Young Leaders 2019/2020

This 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. Scroll down to see each Young Leader's indivudal profile.

This cohort faced significant challenges during their year as Young Leaders due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite this, they continued to work towards their career goals, developing solutions to the obstacles they faced, showing leadership and creating opportunities to collaborate with both the UICC network and their fellow Young Leaders. A key achievement for this group was co-writing an article titled "Adapting Cancer Civil Society Organizations to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccinations in People Living With Cancer in Low- and Middle-Income Countries" which was subequently published in JCO Global Oncology in July 2021.

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.

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