Delese Darko is a pharmacist with over 30 years in food and medical products regulation. She was instrumental in the NEPAD/AMRH process that designated the FDA a Regional Centre of Regulatory Excellence for clinical trials and pharmacovigilance.
She has also led the FDA through the rigorous evaluation of the WHO GBT to attain Maturity Level 3. She chairs the WHO African Vaccines Regulatory Forum and serves on several international and local advisory committees and bodies.
Her exemplary and commendable work has earned her several awards, including the 2019 United Nations (UN) Inter-Agency Task Force Award and the 2019 Ghana Business Standard Awards for the Female Business Leader of the Year.
Bonface Fundafunda is the acting CEO at Africa Resource Centre, he is also the Government Engagement Lead, supporting engagement with Ministries of Health across initiatives. He has over 30 years’ experience in health policy, planning, strategy, operational systems and business development in Africa, working with and supporting governments, UN agencies, NGOs and private sector on broad subject of access to medicines and other health products. Bonnie also has extensive experience with intergovernmental engagement at different regional levels in Africa.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Sturchio is Chairman of the U. S. Corporate Council on Africa and CEO at Rabin Martin, a global health strategy consulting firm. He has also served as President and CEO of the Global Health Council. Before joining the Council in 2009, Dr. Sturchio was vice president of Corporate Responsibility at Merck & Co. Inc., and president of The Merck Company Foundation.
He is also Chairman of the BroadReach Institute for Training and Education and Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, TB and Malaria, and a member of the boards of ACHAP and the Science History Institute.
Dr. Sturchio is a visiting scholar at the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health and the Study of Business Enterprise at The Johns Hopkins University; Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; a principal of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network; Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Arthur W. Page Society; and an advisor to amfAR, the Global Health Group at the University of California San Francisco; Intrahealth International; and the Rutgers Global Health Institute. He received an AB in history from Princeton University and a PhD in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. His most recent book is The Road to Universal Health Coverage: Innovation, Equity, and the New Health Economy (edited with I. Kickbusch and L. Galambos, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019).