David Jayne

David Jayne is Professor of Clinical Autoimmunity at the University of Cambridge, UK, and Director of the Vasculitis and Lupus service at Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge. He trained at the Universities of Cambridge and London, and in nephrology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. He was a research fellow at Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge and was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Nephrology at St George’s Hospital London. He is a co-founder and the current President of the European Vasculitis Society and his research focus has been ANCA vasculitis, having led a sequence of International randomised controlled trials over the last 25 years. His research group conducts first into disease trials of newer immunosuppressives and biologics in vasculitis and lupus. He has published over 300 peer reviewed papers and has contributed to numerous guideline statements. The clinical service in Cambridge cares for over 2000 patients with complex multi-system autoimmunity and receives tertiary referrals from throughout the UK and beyond.

Jie Tang

Jie Tang (MD., M.Sc, MPH, FASN) is an associate professor of Medicine working at the Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension in the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

He obtained his nephrology fellowship training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. He has previously served as faculty at Brigham and Women's Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School and University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Kitty Jager

Kitty Jager is Professor of Medical Informatics & Kidney Epidemiology and Principal Investigator (PI) in the Amsterdam University Medical Center, The Netherlands. As a clinical epidemiologist she has been the Director of the ERA-EDTA Registry for almost 20 years. She has published  more than 300 papers in the area of nephrology and has organized more than 40 international CME courses on epidemiology and critical appraisal for nephrologists. She serves as an editor of a number of nephrology journals and as a member of the ERA-EDTA Nephrology and Public Policy Committee.

Yewondwossen Tadese Mengistu

Yewondwossen Tadesse Mengistu is a Consultant Nephrologist and an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the School of  Medicine of Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His research interest is in the epidemiology of kidney diseases and other non communicable diseases. He is a Past President of the Ethiopian Medical Association and serves in the Council of AFRAN. Yewondwossen is a member of the Africa Board of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) as well as the Continuing Medical Education Committee of  the ISN. 

Vivekanand Jah

Professor Vivekanand Jha is the Executive Director at The George Institute for Global Health, India, and a James Martin Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health, University of Oxford, and the President of the International Society of Nephrology. 


Vivek did his Internal Medicine and Nephrology training at PGIMER (Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research) in Chandigarh, India, joined its faculty and was the Professor of Nephrology. He set up a basic science research lab including the Stem Cell Research Facility and was Head of the Department of Translational and Regenerative Medicine and Officer-In-Charge, Medical Education and Research Cell.


Prof Jha is recognized as a global expert on kidney disease, and focuses on emerging public health threats globally and in India. He currently leads research projects operating in more than 20 countries. He is particularly interested in using multi-disciplinary approaches and innovations to address the system level health and economic challenge posed to humanity by non-communicable diseases. He enjoys teaching and mentoring young colleagues.


He has published over 280 peer reviewed papers, many in the most prestigious journal in the world and over 40 book chapters. He is frequently invited to lecture at major international conferences. He has held leadership positions in many organizations, is a member of Task Forces and Scientific Advisory Committees of the Department of Science and Technology of Govt of India, an Advisor to the WHO, has been on Editorial Boards of major journals and has been Section Editor of The Oxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology.

Charles Swanepoel

Charles Swanepoel is an Emeritus Associate Professor in the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town (UCT).  He continues with post-graduate teaching at UCT.
He has served as a subject Editor for Nephrology; he is a member of the Editorial Board of Kidney Diseases and has published in various nephrology journals including, Kidney International, NDT, American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Nephrology, Nature Reviews Nephrology and SA Medical Journal.        

He is a reviewer for Kidney International, Lancet, Nephrology, African Jour Nephrology and SA Med Journal.
He is a member of the South African National Ministerial Advisory Committee which speaks to kidney diseases and Transplantation in South Africa.  He has contributed significantly to the development of guidelines for the management of patients with CKD and AKI in South Africa.
He is Past President of AFRAN and the SA Renal Society and is presently member of the AFRAN EXCO.

Hesham Safouh

Dr. Hesham Safouh is a Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology in Cairo University. He was formerly the Head, Pediatric Nephrology Unit, Cairo University. He is an

International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA) Council Member, the President Elect of the African Pediatric Nephrology Association (AfPNA). He is the former President of the Pan Arab Pediatric Nephrology Association (PAPNA). He is a former member of the board and former editor of the journal of the Egyptian Society for Pediatric Nephrology and Transplantation (ESPNT)

Omar Abboud

Omar Abboud is a Professor of Nephrology at the University of Khartoum, Sudan. He is one of the 5 Elected Steering Committee members who proposed the name and logo and drafted the constitution of AFRAN 1987.

He is the 3rd AFRAN President 1993-1995; Past-President Arab Society of Nephrology & Transplantation 2004-2006; ISN Africa Committee Chair 2007-2013; ISN Fellowship Committee Member 2007-2013 Representing Africa Region; ISN Nominating Committee Member - Representing Africa Region (2005-2007; 2009-2011; 2015-2017; 2017-2019).

He has been the ISN Clinical Research Program Coordinator for Africa Region since 2015.

He was a member of the KDIGO Board 2007-2013 and has many publications in Regional and International Journals.

Elliot Koranteng Tannor

Elliot Koranteng Tannor is a Senior Specialist Physician and Consultant Nephrologist at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. He is an Adjunct Lecturer of the Department of Medicine of the School of Medical Sciences of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He is a Fellow of the West African college of Physicians (FWACP) and Fellow of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) after training in Cape Town, South Africa.

