Doctor Kudakwashe Chani

Country Director, Papua New Guinea


Dr Kudakwashe Chani is the Country Director for Burnet Institute in Papua New Guinea. He has extensive experience in managing large and complex public health programs in Southern Africa, Australia, and the Pacific.


  • 2019-2022: Consulting roles - Public Health Specialist (Samoa and Tonga), IPM/Abt Associates, Australia, Health systems strengthening specialist (Burnet Institute), and Advisor (Australian National University)
  • 2020: Assistant Director/Epidemiologist, Australian Department of Health (Non ongoing role)
  • 2019: Senior Technical Lead, International Health, SHS/Abt Associates, Canberra, Australia
  • 2017-2019: Country Director & TB Technical Director, Burnet Institute, Papua New Guinea
  • 2017: Team Leader, RID-TB Project, Burnet Institute, Western Province, Papua New Guinea
  • 2015-2016: Deputy Chief of Party/Clinical Director, Society for Family Health, Namibia
  • 2013-2015: Executive Director, Catholic AIDS Action, Namibia
  • 2009-2013: Technical Director, IntraHealth International, Namibia
  • 2007-2009: Program Manager/Chief Medical Officer, Catholic Health Services, Namibia
  • 1997-2007: Various medical officer roles with Ministry of Health and Child Care (Zimbabwe), Catholic Health Services (Namibia), Ministry of Health and Social Services/Global Fund (Namibia)


  • 2013: MBA, Regent Business School, South Africa
  • 2011: MPH, University of South Africa, South Africa
  • 1997: MBChB, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

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