Dr. Stéphania Koblavi Dème is ICAP’s country director in Côte d’Ivoire. She is also the acting country director for the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has over 20 years of experience as a laboratory specialist and expertise in quality improvement through laboratory accreditation preparedness, laboratory training and quality management, laboratory network development, laboratory policy and strategic planning. She joined ICAP in 2006 working in Rwanda and in 2010 supporting the start-up of ICAP programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Côte d’Ivoire, she was the strategic and planning director, overseeing and coordinating the development of program planning, monitoring and reporting systems. Prior to joining ICAP, Stéphania worked with the CDC in Abidjan in the bioclinical laboratory, where she helped establish the rapid testing algorithm for HIV diagnosis. She was then appointed medical research scientist in the immunovirology laboratory, where she explored the specific immune system response to HIV 1 and 2. Dr. Koblavi Dème holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Côte d’Ivoire University and a PhD in microbiology from from Institut Pasteur at Université Denis Diderot (Paris VII).