Board Members

Lt. Col. Dean Chang (Member) is the Executive Director (Asia Pacific) in the Vaccines division for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Collegeville, Pennsylvania. After finishing up high school in Pennsylvania, he received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point, New York) and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Engineering and Economics. Dean served more than six years of active duty in the U.S. Army, both stateside and overseas. He went on to receive his MBA (Finance & International business) from Columbia University in New York. Following graduate school, Dean became a Strategic Management Consultant with A.T. Kearney, Inc. in New York City. He then transitioned into the Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology industries and has held a number of increasingly challenging positions ranging from engineering services to marketing to general management. In his present role at Wyeth, Dean leads the strategy effort to introduce vaccines to the developing world in order to minimize deaths of children from the more preventable afflictions like pneumococcal diseases, meningitis, etc.

Dean is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. It was in that capacity that he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya (in 2003-2004) and where he first received witnessed the overwhelming needs of those burdened with HIV/AIDS.

Ms. Ronke Ekwensi (Member) is currently Senior Director of Corporate Records and Information Management at Pfizer (New York). Prior to this, she was a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young and had various roles with the firm for the 6 years. Prior to Ernst & Young, she had various senior level technology roles with companies like PSE&G, Sony Electronics & Hewlett Packard. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Philosophy and an MBA in Global Management.Ms. Ekwensi has led ethnic diversity efforts in various organizations and devotes her time and support the Isaiah House, a displaced women’s shelter in Orange, NJ. She is married with 4 children and resides in New Jersey.

Mwende Mwinzi (Member) is originally from Migwani Location, Mwingi District in Kenya. She has resided in the United States for over the past 2 decades where, though far from home, she has maintained contact with Kenya. After witnessing the HIV/AIDS impact on Kenya, Mwende was moved to begin Twana Twitu.

In May 2005, Mwende resigned from her corporate job an Assistant Vice President at a Wall Street Investment Bank to serve Twana Twitu more effectively. Mwende has served on the International Council for Orphans International Worldwide and was a member of the Kenya National Economic and Social Council (NESC) of Kenya, which under His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki, developed the national Vision 2030. She is currently Partner, Global Communication House.

Beatrice Hamsa-Bassey, Esq. (Member) is Partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, New York. She specializes in Entertainment & Media Law, Intellectual Property & Technology and Product Liability & Toxic Torts. ms. Hamza-Bassey is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri University Law School and Harvard Law School. Ms. Hamza-Bassey serves on several Boards, including MacArthur Foundation’s Nigerian Higher Education Foundation, the Nigerian Lawyers Association, New York which she chairs, and the Nigerian Business Journal. She is the Secretary of the Litigation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and member of the New York Bar and Nigerian Bar.

Ms. Hamza-Bassey is also the former President of the Nigerian Lawyers Association. In 2003, she was selected by The Network Journal to receive its “Top 40 Under 40” Award. The Network Journal recognition event profiles 40 individuals under the age of 40, who have achieved significant levels of success and have made substantial contributuions in their careers and to their communities.

Mwende Mueke (Member) hails from Kitui, Kenya. She was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, where she did most of her schooling. She has since pursued a professional career in the non-governmental and multilateral sector, both in Kenya and abroad. She’s also served as a volunteer in a number of volunteer organisations in Kenya, such as the New Life Children’s home, and the Environment Liaison Centre International. In 1999, Mwende moved to the US to undertake a graduate degree in Public Administration. She’s currently working with the UN Development Programme.