CEO Programme Speakers

The CEO Programme facilitates peer-learning and stimulates discussions across the leaders of UICC full member organisations by bringing perspectives and insighs from a diverse range of CEOs and senior executives.  
Tuesday 2 October, 13:10-14:10
Lessons in leadership: uncovering the stories behind the leaders

Join an insightful conversation with leaders from different backgrounds, hear about their leadership journeys and reflect with peers on your own leadership story.

Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, President, ICANSERVE Foundation
Chair: Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, Founding President, ICANSERVE Foundation

Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala is the Founding President of the ICANSERVE Foundation,  a Philippine-based advocacy group that promotes early breast cancer detection through multimedia platforms and community-based programmes in partnership with local government. She is the Vice Chairman of the Cancer Coalition of the Philippines that is working for the passage of a Cancer Act.

She is a member of the Global Action for Cancer Patients, an international advocacy group focusing on patient value, and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations. She is also an award winning broadcast journalist and documentarian. She founded Storytellers International and is a contributing producer to CNN International.

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Speaker: Anne Lise Ryel, Secretary General, Norwegian Cancer Society

Master of Laws Anne Lise Ryel is the Secretary General of the Norwegian Cancer Society since 2002. She has led the Norwegian Cancer Society to become one of the most influential NGOs in Norway, and is considered “the face and voice of cancer” in Norway.

Ryel has worked in all fields of society: in private sector as a lawyer; in public sector as the Norwegian Gender Equality Ombudsman and Deputy Director General at the Directorate of Health; in politics as Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Justice. Ryel has been chair/member of numerous national and international boards and member of several delegations to WHO and UN during the last 25 years. She publishes articles and holds speeches on a monthly basis in addition to weekly media appearances.

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Speaker: Emmanuel Luyirika, Executive Director, African Palliative Care Association

Dr Luyirika is Executive Director of the African Palliative Care Association a pan African palliative care entity in Africa. He is board member of the World Hospice Palliative Care Alliance and president of CoRSU Hospital a charitable rehabilitation and plastic surgery service for children and adults with disability in Uganda.

He was director of Mildmay International in Uganda, worked for the Department of Health at Donald Fraser Hospital in Limpopo Province in South Africa and lectured in Family Medicine at the Medical University of Southern Africa.

Over the years he has  served on several technical committees at Ministry Of Health Uganda, Uganda AIDS Commission, WHO, UNICEF and UNAIDS and a former Vice Chairperson of the Council of the Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa. He studied medicine at Makerere University, Family Medicine at MEDUNSA and Public Policy and Management at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

Speaker: Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer, The Max Foundation

For more than 20 years, Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer of The Max Foundation, has been dedicated to improving the lives of people facing a cancer diagnosis around the world. Pat is the co-founder of the organisation, which started in 1997 in honour of her step-son, Max.

Under her direction since 2005, The Max Foundation provides thousands of patients in 70 low-and middle-income countries with over a million defined daily doses of life-saving cancer treatment each quarter. Known for her passionate advocacy, she also serves on multiple international boards. Pat lives in Edmonds, Washington (USA) where she raised her four sons.

Wednesday 3 October, 12:40-13:40
Walk the talk: translating global commitments into national action

Learn how cancer organisations are leveraging global health and development commitments to advance cancer care delivery across different health systems and discuss implications for your own settings.

Arnie Purushotham
Chair: Arnie Purushotham, Professor of Breast Cancer at King’s College London and Director of King’s Health Partners Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Professor Arnie Purushotham has been a Consultant Academic Surgeon for 23 years having worked in Glasgow, Cambridge and London. He is Professor of Breast Cancer at King’s College London and Consultant Surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust in 2005. He is the Director of King’s Health Partners Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Medical Director Tata Trusts Cancer Care Program and Senior Clinical Advisor to Cancer Research UK.

As a scientific researcher for the last 26 years, Professor Purushotham’s goal has been to drive high quality clinical and translational research that directly impacts on breast cancer patients. Key areas of research are patterns of metastatic spread, novel optical intra-operative imaging, window of opportunity trials, cancer in LMICs and cancer outcomes.

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 Speaker: Grace Injene, Executive Director, Kenya Cancer Association

Grace Mugambi Injene is the Executive Director of Kenya Cancer Association, a non-profit fighting the rising burden of cancer in Kenya. She holds an MBA in Strategic Management and is registered for a PhD in Business Management.

She has more than 12 years experience in governance, having worked with the Association of Professional Societies in East Africa as the Executive Officer and later joining the board as the Vice Chair. She has also sat on the board of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and attended various anticorruption conferences as speaker on corruption in the continent. 

She has done several consultancies in governance and corporate governance most recently with the Commonwealth Business Women network. Her interests include travel, politics, swimming and philanthropic work. She is also involved in pastoral work among the youth in schools.

