Expert Profile

Ms Thurman Niiwo
Position(s) Founder and CEO, Thurman Niiwo Health Care Initiative; Team Leader Africa, Young Africa Professionals in Global Health Issues Platform (YAPROGHIP) and Director, Uganda National Entrepreneurship Development Institute (UNEDI)

Thurman Niiwo, a Uganda National aged 25years old, is one of the emerging young African women experts in community development, social justice and global health security issues, where she is currently creating large-scale opportunities for the poor, underprivileged and displaced communities in Africa through the Thurman Niiwo Health Care Initiative (TNHCI). She founded the TNHCI in June 2020 at height the Global COVID-19 pandemic to address critical challenges of the COVID-19 and its locked down associated effects of teenage pregnancies in Uganda as a result of schools closing. TNHCI mandate is to strengthen the health systems for better health care outcomes among the vulnerable communities especially children, youth and women caught up in extreme poverty, refugee situations and hard-to reach areas. Through TNHCI Thurman was able to launch the Young Africa Professionals in Global Health Issues Platform (YAPROGHIP) where she serves as the Team Leader.  Additionally, Thurman is co-owner and Director of the Uganda National Entrepreneurship Development Institute (UNEDI) in Uganda, where she is incubating several projects that support young people to create jobs. She attended the University of Washington specialized training in leadership, management of health, and monitoring and evaluation of global health. The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in collaboration with UNCHR, IOM-UN Immigration and UNCTAD training in entrepreneurship for migrants and refugees for strengthening humanitarian development Nexus for capacity building program; UNITAR’s strengthening civilian capacities to protect civilians: Unarmed civilian protection (PP.2020.14E); United Nation’s Climate Change Learning partnership on Gender and Environment; Cities and Climate Change. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Science in Global Health at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in the UK, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in Community development and social justice from Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda.  She is alumni of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) Inspiring Women Leaders programme, the GCSP Addressing Global Health Security Challenges Virtual Learning Journey, and she is currently an Executive-in-Residence within the GCSP Global Fellowship Initiative. 

Participating in upcoming course/event
20 May 2022