​​Panellists' Profiles



Dr Eunice Ndirangu
Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery,​​
East Africa

Dr Eunice Ndirangu joined the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, East Africa (AKU-SONAM EA) in 2006 as an Assistant Lecturer. Since then, she has worked as a Senior Instructor and Academic Head, before becoming Interim Dean on March 18, 2019. 

Dr Ndirangu's academic career began in 2002 when she graduated from the University of East Africa – Baraton, Kenya with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN). She later pursed her Master's in Advanced Nursing Practice from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and then in 2016, completed her PhD in Nursing Studies from the same University. 

Dr Ndirangu's areas of expertise and interest have focused largely on the sociological aspects of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support, as well as health policy and nursing education. Dr. Ndirangu has studied the intersection of health and education-training programmes in order address the practice gap in sexual healthcare. She has attended numerous conferences and published extensively throughout the span of her academic career on a wide variety of topics. 

As the recipient of multiple research grants, Dr Ndirangu has continuously pushed for the advancement and growth of the wealth of nursing knowledge. She is dedicated to providing the best practice in teaching, and is currently pursuing her Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education from Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom. 

Apart from her current position, Dr Ndirangu maintains roles as a reviewer for multiple academic journals, examiner for the Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK), as well as sitting on AKU boards and committees, including the AKU Ethics Review Board. 



Dr Rubina Barolia
Assistant Dean, Clinical Practice,​​
SONAM, Pakistan

Associate Professor and the Assistant Dean of Clinical Practice at SONAM, Dr Rubina Barolia works on improving the quality of clinical teaching and assessment of students through better preparation of clinical educators, joint appointments, faculty practice, and strengthenin g liaison with clinical colleagues.

Dr Barolia completed her basic nursing
education follo wed by a Post-RN BScN degree and Masters in Nursing from AKU-SONAM. She completed her doctoral studies from the University of Alberta, Canada

Dr Barolia has been associated with AKU since 1991 and has served in various clinical and administrative positions at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) and SONAM. She has worked extensively in acute care settings in different capacities. Her work on establishing Advanced Practice Nurse Masters Programme by creating clinical tract with acute care sub-specialty is extensive. She has also worked on developing Master's Program in Pakistan, Syria and East Africa. 

Her current research focuses on the prevention of non-communicable diseases. She has extensively worked on systemic reviews and evidence practice modules. 

Dr Barolia has also published her work in national and international journals. She has been awarded doctoral fellowship from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada; Betty Ford Medical Award, California, USA; and the Adult Health award from AKU. 

​Dr Greta G. Cummings, RN, PhD, FCAHS, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Principal Investigator, CLEAR Outcomes Research Program
University of Alberta

Dr Cummings is the current Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta and the past president for the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC).  She leads the CLEAR Outcomes (Connecting Leadership Education & Research) research program, which focuses on leadership practices of healthcare decision-makers to achieve better health outcomes. Dr Cummings has published over 215 papers and is a 2014 Highly Cited Researcher in Social Sciences (Thomson Reuters), receiving the Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Research, and inauguration into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame (2015).

​Ms Edna Kimaiyo
CEO & Registrar,
Nursing Council of Kenya

Edna C. Tallam–Kimaiyo is a national leader in transforming Kenya's health systems, through regulation of nursing education and practice. She is a keen with business credentials and hands on experience in developing national health policies.

She holds a Master's degree in Public Health and Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Fellow of Afyabora Global Health leadership program. Currently, pursuing PHD in Midwifery Education at Stellenbosch University. Edna graduated in 2018 in Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI)™ Programme and  currently the GNLI Co-Facilitator in the Afro-Region.

Edna is currently the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Nursing Council of Kenya, she oversees the management and administration of the Nursing Council Kenya functions, legislative compliance, leadership, training, registration, licensure and standards of nursing practice in accordance with statutory requirements.

She was part of Anglophone Africa APN Coalition project team; her contributions were on APN regulations. She has Supported the development of protocols and guidelines in Human Resource for Health and Maternal and Reproductive Health for COVid-19 Management; and developed Protocols for Universal Health coverage (UHC) health systems strengthening.​

A member of Technical working Group (TWG) for facility preparedness where she coordinated the identification and inspection of 273 COVID-19 isolation facilities and provided Technical assistance (TA) to the Counties in health systems strengthening for UHC.She was actively involved in coordination and settlement of persons at the quarantine facilities at the onset of COVID-19 containment measures.

Her interests are anchored in Strategic Leadership, Monitoring and Evaluation, Quality/Performance Improvement and Policy Development & Implementation.

She has held a number of senior management positions in the nursing profession over the past 15years, working as clinical Nurse in National Referral hospital and an A National trainer on Emergency Obstetrics and Neonatal care (EMONC). She is also an executive member of the National Nurses Association of Kenya.

​Dr Elissa Ladd, PhD, RN, APRN, FAAN
Deputy Director, ICN Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network, International Academy of Research and Enterprise  


Dr Ladd received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Science degree from Rush University, and PhD from the University of Massachusetts. 

Dr Ladd has worked as a nurse in health care settings around the world.  She volunteered with midwives in a maternity center in Lima, Peru, served as a Commissioned Officer with the Indian Health Service on the Navaho Indian Reservation, and worked in refugee camps on the Thai/Cambodian border.  Her global work continued within the context of her academic career as a consultant in the development of a nurse practitioner program at Walter Sisulu University in South Africa and as a Fulbright Scholar at Manipal University in South India. There she served as a professor and mentor to students and faculty in the College of Nursing, focusing on research and nursing practice innovations.  She went on to create an academic partnership between Manipal and the MGH IHP which now supports bidirectional student and faculty immersion programs.  Dr Ladd received funding from the US-India Educational Foundation to promote expanded capacity in inter-professional health professions education.

Dr Ladd's research focuses on practice and policies that pertain to nurse prescribing in domestic and global arenas.  She has lectured and published widely on policy topics that relate to pharmaceutical practice and advanced practice nursing.  She a member of the Core Steering Group of the International Council of Nurses Advanced Practice Nurse Network (ICN/APNN) and was recently appointed as a Co-Director of its Global Academy of Research and Enterprise.  Dr Ladd was recently inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing and, in 2019, was the recipient of the Inspiring Global Nurse Award by Nurses with Global Impact at the United Nations.



Dr Rozmeen Shivji
Assistant Professor, RUSH College of Nursing;
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, University of Chicago

Ms Shivji is a board-certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) at University of Chicago and Assistant Professor for Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at RUSH College of Nursing. She has practiced as an acute care nurse practitioner in various settings, including Medical Intensive Care Unit, Lung Transplant, Neuro-Interventional Radiology and Leukemia. She is the Director of Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS) and Chairperson elect for Evaluation Committee at RUSH. Her research interest are Rapid Response Team, Rejection in Lung Transplant and Advance Practice Nurse (APN) role development. She has been working with AKU and SONAM since 2016 to establish APN role at AKU, Pakistan.​