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Oluwagbemiga Oyinlola, Nigeria

Oyinlola Oluwagbemiga

Oluwagbemiga is a Nigerian Medical Social Worker, passionate about care and support for disadvantaged and vulnerable group, he has special interest in mental health services across age group, psycho-social support services, social interventions in the management of chronic health condition, electronic social case management. He became registered as a Medical Social Worker in Nigeria in 2010. Currently, a Principal Medical Social Worker at the University College Hospital, Ibadan and pro bono Director of Programs of the Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative (MHEI) (a not-for-profit making organisation) and also Director of Social Services, ASIDO Foundation.  He is an Alumnus of the WHO training on Mental Health Leadership and Advocacy Program (MhLAP). He was elected in 2016 as the Board member of the Human Services Technology Association (HusITa) (Texas, USA).  He was also elected as the National Assistant General Secretary of the Association of Medical Social Workers of Nigeria (AMSWON).  He is the founder and Steering Chair of Social Work Technology in Africa (SoWTechA).  He was awarded the 2018 Commonwealth Fellowship to study Global Ageing and Policy at the University Of Southampton, UK.

G. Nokukhanya Ndhlovu (Khanya), South Africa

Dr. G. Nokukhanya Ndhlovu (Khanya)

Dr. G. Nokukhanya Ndhlovu (Khanya) – “I hold a PhD (2020) in Social Work from the University of Fort Hare, a Masters (2011) and Honours (2009) degree in Social Development from the University of Cape Town. I also hold a BA Honours (2005) in English and Communication from the Midlands State University. I have worked in the NGO, NPO and private sector mainly focusing on improving the lives of the vulnerable, hard to reach and socially excluded communities. I am passionate about social justice which has shaped my research interests to include exclusionary development, structural violence, institutional systems, gender and people centred development. I have a background in journalism, which I use alongside my research skills to create knowledge on pertinent development issues, raise awareness and tell high impact stories to ensure more Africans lead better lives. As a creative thinker, I have been able to come up with ideas for manuscripts, abstracts, news stories, newsletters and press releases.”

Tanatswa Silvanus Chineka, Zimbabwe

Tanatswa Silvanus Chineka

Tanatswa Silvanus Chineka is a qualified social worker registered with the Council of Social Workers and affiliated with the National Association of Social Workers. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work Honour Degree and a MSc in Social Work from the University of Zimbabwe, where he is currently pursuing doctoral studies. His practice experience spans five years in both government and civil society organisations undertaking various roles focused on development work and policy practice. He teaches social work for undergraduate and postgraduate classes. His research interests lie in the areas of economics, social protection, community development, mental health and child protection. Tanatswa has a deep-seated passion for transforming the lives of communities-at-risk and the development of the social work profession. He values dedication to duty, integrity, human worth and social justice.