The Team

Dr. George S. Masafu

Dr. Masafu is the Chairman of the Institute. He has had a successful and illustrious career in the pharmaceutical industry spanning over 27 years where he held various senior positions, including being the managing director and chief executive officer of Howse & McGeorge Limited, a leading pharmaceutical company in Kenya. He has also been involved in research and advocacy work in HIV/AIDS focusing on behavior change.

Dr. Masafu is the founder and chairman of West FM, a leading radio station in Western Kenya. He served as the first chairman of the Kenya National Accreditation Services, the sole National Accreditation Body in Kenya. He is also a past chairman of the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya, Pharmacy Trust at the University of Nairobi and Kenya Association of Pharmaceutical Industries and a past Secretary General of the Association of Pharmaceutical Societies of Southern, Eastern and Central Africa (APSECA).

Dr. Masafu holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nairobi. He has also extensive executive international management training.

Maureen V. Nafula

MaureenMaureen is the Executive Director of the Institute. She has over 18 years health sector experience and has worked with private sector, public sector and development agencies in the East African region which includes Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania Ethiopia and Rwanda.

Maureen was the founding Director of the Advanced Healthcare Management Program at Strathmore Business School; she has also served as an Advisor to the Ministry of Medical Services to support the Ministry’s efforts in health sector reforms focusing on health financing, commodity management, institutional reforms, health care referral strategy and private public partnerships.

Maureen has been/is a member of a number of supply chain committees including the National Systems And Logistics Subcommittee established to coordinate the emergency response for medical commodities and health workers following the December 2007 post election violence; the KEMSA Task Force formed to look into the performance of KEMSA and make recommendations on how to strengthen the institution and the Family Planning Technical Working Group, a standing committee working on improving the procurement and supply chain management of contraceptives in Kenya.

Maureen holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nairobi and a Masters Degree from the United States University, Africa. She is a Johnson & Johnson Fellow in Health Management and a certified Project Management Professional.

Erick K. Walumoli

Eric is the Operations Assistant at the Institute of Health Policy Management & Research. He holds a Diploma in Business Management from Strathmore University and is currently pursuing a BSc in Leadership and Management. He co-ordinates all logistics operations as well as research activities and the general support.
He has previously been involved in a number of research studies such as the East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project (EAPHLNP) and a market study for the Acumen Fund; which was part of a feasibility study for the establishment of low cost medical clinics and a capacity building need assessment for private health institutions sponsored by the International Finance Corporation.




Jean Kyula

Jean KyulaJean Kyula is a Program Manager at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Research. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and is carrying out her research for her Masters of Public Health. She has attained certificates in Executive Coaching, is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Certified Professional Trainer. She has also completed courses in Growth and Innovation Strategy and Design for Impact.

She is a Public Health Practitioner with over 5 years of experience working in the public and private health sector. She has work experience spanning the United Kingdom (Scotland and England) and Kenya, focusing on quality patient care and improving of best practices, auditing of business practices and development of sustainable programs.

She also has experience in evaluation of innovative health care programs that contribute to health systems strengthening, have an impact on health outcomes and address the needs of the bottom of the pyramid population.



Nelson I Maloba
NelsonNelson Maloba has joined IHPMR as a Quality Improvement Advisor to support the Kwale County Health Management Team to improve quality of service delivery with a focus on maternal, neonatal, child and nutrition services. Nelson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Kenyatta University and Master of Arts degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi. He is a certified Monitoring and Evaluation practitioner.

Prior to joining IHPMR, Nelson worked as an intern at the Center of Virus Research, Kenya at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) where he rotated in various laboratories such as the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Rotavirus and HIV and gained hands on experience in conducting various laboratory methods for investigation of DNA and RNA. He has also worked as a Customer Relations Officer in various organizations including Safaricom where his duties included redesigning processes, conducting surveys, developing service metrics and benchmarking best practices.

Nelson has a special interest in health, the title of his undergraduate project thesis was “A Retrospective Study on the Prevalence of Neonatal Jaundice in Newborns: A case of Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Kenya. Nelson is a member of the Institute of Certified Project Planning and Management Professionals (ICCPM). He is enrolled in training as a certified trainer at the Institute of Human Resource Management.

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Kwale Experience sharing workshop – 29th and 30th April 2015
Kisumu County Hospital Lean Café – 28th April 2015
Experience Sharing Workshop: Kwale County 25 March 2015
Scaling up and Institutionalization of quality management in health care facilities
Bungoma MNH Project


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