Annette Mwansa Nkowane
Annette Mwansa Nkowane has a vast experience working in international organization including the World Health Organization, International Federation of the Red Cross and Young Women’s Christian Association in Geneva from 1993-2017. Her scope of work covered, research, training, policy, and health programme development, monitoring and evaluation. While in WHO she directed and coordinated the work on nursing and midwifery, overseeing the development and implementation of various publications technical papers and progress reports in collaboration with the regional focal points for nursing and midwifery. Some of these were the Global Strategic Directions for strengthening nursing and midwifery 2011-2015 and 2016-2020, Nursing and Midwifery in the history of WHO 1948-2017 and nursing and midwifery educator competencies. She served for over 6 years as a member of the WHO Research Committee. The work in WHO span across various departments, including Mental Health and Substance Dependence and Gender and Women's Health. Prior to her international work she worked as a registered nurse in the United states in the States of Georgia and Illinois and as a registered nurse and midwife in Zambia. In June 2014 she was presented with an award for her dedication and leadership by the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development in Coimbra, Portugal. Since her retirement from WHO in 2017, Mwansa Nkowane lives in Zambia and works as an HRH Independent Consultant with focus on nursing and midwifery. She is a Member of the Expert Group at Columbia University, New York, which is spearheading the work on oral histories from the nurses on the frontline in Liberia and Sierra Leone and also serves on the WHO AFRO HRH High Level Consultative Group. She has had various Consultancy engagements with a broad range of organizations. She is presently spearheading the research experiences on nursing leadership during COVID-19 in Zambia. Her academic achievements were accomplished in Zambia, US and Switzerland.