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OUR TEAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Team

 

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mAUREEN LEWIS, CEO AND FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Maureen Lewis is a respected thought leader in global health and health economics. She has spent over 25 years advising government and private sector leaders around the world on health system reforms. Dr. Lewis has held a variety of management and leadership positions in global health, including Chief Economist for Human Development at the World Bank. She is the author of more than 75 research publications and working papers, and five books, and is a member of numerous international organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Global Development, where she was a Senior Fellow and continues as a Non-Resident Fellow. Dr. Lewis speaks frequently for private, public and nonprofit audiences across the globe on topics related to global health, hospital management and quality, and health financing. She has a BSFS and an MA from Georgetown University, as well as a PhD in Population Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

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GERARD LA FORGIA, CTO AND FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Gerard La Forgia is a leader in global health and hospitals.  He was a Lead Health Specialist for China at the World Bank, leading the dialogue and analytic work for Vice-Premier Liu Yandong in the country’s healthcare reform agenda. He was formerly the World Bank’s Lead Health Specialist in India and Brazil. His major areas of interest and research are hospital governance and management, quality of care, health insurance, and public-private partnerships for health service delivery. He has worked in these areas in a number of countries in Latin America, South Asia, and East Asia. He was formerly a Research Associate at the Urban Institute and a Senior Health Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank. He has a BA from Northwestern University and a Sc.D. degree in Health Service Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Sarah Mintz, Program Director

Sarah Mintz focuses on organizational strategy and program development, with experience in health systems strengthening, change management and effective use of data. Most recently Sarah worked as a consultant in the private sector, helping social institutions adopt predictive analytics. Previously Sarah worked with the World Bank, where she analyzed policies and practices most effective in service delivery, with a particular focus on data analysis and use in public programs. Sarah co-founded KnowledgeBeat, a non-profit organization that delivers interactive health and education programs to children in Zambia. She is on the Board of Senitizo, a non-profit organization that provides health services to people without access to healthcare in the Central African Republic. Sarah has a BS from Northwestern University and an MA in Global Human Development from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

 
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ABID SHAH, senior operations ASSOCIATE

Abid Shah researches innovations in hospital quality, health finance, and health systems. He also coordinates outreach, research, and contracts. Prior to joining Aceso Global, he managed construction sector public-private partnerships, overseeing contracts for five years in New York City public schools, clinics, and subways. Earlier, he worked as a journalist in Pakistan and the US, writing for a range of international publications on governance, health, and education. He has a BA in English from Williams College and an MSFS in International Development from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

 
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ANNA BONFERT, HEALTH FINANCE ASSOCIATE

Anna Bonfert manages Aceso Global’s Latin America portfolio and supports technical research on health financing, hospital management, and quality. Before joining Aceso Global, she worked at the World Bank focusing on the design and implementation of impact evaluations. Her past work experience in health economics and financing also includes a transition readiness assessment in Brazil for the Global Fund and a research project on health insurance for informal sector workers for GIZ and the Indonesian Ministry of Health. She received a B.Sc. in International Economics from the University of Tübingen in Germany and an MA in Global Human Development from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she focused on health economics and finance. She has lived and worked in multiple Latin American countries, and is fluent in English, German, Spanish, and Portuguese.

 
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KIRAN CORREA, ANALYST

Kiran Correa researches global healthcare systems with a focus on efficiency, hospital quality, and integrated healthcare networks. She also provides operational and administrative support to the organization. Prior to joining Aceso Global, she worked with Family Planning 2020 and as a political and economics intern at the U.S. Embassy Lisbon. She received a BSFS in Science, Technology and International Affairs from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. 

 
 
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Paul Molloy, Analyst

Paul Molloy researches health systems in emerging countries with a focus on efficiency, financing and integrated healthcare networks. He also provides operational and administrative support to the organization. Previously, he worked for the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and interned with Taurus Investment Holdings. He received a BA in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College, and he speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese.

