An expert in US-government eHealth policies, regulations, and priorities, as well as in the design of open-source ICT4D platforms for national-scale interventions, Anthony brings over 10 years of experience to DHP. He has designed eHealth interventions at the community, state, and national level as part of larger USAID projects in Tajikistan, Cambodia, Nepal, Madagascar, South Africa, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Ethiopia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Somalia, and Sudan. Collectively, these projects have leveraged over $25 million in foreign-aid resources to improve last-mile community health, diagnostics, lab systems, supply-chain systems, and improved data analytics and usage among government stakeholders.

Anthony is the founder of Reach Far Relief, a Washington D.C. based organization dedicated to ensuring innovative partners in international development can maximize their impact, scaling and mainstreaming their interventions. Anthony’s current clients are leading social enterprises in the ICT4D, humanitarian, and agriculture spaces. 

Prior to founding Reach Far Relief, Anthony established the Washington office of Dimagi, a leading social enterprise.

A specialist in the development of policies and strategies to support the use of ICT in delivering improved health systems, particularly in Africa and Southeast Asia, Peter Drury brings to DHP over 18 years of experience in consulting on digital health issues in developing countries and 25 years of information-related work as both consultant and employee at all levels of the UK National Health Service. He has worked in the private sector with Cisco Systems on digital health in Emerging Markets, and with major Development Partners, such as WHO, ADB, and UNICEF, on digital health issues in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. 

Peter is currently working with the African Union on a Digital Health Strategy for Africa, and on Digital Pandemic Preparedness Assessments in West Africa, and has been supporting a One Health project in Vietnam as well as the Better Health Programme in Vietnam and the Philippines.

Peter holds a PhD and MSc from the University of Surrey and a BA from Cambridge University.

Philippe Lepère is an independent consultant specializing in global health and AIDS response, bringing to DHP over 25 years of experience with civil society, bilateral and multilateral cooperation, and research institutions, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa.

A serving member of The Global Fund’s Technical Review Panel, Philippe is an expert in resilient and sustainable systems for health. He strongly believes that digital health can help overcome barriers to quality care, a conviction that led him to partner with network operator Orange to design and implement a mobile health platform in Côte d’Ivoire.

Philippe’s background in molecular biology and epidemiology, along with his experience in global health and project management, makes him a frequent lecturer at the Bordeaux School of Public Health (ISPED). He is currently a PhD candidate in biomedical science in the Global Health program at the University of Geneva.

Patrick Veron is an entrepreneurial business consultant who has been a key actor in the development of digital infrastructures and businesses for more than two decades.

A strong believer in “technology with a purpose”, Patrick helped launch innovative health-tech and digital health solutions in Asia, with a focus on building relevant business models to achieve growth in rapidly changing environments. He has also supported various e-health initiatives and organized forums for start-ups interested in bringing their tech innovations to Asia.

Patrick has also advised several digital health companies and incubators on their strategy to enter Asian markets.

Nils is an adviser for Digital Development and ICT4D based in Dakar, Senegal. As founder of, he leads a team of local and regional advisers that provides strategic, program design and technical consulting to organizations like GIZ, Facebook, PATH, and the private sector. His work focuses on West Africa, and he believes in strengthening local ownership, open solutions, and partnerships with the private sector.

He has gained significant experience in the domain of digital health. In 2014, he was the technical lead of the National Call Center for the Ebola response in Guinea and subsequently led national-level digital programs for disease surveillance in Sierra Leone. He has worked for USAID’s innovation lab in building local ecosystems for digital health and in partnering with mobile operators, and advised Digital Square on Global Good investments. His current work focuses on leveraging technical capacity on the African continent and building data-exchange partnerships based on standards.

On top of his passion and 15+ years of experience in IT, he has a background in Public Administration and Political Science, a M.Sc. in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr. Richard Gakuba has served as an international digital health consultant for over 16 years, with experience in 10 countries in Africa. He has a medical degree and a master’s degree in e-Health/Digital Health from Brunel University in London, and a medical degree from the National University of Rwanda.

Dr. Gakuba served as the national e-Health coordinator for Rwanda’s Ministry of Health for nine years, where he led the development of the first National eHealth Strategic plan and policy in 2006 and the creation of the digital health unit in the Ministry of Health.

He was awarded the Holly Ladd mHealth Pioneer Award. Dr. Gakuba is also an Eisenhower Fellow.

An entrepreneurial business strategist and fundraising expert, Femke Smeets brings over 15 years of experience in public-private partnerships and impact investments. Most recently, Femke was Head of Business Development at PharmAccess, a group of nonprofit organizations working in health financing and digital health in lower- and middle-income countries.

Femke’s expertise in health investments led her to advise many international development banks on healthcare infrastructure projects. At the Medical Credit Fund, which provides loans and management support to health Small and Medium Enterprises in Africa, she developed a portfolio of local partners and set up healthcare-education programs in collaboration with African business schools.

Prior to the health sector, Femke worked in public administration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands, and in business development in the water management space. She holds degrees in business administration and international relations and has recently graduated from an executive leadership and business program at INSEAD in France.

An expert in medical informatics and eHealth, Prof. Bagayoko is currently Head of the Innovation and Digital Health Center at the University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako in Mali. He brings over 25 years of experience to DHP, having managed and implemented major eHealth projects, notably through expert missions carried out across multiple African countries and Europe, but also through his role as General Coordinator of the Network in Francophone Africa for Telemedicine.

Prof. Bagayoko is the Vice-President of the Francophone Interest Group within the International Medical Informatics Association, a member of the board of the Pan African Health Informatics Association (HELINA), a full member of the Malian Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics.

Author of numerous scientific publications, Prof. Bagayoko has been awarded many scientific and honorary distinctions, including the Swiss government postdoctoral Excellence Fellowship, the Mali National Medal of Merit, and the “RFI Challenge App Afrique” award.

An international expert in data warehousing, systems integration, and formulation of digital health strategies, Dr. Stephen Mburu has contributed to health informatics research and the development of digital health solutions across various domains. These include analysis of digital ecosystems, data modeling, as well as development of policies, strategic plans, standards and guidelines, and integrated systems for low- and middle-income countries.

Currently, Dr. Mburu is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi in Kenya and a systems developer working with the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the Palladium Group, USAID, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, PATH, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ). Some of the development projects he has delivered include: integrated African Health Observatory (iAHO), Data Capture Tool (DCT), Kenya Health and Research Observatory (KHRO), OpenIMIS in Nepal, and LamisPlus 2.0 in Nigeria.

Dr. Mburu is a graduate of PhD in Information Systems (Health Informatics) at the University of Nairobi in collaboration with Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). He also holds a Master of Science in Information Systems and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.

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