Health Collaborative’s Secretariat

The role of the Health Collaborative’s Secretariat is to enhance network operations and foster knowledge sharing among all implementing partners.

The role of the Health Collaborative’s Secretariat:

  • Health Collaborative governance
  • Foundations relations/stewardship
  • Partnership development and relations
  • Network learning & development: Convenings & learning events
  • Onboarding new leaders, subject matter experts, staff, and partners
  • Communications and knowledge dissemination
  • Program co-creation, design, development and delivery
  • Research: Needs Assessment Research (NAR) study
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning & Adaptation (MELA)
  • Secretariat-related administrative operations & talent management

Meet the Secretariat Team

Photo of Edwina Apaw

Program Manager, Africa

edwina.apaw@utoronto.ca

Photo of Ernest Asamoah

Program Officer (West Africa), Ghana

ernest.asamoah@utoronto.ca

Photo of Lily Afsaw

Student Life Officer, Mastercard Foundations Scholars Program

lily.asfaw@utoronto.ca

Photo of Katherine Beaumont

Senior Director, Global Learning Opportunities and International Student Success

katherine.beaumont@utoronto.ca

Program Officer (East Africa), Kenya

lillian.bogonko@utoronto.ca

Photo of Lynda Donnelly

Program Assistant, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

lynda.donnelly@utoronto.ca

Photo of Suying Hugh

Program Manager, Mastercard Foundation

suying.hugh@utoronto.ca

Photo of JesusMiracle Chiadika

Regional Lead (Health Entrepreneurship), International Research Officer

jesusmiracle.chiadika@utoronto.ca

Photo of Timothy Kinoti

Learning Facilitator

timothy.kinoti@utoronto.ca

Photo of Tak Koguchi

Senior Regional Lead

tak.koguchi@utoronto.ca

Photo of Penina Lam

Senior Director, International Relations, Africa

penina.lam@utoronto.ca

Photo of Marie Therese Ndiaye

Regional Lead (Health Employment), International Research Officer

marietherese.ndiaye@utoronto.ca

Photo of Angel Motsamai

Program Officer (South) South Africa

angel.motsamai@utoronto.ca

Photo of Edward Nkole

Senior Planning and Budget Officer

edward.nkole@utoronto.ca

Ex Officio

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Edwina Apaw, CPA, MBA, PhD Candidate

Program Manager, Africa

University of Toronto

Edwina is the Program Manager for the Africa Higher Education Health Collaborative within the Office of the Vice-President, International.

Previously from the U of T Scarborough where she served as Manager, Administrative Operations & Business Officer for the Department of Management and Manager of Operations & Project Management for the Office of the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean.

She has experience leading multidisciplinary teams and brings a breadth of knowledge on managing departmental operations, human resources, project management and administration of financial resources. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Henley Business School, University of Reading, U.K, where she is currently completing her PhD in Business Informatics & Systems Science.

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Ernest Asamoah, PhD

Program Officer (West Africa), Ghana

University of Toronto

Ernest is the Program Officer for West Africa, Office of the Vice President International, University of Toronto.

Ernest coordinates University of Toronto’s projects and programs in the West Africa subregion. Ernest previously worked with KPMG as Manager where he managed the Firm’s business development Unit in Ghana and contributed significantly to increasing the service lines and revenue of the Firm. Prior to that, Ernest was Program Officer with World Vision International, Ghana where he was responsible for  the planning and implementation of youth trainee sponsorship, child protection and donor relations. He led and improved donor retention and deepened donor relations. Ernest joined the U of T from Regent University College of Science and Technology, a private University College affiliated to KNUST as the Dean, School of Business, Leadership and Legal Studies. He developed industry relevant and demand – driven postgraduate programmes and short courses to beef up the academic programmes of the College, strengthened industry -academic relations. Ernest chairs the Ghana Research – Industry Collaborative Steering Committee.

