Prof. Francis Wafula
Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Management
Strathmore University Business School

Prof. Francis (Frank) is an Associate Professor of Health Systems and Policy at the Strathmore Business School.

He also serves the Kenyan Government as the Chairperson of the Kenya Health Human Resource Advisory Council (KHHRAC), an intergovernmental state corporation coordinating all policy matters touching on the health workforce.

Frank worked as a health specialist for the World Bank as the research lead for Aidspan, supporting analyses of Global Fund programs in over 100 supported countries. Frank also spent six years as a health systems researcher at the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme.

Frank holds a PhD in Health Systems and Policy (Open University-UK and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine-LSHTM), a masters in public health (also from LSHTM), and a Pharmacy degree (University of Nairobi), with additional training from various universities globally, including Strathmore Business School (Kenya), IESE Business School (Spain) and Nanyang Business School (Singapore) among others.


PhD in Health Systems and Policy from the University of London – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK and the Open University-UK.

Masters in Public Health from the University of London.

Pharmacy degree from the University of Nairobi.

Frank has worked as a consultant for the UN (UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP etc), the Global Fund, WHO, UK FCDO, USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and numerous other NGOs across Sub-Saharan Africa. He has also previously served as faculty at the University of Nairobi.

Frank has been involved in mobilizing funding of over US$ 150 million, with most of the funding going towards strengthening health policy and systems research and programs in areas like entrepreneurship and innovation, governance and regulation, patient safety and quality management, public private partnerships and health products and technologies management.

Frank’s expertise spans key health systems strengthening areas, including policy and governance of health systems, regulation, human resource for health, innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare, operations and quality management in health, e-commerce in healthcare, pharmaceutical policy and supply chain management, healthcare financing, health services delivery, and public and private engagement and collaboration in health.

Frank serves on various other boards, including Population services Kenya (PSKenya) and the Children Sickle Cell Foundation (CSSF). He serves on the UK National Institute for Health Research (NHIR) Health Policy and Systems Research funding committee and is the health advisor to Meghraj Capital.

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