Scientific Advisory Group

Scientific Advisory Group for Rwanda912:

Joe BonneyChair: Joe Bonney,  Emergency Physician Specialist & President of African Federation for Emergency Medicine

Dr. Joseph Bonney is a Specialist Emergency Physician at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana, and heads the Research Unit of his Department. He  has a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) and Masters Degree in Disaster Medicine (MSc DM). Dr Bonney also works as a research fellow at the Global Health and Infectious Diseases Research Group, Kumasi Collaborative Center for Research in Tropical Medicine. and a PhD candidate with the Center for Research and Training in Disaster Medicine, Humanitarian Aid, and Global Health - University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy and has involved in Emergency Medicine development as a founding member for the Emergency Medicine Society of Ghana, member of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine- WHO Task Force, President of the African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM) and a Board Member, World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM)


Lee WallisDeputy Chair: Lee Wallis, World Health Organization, Geneva.

Lee is Lead: Emergency Care at WHO headquarters within the Clinical Services and Systems Unit. Before that, he was Professor and Head of the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Cape Town. He was also the head of the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stellenbosch University. Lee is the past president of the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa, the African Federation for Emergency Medicine and more recently the International Federation for Emergency Medicine.  Twitter @wallis_lee     Lee A. Wallis - Wikipedia


Nervo DiazDr Nervo Verdezoto Dias, Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Cardiff University

Dr Verdezoto Dias is part of the Complex Systems Research Group and the Human-Centred Computing Research Priority Area at the School of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University. He is also part of our new Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems (IROHMS). Since November 2020, has been the IROHMS Cross-Cutting Themes (CCT) Academic Lead in charge of the academic issues related to the sustainable development goals and global challenges. His research lies at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp), with particular interest in the Healthcare and Sustainability domains. His background includes Human-Centred Computing with expertise in ethnographically informed design, user-centred design, participatory design, and in the design and evaluation of socio-technical systems. His work combines fieldwork with a design-oriented research approach to further understand people’s everyday practices, different stakeholder’s needs, and how people appropriate technology. His previous work has investigated how mobile technologies can support the coordination of work of hospital orderlies and how people use and appropriate self-monitoring technologies in their everyday life in Denmark. He has also explored the opportunities that digital health can offer to support staff and parents a Leicester’s Children Emergency department in the UK. His recent work investigates healthcare infrastructures in the Global South and how socio-technical and cultural practices influence maternal and infant health practices and services in Peru, Ecuador, South Africa, and India.


Willem StassenWillem Stassen, Emergency care practitioner, University of Cape Town

Emergency care practitioner, primarily involved in critical care retrieval via ground, helicopter or fixed wing modes of transport. I hold a Master’s degree in Emergency Medicine from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and a PhD from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. I further held certification as a critical care and flight paramedic with the International Board for Specialised Certification. My main research interests are telephonic disease prediction and triage, prehospital emergency care networks and critical care retrieval and transport.


Hassan Haghprast-BidgoliHassan Haghparast-Bidgoli, Associate Professor of Economics, UCL Institute for Global Health

I am an health economist. I have over 15 years practice and research experience in health economics, focusing on health system efficiency and financing, health inequalities and economic evaluation of health interventions. In past few years I have been involved in economic analysis of a number of complex public health interventions in South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, mainly focusing on promoting maternal and child health and prevention of non-communicable diseases. In addition, I have been involved in allocative efficiency of HIV, TB and essential benefit packages in a number of countries in Central Asia and Eastern Europe, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and South America. Injury prevention and access to trauma care is an area that I am passionate about and I have done extensive research in the early years of my career. In 2019, I was awarded a MRC Public Health Intervention Development grant to develop a community based intervention to prevent childhood injuries in Bangladesh. The project was successfully piloted in two villages in Bangladesh during 2021-22.


Lisa HirschornLisa Hirschhorn,  Professor of Medical Social Sciences and Director of the Ryan Family Center for Global Primary Care, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Starting as a public health and researcher and HIV physician in the 1980’s, my research has focused on understanding the causes and developing feasible and effective solutions to the implementation gap and disparities in delivery, outcomes and quality of care in resource limited settings in the US and in Africa. At Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, my current work uses implementation science methods to effectively measure and improve implementation and quality and effectiveness of care in the US and with colleagues in countries in Africa across the lifespan from neonatal sepsis to healthy ageing.


Respicious Boniface

Dr. Respicious Boniface, Consultant Anesthesiologist and Epidemiologist

Honorary Lecturer at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied sciences (Anaesthesia - Department)

Tanzania.  Dr Boniface is a Consultant anesthesiologist and epidemiologist with a strong interest in and commitment to conducting clinical research. He has over ten years’ administrative experience as head of Anesthesia department, and currently is the Executive Director of Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute.


Patrick Edrin KyamanywaPatrick Edrin Kyamanywa, Vice Chancellor of Uganda Martyrs University

Professor Kyamanywa is a Ugandan surgeonacademicacademic administrator and researcher.

He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in leadership of innovation and Change from York St John University in England; a master of Public Health (MPH) from the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds UK; a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom and a founding Fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSESCA). He attained a Master of Medicine (MMed.) in General Surgery of Makerere University; a Diploma in Business Administration and Human Resource Management (HRM) from the college of professional Management New Jersey, UK; a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) of Makerere University. His career also includes: Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Kampala International University Western Campus where he rose through the academic ranks of Full professor of Surgery, Dean and Deputy Vice- Chancellor. He has also worked as Vice Dean, Dean, Full Professor of Surgery, and Acting Principal in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Rwanda.


Rob LawrenceRob Lawrence, Director of strategic implementation for PRO EMS and Prodigy EMS, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and part-time executive director of the California Ambulance Association. 

He previously served as the chief operating officer of the Richmond Ambulance Authority (Virginia), which won both state and national EMS Agency of the Year awards during his 10-year tenure. Additionally, he served as COO for Paramedics Plus in Alameda County, California.  Prior to emigrating to the U.S. in 2008, Rob served as the COO for the East of England Ambulance Service in Suffolk County, England, and as the executive director of operations and service development for the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust. Rob is a former Army officer and graduate of the UK's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served worldwide in a 20-year military career encompassing many prehospital and evacuation leadership roles. Rob is a board member of the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration ( AIMHI) as well as chair of the American Ambulance Association’s Communications Committee. He writes and podcasts for and is a member of the EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board


Pamela AbbottPamela Abbott, Director of the Centre for Global Development and Professor in the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen, and Director of the Centre for Global Development

Abbott leads the Scottish Government-funded research project Fostering a Social Practice Approach to Adult Literacies for Improving People’s Quality of Life in Western Rwanda.

In her writings on feminist perspectives in sociology, Abbott challenges a limited consideration of gender issues within mainstream sociology, and advocates a reconceputialisation and interdisciplinary approach in order to question fundamental assumptions in the discipline.

Abbott's recent research interests focus on quality of life and socioeconomic transitions in societies experiencing transformations following the Arab Spring.

KKen Brownen Brown, Professor, School of Computer Science, University College Cork, Ireland

Ken is Vice Head of the School of Computer Science; Deputy Director of the Insight Artificial Intelligence laboratory in the School of Computer Science; co-Principal Investigator in Insight, the Science Foundation Ireland centre for data analytics, where he leads the national Decision-Making research challenge; and co-PI on Enable, the SFI cross centre initiative on Smart Cities and Communities. His research is focused on AI methods for decision support and automated decision making, with particular applications in vehicle routing, scheduling, human sensing and healthcare.