Global Health Leadership Forum

With over 220 active organizations, companies and academic institutions, North Carolina is a leading center for global public health research, practice, and innovation. The Global Health Leadership Forum is a quarterly speaker series featuring a mix of topics and perspectives spanning the global health, public health, and environmental health arenas. 


Please join us to learn how our communities are impacted by global health challenges, and how our global health leaders address these challenges through advocacy, collaboration, and innovation to improve the health of populations around the world.

Blockchain for Global & Public Health


Wednesday, December 4th

Numerous technologies offer the promise of improving the health of populations around the world, including the use of Blockchain. What is blockchain, and how does it apply to global public health challenges? Our speaker lineup will help to explore and answer these questions through a collection of quick presentations and panel discussion. 

Thank you to our fantastic speakers, sponsor Michael Best, and all who joined the discussion of how blockchain is impacting global health, humanitarian aid work, and international development! Great insight shared on how data and next-gen tools are being used today to help those most in need, and how to turn global health innovation into sustainable impact.

Featured speakers:​

Jason Cross, PhD - Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Rymedi

Dr. Jason Cross (PhD, JD) is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Rymedi, a technology company enabling healthcare companies to capture, track and share data with blockchain, IoT and AI. Prior to Rymedi, Dr. Cross was a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship law, policy, and business at Duke University, where he was founding Executive Director of the Innovation & Technology Policy Lab. At the ITPLab, he led research, consulting, and venture incubation on novel finance, intellectual property, collaboration strategies, and trade policy for enhancing the efficiency and accessibility of innovations across global health, energy, education, and smart infrastructure. He has extensive experience working with governments, industry and nonprofits to create and strengthen inclusive innovation systems: from biopharmaceutical legal reform and trade policy in Central America, open education business models and telecom policy in Southern Africa, and mHealth technology in emerging markets, to intellectual property and global development negotiations at the WTO, WIPO and WHO.

Dr. Cross earned his Ph.D. in the Anthropology of Economics & Governance from Duke University. He was Postdoctoral Fellow in Science & Technology Policy at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy, and received a J.D. from Duke Law School specializing in innovation and intellectual property law. Dr. Cross also has an M.A. and passed Ph.D. exams in the History & Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.A. in Biological Anthropology from the Pennsylvania State University.

Durham, NC

Bobby Jefferson - Chief Technology Officer, DAI Global Health

Bobby Jefferson, Chief Technology Officer with DAI Global Health, focuses on tech-enabled services for global health programs. Bobby has a relentless entrepreneurial passion for using mobile solutions for social development and community health. He serves as a tech reviewer and judges on early-stage health tech funds, Innovation to Action Challenge, GHIC Innovation Prize, and mentors health tech startups.


Bobby collaborates with incubator networks in Raleigh-Durham to support social entrepreneurs’ brilliant ideas and innovations in healthcare. He was speaker at the 2018 Switchpoint Conference in Saxapahaw, NC, sponsored by Intrahealth. He was a keynote speaker  Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST)  Year 8 Industry Meeting on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh, NC. Bobby was excited to recently participate in Triangle Global Health Consortium (TGHC) Mentor Mondays to share insights about technology skills for working in global health.

Washington, DC

English Sall, PhD - Co-Founder, Impact Thread

English Sall is co-founder of an organization called Impact Thread that supports organizational development and Metrics and Evaluation for social impact and humanitarian aid organizations. English specializes in humanitarian work psychology and is especially interested in how industrial organizational psychology can be applied to cross-cultural leadership and work-force development within informal economies. English Sall is a data enthusiast and researcher at heart and has worked as a Data Strategist Fellow with ORGANize and as a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists-United Nations Liaison team. She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband, two sons and two dogs. She is a board member of the Sall Family Foundation and is pursuing the role of a next-gen philanthropist.

Raleigh, NC

Jamie Pina, PhD - Director, Public Informatics Program, RTI International

Jamie Pina, PhD, MSPH is a research scientist who develops, implements, and evaluates information management solutions to support practice and research in public health and biomedicine. Dr. Pina has worked with international, federal, state, and municipal public health agencies, and has graduate training in biomedical informatics and public health informatics. He also has a background in information technology, qualitative research, and project management. His research interests include disease surveillance, global health, evaluation methodologies, public health workflow, gaming technologies that promote health, and developing information management infrastructure in resource-constrained environments. 

Boston, MA

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Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor - Michael Best, a full service law firm with offices in Raleigh and more than 250 lawyers who provide their clients with the exceptional legal service and business acumen. Michael Best serves regional, national, and international corporations, as well as municipalities, trade associations, nonprofits, family trusts, and individual ranging in size from small start-up ventures to global Fortune 500 companies.


65 TW Alexander Dr.


Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

(919) 589-7086

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