Steering Group

The Main HIFA Steering Group is an informal group of HIFA volunteers who provide technical guidance on the implementation of HIFA activities. The group meets every 3 months and holds an annual Strategy Day meeting. The members represent the range of stakeholders in the global healthcare information system and are often drawn from key supporting organisations and collaborating partners, with decisions taken democratically. The group may delegate major tasks to Working Groups (eg Project Working Groups, Social Media Working Group) with a similar constitution.

The HIFA Steering Group is supported by the HIFA Advisory Group: Ibrahima Bob (British Embassy, Senegal), Jackie Cheeseborough (Partnerships in Health Information), Patricia Cholewka (City University, New York), Catherine Coleman (Health Communication Core, USA), Darlena David (Independent), John Eyers (rtd London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Erica Frank (Health Sciences Online), Eric Friedman (O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, USA), Meenakshi Gautham (Independent), Maryvonne Grisetti (rtd WHO), Robert Hughes (DFID), Sue Jacob (Independent), Yunkap Kwankam (former Coordinator of eHealth, WHO), Mona Nasser (Cochrane Collaboration), Daniel Ncayiyana (Benguela Health (Pty) Ltd, South Africa), Caroline Nyamai Kisia (Action Africa Help International, Kenya), Ayo Onatola (Independent), Tikki Pang (National University of Singapore), Geoff Royston (Independent), John Sandars (University of Leeds, UK), Abi Smith (Medsin), Mark Storey (Independent), Veronique Thouvenot (Independent), Peter Tugwell (University of Ottawa), Regina Ungerer (Fiocruz), Bill Ward (South Florida College of Public Health).

Name Country
Tara Ballav Adhikari
  • HIFA Steering Group Member
  • HIFA Country Representative Coordinator
  • HIFA Facebook Coordinator
Denmark
Jane Amongi Akora
Uganda
Najeeb Al-Shorbaji
  • Independent
Jordan
Joseph Ana
  • Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety
Nigeria
Amanda Puckett BenDor
  • PATH
United States
Frederick Bukachi
  • Director
Kenya
Sarah Cavanagh
United Kingdom
Liz Grant
  • Global Health Academy at the University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom
John Liebhardt
United Arab Emirates
Wendie Norris
  • CAB International
United Kingdom
Oluwatosin (Tosin) Ogunmoyero
  • Centers for Disease Control
United States
Atai Okokon
  • Independent
United Kingdom
Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
United States
Neil Pakenham-Walsh
  • HIFA Coordinator
  • Director
United Kingdom
Jonathan Parker
  • HIFA publicity and fundraising
  • Director
United Kingdom
Eliane Pereira dos Santos
  • Lead moderator HIFA-Portuguese
  • Pan-American Health Organization
United States
Julie N Reza
  • Independent
United Kingdom
Yana Richens
  • Royal College of Midwives
United Kingdom
Ian Roberts
  • World Health Organization
Switzerland
Arthy Santhakumar
United Kingdom
Rachel Stancliffe
  • Director
United Kingdom
Julie Storr
  • World Health Organization
  • HIFA Social Media Coordinator
Switzerland
Arjun Thandi
United Kingdom
Isabelle Wachsmuth-Huguet
  • Lead moderator HIFA-French
Switzerland
Nand Wadhwani
  • The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust
India
Tony Waterston
  • Lead moderator CHIFA
  • International Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health
United Kingdom
Chris Zielinski
  • Partnerships in Health Information
United Kingdom