The BIPAI network supports major efforts in Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America. In each country where BIPAI runs a center of excellence, our talented executive directors manage large staffs and complex programs and often provide additional managerial support to smaller efforts in surrounding countries. BIPAI’s executive directors are:
Agustina Perez, M.B.A.
Executive Director, Argentina
Agustina Perez is Executive Director of Baylor Foundation - Argentina. She has more than 15 years of experience in corporate social responsibility, public affairs, communications and marketing in both philanthropic and commercial capacities. She has coordinated programs to ease relations between the community and companies most recently worked with the YPF Foundation and has also held various positions with HSBC bank.
Agustina holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Torcuato Di Tella and a Bachelors in Public and Institutional Affairs from UADE.
Mogomotsi Matshaba, M.B.B.Ch.
Executive Director, Botswana
Dr. Mogomotsi Matshaba, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, and Executive Director- Botswana-Baylor Children’s Foundation, is a graduate of University College of Dublin, Ireland. He worked as a medical officer in Botswana from 2005-2008, during which time he spent one year as a physician-in-training at the Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Center of Excellence. He has postgraduate training in HIV management, trauma management, and fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery and completed his residency training in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.
From 2011 to 2014 he was the Associate Director- Training and Clinical Services at the Botswana- Baylor Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence in Gaborone Botswana. In 2014 he moved to Swaziland Centre of Excellence as the Interim Executive Director and returned to Botswana to resume his duties as the Deputy Director at the Botswana Centre of Excellence at the end of the same year. In 2017, Dr. Matshaba became the Executive Director of the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Foundation.
He sits in several Ministry of Health Committees as the pediatric expert; Botswana National HIV Guidelines Committee, TB/ HIV Integration Technical Working Group, Drug Forecasting and Purchasing Committee, TB/HIV Drug Resistance Technical Working Group, Adolescent HIV Guidelines Committee.
Ana María Galvis
Executive Director, Colombia
Ana Maria Galvis is the executive director of Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation Colombia. She is a specialist in communications and government affairs with vast experience in leading communication initiatives to strengthen the reputation of her clients. Galvis has over 12 years of experience in managing relations with governments, communities and licensing. She is certified in social, environmental and health impacts management and holds a business administration major from Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administration.
Galvis has strong leadership abilities positioning her to be capable to work in an international and multicultural environment.
Bhekumusa W. Lukhele, Ph.D
Executive Director, Swaziland
Peter N. Kazembe, M.B.Ch.B, F.R.C.P.
Executive Director, Malawi
Dr. Peter Kazembe, a Malawian national, serves as executive director for BIPAI-Malawi, a senior lecturer at University of Malawi and associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Kazembe has more than 30 years of experience in the Malawi health care system, including over 15 years as head of pediatrics at Kamuzu Central Hospital, during which he also served concurrently for two years as hospital director.
Dr. Kazembe is a recognized expert on malaria, HIV and providing clinical service in resource-poor settings. He chaired the Medical Association of Malawi from 2000–2004. Dr. Kazembe is a prodigious researcher and author, having contributed to more than 40 scholarly papers. As an important figure in the Malawi public health system, he plays a critical role in promoting and representing the program to government and private sector partners to ensure sustainability of the program.
Adeodata (Addy) Kekitiinwa-Rukyalekere, M.B.Ch.B.
Executive Director, Uganda
Adeodata (Addy) Kekitiinwa- Rukyalekere, M.B.Ch.B, is associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and director of the Baylor Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence – Uganda. She also serves as senior consultant pediatrician for the department of pediatrics and child health at Mulago National Hospital.
From 2002 to 2004, she acted as clinic director of pediatric infectious diseases for Mulago National Hospital after working as a consultant to the department of pediatrics and child health since 1995. During 2001 to 2004, she also acted as team leader for pediatric bacterial meningitis surveillance for WHO-Uganda.
Kekitiinwa was registrar-pediatrician for Mulago National Hospital from 1987 to 1995 and medical officer of health for the department of pediatrics and child health at Mulago National Hospital from 1983 to 1984.
Lineo K. Thahane, M.D.
Executive Director, Lesotho
Dr. Lineo Thahane joined BIPAI as the Executive Director of the Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation – Lesotho in August 2018. She previously worked with BIPAI from 2005-2012, first as a Pediatric AIDS Corps physician and subsequently as Associate Director of the Baylor–Lesotho program. During that time, she helped to establish the Foundation as the largest provider of services for HIV-infected and affected children in Lesotho; supported the Government of Lesotho with national scale up and decentralization of pediatric HIV care, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), diagnosis and treatment of childhood tuberculosis, and management of childhood malnutrition; and trained health providers throughout the country.
Following her time in Lesotho, she spent six years as a Hospitalist Pediatrician at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. There she focused on medical education research and global health education for pediatrics residents and was the co-director of the institution’s Introduction to Global Child Health course. She now returns to Lesotho to continue to support the expansion of the Baylor-Lesotho program.
Lumumba Mwita, MD, MMED
Executive Director, Tanzania
Dr. Lumumba Mwita is executive director of the Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Clinical Centers of Excellence in Lake Zone (Mwanza) and Southern Highlands Zone (Mbeya), Tanzania. Mwita is a physician with a specialization in cardiology. He worked with the government of Tanzania for a number of years allowing him to gather a rich experience in the health care system. From 1994 to 1998 Mwita worked at Mbeya Referral Hospital as a general practitioner in the departments of internal medicine and outpatient and casualty. From 2003 to 2005 he joined the Department of Internal Medicine at Muhimbili National Hospital, where he worked in the HIV/AIDS, cardiology and diabetes clinics. From 2008 to 2012, Mwita worked with AMREF as a program manager where he was in charge of the clinical and diagnostics program overseeing a number of projects including Safe Motherhood and Fistula, Specialist Outreach Program, Laboratory Services and Malaria.
Mwita joined Baylor-Tanzania in February 2012 as site director for the Lake Zone operations, before his appointment to executive director in January 2014. As site director, he was instrumental in establishing relations at national and local levels which resulted in expansion of the Baylor-Tanzania program.
Executive Director, Romania
Ana-Maria Schweitzer has served as executive director of the Baylor-Black Sea Foundation and has coordinated the HIV Clinical Center of Excellence in Constanta, Romania since 2005. She joined Baylor-Romania in 1999 as a clinical psychologist and became experienced in assisting children with HIV and their families, helping patients cope with new diagnosis and unfavorable news, including loss and grief. Schweitzer is trained in psychotherapy and has over ten years of experience working with health-related philanthropic programs. She is also a licensed trainer for adult continuing education, specifically in the development of skills to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, family planning, health education, and psychological support for patients with chronic diseases. As a program manager of multidisciplinary projects for HIV and viral hepatitis, she has strived to create a balance between prevention, testing, care and support services for patients at the Center of Excellence.