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Board of Directors
Our Board and Advisors are long-time supporters of GlobeMed and are passionate about health, social justice, and building the next generation of leaders.

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Board of Directors


Ankur Asthana
Graham Atkinson
Paurvi Bhatt
Roopa Dhatt
Anne Cohn Donnelly
Nabil Foster
Brian T. Hanson
Dominique Hazzard
Candy Lee
Linda Loving
Jean Claude Mugunga
Jeff Richardson
Keith Sarpolis
Robert Topping
Ethel Yang


Ankur Asthana

Ankur is the Cofounder and Managing Director of Article 25, an organization working to build a movement for global health justice. He brings a decade of experience leading advocacy and civic tech efforts to a number of global health and social justice organizations and startups. Prior to Article 25, he was an Associate in Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Zero TB Deaths Campaign at Partners In Health. He was also a founding member at GlobeMed and the organization’s first Development Director. He graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University.

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Graham Atkinson

Graham Atkinson was Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Experience Officer for Walgreens before retiring in 2015. He was responsible for developing and leading the company’s loyalty strategies with a specific emphasis on the customer experience. Prior to joining Walgreens, Atkinson was president of Mileage Plus for United Airlines. In that role, he was responsible for improving the effectiveness of the customer loyalty program and extending the reach and impact of the marketing efforts for the program. While at United, he served as executive vice president and chief customer officer and senior VP-marketing. Atkinson earned an honors degree in business studies from West London University, Ealing School of Business in London, England, in 1973.

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Paurvi Bhatt, M.P.H., Chair

Paurvi Bhatt is the Senior Director for Global Access at Medtronic Philanthropy where she leads a multi-million dollar global strategic grants portfolio that focuses on empowering people impacted by NCDs, enabling frontline health workers, and advancing the policy dialogue to increase access to care for the underserved.

She is a seasoned global health leader with deep multi-sectoral experience in business, nonprofit, and government sectors. She spearheaded global programs in several private companies including Levi Strauss and Co. and Abbott. Ms. Bhatt has also managed global health technical portfolios at USAID and CARE USA. She has also served as an international evaluator at the U.S. General Accountability Office. Her technical expertise is in HIV/AIDS, women’s health, and health systems and economics. She serves on several human resources, international health and HIV/AIDS working groups, technical advisory committees, and is on several Boards including the Global Business Group on Health, AIDSUnited, and GlobeMed.

She holds a Master of Public Health in health systems and economics from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Northwestern University.

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Roopa Dhatt, M.D., M.P.A.

Roopa Dhatt recently finished a post-graduate residency in the International Health Track within Case Western Reserve University, Department of Internal Medicine. She served as the President and Vice President of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association. She is founder of New Voices in Global Health, the first multi-disciplinary pre-World Health Assembly for youth, as well as Women in Global Health, a movement that strives to bring greater gender equity to global health leadership. She is the Initiative Director for the Women Leaders in Global Health Initiative. Roopa has a BA/BS in Cell Biology and African and African American Studies from UC-Davis; an MPA from Sciences Po, Paris, France; and an MD from Temple University School of Medicine.

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Anne Cohn Donnelly, D.P.H., M.P.H.

Anne Cohn Donnelly is a Senior Lecturer in Social Enterprise at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She is the Founding Director of the school’s Board Fellows Program and she works with a number of nonprofits on issues of child abuse and child well being. Dr. Donnelly served as the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse America (formerly the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse) and launched the Healthy Families America Initiative. Prior to this, she served as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. At the time of her selection she was a Congressional Science Fellow in the office of the Honorable Albert Gore, Jr. sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Donnelly designed and directed the first national evaluation study of child abuse and neglect treatment programs and has published and spoken broadly on this and related research. She has received numerous distinctions from her peers for her work. She currently serves on numerous boards including BoardSource, the Jane Addams Juvenile Court Foundation, Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago and Woodlands Academy as well as GlobeMed.

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Nabil Foster, J.D.

