In 2019, Rebkha established RnD Associates to promote public health, youth development, and leadership development in the northeast region of the U.S. In 2021, she launched RDAssociates Africa in Ethiopia to build human capacity in healthcare and pharma, engineering and manufacturing, and hospitality and tourism and integrating youth engagement, women empowerment and digital transformation across these sectors. Rebkha’s professional experience included illuminating sociocultural barriers to cancer prevention among urban African Americans, leadership development, mentoring, youth development, sexual health training, systems and capacity building, afterschool quality systems, health promotion, social determinants of health and promoting evidence in health education and outreach. Rebkha is a research associate at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Director at the Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Program at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Maraki is a highly skilled senior strategist, global public Health expert, and business entrepreneur with more than 15 years’ International Healthcare industry experience across North America, Middle East and Africa. Based out of Ethiopia since 2016,
Maraki is today considered a leading advisor and consultant in private sector in health, innovations in health (communicable and Non-communicable diseases) and PPPs, having recently brought significant contribution to the development and launch of a Health and Economic Report commissioned by the UNECA during the African Business in Health Forum in February 2019. Maraki currently supports the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia as private sector in health consultant under the World Bank Group and advises key private sector in health leaders in Ethiopia on selected innovations including innovation in Reproductive Maternal and Neonatal Health, Communicable disease and noncommunicable disease and growth strategy scope.
Yonata is vice president of RDAssociates Africa leading the engineering and manufacturing sector. He is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in starting and growing companies. He is the co-founder of Affinity Industries, AIPS Interior Design and EY International FZC. He has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and a master of engineering from University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE.
Mastewal is a general manager in the Ethiopia office of RDA Associates Africa, he has
been working for over 10 years in the construction industry. His recent activity
includes managing the quality department for one of the leading constructions company in
Ethiopia. He also worked as a freelance trainer and project management consultant, he provided project management software training for more than 1,500 professionals. He is currently working full-time for RDA as General Manager.
Melody has a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of
Public Health and a Bachelor’s in Science (BSc) from New York University (NYU) in
Neural Science and Environmental Science. She has extensive experience working in primary
health care, community outreach, health systems strengthening, monitoring and evaluation,
maternal and child health and mental health in the U.S.A, Germany and Ethiopia.
Kidest a doctoral candidate with a demonstrated history of delivering results in large complex systems such as private and public healthcare services, community health links and tertiary education institutions at national and international levels in the Republic of Ireland, Australia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Ethiopia.
RnD Associates / RDAssociates Africa CEO, Rebkha Atnafou, presents the results of mid-management and senior management self reported assessment of performance of Yotek Engineering in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa.
A successful presentation
Meeting at Rich Land
Orbit Health, our partners in youth engagement and digital transformation
Healthcare practice meeting with our team Dr. Ayantu and Dr. Maraki
The theme for this year's conference is "Rethinking Africa in the World beyond COVID – 19". Our 2nd Annual Conference will be held virtually on Friday and Saturday, March 5 & 6, 2021. Attendees should expect thought provoking conversations about the future of Africa and how it can chart a prosperous future.
Johns Hopkins Carey Professor & RnD Associates Board Member, Dr. James Calvin; Lamine Savadogo, Marison International; Keynote Speaker & CEO of BlueMoon, Dr. Eleni Gebre Medhin; CEO RnD Associates/RDAssociates A & faculty member of JHU School of Medicine Rebkha Atnafou; Dr. Lawrence Jones, Edison Electric Institute.
Our Team at the 2020 Africa Business Conference
RnD Associates and RDAssociates Africa provide capacity development services in public health, education and business operations in the Baltimore Area and in Ethiopia.
This panel explored the roles healthcare and healthcare innovation play in advancing Africa, African Business and African Development. As we move toward an increasingly globalized Africa, Africa’s ability to create sustainable and efficient health systems will depend largely on its capacity to invent, deploy and scale-up solutions that are sensitive and appropriate for local communities.