Clarke
Chair and CEO of Africa.com

Teresa Clarke, Chair and CEO of Africa.com since its founding ten years ago, was the first African-American woman named managing director in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs & Co.

Ms. Clarke, an expert on African investment, served on President Obama’s Advisory Board on Doing Business in Africa.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Leadership Council of the New York Women Corporate Directors.  A frequent lecturer on the topic of African investment, she has lectured at the following business schools, among others: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Wharton, Stanford, Oxford, and Lagos Business School.

Named one of the Top 25 Women in Business, she currently serves on the board of Cim Finance in Mauritius (SEM:CIM), and chairs the board of Change Financial in Australia (ASX:CCA).

Ms. Clarke founded the Student Sponsorship Programme of South Africa, which has awarded over $20 million in scholarships to South Africa’s high performing high school students.  She chairs the US board of the Legal Resources Centre, the largest public law organization on the continent of Africa, which employs nearly 100 attorneys and staff working  human and civil rights matters.  

Ms. Clarke earned an A.B. cum laude from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Guest Speaker

Dr Matshidiso Moeti
WHO Regional Director for Africa

Dr Matshidiso Moeti from Botswana the first woman WHO Regional Director for Africa has over the past 4 years, led the transformation of WHO Regional office for Africa into an accountable and results driven organisation. Over this period WHO AFR has focused on improving health security, universal health coverage and supporting countries in the implementation of SDG-3. Strong partnerships has been developed with various bilateral and multilateral health development partners.

Dr Moeti is a public health veteran, with more than 38 years of national and international experience. She joined WHO’s Africa Regional Office in 1999 and has served as Deputy Regional Director, Assistant Regional Director, Director of Noncommunicable Diseases, WHO Representative for Malawi,  Coordinator of the Inter-Country Support Team for the South and East African countries and Regional Advisor for HIV/AIDs.

She is renowned for having led WHO’s “3 by 5” Initiative in the African Region at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, resulting in a significant increase in access to antiretroviral drugs by HIV-infected persons.

Prior to joining WHO, she worked with UNAIDS as a Team Leader of the Africa and Middle East Desk in Geneva (1997-1999); with UNICEF as a Regional Health Advisor for East and Southern Africa; and with Botswana’s Ministry of Health as a Clinician and Public Health Specialist.

Dr Moeti holds a degree in medicine (M.B., B.S) and Master’s degree in public health (MSc in Community Health for Developing Countries) from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, respectively.

She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Health & Allied Sciences, Ghana.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu
Chief Executive Officer of
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

Dr. Ihekweazu is the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and was until January 2018, the Acting Director of the Regional Centre for Disease Control for West Africa. 

Dr Ihekweazu trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist and has over 20 years’ experience working in senior public health and leadership positions in several National Public Health Institutes, including the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the UK’s Health Protection Agency, and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI). 

Dr Ihekweazu has led several short- term engagements for WHO, mainly in response to major infectious disease outbreaks around the world including the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in February, 2020.

Guest Speaker

Professor David Kaye
UN Special Rapporteur

Dr. Ihekweazu is the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and was until January 2018, the Acting Director of the Regional Centre for Disease Control for West Africa. 

Dr Ihekweazu trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist and has over 20 years’ experience working in senior public health and leadership positions in several National Public Health Institutes, including the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the UK’s Health Protection Agency, and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI).