Pioneering innovative, affordable and scalable healthcare solutions
We are a profit with purpose company pioneering innovative, affordable and scalable healthcare solutions.
Established in 2014 to commercialise the research of The George Institute for Global Health, a world-leading medical research institute, we are executing a profit with purpose-led strategy with a singular impact objective – to reduce the inequitable, social, and economic burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on communities globally, helping people enjoy longer, healthier lives and driving more efficient and stronger health systems.
Through our portfolio of three commercial businesses – George Clinical, George Medicines, and Ellen Medical Devices – we are providing high-quality, affordable healthcare solutions, including treatments, devices and services at scale, to achieve profit with purpose.
Poised for significant growth
Revenue-generating and with exclusive commercial rights to all intellectual property of The George Institute for Global Health, we are poised for significant growth across our portfolio businesses and provide investors with an opportunity to earn strong financial returns while driving a real, long-lasting health impact across underserved communities, globally.
George Health Team
George Health and each of our businesses are led by experienced teams combining sector specific expertise spanning healthcare delivery and investment in established and emerging markets.
Dr Srinivas AkkarajuChair, Board of Directors, George Health
Srinivas Akkaraju is Founder and Managing General Partner at Samsara BioCapital. Previously he was a Managing General Partner of Sofinnova Ventures. Srinivas has also served as Managing Director of New Leaf Venture Partners, and prior to that, a Founding Managing Director at Panorama Capital, LLC., and prior to that, a Partner with J.P. Morgan Partners.
Before his investment career, Srinivas was in Business and Corporate Development at Genentech, Inc., a biotechnology company (now a wholly owned member of The Roche Group). He is currently a Director of Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Seattle Genetics, Versartis Inc., and Syros Pharmaceuticals.
Previously Srinivas served as a director on the boards of ZS Pharma, Inc., Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Synageva Biopharma Corp., aTyr Pharma, Inc., Barrier Therapeutics, Inc., and Amarin Corporation plc. He is a Board Member of The George Institute for Global Health.
Ms Yasmin AllenBoard Member, George Health
Yasmin Allen is a non-Executive Director of Cochlear Limited, Chairman of its Audit Committee and a member of Cochlear’s Technology Committee. She is also a non-Executive Director of ASX Limited, and a member of the ASX Audit Committee and ASX Clearing and Settlement Board. Yasmin is a director at Santos Limited, Chairman of Santos’ Remuneration Committee and a member of its Audit Committee. She is also a Director of the National Portrait Gallery and Chairman of Advance, connecting innovation and IP globally, and a Board Member of The George Institute for Global Health.
Yasmin’s previous directorships include Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG) where she was Chairman of IAG’s Nomination and Remuneration Committee and a member of its Audit and Risk Committee. Yasmin was also Chairman of Macquarie Global Infrastructure Funds and a National Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Prior to her directorships, Yasmin had an extensive career in investment banking, including as Vice President of Deutsche Bank, Director of ANZ Investment Bank in Sydney and Director with HSBC in London. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and in 2015 was awarded their Alumni of Distinction Award.
She is a Fellow of the Australia Institute of Company Directors and a member (and former council member) of Chief Executive Women.
Mr Staph Leavenworth BakaliPresident and Chief Executive Officer, George Health
Mustapha “Staph” Leavenworth Bakali is President and Chief Executive Officer, and Director of George Health. Previously Staph was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). He has 30 years of senior executive and board level experience, leading, growing, and transforming large complex and start-up organisations in developed and emerging markets in the global pharmaceutical, biotechnology and not-for-profit health arenas.
Prior to CHAI, he held several senior executive and board positions with leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including 11 years with SmithKline Beecham living and managing businesses in French West Africa, Latin America, and Europe.
Mr Leavenworth Bakali has substantial experience and a proven track record in fundraising, negotiating and concluding a wide range of public and private sector agreements and partnerships, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions. As Chief Operation Officer of Vancouver-based ID Biomedical and UK-based PowderJect Pharmaceuticals Plc, he played a significant role in transforming the two companies from R&D organisations into fully-integrated biotech companies leading to subsequent acquisitions by GlaxoSmithKline and Chiron Corporation, respectively. As Worldwide Head of Sales and Marketing of Chiron Corporation’s Vaccines Division, he played an instrumental role in negotiating the partnerships that led to the eventual development of a low-cost combination pentavalent vaccine to serve children across the world’s 70 poorest countries. Mr Leavenworth Bakali is also the co-founder of LeapFrog Investments, the world’s first and largest investor in companies that insure underserved people in Africa and Asia.
Mr Leavenworth Bakali serves on a number of boards as an advisor and as a non-Executive Director and Chairman. He holds a First Class Honours Degree from City of London Polytechnic and an MSc (With Distinction) from London Business School.
Mr Arthur BrandwoodActing Director, Ellen Medical Devices
Highly experienced MedTech professional with multiple leadership roles. Experience includes product development, senior government regulator, provider of regulatory and commercialisation services, senior advisory and board roles.
Mr Neil BrownBoard Observer, George Health
Neil Brown is a founding member and Head of Private Equity at Federation Asset Management. Federation invests in renewable energy assets, social, health and education real estate, and growing operating companies that meet a social and economic need.
Previously, Neil was a Division Director in the balance sheet investment arm of Macquarie Bank. He has more than a decade’s experience in investment, investment management and corporate advisory across a wide range of sectors, including energy, infrastructure, transport, financials, health, and real estate.
