Florence Gaudry-Perkins, Founder

Florence Gaudry-Perkins founded Digital Health Partnerships, driven by her conviction that digital health can improve people’s lives by increasing access to healthcare services and health information, especially in environments where health infrastructure and access to health workers are scarce. Her passion built over 6 years while working as International Director for Government Affairs for Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia where she advocated for digital health with multiple public and private organizations, with a focus on overcoming challenges for scaling.

Her social-entrepreneurial side led her to help build a large scale mHealth initiative in Senegal and to develop an ambitious national project in Mexico using mobile technology to address diabetes, obesity and overweight with the government and multiple partners from private sector and civil society.

Her long-time experience in international development, government relations and building and managing complex partnerships is applied today to scaling digital health in developing and emerging countries. She believes that global corporations now hold a responsibility in bringing their core technologies, products, services and competencies to form alliances with NGOs, Social Entrepreneurs, Foundations, Governments and international organizations to help develop sustainable business models which can then be easier to scale and replicate across regions and market.

Marie Ollivier, Project Manager

Marie Ollivier joined Digital Health Partnerships, convinced that new technologies have a huge role to play in allowing everyone to access basic services such as health, particularly in remote areas of developing and emerging countries.

Passionate about social innovation, she is a graduate from SciencesPo Paris School of International Affairs, with a focus on international development and African studies.

Her faith in the power of new hybrid economic models and multi-stakeholder partnerships for social change led her to work in various organizations, such as the UN Economic and Social council as well as Orange, on ICT development projects for health and education. She has also worked and volunteered for different social enterprises and NGOs and remains active in this arena.

Our partners

DHP believes in collective impact and intelligence and has built a virtual team of partner consultants and advisors focused on global digital health. Depending on the project and initiatives, members of this virtual team of experts will join forces as appropriate to bring the most effective and impactful support.

Jon Bastow, Switzerland

Jon Bastow helps organizations accelerate innovation across R&D (Research and Development) and Access in healthcare. He brings over 30 years of experience, having led R&D and access projects across multiple diseases. He has held senior roles in pharmaceutical companies and international organizations such as FIND and The Global Fund, building partnerships between private sector healthcare and tech companies, NGO’s and governments addressing major problems of poverty. Jon is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, holds degrees in Biochemistry and Philosophy and has given lectures at IMD, London Business School, INSEAD and the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

Prof. Bagayoko, Mali

Prof. Bagayoko is expert in medical informatics and eHealth. He is currently Head of the « Centre d’Innovation et de Santé Digitale » at « Université des Sciences, Techniques et Technologies de Bamako ».

He obtained his doctorate in medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Bamako in 2002. Interested by the use of Information and Communication Technologies since the first years of medical studies, he strengthens his skills in the field and successively obtained a Certificate of Continuing Education in Medical Informatics at the University of Geneva, a master’s degree in Biomedical and Health Informatics at the University of Paris V, a master’s degree in Expertise and Engineering of Health Information Systems and a PhD in Medical Informatics at the University of Aix Marseille II University.

He brings over 25 years of experience, having led R&D and implementation of eHealth projects across multiple African countries. He has solid experience in the elaboration of e-health strategies, development of adapted tools for Africa, piloting, the implementation and the evaluation of e-health projects notably through several missions of expertise carried out in Mali, in Africa and around the world and his role as General Coordinator of the “Réseau en Afrique Francophone pour la Télémédecine”. Prof. Bagayoko is a vice president of Francophone Group at International Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), member of board of the Pan African Association of eHealth (HELINA), full member of the Malian Academy of Sciences and Fellow of International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI).

Through competitive research grants, he has conducted medico-economic impact studies of e-health and its effects on the recruitment and retention of health workers in Mali and other African countries.

He is the author of numerous scientific publications and has obtained several scientific and honorary distinctions including, the Swiss Government postdoctoral Excellence Fellowship, the Mali National Medal of Merit, the RFI App Challenges Africa Award.

Femke Smeets, Netherlands

Femke Smeets is an entrepreneurial business strategist, fundraising expert and team manager with extensive experience in the social entrepreneurship and impact investing space as well as in public private partnership development.

Most recently, Femke worked as head of business development for the PharmAccess Group, a group of not for profit organizations working in health financing, health investments and digital health in lower and middle income countries.

Femke joined PharmAccess in 2012 as consultant, advising International Development Banks and clients in Africa on the development of public private partnership contracts in the health sector. In 2014 she switched to the Medical Credit Fund, a blended Social Impact Fund that provides loans and management support to health SMEs in Africa. In this role she developed a portfolio of investors, grantors and implementing partners, and set up executive management training for healthcare managers, in partnership with African business schools. From 2018 to March 2020, Femke headed the business and partnership development team (5 pax), responsible for developing new projects and partnerships and for securing funds (investments and grants), as well as managing a project portfolio of e-health projects. Under her responsibility the team raised EUR 20 million in grant funding in 2019, and 17 million in 2018.