Nabil G. Foster is a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Chicago, Illinois. He focuses his practice on the defense of consumer class action lawsuits and the defense of attorneys in professional liability and disciplinary matters. Mr. Foster handles all phases of litigation and case management. He earned his A.B. degree from Harvard College and his J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Foster is also an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University School of Law where he teaches trial advocacy and legal ethics. Mr. Foster is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Foster provides pro bono service to individuals for adult / juvenile criminal record expungement in connection with the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Mr. Foster also provides pro bono consulting services to economic development projects for Afro-Colombian populations in Chocó, Colombia, and the Pacific Coastal region of Colombia, South America.
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Brian T. Hanson

Brian comes to the Council from the Buffett Institute at Northwestern University where he has served for the past 12 years, most recently as its director of programs, research and strategic planning. The Buffett Institute addresses critical global issues through collaborative research, public dialogue, and engaged scholarship. While at the Institute, Brian increased the size, scale, and impact of the Institute’s work by engaging more than 200 faculty affiliates and 30 centers for research. Brian also cultivated and solicited major donors, which in 2015 resulted in a $100 million gift to Northwestern – the largest gift awarded to the University at that time. He also has served as a lecturer in Northwestern’s department of political science and international studies program. Before coming to Northwestern, Brian spent a number of years in Washington, DC working in the policy arena at the government affairs office of Deere & Company and as a foreign policy advisor for US Senator Alan Dixon (IL).

Brian serves on the board and in leadership roles for a number of organizations addressing global politics and development – including the Stanley Foundation, the Holthues Trust, The Foundation for Sustainable Development, and GlobeMed, an independent national organization founded at the Buffett Institute dedicated to global health equity. Brian is closely connected to and familiar with the Council on Global Affairs as a member of the Studies and Programs Committees.

Brian received his BA with high honors in Political Science from Grinnell University and conducted doctoral studies in political science at MIT.

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Dominique Hazzard

Dominique is the Outreach Specialist at DC Greens, a non-profit that works to improve food access, education, and policy in the District of Columbia. At DC Greens she manages city-wide outreach for Produce Plus, one of the city’s most impactful food access programs. Dominique also organizes for racial justice with the DC chapter of the Black Youth Project 100, a national organization of black 18-35 year olds working to decriminalize blackness through direct action campaigns.

Dominique comes to the board after working at the GlobeMed Global Headquarters as Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator. In this role she incorporated inclusive policies, practices, and conversations into every level of the organization. Dominique believes in the importance of striving to address health inequity around the world in a way that realizes equity at home.

Dominique has previously served on the board of the Sierra Student Coalition, the nation’s largest youth environmental activism organization. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College, where she graduated with Honors in Environmental Studies. Dominique is also 2011 Harry S. Truman Scholar, a former Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow, and a writer who has been featured on The Root, MSN.com, Redacted Tonight, The Marc Steiner Show, For Harriet, and Disrupting Dinner Parties.

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Candy Lee, Ed.D.

Candy Lee is a professor at Medill, teaching in journalism and in integrated marketing communications. She was Teacher of the Year in 2012 for Integrated Marketing Communications. Previously she was vice president of marketing at The Washington Post, overseeing multiple functions, from marketing to research, and originating innovative programs. She developed PostMasterClass, a series of online courses full of dynamic interaction created with experts from The Washington Post newsroom.

Prior to joining The Washington Post, Lee was president of ULS Loyalty Services, the sister company of United Airlines. Lee oversaw a range of businesses that included united.com; the Mileage Plus credit card group; Mileage Plus program and its partners; media on planes and other business arenas. Just prior to United Airlines, Lee was managing director at iFormation Group, formed by Goldman Sachs, Boston Consulting Group and General Atlantic Partners.

During her long career in publishing, she was president of Troll Communications, a leader in K-12 education, and publisher of Harlequin Enterprises, an international publisher in 100 countries. She has worked in many countries in publishing and retail.

She graduated from Harvard University and earned her doctorate in organizational leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Linda Loving

Linda Loving is a consultant with a specialty in change management, project management, and not for profit management. Linda is based in Chicago after living in Toronto, Canada for 30 years.

While in Toronto Linda had a career as a leader in government, and the private and not profit sectors. She was the Director of a major change management project for Foresters – a multinational insurance company, was the Director of Cultural Policy in the Ministry of Culture, Province of Ontario and most recently was the Executive Director of Casey House Foundation, the first AIDS Hospice in North America. Upon relocating to Chicago, Linda was a Senior Advisor to Catalyst, Inc. the premier organization in the US to promote women in business. Linda developed and opened the Chicago office and was the Catalyst representative to the 28 Fortune 500 member corporations located in Chicago.

