Advisory Board

Melissa L. Bradley is a tri-sector leader with more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. Melissa Bradley is Managing Director of Project 500 – accelerating new majority entrepreneurs from high potential to high growth. She is also a Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where she teaches impact investing, social entrepreneurship, P2P economies and innovation.

Melissa is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. She is also Co-Chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) by Secretary Penny Pritzker from the Department of Commerce.

Melissa currently serves as a Board Member for The Reinvestment Fund, and an advisor to the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program, Wallet AI, and the Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise (CASE) at Duke University. She is a Founding Advisor to the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs as well as a Senator with the Board of Governors at Georgetown University. She is also Founder and Former Chair of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance; Founding Member, The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership; and Founding Advisor to LGBTQ Center at Georgetown University.

Melissa’s educational background includes graduation from Georgetown University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance from the School of Business, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing from American University in 1993.

Lee Broome is an expert in identifying and maximizing opportunities for growth. He is a start-up veteran who has founded, built and managed companies, and has devised ‘go to market’ strategies that have grown revenue from first sale to market leader. He is a strategic planner, sales team builder and leader, with an impressive record of success spanning 25+ years.

Broome is a natural leader who inspires teams to work together to meet or exceed goals. An expert in consultative selling he creates trust leading to the signing of a deal for the mutual benefit of all parties… and a true ‘win-win’.

Broome’s career has been based upon building and managing key relationships, complex consultative sales cycles, negotiating channel deals, JV’s, or investment, and scaling sales organizations to capitalize on the opportunity, for example, leading a national real estate company to raise $485 million in annual investment sales leveraged to purchase over $800 million in syndicated commercial real estate. Exceptional communicator and public speaker, and at articulating the company’s value proposition or other initiatives to resonate with diverse audiences from 1 to 1,000+.

Graduate of Law (LLB), University of Manchester Law School, Manchester, England.

Guillaume Castel is currently an Executive Director at the Advisory Board Company (ABCO) where he manages operations and strategy for the Chief Product Officer, overseeing approximately 1000 employees. Prior to this appointment, Guillaume oversaw strategic planning and partnerships for the firm. He joined the Advisory Board Company in 2014.

Guillaume came to the Advisory Board Company from Cisco Systems (CSCO) where his last appointment was as Director of Corporate Strategy in the Office of the President for Sales and Development, working on Go To Market and Sales innovation applied to Cisco’s top portfolio priorities such as Cloud, Software and other emerging technologies. Prior to that, Guillaume held a number of managerial and executive positions at Cisco over a six year period.

Before joining Cisco Systems, Guillaume spent a year as the CFO of Allafrica Global Media and prior to that, he spent seven years with IBM (IBM) in a number of roles and functions ranging from Finance and Operations in IBM Global Services to Corporate Development at IBM’s Headquarters.

Guillaume serves on the boards of the Heifer Foundation based in Little Rock, Arkansas and based in Washington DC. He serves as an advisor to Kupanda Capital, a DC based, Africa focused investment company backed by TPG. He is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee in Washington DC. He has served on the Heifer Foundation Board of Trustees since 2016.

Michael Chernew is the Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy and the director of the Healthcare Markets and Regulation (HMR) Lab in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chernew’s research examines several areas related to controlling health care spending growth while maintaining or improving quality of care. His work on consumer incentives focuses on Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID), which aligns patient cost sharing with clinical value. His work on payment reform involves the evaluation of population-based and episode-based payment models. Other areas of research examine Medicare Advantage, prescribing patterns and medication adherence, the causes and consequences of rising health care spending, and geographic variation in spending, spending growth and quality.

Dr. Chernew earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD in economics from Stanford University, where his training focused on areas of applied microeconomics and econometrics. In 1998, he was awarded the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators by the Association of University Programs in Public Health. In 1999, he received the Alice S. Hersh Young Investigator Award from the Association of Health Services Research. Both of these awards recognize overall contribution to the field of health services research. His 2008 article in Health Affairs, titled “Impact of Decreasing Copayments on Medication Adherence within Disease Management Program,” was awarded the Research Award from the National Institute for Health Care Management.

Dr. Chernew is a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisors and of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT). He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2011, he served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Determination of Essential Health Benefits and, in 2010, was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Chernew is the former Vice Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which is an independent agency established to advise the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. In 2000, 2004, and 2010, he served on technical advisory panels for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that reviewed the assumptions used by Medicare actuaries to assess the financial status of Medicare trust funds. On these panels, Dr. Chernew focused on the methodology used to project trends in long-term health care spending growth. In April 2015, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker appointed Dr. Chernew to the Massachusetts Health Connector Board of Directors. Dr. Chernew is currently a co-editor of the American Journal of Managed Care and editor of the Journal of Health Economics. He is a former senior associate editor of Health Services Research. He has also served on the editorial boards of Health Affairs and Medical Care Research and Review.

