People Directory

Our team is the heartbeat of our collaborative efforts, comprising diverse experts from various fields. Each member brings unique skills and perspectives, uniting to drive innovation and impact in the health sector. Together, we are more than just a team; we are a community committed to transforming healthcare across Africa.

People Directory

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, MPP, BCom

Regional Lead (Health Entrepreneurship), International Research Officer

University of Toronto, Office of the Vice-President International

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, BA, B.Ed.

Grants and Office Manager

University of Toronto, Office of the Vice-President International

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, PhD

Program Officer (West Africa), Ghana

University of Toronto, Office of the Vice-President International

Program Officer (East Africa), Kenya

University of Toronto, Office of the Vice-President International

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, PhD

Regional Lead (Health Networks), International Research Officer

University of Toronto, Office of the Vice-President International

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Administrative Assistant

University of Toronto, Office of the Vice-President International

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, CPA, MBA, PhD Candidate

Program Manager, Africa

University of Toronto, Office of the Vice-President International

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, PhD Candidate

Learning Facilitator

University of Toronto, Office of the Vice-President International

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, MBA, PhD Candidate

Program Officer (South) South Africa

University of Toronto, Office of the Vice-President International

Photo of JesusMiracle Chiadika

, M.Ed.

Regional Lead (Health Employment), International Research Officer

University of Toronto, Office of the Vice-President International

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Rhoda Akuol Philip, MPP, BCom

Regional Lead (Health Entrepreneurship), International Research Officer

University of Toronto

Rhoda Akuol currently serves as a Africa Regional Lead Research Officer, supporting partnership engagement, and research collaboration, as well as monitoring, evaluation, learning and adaptation. She is a central liaison for the Health Entrepreneurship (HENT) Pillar of the Africa Higher Education Health Collaborative. HENT seeks to co-create and sustain entrepreneurial ecosystems, and launch scalable, impactful, and contextually relevant health start-ups that offer sustainable healthcare solutions. 

Rhoda Akuol has previously held various research, entrepreneurship, and business analyst roles within different work environments and cultures, including at start-up companies, non-profit organizations, and academic departments. She is passionate about community advocacy and sits on various advisory boards, including the Pan-Canadian Voice for Women’s Housing (PCVWH).

Rhoda Akuol received the African Scholars’ Social Innovation Award 2021, and the EYOB G. NAIZGHI Female Refugee Leadership Award 2019.

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Tom Parker, BA, B.Ed.

Grants and Office Manager

University of Toronto

Tom Parker is the Grants and Office Manager with the Office of the Vice President, International, at the University of Toronto where he leads the administration of grant funding programs and administrative processes for the office.

Tom has led projects and managed staff teams for seven years. Prior to OVPI, Tom supported Indigenous communities in northern Canada with locally delivered housing and economic development initiatives. Tom completed his MPA from Western University, specializing in Canadian municipal politics, and holds a B.Ed. and B.A. Outside of work, Tom enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his son.

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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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Lillian Bogonko

Program Officer (East Africa), Kenya

University of Toronto

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Marie Therese Ndiaye, PhD

Regional Lead (Health Networks), International Research Officer

University of Toronto

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

She leads the implementation of the Health Employment Pillar of the Africa 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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Marjorie Reyes

Administrative Assistant

University of Toronto

Marjorie is an administrative professional with close to 20 years of experience.

She is currently an Administrative Assistant at the Office of the Vice-President, International at the University of Toronto. Marjorie is a team player, an eager learner, and a highly organized individual. She is passionate about contributing and making a difference in the things that she does.

Before moving to Canada in 2020, Marjorie was an Executive Assistant to the CEO of a retail and travel company that represented various airlines and brands in the Philippines. Her previous position has allowed her to travel to different continents and exposed her to cultures and worldviews.

Marjorie is a mother of two, who enjoys painting, cooking, and being outdoors.

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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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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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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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JesusMiracle Chiadika, M.Ed.

Regional Lead (Health Employment), International Research Officer

University of Toronto

JesusMiracle is the Regional Lead (Health Employment), 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.