Key Note Speakers

David Pritchard – Vice-President, Africa and Developing Countries of Asia, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Pritchard leads the company’s Pharmaceutical business in 44 countries across Sub-Sahara Africa, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Papua New Guinea.  
For the past 28 years, he has served in various positions of increasing responsibility at GSK in the UK, Eastern Europe and Emerging Markets / Asia Pacific.

David’s broad experience, ability to build and lead high performance teams has seen him deliver strong commercial success as General Manager: GSK Ukraine, Area General Manager: Developing Markets Eurasia and Vice President & General Manager: South Africa, among others.

In November 2009, David joined ViiV Healthcare as Vice President: International Region where he led company activity across all countries excluding North America and Europe. ViiV — a unique partnership between GSK, Pfizer and Shinogi — is  an independent, global specialist HIV company established with the commitment to deliver innovative new options for the care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS. David served as a member of ViiV’s Global Executive Team until March 2016 when he took up his current assignment.

David Pritchard is passionate about unlocking Africa’s potential through healthcare, and sees GSK as a key contributor in the positive transformation of the continent’s health status and economic development.  

For him, GSK’s long-term commitment to Africa and Developing Countries is not just philanthropy:It’s a new way of doing business that drives sustainable growth, whilst ensuring medicines of value reach all those who need them.

Bob Collymore– Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom

Robert (Bob) Collymore is the CEO of Safaricom Limited, a leading communications company in Africa and pioneer of M-PESA, the world’s most developed mobile payment system. 

His work experience spans across diverse countries such as Japan, South Africa and the United Kingdom, where he has held progressively senior roles in marketing, purchasing, retail and corporate affairs. Bob has more than 30 years of commercial experience in the telecommunications sector and is passionate about how businesses can be catalysts in transforming communities. 

In April 2015, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon re-appointed Mr Collymore to the United Nations Global Compact Board. This was in recognition of Safaricom’s commitment to environmental sustainability and fighting corruption, and its contribution to addressing maternal and child health. Safaricom is one of the few African companies that regularly report on Sustainability on an annual basis.
Under Mr Collymore’s leadership, Safaricom has committed to use its infrastructure to achieve universal access to essential communications and leverage partnerships for health and clean energy to spur economic growth.

Mr Collymore was recently appointed to the Global Commission for Business and Sustainable Development and is also a member of the B-Team, a high-level global group of business leaders who are working to catalyse a better way of doing business for the wellbeing of people and the planet.

Mr Collymore is a member of the Board of Acumen and has served on the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children. 

Marijke Wijnroks – Chief of Staff, Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Marijke Wijnroks joined the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as its Chief ofStaff on 15 July 2013.

In her position she has abroad responsibility and a particular focus on gender and human rights and on engaging with all partners in the cause of global health. Before joining the Global Fund Marijke Wijnroks was Ambassador for HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and also Deputy Director of the Social Development Department, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands.

In that position she has overseenpolicy and strategy development in areas related to HIV and AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender, education and civil society.

She earned a medical degree from Maastricht University in the Netherlands and a degree intropical health and medicine from the Institutefor Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium.

Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko – Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union

His Excellency Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko is the Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission.  Dr. Kaloko provides the overall strategic and political leadership on social development issues for the continental body. His portfolio includes sport, culture, social welfare, health, population, migration, labour and employment, drug control, as well as the wellbeing and protection of children. 

He has played a significant role in ensuring that global health remains one of the top priorities in Africa and globally. With his background in medical practice spanning over one and a half decades, he is passionate about achieving Universal Health Coverage in Africa which is a prerequisite for sustainable development. 

Dr. Kaloko has thus continued to work with Member States of the African Union for the full implementation of the Abuja commitments on health and the African Union Roadmap for Shared Responsibility and Global Solidarity on AIDS, TB and Malaria. Recently he played a critical role in positioning health and social development issues in the African Common Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The global health goals in the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals reflect Africa key priorities on health and social development. Dr. Kaloko has spearheaded continental advocacy efforts for Domestic Financing for health and other critical social development issues on the continent.

On sport, Dr. Kaloko has been the main architect for the operationalization of the African Union new sport architecture which was restructured to position sport as a vehicle for development.

His concern about Africa harnessing the demographic dividend has led him to work with member states on youth and women employment, extending the social protection floor to the vulnerable and marginalized, especially those in the informal and rural sectors, and ensuring that more emphasis is placed on people-centered and inclusive development that eliminates exclusion and socio-economic and political inequalities.

Before being appointed Commissioner, Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko served as UNDP Liaison Officer to the African Union. Prior to this appointment, he had served at the Medical Services Directorate of the African Union Commission for over 14 years in various capacities as Physician, Head and Physician Consultant. He has extensive experience of medical practice in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and England.

Dr. Kaloko holds a Medical Degree (MD), from the Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, PLAB Examination for Medical Registration in the United Kingdom, First Part Membership of Royal College of Physicians, UK, Post Graduate Specialist degree in Internal Medicine, Addis Ababa University, School of Post Graduate Medicine, Ethiopia and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK).

 Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko is a well-travelled gentleman. His several years of serving the OAU/AU sculptured him into an experienced technocrat, an accomplished diplomat and a politician with an immense knowledge of the African Union, its history and the direction the organization seems to be taking.

Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete is a Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania (2005 to 2015). He was previously Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Finance and Minister for Energy and Minerals between 1994 to 2005.

During and after his presidency, he has been instrumental in championing the global health agenda, particularly women’s and children’s health.

Dr Kikwete has served as the Co-Chair of the UN Commission of Information and Accountability on Women’s and Children’s Health; Chairperson of the United Nations High Level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises; and Chairperson of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA).

Following his retirement, Dr Kikwete has remained actively engaged in the global health agenda, including being Co-Chair of the UN High Level Advisory Group on Every Woman Every Child; Member of the UN Lead Group on Scaling Up Nutrition and the Global Ambassador for Immunisation.  

He is also a member of the International Education Commission for Financing Global Education Opportunity and African Union High Level Representative for Libya.