Dr. Stefan Germann

CEO of Fondation Botnar

Dr. Stefan Germann is the CEO OF Fondation Botnar, a Swiss-based foundation which champions the use of AI and digital technology to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in growing urban environments.

Stefan was previously Executive Director of onegoalglobal.org (an innovative collaborative child nutrition and healthy lifestyle campaign), and Senior Director of World Vision International Sustainable Health Partnership, Innovation and Accountability unit based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He worked for over 25 years in Africa and Asia in various health leadership roles with different agencies in the area of child health-related development, relief and advocacy work. His worked included managing a large hospital in Zimbabwe.  In 2005 he started to work with World Vision International’s emergency relief team as the director for the integrated technical sector teams in the Asia Tsunami response. This was a complex relief & reconstruction program where he was based in Asia. This program included major health components, including primary health care rehabilitation in Sri Lanka and mHealth projects for midwives in Aceh, Indonesia. He has previously held several board and advisory board memberships, including: Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), UBS Optimus Foundation, REPSSI in Africa, and on the Advisory Board of the Global Health Program, The Graduate Institute – Geneva focusing on the role of NGOs in global health diplomacy. He holds a degree in micro-engineering, an MSc degree in Social Policy & NGO Management, and a doctoral degree in Development Studies focusing on child wellbeing in the urban African context. Stefan finished in 2015 an Executive Master’s program in Tri Sector Collaboration at Singapore Management University.

5:05pm – 6:05pm EAT

Monday, 8 March 2021 Day 1

Technology and Digital Platforms for UHC

Hosted by Amref Health Africa 

Less than 50% of Africans have access to modern health care facilities, and many countries are struggling to meet the needs of their population due to acute health worker shortages. In the face of these obstacles, innovation is transforming health care diagnostics, treatment, delivery, data collection, and user experience in Africa. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has galvanized the development of more than 120 health technology innovations that have been piloted or adopted in Africa, according to WHO – including technologies focused on surveillance, contact tracing, community engagement, treatment, laboratory systems and infection, prevention and control. This session will highlight how novel and innovative interventions are responding to emerging needs as well as long-standing health challenges across Africa; explore the value of data systems for health and how they are being leveraged to make strides towards health for all; spotlight African innovators; and showcase technologies that are leapfrogging progress towards UHC across the continent.