Elliot is a Principal Investigator of the KNUST site of the H3Africa Kidney disease research network. He is also in charge of the African Association of Nephrologist (AFRAN) Renal Registry for the Kumasi site. His research interests are in lupus nephritis and quality of life in patients with chronic kidney disease and Renal Replacement Therapy. He is an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity and championing health equity issues in the management of kidney disease in Ghana and beyond.

George Thomas

Dr. George Thomas is the Director of the Center for Blood Pressure Disorders in the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at Cleveland Clinic. He completed his medical training in India, and subsequently obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, with a focus in International Health. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine from St Elizabeth’s Medical Center (Tufts University) in Boston, Massachusetts, and then completed a fellowship in Nephrology from Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been on the clinical staff at Cleveland Clinic since 2010, and is Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.


He is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Nephrology, and the American Heart Association. He is designated by the American Society of Hypertension as a hypertension specialist, and he is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), and a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology (FASN), which recognizes contributions made to the practice of medicine and nephrology, and to the service of the broader community.


His research interests include resistant hypertension, and he was the Cleveland Clinic site Principal Investigator (PI) for the multi-center SPRINT hypertension study, one of the largest hypertension studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. He has published in several medical journals including the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Nephrology Dialysis and Transplant, and American Journal of Transplantation.

Faiçal Jarraya

Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine FMS, Sfax University, Tunisia-1994; He obtained university degrees from the Universities of Amiens, Paris V and Lille; Bachelor and Research Master from Grenoble University, France. He is a professor at FMS and nephrologist at CHU Sfax, currently temporarily at CHU Grenoble. He is an ESH certified clinical hypertension specialist (2009) and FERA Fellow of the European Renal Association (2016). He coordinates the professional master of hypertension organized by FMS and the ongoing educational program HTAcademy. He is a researcher, former head of the research unit 12ES14. He has been president of the Association of Medical Research Development, Tunisia. He is a board member of the AFRAN African Renal Association, scientific committee member of the SFHTA French Society of Hypertension, ESH Working Group Hypertension and Kidney member, French Committee on Research in Humanitarian Nephrology member and ISN Renal Sister Centers Committee member. He is co-chair of AFRAN's African Registry Committee and former member of ERA-EDAT Registry Committee member. He is a current member of several international societies, including SFNDT, SFHTA, ISN, ERA-EDTA, ISH and ESH. Dr. Jarraya was invited to give lectures in national, African and ISN, ERA-EDTA, ESH, ISHD societies meetings. He is the co-author of more than 60 articles on indexed journals and chapter books. His area of ​​interest includes hypertension, diabetic nephropathy, primary hyperoxaluria, dialysis and renal prevention.

Kate Bramham

Bio: Kate Bramham trained at Oxford University and University College London.  She is a Consultant Nephrologist at King’s College Hospital and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Department of Women and Children's Health, King's College London.  She is academic lead for the UK Renal Disease in Pregnancy rare diseases group.   She has authored several original manuscripts and book chapters on renal disease and pregnancy. Her research interests include acute kidney injury in pregnancy including thrombotic microangiopathy, pathophysiology of superimposed pre-eclampsia and mechanisms of progression of renal disease in pregnancy. 

Michel Jadoul

Prof. Michel Jadoul received his MD degree in 1983 at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Brussels, Belgium. His mentor was Professor Charles van Ypersele de Strihou. He further spent a year in the Academic Hospital in Utrecht, under mentorship of E Dorhout Mees and Hein Koomans. He is chairing the Department of Nephrology of the Cliniques Univ. St Luc since 2003, and is Full Clinical Professor at UCLouvain. His clinical activities include the follow-up of hemodialysis and CKD patients. His main research interests have included beta2m amyloidosis, hepatitis C and other complications (falls, bone fractures, sudden death a.o.) in Hemodialysis patients, as well as CV complications after kidney TP and various causes of kidney disease (especially drugs).

He has (co)-authored over 250 scientific papers, most of them published in major nephrology journals. He is a theme Editor of NDT. He is country co-investigator for the DOPPS (2001-…). He received in 2008 the international distinguished medal of the National Kidney Foundation. He has been a member of the KDIGO Executive Committee (2010-2015) and of the ERA-EDTA Council (2013-2016) and has been Editor in Chief of NDT-educational (2013-2018). He has cochaired the 2018 update of the KDIGO HCV in CKD Guideline and is KDIGO cochair since january 1st 2019.

Mohamed M NasrAllah

Dr. Mohamed NasrAllah is a professor of Nephrology ad Kidney Transplantation at Kasr  AlAiny School of Medicine, Cairo University.  He graduated from Kasr  AlAiny Medical School in 1994 where he completed his medical training, earned his Master degree in 1999 and his Medical Doctorate degree in 2005. He also holds several accredited certifications in teaching and scientific research planning, has participated in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and contributed to educational curriculum design. He has also co-organised several international and national CME courses and scientific conferences at Cairo University in collaboration with ERA-EDTA as well as the Egyptian Society of Nephrology in addition to several clinical training courses at MIH.

