Keynotes and Special Guests

President, AORTIC
Welcome address

Abubakar Bello, MD, is the President of AORTIC. He is the immediate past Head of Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology at the National Hospital Abuja in Nigeria, where he has served as a clinical oncology consultant and radiation oncologist for almost 15 years.

Director, Center for Global Health, NCI
Opening remarks

Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Center for Global Health at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He was appointed in February 2020. In this role he oversees the development of initiatives and collaborations with other NCI divisions, NCI-Designated Cancer Centers.

American Cancer Society
Keynote topic: Using cancer surveillance data to promote cancer prevention and control

Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD, is Senior Vice President of the Surveillance and Health Equity Science Department of the American Cancer Society (ACS). His primary goal has been to build a strong interdisciplinary team of cancer surveillance, health services, tobacco control, and disparities researchers in order to strengthen the scientific basis for broad and equitable application of cancer prevention and control in the USA and worldwide.

Regional Director, WHO Africa
Opening remarks

Matshidiso Moeti, MB, BS, from Botswana, is the first woman to be elected as WHO Regional Director for Africa. Over the past five years, Dr Moeti has led the transformation of WHO in Africa to ensure the organisation is accountable, effective, and driven by results. A key feature of the Regional Director’s leadership is the cultivation of strong partnerships, both with traditional and new partners.

Tata Memorial Hospital
Keynote topic: Closing the gap in resources and cancer outcomes: examples from India

Professor CS Pramesh is the Director of the Tata Memorial Hospital and the Professor and Head of Thoracic Surgery at the Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

African Cancer Registry Network
Keynote topic: The pandemic’s impact on cancer surveillance in low- and middle-income countries

Donald Maxwell Parkin, MD, graduated in medicine from Edinburgh University in 1968 and with a doctorate in 1985. From 1981 to 2004 he was at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO) in Lyon, France, as head of the Descriptive Epidemiology Unit.

Newkwa Health and Wellness Centre
Keynote topic: Surviving after cancer: sexual health

Padaruth Ramlachan, MBChB, graduated with his MBChB from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa in 1985. Following his career as a General Practitioner, he completed a master’s degree in Health Sciences (Sexual Health) from the University of Sydney in 2007. In 2012, he received the Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine Specialist (FECSM) from the European Union of Medical Specialists.