S. Yunkap Kwankam


S. Yunkap Kwankam holds the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering, and was elected to the following American honor associations; Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering), Tau Beta Pi (Engineering) and Sigma Xi (Research). He is CEO of Global eHealth Consultants (GeHCs), in Geneva, Switzerland, a leading consultancy group on eHealth policy and strategy.  He was Chair of the committee to address concerns of African Health Ministers about eHealth on the continent. (Feb-August 2010) and Co-Chair, eHealth Award Committee, of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB). The award recognizes excellence in the use of ICT towards improved health in Africa.

Prof. Kwankam serves as Executive Director of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH), where he founded the Global eHealth Ambassadors Program (GeHAP), chaired by Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. The group of iconic figures carry out advocacy for eHealth on a global scale. And since July 2013 he is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Digital Health.

From 2004 through August 2008 he was eHealth Coordinator at WHO, responsible for overall coordination of eHealth work across the Organization. In this capacity he created the Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe), and served as its Executive Head from 2004-2008. The Observatory’s mission is to improve health by providing all 194 member countries with strategic information and guidance on effective practices and standards in eHealth. He alsocreated the ePORTUGUESe program, a platform to support the development of human resources for health in Portuguese-speaking Member States, facilitate collaboration among institutions, deliver health information, and promote capacity building.  Prof. Kwankam co-authored the concept paper that led to the creation of the Commonwealth eHealth Program in May 2008.