José Luis Castro
Executive Director, The Union
Executive Director, The International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Vital Strategies
Chair, NCD Alliance
José Luis Castro serves as President and CEO of Vital Strategies and leads The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. With 25 years of experience in public health management, Mr. Castro has lead strategy and operations for both organizations, building today's worldwide network of country offices, experts and programs that now serve more than 100 countries.
As Executive Director of The Union, José Luis Castro, strengthened the organization’s financial base, internal and external communications operations, and human resources functions. When he joined The Union in 2001, Mr. Castro quickly established himself as a leader in the international effort to improve tuberculosis control programs by launching the International Management Development Program (IMDP) to provide training in management, budgeting and logistics competencies to more than 4,000 people from 30 countries. As Director of Finance and Development, he also improved the organization’s internal operations and financial base and helped grow The Union budgets, programs and affiliates. He has also been instrumental in the success of landmark global programs such as the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.
Mr. Castro currently serves as Chair of the NCD Alliance, a network of over 2,000 civil society organizations in more than 170 countries dedicated to combating the global Non-Communicable Disease epidemic. He also serves on several boards, including the editorial board of Journal of Health Management.
Before joining The Union, Mr. Castro advised WHO and the Government of India on the implementation of the Revised National TB Control Program and served as Director of Operations for New York City's Bureau of TB Control during the 1990s MDR-TB crisis. The program he helped build is still used for tuberculosis control in New York City. Mr. Castro holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Pace University in 2005.
Deputy Executive Director, The Union
Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, The Union,
Executive Vice President, Vital Strategies
Mr. Prabodh Bhambal has over 20 years of budget, finance and project management experience. He uses this expertise to enhance The Union’s operations, ensure best practice financial management and maximize the potential for future growth. Since 2007, Mr. Bhambal has been responsible for the global financial operations of The Union, overseeing 200 projects in more than 100 countries. He is Deputy Executive Director and acts as Chief Financial Officer of The Union, overseeing the organization’s financial assets and working closely with the Executive Director to streamline operational systems.
Prior to joining The Union, Mr. Bhambal held senior finance positions in several leading public health organizations. As a financial consultant for WHO, he assisted in developing the national TB program budget. As Program Officer-Health for the Aga Khan Foundation, he implemented a US$2.3 million post-tsunami relief fund for the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Mr. Bhambal holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Maastrict School of Management in the Netherlands and a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Economics from the UK's University of York.
Dr. Nguke Mwakatundu
Executive Director, Thamini Uhai
Dr. Nguke Mwakatundu has substantial experience in leading public health projects with a special interest in maternal and reproductive health. Combining medical knowledge, strategic leadership, program and people management, resource mobilization, advocacy and financial acumen, he is responsible for implementing and expanding the maternal health program that has already saved thousands of lives. He leads and supports the team in the planning, design and implementation of the Tanzania program, while also overseeing staff and finances and managing Thamini Uhai's relationships with the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children and partners at the facility, district and regional levels as well as civil society.
Prior to joining Thamini Uhai, Dr. Mwakatundu was Reproductive Health Director at Population Services International (PSI) in Tanzania. Previously, he had served as Zonal Manager at PSI in Tanzania, and Project Manager of a World Diabetes Foundation-funded project. He holds a degree in medicine from Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences, an MBA in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and further qualifications in integrated project management and reproductive health leadership from the University of Dar es Salaam and PSI Washington respectively.
National Coordinator –White Ribbon Alliance
Rose Mlay has served as National Coordinator for the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania (WRATZ) since April 2005, after volunteering for the Alliance in 2004. She is also one of the current Board of Directors of Temeke District Hospital. Previously, she was a lecturer at Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences, teaching nurse/midwives at the diploma level from 1978 to 1989 and at the degree level from 1991 to April 2005, both in class and community field. She coordinated the Department of Community Health at Muhimbili University School of Nursing.
Ms. Mlay holds a Masters Degree in Community Health and Primary Health Care and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dalhousie University, Canada (1996-1998 and 1989-1991 respectively). She also has an Advanced Diploma in Nursing Education from Muhimbili School of Nurse Teachers (1976 -1977) and Diploma in Nursing/Midwifery from Muhimbili School of Nursing (1970 – 1974).
Prof. Andrea Barnabas Pembe
Director of Postgraduate Studies, MUHAS
Director of Postgraduate Studies, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
Professor Pembe has vast experience in the health field, particularly in maternal health. Before becoming Director of Postgraduate Studies at MUHAS in 2015, he served as Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies, and Coordinator for Professionalism and Ethics at School of Medicine. He served in many different positions in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at MUHAS, and was a trainer in the essential surgical skills course. In 1997-1998, he was the medical officer in-charge at Sekou-toure Regional Hospital, Mwanza.