Kalkidan Mulugeta, Program Director for Public Health Initiatives

Kalkidan Mulugeta, is a Program Director for Public Health Initiatives at the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce. She was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, grew up in Nairobi, Kenya and completed her university education in the United States. After completing her Masters of Public Health from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania on May 2011, she joined the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce as a Research Associate in Public Health Initiatives.

Kalkidan's focus has been on Transportation and Road Safety in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, and she is currently leading a project for the Chamber in Windhoek, Namibia on Road Traffic Accidents and Emergency Responses Systems. The project, Report 2 Save is aimed at improving the response time and care after a motor vehicle accident, conducting nationwide surveys on Road Traffic Accident, and increasing public awareness. Report 2 Save is partnered with the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, Namibia and the University of Namibia, School of Medicine and is a grant funded project by Grand Challenges, Canada.

Grand Challenges Canada awarded the Chamber a grant to initiate, develop and implement an innovative global health project in Namibia‚ÄĒadvancing road safety and emergency response systems. The award supports bold ideas with a big impact in global health and humanity.  In addition, Kalkidan enjoys hiking the trails, and traveling.


Jessica Onyango, Information Technology Associate

Jessica Onyango is an Information Technology Associate with the Operations Team at the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce. Her main areas of focus are business requirements collection and analysis, website enhancement, development and testing, management, maintenance, information security and conducting performance improvements based on SEO analysis. She is researching, identifying and implementing effective ways to make the SSACC website more interactive, current and informative for our customers. She is also improving Ecommerce functions for the website, investigating and implementing key communication and marketing tools for the Chamber such as blogs and expanding our online presence by researching and implementing membership to key professional organizations.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics (Statistics) and Computer Science from the University of Nairobi. She received her Master of Science in Information Systems from Strayer University in 2009. She also holds a Diploma from Institute for the Management of Information Systems (UK). She worked as IT Manager for Kenya Sugar Board for several years where she played a leading role in conversion of their systems such as Payroll and Accounting which were previously all manual to computerized systems. She has also worked for Lasko Products Inc, USA as Product Cost Coordinator where she was mainly responsible for maintaining product testing and pricing databases. She is interested in ICT and development, especially in rural areas of developing countries.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys watching basketball and tennis; reading, swimming and travelling.

Sheilah Njalaleh, Agribusiness and Food Security Research Associate

Sheilah Njalaleh is an Agribusiness and Food Security Research Associate at the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce with the primary responsibilities of identifying mechanisms and promoting policies that will a) build capacity for/strengthen food security in Africa and b) sustain value chains that support the agribusiness sector.

Sheilah has a Master's degree in Sustainable Development, International Development and Policy Management from SIT Graduate Institute, and a Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Regional planning from Maseno University. She has a passion for working with citizenry and governments to develop and achieve sustainable solutions in sectors that affect the majority of the constituents in developing countries. She has worked on projects that span many sectors, some of which include: assessing real-estate for proper land use allocation, advocacy for localized development, conflict resolution and assimilation of refugees' into asylum countries, gender mainstreaming in developing countries, building capacity of slum dwelling HIV/AIDS affected women and their families, mentoring and supporting low-income students from the DC Metro Area to pursue workforce training, and student retention management in the academe.