Harvard Social Enterprise Conference > Building Back Health: A multi-sectoral approach to creating effective health systems

Grant Heskamp

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Grant Heskamp is currently Chief of Staff at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries. Prior to CHAI, Grant was a project leader at Boston Consulting Group, where he worked with the Public Sector and Social Impact practice areas, including on projects in pandemic response and economic recovery. He is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar, and Harvard Business School (MBA 2019).


Andrew Trister

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Andrew Trister leads digital health and artificial intelligence at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His team invests in innovations that weave together artificial intelligence, mobile applications, objective sensor-based measurements, clinical care models and interoperable data infrastructure to improve care delivery at all levels of the health system.

Andrew is a physician scientist passionate about leveraging technology to improve health care for all. He joined the foundation from Apple, where he led clinical research and machine learning for health features on the Apple watch and iPhone. Prior to Apple, he was the senior physician at Sage Bionetworks, where he designed and shipped ResearchKit, an open-source tool for large-scale clinical trials and developed infrastructure to share and collaborate on medical imaging.

Andrew completed clinical residency in radiation oncology at the University of Washington, with additional focus areas in medical- and bio- informatics, earned an M.D., Ph.D. in bioengineering, MSE and BSE in computer science, and a B.A. in biological basis of behavior (neuroscience) all from the University of Pennsylvania.


Katie Bollbach

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Katie Bollbach is the Executive Director of PIH-US, the U.S. arm of Partners In Health, a nonprofit global health and social justice organization. PIH-US works to advance health equity in the U.S. by accompanying visionary public health and community leaders to build more just systems and healthier communities. Katie previously worked with PIH in Sierra Leone as Chief Policy and Program Officer during the Ebola response and recovery and in Rwanda on HIV support services. She began her career co-founding and co-leading two organizations, Global Health Corps and FACE AIDS, dedicated to engaging young people in the fight for global health equity and HIV treatment access. She’s also worked in South Africa on gender-based violence policy, in Zambia on refugee services, and as a consultant at The Bridgespan Group. She holds an MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.


Emmanuel Akpakwu

March 22, 2022 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Emmanuel Akpakwu

Emmanuel currently serves as Chief Commercial Officer for Novartis’s SSA Region. His passion sits at the intersection of technology, finance, and healthcare, with a focus on accelerating access to medicines inn Low- and Middle-Income Countries. He holds a degree from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School and is currently completing his Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to Novartis, Emmanuel led the Value Based Healthcare Practice at the World Economic Forum, and served as Associate Director of Group Strategy at Merck KGaA. He started his career at JP Morgan.


Megha Kumar

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Megha Kumar is Head of Global Partnerships & Business Development at Medtronic LABS – the non-profit global health arm of Medtronic. Medtronic LABS works directly with health systems and Ministries of Health in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to deliver digitally-enabled, community-based primary care to underserved populations. Megha leads the efforts to build relationships with governments, multilateral agencies, and donors to structure innovative partnerships that leverage public-private funding to strengthen health systems.

Megha holds a BA in Health Care Markets & Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in Strategy, Healthcare, and Social Impact from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and an MPH in Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.