Ernest is a member of the GDI Americas board and a co-founder of the BroadReach Group of companies which focuses on using innovation and technology to improve the health and well-being of populations around the world. He is an internationally renowned expert in strategic planning, systems and large-scale program implementation in the health and social sectors. Ernest’s recent work has focused on the intersection of using new 4th Industrial Revolution technologies, big data analytics and organizational behavioral psychology to improve population and individual healthcare outcomes. He has worked with the private sector, governments, international normative organizations and non-governmental organizations across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and North America.
Ernest was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was named one of eighteen “Global Health Heroes” by TIME Magazine for his leadership in launching Africa’s first HIV public sector treatment program in Botswana. He is on the board of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and has previously served on the board of the Medicines for Malaria Venture and on the advisory board of Gilead Health Sciences. He was a member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV & AIDS during President Obama’s term. He is a frequent plenary speaker on strategies for implementing large-scale health and social sector interventions.
Before co-founding BroadReach, Ernest worked for ACHAP (funded by the Merck & Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations) in Botswana. Prior to that he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. Ernest earned his BS with honors in Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his MD from the Harvard Medical School, his MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and his MBA from the Said School of Business at Oxford University (Balliol College) as a Fulbright Scholar.