Young Leaders Alumni

As of 2021, there are 45 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.

In 2020, our alumni continued working towards improving cancer control in a number of different ways.


Our alumni represent 27 different countries across the globe


14 alumni participated in and supported UICC activities.


2 alumni were elected to the UICC Board of Directors

Recent Alumni Activities
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Roberta Costa Marques shares her experience of driving policy change in Brazil

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Lancet Oncology Commission

A number of Young Leader Alumni contributed to the Lancet Oncology Commission on Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa.



Lancet Publication

Fabio Y Moraes on the development of a tool to improve access to radiotherapy

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African female and male health care researchers working in life science laboratory, preparing and analysing microscope slides in a research lab
29 March 2022

Taskforce takes action to reduce the burden of cervical cancer in the Commonwealth

UICC Board Member, Dr Miriam Mutebi, offers an inside look at the efforts of the International Taskforce on Cervical Cancer Elimination in the Commonwealth to reach WHO’s targets.

Ukrainian children with cancer and their families were airlifted to Spain, where they can continue their treatment and are being cared for by Fundación Aladina and other cancer organisations.
Updated on 11 May
15 March 2022

UICC members mobilise to support people from Ukraine living with cancer

The UICC Solidarity Fund for Ukraine has now reached over USD 1 million in contributions. Donations are still welcome and UICC will announce soon how the funds will be attributed. Read more here about actions by UICC members.

A doctor helps a mother and her child at the hospital.
15 September 2021

Improving the chances of cure for childhood cancer in Brazil

Roberta Costa Marques, Executive Director of Instituto Desiderata in Brazil, speaks about the organisation's experience in mobilising networks to overcome regional differences in access to treatment.

Carmen Auste, CEO of the Cancer Warriors Foundation (left), Christine Mugo-Sitati, Executive Director of KENCO (centre) and Tsetsegsaikhan Batmunkh, Advisor to the Minister of Health of Mongolia and Director of the Medicines and Medical Devices Regulatory Agency (right)
30 June 2021

High-profile nominations for three leaders of UICC member organisations

In June, three women leading UICC member organisations were nominated by their governments to high-profile positions, increasing their influence on national cancer policy.

Medical practitioner looks into microscope, to suggest the power of and need for innovation to reduce the burden of cancer
5 May 2021

Innovations in cancer care bring health closer to patients in LMICs

Innovations and resource-appropriate interventions can help close the equity gap in cancer care between high- and lower-income regions. Interview with Dr Omolola Salako of the Sebeccly Cancer Centre in Nigeria.

Dr Felipe Roitberg is an alumn of the 2019/2020 cohort of UICC Young Leaders, here at the 2019 World Cancer Leaders' Summit
15 April 2021

Investing in cancer control to save lives

Dr Felipe Roitberg, Cancer Management Control Consultant at WHO and UICC Young Leader, speaks about how countries can assess their needs and optimise their investment in cancer control.

Meet our Young Leader Alumni

Young Leaders 2019/2020

Ahmed Hefnawy


Gynaecological Oncologist, 
Assiut University Hospital 

Alexandra Ioana Tamas


Policy and Public Affairs Professional, 
Ministry of Health & Romanian Association of IT and Software

Felipe Roitberg


Clinical Oncologist and WHO Consultant
Instituto do Câncer do Estado Sao Paulo and World Health Organization

Florence Manjuh

Florence Manjust, AORTIC, Nurse, Mozambique, Young Leader

Nurse and Supervisor of Womens Health Programme, Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services 


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



Ishtar Espejo Castella


Fundacion Aladina 

Kingsley Ndoh


 Assistant Professor and Project Director, 
University of Washington


Murallitharan Munisamy

Medical Director, 
National Cancer Society of Malaysia

Omolola Salako


Radiation Oncologist and Entrepreneur, 
Sebeccly Cancer Centre



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

Gevorg Tamamyan
Head of the Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Armenia, Hematology Center after R.Yeolyan, Armenia
Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology, Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia

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, Regional Advisor for cancer prevention and control, PAHO/WHO

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 18 May 2022