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Jennifer Dent

Jennifer Dent

President & CEO of BVGH

  • She joined BVGH in 2011
  • She leads the organization and BVGH team to design, execute, and evaluate global health programs, including the African Access Initiative and African Consortium for Cancer Clinical trials – which she will speak to today.
  • Prior to joining BVGH, Jennifer worked for Roche as an Alliance Director in South San Francisco.
  • She has 20+ years of broad-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology experience, including negotiation and structuring of deals, and management of global discovery and commercial alliances.
  • Jennifer has held a number of senior management positions in marketing, life cycle management, global product strategy, business development, and alliance management at Roche and Genentech in Canada, Switzerland, New Jersey, and South San Francisco.
  • Jennifer received her MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University and her BSc from Western University in Canada.


Adedayo Joseph

Adedayo Joseph is a clinical radiation oncologist, clinical researcher and leader with experience treating cancers in people of African ancestry and origin including Breast, Prostate, Gynecological, and gastrointestinal, and Head & Neck malignancies. Her areas of specialty are in Pediatric, Brain, Lung and Prostate cancers.  


She is a consultant clinical radiation oncologist, the research program director, head of pediatric radiation oncology, and a member of the management team at the NSIA-LUTH Cancer Center of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital; a cancer center of excellence in Nigeria; West Africa; where she also co-chairs the center multidisciplinary team and the pediatric tumor board.


She is the principal investigator for Nigeria on the HYPOAfrica clinical trial (Hypofractionated radiotherapy for prostate cancer: A feasibility study), in collaboration with Erasmus University Medical Center, Netherlands and Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC, USA.


She is a member of the Federal Ministry of Health National Cancer Control Committee, and co-chair of the Education & Training committee of the Association of Clinical and Radiation Oncologists Nigeria (ARCON). She is also a steering committee member of several oncology groups including the U.S. National Institutes of Health NCI Africa Cancer Research and Control ECHO and the Women Leaders in Pediatric Oncology (WLPO) group of the International Society for Pediatric Oncology (SIOP), as well as a member of the African Cancer Coalition (ACC) working on harmonizing the NCCN guidelines for use in sub-Sharan Africa.


Dr. Joseph is a founding board member and director at The Pediatric Center; a leading children’s hospital in Lagos Nigeria, and a board member of several organizations in both the healthcare and education industries, such as Fortesoft Systems exclusive partners of the (National Institute of Information Technology) NIIT in Lagos Nigeria and the streets2Click project.


She is the founder and director of The Dorcas Cancer Foundation; a Non-Profit Organization focused on improving childhood cancer survival in Nigeria through research, early detection and treatment funding.

She is a published author; of Cancer in Children: A Handbook, the first of its kind written for caregivers and healthcare professionals living and working with children diagnosed with cancer in Nigeria, as well as the Cancer in Children: Pamphlet, an abridged information pamphlet for patients that has been adopted in the pediatric units of five tertiary hospitals in the country. She is also the author of The Best Life Workbook; a handbook designed to equip women on how to find and fulfil their life’s purpose while maintaining a healthy work life balance.

Dr. Joseph is a recipient of multiple awards including the GLI Excellence in Leadership Award, the Her Network Woman of the Year Awards for Philanthropy and Medicine, the Golden Heart Award for efforts & contributions to childhood cancer survival in Nigeria; the LAIT Foundation Education Award; the 2018 True Heroes Award, the UCSNY Leadership in Excellence Award.

Adedayo is an Ashoka Africa Fellow, having received the Ashoka Changemaker Award for her work and efforts in improving pediatric cancer survival in Nigeria. She is also a recipient of the African Cancer Leaders Institute (ACLI) award by the University of Chicago Center for Global Health and the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC), a platform for emerging global leaders in oncology.