Our Advisors

With their experienced leadership and insights into and influences on the Healthcare industry, tuvuga Healthcare Groups advisors, provide invaluable counsel and assistance to tuvuga management in understanding the global challenges and needs, helping tuvuga navigate and establish lasting and beneficial business relationships. 


tuvuga also, understands the influence of the Millennial and Z generations in bridging local and international gaps. tuvuga's first mission was to assemble a group for the Initiative in Africa. 


Dr. John Seffrin

John Seffrin, former president and chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society (ACS), for 40 years. Seffrin has been on the frontlines of the war against cancer for many years, not only as CEO of the American Cancer Society, but also – for many years before that – as one of the Society’s roughly three million volunteers nationwide. Under his leadership, the ACS has become the world’s largest voluntary health organization fighting cancer.

In the political realm, Seffrin has transformed ACS into one of the world’s most progressive public health organizations and a leading advocacy organization. He spearheaded the creation of ACS CAN, the society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate. He currently serves on the White House Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, as well as the Advisory Committee to the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a Secretary-level appointment.

Seffrin is a past president of the Geneva-headquartered Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the first globally-oriented cancer non-governmental organization (NGO), and has served as chairman of the board of Independent Sector, the largest coalition of nonprofit groups. He also helped to create the National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids (now the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids), among his collaborations and affiliations.

In 1999, Seffrin was selected to be a charter member of C-Change (formerly known as the National Dialogue on Cancer) Steering Committee, which was co-chaired by former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush. 

In 1997, he was appointed to the National Cancer Policy Board of the Institute of Medicine, and in 1999, was appointed by Senator Dianne Feinstein to co-chair the National Cancer Legislation Advisory Committee.

Seffrin is a contributing author to more than one dozen books and has written more than 100 articles and other publications. 

Seffrin holds a B.S. degree from Ball State University, a M.S. degree in health education from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in health education from Purdue University. Ball State University, Purdue University, Thomas Jefferson University, and Indiana University have also bestowed honorary doctorates upon him in recognition of his more than three decades of leadership in the worldwide fight against cancer.

Eduardo Cazap, MD

Eduardo Cazap MD, PhD received his medical degree in 1972 from the University of Buenos Aires and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Military Central Hospital and the Universidad del Salvador. He is a founder of the Latin American & Caribbean Society of Medical Oncology (SLACOM), Immediate Past- President of the International Union against Cancer (UICC), past Board Member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and member of the Board of Directors of the National Cancer Institute of Argentina.

Dr. Cazap has published over 180 papers in global health, cancer control and prevention, breast cancer and independent clinical research. He has held many prominent positions, including Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI) and Deputy Chair of the Emerging Countries Task Force and Co-Chair of the Global Task Force of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO). He has been a member of the Developing Countries Task Force for ESMO since 2002. He is an active member of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and was also recently elected to the ASCO Board of Directors representing the international members. Dr. Cazap also chairs the International Clinical Trials Working Group (ICTWG), a joint effort of ASCO and the National Cancer Institute, aimed at the improvement of independent clinical cancer research at the international level.

Dr. Amelie Ramirez

Dr. Ramirez is a doctor of Public Health and an an internationally recognized researcher and spokesperson on Latino cancer health disparities, is a professor of epidemiology and bio-statistics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she also is founding director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research. She also is associate director of cancer health disparities at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center. Dr. Ramirez directs Redes En Acción, an NCI-funded national Latino cancer research network. Redes and her other projects have led to unique health communication models and interventions that have contributed to reducing Latino cancer rates and increasing Latino screening, clinical trial participation and healthy lifestyles. She also has helped pioneer the use of bilingual, bicultural patient navigators and promotoras to erase Latinas’ lag times between an abnormal cancer screening and confirmatory diagnosis and treatment initiation, while also increasing Latina survivors’ access to support services.  

Karin Hohman

President, Strategic Health Concepts (SHC), a Colorado-based company incorporated in 1995 to enhance the capacity of health-related organizations to better achieve their missions. We accomplish this by providing strategic planning, organizational development, partnering and program development services. SHC has expertise and experience in a wide range of public health issues including: cancer, injury prevention, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, end-of-life care, nutrition, physical activity, suicide prevention, and tobacco use. SHC provides clients with a tailored process to best meet their desired outcomes through a variety of methods including group process and facilitation, capacity building and training, issues management, strategy development, program development, technical assistance and evaluation. SHC has been privileged to provide its services to well over 100 organizations from the government, private and not-for-profit sectors. Clients include both national, state and community level organizations. SHC has provided services to most states throughout our nation, as well as multiple tribes, territories and all US Pacific Island jurisdictions. SHC excels in the ability to facilitate diverse perspectives of all stakeholders, including technical and organizational expertise and experience to reach a shared and supported plan of action.

Loyce Pace

Loyce Pace is the Executive Director, Global Health Council in Washington DC. Loyce communicates the link between research, practice and policy to decision-makers across diverse sectors in the United States and abroad. She was Executive Advisor for Programs and Policy for the LIVESTRONG Foundation. She led the Foundation’s agenda to promote legislation, regulations and standards in favor of people worldwide affected by or at risk for cancer.  She has been invited to speak as an expert on the health policy response to cancer challenges at myriad domestic and international events, including those sponsored by World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Corporate Council on Africa, and a number of other organizations and universities. She also has delivered testimony on global health policy to members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior, Loyce was also Director of Regional Programs for the American Cancer Society’s Department of Global Health, responsible for developing their first capacity-building and advocacy programs in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. She launched the US-based NCD Roundtable under the auspices of the Global Health Council. She also served as an International Development Fellow for Catholic Relief Services, working throughout Senegal and The Gambia.  