Neil holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Economics degree with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Scott FeatherstonChief Financial Officer, George Health
Scott is Chief Financial Officer and Director for Corporate Development for George Health and is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at The George Institute. Scott also has interests in education. He founded Caerus Capital, a boutique private investment firm that invests in the private education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa and he sits on the board of Luminus Education in Amman, Jordan.
Scott was formerly the Global Health Sector Leader and a Principal Investment Officer for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. During his time at IFC (2005-2015), Scott led numerous transactions in the health and education sectors in Africa, MENA, South/East Asia, and Europe and founded the World Bank’s Health in Africa initiative. Scott’s early career was in engineering and finance.
He worked for a global property and project management firm before joining the finance advisory practice of a “Big 4” global consulting firm. Scott holds Masters degrees in international affairs and engineering science.
He lectured in international economics and finance at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC.
Dr Mohit KaushalBoard Member, George Health
Mohit has had an extensive career within investing, clinical medicine/academia and public policy. Mohit is an investor in and board member at numerous transformational companies including Humedica (acquired by Optum Health), Rxante (acquired by Millennium), Change Healthcare (acquired by Emdeon), Universal American (NYSE:UAM) acquired by WellCare (NYSE:WCG), Gravie, Elation Health, Wellframe, CitiusTech and Oak Street Health.
During the Obama administration, he served as a member of the White House Health IT task force; a cross agency team implementing the technology aspects of the ACA; and testified to Congress on the application of technology and payment reform Administration to the Medicare population.
He also built and led the first dedicated health care team at the Federal Communications Commission, where his team-initiated collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration for the regulatory streamlining of converged telecommunications, data analytics and medical devices leading to the release of the mobile medical applications guidance by the FDA. In addition, his team reformed the Rural Healthcare fund to create the Healthcare Connect Fund, which aligned the funding mechanism with wider health care payment policy and technology reform.
In addition, Mohit is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University with a joint position within the Biomedical Data Science Department and the medical school’s Clinical Excellence Research Center.
Mohit continues to be active within public policy and is a Scholar in Residence at the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy. He was previously a Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution. He has also been appointed to the FDASIA Workgroup of the Health IT Policy Committee and to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, advising HHS on Data Access and Use.
Mohit is an ER physician, holds an MBA from Stanford and an MD with distinction from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London.
Mr Glenn KerkhofExecutive Chairman, George Clinical
Glenn Kerkhof is Executive Chairman of George Clinical. Glenn has over 27 years’ experience in the contract research or drug development industry and joined George Clinical from Chiltern, where he was Chief Executive Officer.
Before Chiltern, Glenn served as Vice President, Clinical Services for Charles River Laboratories, and as Vice President, Clinical Europe for Inveresk Research. Also, he is a non-executive director of Immunoglobal Pty. Ltd and his previous directorships include Cell Care Pty. Ltd. Glenn, based in Melbourne, works closely with the executive team to formulate and execute George Clinical’s global strategy.
Guillaume LehingueBoard Member, George Health
Guillaume Lehingue is Director, M&A, APAC for Bupa, where he oversees corporate development and portfolio management activities across the region.
Guillaume joined Bupa in 2019 after more than a decade of experience in investment banking and principal investment in London and Sydney. Before joining Bupa, Guillaume was an executive director in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs, focusing on covering healthcare and pharmaceuticals clients in ANZ.
Guillaume is a dual French and Australian citizen and received a Master in Management from HEC Paris.
Professor Stephen MacMahon AOChief Scientific Advisor, George Health; Founding Director and Board Member, The George Institute for Global Health
Co-Founder of The George Institute and George Health, Stephen is a leading authority on the treatment of non-communicable diseases as well as a recognised social entrepreneur.
Stephen is a Professor of Medicine and Oxford Martin Senior Fellow, University of Oxford; Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, UNSW Sydney; Honorary Professor, Peking University Health Science Center; Honorary Consultant, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney); and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, British Academy of Medical Sciences and American College of Cardiology.
Stephen was named EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013.
Professor Robyn Norton AOFounding Director and Board Member, The George Institute for Global Health
Robyn is Co-Founder of The George Institute for Global Health and Acting Executive Director, The George lnstitute for Global Health, University of Oxford. She is a Board Member of The George Institute for Global Health and of George Health and a Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney; Professor of Global Health and Oxford Martin Senior Fellow, University of Oxford; and Honorary Professor, Peking University.
Robyn has published widely and is internationally regarded for her research on the causes, prevention and management of injuries, especially road traffic and fall-related injuries, as well as the management of various critical conditions in surgical and intensive care settings.
Robyn has had a long-standing commitment to improving women’s health and currently leads The George Institute’s research, implementation and advocacy programme, which aims to improve the health of women and girls worldwide.
Dr Karl RobertsChief Operating Officer, George Medicines
Dr Roberts has over 30 years’ experience in various commercial, general management, consultant and strategic roles in the branded and generic pharma space and in contract manufacturing.
Karl has extensive global experience in strategic licensing and M&A and a proven track record in brokering deals in established and emerging markets.
Prior to joining the George Health team Karl was Global Head of Business Development at Concordia and prior to that led Cipla’s business in Western Europe for over five years where he was instrumental in reshaping and delivering their European growth strategy.