The Team

Dr David Reubi

David is a sociologist and anthropologist working at the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine in the School of Global Affairs, King’s College London. He has an international reputation for his work on the politics of knowledge in global health. His most recent work, funded by the Wellcome Trust, has explored the biopolitics of the African smoking epidemic. He has also worked on how the language of human rights has reshaped the field of global health.

Dr Thandeka Cochrane

Thandeka is a social anthropologist and historian. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2020 on literacy, libraries and children’s stories in rural Malawi. Her research interests lie in epistemice entanglements, how knowledge moves and colonialism and postcolonialism in Africa. Her previous research has included work on Early Childhood Development centres in Malawi and travelling epistemologies in colonial southern Africa. For the Cartographies of Cancer project she spearheads the fieldwork at cancer registries in east and southern Africa, as well as undertaking extensive archival research on colonial and early postcolonial cancer research.

Dr Kéassemaé E. Koui

Kéassemaé is a medical historian, who completed his PhD at the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in 2021. He has worked on the impact of cultural change on the health of the Wê people in the Ivory Coast from the pre- to the post-colonial period. He has also done research on how shifts in work practices have reshaped imaginaries of disease among the Krou people in the Ivory Coast. He teaches history at the Université de Bouaké, Ivory Coast, and is part of the ‘Groupe de Recherche Espace, Territoire, Société et Santé’ at the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny.

Dr Jennifer Fraser

Jenn is a medical historian who recently completed her PhD at the University of Toronto’s Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. Her previous research focused on the history of Arctic cancer registration and how, during the twentieth century, northern Indigenous populations served as crucial sites of cancer knowledge production through which new etiological hypotheses could be tested, epidemiological methods perfected, and diagnostic technologies developed. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked in healthcare administration at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

Dr Franck Gnahatin

Franck is a physician and public health specialist at the National Cancer Control Programme in the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene of the Ivory Coast where he heads the Abidjan Cancer Registry. Before joining the Ministry, Franck was in charge of a Korean-funded project to improve access to primary health care in the town of Adiaké, in South-East Ivory Coast.

Ms Anne Korir

Anne is a research scientist working at the Kenya Medical Research Institute and pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology. She has played a major role in the establishment and growth of the population-based cancer registries in Kenya. Among others, she has been the Director for Nairobi Cancer Registry for the last 7 years and is now working towards scaling her cancer registration work in Nairobi to the national level.

Dr Max Parkin

Max, a physician and epidemiologist by training, is Coordinator of AFCRN and a senior researcher at the University of Oxford. Before that, he spent over twenty years at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon where he was Director of the Descriptive Epidemiology Unit. Through his research and publications, Max has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading specialists on the epidemiology of cancer in Africa and beyond.

Dr Freddie Bray

Freddie is Head of the Cancer Surveillance Section at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France. His works includes the estimation of the global cancer burden and the analysis of time trends of cancer. Freddie also leads the Global Initiative for Cancer Registration Development, which seeks to expand the coverage and quality of population-based cancer registries in low- and middle-income countries.

Ms Dior Thomas

Dior recently graduated from King’s College London with a degree in International Relations. She is interested in History, International Development and Global Politics. During her studies, she wrote articles about culture for an African women’s magazine.