Dr. Vanessa Kerry, Seed’s co-founder and CEO, has been named to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders community — “121 scientists, government leaders, future business leaders, social activists and artists, aged under 40, who are shaking up policy, society and the world around them.”
Kerry, who also works as a critical care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, serves as Associate Director of the MGH Center for Global Health, and holds a faculty position at Harvard Medical School, spearheaded the formation of Seed Global Health in 2012 as an organization dedicated to saving lives and eliminating global health inequities by strengthening health education and delivery in places with dire shortages of doctors, nurses and other health professionals.
Seed’s flagship program is the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) — a joint initiative with the Peace Corps and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — which places US doctors and nurses as educators and mentors, working alongside local faculty to forge the next generation of medical and nursing leaders. Seed currently works in three countries in Africa (Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda) and will expand to Swaziland and Liberia later this year. In Seed’s short history, 97 GHSP Volunteers have taught over 350 courses to nearly 9,500 medical and nursing students, post-graduates, faculty, and other hospital staff.
After attending this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Kerry wrote an article published on the Huffington Post, highlighting the need “to make the connections between disease and poverty — and between health and economic development — central to every conversation about economic growth and investment.”
Kerry will now bring that perspective to the select Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL), whose members have been tasked “to work with one another over the next five years resolving some of the world’s toughest challenges.”