Myrl Weinberg

Myrl is the Immediate Past Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Council, the only organization of its kind that provides a united voice for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their families and caregivers. Weinberg’s extensive career has focused on health care delivery, medical research, long-term care and related issues that affect people with chronic conditions. She has testified repeatedly before Congress and federal regulatory bodies and is a frequent speaker on the patient perspective in health policy. 

Currently, Ms. Weinberg serves on the National Institutes of Health NCATS/Cures Acceleration Network Review Board, as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Evaluation of Research Management by Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), and as Chair of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance Board of Directors.

Ms. Weinberg also has served on the National Library of Medicine’s board of regents’ Working Group on Clinical Trials, the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Governing Board of the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations. The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) Board of Advisors, the Brookings Active Surveillance Implementation Council, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality Program's National Advisory Committee, and the Roche International Science and Ethics Advisory Group.

Ms. Weinberg is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and an ASAE Fellow. She has served on ASAE’s Board of Directors, ASAE Joint Finance Committee, and the ASAE Ethics Task Force. Under Ms. Weinberg' leadership, the National Health Council served as a founding member of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPPP). 

Tim Deren

Tim Deren is a Senior Director at Red Hat Inc., a $1.5 Billion multinational software company. In his current position he has responsibility for Red Hat’s strategy and route-to-market with global systems integrators as well as direct responsibility for a number of the company’s largest partnerships in the consulting and systems integrator market.

Prior to his current role, Tim was responsible for establishing Red Hat’s public cloud sales organization. During his tenure his group formalized partnerships with more than 75 of the largest global cloud service providers.

From 2008 to 2011, Tim led Red Hat's worldwide hardware OEM business. In this role he managed the Red Hat alliance teams overseeing the partnerships with the company's largest OEM partners such as Cisco, Dell, Hewlett Packard, IBM and others.

Tim joined Red Hat in 2004. Prior to Red Hat he ran Strategic Alliances for several enterprise ISV's and was a Director of Marketing for a national computer remanufacturer. Tim began his career with IBM. During a 10-year period there he held several positions including as a Client Executive for U.S. federal research customers.

Chris Deren

CEO, Clarity Learning Systems Ltd. Chris Deren has over 25 years of experience in strategy, education and coaching for leading world-class sales and account management organizations. Since 2009, Chris has been co-leading the training and development for top-tier pharmaceutical companies such as Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Bayer Healthcare, Sanofi, Bristol-Myers Squibb, UCB and Teva. Prior to 2009, Chris held senior sales and business development positions in the high-tech and manufacturing industries including VP of Sales and Business Development for ServiceSoft/Broadbase. Chris also created successful re-seller relationships with EDS and IBM. Chris regularly speaks at industry topics ranging from new commercial sales models, coaching, sales leadership and major account selling. 

 

Totaling 1.7 billion people, representing 25.5 percent of the world’s population, Millennials, who are already emerging as leaders in technology and other industries, will make up 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025 and have a significant impact on the process of connection and collaboration. Valued for the way they have changed workplace cultures, tech-savvy Millennials will provide insights that will help tuvuga constantly be a better platform for Global collaboration, be it for work or leisure.  

Millennials from Africa are the first to be recruited as the continent is projected to be one of the fastest growing regions in the coming years, a fact which the healthcare industry acknowledges as proven by their expansion plans. With this opportunity in mind, our Millennials Board for the Africa Initiative will be helping with tuvuga’s first initiative of Global Healthcare. In the near future, tuvuga will seek millennial from other continents to join our global board to contribute to the cultural diversity and help break down barriers further.

Aminata Bintou Wahab Mbaye

Amina is working on her PhD in Arts at University Gaston Berger of Saint-Louis, Senegal.

She works actively in empowering women and giving young street children the opportunity to access education through Bridge Kids Senegal. Amina has strong skills in interpreting, translation, text editing, and local and international field trips management.

Dr. Henry Wambuii

Dr. Henry Kiragu Wambuii is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Missouri. His areas of expertise are International Development, State and Civil Society in Developing Countries and Comparative Global Education Policy. Recent research has focused on public policy formulation in the developing countries, with a special focus on the issues surrounding the response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the impact on democratization in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Henrietta Afari, MD

Dr. Afari was born and raised in Accra, Ghana. She attended the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, UK, and thereafter completed a BA degree (magna cum laude) in Social and Cognitive Neuroscience with a secondary field in Global Health and Health Policy at Harvard College.

Dr. Henrietta Afari received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and is a Resident Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Mushambi Mutuma

Mushambi Mutuma is the Managing Director and Founder of Altivex Creative Foundry. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Mushambi studied in the US at Pepperdine University as a Political Science and Studio Art double major. In addition to Altivex, Mushambi has founded Kairos which aims to foster support and encouragement for young entrepreneurs. “Put simply, we help entrepreneurs unlock the value in their small businesses that will enable them to be geared for growth”. 

Nana Yaa Misa (Naya)

A 2nd year medical student at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. “Taking Health and Science courses was a way for me to engage with medicine beyond the scope of science – that meant examining health practices, knowledge and systems in a sociocultural context.”