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Dr. Joel Selanikio        

Award-winning Physician, Health & Technology Activist; CEO of Magpi

Dr. Joel Selanikio is an award-winning physician, inventor, emergency responder, and public speaker who leads the efforts of Magpi to develop and promote new technologies and business models for health and international development, including multiple-award-winning Magpi mobile data collection and messaging software – the most widely scaled mobile technology ever created for international development, with more than 60,000 users in more than 170 countries.

In December 2014 - January 2015, he was the lead physician at the IMC Ebola Treatment Center at Lunsar, Sierra Leone.

Dr. Selanikio is a frequent keynote speaker and consultant in the fields of social entrepreneurship, innovation, public and global health, healthcare, child health, epidemiology, and the use of technology for development ("ICT4D") and for emergency and disaster preparedness and outbreak response, and has consulted or spoken on these topics at Davos, TEDx, Foo Camp, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Google, DARPA, CNN, Fox News, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Royal Society of Medicine, and many other very prominent venues and organizations. He is a judge for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards, and is a winner of both the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability and the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award.

Dr. Selanikio has been profiled by the Guardian, Wired, Forbes, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, the BBC, NPR, Information Week, and the Washington Post, among many other publications.

Dr. Selanikio is a practicing pediatrician, as well as a former Wall Street computer consultant, and former CDC epidemiologist. As an officer of the Public Health Service, Dr. Selanikio served as Chief of Operations for the HHS Secretary's Emergency Command Center after the 9/11 attacks. In 2005, he was given the Haverford Award for Humanitarian Service for his work in treating tsunami victims in Aceh.

Speech Topics


Big Data and Health

Social Enterprise and Innovation

Responding to Ebola

Global Health and Innovation

Why is My EMR So Very Bad?

Shining a Light on Global Health

Disruption in International Development and Global Health

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