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Dr. Walaa Shabana


Executive Committee

Dr. Walaa Shabana is an Associate Professor of Tropical Medicine at Mansoura University in Egypt. 

She received her medical degree and Master degree of Tropical Medicine at Mansoura University followed by her PhD in Tropical Medicine at Alazhar University in 2011. Dr. Shabana completed her residency and post doctoral training in Tropical Medicine at the Mansoura University Hospitals.

Walaa is the coordinator of post graduate studies in the Tropical Medicine Department at Mansoura University and a tutor in the undergraduate travel medicine course for the Mansoura Manchester Program. She has published many publications in infectious diseases and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Dr. Shabana is a Founding member of Egyptian Travel Medicine Group and a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Dr. Max Winkler


Executive Committee

Dr. Max Winkler completed his MBChB at the University of Cape Town in 2008. Since 2014 he has been self-employed as a general practitioner in Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa.


Apart from his general clinical commitments he also runs a travel clinic from his rooms in Hout Bay which offers up-to-date travel medicine advice and vaccines to members of the local community and visitors who might require these services.


Max obtained the best student award at the 2015 SASTM Travel Medicine course, passing with distinction. In 2019 he completed his diploma in occupational health with distinction from the University of Cape Town. His fields of interest include infectious diseases, wilderness medicine and occupational health. Dr. Winkler is the President of the South Africa Society of Travel Medicine.


Dr. Matshediso Kgamane


Executive Committee

Dr. Matshediso Kgamane is a highly respected medical professional and a leader in the field of travel and wilderness medicine. She graduated from Saba University School of Medicine in the Caribbean Netherlands in 2005 and her passion for travel medicine led her to establish DrK Travel Clinic in Gaborone, Botswana. The clinic offers a comprehensive range of medical services, including general healthcare, travel medicine, concierge services, aviation medical services and specialized wilderness medicine expertise.


In 2014, Dr. Kgamane solidified her expertise by completing the South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM) travel medicine course, further enhancing her ability to address the unique health needs of travelers. Her keen interest in wilderness medicine propelled her to pursue advanced training, currently undertaking her Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) through the Wilderness Medicine Society.


Matshediso also teaches wilderness medicine courses across Southern Africa and lends her medical support for marathons and trekking events on the continent.

Dr. Yetunde Fadipe

Immediate Past-President

Executive Committee

Dr. Yetunde Fadipe is a Consultant Family Physician at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. She is also a fellow at the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.


Yetunde received her MBChB from the College of Medicine at Obafemi Awolowo University in 2006. She has presented research on sickle cell anemia in mothers of children under five, cardiovascular risk among obese patients, and health consultation challenges among travellers visiting friends and relatives in Nigeria.


Dr. Fadipe completed the Travel Medicine Short Course certificate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2018. She is the President of the Nigerian Society of Travel Medicine.


Dr. Paul Yonga


Executive Committee

Dr. Paul Yonga is an infectious disease and tropical/travel medicine specialist, as well as a clinical epidemiologist. He works at the Fountain Health Care Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya where he heads the Fountain Tropical/Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases Centre (FOTROMID) and the Fountain Projects and Research Office (FOPRO). He also established the CA Medlynks Tropical/Travel Medicine & Infectious Diseases Clinic in Nairobi.

Paul completed his MBChB in 2012 at the Kampala International University in Uganda. He also has an MRCP in internal medicine through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Edinburgh and a MSPH specializing in Tropical Medicine and International Health from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium.

Dr. Yonga received the the 2018 Brian Chapman medal in geriatric medicine from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He is also the recipient of the 2019 IDSA Guerrant International Investigator Award for research excellence in infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. His clinical and research interests include infectious diseases and tropical medicine, travel medicine, and HIV.

Tullia Marcolongo
Administrative Director


Tullia Marcolongo has many years of experience promoting responsible travel with a focus on minimizing a traveller’s health footprint abroad. She has published guides on travel and mental health, travel health insurance, how to stay well abroad, and navigating medical care in another country.


Tullia is the Immediate Past-Chair of the Psychological Health of Travellers interest group of the International Society of Travel Medicine.



Dr. Matshediso Kgamane - Travel Medicine Society of Botswana (registration pending)

Dr. Charles Kitenge - Democratic Republic of Congo Travel Medicine Group

Dr. Walaa Shabana - Egyptian Travel Medicine Group

Dr. Leon Ogoti - Association of Travel Medicine and Vaccination Services of Kenya

Dr. Nkechi Ilodibia - Nigerian Society of Travel Medicine

Dr. Kenny Prince-Agbodjan - Travel Medicine Senegal Group

Dr. Max Winkler - South African Society of Travel Medicine

Dr. Charles Tarimo - Tanzania Travel Medicine Group

Dr. Life Zambezi - Travel Medicine Association of Zimbabwe

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