ICT & Data Management

To develop and implement a scalable, GCP-compliant, robust data management/ICT infrastructure suitable for resource-poor settings in SSA.

Work Package Lead
Bai Lamin Dondeh
Bai Lamin Dondeh

Bai Lamin developed his professional acumen by leading technological projects for some of the most renowned companies in The Gambia. He served as the Head of Data Management at the renowned Medical Research Council (MRCG) where he oversaw a team of 70 data management staff. He single-handedly developed the first customized Biobank Sample Management at the MRCG and spear-headed the enhanced of their first Electronic Medical Records System.

Bai Lamin began his professional career with Biffa Waste Services, a waste management company based in the UK. At Biffa Waste Services, Bai Lamin served as a Systems Project Manager for 2 years managing the introduction of a new database system at the companys sites across various cities in the UK.

Upon his return to The Gambia in 2009, Bai Lamin worked as a Project & Systems Manager leading the design and development of The Gambias and the regions first National Biometric Identification System.

Bai Lamin received both his BSc in Software Engineering and MSc in Strategic IT Management from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. A native of Gambia, Bai Lamin attended Gambia Senior Secondary School where he attained his high school certificate in Science.

Currently, Bai Lamin servers as the lead member of the IT Working Group of the Biobank Cohort Network (BCNet - http://bcnet.iarc.fr/) under the coordination of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) partnering with the World Health Organization (WHO) where his role is to lead a team of experts in the field of IT and Information Systems to identify a Biobank Management System for Low Middle Income Countries (LMICs) to work together in a coordinated and effective manner and jointly address the many challenges in their Biobanking infrastructures.


Work Package co-lead
Harry van Loen
Harry van Loen

Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, BELGIUM

ALERRT co-lead of WP3 ICT and Data Management platform


Harry van Loen is a scientific data management expert at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp (Belgium). He holds a Master in Exact Science and has been serving for 22 years in research - and clinical data management. He has worked for the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and has a brief past in the Pharmaceutical Industry, in particular at Guidant Corporation and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Since 2005 he has joined the Clinical Trials Unit of the ITM.

His expertise spans various aspects related to the data management of clinical trials, including the design of standard operating procedures (SOPs) an

d other essential documents, the design and validation of database management systems and the coordination of project team members involved in data management. As such, he has supervised data management teams in the South for Belgian and European funded projects (EDCTP, FP7, Horizon 2020). He has experience of handling data in multi-country trials in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) for various therapeutic fields (HIV, TB, malaria & neglected tropical diseases), under challenging conditions.

Capacity building on clinical data management towards LMICs is one of his main areas of interest. He is a founding member of ADMIT, the Association for Data Management in the Tropics (http://www.admitnetwork.org/), a platform bringing together academic professionals. Harry is a teacher on good data management practices for the doctoral degree program at the ITM and has organized international workshops on clinical data management. So far he has coauthored 13 publications on various therapeutic fields.