Dr. Jerome Mafeni

Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Jerome Mafeni as the Organization’s Chief Executive Officer. He is a Health Professional with specialization in Peadiatric Dentistry and a strong background in Public Health. Prior to Joining ACHAP he held a dual position with RTI International in Nigeria; serving as the Senior Technical Advisor and the Nigeria Country Director for the Global Health Group.

Dr Mafeni brings with him decades of experience in complex project development and project management in developing countries. His background includes program design, monitoring and evaluation strategies, policy analysis, strategic planning, information communication technologies, economic management, and research. His past career portfolio include being Executive Director of the “Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative” - AHNi (the country affiliate of FHI360) while serving simultaneously as the Director of Health Policy and Systems Management in the FHI360 Nigeria Country Office.

In June 2006 he was elected to Chair the Country Coordinating Mechanism of the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), where under his leadership major grants in excess of US$250 million were restored back to Nigeria. He led Nigeria in developing a US$1.8 billion proposal for the Global Fund Round 8 version for all three diseases,  Malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS, which resulted in the approval of over $800 million for five years to address Health Systems Strengthening and massive scale-up of malaria programs to reach the entire population. This is the highest amount approved for any country by the GFATM.

Dr. Mafeni also worked as the Country Director for the Futures Group in Nigeria from 2000-2009, where he headed the POLICY and ENHANSE Projects that provided the bulk of USAID funded technical assistance for all policies, plans, and legislations that were developed in Health and related areas during the period.  He also had a two-year stint from 1998 with the WHO Inter-Country Centre for Oral Health for Africa (ICOH) as Assistant Director for Research and Administration, a post that was reserved for him in perpetuity for his contributions to the growth of the Centre. 

In his role as the CEO of ACHAP he will be responsible for overseeing the Organization’s transition to its next phase of Program implementation and growing the Organization’s footprint in Southern and Eastern Africa.