Spotlight Disruptor

Yoba Alenga

Yoba is an ecologist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, passionate about biodiversity.

He holds a Master’s degree in Biodiversity and Sustainable Forest Management from the University of Kisangani. As an ecologist, his research contributes to the understanding of forest ecology in the Congo Basin by combining classical and acoustic approaches using bats as proxies. 

Beyond his scientific career, he is also a young leader, environmental activist and National Coordinator of the Congolese Youth Biodiversity Network. With other young people, he is actively engaged in the search for solutions to the crucial problems facing our society, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and more. He serves as the Country Representative of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Youth Council. Yoba is a fellow of the Next Generation Foresight Practitioners (NGFP), Titley Scientific and IdeaWILD.

Founder & Principal
Tolullah Oni, the Principal of Oni et al and Founder of UrbanBetter

Tolullah Oni

Public Health Physician and Urban Epidemiologist, The Principal of Oni et al. and founder of UrbanBetter.

Born in Lagos, she completed her medical training at University College London, a Masters degree in Public Health at the University of Cape Town and a doctorate in Epidemiology at Imperial College London, UK.

Tolullah Oni, a Public Health Physician and urban epidemiologist is the Principal of Oni et al. and founder of UrbanBetter. She is an Honorary Associate Professor and lead of the Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE) group at the University of Cape Town and a Clinical Senior Research Associate / Joint Lead of the Global Health Research Group at the University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit.

Born in Lagos, she completed her medical training at University College London, a Masters degree in Public Health at the University of Cape Town and a doctorate in Epidemiology from Imperial College London, UK.

Profiled in the Lancet journal, Science magazine, and the British Medical Journal, she is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, past co-chair of the Global Young Academy and the South African Young Academy of Science, 2015 Next Einstein Forum Fellow, 2019 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a 2020 Next Generation Foresight Practitioner Fellow.

Her global practice is grounded in a science-informed, Africa-led, health foresight approach to generating new knowledge that supports partnership between science, policy and societal role players. She is passionate about identifying creative strategies to address complex urban population health challenges in rapidly growing cities globally.

Research Analyst

Sharleen Muoki

Data Scientist.

Sharleen, from Nairobi, Kenya, has a background in Information Technology. She has an Undergraduate Degree in Business Information Technology, specialising in Business Intelligence from Strathmore University, Kenya.

She is a creative Data Scientist and a dynamic programmer who utilises creativity, leadership and teamwork to design and execute solutions that create value. In addition to expertise in various data science software, including python and Tableau, she is an effective communicator who can make valuable marketing materials for both clients and end-users. 

As a citizen of Kenya, issues of Urban Health, Environment and Biodiversity in an ever progressing and interconnected global (social and political) climate have been at the core of her interest for the past three years. Having developed a strong interest in such issues as soon as she was introduced to them, she has explored these topics in great depth and consequently. Her passion lies in changing the current world as we know to make it sustainable for future generations to achieve a state of planetary health utopia with humans as part of a synergetic ecosystem.

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