Global Health: Innovative solutions for developing economies


6:00-6:45 PM - Registration & Refreshments
6:45-7:00 PM - Introduction and Welcome
7:00-8:30 PM - Speaker Presentation
8:30-9:00 PM - Networking w/ Speakers



Dr. Heather Wipfli Associate Director, USC Institute for Global Health, Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and School of International Relations, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Presentation: mhealth and wellness efforts at WHO and ITU

Balaji Govindan Program Manager at Boston Scientifc

Presentation: Entrepreneurship Vs Consultancy - Rising tides in Africa

Joshua Gray Management Consultant and Ph.D student at USC

PresentationGlobal Health Systems - An African Case Study

Speaker Bios


Dr. Heather Wipfli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the USC/Keck School of Medicine and in the Department of International Relations at the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. She is also the Associate Director of the USC Institute for Global Health. Her research focuses on global health politics and the development of innovative forms of global health governance.

Dr. Wipfli has been engaged in global health research for over 10 years, focusing on developing multi-national research protocols that can identify determinants of health that lie beyond the control of any one country or community, and that require an international response to address them. She has successfully led a number of large multi-country research and capacity building projects focused on global tobacco control research and policy, including a study of secondhand smoke in homes in over 30 countries. These studies have led to policy change at the local and national level and have contributed to the scientific foundation for global policy recommendations by the World Health Organization.

Prior to joining USC, Dr. Wipfli directed research and training for the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and also worked as a technical officer at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva on the development of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Dr. Wipfli received her doctorate in international relations from the Graduate Institute for International Studies at the University of Geneva and was awarded the Alumni Laureate Award in 2007. Dr. Wipfli has published work on global tobacco control, policy diffusion, capacity building in developing countries, globalization and health, and health security.


Balaji Govindan is a Global management professional and a Technology leader with diverse background in product management and program management in the Hi-Tech and in the consumer space.

Balaji rolled out several high valued global projects within technical, business and strategic capacities under aggressive time lines through collaboration and internal/external partnerships - resulting in increased top-line and bottom line growth. Balaji has delivered projects in developed and in emerging economies. He understands the nitty-gritties of doing business in Western Africa and in Latin America. Balaji is currently leading portfolio of projects for Boston Scientific’s Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (S-ICD) – Class III Device product line. Balaji has a Master’s degree in Computer Science engineering and an MBA in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.


Joshua Gray is management consultant and doctoral student with a decade of industry experience.

Joshua is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Project Management Professional; with experience in various industries including: Biotechnology, Defense, Energy, Healthcare, Insurance, Materials to Real Estate & Transportation.  His healthcare industry experience includes working as a process improvement consultant within General Electric and working as a project management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton.  In these roles Joshua lead projects to improve the profit margin of GE Healthcare’s Orthopedics Division, the organizational effectiveness of the Department of Defense’s Wounded Warrior Programs and the operational efficiency of Veteran Affairs Benefits Programs.

Joshua is also an entrepreneur and is the founder of JLG Consulting Inc., which focuses on people, process and technology improvement projects for healthcare and biotechnology operations. His main clients include Genentech and Roche; where he led initiatives to enhance operational performance in cycle time, cost efficiency and staff productivity.  His projects have included the development of a program management infrastructure for quality improvement project and implementation of a pharmaceutical quality system for the operational excellence.

Joshua is currently a third year Doctorate of Philosophy student in USC’s Daniel J. Epstein Industrial & Systems Engineering Department; where his research areas includes Health Systems and Human Factors Engineering.  Additionally, he is one of a dozen medical and engineering students selected for USC’s Health, Technology & Engineering certification program; plus he is one of the founding members of USC’s Health Systems Improvement Collaborative.  His prior academic background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Florida State University and a Master of Science degree in Industrial & Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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