Keynote Speakers

Yasuhide Nakamura, MD, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Professor Emeritus of Osaka University, President of Friends of WHO Japan, and a senior fellow professor of National College of Nursing at National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Japan


Dr. NAKAMURA Yasuhide is a professor Emeritus of Osaka University, President of Friends of WHO Japan, and a senior fellow professor of National College of Nursing at National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Japan.


After graduating from The University of Tokyo, and working as a pediatrician at Tokyo Metropolitan Hospital, he started global health in Indonesia as a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) expert and to promote the refugee health program in UNHCR Pakistan Office. Dr. NAKAMURA was a Takemi Fellow (1996-97) in Harvard School of Public Health and worked in Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University (2000-2017). He is globally interested in conducting research and activities on Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Handbook.

Dr. Nakamura is the president of WHO Association of Japan and the representative of International Society of Volunteer Studies and. He got the 43th Medical Achievement Award in 2015 for his promotion of MCH handbook in the global setting.

Prof Miriam K. Were

Affiliation: Miriam K. Were is a Medical doctor from the University of Nairobi, Kenya with subsequent specialized in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in USA. She has both the Masters and Doctor of Public Health degrees of Johns Hopkins.


Professor Miriam Khamadi Were is a Kenyan public health advocate, academic, and recipient of the first Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize. In 2022 she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in public health.


Currently, Prof Miriam K. Were is a Member of the International Committee for the MCH Handbook in which she has been active since 2010.  She is also a member of the Champions for AIDS-Free Generation in Africa made up of former African Heads of State and a few outstanding African experts.  Since 1995. Prof Were is Co-sponsor of UZIMA Foundation focused on empowering youth to successfully address the challenges they face.

Prof Ware’s career in the health sector includes working in Kenya’s Ministry of Health, Teaching in the Faculty of Medicine University of Nairobi, working in United Nations as Chief of Health and Nutrition in UNICEF, Ethiopia, WHO Representative, Ethiopia and Director of a UNFPA Team of Technical Advisors for East, Central and Anglophone West Africa from which she retired in 2000.

Following retirement, responsibilities Prof Were has held include being Chair of  Kenya’s National AIDS Control Council, Chair of AMREF, Member of the Board of Global Health Workforce Alliance and Chancellor of Moi University. Honours bestowed on Prof Were include  EBS for outstanding contribution to the Kenyan nation, HIDEYO NOGUCHI AFRICA PRIZE by Japan, Queen Elizabeth II Gold Medal for Public Health and several honorary degrees.

Dr. Anneke Kesler

Affiliation:  Anneke Kesler is a Medical Doctor from the University of Leiden,
the Netherlands.  She specialized in Public Health & Society and Infant Mental Health.


After her specializations she started a multidisciplinary team to examine children with a developmental delay, not only at the child level, but also in the context of
the family and environment and in relation to their caregivers. She was also coordinator of a team of youth health doctors, which issues social medical indications for children who grow up in unfavourable circumstances.


In 2000-2004 Anneke Kesler was involved in the development of the Parent and Child Centers in Amsterdam. During that period she developed the new version of the Dutch MCHHandbook: the GrowthGuide , booklets, website and app. She was the editor-in-chief.

From 2006 to 2010 she was a board member of the professional group of Youth Health Care doctors. Anneke Kesler was appointed as ambassador for Birth and Maternal Care. In 2018 she was honoured with a Knight in Order of Oranje Nassau. She is a member of the national Coalition of Promising Start. Anneke has been a member of the International Committee Maternal and Child Health Handbook since 2010. In 2021 she hosted the 12th MCHHandbook conference in the Netherlands. Because of the pandemic the locale organizing committee organized 4 international webinars about the MCHHandbook.