Annalisa Jenkins, MBBS, FRCP – Board Chair
Dr. Annalisa Jenkins is the Chair of the Board of YouBelong. Dr. Jenkins is a life sciences thought leader with over 25 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience. Prior to joining PlaqueTec as CEO in November 2017, Dr. Jenkins served as president and CEO of Dimension Therapeutics, a leading gene therapy company that was acquired by Ultragenyx in November 2017. Prior leadership roles have included the head of global research and development and executive vice president global development and medical at Merck Serono, and several senior positions at Bristol Myers-Squibb over 15 years – including serving as senior vice president and head of global medical affairs. Earlier in her career, Dr. Jenkins was a medical officer in the British Royal Navy during the Gulf Conflict, achieving the rank of surgeon lieutenant commander. Dr. Jenkins is a board member of several growing companies, including Ardelyx, Inc., iOX Therapeutics Limited, Thrombolytic Strategies Incorporated, PhESi, Oncimmune, AVROBIO, COMPASS Pathways, AOBiome, Sensyne Health, AgeX, Cocoon Biotech Inc. (Non-Executive Chair), Cellmedica (Non-Executive Chair), and Vium, Inc. (Executive Chair). She also is a committee member of the Science Board to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), is Chair of The Court The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and serves on the board of the Center for Talent Innovation in the U.K. Dr. Jenkins graduated with a degree in medicine from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in the University of London and subsequently trained in cardiovascular medicine in the U.K. National Health Service.
Monsignor David Cappo, Co-Founder and CEO
David Cappo is the co-founder and chief executive of YouBelong. He is an Australian citizen working in Uganda and throughout East Africa. A qualified social worker and a Catholic priest, he has many years of front line experience in family counselling, mental health counselling, juvenile justice rehabilitation programmes, caring for neglected children, and community development. In more recent years he has led a successful reform of the mental health system for the South Australian Government, as well as creating innovation in social policy in reducing homelessness, juvenile justice reforms, and re-engaging young people with complex needs, with innovative education programmes.
He has chaired the Social Inclusion Board and was the Commissioner for Social Inclusion for the South Australian Government. He has also served as the Vice Chair of the National Social Inclusion Board and as a member of the Federal Government’s Expert Panel on Mental Health. He also holds the position of Senior Research Fellow, Flinders University, S. Australia.
Committed to enhancing both dignity and opportunity for the poorest in society, he has been honoured by Pope John Paul II with the title of Monsignor, and with his appointment as an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to social inclusion.
Dr Byamah Brian Mutamba, Co-Founder, and Director of Programmes
Dr Byamah Brian Mutamba, has dual expertise in public health and mental health. He is the co- founder of YouBelong and the Technical Director at YouBelong Uganda. DR Mutamba obtained his degree in Psychiatry from Makerere University School of Medicine in Uganda. He completed his Master’s Degree in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK, and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
He also works as a Consultant Psychiatrist at Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital where he is involved with clinical management of both in and outpatients with various psychiatric disorders, and is the head of the Alcohol and Drug Unit at the hospital.
His interest is in public mental health, specifically the development of ‘local’ evidence based, community mental health programs in low resourced settings, using available resources and existing structures. He has been involved with a number of mental health implementation research projects in Uganda including :piloting of the WHO mhGAP in Uganda, the Mental Health beyond Facilities (mhBeF) project, and the Family Based Interpersonal Therapy for Caregivers of Children with Nodding Syndrome to Improve the Mental Health of Both (GCC/IPT-F) Project
Professor Fiona Verity
Fiona Verity is a sociologist and a social worker with over 35 years of experience in community development. She has worked in local government, for non-government organisations, and in higher education. For 10 years she worked in community health in South Australia, with a focus on preventive health in multicultural communities.
She is a recognized leader having held roles in management and serving on boards of a number of NGOs. She has held the position of Dean, School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University (2011-2013), is a former Chair of Multicultural Youth SA, and has been an Australian Business Volunteer in Indonesia. Fiona has expertise in community development research and evaluation. She has published widely on working with communities and reporting on evaluations of community-based services. She currently holds the position of Professor of Social Work and Social Care at Swansea University, Wales, UK. Fiona is also Adjunct Professor, School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University, S. Australia.
Dr Shevin Jacob
Dr Shevin Jacob is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Sepsis Research at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM; Liverpool, UK) and an affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington (Seattle, USA). He is board-certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases and holds a Doctorate of Medicine from Oregon Health & Sciences University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr Jacob brings a breadth of experience in research, health systems, and policy to YouBelong’s Board of Trustees. He has over a decade of experience conducting research to improve understanding of sepsis and other severe infections in resource-constrained settings, primarily in Uganda where he currently lives. He also serves on the Boards and Executive Committees of several organizations, including as Secretary General for the multi-country African Sepsis Alliance and as co-Founder and Medical Director for the Uganda-based non-government organization, Walimu. As a consultant to the World Health Organization, he has worked on the frontlines of viral haemorrhagic fever outbreaks, including during the 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak and the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition, he was seconded in early 2018 by LSTM to Makerere University’s Infectious Diseases Institute to serve as a Team Lead for its Global Health Security Department.
Recognised for his work in sepsis and Ebola, he received the 2018 Leadership in Public Health Practice Award by the Harvard Alumni Association.
Dr James Kananura Tibenderana
James Kananura Tibenderana is a malaria and public health expert with over 20 years of experience in the fields of epidemiology, infectious and tropical diseases, and health system strengthening. He trained as a medical doctor at Makerere University, Kampala before studying epidemiology at the Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, where he obtained a Masters, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he obtained a PhD. Prior to joining Malaria Consortium in 2005, James worked with the Ministry of Health, Uganda, at the National Referral Hospital, New Mulago Hospital. He supported the Uganda Ministry of Health with the development of its national malaria research centre. He then went on to play a key role in the conceptualisation and design of Malaria Consortium’s Africa-based work and contributed to its technical strategy development. As Global Technical Director, he oversees Malaria Consortium’s technical strategy implementation, the diversification of the organisation’s funding portfolio and partnerships in Africa and Asia, and remains actively involved in operational research on communicable diseases. He is also honorary Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.