BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Zac NsengaCol (Rtd), Chairman
Ahmed AbajobirMPH- Treasurer
Dr. Judy T. OrikiirizaSecretary
Eugene Sangano, MBA, MScExecutive Director
Charles Hilliard, Ph.D.Technical Advisor
Dr. Zac Nsenga
Dr. Nsenga, has over two decades of diplomatic experience serving as the Rwandan Ambassador to the United States, the State of Israel, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Dr. Nsenga began his career as a Medical Officer in 1989 at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Maseru, Lesotho. Ahead of and during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, he served the Rwanda Patriotic Front/Army as a Medical Officer.
Throughout his career, Dr. Nsenga continued to hold military positions between diplomatic posts, including as Permanent Secretary to the Rwandan Ministry of Internal Security, Permanent Secretary to the Rwandan Ministry of Defence, Director of Training and later Chief J9 (Civil Military Relations) at the Rwandan Defence Force’s headquarters.
Currently Dr. Nsenga works as Defence Liaison Officer to the East African Community Secretariat in Arusha, Tanzania.
In addition to extensive military trainings in Rwanda and Ghana, Dr. Nsenga received a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Makerere University Medical School in Kampala, Uganda; a Masters in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster in London, UK; and a Masters in Governance and Leadership from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.
Mr. Abajobir has a wide range of experience in senior-level leadership and management positions with international NGOs. He has led and managed programs in HIV/AIDs, sexual and reproductive health, malaria, tuberculosis, eye health, disability, inclusive education, health systems strengthening and micro-finance, among other topics.
Most recently, Mr. Abajobir served as the Ethiopian Country Manager for the Australian based Fred Hollows Foundation, where he led and managed the country’s eye health program from its inception to its scale-up, with an annual budget of over $15 million USD, funded jointly by USAID, DfID and the Australian DFAT. Prior to this, Mr. Abajobir served as the Country Director for Drew Cares International in Rwanda, the Country Director for Project HOPE in Mozambique and the Program and Project Manager for Save the Children in Mozambique. He has also provided leadership, management and technical oversight to an Africa Region HIV/AIDS program based in Malawi, and served as a technical specialist for global programs based in the U.S.
Mr. Abajobir holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Leeds in the UK, a Diploma in Health Promotion from the University of Tampere in Finland, and a Bachelor of Science in Life Science from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.
Dr. Judy T. Orikiiriza
Dr. Orikiiriza (MB.Ch.B, MMED, PhDc) is an experienced senior clinician with over 10 years of practice in Pediatrics and Child Health. For the past decade, she has worked at the Rwanda Military Hospital in various capacities, including as the Head of the Pediatrics and Child Health Department and spearheading the foundation of the Research Department, and currently as a Senior Pediatric researcher. Under her leadership, the hospital’s laboratory rose to achieve a four-star accreditation through the Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation Program. As a result, her work was recognized and awarded with the first clinician-laboratory championship award.
Dr. Orikiiriza also works as a research fellow associated with the Infectious Diseases Institute, College of Health Sciences, at Makerere University, as well as with the Umea Infectious Diseases Institute in Sweden.
Dr. Orikiiriza’s research primarily seeks to understand the immunopathogenesis of co-infections such as malaria-pneumococcal, Tuberculosis in HIV-infected and -exposed children, malnutrition in HIV, and Hepatitis B and C in children. She has published work on metabolomics, proteomics and lipidomics of diseases, particularly of malaria.
Dr. Orikiiriza earned her PhD in Immunology from Trinity College in Dublin, focusing her thesis on the role of nutrition as a determinant of clinical, immunological and pharmacological outcomes in HIV-infected children.
Eugene Sangano, MBA, MSc
Eugene Sangano, MBA, MSc, is the lead Co-Founder and the inaugural Executive Director of Alliance for Healthy Communities. A global health leader with over 14 years of experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Eugene has held numerous managerial roles in program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as in the general management of programs and technical hands-on work. Eugene also serves as Principal Investigator/Project Director to the U.S. DOD HIV Prevention Program in the Rwandan Defence Forces.
Prior to joining AHC, Eugene worked with Drew Cares International in Rwanda since 2007 and served as the Country Director from 2013 to 2017. Previously, Eugene worked at Population Service International from 2004 to 2007.
Eugene holds a Master of Business Administration from The Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands, a Master of Science in Global Healthy Delivery from the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rwanda (formerly known as the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology).
Charles Hilliard, Ph.D.
Dr. Charles L. Hilliard is a clinical psychologist, Assistant Clinical Professor, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, and Clinical Director of SPECTRUM Community Services and Research, a mental health center in South Los Angeles serving individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Hilliard has dedicated himself to developing, establishing and leading HIV prevention, treatment and care programs in South Los Angeles, Rwanda and Zambia, particularly through the twin principles of capacity building and developing local leadership. For the past 23 years he has focused his clinical and research activities on mental health, HIV and under resourced communities, including the incarcerated, post-incarcerated, men who have sex with men, and adolescent girls and young women.