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Lily Afsaw

Student Life Officer, Mastercard Foundations Scholars Program

University of Toronto

Lily Mesfin Asfaw is the Student Life Officer at the University of Toronto’s Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

Lily, who is Ethiopian and born and raised in Rwanda, moved to Canada to pursue a BA in Political Science and Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia (UBC). After her studies, Lily transitioned to full-time work at UBC in their International Student Advising office and later became Program Assistant in their Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. There, she developed a strong interest in helping international students, particularly African students, acclimate to Canada which she continues to do in her current position. In her role as Student Life Officer, she organizes co-curricular programming to help scholars adjust to living in Canada, manage their studies, and foster community.

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Katherine Beaumont

Senior Director, Global Learning Opportunities and International Student Success

University of Toronto

Katherine Beaumont is an international educational professional with over 25 years’ experience in the field working with universities, communities and corporations across the globe.  Her focus in the work has always been innovative opportunities for participants that lead to meaningful engagement and a deeper understanding of self, systems and others and the ability to affect change.

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Lillian Bogonko

Program Officer (East Africa), Kenya

University of Toronto

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Lynda Donnelly

Program Assistant, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

University of Toronto

Lynda Donnelly is the Program Assistant for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Toronto located in the Centre for International Experience.

She is pleased to be able to play an important role in providing administrative support during the scholarship recruitment stage and offer her dedicated care and guidance to new scholars during their pre-arrival preparations and onboarding at UofT. Lynda is from England and has worked as an administrative professional in various industries. At UofT she held a term position in the Office of the Vice Provost, Students and short-term assignments in The Office of the Provost and The Office of the Governing Council.  Lynda loves to travel and so shares in the excitement and enthusiasm of the new Foundation graduate scholars, as they prepare for international studies in Canada.

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Suying Hugh, Doctorate in Education, EdD.

Program Manager, Mastercard Foundation

University of Toronto

Suying Hugh is the Program Manager for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

In her role, Suying oversees the day-to-day management of the scholarship and the students. A dedicated student life professional, Suying’s many years of experience focuses on enhancing the student experience and more specifically the international student experience. Her research interests focus on migration and the movement of talent. As the Program Manager of the Scholars Program, she understands the commitment of the scholarship to developing human capacity in Africa.

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JesusMiracle Chiadika, M.Ed., PhD Candidate

Regional Lead (Health Entrepreneurship), International Research Officer

University of Toronto

JesusMiracle is the Regional Lead (Health Entrepreneurship), International Research Officer at the Office of the Vice-President International, University of Toronto. She is also completing a PhD in Higher Education with a collaborative specialization in Comparative, International and Development Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She graduated with an M.Ed. in Higher Education, and has an inter-disciplinary background in the arts, psychology and entrepreneurship. She has lived on three continents which impacted her worldview and interests in understanding education from a global perspective. Having worked extensively with international students, she is interested in understanding how internationalization policies impact their experiences on an institutional level, and how institutions can improve the services and supports provided to students.

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Timothy Kinoti, PhD Candidate

Learning Facilitator

University of Toronto

Timothy Kinoti holds the role of Learning Facilitator, Africa at the University of Toronto (U of T), where he oversees all aspects of Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Adaptation within the Mastercard Foundation Health Collaborative initiative in Africa.

Collaborating closely with colleagues at U of T and African Higher Learning Institutions, he draws upon 16 years of professional experience dedicated to research, impact measurement and program design; with a strong focus on development financing, youth employment initiatives, entrepreneurship, education, gender, and healthcare. He is an accredited Development Finance Fellow from the European Investment Bank (EIB). Before joining U of T, he contributed to the education portfolio and led the social protection program at World University Service of Canada within the refugee context and supported national education programs in Kenya at RTI International.

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Tak Koguchi

Senior Regional Lead

University of Toronto

Tak is Senior Regional Lead (Africa) and Co-lead for the Health Ecosystems Pillar in the AHEHC for the University of Toronto (U of T). 

