Meet Our Board Members

John Weru

ChairPerson

Dr. John Weru is an Assistant Professor of Palliative Medicine at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi (AKUHN). He is the leader of the Palliative Care Team at the Aga Khan University Hospital and the Chairperson the East African Palliative Care Steering Committee charged with developing palliative care services in the region within the Aga Khan Health Services. He is the chairperson of the board of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA). Dr. Weru is a reviewer with the Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer and sub editor with the Open Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is the chairperson of the Hospital Ethics committee at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.

Elizabeth Ndung’u

Vice Chair

Elizabeth is the CEO and Founder of Nakuru Hospice. Her academic qualification is Masters of Business Administration (Entrepreneurship), Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Option) and Higher Diploma in Project Management. She has a wealth of experience in finance and administration, human recourse management, capacity building, Cooperative management, microfinance and Project Monitoring and Evaluation. Elizabeth has a wealth of experience of over 35 years in various sectors. She started employment as an auditor in the public service back in 1987. 

Mrs. Ruth N. Were

Honorary Secretary

Ruth N.Were is the former Chief Executive Officer at Nairobi Hospice and serving on the Board of KEHPCA as the Hon secretary. Ruth was also the former Director of Nursing Services at Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Nairobi with a capacity of 140 beds responsible for all of the Hospitals Nursing Care practices for both in and outpatients; overseeing a staff compliment of 250 employees in the department (Nurses & support staff). Played a key role in improving nursing systems in the hospital including the setting up of the Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and Satelitte clinics to full operational capacity.

Mr. Ben Mandi

Honorary Treasurer

Mr. Ben Mandi is a finance and business specialist, a Certified Public Accountant with a BSc in Business Administration. He has had long experience in his field in audit, financial management, consultancy and training. He has particular interest in the creation of awareness, and the treatment and care, of childhood cancers having had firsthand experience of the same within his family. He has recently joined KEHPCA as the Honorary Treasurer.

Amb. Dr Kiran S. Suthar HSC OGW

Board Member

Kiran Suthar is a retired businessman and longtime philanthropist. He has been publicly and privately recognized for his outstanding contribution to philanthropy causes affecting areas such as environment rejuvenation, wildlife preservation, social welfare causes and healthcare, to name a few. 
His years of experience working in business include tangible contributions to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices . 
He brings to the KEHPCA board his vast experience and knowledge working with key players and influencers from various sectors in Kenya.

Christopher Kyalo

Board Member

Christopher Kyalo is a career soldier and a professional nurse specialized in Palliative care at the Kenya Defense Forces Memorial Hospital having served in the Defense forces for over 30 years. He is an exhibiting member of the Hospital Tumour board and doubles as the Head of the Palliative care Unit. He is also a Board Member of the Kenya Hospices and Palliative care Association (KEHPCA). He is pursuing his passion in Palliative care at Makerere University at Bachelor of science level.

Linet John

Board Member

Linet John is a Deputy Director Nursing Service Director at Homa Bay County Teaching and Referral Hospital, Kenya. She is a Registered Nurse, holder of Bachelor of Science in Palliative Care Attained from Makerere University, Uganda and a Higher Diploma in Palliative care from Oxford Brookes University, U.K among other qualifications.
She is responsible for the Nursing care services at Homa Bay County and Teaching Referral Hospital whose bed capacity is 300 beds. She is very passionate about Palliative care and worked very hard for palliative care services to be provided at Homa Bay County Teaching and Referral She is a ToT in Palliative care and a mentor to palliative care students. She is a former co-ordinator of Palliative Care services at the hospital. She is committed to providing quality of care to patients with life limiting illness by ensuring that they are pain free.

Mr. Peter Bunde

Board Member

Dr. Asaph Kinyanjui

Board Member

Dr. Asaph Kinyanjui joined KEHPCA board in March 2022. He is an experienced Board level leader with a wealth of experience in strategic leadership, program management and Palliative Care, having spent over 12 years in various roles within the healthcare, advocacy and research. He holds a master’s degree in Management and Leadership (MML) from the Management University of Africa and a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Nairobi. Dr. Asaph is the current CEO of Nairobi Hospice, transforming the hospice to a more sustainable institution by empowering the team, introducing new services and re-organizing the existing care. Dr. Asaph served for eight years at Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association as Director of Programs and Education and Research Officer.