Alexandre Chan, Associate Professor and Deputy Head (Clinical), National University of Singapore, Singapore

Alex Chan is a Deputy Head (Clinical) and a tenured Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, National University of Singa­pore (NUS) and Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore. He is also co-appointed as a Specialist Pharmacist at National Cancer Centre Singapore, and he serves as the program director for the national PGY-2 Hematology/Oncology residency program. A board-certified specialist in Pharma­cotherapy and Oncology Pharmacy, Alex has authored several textbook chapters for Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach and Ambulatory Care Self-Assessment Program (ACSAP). As a clinician scientist, Alex has published over 150 full-length peer-re­viewed manuscripts in a wide array of cancer supportive care and survivorship topics. He provides research supervision to PharmD students, PhD students and fellows, and his research program has attracted over USD $3 million of competitive funding support from numerous agencies and pharmaceutical companies. Alex is currently serving as the President for International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (ISOPP). He was also a recipient of the Steven M. Grunberg Memorial Award from Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) in 2015.



Dr. Alfred Karagu Maina, MBChB, MSc

Dr. Alfred Karagu is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Cancer Institute of Kenya, a statutory body established under the Cancer Prevention and Control Act of 2012 to serve as the coordinating and regulatory agency for cancer prevention and control. He is a public health specialist with a background in clinical care, health services management, monitoring and evaluation, training and public health research. He holds a Bachelors degree in Medicine and Surgery and a Master of Science in Health Systems Management and is a graduate of the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme. He has a vast experience in program management in both the infectious and non-communicable disease prevention spheres having worked in various departments across the national and county government levels. He is currently involved in establishing structures for the National Cancer Institute with a focus on enhancing access to treatment, improvement in quality and treatment outcomes and enhanced cancer data management. He is passionate about strengthening health systems to respond to the rising burden of non-communicable diseases in general and cancer in particular.


Harbans Dhillon, ISOPP Past President, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Harbans Dhillon graduated from the Victorian College of Pharmacy, Melbourne in 1978. She started working as a pharmacist at the University Malaya Medical Centre in April 1979. Since 1989, she has been the head of Manufacturing Unit of the Pharmacy Department, specialising in aseptic and cytotoxic reconstitution. She was appointed as Chief Pharmacist on April 1, 2015 till September 4, 2015, after which she was promoted to the post of Deputy Director (Professional) of University Malaya Medical Centre on September 5, 2015 till February 1, 2017 before retiring from the government service.

Harbans was the President of PENSMA (Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Society of Malaysia) from 1998 to 2010. She is also the past president of PENSA (Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Society of Asia) from 2007to 2009. Currently she is a member and an advisor to both PENSA and PENSMA.

Harbans is the past President of ISOPP (International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners) and was on the executive committee in 2007 for a term of 3 years. She was also the President of Asia4safehandling Organisation which promotes the safe handling of cytotoxic drugs in Asia from 2009 to 2010 and is still a board member.

She received the 2006 APOPC Award for Outstanding Oncology Pharmacy Practice awarded by the organising committee of the 1st Asia Pacific Oncology Pharmacy Congress (APOPC) in Bangkok.


Irene Weru, Deputy Chief Pharmacist, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya

AROPS2019 Symposium Chair

Irene Weru graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2001 and a Master of Clinical Pharmacy in 2009 majoring in Paediatrics and Oncology. She has worked at Kenyatta National Hospital since 2003 and is currently a Deputy Chief Pharmacist. Irene has sixteen years’ experience in oncology pharmacy. She has been a member of technical working groups at the Ministry of Health and National Cancer Control Program in Kenya. Irene is a member of the ChemoSafe regional technical working Group under the African Cancer Coalition and is a lead trainer for ChemoSafe in Kenya.

Irene is also an honorary lecturer at University of Nairobi, School of Pharmacy and provides research and clinical practice supervision to Bpharm and Mpharm students. She has experience working in multidisciplinary teams not only in oncology but also as secretary to the medicines and therapeutics committee at her hospital.

Irene is a member of HOPAK and has been an ISOPP member since 2010 where she has participated in various task forces and committees.




Lisa Holle, Associate Clinical Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA

Lisa Holle completed her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and post-baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She completed a specialized oncology residency at UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, is a board-certified oncology pharmacist, a fellow of Hematology and Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), and a current Treasurer of the ISOPP Secretariat. Lisa is Associate Clinical Professor at the UConn School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine. Her practice site is at the UConn Health Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she works in a team-based ambulatory care clinic, conducts pharmacy practice and supportive care–related research, and teaches healthcare professionals.



Dr Sitna Ali Mwanzi, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.

Dr Sitna Ali Mwanzi is a consultant medical oncologist working at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. She is the current Chair of the Kenya Society of Hematology and Oncology (KESHO) which is a professional organization whose aim is to reduce the cancer burden and mortality in Kenya through education, research and advocacy initiatives. She attained her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Nairobi and Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine from the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. She undertook a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Barts Health NHS Trust in the United Kingdom attaining a Specialist Certificate in Medical Oncology from the Royal College of Physicians and Association of Cancer Physicians in the United Kingdom. She also has a Master of Science in Advanced Oncology from Ulm University in Germany. She has recently been recognized as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (FRCP). Her research interests include breast cancer, prostate cancer, chronic myeloid leukemia and cervical cancer. She is passionate about increasing health care worker and general public awareness about cancer, role of screening, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer. She works closely with the National Cancer Control Program in implementation of the National Cancer Control Strategy. She has also been involved in the development of national guidelines for Kenya and harmonization of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for Sub-Saharan Africa.




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