Dr Obiefune is a development expert and entrepreneur with over 30 yrs experience in systems strengthening in resource-constrained environments, in both developed and developing countries. He is the founding director of several local organizations in Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Haiti. He is primarily a clinician and the author of several peer-reviewed publications. Research and Clinical Programs managed by Dr. Obiefune has supported, at various periods, Health Systems in over 2000 Health facilities in Nigeria, in over 26 states, in the 6 regions of Nigeria. He was a pioneer member of many National Technical Working Groups for HIV, and has worked collaboratively with faith-based organizations, local, state and national agencies on sustainable human capacity development and systems strengthening, in traditional, as well as non-traditional health facilities including traditional birth centers and attendants. Dr. Michael Obiefune is Director and Board Chair, Center for Clinical Care and Clinical Research Nigeria. He has been previously Executive Director, of Partners for Prevention, education, Training, Treatment and Research (PeTR – Unique Global Services) Nigeria; Executive Director of Maryland Global Initiative Corporation, Nigeria; Africa Regional Director, University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Institute of Human Virology International Programs, responsible for West Africa; a Director of Global Health Services Network (GHSN), Farmington, Michigan, USA, a Health Infrastructure Development Organization. He obtained his medical degree in Nigeria at the University of Lagos in 1985, and additional training in Surgery in United Kingdom, and Residency training in Family & Community Medicine in the United States. His career has been focused on Clinical Practice, Clinical Research, Community-based Participatory Research, Medical Education, Human Resources for Health Development, Health Systems Strengthening, Health Programs Development, Implementation Science, Health Infrastructures Development (Construction and Rehabilitation), and Health Informatics.
Dr. Obiefune is currently an Assistant Professor with University of Maryland USA, and the Global Affairs Medial Director of the Global Health Program.
Abdulateef is a global health and management specialist with more than 18 years of experience working in the international health and development field. Throughout his career, he has worked with counterparts across the world to design and implement successful HIV/AIDS health programs in Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.
He was recently Chief Operating Officer Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation, Kenya, with frontline responsibility for increasing the quality of leadership, providing business and operational oversight and ensuring organizational management systems and processes function to meet internal needs for implementing University of Maryland programs.
Abdulateef currently serves as a Principal and Chief Operating Officer for Solina Group. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing the company’s day to day business operations, including program operations, information technology, knowledge management, risk management and compliance. In addition, he provides leadership for developing Solina Group’s business in focus areas. He has training in medicine (MBBS), public health (MPH) and management (MBA) from the University of Ilorin, University of Lagos and University of Liverpool respectively.
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