Dear Members of the SIOP Women Leaders Network,

The field of Paediatric Oncology has been transformed by unstinted efforts of many exceptional women. These women have broken through the proverbial ‘glass ceilings’ and achieved great success in advancing our understanding of childhood cancer. The 2024 SIOP Almanac of Women Leaders profiles many such women leaders and seeks to celebrate and honour their contributions.

Today’s profile is of Dr. Gwenda Anga-Lester, a paediatrician with an interest in Paediatric Oncology from Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands. She is the first paediatrician to specialise in paediatric oncology, providing leadership and advice to medical staff across Papua New Guinea.

>> Read her story here:

And here is Dr. Gwenda Anga-Lester’s advice to those who follow in her footsteps:

“Prioritize, focus, and always look for a positive in every situation!”

Other profiles from the 2024 Almanac are available here:

> Ms. Edith Grynszpancholc: Dr. Crystal

> Mackall: Dr. Milena Villarroel:

> Dr. Jennifer Geel:

> Dr. Mariko Kakazu:

> Dr. Kusuma Kumary:

> Dr. Raelene Endersby:

> Dr. Marilyn Hockenberry:

> Dr. Simone Abib:

> Prof. Kathy Pritchard-Jones:

> Dr. Odile Schweisguth:

> Additional 2024 profiles will be released

> next week.

> More 2023 Almanac profiles are available here: .


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Warm regards,

Steering Group of the SIOP Women Leaders Network:

Dr. Sarah Cohen-Gogo, Canada (Co-Chair)

Dr. Faith Gibson, UK (Co-Chair)

Dr. Adedayo Joseph, Nigeria, Steering Group Member Dr. Amita Trehan, India, Steering Group Member Dr. Eman Al-Shamsi, UAE, Steering Group Member Dr. Giselle Saulnier-Sholler, USA, Steering Group Member Dr. Monica Cypriano, Brazil, Steering Group Member Ms. Arliette Sulikhanyan, Steering Group Member Ms. Liz Sniderman, Steering Group Member