Board of Trustees

The Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation has a diverse composition of trustees with the mandate to provide oversight and governance to its activities. The Board steers the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies.

Dr. Abdu Mukhtar

Dr. Abdu Mukhtar is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Dangote Group. He is also a partner with Sahel Capital. Abdu has a 22‐year career in both the private and public sectors. Until recently he was the Group Managing Director/CEO of the Abuja Investments Company Ltd. where he oversaw portfolio investments and joint‐venture projects.

Prior to that, Abdu had held several positions including Senior Special Assistant on Economic Matters to Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Minister; Special Adviser to the pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); Transaction Adviser at the Nigerian Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE); Consultant with Pittiglio Rabin Todd & Mcgrath (PRTM) Consulting, Boston; Consultant, Harvard Center for International Development; and Research Associate at the Boston University Medical Center. Abdu is the current Chairman/Co‐Founder of Grassroot Microfinance Bank, Kano. He also sits on the Boards of several nonprofit organizations including LEAP Africa, the Nollywood Foundation, African University of Science and Technology (AUST) Abuja, and the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) Global Advisory Board. In 2006, he was selected by the African Leadership Institute as an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow. He was also nominated for the Nigeria’s CEO of the Year Award by ThisDay Newspapers in 2009.

Abdu holds a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government; a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School; a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from Boston University; and a Doctor of Medicine (MB.BS) degree from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

Dr. Kelechi Ohiri


Dr. Kelechi Ohiri is the Chief Executive Officer of the Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation. Previously, he served as the Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance of Nigeria, and two Ministers of Health in Nigeria.
Prior to this, he was an Engagement Manager with the London office of McKinsey and Company, where he served a broad section of health sector clients, including Payors, Providers, Health Systems and Pharmaceutical clients in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before joining McKinsey and Company, Kelechi worked with the World Bank, having joined through the Young Professionals’ Programme. He has written policy papers, academic publications, and has co-authored books in health systems. He has also served on global expert advisory panels for the Institute of Medicine and the World Health Organization. He also worked as a Healthcare Management Fellow at Harvard University and as a Primary Care Physician in various settings.
Kelechi received a medical degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University, as well as a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University.

Dr. Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq

Dr. Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq is the Chief Executive Officer and founding board member of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria. Until his appointment as the MD/CEO of the Alliance, Muntaqa was the Senior Technical Advisor to the former Honourable Minister of State for Health in Nigeria.
He commenced his career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley where he focused on the Healthcare & Pharmaceutical sector – and advised healthcare clients on a wide range of transactions. He is a graduate from the University of Cambridge, England, where he obtained an M.Phil. in Bioscience Enterprise. He earned his Medical degree at Imperial College School of Medicine, London, and holds a BSc in Management (Finance & Health Economics) from the Tanaka Business School, London.

Dr. Chizoba Wonodi

Dr. Chizoba Wonodi is public health physician with over twenty-five years’ experience in Africa, Asia and America. She is the Nigerian programs director at the Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) based in Baltimore. She splits her time between Abuja and Baltimore leading a portfolio of work to improve immunization service delivery and primary health care (PHC) systems in Nigeria through operations research, technical assistance and advocacy. She is also the national convener for Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA), a coalition of Civil Society Organizations dedicated to ensuring equity and sustainability in access to vaccines.

Dr. Wonodi obtained her medical degree from the University of Benin, Nigeria; her masters and doctorate in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she received many awards including, The Bill and Melinda Gates Institute scholarship for masters and doctorate studies, and the Carolyn Cochrane Fellowship award.

Ms. Heidi Wendisch

Heidi Wendisch
Ms. Heidi Wendisch is a Lawyer and Human Resource Specialist. She has served in various capacities in the Public and Private Sector both in Nigeria and in the U.K. Prior to returning to Nigeria, she worked as a Research Analyst and a Recruitment Consultant at Hireright Powerchex Limited UK and served as an advisor at Oxfam International U.K.
Prior to her post-graduate studies, she trained and qualified as a lawyer, and served as a legal officer with the Bureau for Public Enterprise as well as the Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications limited.
She holds a law degree from the University of Jos, Nigeria and a Masters degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Westminster, London.


