CIDRZ Leadership Team
Charles Holmes is CIDRZ Director and Chief Executive Officer and Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, and Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at Johns Hopkins University. Charles completed medical school at Wayne State University, and Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He served on the faculty of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he was funded by the US National Institutes of Health and Doris Duke, and published numerous critical articles related to outcomes and cost-effectiveness of interventions in resource-limited settings. In 2008 he joined the Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); most recently serving as Deputy US Global AIDS Coordinator and PEPFAR Chief Medical Officer. He has consulted with governments in many countries, and led PEPFAR’s treatment and PMTCT programs. He was also responsible for the development of PEPFAR’s Scientific Advisory Board and Implementation Science Portfolio, and led the technical policy work behind PEPFAR’s acceleration of treatment scale-up and combination prevention interventions announced by President Obama in 2011.
Geoffrey M. Silwizya M.Sc. (D.I.C.) is CIDRZ Chief Operating Officer. An engineer by profession he holds BSc and MSc degrees from Leeds University and Imperial College, University of London. He has over 20 years managerial experience in the private sector in the UK, Tanzania and Zimbabwe working in manufacturing, construction, financial services and consultancy positions. Geoff oversees CIDRZ’s Finance, Human Resources, ICT, Procurement and Facilities departments and also works closely with the Central Laboratory Director on key operational and lab commercial business issues. He sits on CIDRZ’s Executive Committee and is also an ex officio member of the CIDRZ Board.
Benjamin Chi, MD, MSc is CIDRZ Scientific Director, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Zambia School of Medicine. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, and received an MSc - Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Based in Lusaka since 2003, Ben has published extensively on perinatal HIV prevention, HIV outcomes research, and international obstetrics and gynecology. He is Principal Investigator for numerous research studies and service projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He also has an established track record of mentoring American and Zambian trainees, with particular focus on clinical and epidemiological research.
Dr. Groesbeck Parham, MD is Co-Director of the CIDRZ Cervical Cancer Prevention Program and the African Centre for Excellence for Women’s Cancer Control, and Professor of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. Board-certified, Groesbeck completed an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Uro-gynecology Fellowship at the University of London and Khartoum Teaching Hospital in Sudan, and Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He has lived full-time in Lusaka since 2005. Before that he was Director of the Divisions of Gynecologic Oncology at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California and the University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Stewart E. Reid, MD, FRCP(C), MPH is Research Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is an Internal Medicine specialist, board-certified in both the US and Canada and holds a Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine in Lima, Peru and a MPH - International Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Stewart has lived in Zambia since 2002 and serves as Faculty Advisor for the CIDRZ Tuberculosis Unit and is Principal Investigator on Adult Clinical Trials Group, and HIV Prevention Trials Network and other non-network studies. His research interests include the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis in HIV-infected patients and vulnerable populations, and operations research related to provision of health care in resource limited settings.
Dr Carolyn Bolton Moore, MBBCh, MSc, is Assistant Professor in the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and CIDRZ Chief Medical Officer. Carolyn is a South African physician who has been living in Zambia since 2004. She began working in pediatric and maternal HIV in South Africa in 2002. She was one of the first prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) trainers both within South Africa and the Southern African Region. Upon moving to Zambia she joined CIDRZ as the Pediatric Clinical Advisor and is now the Chief Medical Officer. Her interests lie in HIV, specifically paediatric HIV, and novel initiatives for improving treatment outcomes in both adults and children. She also has a keen interest in PMTCT research and sustainable health systems strengthening initiatives.
Bethany Freeman, MSW, MSPH is Director of CIDRZ Research Operations. Bethany ensures excellence in research conduct by overseeing and coordinating CIDRZ's large research portfolio, including study management, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance. She holds dual Masters Degrees in Public Health and Social Work from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and is a Certified Clinical Research Associate. Bethany has over ten years of professional experience managing both biomedical and behavioural research studies. Prior to joining CIDRZ in 2008, she was Clinical Research Manager at Family Health International (now FHI360), coordinating several international clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Roselyne Raelly FCIS, MBA is Director of CIDRZ Human Resources. Roselyne is a qualified Board Secretary as well as a Human Resource Practitioner and Administrator. She is a Certified Assessor for the European Foundation for Quality Management, a trained Total Quality Management Implementer for the service industry, and holds certification in Projects in Controlled Environments (PRINCE 2) in project management. Roselyne has over 20 years’ experience in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Jamaica with private sector, NGO, Government Institutions, and institutions of higher learning in Human Resource and Board management as well as Administration, Finance and Project Management.
Anthony Musaluke, BEng (D.I.C) is CIDRZ Director of ICT. A Mining Engineer by profession he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from Imperial College, Royal School of Mines. Upon graduation, Anthony worked for Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines underground operations and IT Departments in Luanshya's Baluba Mine for 4 years. In 1999, he joined CopperNET Solutions, a telecommunications and software development company where he served in various positions including Chief Operating Officer and Director of Research and Media. Anthony joined CIDRZ in 2010 and is responsible for all computing and IT-related activities, ensuring that strategies align to the CIDRZ vision, mission and program activities, while adhering to set government rules and regulations.
Angela Chisembele-Taylor, B.Sc. (Pharm), is Program Head of the Better Healthcare Outcomes through Mentorship and Assessments (BHOMA) Project funded by the Doris Duke Africa Health Initiative. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland and worked in a variety of pharmacy settings in the UK before returning to Zambia in 2003. Angela then served as CIDRZ Head of Pharmacy overseeing CIDRZ pharmacy aspects of clinical research, and contributing to development of pharmacy systems, procurement supply and commodities management and evaluation and the national Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management Policy.