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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.

Clyde Thomson (Chair)

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.

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.

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.

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

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