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Nurses (APHON) and active in the Spanish Working Group bringing

the APHON Chemo/Biotherapy course to Latin America.

Professor Laila Hessissen is Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical

School of Rabat, Morocco, and a faculty member since 2000.

She is also a Pediatric Hematology Oncologist at the Pediatric

Hematology Oncology Centre of Rabat. She is president of the

Francophone-African Group of Pediatric Oncology (GFAOP), and

Continental President of SIOP-Africa.

Since 2014, she has been involved in the creation and supervision

of a Certified Diploma of Pediatric Oncology for clinicians in

Francophone Africa. This is at the Mohammed V University of

Rabat, and is recognized by the Paris-Sud University, France.

Through this programme, she has developed the e-learning platform

for paediatric oncology in Francophone Africa (

Professor Jennifer Geel, MBChB, FC Paed, Cert Med Onc, MMed

is a paediatric oncologist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She

is the Head of Unit, Paediatric Haematology/Oncology at Charlotte

Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, former chair of the

Ministerial Advisory Committee on Cancer Control and Prevention,

and current Secretary-General of SIOP-Africa. Professor Geel is a

founder member of the SIOP Global Mapping Programme.

Professor Maria El kababri is Professor of Pediatrics at

Mohammed V University of Rabat, Morocco, where she has been

a faculty member since 2009. She also works as a paediatric

hematology oncologist at the Pediatric Hematology Oncology

Centre in Rabat. She is the treasurer of Moroccan Society of

Paediatric Hematology and Oncology (SMHOP). Since 2015, she

worked at the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Unit of

the Paediatric Hematology and Oncology Centre at the Children's

Hospital of Rabat, Morocco.

Korede Akindele is a seasoned professional with an uncommon

blend of a strategic approach that implements actions to improve

individuals, organizations and nations.

He is a childhood cancer advocate and Head of Programs at The

Dorcas Cancer Foundation Nigeria, he currently serves in various

global developmental roles.

Korede has impacted thousands of people, healthcare

professionals, leaders and individuals in Africa and Middle East,

improving understanding of the importance of early detection and

proper treatment of childhood cancer.

He is actively involved in childhood cancer advocacy, awareness

programmes, research, and events with the message of hope and

survival for childhood cancer.

Professor Eric Bouffet is Professor of Paediatrics in the

University of Toronto, Garron Family Chair in Childhood Cancer

Research and Head of the Neuro-oncology Section in the Division

of Haematology/Oncology at The Hospital for Sick Children. His

research interests are in the area of novel treatments in children

with brain tumours and paediatric neuro-oncology in regions with

limited health care resources. He is author or co-author of over

550 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He was President of SIOP (2016-

2019) and is currently Member of the Board of Directors of the

Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

Julia Challinor, RN, PhD, MS Education and MS Med

Anthropology participates in multiple international projects in

Africa, Asia and Latin America for childhood cancer and paediatric

oncology nursing. As the International Society of Paediatric

Oncology (SIOP) Secretary General, Dr Challinor chairs the

Governance and Membership Committees and collaborates on

actions related to SIOP's new strategic plan including work with

the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer. She is a long-time

member of the US Association of Paediatric Hematology/Oncology


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