Linda is currently co-chair of the Chicago/Toronto Sister Cities Committee, serves on the Board of the International Women’s Associates,the Women’s Leadership Council for the United Way, and the Development Committee of the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School. Linda is currently working with Christopher and Sheila Kennedy on Top Box Foods, a hunger relief program geared to bringing fresh, nutritious food to people living in food deserts.

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Jean Claude Mugunga, MD/MS

Jean Claude Mugunga is the Manager of Monitoring, Evaluation and Quality improvement at Partners In Health, where he support various PIH programs to use the data systems for informed decisions on improvement, and assess whether said programs are making a measurable difference.

He has been deeply involved in social justice and health equity advocacy for the past decade. First, as one of the leading members of the Rwanda Village Concept Project, an international student-led organization that formed one of earliest partnerships with GlobeMed under his leadership. Dr. Mugunga received his medical degree from the University of Rwanda and a MS in International Health Policy and Management from Brandeis University. He has abroad working experience in different sectors and countries; as a clinician at public facilities Rwanda, then as a researcher for the Overseas Development Institute, on a team that studied the delivery of public goods including health care in Africa. His current work at PIH is focused on generating evidence through rigorous monitoring and evaluation data; costing and health care financing and he is leading a mapping effort for universal health coverage across different countries.

Through his dedication to advancing the movement of health as human right, Jean Claude is member of different professional associations both in Rwanda and the U.S., and has recently joined the board of directors for GlobeMed.

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Jeff Richardson, J.D., M.P.A. 

Jeff Richardson is the former vice president of the AbbVie Foundation. Since 1983 he has dedicated most of his life to working on HIV/AIDS and other disease and disability areas – working across private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Prior to his work at AbbVie Foundation, Richardson led the effort to establish the Abbott Fund’s first international giving program, which focused on supporting children and families in resource-poor countries hit hard by HIV/AIDS.

Richardson previously served as managing director of Burson-Marsteller’s Global Healthcare Practice. Earlier, Richardson ran two state agencies for then-Indiana Governor Evan Bayh, including the Department of Human Services and the Family and Social Services Administration. He was also executive director of GMHC, the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS organization. He began his career in Eli Lilly’s public affairs group.

In 2016, Jeff received GlobeMed’s first 21st Century Global Health Champion Award for his decades of service to the global health community as well as his long-term support and mentorship of GlobeMed and its young staff.

Richardson received all three of his degrees – JD, Law; MPA, Public Administration; and BA, History – from Indiana University. He has taught courses at City University of New York and Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and has been a guest lecturer at Northwestern University for the last ten years.

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Keith Sarpolis, M.D. 

Dr. Sarpolis has been a practicing physician of general internal medicine since 1987 and maintains his office in Evanston, Illinois, where he is on the staff of Evanston Hospital and holds a faculty appointment at Northwestern Medical School.  His interests lie in the areas of chemical dependence treatment and public health policy. Dr. Sarpolis attended undergraduate and medical school at the University of Michigan, and came to Chicago, where he did his residency training at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center.  He resides in Evanston, Illinois with his wife and two children.

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Robert Topping, C.F.A., Vice Chair

Robert R. Topping has a background and experience in a wide array of investing including nearly thirty-five years in both public and private equity investing. He founded and launched a long biased hedge fund in 1998 and helped launch a fund of funds in 2007 that were merged in 2012 and was the genesis or “pivot” to the “freeform” and “unconstrained” investment model. He serves as manager and chief investment strategist of the existing public-private hybrid fund and as an advisor to many emerging stage growth companies with a primary focus in fintech, healthcare and software as a service.

He is a member of the Evanston Entrepreneur Lab. Mr. Topping is a past treasurer and board member of the Old Masters Society at the Art Institute of Chicago and an advisory board member of Cumulus Funding. He earned his BBA from Southern Methodist University and received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in September of 1993. He is married with two children and lives in Evanston, IL

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Ethel Yang 

Driven by a deep belief in human potential, Ethel Yang is committed to tackling the big problems that stand in its way. A graduate of the University of Chicago (BA ‘13, Biological Sciences, with coursework at the Booth School of Business), Ethel is passionate about creating social impact across sectors, borders and disciplines.

