The management of Amref Health Africa in Canada is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors who meet quarterly.

Globally, Amref Health Africa is governed by an International Board of Directors that includes representatives from Africa, Europe and North America.

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Ryan Wiley

Ryan Wiley, PhD, Chair

Dr. Ryan Wiley is President of Shift Health, which he has helped to grow into one of the most dynamic and trusted advisory teams in the health and life sciences arena, with footholds in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Working with global leaders in the contexts of business, health care, science and policy, Ryan brings a unique ability to envision and unlock the benefits of collaboration across disciplines, sectors and borders.

Over his fifteen-year consulting career, Ryan has worked with the world’s largest biopharmaceutical and life sciences companies, for which he has supported product development and market access strategies globally; non-governmental and philanthropic organizations, with which he has worked on impactful public‐private and public health partnerships in the developing world; governments, which have sought his advice on policy and funding strategies to empower health research and innovation; and academic institutions, for which he has helped to mobilize more than $1 billion to support health R&D.

Ryan received his PhD in immunology from McMaster University, where he is now Adjunct Professor. He is Policy Advisor to and Past Chair of Research Canada, Co-chair of Life Sciences Ontario’s Annual Policy Forum, and a Director on the board of Amref Health Africa, and on the boards of the Canadian International Health Education Association (CIHEA) and CanHealth International.

Ian Brenner

Ian Brenner, CPA, CA

Ian Brenner is a partner with the Interim Management practice and is a key member of the Performance Improvement practice at Farber Financial Group. As leader of these practices, Ian’s group bridges or supplements gaps in the financial resources of a company, and works with companies to optimize the performance of the finance function to uncover sustainable profit enhancement opportunities. Prior to joining Farber, Ian was a fund manager for a Toronto-based private equity firm. Ian was responsible for sourcing investments in midmarket businesses that were underperforming, in a turnaround or distressed position or which required restructuring.

Ian trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa in 1989.


Adam Gordon

Adam brings to the Amref Health Africa in Canada Board of Directors over 25 years of experience in the financial services sector in Canada and the UK. In addition, he brings his public sector experience managing large scale investment programs for the Ontario Government. Adam currently has a senior role at the Worker Safety Insurance Board (WSIB), where he is responsible for the WSIB’s investment management supplier relationships.

Adam has previously served as a Board member for local nonprofit organizations in Toronto and serves as a mentor to young professionals through the CFA Toronto Society.

Adam is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), and has a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from McGill University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University.

Serena Hak

Serena Hak

In 2009, Serena Hak began her career in the philanthropic sector working with youth to help them better understand importance of social consciousness. Today, she is the Executive Director & Partner, The Donor Motivation Program®, a Senior Associate at Stonegate Private Counsel, and Head of Philanthropic Services for Assante Wealth Management. She is committed to helping Canadians better develop and implement their philanthropic goals. Serena is truly passionate about breaking down the barriers between the for-profit and non-profit sectors; continuously working with the charitable sector on joint projects and associations. Additionally, she is part of Vision 2020, a program bringing young philanthropists from diverse backgrounds together to better understand some of the most pressing challenges facing the city of Toronto. Outside of work she is an avid traveler and loves trotting around Toronto with her beagle, Bogart.

Zuwa Matondo

Zuwa Matondo

Zuwa Matondo is a public policy, governance and legal professional and has worked with national governments, international regional bodies, law firms and multi-national corporations on policy development as well as complex multi-jurisdictional transactions and projects. He possesses a multi-cultural fluency having worked in Africa, North America, Europe, and East Asia.

He is also the founder of Gov-Enhance Africa, a non-governmental platform for policy thinkers & governance practitioners to provide policy recommendations to African governments and engage in institutional capacity-building initiatives.

Zuwa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McGill University; both Common and Civil Law Degrees also from McGill University; and a Masters in Public Policy from Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government.

Karen Wensley

Karen Wensley

Karen is a private consultant, providing HR related services including executive coaching and facilitation, as well as consulting services to the federal government on R&D policy. She is also a Lecturer on Business Ethics at the University of Waterloo, and a Volunteer mentor with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

Before her retirement, Karen was a Partner at Ernst & Young with overall responsibility for the HR functions of Ernst & Young Canada, and previously as a tax partner, specializing in the health care, biotechnology and IT industries. Her clients included several major research hospitals, and she also worked with the Boards of Directors and Audit Committees of her large public company clients.

Karen has served on the board of several organizations, including the Information Technology Association of Canada, and the Association for Bright Children.