Position: Founder and CEO of Medicines for Africa
Categories: RA Speakers 2022

Lenias Hwenda is the Founder and CEO of Medicines for Africa, a social enterprise that improves access to treatment. She is a recognized influential thought leader and practitioner who continues to contribute at the highest stage of international health affairs working with African governments in the World Health Organization for more than a decade. She has participated in and led a number of intergovernmental and industry negotiations seeking the best solutions to meet the health needs of vulnerable people around the world. Lenias recently co-chaired the historic World Health Organization negotiations between governments on improving the transparency of markets for medicines, vaccines, and other health products during the World Health Assembly in 2019. She is a tireless advocate using her deep knowledge of public health, international affairs and health security to drive initiatives that improve access to healthcare by underserved communities. She hosts “Let´s Talk about health in Africa” Podcast conversations highlighting challenges and opportunities for improving the health of Africans.