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Webinar: Driving Innovation While Managing Risk In Health Supply Chains .

Event | May 17, 2022

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022 we hosted a webinar on the challenges and best practices of managing risks and opportunities around health supply chains.

The webinar began with a keynote address by supply chain innovator and entrepreneur Dr. Derreck Kayongo, who shared his experience founding the Global Soap Project and eventually scaling it to more than 90 countries. After the keynote address, Chemonics’ Supply Chain Management Managing Director of Operations Deborah Hutchison moderated a panel discussion with experts from the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, the Center for Global Development, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on understanding the complexity of balancing supply chain risk while introducing innovative approaches, technologies, and new products into health supply chains in low- and middle-income countries.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Derreck Kayongo, Founder of Global Soap Project & CEO at Unite

Dr. Derreck Kayongo is the founder of the Global Soap Project, a humanitarian aid organization that collects discarded and unused soap from thousands of hotels worldwide, reprocesses it, then distributes it to communities that need it around the world. The project was born from his simple observation about how much soap is available in hotels, and how much is thrown away when hotel rooms are turned. This simple observation became an innovative idea that is now battling global health issues in 90 countries. Derreck’s passion for helping others and commitment to innovative thinking led him to the role of CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and, most recently, of Unite. Dr. Kayongo is an internationally recognized visionary and humanitarian. The Global Soap Project demonstrates his creativity and innovation, making him a leader in both global health and environmental sustainability.


Deborah Hutchison, Managing Director of Operations, Supply Chain Management Division, Chemonics






Ann Allen, Program Officer, Supply Chain, Global Delivery Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ann Allen is a supply chain professional working at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s supply chain team. She has nearly 15 years of experience spanning public, private, and NGO supply chains with an interest in better understanding, leveraging, and integrating the private sector channel of delivery, private sector logistics capabilities and innovation to improve health outcomes. In parallel, Ann works closely with other supply chain donors to support increased alignment of supply chain strategies, reduce duplication of investments, and increase overall impact through the inclusion of essential medicines and other non-donor funded commodities.  Prior to the Gates Foundation, Ann was a senior manager within Deloitte’s Supply Chain Strategy team. She started her career as an internal supply chain consultant with Médecins sans Frontiers and has lived and worked in many sub-Saharan African countries, India, and Haiti. Ann has a Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from MIT-Zaragoza.

Deo Kimera, GHSC-PSM Ghana Country Director

Deo Kimera has more than 20 years of international experience in health systems strengthening, including 14 years serving as a chief of party or country director for centrally awarded, multilateral USAID health supply chain projects in Botswana, Tanzania, and Ghana. Mr. Kimera has worked in health supply chain management in Uganda and played a pivotal role in the setup of PEPFAR by supporting the HIV logistics systems in Nigeria under the Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Nigeria project.  Mr. Kimera is a public health specialist and a pharmacist with demonstrated skills in leading supply chain projects for HIV/AIDS; malaria; maternal, newborn, and child health; and family planning.

Alan Pringle, GHSC-PSM Global Supply Chain Director

Alan Pringle is a procurement, supply chain management, and logistics expert with more than 20 years of experience working with USAID, World Bank, European Union, FCDO, and other bilateral donors. Mr. Pringle currently serves as the global supply chain director for the USAID Global Health and Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, where he is responsible for the planning, sourcing, and delivery of HIV, malaria, and reproductive health commodities valued at over $600 million per year. Mr. Pringle holds a M.B.A. on strategy and procurement management from the University of Birmingham.

Prashant Yadav, Professor and Senior Fellow, INSEAD & Center for Global Development

Prashant Yadav is senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, Affiliate Professor at INSEAD, and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Prashant’s research and policy advisory work focuses on health care supply chains in developing countries. He also works on role of new technology in pharmaceutical supply chains, globally. Before his current role, Yadav was strategy leader-supply chain at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, vice president of healthcare at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, and a faculty member at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Before that he was Professor of Supply Chain Management at the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program and a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. Yadav received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, his MBA in Operations and Finance, and his doctorate in Management Science. Before academia he has worked in pharmaceutical strategy, management consulting and supply chain technology companies.