Our steering committee leads and organizes the design and planning of the Challenge.
Together, HealthRoots Foundation for Global Health, the UC Berkeley Center for Global Public Health and the Stanford University Center for Global Health Innovation work to bring young innovators from around the world to the Bay Area to share their work and ideas — and through this exercise, unite universities, international partners, industry leaders, and NGO/public sector organizations in support of new and promising solutions to the world's most pressing global health challenges.
Dean, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Stef Bertozzi is a Professor and Dean of the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. He has led impact evaluations of large, national health and social programs in Mexico as well as in Africa, Asia and Latin America. His research focuses on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections as well as risk behavior among adolescents. He was previously the director of the HIV Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bertozzi’s research has covered a diverse range of projects in health economics and policy, focusing on the economic aspects of HIV/AIDS and on the health impact of large social programs.He received his BS in Biology and PhD in Health Policy and Management from MIT, his MD from University of California, San Diego, and residency training in internal medicine at University of California, San Francisco.
Senior Associate Dean of Global Health and Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University
Michele Barry is the founder of the Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars Program and has sent over 1,000 physicians overseas to underserved areas. Barry is a past President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Science.
Her scholarly interests include tropical medicine, global health ethics, and globalization’s impact on health disparities. She served on the Obama Women’s Health subcommittee and is a current Paul Rogers Society Ambassador to the US Congress for global health research advocacy. Barry is also a recipient of the Ben Kean Medal.
Executive Director, HealthRoots Foundation for Global Health
Design and Marketing Manager, The SpectrumCare Group
Camille leads all major partnerships for the HealthRoots Foundation, including its flagship program, the Bay Area Global Health Innovation Challenge. The Foundation has a special focus on supporting students and young entrepreneurs in global public health and the sciences, and works in each of its programs to unite expert clinicians, public health professionals, designers, technologists, and investors with the "next generation" of leaders. As the Design and Marketing Manager for HealthRoots' primary sponsor, The SpectrumCare Group, she pushes forward new approaches to patient care challenges and provider education in chronic disease.
Camille is an MBA Candidate at California College of the Arts' Design Strategy MBA program, where she is exploring the role of design in addressing complex system challenges in health care, policy, and social impact.
Deputy Director, UCSF Global Health Sciences
Colin Boyle joined UCSF in 2012, after 15 years with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was a partner and managing director leading many of the firm’s social impact projects, helping industry and non-profit innovators develop new products to combat disease and bring them to market for health impact. At UCSF, Mr. Boyle has focused on analyzing the case for investments in health, playing a supporting role in the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health and contributing to other investment cases for specific conditions.
Executive Director, UC Berkeley Center for Global Public Health
Hildy Fong oversees activities at the UC Berkeley Center for Global Public Health as Executive Director. She studied health policy & management at UNC-Chapel Hill and Johns Hopkins, and received her PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her doctoral research was on the policy implications of migration for the immunization of children in China. Research interests include health equity for children and young people. She was a visiting scholar at Cambridge University. She has worked in various policy/communications roles at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, WHO (Adolescent Health), National Kidney Foundation of Singapore, U.S. Senate, and Ogilvy Public Relations in Washington D.C. She is also a Lecturer at the UCB School of Public Health, teaching a global public health class for the Master of Development Practice program.
Communications Officer, Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health
As the communications officer for the Center for Innovation in Global Health, and webmaster, Rachel brings her professional experience in strategic communications, media relations and content development to promote the latest research and programs in global health at Stanford University. In addition to her communications role, Rachel manages overseas fellowship programs, including the Yale-Stanford Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars Program and Stanford-ABC Global Health & Media Fellowship, and supports the Center’s research initiatives.
She joined Stanford after having spent several years in the healthcare industry working with advocacy organizations and leading corporations to publicize new medical breakthroughs, disease awareness programs and educational initiatives. Rachel holds a dual B.S. in Public Relations and Entrepreneurship from Syracuse University.
Research and Education Program Manager, UC Berkeley Center for Global Public Health
Elizabeth Rojo is the Center for Global Public Health Program Manager. She helps lead the Global Health Specialty and CGPH Fellows program, also contributing to the development of research and education initiatives in collaboration with partnering faculty, students, and groups.
Elizabeth’s passion for social development and global affairs brought her to the University of California where she has worked in various capacities over the years including at the department of Political Science at UC Berkeley and Global Health Sciences at UCSF. Prior to this role, she lived in Tanzania where she worked in Program Development for an emergency medicine NGO in Dar es Salaam.
Her educational background is in International Relations (MSc) from IE School of International Relations in Madrid, and her research background focused on women’s issues in Ghana per the Millennium Development Goals. She has special research interest in refugee health. Elizabeth is also fluent in Spanish, intermediate in French and beginner in Swahili and hopes to add Arabic to the mix soon.
Associate Director, Vector Control, at the UCSF Global Health Group Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI)
As the Associate Director for Vector Control at the UCSF Global Health Group Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI), Allison leads the MEI's portfolio of work around innovative mosquito control and entomological surveillance for malaria elimination and eradication.
Prior to joining the MEI, Allison worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in southern Africa for several years supporting ministries of health on malaria elimination strategy, policy, and operational research and then in Boston where she coordinated CHAI’s HIV, TB, and Health Financing efforts across the organization and 23 countries. Allison holds an MPH and a BS from Boston University.