Technical Advisory Commitee

This committee comprises leading global experts in health systems and development, who bring to bear, their vast experience, globally renowned expertise and knowledge. The committee is independent and its role is advisory. They provide strategic and technical guidance to the organization.

Professor Rifat Atun

Prof. Rifat Atun is Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University, and the Director of Global Health Systems Cluster at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

In 2006-13, Prof. Atun was Professor of International Health Management and Head of the Health Management Group at Imperial College London. In 2008-12 he served as a member of the Executive Management Team of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as the Director of Strategy, Performance and Evaluation Cluster.

Prof. Atun has worked with several governments globally as well as the World Bank, World Health Organization, and the UK Department for International Development to design, implement and evaluate health system reform initiatives. He was also the Founding Director of the MSc in International Health Management, BSc in Management and Medical Science, and Founding Co-Director of the Masters in Public Health (MPH) Programme at Imperial College.

Prof. Atun is a member of the MRC (UK) Global Health Group, the US Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Strengthening Health Systems and the Research Advisory Committee for the Public Health Foundation of India. He has also served as a member of the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board, the Norwegian Research Council’s Global Health and Vaccination Research Board, the Advisory Committee for WHO Research Centre for Health Development in Japan, and the Strategic Technical Advisory Group of the WHO for Tuberculosis. He chaired the WHO Task Force on Health Systems and Tuberculosis Control and in 2009-12 he was the Chair of the STOP TB Partnership Coordinating Board.

Prof. Atun studied medicine at University of London as a Commonwealth Scholar and subsequently completed his postgraduate medical studies and Masters in business administration at University of London and Imperial College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK), Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK).

Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate

Dr Muhammad Ali Pate is a visiting Scholar and formerly Adjunct Professor at the Duke Global Health Initiative. He was previously the Minister of State for Health in Nigeria, following his success as the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), in Abuja, Nigeria. In these roles he spearheaded several initiatives including the establishment of the Private Sector Health Alliance, the landmark Saving One Million Lives Initiative, was a member of the Economic Management Implementation Team of the Government and Chaired the Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication.

Prior to this role in the NPHCDA, he was with the World Bank Group, where he was the Human Development Coordinator in the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank, overseeing a portfolio of Health, Education and Social Protection interventions in several countries in the region.

Dr Pate is an American Board-Certified MD in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, with an MBA (Health Sector Concentration) from Duke University USA. Prior to this he studied at the University College London. He also has a Masters in Health System Management from the London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine, UK.

Dr. Pate serves as co-chair of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, member of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Vaccination and Humanitarian Emergencies at the World Health Organization, and member of the agenda committee at the World Economic Forum. In addition, he is on the board of the Healthcare Leadership Academy as well as the Chigarin Foundation in Bauchi, Northeastern Nigeria.

Professor David Peters

Professor David Peters, MD, DrPH, MPH, is the Edgar Berman Professor and Chair of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has worked in health systems as a researcher, policy advisor, educator, manager, and clinician in dozens of developing countries over the last two decades.

Since 2009, Peters has been the Director of the Health Systems Program. Since 2005, he has been the director of Future Health Systems (FHS): Innovations for Equity, a consortium of researchers from Uganda, Nigeria, India, China, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, the UK, and the USA, aimed at generating knowledge to shape health systems to benefit the poor.

During his public health career, Peters has been an advisor to a number of international organizations, including the Global Fund to Combat AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and the World Economic Forum, and has provided technical assistance to governments in Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, and development agencies (WHO, World Bank, CIDA, DFID, and USAID).

He was a pioneer in the development of Sector Wide Approaches (SWAps) in health, a strategy now commonly used to define and implement national health programs in developing countries. Using this approach, he led the development and implementation of the first-of-its-kind national Balanced Scorecard to assess and manage health services in Afghanistan. This approach is now commonly used to link strategy to implementation and monitoring for health programs in several developing countries.