I am a human rights activist, physician-economist, non-profit manager, and academic researcher specializing in health and economic development, in both local and global contexts.
I completed my MD/PhD at the University of Michigan Medical School and Department of Economics and will soon be starting as an NIH Fogarty Postdoctoral Fellow. My work melds disciplines across the biomedical and social sciences to develop new ways of thinking to address pressing global problems.
Broadly speaking, my work focuses on questions such as the following:
Why do our societies exhibit such profound inequities, especially in health, and how can we eliminate them?
How do we foster effective systems of governance and management that provide equal opportunity and dignity to all people?
How can we ensure health and well-being across countries for generations to come?
All that I do revolves around two things: people and systems. Why people? Because when we place people at the center of society, decision-making becomes more responsive, more representative, and more accountable. Why systems? Because the origins of and solutions to health and social inequalities lie in the robustness of our systems.
My expertise in these areas has been driven by my role as co-founder and CEO of Progressive Health Partnership (PHP), a health and human rights organization that works in Uganda. Through PHP, I have spent more than 10 years partnering with the Ugandan government to deliver health services to marginalized communities, in conjunction with academically rigorous, action-based research.
I am a two-time Fulbright Awardee of the U.S. Government, a Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development Fellow, and a recipient of the Velji Leadership Award for Emerging Leaders in Global Health. My work has been funded by the Abdul Jameel Latif Poverty Action Lab, the National Science Foundation, and Ronald McDonald House Charities, among others.
For a more detailed overview of my work, please see my curriculum vitae.