Dr. Monique Wasunna

Dr Wasunna is the Director, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative Africa Regional Office. She is a physician, an infectious disease and tropical medicine specialist. She is the Founding Chairperson of the Leishmaniasis East Africa Platform which promotes clinical research and capacity building for this neglected and deadly disease. Prior to joining DNDi, Dr Wasunna worked at the Kenya Medical Research Institute as a Chief Research Officer and the Acting Director and Chief Executive Officer.

She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from the University of Nairobi, an MSc and a PhD in medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, and a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Royal College of Physicians of London. She is a member of the expert Committee of Clinical Trials of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board and National Bioethics Committee, Kenya. She is a member of the Kenya Medical Association, Kenya Association of Physicians and a fellow of the East Central and Sothern Africa College of Physicians. She is a recipent of several local, regional and international awards. Dr Wasunna’s research interests are primarily foced on neglected tropical diseases such as visceral leishmaniasis. She is well published in peer review journals.

Dr Wasunna is a member of the African Vaccine Delivery Alliance of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.