Emily Sheldon

Academic credentials: Master of Public Health (Global Health) from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Current position: Co-Founder and CEO, African Health Innovation Centre

Emily Sheldon is most passionate about using market-based approaches to solve complex challenges throughout the African continent. Her global development experience spans sub-Saharan Africa and includes diverse engagement in facilitation and training, capacity building, and programme design. Emily serves as co-founder and CEO of the African Health Innovation Centre, a Ghana-based NGO dedicated to the utilization of innovation and entrepreneurship to improve health outcomes.

Prior to establishing AHIC, Emily served as the Director of Health Innovation for Impact Hub Accra, and held a second role as Africa Lead for Impact Hub Company, driving strategy and business development throughout the continent. Emily has worked in the non-profit, for-profit, and consulting fields with a predominant focus on process leadership, project management, and strategy. She holds a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN, USA. While pursuing her graduate degree, Emily also served as a key player in the launch of the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures (TFC) at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, a social enterprise-focused initiative dedicated to global poverty alleviation.