He currently serves as a consultant of nephrology and kidney transplantation at Cairo University as well as at Misr International Hospital (MIH) in Cairo where over 250 kidney transplants are performed every year for national and foreign patients. At MIH, Prof NasrAllah is head of the scientific and training committee. He is also the scientific advisor and founder of the transplant programme for highly sensitized patients at MIH in collaboration with Grenoble CHU, France. He has co-headed the transplant protocol committee laying the outlines of transplantation protocols at MIH for transplant patients in general and for highly sensitized patients in particular. His research publications and interests are mainly concerned with cardiovascular risk and mineral & bone disease in patients with chronic kidney disease, issues related to renal health in the local populations and transplantation. His contribution to peer-reviewed research articles can be traced at:

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Nicola Wearne

A/Prof Nicola Wearne is a Consultant Nephrologist in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Groote Schuur Hospital Cape Town.  She is also the head of the peritoneal dialysis and HIV renal clinic in the division. She completed a Bachelor of Medical Science and undergraduate Medical degree at the University of Sydney with honours and completed her internship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney Australia. Both her Physician training and Certificate of Nephrology were completed at Groote Schuur hospital [University of Cape Town].  

She has clinical and research interest in both HIV associated renal disease and peritoneal dialysis. She has published in both peer review journals and book chapters in these areas. She also has a keen interest in renal histology. She is very involved in the education of medical students where she is the 4th year medical convenor and plays an active role in the teaching of both physicians in the Department of Medicine as well as nephrology teaching within the Division of Nephrology.

Rulan S. Parekh

Dr. Rulan Parekh is Associate Chief, Clinical Research, Senior Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children and University Health Network, and Division Director of Nephrology, Professor of Paediatrics and Medicine in the Departments of Paediatrics, Medicine, Epidemiology at the University of Toronto.


She is a clinician scientist, nephrologist and an international leader in clinical epidemiology and translational research in kidney disease. Her body of work has revealed novel genetic risk factors leading to kidney disease, and increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality for children and adults with kidney disease. At the University of Michigan, Dr. Parekh was uniquely trained in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine with subspecialty training in both Pediatric and Adult Nephrology as well as research training, completing her Master’s in Biostatistics and Study Design. She subsequently went on to post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins University and joined the faculty in 2000. She successfully competed for a NIH Career Development Research Award, and the American Society of Nephrology Carl W. Gottschalk Award for young investigators, establishing successful research programs in the genetics and cardiovascular complications of kidney disease. In 2008, she returned back to her native Canada and accepted a faculty position at the University of Toronto (UofT) and a Scientist position within the SickKids Research Institute. Since 2000, Dr. Parekh has maintained a record of sustained NIH and CIHR funding. She has significant productivity with more than 160 published manuscripts over 4000 citations and a stellar track record of training and mentoring 80 students and post-doctoral trainees. She has received several awards including the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland Award, Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Research Award and was elected into academic honor societies such as the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Pediatric Academic Society and the American Pediatric Society. Dr. Parekh has recently been named Canada Research Chair in Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Ziad A. Massy

Ziad A. Massy is Professor of Nephrology and Head of the Division of Nephrology at the Paris West University (UVSQ)- Ambroise Paré University Hopsital, Paris, and Co-Director of Research Unit INSERM U-1018 Team 5 at the UVSQ, Versailles/Villejuif, France. He is a Member of ERA-EDTA Council and Chair for the ERA-EDTA Registry and Clinical Governance Affairs. He is a Core-member of, the EURECAM Working Group Advisory Board –ERA-EDTA, Core-member of the CKD-MBD WG Working Group Advisory Board, and a current member and former co-chairman of European Uremic Toxins (EUTox) group. He was a Core-member of the Executive KDIGO board. He obtained “Fondation du Rein” Award at Sept 2010 and Hungarian Society of Nephrology award at November 2015. His research areas of special interest include uremic toxins, cardiovascular disease, vascular calcification, hyperlipidemia, oxidative stress, and chronic renal failure. He has published several original articles, reviews and chapters of books in his domain of interest (Index H: 62 (via Web of science) or 74 (via Publish or Perish v6), Publications Medline total n= 466

Mohamed Hani Hafez

Professor Mohamed Hani Hafez Graduated in 1979 from Faculty of Medicine In Cairo, attained his MD in 1988 and became a professor of Medicine and Nephrology in 1999.

He served as Director of Internal Medicine Hospital (2003-2004) and deputy director of New Kasr Al Ainy Hospital (2004-2007), President of Egyptian National Kidney Foundation (2012-2015), Secretary General of Egyptian Fellowship (2009-2015).

He has supervised numerous masters and doctorate theses in nephrology and edited in 2010  the ministry of health guidelines for hemodialysis units in Egypt. he received many national and international awards in education, including the Global Kidney Academy . He is member of many Societies including ISN,EDTA,IFKF,ASNT and MESOT. Professor Hafez is   Currently

 •            Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Nephrology-Cairo University Egypt

•             President of Egyptian Society 0f Nephrology and Transplantation (ESNT) since Feb 2018

•             Vice-President of Egyptian Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT)since 2017

•             Chief of nephrology councils of Egyptian and Arab boards 

•             Member of steering Committee of  Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities

•             Egypt councilor in Middle East Society of Organ transplantation ( MESOT )


Abdou Niang is a Professor of Nephrology at the faculty of medicine, University of A. Le Dantec, Dakar, Senegal. He is the General Secretary of the Senegalese Society of Nephrology (SOSENEPH), Deputy of the General Secretary of African Association of Nephrology (AFRAN), Member of African regional board, Deputy-chair of International society of nephrology (ISN) dialysis working group and Co-Chair of International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) African chapter.

