OUR TEAM

LEADERS OF THE LIFENET WAY

Our bright, talented team developed the LifeNet way. They continue to evolve the strategy based on their experiences on the ground.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Nadège Kabagenzi
Burundi Country Director

Nadège Kabagenzi has nine years of experience managing health-related projects and programs. She joined LifeNet in 2015 as the Business Program Manager, overseeing Management, Pharmacy, and Growth Financing Programs in Burundi. In 2017, she joined the Uganda LifeNet team as Operations Manager to support the fast-growing Uganda Program. In 2020, she was promoted to Burundi Country Director, where she now leads LifeNet’s Burundi country program. Prior joining LifeNet, Nadège worked for the Belgium Embassy in Burundi. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Management from Université Lumière in Burundi.

Dr. Jasintha Mtengezo, PhD, MPH, RN/M
Malawi Country Director

Jasintha joined LifeNet to lead and expand all operations in Malawi. Jasintha came to LifeNet with more than 25 years of experience in health systems strengthening and healthcare quality improvement as an implementer and director. Jasintha is a registered nurse and certified midwife and earned a PhD in nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree and has worked as Director of Educational Programs with the Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi and as Dean of Faculty at Daeyang University.

Jannet Opio, MPH
Uganda Country Director

Jannet has 17+ years of experience in international development. Prior to joining LifeNet, Jannet served as Chief of Party for the USAID Rwanda Social Marketing Program and has provided strategic leadership for an extensive set of projects including the Global Fund for AIDS and Malaria, the UNICEF HIV prevention program,  a malaria prevention program through SC Johnson in Rwanda, and much more. Prior to that, Jannet provided leadership to consortiums in Uganda funded by PEPFAR including the Human Resources for Health project, Uganda Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (UPHIA) inter alia. Jannet holds an MSc degree in Development Management from the Open University, UK, a postgraduate diploma in management and training from the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of South Wales.

Gérard Nshimirimana
DRC Country Director

Gérard joined LifeNet as a management trainer in Burundi. Over the years, Gérard was promoted to senior management trainer, program manager, and ultimately the position of DRC Country Director. Prior to joining LifeNet, Gérard was a teacher at a nursing school in Bujumbura, Burundi. He holds a Bachelor in Health Services Management from the National Institute of Public Health, a Master’s degree in Health Economics from the Private Institute of Technologies in Burkina Faso, and an inter-University certificate in Health Systems Strengthening awarded jointly by Free University of Brussels and The Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.

Idris Buabeng
Ghana Country Director

Idris Buabeng is LifeNet’s Ghana Country Director. He has fifteen years of experience in health systems development. Before joining LifeNet, Idris was a malaria social and behavior change retainer consultant with UNOPS. Idris also served with the international program team of Episcopal Relief & Development and as lead for social and behavior change communication (SBCC) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). In those roles he supported country programs in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guinea, and Angola. Idris also served as Ghana Country director for MAP International, where he provided overall leadership for launching the MAP Ghana office for control of neglected tropical diseases. He holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of South Africa and a BSc in Biological Science with Chemistry from the University of Ghana.

Edwin Nyakan
Kenya Program Manager

Edwin Nyakan is LifeNet’s Kenya Program Manager. He has over ten years of experience in health program management, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation. Prior to joining LifeNet at the start of the LifeNet Kenya program, Edwin was the project manager for large TB, HIV, and anti-microbial resistance programs including for USAID projects and a large referral hospital in Kenya. Edwin’s breadth of experience uniquely position him at the intersection of organizational management, business development, and monitoring and evaluation. He holds a Bachelors in Development from Mount Kenya University and is pursuing a Master’s in Monitoring and Evaluation with Maseno University.

Daniel Irongo
Director of Digital Enablement 

Daniel directs all digital efforts at LifeNet, with a key focus on leading the design and implementation of a long-term digital enablement strategy. He previously worked with World Vision Uganda leading the scale up of digital technologies and a representative at the eHealth steering committee of the Ugandan Ministry of Health. He was an instrumental co-lead in the development of the 2017 – 2021 digital health strategy for Uganda, development of Uganda’s Enterprise Architecture for open HIE, scale up of several digital health systems such as DHIS2/eHMIS, mHealth, etc. He has presented at several global conferences. He holds a Postgraduate in M&E, a Master of Science in ICT Management and Policy and a Bachelor of Computer Science.

Shep Owen, MSc
President

Shep brings 24 years of experience in international development, management, and leadership to his role at LifeNet, including 16 years at Food for the Hungry. Along with his extensive experience, Owen’s educational background includes a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of London.

Sarah Borger, MPH
Vice President of Programs and International Operations

Sarah is an international public health professional with fifteen years of experience in research, development, management, and evaluation of health programming in low-income country contexts. Prior to joining LifeNet, Sarah served as the Director of Health Programs for Food for the Hungry. Her past experience includes leading maternal and child health programming for Food for the Hungry and for World Relief, directing quality assurance for the University of California’s San Diego Medical Center, and more. She earned an MPH from the Department of International Health at Boston University’s School of Public Health. 

Dr. Maggie Ehrenfried, PT, DPT, MBA
Vice President of Advancement

Maggie has significant experience in teaching and practicing healthcare domestically and internationally. Prior to joining LifeNet, she established a local neurological rehabilitation program in Denver, Colorado for a large national corporation. Maggie holds a degree in Neuroscience from Regis University. She also earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University and an MBA from Regis University, where she is Affiliate Faculty.

Michael L. Spraggins Jr.
Founder, Board Chair

Michael Spraggins is CEO of Spraggins Inc., a builder services company based in Orlando, Florida. He has held principal roles in a variety of entrepreneurial and investment ventures with an emphasis on distribution, service and franchising. Michael founded LifeNet in 2009 with the vision of making quality healthcare an enduring reality for the world’s poor.

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GHANA TEAM

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IN THE US

LifeNet International
PO Box 21457
2300 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
+1 (202) 480-9002

IN BURUNDI

LifeNet International
26 Avenue Ngendandumwe
Bujumbura, Burundi

IN UGANDA

Lifenet International Uganda
Princes Anne Drive, Plot 56 Bugolobi Kampala Uganda

IN DRC

No. 007 Av. Nyofu I, Q. Nyalukemba
C. Ibanda, Bukavu
Democratic Republic of the Congo

IN MALAWI

LifeNet International
Off Presidential Highway,
Plot Number 116, Area 14
Lilongwe, Malawi

IN KENYA

Lifenet International Kenya
Juimia Place
Lenana Road, Nairobi Kenya

IN GHANA

LifeNet International
30 Spiess Loop, McCarthy Hill
Accra, Ghana

SOCIAL INNOVATION IN HEALTH INITIATIVE

We were chosen as one of 25 high impact healthcare delivery solutions for the
2015 Social Innovation in Health Initiative, in partnership with the World Health Organization.