Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa is a multi-award-winning family medicine physician and researcher (sexual, reproductive health and cancer) at the University of South Florida College of Public Health (USA). She is an influential voice in global health, with over 10 years of experience in healthcare, technical consultancy, advocacy and research in the US and Africa.
She is the interim Board Chair of Women in Global Health, a movement that has more than 23 000 supporters in more than 90 countries, an advisory Board Member for Merck for Mothers, Chair of the African Women Leaders Young Women Caucus, a joint UN Women and Africa Union. She founded the Young Beninese Leaders Association in 2010 in Benin Republic, and has been appointed by the UN Youth Envoy as UN SDG Young Leader. Her global impact was acknowledged by governments, bilateral and multilateral donors including the United Nations, the Government of Canada, Benin, the African Union, ONE Campaign, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers, the U.S State Department, the First Lady Michelle Obama YAWL Grant program and the Secretary Clinton Women in Public Service Project.