Dr Isaac M. Malonza
Chief Executive Officer and Technical Director
Expert: Epidemiology and International Health
Dr Malonza is the CEO and Technical Director of URADCA. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for executing the mission and strategy of URADCA and oversees the entire operation of the NGO. As Technical Director, Dr Malonza oversees program design, implementation, data reporting and dissemination of research findings to key stakeholders. Dr Malonza is a Physician specializing in Epidemiology and International Health. He holds a medical degree (MBChB) from the University of Nairobi and an MPH from the University of Washington. He has over 25 years’ experience designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating public health programs in Africa. Dr Malonza has published more than twelve articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr Malonza joined URADCA from September 1, 2018 after spending eleven years at Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, where he served as the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa. As Regional Director, Dr Malonza was responsible for overseeing Jhpiego’s programs in 14 countries. Prior to joining Jhpiego, Dr Malonza worked as Regional Director for Africa for the International Partnership for Microbicides. In this capacity, Dr Malonza was responsible for the conduct of microbicides clinical trials. He also worked for the World Health Organization, based in Geneva, as a scientist responsible for research and development of microbicides. He previously worked for the Africa Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) and was among the team that initiated the highly successful Nairobi Urban Health and Demographic Surveillance System.
Dr Peter Gisore
Director: Child Health
Expert: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Dr Gisore is URADCA’s Director of Child Health. He is an accomplished researcher specializing in pediatrics and neonatology and is a faculty member at Aga Khan University, Nairobi. Prior to joining the Aga Khan University, Dr Gisore was a Senior lecturer at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital/Moi University, 2004-2016. He has mentored many researchers and conducted cutting health research, notable among which include implementation and evaluation of the Helping Babies Breathe curriculum in three resource limited settings; survey of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality in Kenya; community based weighing of newborns and use of mobile phones by village elders in rural settings in Kenya and commonly cited incentives in the community implementation of the emergency maternal and newborn care study in western Kenya. He has published more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Prof. Fiona Mbai
Director: Research and Quality Control
Expert: Endocrinology/Reproductive Physiology
Prof. Mbai is responsible for the design of URADCA surveys and oversees a robust quality control system that assures the integrity and accuracy of data collected from surveys. Prof. Mbai has held several prestigious positions including the Deputy Country Director and Director of Research at the International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH), Lecturer at Egerton University, Honorary Lecturer at the University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, and Senior Researcher at the University of California, Davis, USA. Prof. Mbai directed several population-based surveys and end-of-project evaluations for URADCA. She is an accomplished researcher and scientist specializing in public health research and biomedical sciences. She graduated from the University of Manchester with a PhD in Biomedical sciences and currently is a professor at Technical University of Kenya where she directs research and knowledge exchange. Prof. Mbai has published more than 20 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals.
Mr. Ngugi Mwenda
Director: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Mwenda is URADCA’s Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. He provides oversight for program’s planning, evaluation, knowledge management and monitoring. He defines process and impact indicators, oversees data management and is responsible for data editing, analysis and reporting. Mwenda is highly experienced with national survey methodology and data analysis being the leading statistician at the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) since 2012. Mwenda is a graduate of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Applied Statistics; and he is currently pursuing a PhD in Biostatistics from Moi University. Mwenda has published more than ten articles in peer reviewed scientific journals.
Mr. George O. Momanyi
Director, Partnerships and Program Operations
Expert: Immunization and Health Systems Management
Mr. Momanyi oversees URADCA’s program operations in the field and is responsible for coordination with MOH, County Governments, partners and leaders at community level. He is a registered nurse who specializes in immunization and health systems management. Mr. Momanyi coordinates a national technical assistance project, funded by CDC through the African Field Epidemiology network, to strengthen routine immunization at county level. In this capacity, Momanyi provides training to county-based staff working for the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI); supports the development of EPI micro-plans, supervises data monitoring and monitoring the quality of the EPI program in focus counties. Prior to his current role, Momanyi was a WHO consultant for the Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) program and a District Public Health Nurse. Mr. Momanyi graduated with a Diploma in Community Nursing (Kenya Medical Training College), Advanced Diploma in Public Health (Kenyatta University), Bachelor of Nursing (University of Dundee), Master of Science in Health Systems Management (Kenya Methodist University) and Master of Science in Nursing (University of Dundee).