Valerie Luyckx

Dr Luyckx obtained her MBBCh from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She trained in Internal Medicine at University of Miami and in Nephrology at Harvard University. She has an MSc in Public Heath from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has recently completed a PhD in Biomedical Ethics at the University of Zurich on Ethical issues relating to provision of sustainable renal care in sub-Saharan Africa. She is a consultant to the WHO for the Global Health Ethics Team. Her research activities include the challenges of justice, equity and moral distress relating to resource allocation and management of kidney disease in resource limited regions, developmental programming of hypertension and kidney disease and traditional medicine use and kidney disease. These interests are all related to her strong interest in global heath and commitment to strengthen local capacity in nephrology and non-communicable disease management and to improve equitable access to care.

Anthony N. Muiru

Dr. Anthony N. Muiru is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He did his undergraduate training at UC Berkeley, medical school at Harvard, residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and MPH at Harvard Chan School of Public Health. He is interested in improving our understanding of determinants of kidney disease and thus inform the development of effective strategies that mitigate the risk of kidney disease and its long-term adverse outcomes, particularly among disadvantaged populations worldwide.

Nick Chesnaye

Nick Chesnaye works as an epidemiologist at the Amsterdam University Medical Center in the Netherlands, where he researches chronic kidney disease in the elderly, and coordinates the EQUAL study; an international multi-center cohort study to determine the optimal timing of dialysis. He graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a master’s degree in biomedical sciences, and completed a PhD in the field of pediatric nephrology.

Razeen Davids

Razeen Davids is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Head of the Division of Nephrology at Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa. In 2000-2001 he spent a year at the University of Toronto as an International Society of Nephrology (ISN) Fellow with Professor Mitch Halperin studying electrolyte and acid-base disorders. Since returning to Cape Town, he in turn has been a host mentor to ISN Fellows from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania and Nepal. Apart from an ongoing interest in electrolyte and acid-base disorders his interests include medical education, especially e-learning, and the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

Prof Davids is an International Society of Nephrology (ISN) Educational Ambassador. He completed a PhD on the development and usability evaluation of a multimedia e-learning platform to help students and clinicians learn about electrolyte and acid-base disorders. With respect to the epidemiology of CKD and ESRD, Prof Davids has been involved in establishing a Web-based renal registry for South Africa. More recently, he has been involved in establishing the African Renal Registry, with Ghana, Burundi, Zambia, Kenya and Botswana the first countries to join the project.

Prof Davids was appointed as Associate Editor of the African Journal of Nephrology in 2014. He has overseen the migration of the Journal from a traditional paper journal to an online, open access publication.

Ian SD Roberts

Ian Roberts is Professor of Cellular Pathology at the University of Oxford and Director of Renal Pathology, Oxford University Hospitals, UK.  

Current and recent duties: UK Renal Pathology EQA Scheme Organiser 2011-, Chair of the Pathology Committee of International Society of Nephrology 2017-, Chair of the European Society of Pathology Nephropathology Working Group 2013-16, President of the international Renal Pathology Society 2016, Meetings Secretary of British Division of International Academy of Pathology 2010-2018.

Research interests include IgA nephropathy and classification of glomerular diseases. He is a lead author of the Oxford Classification of IgA nephropathy and a member of the International Working Group that is revising the classification of lupus nephritis.


Tariq Sqalli Houssaini is a Professor of Nephrology in the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Fez - Morocco. He is the Head of the Department of Nephrology - Hassan II University Hospital - Fez - Morocco. He is the Vice-Dean in charge of pedagogical and student affairs - Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Fez - Morocco.

He is currently the President of the Moroccan Society of Nephrology.

He is the founding President of the NGO “ISAAD” (Initiatives for Health and Development Aid), Morocco.

Esther Obeng

Esther Obeng is a Paediatric Nephrology Nurse at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi -Ghana. She is a Nurse  Educator and an Advocate for children living with Kidney Disease.

Bernard Canaud

Professor Bernard Canaud is currently Emeritus Professor of Nephrology at the Montpellier University School of Medicine, Montpellier, France. He headed for 25 years the Nephrology, Dialysis and Intensive Care Department at Lapeyronie University Hospital, Montpellier- France.

Main topics of interests are renal replacement therapy, online hemofiltration and hemodiafiltration modalities, water and dialysis fluid purity, uremic toxicity, vascular access, dialysis efficacy, nutrition, anemia, epidemiology of CKD, practice patterns, continuous quality improvement, dialysis quantification and modeling and artificial intelligence applied to CKD care. He contributed to the elaboration and production of the European Best Practice Guidelines particularly on dialysis fluid purity, vascular access, dialysis adequacy and anemia management.

He has published more than 400 peered review manuscripts, contributed in more than 80 textbook chapters and attended more than 1500 scientific medical meetings. H index 62 - i10 index 220 Professor Canaud served as Chief Medical Officer for the EMEA-LA region at Fresenius Medical Care Company from 2012 to 2018. He is now acting as Senior Medical Scientist for the Global Medical Office.

Professor Canaud received several awards and distinctions from international nephrology societies including the prestigious Belding Scribner award from the ISHD in 2010. He received also from the French President in 2009 the “Légion d’Honneur” as recognition for his lifetime of medical achievement. He received in March 2019 the award from Missouri University and the Annual Dialysis Conference his lifetime achievement in Nephrology and special commitment to renal replacement therapy.

