Young Leaders 2019/2020

Our current cohort of Young Leaders includes a diverse group of individuals who have a shared goal of improving global cancer control. They work across multiple levels of cancer care from prevention, screening and diagnosis to treatment, support and palliative care and focus on a variety of subjects including womens cancer, smoking prevention, access to medicines and artificial intelligence. 

Through this year long programme we aim to support our young leaders in achieving their professional ambitions, as well as raising their profiles as future leaders in the global cancer community.

Meet our Young Leaders

Alexandra Tamas


Minister Adviser at the Ministry of Health of Romania focussing on the National Cancer Control Plan and pharmaceuticals. Previously, she has worked on health policy and tobacco cessation in both the private and public sector .

Ahmed Hefnawy


A Gynaecologic Oncology Consultant and Lecturer at Women’s Health Hospital, Assiut University, Egypt. He aims to improve access to cancer care services in his region and has also been selected this year as an AORTIC African Cancer Leader.

Felipe Roitberg


A Brazilian Clinical Oncologist at Instituto do Câncer do Estado de São Paulo whose professional ambition is to have an impact on cancer patients regionally and globally through sustainable cancer care policies that will fill the gaps regarding UHC and cancer.

Florence Manjuh


A Nurse and Supervisor of the Women’s Health Programme at  the largest cervical and breast screening program in Cameroon run by Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services. She is also Cameroon's focal point for the ECHO project.

Ishtar Espejo Castella


The Director of Fundación Aladina, a private foundation dedicated to helping children and teenagers with cancer. Ishtar has collaborated with production companies to produce films that have since raised €3m for childhood cancers

Kingsley Ndoh


A Clinical Assistant Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and the Project Director for a government initiated Public Private Partnership-Cancer Center in Ondo State, Nigeria. Kingsley is keen to explore how technology can leapfrog health care gaps in cancer control.

Murallitharan Munisamy


A Public Health Physician & Medical Director of the National Cancer Society of Malaysia. An important goal which he hopes to pursue as a Young Leader is to strengthen the relationships between the 10 ASEAN nations with a focus on cancer control.

Omolola Salako


A Researcher, Innovator, Cancer Advocate, self-defined Oncopreneur and founder of Sebeccly Cancer Care and the Oncopadi app, Africa’s first Digital Cancer Clinic. Her career goal is to leverage technology and artificial intelligence to advance cancer care in Africa

Latest news
No smoking sign infront of a building
15 May 2020

World No Tobacco Day: A golden opportunity for tobacco control

UICC’s Young Leader Alexandra Tamas shares her thoughts about the 2020 World No Tobacco Day, 15 years after the entry into force of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo of a nurse wearing. face mask
16 April 2020

Providing safe environments for cancer patients during the coronavirus pandemic

The global coronavirus outbreak has affected nearly two million people to date. This has placed a heavy burden on the healthcare system and its capacity to respond to demand.

Ahmed Hefnawy, Young Leader, King Hussein Cancer Center, Middle East, Womens Health
2 April 2020

Comprehensive cancer care in the Middle East

UICC’s Young Leader, Dr Ahmed Hefnawy shares details about his visit to the King Hussein Cancer Centre as part of his journey to improve Gynecologic Cancer services in Egypt.

Florence Manjust, AORTIC, ECHO, Mozambique, Princess Dina Mired, Young Leader, Cancer Nurse
19 March 2020

Lessons learned from Maputo, Mozambique

Florence Manjuh is a state registered nurse, supervisor of the Women’s Health Programme (WHP) at Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services and a UICC Young leader. As part of the Young Leaders’ programme, Florence received funding to attend the Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) Immersion training and the AORTIC conference in Maputo, Mozambique.

UICC Young Leaders' attending the World Cancer Leaders' Summit in Kazakhstan

Leaders of tomorrow meet at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit

This year, the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Nur-Sultan was attended by leaders in global cancer control eager to discuss ways in which cancer detection, treatment and care contribute to the achievement of Universal Health Coverage. Fittingly, among the participants were UICC’s latest cohort of Young Leaders and 12 Young Leader Alumni.

Young Leader and Alumni group WCLS 2019
27 August 2019

UICC selects eight aspiring young cancer professionals to become successful leaders in cancer control

UICC will nurture eight aspiring young cancer control professionals over the next 12 months to become successful and more effective leaders in cancer control and the wider global health community.

Last update: 
Friday 5 June 2020