Our Leadership Team
President and CEO
Walter Lam was born and raised in Northern Uganda. After finishing high school in Uganda, he attended Egerton University in Kenya where he graduated in Agricultural engineering. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1986 and resettled in San Diego, California.
Upon arrival to the US, Walter recognized that there were no programs available to address the needs of African refugees in San Diego. Thus, in 1989, he founded the Alliance for African Assistance with the purpose of helping fellow refugees from Africa, and in no time the organization was open to various programs not only for the refugees from all around the world, but also the community members.
Observing the refugees' medical issues and the need for a medical clinic, Walter founded Alliance Health Clinic in 2007 and immediately the clinic started providing medical services to all community members. In addition to the US Headquarters, Alliance for African Assistance is now an international organization with offices in Italy, Kenya and Uganda.
Walter has served on various boards including: the Rotary Club of San Diego, the California Refugee Health Advisory Board, the California State Advisory Committee for Refugees, the California Refugee Forum, the Community Building of United Way, the Prostate Cancer Community Advisory Committee of the Scripps Cancer Center, and the Inter-Group Relationship Advisory Committee of the San Diego Foundation. He was also a member of Mayor Dick Murphy’s African American Advisory board, a member of the city of San Diego International Affairs board, the Heartland Human Relations, Fair Housing Association board, and the Christian Community Foundation of Southern California.
Walter is currently on the board of the Quench and Connect. He is a recipient of the United Way of San Diego Ben Polak Award of Excellence, Rotarian of the Quarter and special congressional recognition, special recommendation of City of San Diego, California Legislature Assembly Recognition, and has been highlighted as a prominent refugee by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Health Clinic Administrator
Simin started as the Accounting Manager with Alliance for African Assistance in 2007. In 2008, She began her work with Alliance Health Clinic where she has closely worked with the Christy’s Place on identifying and case management for those with HIV+ . Prior to her work with Alliance, she worked in various organizations including the UCSD Health Plan, as the Capitation Manager and
the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, Iran country office, as the Finance Officer. Simin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tehran University. She studied Managerial Accounting at University of California, San Diego and Health Data and Information Management at San Diego State University graduate School of Public Health. She also studied Clinic Leadership at UCSF funded by the Blue Shield of CA Foundation, and she was also a member of the Alumni committee at the Clinic Leadership Institute Health Leadership program. Currently she works as the Contract Administrator and Administrator for Alliance for African Assistance and Alliance Health Clinic.
Director of Resettlement
Albania Tirana University, Department of Economics - Master in Business, Italy Milano - Bachelor in Computer Science, Executive Director Bank of Albania, Chairmen of the Project of Issuing the New Albanian Banknotes, Chairmen in the work group for the foundation of Tirana Stock Exchange, Albania Secretary of the Treasury
BIA accreditation since June 2009, also has Finger Printing license from Department of Justice since April 2014 and the Custodian of Record for Alliance For African Assistance since August 2016.
Dr. Suzanne Afflalo
Director, Alliance Health Clinic
Vice Chair County of San Diego’s Health Services Advisory Board; UCSD Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board; Multicultural Health Foundation Board, Scripps Hub Academic Research Core Advisory Board; San Diego Black Nurses Association Advisory Board; COVID-19 Equity Task Force; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc (Epsilon Xi Omega Chapter) – Women’s Healthcare & Wellness Award;
Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion Award; The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Newspaper Gerri Warren Humanitarian Award; Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce – Healthcare Award;
City of Hope International Church – Community Service Award; United African American Ministerial Action Council “Trailblazer Award”; San Diego Padres – Spirit of The Community Award; Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc. (Alpha Gamma Chapter; San Diego) - Outstanding Service Award in Health; Proclamation from San Diego City Council; Councilwoman Myrtle Cole – “Dr. Suzanne E. Afflalo Day”; NAACP – Community Service Award, National Black Police Association’s Community Outreach Award; Delta Sigma Theta Breakfast for Milady “A Tribute to Mothers – Outstanding Community Service Award; Dr. Antronette Yancey Community Health Leadership Award; San Diego Shriner’s Community & Humanitarian Award; Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego “Family Physician of the Year” Award; The Twin Award (Tribute to Women in Industry Award); Kaiser Permanente’s Elizabeth Schilling Compassionate Award – 2000 Kaiser Permanente’s Top 10% Member Satisfaction Award for 18 years; Outstanding Physician Service Award 1998, 1999, 2000; Kaiser Permanente’s STAR Award – 1995
CEO - AAA-Kenya
Dipti’s career started in tertiary education to manpower and capacity building of personnel and organizations. Through recruitment, training and management consultancy at Cresco Skills Development Ltd her passion is to ‘Develop People. Believing that every individual has an inherent capacity to either enter the world of work or become an entrepreneur. Her passion stems from the philosophy of ‘Work Integrated Learning, Student Centred Learning, Teaching the Practice of Management through case pedagogy, and ISO standards.
Previously, she has served both in the tertiary education sector at the Australian Studies Institute and United States International University – Africa. She pioneered the 1st international conference in 2018 titled ‘Igniting the employment revolution in East Africa’ in collaboration with high level delegates from the South African Society for Cooperative Education - SASCE, Policy Makers from the Ministry of Higher Education – Kenya and South Africa, USIU-Africa and Kenyan counterparts. She holds an MBA from USIU and has continuously applied various professional qualifications from, Gordon Institute of Business Schools – SA, AUSI, Bureau Veritas and the South African Institute for Objects Conservation. She is a friend of the Rotary Club of Nairobi and a member of the Kenya Quilt Guild and SA Guild of Objects Restorers and Conservators.
CEO - AAA-Italy
Alice Lam has been a truly valued member of the Alliance for African Assistance family for over six years. Alice initiates, organizes, and promotes new programs for our staff, members, and volunteers.
Executive Director - AAA-Uganda
With a keen belief in Alliance for African Assistance, Okello Openy is committed to changing the world. There really couldn’t be a more dedicated Executive Director, and we’re so happy to have Okello Openy as part of the Alliance for African Assistance team.