Neelam Bhalla

Dr. Bhalla works at The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente, in the GSAA region in Northern California, USA.  She is the Assistant Chief of Nephrology, the Medical Director of the Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)unit, the Regional Lead for Home Dialysis, and a member of the Ethics Committee.  She has played a leading role in developing a team of PD Champion nephrologists, surgeons, and intervention radiologists, to increase and sustain PD growth in her region.  Her team conducts mini PD Universities in areas of low PD utilization to share best practices and address barriers to PD growth.  She is also the Principal Investigator on two community benefit research projects on PD and has presented several posters on PD-related projects at the American Society of Nephrologists.  Dr. Bhalla has worked at The Permanente Medical Group since 2009.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Bhalla served as Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.  She was Medical Director of two dialysis units affiliated with Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Bhalla completed her Nephrology Fellowship from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and her residency from the Baptist Hospital, in Nashville, Tennessee.  She graduated from medical school from MAMC, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India.

Dr. Bhalla lives in Northern California with her husband and their three children. 

Alain G. Assounga

Prof. Alain G. Assounga is Editor-in-Chief of African Journal of Nephrology, the Official Journal of AFRAN. He is also Head of the Nephrology at the Department at Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Chief Specialist at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Department of Health. Originally from Congo-Brazzaville, Prof Assounga received his medical training in Brazzaville, nephrology and immunology training in France and the US. He hold a PhD in Immunology and Molecular Biology. He lectured and practised medicine in the Congo and Botswana before moving to Durban, South Africa, where he teaches nephrology and immunology and conducts research.

Prof Assounga has trained over 20 Nephrologists and 10 Masters and 3 PhD. He has published several papers on Clinical Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation and Immunology.

Diviner Nyarera

Diviner Kemunto Nyarera is the former Kenya Nephrology Nurses Association Chair. She is currently the Acting Chair of the African Nephrology Nurses Association (AFNNA). She is a Member of MESIC (MoH) and of the East African Kidney Institute (EAKI) Research and training committee. She has participated in the formulation and review of curricula of various colleges. She has wide experience in Nephrology and general nursing. She is currently pursuing MSN- Nephrology at Kenyatta University.

Ahmed Kalebi

Dr. Ahmed Kalebi is a Consultant Pathologist, Founding Partner and Managing Director/CEO of Lancet Group Laboratories in East Africa, which is one of the leading and largest independent private laboratories in the region that he founded in 2009.


He undertook his undergraduate and postgraduate trainings at the University of Nairobi, followed by Fellowship in Anatomical Pathology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa 2006-2009, with elective fellowship in renal pathology at John Radcliffe Hospital at the University of Oxford under Prof Ian Roberts in 2008.


He is a founding fellow and was the steering chairman of the College of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (COPECSA).He is also a long-standing member of the Kenya Medical Association (KMA) since 2001 and has served in the KMA National Governing Council as the inaugural Convener of the ICT Committee. He is the current President of the East African Division of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP) of which he was the founding Hon Secretary General in 2010.


He is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Nairobi and has published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored and contributed in several books related to pathology, as well as regularly participating in international conferences as an invited speaker and submitting abstracts.


He previously served as the first pathologist in Garissa - North Eastern Province of Kenya. He actively practices pathology besides running the laboratory group across East Africa, and his areas of interest include renal pathology, dermatopathology, infectious disease pathology and surgical-oncology pathology.


Under Dr Kalebi, the Lancet Group of Laboratories network in East Africa has grown in 10 years to over 75 branches and service points across Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda - soon opening in Somalia. Recently in January 2019 the Group entered into a joint venture with Cerba Healthcare from France. The laboratory serves over 2000 patients daily in East Africa.


He has received numerous professional awards including ‘Young Achievers Award’ from the Association of Pathologists of East Central and Southern Africa (APECSA) in 2006, inclusion in the ‘Who is Who in the World’ since 2009 and the inaugural ‘Top 40 Under 40 Men’ from Business Daily newspaper in 2011 and was most recently selected among the Top 100 Trailblazers in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine by US and UK based The Pathologists magazine under the Power List 2019.


He is a co-founder and Board of Trustees Member of the Haiba Foundation; a grass-root community organization from his home in Kibra focusing on youth development and community building through education. He is also a patron and sponsor of Gogo Boys Youth Football Club and Youth Reform Group in Kibra, with the club rising from non-league soccer in 2014 to playing in the National League currently at Divison 2. He is married with 4 children.

Fatiu A Arogundade

Professor Fatiu Abiola Arogundade obtained his basic medical degree from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos and postgraduate training in Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife.  Professor Arogundade was promoted to the rank of Professor of Medicine at the Obafemi Awolowo University in 2011 and he is also a Honorary Consultant Physician / Nephrologist to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

His research interests are in general nephrology and renal replacement therapies. He had studied aetiopathogenesis and epidemiology of CKD in Nigeria looking at contributions of HIV, Hydrocarbons, Sickle Cell Disease and parasites. He had studied anaemia, bone disease, survival and quality of life in advanced chronic kidney disease. He has studied CAPD kidney transplantation in Nigeria and currently examining modalities for retarding progression of CKD in Sickle Cell Disease as well as genomics of kidney disease in Africa. He has about 100 publications including 7 chapters in books. He is a reviewer to several local and international journals and the Editor in Chief of Journal of Clinical Sciences as well as editorial adviser to Tropical Journal of Nephrology.

He has also been involved in administration as he served as the Vice- Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Obafemi  Awolowo University between 2011 and 2013. He is the Chairman and Chief Examiner of the Faculty of Internal Medicine, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Secretary / Treasurer to African Association of Nephrology, President-Elect of Nigerian Association of Nephrology and President of Transplant Association of Nigeria. He has mentored about 30 postgraduate students. He is married with children and his hobbies include travelling and reading.