GlobeMed at UChicago has partnered with the Asociación de Personas Afectadas por tuberculosis del Perú (ASPAT-Perú) since 2010. During that time, Ethel served as Director of Campaigns, before becoming External Co-President of the chapter (2012-2013), and a GROW intern in the summer of 2013. Through that partnership, Ethel was able to develop her interest in and ability to catalyze cross-sector, interdisciplinary solutions to neglected infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis (TB).

Since joining Accenture as a management consultant in September 2013, Ethel has focused on fostering strategic growth, organizational change, and innovation across sectors: with federal agencies, non-profit clients, and private sector companies in the Life Sciences (med-tech and pharmaceutical) space.

An avid language enthusiast, Ethel is a native speaker of English and Mandarin Chinese, in addition to being fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese, with a basic knowledge of German. For balance, Ethel practices mindfulness meditation, trains Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing), and runs around any city or trail she can find.

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Global Advisory Council

Pamela Angwech
Pamela Barnes
Marjorie Craig Benton
Henry Bienen
Paul Farmer
Badi Foster
Peter Luckow
Reeta Roy
Victor Roy
David Walton


Pamela Angwech

Pamela Angwech Judith is a co-founder and executive director for Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G), a health and women’s empowerment organization based in Northern Uganda. Pamela has over 15 years of experience in community-based human rights policy and mobilization, gender-based violence, reproductive rights, peace building, and post-conflict development. In 2004, responding to the human rights atrocities she had witnessed during the conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the Ugandan government, Pamela founded GWED-G, the region’s first grassroots human rights organization focused on women, to strengthen the capacity of communities in Northern Uganda to become self-reliant agents for peace and development.

Today, GWED-G serves over 150,000 individuals through 5 main program areas: health, human rights (with a focus on women and girls), psychosocial support and counseling, research and advocacy, and economic empowerment. Their partners include organizations such as Amnesty International, the Open Society Foundation, CARE International, UN Women, The American Refugee Council, and an array of other local and international NGO and governmental partners. In fall 2009, GWED-G launched a partnership with GlobeMed at Columbia University. Since then, the partnership has raised over $35,000 for a range of economic empowerment and HIV/AIDS projects that have improved the health of over 5,000 people. Pamela was born and raised in Northern Uganda and speaks fluent English, Luo, Swahili, and Acholi, She has several degrees from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda including Management and Finance, Gender and Development, and Human Resource Management.
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Pamela W. Barnes, M.B.A.

Pamela W. Barnes, President and Chief Executive Officer of EngenderHealth, has more than 30 years of organizational leadership and global health experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she served as president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, overseeing successful programs across 18 countries in Africa and Asia with more than 1,000 employees. During her five-year tenure, Ms. Barnes led a significant expansion of the foundation’s program portfolio and budget, from $45 million to $150 million. She developed global health policies with partners, including the World Health Organization, created strategic partnerships with leading public health organizations, and led fundraising efforts with government agencies and corporate and private donors, including Johnson & Johnson and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Marjorie Craig Benton

Marjorie Craig Benton has dedicated her life to advocacy for women and children, peace activities, government service, and community development. As the co-founder of the Chicago Foundation for Women, her work has impacted women in Chicago and far beyond. In addition to her local philanthropic work at the Chicago Foundation for Women, Mrs. Benton has been actively involved in international peace work as the Public Delegate to the Special Session on Disarmament, a Co-Chair of the Americas for the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT), and Special Advisor for the United Nations Disarmament Commission. She was also the co-founder of the Peace Museum in Chicago.

Additionally, Mrs. Benton has generously devoted countless hours to improving the lives of children around the world. She served as a U.S. Commissioner, International Year of the Child, U.S. Ambassador to UNICEF, Board Chair of Save the Children Federation, and the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. She also served for eight years as Chair of the White House Fellows Commission and a past Chair of the Board of the Council on Foundations. Three years ago, Marjorie joined the board of Partners in Health, located in Boston. Their mission is to provide free medical care in nine countries around the world. She has chosen to work in Haiti. In that time, working with others, she has been responsible for the building of a women’s clinic in Lascahobas, a small hospital in LaColline, and now the building of a major new teaching hospital in Mirebalais.
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Henry S. Bienen, Ph.D.