Femke holds degrees in business administration and international relations (cum laude) and has recently graduated from an Executive leadership and business program at INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau, France. She has previously held policy advisory roles in public administration in the Netherlands (Ministry of Economic Affairs, DG International Economic Relations) and New York (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and has furthermore worked in business development and project management in the international water management space, at the Netherlands Water Partnership (2009-2012).

Jai Ganesh Udayasankaran, India

Jai Ganesh Udayasankaran is a senior manager in-charge of healthcare information technology initiatives of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, a public charitable Trust based in India. His core area of work and expertise has been in implementation of web-based Enterprise Hospital Information Systems (HIS), Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), telemedicine, tele-education and web portal for chronic disease management. 

He is a member of the Governing Committee of Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN), Expert Committee of Global South eHealth Observatory, Fondation Pierre Fabre, France, World Health Organisation (WHO) Digital Health Roster of Experts and Digital Health and Interoperability Working Group of the Health Data Collaborative (HDC). 

He is a visiting faculty at Department of Health Information Management, Manipal College of Health Professions, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), India and a member of Health Informatics Sectional Committee of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). He has been a resource person for national convergence workshops and capacity building missions on Health Information Systems, telemedicine, and digital health organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) in South East Asia and Western Pacific regional countries.

Dr. Aline Menden, Germany

Dr. Aline Menden is a founder and managing director and managing director of Endeva, and an expert on inclusive business and system innovation. The idea to found Endeva was inspired by Aline’s expertise in co-creative approaches to innovation, which include relevant stakeholders. Innovation approaches that are open, take a systemic perspective, and aim towards benefiting people and the planet, have been key principles of her academic research and consulting work.

Currently, Aline’s passion and focus is on improving access to healthcare for the low-income through technology. Her main interest lies in fostering more collaboration between corporates, digital startups  and social enterprises, while always including the patient perspective. Aline has been leading Endeva’s work in the health sector. For example, she co-authored “Bringing Medicines to Low-Income Markets” for the BMZ, GIZ and Sanofi, and analyzed health business model innovations for the Wolrd Bank. In her consulting work, she supported corporate clients to develop and implement business models targeting low- and middle income groups in Africa and Asia, with a specific focus on NDCs such as diabetes and cancer. Aline has been researching and advising on market based approaches to development for more than 13 years. She has directed +50 projects with over 40 partners from all sectors, including corporates, social enterprises, international NGOs, international development organizations and foundations. Aline co-authored over 10 reports as well as over 50 in-depth case studies on inclusive business models and partnerships, all aiming at understanding how to male these models work for both companies and people living in poverty. In her consulting work, she supported companies and NGOs to develop and implement business models targeting low-and middle income groups in Africa and Asia, with a specific focus on the health sector.

Aline has worked in various countries, including Brazil, Bangladesh, South Africa, Indonesia and the Philippines. She holds a PhD in  “Identifying Low-income Consumers as a Source of Innovation” from the TUM School of Management in Munich, Germany (in cooperation with the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil). She is a frequent guest lecturer at leading universities.

Patrick Veron, Singapore

Patrick Veron is a senior business leader who has led start-ups and built new businesses for both Fortune 500 and mid-size companies across continents in different industries.

He is a strong believer of “technology for a purpose”. As such, he has been increasingly active over the years in supporting innovative health-tech and digital health solutions and helping them build business models to strengthen their relevance and support their growth. 

Patrick has held senior roles with leading technology companies in Europe until he relocated in Asia Pacific back in 2005. In 2013, he founded EWIS, an independent, niche consultancy services company specialized in advising Asian and European corporations with their global business strategy. In recent years, Patrick has also supported various e-health initiatives and start-ups bringing tech innovations to Healthcare in Asia. 

Philippe Lepere, France

Philippe Lepere is an independent consultant, specialized in global health and AIDS response with more than 25 years’ experience with civil society, bilateral and multilateral cooperation, incl. research institutions mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, Philippe is a serving member of the Global Fund Technical Review Panel, expert for Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health; member of several scientific committees and visiting lecturer at the Bordeaux School of Public Health (ISPED).

Philippe is convinced that digital health has the potential to overcome barriers that undermine access to health care and the quality of care delivery with individuals playing a proactive role in their own treatment and acting as genuine partners of the health system. Being driven by this vision, and passionate by digital health, he engaged in a partnership with the mobile network operator Orange to design a mHealth platform and implement it, including a research component, in Côte d’Ivoire, which he is running as a PhD candidate at the University of Geneva in its Global Health Program.

Philippe has a scientific background in molecular biology, epidemiology, global health and project management.