Young Leaders Alumni

As of 2019, there are 36 professionals who have completed the
Young Leader programme and are now part of the Young Leaders Alumni, a community of change-makers in cancer control.

UICC recognises the contribution of Young Leaders past and present to the cancer community and commits to support and nurture the network as it continues to grow. All Young Leaders who successfully complete the programme will become part of the Young Leaders Alumni. This community will facilitate ongoing collaboration between participants and will provide a resource of emerging experts and cancer leaders for UICC to engage in its core work.


Our alumni represent 22 different countries across the globe


8 Alumni have received awards for global & national achievements.


12 alumni attended the 2018 World Cancer Congress


5 alumni are leaders in international health organisations


2 Alumni have started their own cancer organisations

World Cancer Leaders' Summit

12 alumni attended the 2019 World Cancer Leaders' Summit

Latest Alumni News
Navigating Prostate Cancer Control in Nigeria


co-authored by two alumni, Fabio Moraes and Runcie C. W. Chidebe




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Cancer Control in Africa: paving the way for Universal Health Coverage

with contributions from Miriam Mutebi & Christian Ntizimira, and a case study featuring Francois Uwinkindi.


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Core elements of national cancer control plans: a tool to support plan development and review

co-authored by three alumni, Fabio Moraes, André Ilbawi and Mai Ling Yap


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Spotlight on our Alumni
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Mandi Pratt-Chapman, Associate Center Director of Patient-Centered Initiatives & Health Equity at George Washington Cancer Center is successfully defending her dissertation, "Getting Sexual and Gender Minority Health “Into the Brick and Mortar”: A Mixed Methods Implementation Study" (access here). She has recently co-authored articles on the topic of oncology patient navigation published in Supportive Care in Cancer (access here) and the Journal of Oncology Practise 2019 (access here). An overview article, "Cancer care considerations for sexual and gender minorities" is also slated for publication in Oncology Issues (December edition).

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Cristian A. Herrera, Young Leader 2015, is a Chilean medical doctor, health policy analyst and researcher, devoted to health policy and economics practice and research. Between 2014-2018, he was advisor to the Minister of Health of Chile and then head of the Division of Health Planning, where he also took the position of Acting Vice-Minister of Public Health several times. Since 2018, he works as a health policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).


Temidayo Fadelu is a medical oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He works with Dana-Farber's Center for Global Cancer Medicine to support clinical care delivery, capacity building and health services research in oncology programs in Haiti and Rwanda. He was recently selected as recipient of Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Breast Cancer Research Foundation Young Investigator Award to evaluate strategies for improving treatment adherence in Rwandan breast cancer patients. 


Tsetsegsaikhan Batmunkh is the Founder and CEO of the National Cancer Council of Mongolia. The Young Leaders Programme enabled her organization to become one of the 17 Countries for Treatment 4 All, join EurADO Eurasian Alliance in pediatric oncology and receive a Leadership Development Grant with VCS Foundation in Australia. As a contribution of Tsetsegsaikhan’s significant progress in influencing policies on cancer control in 2018, her organization received the “Best civil organization in Mongolia” award.

Meet our Young Leader Alumni

Young Leaders 2017/2018

Dauren Adilbay

Dauren Adilbay

Deputy Director (Science and Education)
Kazakh Institute of Oncology and Radiology, Kazakhstan


Roberta Marques


Executive Director
Instituto Desiderata, Brazil


Kelechi Eguzo

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Doctoral Candidate and Chairman
University of Saskatchewan, Canada and the Marjorie Bash Foundation, Nigeria


Youssef Zeidan

Youssef Zeidan

Assistant Professor
Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute and American University of Beirut, Lebanon



Supriya Jayant Sastri

Supriya Jayant Sastri

Radiation Oncologist and Secratary of the Gynaecological Disease Mangement Group
Tata Memorial Hospital, India


François Uwinkindi

François Uwinkindi

Director of Cancer Diseases Unit
Rwanda Biomedical Center, Rwanda


Paul Ebusu

Paul Ebusu

Executive Director
Uganda Cancer Society, Uganda




Young Leaders 2016

Ami Bhatt
Professor of Medicine (Hematology) and Genetics and Director for Global Oncology (Center for Innocation in Global Health) at Stanford University and Co-Founder and Co-President of Global Oncology, Inc., USA

Christian R. Ntizimira
Executive Secretary, Rwanda Palliative Care and Hospice Organisation, Rwanda

Fabio Ynoe Moraes
Clinician investigator - Radiation Oncology at Kingston General Hospital, Canada Assistant Professor - Department of Oncology at Queens University, Canada

Hanna Tervonen
Epidemiologist and Research Fellow at the Cancer Institute NSW, University of New South Wales, Australia

Laura Mendoza
Researcher at the Research Institute for Health Sciences, National University of Asuncion, Paraguay

Maria Celeste Diaz
Health Technology Assessment Coordinator, National Cancer Institute, Argentina

Miriam Mutebi
Consultant Breast Surgical Oncologist at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Kenya

Shekinah Elmore
Radiation Oncologist Resident and Physician at Harvard Medical School, USA

Tsetsegsaikhan Batmunkh 
Founder and CEO of the National Cancer Council of Mongolia

Young Leaders 2015

Afsan Bhadelia
Health Systems/Policy Researcher at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

André Ilbawi
Technical Officer, Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention at the World Health Organization, Switzerland

Cristian A. Herrera
Health Policy Analyst at the Health Division, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD, France), and Adjunct Researcher at the Department of Public Health, P. Universidad Católica de Chile.

Mandi Pratt-Chapman
Director of Patient-Centered Initiatives and Health Equity at The George Washington University Cancer Institute

Mauricio Maza
El Salvador, Executive Director, Basic Health International

Mei Ling Yap
Radiation Oncologist at Liverpool Hospital Cancer Therapy Centre and Macarthur Cancer Therapy Center, Australia

Runcie Chikeruba Wilson Chidebe
Founder and Executive Director of Project PINK BLUE- Health & Psychological Trust Centre, Nigeria

Temidayo Fadelu
Medical Oncologist, Physician Member at the Center for Global Cancer Medecine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Instructor at Harvard Medical School


Young Leaders 2014

Chukwuma Oraegbunam, Nigeria Psychiatry Trainee at the NHS, Senior Registrar at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

Elizabeth Ayoo, Maseno University, Kenya 

Han Win Htun, Family Medicine and Public Health Physician at Family Medicine Clinic of Mandalay, Myanmar

Mellany Murgor, Research Fellow at RTI International, Medical Officer at Ministry of Health Kenya, and the Africa Director of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network

Nauman Jadoon, Fellow at College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan

Neha Tripathi, Director International Affairs, Cancer Aid Society India

Xiao-Jian Qin, Professor at Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, China

Yetty Movieta Nency, Pediatrician (Medical and Academic Staff) at Diponegoro University Child Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, Indonesia


Young Leaders 2013

Danielle Rodin, Radiation Oncologist & Assistant Professor at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Canada

Leana May, Global Health Track Associate Director at University of Colorado School of Medicine & School of Public Health and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado.

Oluwafunmilola James, National Project Manager at Breat without Spot Initiative, Nigeria

Zoe Wainer, Head of Public Health at BUPA Australia and New Zealand, Australia.

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Contact Us

UICC is eager to hear from our Young Leader Alumni and recieve updates on their current activities. We are actively looking for alumni stories to feature on our website.

Last update: 
Wednesday 11 December 2019