Henry S. Bienen is the President Emeritus of Northwestern University. He was elected the 15th president of Northwestern University on June 13, 1994, took office on January 1, 1995 and retired as president on August 31, 2009. A nationally recognized leader in higher education, Mr. Bienen, 76, led Northwestern to increased academic prominence, financial strength and athletic success. During his tenure, Northwestern faculty and students received numerous academic awards, the endowment quintupled, applications for admission skyrocketed and the University’s reputation grew both nationally and internationally.

Mr. Bienen received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Northwestern University in 2009. He received the University of Chicago Professional Achievement Alumni Award in 2000 and the 2008 Niagara Peace & Dialogue Award from the Niagara Foundation in 2008. Mr. Bienen received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Cornell University in 1960 and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1961. He was awarded a Ph.D. from Chicago in 1966. In 2008 Northwestern’s Board of Trustees honored Mr. Bienen and his wife, Leigh, a senior lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law, by naming the University’s School of Music the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music.
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Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Paul Farmer is a medical anthropologist and physician; the Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard University; Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; and a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer’s work focuses on community-based treatment strategies for infectious diseases in resource-poor settings, health and human rights, and the role of social inequalities in determining disease distribution and outcomes. He is Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, and served for ten years as medical director of a charity hospital, L’Hôpital Bon Sauveur, in rural Haiti. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. Dr. Farmer is also the UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti, under Special Envoy Bill Clinton.
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Badi Foster, Ph.D.

Dr. Badi Foster is GlobeMed’s Advisor on Intergenerational Collaboration for Social Justice and Racial Equity. He has an extremely varied background, extending from higher education and nonprofits to the corporate world and federal government. Born in Chicago, Badi spent his adolescent years in Morrocco. He earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations at the University of Denver and received his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. As a Fulbright fellow, his doctoral research focused on the impact of rapid urbanization in Africa. Badi has held several positions at Harvard University, including Director of Field Experience Program, Graduate School of Education and Assistant Director of the Kennedy Institute of Politics. Badi has also held teaching positions at Princeton University, Rutgers University, and the University of Massachusetts. He currently serves on the Advisory Council to the Joan Kroc Center for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University. He is a fellow at the W.E.B. Dubois Institute of African and American Studies at Harvard University where he continues work on his book length manuscript on leadership and organizational change in the fight against anti Black and anti American Indian racism (1911 – 2011).
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Peter Luckow, M.P.H.

Peter Luckow is the Strategic Advisor at Last Mile Health and an M.D. candidate at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Peter co-founded and serves on the Board of Directors of GlobeMed, a national network of university students advancing the movement for global health equity. He has also worked with Partners In Health and the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Peter graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and received his Master in Public Health degree at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Peter is an Echoing Green Fellow, a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, and an Ashoka / American Express Emerging Innovator. He is also a member of the Deru Senior Honorary Leadership Society at Northwestern University.

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Reeta Roy, M.A.

Reeta Roy is the President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation. She joined The MasterCard Foundation in 2008. Previously, she was the Divisional Vice President of Global Citizenship and Policy at Abbott, a broad-based global health care company, and Vice President of the Abbott Fund, its corporate foundation. She also worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb for 11 years in a number of positions of increasing responsibility related to public policy, public affairs and strategic planning. Before joining the private sector, Reeta worked at the United Nations. Reeta grew up in Malaysia, has lived in China and worked in Africa, Asia and other developing countries to build philanthropic programs related to global health, education and other issues. Reeta received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Andrews Presbyterian College.
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Victor Roy

Victor Roy works at the intersection of access to health goods and innovation as a researcher, design practitioner, and physician trainee. While an undergraduate at Northwestern, he was a co-founder of GlobeMed and later served as the organization’s first full-time Executive Director. He is currently an MD candidate at the Feinberg School of Medicine as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow for New Americans and a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge scholar. Applying lessons from sociology and political economy, human-centered design, and clinical medicine, he has developed strategies to advance health with public and social sector organizations.

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David Walton, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Walton is the Director of Global Health at ThoughtWorks, where he leads the practice in leveraging software and technology to improve health care delivery for the poor and marginalized. Prior to his work at ThoughtWorks, Dr. Walton served as a Clinical Advisor and Director at the Kerry Town Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Sierra Leone where he provided clinical care to patients and helped implement a tablet-based application to improve clinical care for Ebola patients. Dr. Walton continues to practice medicine as an associate physician and hospitalist in the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Walton is also an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Walton received his Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2007. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 2003 and his B.A. from Augustana College in 1998.

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