​Our People

East Africa​

The AKU CoE WCH EA prides itself in a pool of experts with vast knowledge and experience in various aspects. These include research, epidemiology, biostats, monitoring and evaluation, data collection, analysis and reporting, public health, pediatrics as well as gynecology.  ​

Professor Marleen Temmerman MD, MMED OB/GYN, MPH, PhD
Prof Marleen is the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi, and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health. 




Professor William M Macharia MB, ChB., MMed, MSc

Prof William is the Associate Dean Research and former Chair of Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Aga Khan University. He is a paediatric haemato-oncologist and clinical epidemiologist. 




Professor Hussein Lesio Kidanto MD, Mmed, PhD

Prof Hussein Kidanto is the Associate Dean, Aga Khan University.




Dr Michaela Mantel MD, MPH

Dr Michaela Mantel is a Senior Advisor Health Programmes Aga Khan University. 





Dr Amyn Lakhani MBBS, MPH, DrPH​

Dr Amyn Lakhani is an Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University. He is the chairman of the University Research Ethics Committee at Aga Khan University. 



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Dr Angela Koech MBChB, MSc, Mmed (OB-GYN)

Dr Angela is a Physician scientist at the Aga Khan University’s Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health and an instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 




Dr Mukaindo A. Mwaniki MBChB, MMed (OB-GYN)

Dr Mukaindo is a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Aga Khan University and Researcher at the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health.  




Dr Anthony K Ngugi DLSHTM, MSAC, PhD

Dr Anthony is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health. 





Jerim Obure

Jerim Obure is the Project Manager Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning unit.




James Orwa

James Orwa is a methodology instructor and Biostatistician.






Rachel Odhiambo​

Rachel is a Data Manager in the Access to Quality Care through Extending and Strengthening Health Systems (AQCESS) study at the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health.




Lucy Nyaga

Lucy is a project manager for the Access to Quality Care through Extending and Strengthening Health Systems (AQCESS).





Felix Agoi

Felix is a Study Coordinator in the Access to Quality Care through Extending and Strengthening Health Systems (AQCESS) study at the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health.




Grace Gathoni​

Grace is an Administrative Officer at the​ Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health. 





Irene Kibara

Irene is an Administrative Manager at the Aga Khan University Research Office in Mombasa, serving as a focal person for research administration in the Faculty of Health Sciences. 


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Nancy Muthoni Gichobi

Nancy is an Administrative Assistant at the Centre of Excellence in Wo​men and Child Health. 





Professor Violet Naanyu MA, PhD

Prof Violet Naanyu is an Associate Professor, ​Department of Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Moi University, Kenya and consultant Social Scientist at the Aga Khan University’s Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health.

Dr Abdu Mohiddin MbChB, MSc, FFPH

Dr Mohiddin is a public health physician consultant at the Aga Khan University’s Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health.