m_wasunna_2016Monique Wasunna, Director, DNDi Africa

Dr Wasunna joined DNDi in 2004 and coordinates DNDi’s activities throughout Africa. She is a founding member and former Chair of the Leishmaniasis East Africa Platform (LEAP), promoting clinical research for leishmaniasis and capacity building in the region.

Dr Wasunna is a physician and an infectious disease and tropical medicine specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Nairobi. Her postgraduate training in medicine was sponsored by WHO-TDR at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, where she obtained an MSc and a PhD in medicine and a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Royal College of Physicians of London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, a member of the Kenya Medical Association and Kenya Association of Physicians.

In 2008, Dr Wasunna was appointed by the Director General, UNESCO, as a member of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC), a position she holds to date. She is currently a vice Chairperson of IBC. She is a member of the National Bioethics Committee, member of KEMRI Ethics Committee and a member of Kenyatta National Hospital and University of Nairobi Scientific and Research Ethics committee.

Dr Wasunna’s research interest is primarily focused on clinical trials in visceral leishmaniasis, malaria, and HIV. She has been a principal investigator in many clinical trials that have attracted funding from WHO and other international organizations. She is a member of the Expert Committee of Clinical Trials of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board and the founding Chairperson of the Leishmaniasis East Africa Platform (LEAP). LEAP is a clinical research platform that brings together scientists and institutions in Eastern Africa to develop clinical trial capacity to bring new treatment options to neglected visceral leishmaniasis patients in the region. Dr Wasunna co-ordinates all LEAP activities in the region supported by DNDi. She is well published in peer reviewed journals.