 
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Michael Bourke, SENIOR NON-RESIDENT ASSOCIATE

Michael Bourke has managed information systems at two large healthcare chains and at Texas Children’s Hospital. He has extensive expertise in the disciplines needed for the redesign of healthcare processes through information technology, including: IT Strategy, Business Process Redesign, Systems Development, Organizational Assessment and Project Management. He has authored two books on IT strategy and architecture in healthcare. His consulting experience includes work for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and USAID, with projects in Latin America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. In addition to the healthcare sector, Dr. Bourke has extensive experience in the management and development of information systems for banking, foreign trade, education and manufacturing. He was also Professor of MIS at Houston Baptist University, where he directed several programs related to the management of organizations, personnel and information systems, including the MBA program, the MS in IT Management, MS in Healthcare Management and MS in HRM. He is fluent in Russian and Polish and conversant in several other languages. He has a BA from Boston College, a PhD in Linguistics from Brown University and an MBA from University of California, Los Angeles.

 
 
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sandra dratler, SENIOR NON-RESIDENT ASSOCIATE

Sandra Dratler has spent her career managing and consulting to acute care and specialty hospitals globally. She is an experienced professional with a unique background in hospital operations, strategy, finance, governance and academia. The past fifteen years, her efforts have been focused on hospital capacity building in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East with an emphasis on strengthening healthcare organizations and their management structures and teams. Prior to that she spent 25 years in senior management positions in hospitals and health systems in the Minneapolis and San Francisco Bay areas.  She has been a lecturer and academic coordinator at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and Haas School of Business. She serves as senior advisor to Seva Foundation and its Global Sight Initiative and as a senior consultant to the Global Health Sciences Group of the University of California, San Francisco. She received her DrPH from the University of California, Berkeley.  She has a Masters in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota and BSBA from the University of Denver. 

 
 

ROB JANETT, SENIOR NON-RESIDENT ASSOCIATE

Rob Janett maintains an active practice as a primary care physician at a multi-ethnic public clinic affiliated with the Cambridge Health Alliance.  He is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School as well as an adjunct assistant professor of family medicine at the Brown Alpert School of Medicine.  He consults on health policy issues to the World Bank and other agencies in the Latin America region, and to other healthcare organizations in the U.S.  For the past six years he has led primary care improvement projects in the Saúde Suplementar in Brazil. He is also Senior Policy Advisor at the Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association (MACIPA). Until January 2016, he served as the Medical Director for Accountable Care at Care New England Health Systems in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Janett graduated from Haverford College where he studied social anthropology, and earned his medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School. He is board certified in the specialty of internal medicine. He speaks Portuguese and Spanish.

 
 
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Matthias Loening, SENIOR NON-RESIDENT ASSOCIATE

Matthias Loening has broad experience in the health sector with particular focus on private health investment in emerging markets. He has held senior positions across major international financial institutions with responsibility for transaction support, analytical work and policy implementation. For over 10 years, he has acted as the Senior Advisor for the Health Sector at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), where he supports EBRD in building up a health investment practice and represents the Bank on important international health policy issues. He has supported over 50 signed projects with an investment value of over $800 million, covering health segments such as healthcare services, med tech, pharma, biotech and infrastructure PPPs. Dr. Loening was also the Senior Advisor/Health Care Specialist to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank for over 10 years, supporting the Bank’s efforts to scale up private sector engagement in health. Dr. Loening has worked in over 50 countries during his career. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Iowa, an MHA from the University of Iowa, an MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a PhD from the London School of Economics.

 

 

joanne shear, SENIOR NON-RESIDENT ASSOCIATE

Joanne has recently retired from Veteran Health Administration in January 2017 after a 38-year federal career as a clinical operations and implementation expert.  Her work experience includes clinical and administrative responsibilities at the local, regional and national levels. Since 2008, Ms. Shear, held the role of the National Primary Care Clinical Program Manager for VHA as part of the VHA Primary Care Office and was involved in developing, planning, and leading the implementation of the VHA patient centered medical home model, branded Patient Aligned Care Teams nationally. In her national role she served as a clinical resource in planning, designing, integrating, implementing, modifying, administering, and evaluating clinical care and national healthcare policy.  Ms. Shear also acted as a consultant to key VA senior management officials regarding the collection and analysis of system-wide healthcare data and trends, including the integration of measures and models for assessing healthcare trends, care delivery systems, quality, risk, and utilization of resources throughout the nation.

