Young Leaders 2021/2022

The 2021 cohort of Young Leaders includes a diverse group of ten individuals who have a shared goal of reducing the global burden of cancer. They work across the cancer control continuum, including advocating for cancer prevention, improving access to timely screening to providing treatment, developing new therapies and ensuring patients and cancer survivors receive adequate support and care. Their ambitions align with UICC's key focus areas of tobacco control, cancer and ageing, health financing and access to medicines. 

Through a year-long programme, UICC aims to support these emerging leaders in achieving their professional ambitions as well as raising their profiles as future leaders in the global cancer community.

Meet the 2021-22 Young Leaders

Anna Dare,

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A Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellow at the University of Toronto, who aims to use her vast research experience to inform cancer policies and advocacy efforts to reduce global inequities in access to cancer and surgical care.

Arnaud Bayle,

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An Assistant Professor at the Drug Development Department, Gustave Roussy Cancer Center, with expertise in precision medicine and health economics. Through the programme he aims to improve access to innovative medicines both nationally and at the global level.

Asma Hatoqai,

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A Tobacco Control Specialist at King Hussein Cancer Centre, whose long-term goal is to be a leader, a powerful advocate and an educator in the field of tobacco control, as well as mentor future younger professionals seeking to join the field.

Chemtai Mungo, 
USA /Kenya

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Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina, who aims to leverage her technical and research expertise to engage with governments and funders in support of cervical cancer elimination efforts in low- and middle-income countries.

Diego Gimenez Velilla,

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The Head of the Radiation Oncology Department, Nacional Cancer Institute, whose professional ambition is to expand access to radiotherapy and modern cancer control schemes, with a focus on decentralising radiotherapy services in Paraguay.

Enrique Soto Pérez de Celis,

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Researcher in Medical Sciences, Department of Geriatrics, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán, with expertise related to the care of older adults with cancer and improving access to care for vulnerable populations in resource-limited settings.

Freddy Houehanou Rodrigue Gnangnon, Benin

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An Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology at University of Abomey-Calavi, who is working towards his goal to implement affordable, appropriate and evidence-based strategies for the reduction of breast cancer morbidity and mortality in low-income counties, such as those of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Melissa Lim Siaw Han,

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A Committee Member at Society for Cancer Advocacy and Awareness Kuching, as well as a Pharmacist and Researcher focusing on the development of targeted cancer therapies, while also being involved in the delivery of patient support and care services, particularly for rural populations.

Tlotlo Ralefala,

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A Clinical Oncologist and Head of Oncology at Princess Marina Hospital whose primary research focus is on healthcare personnel capacity building for high quality cancer care delivery in Botswana. She plays a critical policy advisory role  to the Ministry of Health on expanding access and decentralizing cancer care within the country.

Venus Dadirai Mushininga,

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A Pharmacist and Program Manager at the Department of Non-Communicable Diseases, Ministry of Health and Child Care in Zimbabwe, with extensive experience in advocating for better access to holistic quality cancer care including access to medicines and in developing policies to strengthen cancer services in Zimbabwe. 

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Podcast "Let's Talk Cancer": Caring for older adults - a topic that concerns everyone

In this episode of Let’s talk cancer on cancer and ageing, Dr Enrique Soto speaks about the need for more patient-centred care and geriatric oncology expertise in caring for older adults with cancer.

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Podcast "Let's Talk Cancer": Cervical cancer – achieving equity through innovation

In this episode of Let’s talk cancer, Dr Chemtai Mungo from the University of North Carolina explains the challenges and advances in cervical cancer care and improving access to life-saving services for all populations.

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Cancer and ageing, a global opportunity for healthcare systems

The increasing number of older adults with cancer represents both a challenge and an opportunity for improving healthcare systems worldwide.

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Improving access to HPV vaccine and screening in LMICs

Marking International HPV Awareness Day on 4 March, UICC Young Leader Chemtai Mungo calls attention to current efforts to prevent and treat diseases caused by HPV, in particular cervical cancer, including improving access to HPV vaccines and new technologies for early detection.

Recreated world map featuring the headshots of the ten new young cancer professionals who were selected to join UICC's new 2021-2022 cohort of Young Leaders
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UICC’s Young Leaders respond to questions on equity and innovation

Ten aspiring leaders in cancer care have been selected by UICC for the Young Leaders programme. They address the important role played by equity and innovation in the challenges facing the cancer community.

Last update: 
Thursday 10 November 2022