As Pillar Co-Lead, his role focuses on establishing collaborative certificate and short course programs to train professionals in a wide range of disciplines critical for sustainable and equitable health-sector growth in Africa. As member of the collaborative’s Secretariat, he plays an active role in supporting the network’s collective activities and governance.  In his capacity of Senior Regional Lead, he is responsible for growing U of T’s engagement with Sub-Sahara Africa. Tak is a graduate of U of T (BA) and York University (MPPAL).  

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Penina Lam, PhD

Senior Director, International Relations, Africa

University of Toronto

Dr. Penina Lam is the U of T’s Senior Director of International Relations, where she leads strategic engagement and development of partnerships with Africa.

 She also leads the implementation the Africa Higher Education Health Collaborative, designed to facilitate talent development and entrepreneurship among African youth. She oversees the Secretariat team and works in close partnership with colleagues across U of T, with African institutions, and the Mastercard Foundation. 

As a scholar-practitioner, she’s passionate about research and programs that foster access to and equity in education, health, and employment opportunities.  Prior to joining U of T, she worked as an Organizational Development (OD) consultant at the World Bank, in healthcare and education sectors. She’s experienced at engaging with diverse stakeholders to design, develop, and deliver impactful learning and talent development program.

Her academic career has spanned research, faculty, staff, and senior leadership roles working with African, Canadian, and US institutions. Dr. Lam holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & OD, with a focus on Human Resource Development.

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Marie Therese Ndiaye, PhD

Regional Lead (Health Employment), International Research Officer

University of Toronto

Ms. Marie Therese Yaba Ndiaye is the Regional Lead, Health Employment at the Office of Vice President International at the University of Toronto.

She leads the implementation of the Health Employment Pillar of the African Higher Education Health Collaborative, which aims to expand the capacity to train primary healthcare workers to meet growing demand in Africa. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she worked with USAID, World Food Programme, and community-based organizations on climate resilience and humanitarian assistance programming. In those positions, she covered and traveled widely in West and Central African countries. She holds a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and can work in French, English, and Portuguese.

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Angel Motsamai, MBA, PhD Candidate

Program Officer (South) South Africa

University of Toronto

Ms. Angel Motsamai is the Program Officer: Southern Africa, at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Prior to join the University of Toronto, Ms. Motsamai was working at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, in Durban, South Africa. She held the position of Principal Project Co-ordinator, where she was instrumental in coordinating and implementing projects that brought significant value to the university and were recognized, valued and approved by the local government of Kwa-Zulu Natal. 

Her other previous employment includes the Mangosuthu University of Technology, where she worked as a Project Officer. Her duties included the placement of students with industry, establishing partnership with companies for the purpose of placing students to do internships. She also worked with government entities to get funding towards monthly stipends for the students doing internships. She also worked at the Durban University of Technology, as a Senior International Relations Officer. Her duties included, recruiting International Students, organizing events i.e. international students’ orientation, hosting international visitors, establishing partnerships with international universities, embassies, ministries of education all over Africa but mostly in Southern Africa. 

Ms Motsamai holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and she is currently studying towards a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration (DBA). 

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Edward Nkole, CPA, CMA

Senior Planning and Budget Officer

University of Toronto

Edward Nkole is a seasoned professional who, since March 2022, has been dedicated to his role as the Senior Planning and Budget Officer at the Office of the Vice President International (OVPI).

His responsibilities encompass providing invaluable financial management counsel, ensuring meticulous preparation of financial reports for the Foundation, and fostering collaborative partnerships both within and outside the organization.

Edward’s role is marked by dual reporting, where he effectively liaises with the Senior Director, International Relations, Africa for the Mastercard Foundation Grant. Furthermore, he holds a pivotal position as the finance lead within OVPI, reporting directly to the AVP International Engagement and Impact.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Edward’s true passion lies in the realm of education. With a remarkable twelve-plus years of experience in the university sector, he brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to the table. Edward Nkole is a dynamic individual who continues to make a significant impact in the field of international relations and education.