Dr. Chihombori-Quao gained renown as a surgeon and celebbrated family physician in Murfreesboro, Tennessee prior to her appointment as the Permanent Representative of the African Union to the United States of America.
She is internationally lauded for her diligent efforts to improve healthcare systems, particularly in countries in Africa, and to promote women’s rights around the globe. And has been recognized by wide variety of esteemed institutions and dignitaries from the late Nelson Mandela to the Consumers Research Council of America, to Bristol Myers Squibb Company.
In September 2013, Dr. Chihombori-Quao was one of four women who represented Africa at the International Conference on Women’s Rights, hosted by the Government of Argentina in Mar Del Plata, Argentina. She delivered a moving speech on the topic, “Violence against Women and its Worldwide Effects.” At this conference, Dr. Chihombori shared the stage with two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Rigoberto Menchu of Guatamala and Alfonso Perez Esquivel of Argentina.
Ambassador Chihombori-Quao has also been actively involved in various programs and projects of the African Union. Since 2012, she was the Chair of the African Union-African Diaspora Health Initiative (AU-ADHI) where she was involved in mobilizing the African Diaspora health professionals to assist in addressing the healthcare crisis on the continent of Africa.
In 2015 at the 25th AU Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Chihombori-Quao was one of the fifteen women who received the “Women of Excellence Award” alongside with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Mrs. Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, and Mrs. Winnie Mandela, the former first lady of South Africa. And several other prominent and remarkable African women achievers.
Dr. Chihombori-Quao will be speaking at Nascent’s 14th year Anniversary Gala. Come join us and buy your tickets.