Nancy Wang’ombe

Nancy Wang’ombe is a nephrology nurse and transplant coordinator at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. She obtained her BSc in Nursing from the university of Nairobi. She proceeded to obtain a Masters degree in Donation of Organs, Tissues & Cells for Transplantation in Barcelona, Spain. She has had extensive experience in nephrology nursing and renal transplantation. She is the current Chairperson of the Kenya Nephrology Nurses Association (KNNA).

Rhodah Amunga

Rhoda has worked in various nursing departments and has many years of experience in Nephrology Nursing. She has participated in the formulation and review of Curriculums for Nephrology Nursing for different Training Colleges. She is currently working as a lecturer at Kenyatta National Hospital School of Nursing. She has been training Nephrology Nurses once 2011. 

Marie Richards

Marie has over 30 years’ experience working in executive management roles and senior faculty roles within healthcare and education globally including the UK, Australia, Africa and the Middle East (UAE, Palestine, Lebanon, Bahrain). From an academic perspective she has led clinical programs in faculties of Health Sciences, Nursing, Public Health and Clinical Genetics. 

She has worked in the Middle East since 2012 and in 2014 launched the Masters in Renal Nursing Program in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with De Montfort University (UK). The program was the first and only if its kind in the region and highly sought after with applicants from across the entire Middle East. 

Marie has also set up and led the development of a number of renal service transformations including the development of a nurse led vascular access service and a nurse led, community based, CKD early detection program, both of which have won awards. 

Marie is an active member of the ISN contributing to the work of both the Kidney Health Professionals Working Group (Chair 2016-2018) and the Education Working Group. She is active in global education including Palestine, Kenya and the Middle East.

Her areas of expertise are Nephrology Nursing, Leadership Development, Service Transformation, Education, and Clinical Genetics.

She has had numerous publications and is a regular speaker at international meetings. 

Joshua Kayima

Prof. Joshua K. Kayima (FRCP Edin) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Nairobi. He is also the thematic head of Nephrology at the East Africa Kidney Institute (EAKI) – University of Nairobi.

He is currently the Chair of the Education and Fellowship sub-committee of the Kenya Renal Association (KRA).

He did his Nephrology training at the Western General hospital, Edinburgh.

He is interested in Diabetic Nephropathy and retarding progression of Chronic Kidney Disease.

Wesam Ismail

Prof. Wesam Ismail is a renal pathologist with over 15 years experience in interpretation of native and transplant renal biopsies. She is an Assistant Professor of pathology at the Medical School, director of the histopathology lab of the university hospitals, Beni-Suef University and is the owner & director of Pathlab; a private renal pathology service in Cairo, Egypt.                   

Prof. Ismail is the deputy chair of the renal   pathology committee of the international society of nephrology  (ISN), an ISN Educational Ambassador for renal pathology since 2014 and a former ISN fellow 2001-2002. She was a member of the educational committee         of the International Renal pathology Society in 2014. She    has researched and published in transplantation pathology as well as other            aspects of renal pathology. She had   participated, as a speaker in numerous international and regional meetings, is  involved in renal pathology teaching activities in Africa and the Middle East and was awarded by The British Global Kidney Academy (GKA) for improving renal pathology services within the region.

Ebun Ladipo Bamgboye

Dr. Ebun Bamgboye is a Consultant Physician and Nephrologist, with a special interest in Nephrology (kidney medicine). He is the Head of the Dialysis /Transplant unit at St Nicholas Hospital and the Clinical Director of the Hospital. Dr. Ebun Bamgboye has been employed at St. Nicholas since February 1998. Over the years he has developed one of Nigeria's most prestigious and functional dialysis units, which receives referrals from around the world. He is also the Head of the St. Nicholas Hospital renal transplant unit. The renal transplant unit has been running for over 20 years now and was the first unit in Nigeria and the sub-region to perform successful kidney transplants and has performed over 250 transplants to date.Dr. Ebun Ladipo Bamgboye is the past President of the Nigeria Association of Nephrology and the immediate past President of the Transplant Association of Nigeria. Dr. Ebun Bamgboye despite his extensive clinical work is also involved in academic work, training resident’s doctors from various units and is widely published in various articles in respectable journals and contributed a chapter to an International book.  He is also widely sought after as a resource person at various local and international conferences and symposia. He is the leading authority in transplant Nephrology in Nigeria and the sub-region.


Prof. Ikechi Okpechi completed his medical degree from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1995 and later completed his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine also from the same institution in 2006. He received his doctoral degree in Medicine from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2008. He is currently employed as Physician and Nephrologist at Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is the program convener of the MSc (Nephrology) and PhD (Nephrology) programs at the University of Cape Town. He is also the Director of the Kidney and Hypertension Research Unit, University of Cape Town. He has served as Educational Ambassador for the International Society of Nephrology (ISN), has mentored several ISN fellows and is the mentor for the ISN Sister Renal Centre program between Sokoto (Nigeria) and Cape Town (South Africa). He is the principal investigator for the ALUGEN registry, CREOLE study and CAPTAIN trial amongst others in Cape Town. He has over 60 published papers with research interest in glomerulonephritis and CKD in Africans in Africans.


Prof McCulloch is the Head of Clinical Unit of Paediatric Nephrology and Solid Organ Transplantation at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, as well as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Her interests include developing Paediatric Nephrology and Care of Critically ill children specifically AKI and all forms of dialysis in infants and children especially in poorly resourced regions, Adolescent transition and Paediatric Transplantation (renal, liver and cardiac). This includes doing outreach work in various parts of Africa developing paediatric renal and transplant programs.

