Amref Health Africa staff are experts in their field.

This ensures health programs are well-funded, well-designed, and well-implemented, making sure that African communities receive every benefit of the health programs we manage.

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Ky’okusinga Kirunga

Executive Director

Ky’okusinga joined Amref Health Africa in Canada as Executive Director in February 2022. She brings more than 15 years of experience in leadership positions in the Canadian and international health sectors, most recently as Director of ACCHO – an organization that provides strategic leadership in the response to HIV/AIDS in African, Caribbean and Black communities in Ontario. Prior to this, Ky’okusinga held various senior positions at the Stephen Lewis Foundation, including overseeing a key fundraising portfolio and managing the Foundation’s monitoring and evaluation work. Ky’okusinga has been a Board member of 60 Million Girls, and Mburara International School in Uganda.

She has a degree in Languages from the University of Toronto, a certificate in Communications from McGill University, and a Master’s in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University. Originally from Uganda and having made Canada her home, Ky’okusinga is proud to bridge the two worlds through this inspiring and enriching work.

Ky’okusinga is an activist, feminist, human rights defender, and internationalist.

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Jennifer Foulds

Communications Director

Jennifer joined Amref Health Africa in Canada as Communications Director in February 2012, bringing more than a decade of experience in directing communications and public relations programs in the non-profit sector. Jennifer oversees Amref Health Africa in Canada’s external communications, including website, social media, newsletters and media relations.

Before joining Amref Health Africa, Jennifer was Communications and Operations Director at Environmental Defence, a national environmental group. She previously worked in international development as the Public Relations Specialist for Plan Canada. Jennifer started her career as a journalist working for CBC Radio.

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Diana Apostolides

Director of Programs

Diana Apostolides became the Director of Programs at Amref Health Africa in Canada in August 2021. In her role, she is responsible for ensuring the delivery of high-impact programs as well as diversifying the organization’s funding base through leading on grant identification, pipeline management and the development of quality proposals.

Diana has over a decade of experience working in the Global Development sector, in new business development, grants management and monitoring and evaluation, across a number of different contexts and sectors. She has worked for a number of international non-government organizations and Foundations, including the Aga Khan Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, World Vision Canada and Save the Children Canada. She has a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation from Carleton University.

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Dave Callan

Director of Marketing and Fundraising

Dave joined Amref Health Africa in Canada in October 2020. He brings over twenty years of integrated marketing, adverting, product and project management experience working with organizations of all sizes in both the not-for-profit and business sectors.

He is an innovative senior marketing strategist that specializes in leading and growing market share through revenue diversification while enhancing donor loyalty and retention. Dave has also led national television, radio and digital advertising campaigns and customer service teams. He has led digital transformation strategies for many organizations, including the development and implemented multi-year projects, branding, research, public outreach and communications.

Dave is graduate of the University of Toronto, a Chartered Marketer, and a self-proclaimed life learner. He has led many high performing teams throughout his career in building brand awareness through innovative products, services and delivery.

Dave’s most recent career journey includes two years at Abilities Centre and nine years with Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (Children Believe) where he built teams and led the organizational marketing, brand revitalization, revenue diversification, social media, digital transformation and strategic innovation projects.

He also spent over ten years in the financial services industry in the direct to consumer and affinity market divisions. His efforts focused on marketing, business development, partnerships as well as product development with leading financial institutions.

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Tasneem Haiderbhai

Finance Director

Tasneem Haiderbhai joined Amref Health Africa in Canada in June 2014, bringing more than a decade of financial reporting and accounting experience from energy, manufacturing and non-profit businesses.

A Certified General Accountant (CGA), Tasneem has an ability to integrate the management, financial, administrative and operating requirements of companies with efficiency and accuracy as the key components.

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Liz Doyle

Donor Relations and Fundraising Manager

Liz Doyle joined Amref Health Africa in Canada November 2020 as the Donor Relations and Fundraising Manager.

Previous to her re-joining Amref Health Africa in Canada, Liz worked for the Alzheimer Society of Windsor – Essex County from October 2018 to October 2020 as the Donor Relations and Client Programs Coordinator. Liz previously worked for Amref Health Africa in Canada, where she was the Donor Relations and Operations Manager from 2006 to 2017.

Prior to her work with Amref Health Africa Liz worked for Universal Music Canada for 15 years as the Director of Electronic Media. She was responsible for the marketing and publicity of Universal Music Group’s artists/musicians on television. This included all advertising, promotional campaigns, videos, performances & interviews.

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Melina Kalamandeen

Program Officer

Melina Kalamandeen is a Program Officer at Amref Health Africa in Canada. As Program Officer, Melina plays a key role in overseeing, monitoring and reporting on Canada-based grants, partnerships and collaborations, including ensuring compliance with existing agreements and contracts, and also in contributing towards securing new streams of program revenue.

Melina has over six years of professional experience in international development managing and coordinating projects in Guyana, Indonesia, Kenya and Canada and has previously worked with Humber College’s International Development Institute, Seneca College International Department, the Ministry of Health in Guyana and Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development in Guyana.

Melina holds a post-graduate certificate in International Development from Humber College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Guyana.

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