Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell is the senior program officer for global advocacy with the International Palliative Care Initiative of the Open Society Foundations. Her mandate is to spearhead the worldwide advocacy agenda for palliative care. Prior to joining IPCI, she was the founding executive director of the African Palliative Care Association, a pan-African organization supporting the scale-up of palliative care across Africa, where she served for eight years, overseeing the development of palliative care in over 20 African countries. She also worked for the Palliative Care Initiative of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, London.
As a recognized international leader in the field of palliative care, she brings extensive experience in the areas of advocacy, policy development, strategic planning and organizational development. Dr. Mwangi-Powell was trained at the Kenya Medical Training College, University of Wales (Cardiff), and at the University of Exeter in the west of England. She holds a master’s degree in population studies and a PhD in women’s health and development. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals and made over 15 plenary presentations worldwide, advocating for palliative care, including providing evidence to congress representatives to advocate for the reauthorization of PEPFAR funding in 2009.