 
 
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ROBERT TAYLOR, SENIOR NON-RESIDENT ASSOCIATE

Robert Taylor is a global leader in assessing, developing and implementing hospital PPPs. From 2000 through 2012, he developed and managed the global transaction advisory practice for health PPPs in the International Finance Corporation (IFC) part of the World Bank Group. During his tenure, the Department completed more than 20 successful health PPPs across many regions. As an independent consultant since late 2012, he has advised the EBRD, IFC, AfDB and the Government of Colombia on hospital and health PPPs. His additional areas of expertise include hospital management and performance, provider payment systems and health insurance systems. Prior to his 27-year career at the World Bank Group, he worked in the Canadian Ministry of Finance and as a consultant at KPMG. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and an M.A. and Masters of Public Administration from Queen’s University.

 

STEVEN THOMPSON, MBA, INTERIM BOARD CHAIR

Steven Thompson has over 25 years of experience in various positions as an executive leader in academic healthcare systems.  As the Chief Business Development officer at Brigham and Women’s Healthcare (BWHC), Mr. Thompson is responsible for BWHC’s regional, national and international external clinical business relationships including strategy and marketing activities. He has extensive experience in global healthcare and global healthcare business development, and has worked extensively in academic medicine and academic health centers. He has a BS from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and an MBA from Loyola University.


GORDON LIU, MD

Dr. Gordon Liu is PKU Yangtze River Scholar Professor of Economics at Peking University National School of Development (NSD), and Director of PKU China Center for Health Economic Research (CCHER). His research interests include health and development economics, health reform, and pharmaceutical economics. Dr. Liu sits on The China State Council Health Reform Advisory Commission. He is also on the UN Sustainable Development and Solution Network (SDSN) Leadership Council, and he Co-Chairs the SDSN Health Thematic Group. He has a PhD from the City University of New York, and a BS from the Southwest University for Nationalities.


ANNIE HAZLEHURST, MBA

Annie Hazlehurst is the founder of Faridan. Her current investment interests include next generation health, advanced enterprise solutions and companies with global products and operations. She has invested in and worked with founders around the world bringing innovative technology to health, enterprise, finance, materials, and other sectors. Ms. Hazlehurst graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a BS in Bioengineering; she holds an MS in Environment and Resources from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


MUHAMMED ALI PATE, MD, MBA

Muhammad Ali Pate serves as CEO of Big Win Philanthropy. He was Minister of State for Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from July 2011 to July 2013. He is Senior Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative. He was on the visiting faculty at the Duke Global Health Institute and in 2014 he founded the Chigari Foundation, a community engagement foundation in northern Nigeria. Dr. Pate is a founder and a co-chair of the Board of the Private Sector Health Alliance in Nigeria, which aims to catalyze innovation and synergy between public and private sectors to improve health outcomes. Dr. Pate has a medical degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, an MBA from Duke University and a MA in Health System Management from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


BRUNO HOLTHOF, MD, PhD, MBA

Bruno Holthof is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Oxford University Hospitals (OUH), which employs 12,000 staff across four hospital sites and 44 other locations. Before OUH, he was CEO of the Antwerp Hospital Network for over 10 years. During this period, he transformed ZNA into the most profitable hospital group in Belgium.  Earlier, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company, serving a wide range of healthcare clients in Europe and the United States. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MD and a PhD from the University of Leuven. 


ALEXANDER S. PREKER, PHD

Alexander S. Preker is the President and CEO of Health Investment & Financing, a New York based firm that specializes in investment and advisory services for small and medium size healthcare businesses. He is the Chair of the External Editorial Committee of the World Hospitals and Health Services Journal for the International Hospital Federation (IHF). Mr. Preker has worked at the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), International Development Association (IDA), as well as the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Mr. Preker has published extensively, having written many scientific articles and authored over 15 books. He is a globally recognized expert on health insurance, health financing, capital finance, and private sector development in the health sector. He has a PhD from the London School of Economics and an MD from McGill University.

 


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NANDAKUMAR JAIRAM, MD

Dr. Nandakumar Jairam is the Chairman and Group Medical Director for Columbia Asia Hospitals in India, and is also Consultant Colorectal and General Surgery at Columbia Asia. He is the Chairman of the NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals) under QCI (Quality Council of India), as well as Chairman of the Health Services Committee of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry). He is a founding member of NATHEALTH (Healthcare Federation of India) and GAPIO (Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin). He is also a founder of the Krishna Charitable Trust. He was educated at National College Basavanagudi and at Bangalore Medical College.