Speakers

David FreedmanDavid H. Freedman is co-founder, president and executive editor of Global HealthCare Insights, a magazine and advisory service focused on advancing healthcare in developing regions. A contributing editor at The Atlantic, and a contributor to Scientific American, David has at various times written regularly for The New York Times, Science, Newsweek, Discover, Forbes and Inc. He is the author of five books, the most recent of which is WRONG, which has been lauded in publications ranging from The British Medical Journal to The Wall Street Journal as a groundbreaking and revealing analysis of the problems that beset research studies in medicine, public health, economics, management and more. Much of his writing has been related to the roles of policy, industry and journalism in guiding health-related behavior change, as well as in improving global healthcare. His articles on medicine and science have appeared in several collections of writing, including The Norton Reader and The Best American Science and Nature Writing. He has consulted to a number of major academic medical centers, including Johns Hopkins, Harvard-associated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, New York University and McGill University. David has been a frequent keynote speaker at health, science and industry conferences, has appeared many times on U.S. television network news, has won numerous awards for his writings, served as a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident, and occasionally teaches college journalism.


Pape GayePape Amadou Gaye, MBA, is president and CEO of IntraHealth International. Under Gaye’s leadership, IntraHealth has garnered a strong reputation as an organization that fosters local solutions to health care challenges by improving health worker performance and strengthening health systems.
For over three decades, Gaye has advocated for, built, and leveraged strong partnerships with governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to catalyze change and enable health workers to better serve communities in need
A native of Senegal, Gaye began his career in international development as a trainer of Peace Corps volunteers in Senegal and Benin. As the director of IntraHealth International’s regional office for West, Central, and North Africa, Gaye focused on improving the performance of health workers and health systems to more effectively serve clients and communities with quality care. Gaye continues to pursue his lifelong commitment by collaborating with leaders in developing countries to encourage sustainable development in vulnerable communities. He also continues to advocate for family planning, especially in his native West Africa, as a high-impact solution to address health and population challenges.
As an expert on the global health worker crisis and human capacity building, Gaye speaks and writes extensively on these subjects. He holds an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles and has also previously worked for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Committee and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Gabrielle GayGabrielle Daines Gay, MBA, is Director of Business Development and Philanthropy at Kensington Capital Holdings, a family office located in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  Gabrielle received an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and a B.S. in Economics from Utah State University. In her role at Kensington Capital, Gabrielle oversees and manages the operations of Ensign College of Public Health in Kpong, Ghana.  She works with Ensign’s partners to develop sustainable, innovative, impact-driven strategies to improve healthcare education and delivery in West Africa.  Gabrielle also advises Kensington Capital on philanthropic and investment opportunities and works with portfolio companies to achieve growth and profitability goals. Prior to joining Kensington Capital and after receiving an MBA, Gabrielle worked at Gap Inc., a leading global specialty retailer, located in San Francisco, California.  Gabrielle was a manager in the GID (Growth, Innovation and Digital) Strategy Division.  In her role, she analyzed retail and digital industry intelligence with a focus on new products, new markets and alternative business models.  She translated findings for executive audiences, highlighted trends and provided actionable insights.  Gabrielle was also part of a team that conducted detailed due diligence on possible acquisition candidates and presented findings to executive leadership. After graduating from Utah State University, Gabrielle worked as a consultant for Cache Valley Bank and later an asset manager for Kensington Capital Holdings.


Ricky BluthenthalRicky N. Bluthenthal, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Institute for Prevention Research at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.  His research has established the effectiveness of syringe exchange programs, tested novel interventions and strategies to reduce HIV risk and improve HIV testing among people who inject drugs and men who has sex with men, documented how community conditions contribute to health disparities, and examined health policy implementation.  At present, Dr. Bluthenthal is conducting studies on preventing injection initiation, improving HIV testing and linkage to care for low-income gay and bisexual African American men, reducing stress and improving family cohesion among low-income Latinos using a mindfulness-based meditation intervention, and examining ethical risk of research collaborations for community-based organizations.  Dr. Bluthenthal has published over 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, and Social Science and Medicine among others.  As a graduate student in the 1990s he helped start the Oakland needle exchange program and was a founding board member of the Harm Reduction Coalition.


Michael PittMichael Pitt, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota where he is an Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Residency and Director of Global Health Education. He is currently the Co-Leader of the Association for Pediatric Program Directors Global Health Education Group. Dr Pitt is a graduate from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his residency in pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He has led several multi-institutional global health education projects including being the co-creator of the Simulation Use for Global Away Rotations (SUGAR), a widely used simulation curriculum used to prepare trainees for the emotional obstacles of working in limited resources. A winner of multiple education awards, Dr. Pitt specializes and has studied several non-traditional forms of education including game based learning, simulation, the use of social media to supplement learning, as well as disseminating best practices in low tech education. 

 

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