Speaker Profiles


Bhanu Williams is the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) International Officer. As such she guides the RCPCH Global strategy to strengthen health systems and sustainably improve care for children. She is a consultant in paediatrics infectious diseases and general paediatrics at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust. Her interests lie in global child health, TB, HIV and medical education. She has worked in low resource settings in Africa for nearly a decade, and has been heavily involved with the RCPCH Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment project in Uganda. She is also director of the RCPCH Child Health in Low Resource Settings course.

She will conclude the conference with a talk on work RCPCH Global is doing, and her perspective on the goals of child healthcare internationally.

Rachel IsbaRachel Isba

Delivering a emergency medicine and infectious diseases workshop at our conference

An Alumnus of Somerville College, Rachel graduated from the Oxford Medical School in 2003, having completed a BA in Physiological Sciences (with Psychology), and an MSc in the Immunology of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

After obtaining her PhD in Medical Education, she returned to hospital work as a Consultant in Paediatric Public Health Medicine, and sees patients in the Emergency Department.

Now Head of Lancaster Medical School, she splits her time seeing patients, working at the medical school, and pursuing her research interests into medical education, vaccination uptake in healthcare workers, public health interventions for the Emergency Department, and working with the Cochrane Group at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Kokila Lakhoo

Kokila has been a consultant paediatric surgeon for 20 years and presently working at the Children’s Hospital in Oxford. She is also clinical lead for paediatric surgery in Oxford and an honorary senior lecturer in paediatric surgery at the University of Oxford. Her area of speciality is in newborn and children’s surgery. After training in adult general surgery and paediatrics, she further trained in paediatric surgery at Baragwanath hospital in Johannesburg (South Africa), Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town (South Africa) and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London (UK).

Besides general paediatric surgery and ambulatory surgery her special interests are; fetal counselling, neonatal surgery, paediatric tumour surgery, paediatric thoracic surgery and specialist gastrointestinal surgery. Kokila is also chair of the international forum for the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons and she is personally developing paediatric surgery through a link in Tanzania.

Her talk for the conference is titled: Paediatric surgery in the 21st century (This will cover where high income countries are and where we are in low income countries (global stage) in paediatric surgery).