Isabelle Aloi Timeus
 Speaker: Isabelle Aloi Timeus, President, Salvati
Originally from Mexico City, Isabelle Aloi Timeus has dedicated 18 years to the practice of oncological and vascular physical rehabilitation in Mexico. Specializing in the rehabilitation of the lymphatic system in Germany and the United States, Isabelle has treated more than 10,000 survivors and terminal cancer patients.
Dedicated to raise awareness about the importance of improving the quality of life of cancer patients, in 2011 she founded the non-profit organisation Salvati, which supports underserved patients and families dealing with all types of cancer.
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Speaker: Todd Harper, CEO, Cancer Council Victoria
For three decades, Todd Harper has been dedicated to public health as a leader within Cancer Council Victoria, Quit Victoria, VicHealth and the Tasmanian AIDS Council. He has led advocacy and mass media communication campaigns to prevent harms from tobacco, alcohol, sedentary lifestyle, HIV/AIDS, cancer, discrimination and violence. Since 2011, as Cancer Council Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer, Todd has steered the organisation’s important work in cancer research, prevention, support and advocacy.
Todd has a bachelor’s degree in Economics, a Postgraduate diploma in Health Promotion, and a Master Degree in Health Economics. He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Deakin University for ‘outstanding contributions and commitment to public health and for willingness to be innovative and brave in advocating for public health’.

Thursday 4 October, 12:40-13:40
Innovation in fundraising: exploring creative resource mobilisation strategies

Be inspired by the creative approaches CEOs have adopted to resource their organisations and cancer care efforts and explore themes and models to relate back to your own funding challenges.

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Chair: Owen Sharp, CEO, Movember Foundation

Owen Sharp is Global CEO of the Movember Foundation, a charity with one goal: to stop men dying too young. The former Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK and Interim and Deputy Chief Executive at Victim Support started his career as a nurse in Glasgow and having worked in a number of leadership roles all across hospitals in the UK, he has long been active in the fight to improve men’s health.

In 2015, he joined the Movember Foundation, the biggest global funder of men’s health initiatives. Since it was launched in Australia in 2003, Movember has been supported by more than five million participants. Their incredible efforts have funded more than 1200 innovative projects to tackle prostate cancer and testicular cancer and to support suicide prevention across 20 countries. Owen is a passionate advocate for men’s health. Under his leadership, the Movember Foundation focuses on making a lasting impact on men’s health by driving global collaboration, empowering men to take more effective ownership of their health and continuing to be a disruptive force for sustained change.

Alejandra de Cima
 Speaker: Alejandra de Cima, President, Fundación CIMA 

Founder and President of Fundación CIMA, Alejandra studied Art History and International relations at the University of Paris and started working back in Mexico as a contemporary art promoter.

Her life took a drastic turn when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30. Soon after, she was organising a small help group for those Mexican women experiencing the same nightmare which didn’t take long to grow to what CIMA is now.

The Foundation now leads community workshops in the rural areas of Mexico, educating indigenous women and health auxiliaries on self-exam practice and early detection screening methods. It also provides emotional support groups for patients and their families as well as donation of external supplies for patients. 

Maria Fatima Garcia-Lorenzo
 Speaker: Maria Fatima Garcia-Lorenzo, Executive Director, Kythe Foundation

Maria Fatima is a Certified Child Life Specialist by the Child Life Council, USA. She is also a Philippine-licensed Child and Family Psychologist, and holds experience in Human Resources, Organisational Diagnosis and Counseling, and conducts Team Building, Leadership Training and Strategic Planning seminars. 

As the President of the Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations (PAPO), an umbrella organization of disease-specific patient groups, Maria Fatima advocates for patients' rights and is engaged in health policy development. She holds the distinction of being the first Filipino Ashoka Fellow. Ashoka is a global organisation, which recognizes outstanding achievements of social innovators. Maria Fatima was chosen because she co-founded Kythe Foundation, an organisation which addresses the needs of more than 11,000 children with cancer and other chronic illnesses a year, in eight government partner-hospitals nationwide. She has been caring for children with cancer and other chronic-illnesses for over 25 years.

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 Speaker: M.J. DeCoteau, Executive Director, Rethink Breast Cancer

M.J. DeCoteau is Founder and Executive Director of Rethink Breast Cancer, the young women’s breast cancer movement. Rethink seeks to bring relevant awareness to 40s-and-under crowd, foster a new generation of young and influential breast cancer supporters, and respond to the unique needs of young women going through breast cancer.

At 22, after losing her mother to a 4-year battle with breast cancer, M.J. was hard pressed to find relevant information that was not scary and overwhelming about her own risk factors. She quickly realised that young people were in the dark about breast cancer simply because they weren’t being targeted by awareness campaigns and other efforts. By 2001 she had brought together a group of Canada’s most innovative, energetic, and creative minds to found Rethink Breast Cancer, putting young people concerned about and affected by the disease in the spotlight for the very first time.

In its first year, the charity secured the exclusive Canadian rights to the world-famous Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign. By 2004, M.J. was featured in Maclean’s magazine’s Honour Roll as one of the top 10 Canadians making a difference. Today, she remains responsible for the overall direction, management, strategy, and creative vision of a growing Rethink Breast Cancer.

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