Tanya Trippett, MD

Dr. Tanya Trippett is the President of the Eugène Gasana Jr. Foundation. She completed her medical and specialty training in Pediatrics at Duke University School Medical Center. She completed her Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She served in the US Air Force as Head of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Hematologist Oncologist practicing at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her areas of subspecialty expertise include the care of children with lymphoma as well as children with cancers that have returned despite prior treatment. She is a clinical researcher who specializes in the design and assessment of investigational therapies — particularly antibodies and new targeted agents that take aim at the molecular signaling pathways that drive cancer growth — for children with all types of cancer.

She is the Director and Co-Founder of POETIC (Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigator Consortium), a collaboration between multiple academic centers in North America specializing in cancer care whose mission is the development of biologically targeted treatment approaches for children with cancer that has recurred after standard therapy. She started POETIC in February 2003 to increase access for children in North America to promising new agents in clinical trials.

Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana

His Excellency, Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana, former Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations, is a Rwandan career diplomat with 20 years of diplomatic experience in various capacities.

His diplomatic feats have ranged from posts in Germany and Switzerland to New York. He has represented Rwanda in the United Nations Office in Geneva and in other international organizations such as the World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization, and International Telecommunication Union. He has also served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as well as Chair of the Group of African Ambassadors that led the World Summit against racism in South Africa in 2001. In 2011, he headed the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission. Recently, Ambassador Gasana was appointed as a Cabinet Member and Minister of State in Charge of Cooperation in Rwanda while concurrently spearheading Rwanda’s membership on the United Nations Security Council. Ambassador Gasana is fluent in Kinyarwanda, German, French, English, and Swahili.