She has previously worked in paediatric renal units in the UK including Great Ormond Street Children’s, Evelina London Children’s Guys and Kings’ Hospitals.

She currently holds position of President International Pediatric Transplantation Association (IPTA) and President of African Paediatric Nephrology Association as well as on the executive board of the International Paediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA).

She is also an Amateur surferJ

Has learnt how to shower in 90 seconds during Cape Town water restrictions due to drought!

Saraladevi Naicker

Saraladevi Naicker is a Professor Emeritus of Medicine and currently Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, and Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Transplantation. She chairs the Plagiarism Committee and Mentorship Programme of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. She currently serves as an Executive Committee member of the International Society of Nephrology, and Board Member of the African Association of Nephrology.

Former Head of Division of Nephrology and Academic Head, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and former Head of Division of Nephrology at the University of KwaZulu Natal.  Past president of the South African Renal Society and Southern African Transplantation Society. She was awarded honorary life membership of the SA Renal Society in 2018.


Awards: International Distinguished Medal of the NKF(USA); Convocation/ Philip Tobias Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of the Witwatersrand; Roscoe Robinson award of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) for education in nephrology; best Postgraduate Supervisor Award for the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand for 2017.  She was among the top 25 most published Wits authors in 2017, is a rated researcher by the National Research Foundation and has approximately 150 peer-reviewed publications.


She has served on and chaired several international committees, including on the Executive Committee and Council of the ISN, Int Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD). She has hosted training of numerous Nephrology Fellows from Africa, including Botswana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia and currently supervises PhD students at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Sudhir K Bowry

Sudhir completed his basic schooling in Nakuru (Menengai and Nakuru High), Kenya; his BSc in Biochemistry, at University of Hull, England; his MSc and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland.
He worked for 5 years in research at Max-Planck Institute for Blood Coagulation & Thrombosis, Giessen, Germany; 11 years with Membrana (formerly Akzo Nobel & Enka, dialysis membrane manufacturer)
in Research & Development including responsibility for Clinical Studies, Biocompatibility testing of membranes / polymers used in blood-contacting medical applications, Obernburg, Germany.

Since 1999 he has been with Fresenius Medical Care, initially in Bad Homburg, Germany, then with the Medical Board of EMEALA Region of Fresenius Medical Care, as Director of Scientific Affairs. He is currently in scientific value creation.

His Main areas of interest and experience include: dialysis membranes / Uremic toxins and their elimination in dialysis; dialysis therapy modalities / Online HDF / Water Quality and Inflammation mechanisms; biocompatibility testing methodology; platelet activation / Endothelium / Anticoagulation / Heparinisation; CKD Burden to the Payers of Healthcare: Value-Based Therapies.
He has over 75 publications, articles & reviews in peer-reviewed journals, in books & other medical literature. Over the past 30 years, he has given and continues to deliver numerous lectures worldwide at scientific symposia.

Tushar Vaccharajani

Dr. Tushar Vachharajani is the Director of Global Nephrology in the Department of Nephrology & Hypertension at the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute of Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. Dr. Vachharajani is an interventional nephrologist with international eminence and currently Chairs the Education Workgroup of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN). He has previously served as the Councilor for North American Region of ISN and Chair of the Interventional Nephrology Committee of the ISN. He has published 85 peer reviewed scientific papers, several book chapters and over 145 scientific presentations at national and international meetings. He was the inaugural editor of ISN Academy, an online education portal of ISN. He serves on the Editor Board of the Journal of Vascular Access, Kidney International Reports, Indian Journal of Nephrology and is Editor in Chief for the Open Urology & Nephrology Journal. He served as a Co-Lead on the Access Monitoring Workgroup of Fistula First Breakthrough Initiative and as a Chair for the Medical Review Board of ESRD Network 6. He has been a member of the scientific program committee of NKF Spring Clinical Meetings from 2015 -2017 and Co-Chaired the 9th Annual Meeting of ASDIN. He is passionate about training and improving global awareness of dialysis access care through various national and international professional organizations including ISN, ASN, NKF, ASDIN, AFRAN, AVATAR, ISHD, ADC and Kidney Education Foundation. He is a member of 2018 NKF Vascular Access Guidelines Committee and serves as an international expert on the Vascular Access Workgroup of SONG (Standardized Outcomes in Nephrology). Besides serving as a Co-Chair for the Interventional Nephrology Workshop at the World Congress of Nephrology in 2017 and 2019, he has helped organize vascular access symposiums, given over 50 scientific presentations and conducted hands-on workshop in 15 different countries. Dr. Vachharajani has received the Gerald Beathard Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarly Activity from ASDIN

Anderson Mutuiri

Dr Anderson Mutuiri is a Consultant Pathologist at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi and an Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University, Medical College in East Africa. He has completed a Clinical Fellowship in Renal Pathology at the University of Toronto. Dr Mutuiri’s areas of practice are autopsy pathology, histopathology and cytopathology with subspecialty expertise in medical kidney biopsy interpretation. His current research interests are non-communicable diseases and oncopathology. He is passionate about increasing access to high quality laboratory diagnostic services to the population of East Africa through continuing medical education and research. Dr Mutuiri is a member of the Kenya Association of Clinical Pathologists and the East African Division of the International Academy of Pathology.

Brett Cullis
George Moturi

Brett Cullis performed his undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town, following which he travelled to the UK and performed Nephrology and Intensive Care Specialist Training at the Royal Devon and Exeter, Plymouth and Bristol Childrens Hospitals. His dissertation was a systematic review on the effect of vasoactive agents on renal function in critically ill patients with sepsis.

