HealthEnabled is based in Cape Town, South Africa to be close to projects and governments in Africa, and in Washington, DC at the Global Development Incubator to be close to large public health implementers and donors. Meet our team below.


Patricia N. Mechael, PhD MHS 

Principal and Policy Lead

Washington, DC

Dr. Patricia (Patty) Mechael is Principal and Policy Lead at HealthEnabled and Executive Vice President at the Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS. With over 20 years of experience in digital health, Patty is recognized for her roles as thought leader, professor, researcher, writer, and executive director of the mHealth Alliance. She is a recipient of the 2016 British Council UK Education Social Impact Award and 2011 Knowledge for the World Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Johns Hopkins University, a Bellagio Residency alumna, member of the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, and co-editor of the book: mHealth in Practice: Mobile technology for health promotion in the developing world. Patty is leading the creation of a Global Digital Health Index with the World Health Organization, a mechanism to measure progress in digital health within and across countries. Patty is on Twitter at @PattyMechael.

 

Peter Benjamin

Country Director

Cape Town, South Africa

Dr. Peter Benjamin is an ICT expert with over 20 years of experience leading research and policy projects and organizations. He was previously the Head of Capacity Building for the mHealth Alliance and before that the Director of Cell-Life in South Africa. He acted as Executive Director for HealthEnabled from 2014 to 2015 before choosing to take over the role of Country Director. He has worked for Poptel in the UK, the SA National Civic Organisation, the Universal Service Agency, the Association of Progressive Communications and he was the founder in 1997 of the LINK Centre for research and education into ICT policy at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has a first degree in Physics, a Masters in Information Technology and his PhD examined universal access to ICTs in SA. He’s currently studying for a Masters in Public Health.

 

Nadi Nina Kaonga, MHS MS

Senior Program Manager and Senior Technical Advisor

Nadi Nina Kaonga is the Senior Program Manager and Senior Technical Advisor at HealthEnabled, functioning as the organisation's Interim Deputy Director, helping lead the Africa-based not-for-profit’s digital health work across the globe. Nadi has managed and coordinated the implementation and evaluation of large-scale mobile health (mHealth) initiatives throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. She has spent time in her home country of Malawi, working on projects including the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS and, separately, digital health initiatives. She has also worked extensively in Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia. More recently, Nadi joined the teaching faculty of the Harvard Summer Program where she helps coordinate and teach a fun and intensive undergraduate/graduate global health course in Kenya. Additionally, she has served as a consultant to organizations including the United Nations Foundation, UNICEF and Malaria No More. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior, and she also holds a Masters inHealth Science (MHS) from the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Masters in Science (MS) from the Tufts University Sackler Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program at the Tufts University School of Medicine.

 

Dr. Marion McNabb

Senior Digital Health Consultant

Dr. Marion McNabb has over 15 years of global public health experience in area of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), with 8 years living and working in Ethiopia. She joined Pathfinder in 2012, and currently serves as the Senior Technical Advisor for mHealth at Pathfinder International, where she leads the design and implementation of innovative mobile technology solutions within Pathfinders’ SRHR programs. Since 2013, Dr. McNabb also co-led the design and implementation of a MPH course entitled Using Mobile Technology to Improve Health Outcomes at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. McNabb received her Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and her DrPH from the Boston University School of Public Health.

 

Idon-Nkhenso Sibuyi

Digital Health Expert

Cape Town, South Africa

Idon-Nkhenso Sibuyi is a health professional and holds a Master of Public Health degree with specialisation in Medical Informatics from the University of South Africa. His background includes optometry, information systems and public health. He worked in hospitals, private practice and national department of health before joining NGO sector. He has special interest in healthcare quality improvement, health information systems strengthening and digital health. He worked for HISP-SA initially as a provincial coordinator for health information systems strengthening and later on as a national programme coordinator for National Core Standards for Health Establishments. He is currently appointed by HealthEnabled as Digital Health Expert and partly seconded to the National Department of Health in Pretoria.

 

Alois Mushambi

Administration and Finance Manager

Cape Town, South Africa

Alois Mushambi is an Articled Certified Public Accountant (CPA) holding a Master’s in Business Administration degree, Masters in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, Bachelor of Business Administration Degree specialising in Accounting, Business Development degree, Accounting Technician Higher diploma, Project Management Diploma and SAIBA, IMFO, AIFA, IPFA, SAIT, SAIFM and SAAA professional membership. He worked in City Councils for 13 years as Director of Finance, 2 years in Private sector as Finance Manager and 8 years in NGOs as Finance Manager, Grant and Contracts Accountant and Project Accountant. He is currently employed by Health Enabled as Administration and Finance Manager.

 

Bahindwa “Musha” Kalalizi

Project Coordinator - Fieldwork

Cape Town, South Africa

Bahindwa Kalalizi, known by his nickname of Musha Kalalizi, has more than 10 years of experience in IT Technical support and training. Originally from the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, he started his career in informatics in 2003, supporting field projects of PNMLS in the DR Congo. Musha moved to South Africa in 2006 as result of political conflicts in his country.  As a refugee in South Africa, he started his own internet café and computer repair centre in 2007.  Musha joined VP Health systems in 2011 as an Account Manager and in January 2015, he was promoted to take over the position of District Coordinator and Team Leader. Musha was then nominated to oversee Technical activities in Kwazulu-Natal in the capacity of KZN Technical Consultant in June 2015. Musha received a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Informatics with focus on Electronic Medical Records from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and is currently studying towards a master’s degree in Information Systems and Technology where his research focuses on smart health adoption.

 

The Expert Network

HealthEnabled also has established a vetted global network of more than 60 experts across 44 specialties who come from 34 countries and speak 35 languages. These experts provide thought leadership and help drive much of the work of the organization at the country and regional level.