Prof. Japhet Killewo

Professor of Epidemiology
Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Tanzania

Prof. Killewo (MBCHB, DPH, MSc, PhD) is a Professor of Epidemiology at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. He was a District Medical Officer of Kibondo from 1979 to 1980. From 1986 to 1997, he was the head of the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at MUHAS; from 1997 to 1999 he acted as Program Manager of the MUHAS Programme Management Unit. In October 1999, after taking a sabbatical leave from MUHAS, Prof. Killewo became the head of the Reproductive Health Programme at ICDDR in Bangladesh. He returned to MUHAS in July 2003 where he continues to teach and conduct research in various fields including HIV/AIDS and reproductive health.

Killewo has published widely in local, as well as international journals and written books and encyclopaedia. He has more than 70 published journal articles, 26 of which he is the first author. Topics of these publications include infectious disease epidemiology, environmental health, reproductive health, STIs and HIV/AIDS, review articles, book chapters and encyclopaedia editorship. Some of his other publications include more than 24 papers and reports on a variety of topics, most of which have ended up being published in international journals, as well as in conference proceedings.

Killewo was the Principal Investigator of the Kagera AIDS Research Project (KARP) which was the largest of its kind in 1987 and lasted for over 20 years with support from SIDA (SAREC). While in Bangladesh he worked in reproductive health research projects supported by EU and USAID and in the Reaching the Poor Program of the World Bank. Since 2011 he has been doing evaluative research in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health as well as Community Health Workers’ programmes with support from USAID.


Dr. Hassan Mshinda
Director General
Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)

Dr Mshinda completed his Master’s of Science in Applied Parasitology and Medical Technology at the University of Liverpool    and his PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Basel in Switzerland. Dr. Mshinda has led several research projects funded by  the Multilateral Initiative of Malaria in Africa, the Swiss Agency for evelopment and Cooperation, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the International Development Research Centre in Canada, the European Union, Ireland Aid, and Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development. He has published several papers in communicable disease and health systems.

Dr. Mshinda has conducted several international and national consultancies assigned by the Department of International Development, Danish Development Agency and World Health Organization Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Dr. Mshinda is the Board Chairman of INDEPTH and St. Francis Pharmacy, a Member Scientific Coordinator of AMANET and a member of the International Review, Health Matrix. He participates as a Board Member at BRAC Tanzania, the National Institute for Medical Research, Tropical Pesticides Research Institute, Tanzania Industrial Research and Development, the Governing Board of Dar es Salaam University of College Education, the Medical Research Coordinating Committee, and as a Member of the Regional Task Force of Maternal Newborn and Child Partnership – AFRO/WHO.

Dr Mtasiwa Dr. Deodatus Mtasiwa

Dr. Mtasiwa is the Medical doctor with PhD in internal medicine with a bias of Nuclear Medicine. He has worked as a District Medical Officer in Ilala, City Medical Officer of Dar es Salaam and a former Chief Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. He has been appointed as a new Deputy Permanent Secretary under the Prime Minister’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (Health). He has a record of leadership in a number of research studies and public health projects. He is an author of a number of publications.  He is also one of the founder of Management and Development for Health (MDH).


   Mr. Jayesh Shah
   Managing Director
   Sumaria Group

Mr. Jayesh Shah is the Managing Director of Sumaria; Chairman of Shelly’s Pharmaceuticals Ltd.He has built and managed the Sumaria Group and Shelly’s Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in East Africa for the past 29 years. Established in the 1940s and specializing in consumer goods, manufacturing, agro-processing and management services, Sumaria is recognized today as one of the most respected corporate brands in East Africa, with a presence in Europe and elsewhere. Mr. Shah has an outstanding network; has been involved in a number of fundraising initiatives and has been awarded twice as one of the "Top 15 most respected CEOs in East Africa" by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). 

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