Meet the Management Team

Dr. Mohamed Janabi

Country Director

Member, Board of Directors


Mohamed is a senior cardiologist, personal physician to His Excellency, former President Jakaya Kikwete, and director of the cardiology centre at Muhimbili hospital complex. Mohamed is our guru when it comes to advancing medical care.  Mohamed is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.



Faith Temba

PA to Prof. Mohamed Janabi

Focal point for Madaktari Africa visiting teams


Faith joined the JKCI team two years ago and has since made a big impact. Faith is organised, structured and knows hot to get things done. Our volunteers are in safe hands with Faith!

Dr. Mazen Albaghdadi

Medical Director

President, Board of Directors


Mazen is the Director of Cardiac Catheterization and Associate Program Director Cardiology Fellowship with Naples Heart Institute (Naples Healthcare System) in Naples, Florida . He greatly enjoys working alongside his friends and colleagues in Tanzania to advance both clinical and research programs at the JKCI. Mazen is currently focused on implementing data-driven quality improvement initiatives in the Cardiac Cath Lab at the JKCI and developing cardiovascular disease and risk factor screening programs in Tanzania.

Dr. Peter O'Brien

Immediate Past President, Board of Directors


Peter is a senior cardiologist based in Lynchburg, Virginia. His enthusiasm and energy are contagious. Peter was one of the pioneers in creating the first government run Cath Lab in Tanzania. He has now set his goal to contribute to establishing the first centre of excellence for cardiology in Tanzania. Peter is based in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA.



Doyle "D" Word

Treasurer, Board of Directors


Doyle serves as Treasurer of Madaktari Africa Board of Directors, and as a liaison with our partners in Africa. He is a skilled business executive with an extensive career in International Business. Doyle has served as CEO of several international companies for over 30 years, and his strengths include strategic negotiations among diverse cultures.  


Dr. Dilan Ellegala

Founder, Madaktari Africa

Member, Board of Directors


Dilan is a neurosurgeon and founder of Madaktari Africa. His neurosurgical expertise is in complex brain surgery and leveraging new technology to advance brain and spine care. He is also known for advancing global neurosurgery and global health initiatives. Recognizing an unmet need for medical education in rural areas of Africa, Dilan founded Madaktari Africa. He also was also the founding dean of the Center for Global Health at the Medical University of South Carolina. His groundbreaking work in global neurosurgery development is documented in "A Surgeon in the Village: An American Doctor Teaches Brain Surgery in Africa," by Pulitzer-nominated journalist Tony Bartleme. Dilan is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons an the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Sandra Hecomovich

Member, Board of Directors


Sandra (Sandy) Hecomovich has over thirty-five years of progressive business management, ranging from Sales & Marketing, Communications, Business Development, Real Estate Development, Strategic Planning, Board Development, International Business, Public Relations, Tourism & Travel Management, Event Planning & Management, to Commercial & Interior Design, coupled with a wide variety of leadership positions in local and national philanthropic organizations.  She has had the opportunity to develop a broad base of skills in general management, sales, marketing, business development and operations.  She has an in-depth understanding of the issues regarding philanthropic boards, business development and leadership. She currently serves as the CEO of ZPortfolio, a Real Estate Development Company buying, selling, and managing properties in Arizona and Colorado. 


Mike Hecomovich

Member, Board of Directors


With over thirty years of progressive business experience that ranges from Fortune 100 companies to small start-up ventures.  Michael Hecomovich has had the opportunity to develop a broad base of skills in general management, sales, marketing, and business development. He has been involved in the start-up and growth of eleven different companies. He also has experience in turnaround and growth ventures in positions of general management, sales, marketing, and operations at all levels.  As a result, he has an in-depth understanding of the issues regarding new companies, business development and leadership. Mike was the founder and Chairman/CEO of Global Marketing Services, the exclusive sales and marketing organization that represented IBM Printing Supplies in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for ten years. Currently his focus is on his family’s commercial real estate business.

Mollie Mullaney, RN, BSN, CCRN-K

Peadiatric Cardiac Nurse

Member, Board of Directors


Mollie is a pediatric cardiac nurse with over 10 years’ experience in Cardiac ICU’s, Cardiac Cath and EP labs, and in outpatient settings. She has experience in Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Echocardiography, and in Cardiac Device care and follow-up (pacemakers and ICD’s). Mollie also has considerable experience volunteering in Africa, including Ethiopia and Tanzania.

Dr. Matthew Sackett

EP Lead for Cardiology Programs in Tanzania

Member, Board of Directors


Matt is a cardiologist in Lynchburg, Virginia and is affiliated with Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He has completed several trips to Tanzania and successfully implanted many devices and trained the team at JKCI to perform these complex interventions. He collaborated closely with Medtronic US to get the devices donated. 



Davidson, Doyle and Hilton, LLP is a full-service accounting firm with over 3,000 clients throughout North America, including Madaktari Africa. The company was founded in 1999 and is located in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

For more information:

Madaktari Africa

PO Box 3440

Lynchburg, VA 24503

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