AORTIC African Cancer Leaders Institute (ACLI)


The goal of the AORTIC African Cancer Leaders Institute (ACLI) is to develop the next generation of leaders in cancer care, research, education, and advocacy in Africa. The ACLI supports and continues the 9th AORTIC conference theme of “Bridging the Gaps Between Science and Humanity”.

The ACLI will develop activities for individuals who commit to provide leadership in cancer for Africa. The ACLI will commission workshops, satellite meetings, exchanges, and other activities to compliment the professional competencies of ACLI participants.

Examples of appropriate leadership skills to be developed include:

  • Developing sustainable clinical practice, research and training initiatives, including funding mechanisms;
  • Advocacy skills for collaboration with cancer researchers, patients, policy makers, Ministries of Health and other governmental bodies, and the public;
  • Relationship management and development of partnerships with academic, governmental and non-governmental organizations;
  • Strategic planning;
  • Conflict management;
  • Management of gender and ethnicity issues;
  • Media relations and communication development and campaign management to improve understanding of cancer among the African public, policy makers, and others;
  • Organizational management skills such as professional groups or cancer associations.

The ACLI was conceived as a “meeting within a meeting” and took place at the biennial AORTIC meeting. ACLI participants attended the regular AORTIC scientific sessions, but also participated in meeting sessions designed specifically for the ACLI, as well as meeting with mentors individually.

Following the start-up meeting, participants are expected to maintain contact with their mentors and other individuals on a regular basis, and report on activities they have engaged in as a result of their participation.

Goals and objectives for these activities are to be set and agreed in a kick-off session with their assigned mentor. The ACLI will form the basis of an African leadership network for cancer control in Africa, which itself will have annual goals and objectives set by the Executive committee of AORTIC.

Application and Selection Process

Solicitation will go to all AORTIC members. Applicants are selected by a committee appointed by the AORTIC Council based on their potential to develop as leaders in healthcare, research, community outreach, advocacy, governmental liaison, or other critical areas of need for cancer in Africa.

Potential to take on a future leadership role in AORTIC was a major criterion for selection. Applicants must be current residents of an African country.

Apply here: AORTIC_Cancer_Leaders_Institute_Application_Packet_2023


Last Name First Name Institution Country
Adejumo Prisca Olabisi University of Ibadan Nigeria
Alatise Olusegun Isaac Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria
Awolude Olutusin College of Med, Univ of Ibadan Nigeria
Ayettey Anie Hanna Naa Gogwe Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Ghana
Babb Chantal NHLS South Africa
Davids Lester University of Cape Town South Africa
Eyesan Uwale Bowen University College of Health Sciences Nigeria
Msadabwe-Chikuni Susan Citonge Cancer Diseases Hospital, MOH Zambia
Mwachiro Michael Mwatsuma Tenwek Hospital Kenya
Nnodu Obiageli Eunice Jos Univ Teaching Hosp  & Lagos Univ Teaching Hosp Nigeria
Orang’o Elkanah Moi University Kenya
Sahani Mateus Kambale Agir and Hope Med Cntr Congo
Last Name First Name Institution Country
Asuzu Chioma University of Ibadan Nigeria
Cekwane Kabelo M Ministry of Healh Lesotho
Cyprien Shyirambere Partners in Health Rwanda
Ekanem Uwemedimbuk Smart University of Uyo Teaching Hospital Nigeria
Joseph Agboeze Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki Nigeria
Mwale Maurice Cancer Diseases Hospital Zambia
Ntizimira Ruchaho Christian Kibagabaga Hospital Rwanda
Last Name First Name Institution Country
Adeloye Davies Covenant University Nigeria
Aisuodioneo-Shadrach Oseremen University of Abuja Nigeria
Baine Fiona University of Witwatersrand South Africa
Biade Abdulkareem F Univ of Lagos Nigeria
Brown Biobele College of Med, Univ. of Ibadan Nigeria
Chinula Lameck UNC Project, Tidziwe Center Kamuzu Central Hosp Malawi
Fokom Domgue Joel National Cancer Control Program, Univ. Hosp. Yaounde Cameroon
Gafer Nahla Khartoum Oncology Hospital Sudan
Ibraheem Abiola Univ of Chicago USA
Kaba Mamadou University of Cape Town South Africa
Manirakiza Achille Rwandan Ministry of Health Rwanda
Mwamba Peter M University of Nairobi Kenya
Nwachukwu Chika Stanford University Usa
Nwamaka Lasebikan University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Nigeria
Ohaeri Beatrice University of Ibadan Nigeria
Onyeka Tonia Chinyela Multidisciplinary Onc. Center Nigeria
Rubagumya Fidel Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences Tanzania
Sengayi- Muchengeti Mazvita National Cancer Registry South Africa
Tapela Neo Millicent Ministry of Health and Wellness, Botswana Botswana
Wijden Mahfoudh Laboratory of Molecular Immuno-Oncology Tunisia
Last Name First Name Institution Country
Adedokun Babatunde University of Chicago USA
Ajeani Judith Mulago Specialised Women’s Neonatal Hospital Uganda
Aniagwu Toyin University of Ibadan Nigeria
Aryeetey Naa Adorkar Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Ghana
Chibuike Chigbu University of Nigeria Enugu Campus Nigeria
Fatiregun Omolara Lagos State University Nigeria
Hamdi Yosr Institut Pasteur de Tunis Tunisia
Hefnawy Ahmed Y Women Health Hospital, Assuit University Egypt
Joseph Adedayo Lagos University Teaching Hospital Nigeria
Kayamba Violet University of Zambia Zambia
Lombe Dorothy Cancer Diseases Hospital Zambia
Makau-Barasa Louise West Chester University & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute USA
Minas Tsion National Cancer Institute USA
Murenzi Gad Rwanda Military Hospital Rwanda
Mushi Beatrice Muhimbili University Of Health And Allied Sciences Tanzania
Mushonga Melinda Parirenyatwa Radiotherapy Centre Zimbabwe
Muya Charles Maina Kenya Cancer  Network Kenya
Nyagabona Sarah Kituka MUHAS-ORCI-UCSF Tanzania
Oluwole Olabode P University  of Abuja/CaPTC Nigeria
Ralefala Tlotlo Princess Marina Hospital Botswana
Theyra-Enias Hadiza Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital Nigeria