Ramadhani Abdallah Noor

Noor says that shortly after qualifying as a junior doctor, he became overwhelmed by the number of patients that – despite his efforts – were dying from preventable and/or treatable diseases and conditions. He went on to study public health at Harvard, and took on the role of coordinating seven malaria vaccine trials in five …

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Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Sibanda grew up on a farm in rural Zimbabwe, and believes her strong personal connection to Africa’s agricultural traditions has helped her become one of the continent’s leading advocates for food and nutrition security. At FANRPAN, Sibanda coordinates agricultural policy research and advocacy programs in 17 African countries. In 2010, she was invited into the …

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Evans Wadongo

Wadongo, who grew up in rural Kenya, made his mark early by designing a solar lamp made from mostly recycled materials that could be easily built. In his first year in college, he used part of his student loan to produce more of the lamps – and eventually transformed the project into Sustainable Development for …

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Jeff Misomali

Jeffrey Misomali spent his youth in the shadow of Africa’s AIDS epidemic, and now he is helping to mount Africa’s counter-attack. A citizen of Malawi, Misomali saw friends and family members succumb to the HIV-related illness that once appeared untreatable. The advent of widespread use of anti-retroviral drugs has started to change the equation – …

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Sisonke Msimang

Msimang’s early career focused on helping international organizations such as UNAIDS forge HIV/AIDS policies that responded to the specific needs of African women and girls swept up in the global pandemic. She eventually rose to become executive director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, supporting initiatives on human rights, good governance and democracy …

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