Adele Waugaman

Digital Health for Universal Health Coverage
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[Day 2]
Theme: Fireside chat with Adele Waugaman & Nanjira

“Adele is a senior strategist and policy professional with 15 years of experience building and leading digital transformation and related thought leadership initiatives with governments, civil society, multilateral organizations, and the private sector.

Currently she is Senior Digital Health Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where she is guiding the development and implementation of the Agency’s first policy covering its investments in digital technologies used to support country-based health programs. She also is co-author of USAID’s first Digital Strategy.

A recognized thought leader, Adele serves as: expert advisor to the G20 Digital Health Task Force, and the UN Broadband Commission’s Working Group for Digital and AI in Health; Advisory Group member to the Global Digital Health Network, and the Humanitarian Innovation Fund; and Co-Chair of the 350-member Digital Health & Interoperability Working Group, and Chair of USAID’s internal Digital Health Working Group. She has appeared in a variety of news outlets including the BBC, Financial Times, National Public Radio, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.

Previously she was managing director of Catalyst Advisory, LLC, providing strategic, technical, and advisory support to clients using digital technologies to strengthen health, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, and broader global development efforts. Prior to that she was Senior Director of Technology Partnerships at the United Nations Foundation, where she managed a $30 million partnership with the Vodafone Foundation supporting digital innovations accelerating the UN’s health and humanitarian work.

Adele has authored and edited numerous reports on how digitization is transforming the aid and development sectors, including Fighting Ebola with Information: Learning from the Use of Data, Information, and Digital Technologies in the West Africa Ebola Outbreak Response, and Disaster Relief 2.0: The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies.

Before shifting her career focus to digital transformation she served as a communications strategist for human rights and international humanitarian law advocacy organizations, with brief stints working as a journalist in Washington DC and Paris, and in tech sector public relations in New York City. “