Company Logo

Leaders

Executive leaders

Executive team responsible for AMREF Flying Doctors Strategy, Financial and management as well overall success in achieving our mission

Dr. Bettina Vadera

Chief Executive

Officer and Medical Director

Mike Black

Chief Operating Officer

Stephen Gitau

Chief Finance and

Administration Officer

Board of Directors

AMREF Flying Doctors is committed to excellence, not only in the service we provide to our partners and clients, but to the medical community at large. The board provides governance and fiduciary oversight, sets policy, and assesses AMREF Flying Doctor’s overall performance. We are extremely grateful for their dedication and contribution to our work.

Anthony Durrant (Chair)

Anthony is a lawyer and senior finance executive with global experience in investment banking. He is also Chairman of the Board for a listed resources company in Tanzania, a Director and advisor to private companies and investment funds in Africa and Latin America. Mr Durrant was a Director of Amref Health Africa until 2013. He is also a Director /Trustee of a not for profit organisation engaged in conservation in East Africa.

Dr. Githinji Gitahi

Dr Gitahi was appointed CEO of Amref Health Africa in June 2015. Previously, Dr Gitahi was the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa Smile Train International where he successfully established partnerships with various African Governments. Prior to that he also worked with Nation Media Group as Managing Director for major publications in Uganda and General Manager for Marketing and Circulation in East Africa. Dr Gitahi has also held senior roles at GSK and the Avenue Group as well as in the insurance industry.

Amar Kantaria

Amar holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and an MBA in International Management and a Certificate of Corporate Governance. Amar is currently Executive Director of Prime Bank Kenya. In this capacity he sits on various internal committees including Credit Management, Debt Management, HR and ALCO. Amar is also a Board member of Tausi Assurance Co Ltd and a Trustee of C D Kantaria Prime Charitable Trust and Prime Bank Charitable Trust.

Dr Amit Thakker

Dr. Thakker has experience providing innovative and strategic business solutions in the African healthcare and insurance sectors. He has over 20 years of experience in operations, change management and business networking, and has been involved in the establishment of medical and health administration facilities in various countries including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya. He holds a MBChB (Medical) degree from University of Nairobi and an eMBA from NIA Pune, India.

Christopher Getonga

Prior to his current role as Principal at BlackGold Investments, Christopher was Managing Director of Mimosa Pharmacy Limited and the Acacia Medical Centre. Christopher is Financial Accountant qualifying with a BSc from Syracuse University USA and working with Binder-Hamlyn (BDO), UK. He also serves as Chair of the Past Pupils Association for Saint Mary’s School Nairobi and as a Board Member of Ruaraka High School. He is also a member of the Canada Association.

Clyde Thomson

Clyde served with Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia in Australia for 40 years, serving as CEO for the South Eastern Section for 28 years. He currently serves on the New South Wales Far West Local Health Service Board, is a Trustee of the RFDS UK Friends Charity and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Equity Trustees CEO of the Year Award and the Order of Australia in 2014 in recognition of his service to RFDS. 

Kellen Kariuki

Kellen is the Executive Director and CEO for the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority (UFAA), which was established by an Act of Parliament in 2011. She is also the Managing Trustee of Unclaimed Financial Assets Trust Fund. Before joining the UFAA, Kellen had been at Citibank N.A serving in different senior leadership positions. Kellen has held numerous Board positions including Chairperson of Citibank Tanzania Limited, Non-Executive Director of the Amref Health Africa International Board, Non-Executive Director of Resolution Insurance Limited, Non-Executive Director of Citibank Uganda Limited and others

Mrs. Muthoni Kuria

Muthoni is a general management practitioner with expertise in finance. She is a Certified Public Accountant (K) and holds a Master of Business Administration from Leicester University, UK. She left the banking industry in 2009 having held positions of Managing Director in Southern Credit Bank, Executive Director and Chief Accountant, Senator Cards. She is presently on the Boards of a number of companies including Amref Health Africa.

Dr. Terry Martin

Dr Martin is a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia in the UK, having had senior earlier careers in Emergency Medicine, Pre-hospital Emergency Care, Aerospace Medicine and General Practice. Terry was in the UK Royal Air Force and has worked extensively in military and civilian, as well as helicopter and fixed wing aeromedical organisations. He has been Medical Director of Capital Air Ambulance since 2012. He is Chairman of both the Standards and Education Committees of regulatory body, EURAMI.

Raychelle Omamo

Honorary Director: Hon Cabinet Secretary for Defence, Raychelle Omamo

Honourable Raychelle Omamo is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya of 28 years standing.In addition, she is the Vice-President of the East African Law Society, Kenya’s Ambassador Representative to UNESCO, and current Director of Mo-Consulty Ltd, a consultancy forum, providing conflict resolution services as well as governance and public policy advice