Promoting and providing public health services at the heart of healthy living


Taimi Amaambo, Country Director

Public Health Specialist with extensive work experience with the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Family Health International, UNICEF and the World Health Organization in the area of adolescent health, maternal health, prevention of mother to child transmission, voluntary medical male circumcision, and HIV prevention, care and treatment.

Qualifications include Nursing and Midwifery Science from the University of Namibia, Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of South Carolina, a post-graduate certificate in Integrated Marketing Communication for Behavioral Impact in Health and Social Development from New York University, post-graduate certificate in Social and Behavioral Research from Harvard University, and currently completing a Doctoral Degree in Public Health (DrPH) from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Steven Hong, Deputy Chief of Party

Medical doctor trained in the United States, specializing in Infectious Diseases at Tufts University School of Medicine. He has a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University and a Master of Arts in Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Since 2009, Steven has worked closely with the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Namibia to develop a strong HIV drug resistance public health surveillance program, along with several operational research studies. He is also a consultant for the World Health Organization global HIV drug resistance surveillance strategy.

Isabel Mendes-Siyamba, Program Director

With over 12 years of progressive experience in the social development field; work experience include HIV prevention field, adolescents health and non-communicable diseases. She obtained her Master Degree in Development Studies from the University of Free State, South Africa and a Bachelor of Education (Adult Education and Community Development) from the University of Namibia.

Isabel possesses sound knowledge and practical skills in the design and implementation of community-based interventions and coordination of multiple stakeholders from diverse background.

Prince Owusu-Afriyie: Finance and Operations Director

Extensive years of professional work experience in financial and Operations management with the Non-Governmental Organisations.

Comprehensive years of writing and preparation of budget for project proposal, capacity development, donor and management financial reporting, budgeting for public health program design, Human Resource Management, Grants Management and Operations Qualifications include Bachelor of Arts – Population and Family Life, from University of Cape Coast, Chartered Accountant Certificate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ghana), from University of Professional Studies and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Maastricht School of Management.

Milka Mukoroli, Community/Public Health Nurse & Officer in Charge for North West Offices

Progressive experience in HIV prevention, care and treatment, maternal and child health. Milka has worked with the Ministry of Health and Social Services in various capacities and led teams in carrying out focused managed health care; previously worked with I-TECH through the National Health Training center and led capacity building interventions for health providers in HIV testing services, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission, Care and treatment and voluntary medical male circumcision.

Qualifications include Nursing and Midwifery Science from the University of Namibia, followed by post-graduate Diploma in Health promotion; Clinical diagnosing, treatment and Care, and currently working towards a Master Degree in Public Health.

Nashilongo Gervasius, Communication Specialist

Communications Practitioner with experience in mainstream journalism up to media management. She holds a Master’s Degree in in ICT and the Knowledge Society from the University of Mauritius, a Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership Development ICT and the Knowledge Society from Dublin City University – Ireland.

She also holds a Bachelor Honours Degree in Journalism in Communication Technology from (NUST). Nashilongo has previously served from Producer to Assistant Executive Producer in the TV News and Current Affairs section at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).


Dr Kalumbi Shangula

Dr Kalumbi Shangula (Chairman), a renowned medical practitioner who is currently serving as the Deputy Associate Dean at UNAM School of Medicine responsible for Clinical Affairs since 2014. Extensive leadership skills at executive levels where he served in various public service positions since 1990, including Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Social Services and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Dr Shangula holds a Master of Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands). He as well serves on a number of public and private sector boards, including the Advisory Board of the University of Namibia’s School of Medicine.

Anna Ipangelwa

An Entrepreneur Consultant and holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Namibia, Masters of Education degree from Rhodes University, South Africa and is currently enrolled for a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree Anna has managed educational programs for the United States Peace Corps for 5 years, and was the country director of the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH) for 6 years. Ms Ipangelwa has extensive experience in business related research, education program research, product sales and specializes in project implementation, business development and monitoring and evaluation of projects. Recently, Ms Ipangelwa headed the Business Development division of the University of Namibia’s Central Consultancy Bureau for years.

Sakkie Kaulinge

An entrepreneur who is currently serving as the Namibian Director to Basil Read Mining and Construction Namibia (PTY) Ltd Boards of Directors. He previously served as Secretary to the Presidency and First National Coordinator for the Vision 2030 Project. Mr Kaulinge has also served as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and subsequently as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development then later as the Secretary to the Cabinet (1996-1999). Previously, Mr Kaulinge spent 15 years at Consolidated Diamond Mines of De Beers, while being seconded from Anglo American corporation, to the position of Senior Human Resources Manager and subsequently Head of Department at Namdeb (CDM) mines in Oranjemund.

Judi Heichelheim

A senior regional director for Population Service International Southern Africa and has previously served PS across Eurasia and Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. Judith has over 20 years of experience working in design, implementation and management of global health programs, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and social marketing. Judith role at PSI include providing technical assistance to country programs particularly focused on HIV prevention among most-a trisk populations, and in expanding access to family planning. Judith has a master’s in international health and development from George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs

Matilda Jankie-Shakwa

A legal practitioner with over 16 years’ experience. She is a graduate of the UNAM Law School with a Baccalaureus Juris (B Juris) and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree. After graduating from UNAM, Matildah worked in different capacities including Principal Legal Officer in the Office of the Prosecutor General, Senior Litigating Lawyer and as Director and Head of Commercial and Conveyancing Department with Sisa Namandje Inc & Co. She also served as a legal practitioner into the High Court of Namibia in 2004 and has been a High Court Accredited Mediator since 2014. Ms Shakwa sits on a number boards in the private and public sector.

Agai Jones

Agai Jones olds a BSc degree in Chemistry from Morehouse College and an MBA from the Ross School of Business. Agai has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, in Luderitz, Namibia and has worked in HIV prevention, training and development in 14 countries in east and southern Africa. In the US, Agai has worked in Project and Program Management with AARP, the William Davidson Institute and Population Services International. Agai is currently is a Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a US based beauty company.