Founder Medicines for Africa
Lenias Hwenda is an interdisciplinary professional, a scientist and a global health policy expert who works on improving access to medicines in African countries and other emerging markets. Her policy-making work in the multilateral environment has involved high-level policy negotiations on various critical issues of global concern such as the impact of intellectual property rights and global trade rules on patient access to treatment. Lenias has worked as part of the African negotiating team involved in shaping the global response to pandemic influenza preparedness, counterfeited medicines, health workforce challenges, and the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. Lenias was trained as an immunologist, and prior to her work in global health policy, she worked on infectious diseases developing vaccines for influenza and malaria and microbicides for HIV at the University of Oxford and Rockefeller University.