Chief Programmes Officer
Amref Health Africa
MDI Alumni, 2013
When I joined the Management Development Institute (MDI) Programme, I was the Country Director for Amref Health in Africa in Kenya. I was appointed the Interim CEO of Amref Health Africa in November 2014 and then in June 2015 I was given the role of Chief Programmes Officer, which is a regional role.
MDI greatly improved my management, supervisory and strategic leadership skills, contributing to my promotion within the organisation.
The programme helped me in areas of empowering and delegation because in my current role I cannot do everything. I need to rely on other people whom I need to trust and mentor. It gave me the skills I needed as a senior leader.
It is required for participants to develop Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs) to apply lessons learnt from the programme in real-world settings upon returning to their communities. I took part in a health improvement project that was implemented by Amref Health Africa in Turkana, Kenya. In addition I was able to transfer my skills to an officer at Amref Health Africa in Kenya who had not participated in the programme. He was later promoted to a Project Manager. To me this is a great success that I attribute to the MDI.
Currently I supervise six country directors and I have encouraged each one of them to join the programme. At the moment two of them have completed the course. I would greatly recommend it to other leaders. I would like to thank Amref Health Africa for selecting me and fully sponsoring me to the programme. I greatly appreciate Johnson&Johnson who fund the programme, the University of Cape Town and the University of California in Los Angeles.