He currently works as a nephrologist and specialist intensivist in Pietermaritzburg.

He has published in PDI, KI, Seminars in Nephrology and American Journal of Transplantation as well as chapters for books.

He is an author of the ISPD access guidelines and is the chair of the ISPD guidelines for PD in AKI.

His current interests are Intensive Care Nephrology, Peritoneal dialysis for AKI and treatment of AKI in low and middle income countries.

He is Chair of the Saving Young Lives Program, and sits on the ISN dialysis working group, the ISN interventional nephrology working group, ISN core programs committee and is on the ISPD council.

Dr Moturi Completed his completed his undergraduate medical studies from the University of Nairobi in 1999. After 1 year of internship, he worked as Medical Officer for 2 years before joining the Masters programme in Internal Medicine at the University of Nairobi.

He completed the masters training in 2006. In 2007, he secured a 2-year scholarship from Novonordisk to study diabetes at the University of Cardiff and graduated with a postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes.

In 2009, he undertook a 1-year ISN Fellowship at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town South Africa. He later joined Aga Khan University Hospital for 2 years as a senior instructor.

He is now a lecturer at Kenyatta University Medical School. He is pursuing Phd studies in the epidemiology, genetics and outcomes of kidney diseases in pregnancy. He is also a co-founder of Comprehensive Kidney Services. He participated in the pilot 0by25 snapshot study.

Peter Koech

Dr. Koech is a Physician and kidney specialist. He undertook his undergraduate MBChB training and post graduate Internal Medicine training in Moi Universty. He trained in Nephrology at East Africa Kidney Institute, University of Nairobi. He undertook further training as an ISPD Fellow at Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg Academic Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Peter is currently practicing in Eldoret, based at Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital. His research Interest is  In-Hospital AKI.

Hussein Bagha

Dr. Hussein Bagha is a consultant Physician and Nephrologist working at the MP Shah Hospital. He is the Head of the Renal and Transplant unit. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), Fellow of the College of Physicians (ECSA) and a Fellow of the International Society of Nephrology. He has also completed his MRCP Nephrology. Dr. Bagha did his nephrology training at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has a special interest in kidney transplantation and peritoneal dialysis.

Ahmed Sokwala

Ahmed Sokwala is a Consultant Physician and Nephrologist at Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.
He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Aga Khan University Hospital where he also serves as the Section head of Nephrology.

He completed his MD at Marmara university Istanbul, his Masters in Internal medicine at Aga Khan University and his Nephrology fellowship at University of Toronto.  

Hardeep Gill

Dr Hardeep Gill is a South African Trained Vascular and Endo-Vascular Surgeon, Dialysis access Surgeon and Venous Specialist from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

He Practices at the MP Shah Hospital and the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.

Jonathan Wala

Jonathan Wala completed both his MBChB and MMed (Internal Medicine) studies at the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

He obtained his Certificate in Nephrology from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa following his training in General Nephrology at Stellenbosch University. He has also undertaken Peritoneal Dialysis Fellowship sponsored by ISPD

He is currently a Nephrologist in private practice at Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi. He is the director of CKS Dialysis Centre. He is a Lecturer at Kenyatta University School of Medicine and the Registry and Research subcommittee chairman at Kenya Renal Association.


His research areas of interest include: Renal registries, CKD epidemiology, Kidney transplantation.

Patrick Mburugu

Dr Mburugu studied medicine at the University of Nairobi qualifying with an MBCHB degree in 1993. After internship he worked briefly as a medical officer up to 1997, when he re-joined the University of Nairobi for a postgraduate general surgery course, qualifying with a MMed degree in general surgery in 2000. He then proceeded to the United Kingdom on the prestigious British Journal of Urology International/Societe Internationale d’ Urologie Scholarship in 2003 to sub-specialise in urology. He sat for and passed the Fellowship exams for The European Board of Urology and the Royal College of Surgeons of England in urology in 2006 and 2007 respectively. He is also a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa, and holds a diploma in laparoscopic surgery from the University of Strasbourg.

He is the chair of the Kenya Association of Urological Surgeons, a council member of the uCARE research council of the Societie’ Internationale d’ Urologie (SIU) and head of department of general surgery and urology at the Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi. He is also a member of the American Association of Urology (AUA) and the American Association of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO).

His professional interests include reconstructive surgery for posterior urethral stricture, laparoscopic urological surgery, living donor renal transplantation, endo-urology for BPH and urolithiasis, and surgical treatment for prostate cancer.

He practices out of the Aga Khan Hospital doctors’ plaza on 3rd Parklands road, room 408.

Cheptinga Kipkurui Philip

Dr. Cheptinga Kipkurui Philip is a paediatric consultant Nephrologist based at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret where he heads the Department of Nephrology,

He is also a lecturer at Moi University, School of Medicine, Department of Child Health and Pediatrics.

S. O. McLigeyo

Prof. McLigeyo is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the Department of Clinical Medicine and Therapeutics in the University of Nairobi. He completed his MMed in 1986 and proceeded to undertake Nephrology and Transplantation fellowship studies in various institutions including Western General in Edinburgh (1987/1988); Guys Hospital (1989/1990); and Tel Aviv (1991).

He headed the Renal Unit in the Kenyatta National Hospital from 1994 – 2002. He is the immediate former chairman of the Kenya Renal Association and continues to be an active member of its executive committee.

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