Laureen Cook is with the IFC (World Bank), as Principal TMT Advisor, in the Global Telecommunications, Media & Technology investment sector. As a senior member of the Global TMT Team, she is responsible for the development of new business and evaluation of TMT investment opportunities in Emerging Markets; providing guidance to the regional teams on new projects and portfolio companies, structure & operational improvements, from concept through to exit. Prior to joining the IFC, Laureen was with Alcatel-Lucent as Vice President 4G/LTE Strategy. At ALU, she was focused on the development of innovative applications, products & services and revenue streams, in order to accelerate the successful market growth of 4G/LTE worldwide. As an industry veteran with 25+ years of telecoms experience, she has held Executive and BOD roles with some of world’s leading operators. Her global portfolio includes; MTC-Vodafone (now Zain) in the Middle East, Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Cable & Wireless, PLC (UK), and NYNEX USA (now Verizon). She is a founding Director of several joint venture European and Asian wireless companies; Debitel GmbH (Germany), Telestet (now Wind Hellas, Greece), and PT Satelindo (now Indosat) of Indonesia. Additionally, she was a Partner at KPMG Consulting in the UK and has been a member of the Board of Directors at several international telcos; Paktel in Pakistan, Mobikom in Bulgaria, MTN in South Africa, and Surfkitchen in the UK. Her background includes; venture capital/private equity, business development, strategic planning, operational execution, engineering and re-engineering of Telco’s. She holds an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Long Island University in New York. In June 2017, Laureen was named as one of the Top 50 Women to Watch in the Telecoms Industry by Global Telecoms Business.

Reuben Granich has 20+ years experience in public health, working for national, state and local governments, the UN system, and in private sector health care delivery. He has worked on HIV and TB disease control in the United States and in over 25 low and middle income countries.

In September 2017 he retired from CDC and pivoted to full-time strategic public health consulting with a diverse set of clients including PEPFAR, Dure Technologies (public health software solutions), NGOs and universities.

In 2015 he was the Senior Technical Advisor for HIV/TB at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief). He was also assigned to International Association of Providers of AIDS Care as Vice President and Chief Technical Officer where he led the technical support for the Fast Track Cities Initiative focused on achieving the 90-90-90 HIV target.

While seconded to UNAIDS and WHO (Geneva 2007-2014) he led the Three I’s for HIV/TB initiative, HIV treatment as prevention including “test and treat” to eliminate HIV , developing the 90-90-90 targets, and the HIV Treatment Situation Room software platform. As the WHO Medical Officer for Tuberculosis in India (2002-2003), he led an 80 person WHO technical team supporting GoI to expand the national DOTS programme from 400M population coverage to around 850M people.

He is the co-author of “HIV, health and your community: a guide for action” a book that has been translated into over 20 languages and is in use in over 30 countries. He has published over 100 scientific articles focusing on HIV, TB, and human rights.

He has a BA in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology (UC San Diego), a MD (Stanford University) and two residencies (Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine/Public Health). He also has a MPH in Epidemiology (U.C. Berkeley) and CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (CDC, Atlanta, Georgia 1996-98). He is a retired Captain (O-6) in the United States Public Health Service.

Thomas A. LaVeist, is chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health. He joined GWU in 2016 after 25 years on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he was the William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy and Director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, his doctorate degree in medical sociology from the University of Michigan and postdoctoral fellowship in public health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

He is recognized national and global leader on issues related to inequality and health. Dr. LaVeist has published more than 130 articles in scientific journals. In addition to his scholarly writing, Dr. LaVeist has written articles for Newsweek Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, and the Baltimore Sun. He is a highly sought after lecturer at leading universities, corporations, professional conferences and workshops. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Center for Disease Control, Department of Defense, Commonwealth Fund, Sage Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research. In 2012 he organized and hosted the International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora, which brought together health advocates from 24 countries in the Western Hemisphere. He has recently edited a book based on this global conference, Legacy of the Crossing: Slavery, Race, and Contemporary Health in the African Diaspora.

Dr. LaVeist has provided consultation services for numerous U.S. government and non-governmental agencies and healthcare organizations on minority health and cultural competency issues and racial disparities in health. His dissertation on racial disparities in infant mortality was awarded the 1989 Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award by the American Sociological Association. He is the recipient of the “Innovation Award” from the National Institutes of Health, and the “Knowledge Award” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. In 2013 he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (formally Institute of Medicine).

Seeyew Mo is a social activist-entrepreneur with expert experience in the use of technology in grassroots organizing and an innovative, strategically-minded technical leader who has developed pioneering products and services that have impacted millions of users, from concept to launch on accelerated time frames.

As a senior software engineer working in Silicon Valley for over 10 years, I am grateful for the opportunities I had enjoyed and would like to give back by channeling his current entrepreneurial activities towards social good.

Advocating for causes that I believe in has always been a priority. Even though I have always been busy with employment, I am still been able to carve out time to do volunteer work. I have organized events such as Green hackathon, to attract engineering talent in the SF Bay Area, to explore innovative solutions to climate change, creating, events to advocate for increasing the minimum wage, rallies to fight for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and community outreach programs to educate the residents of San Francisco on the Affordable Care Act. At every turn in my professional and volunteering career, I have worked to promote clear and effective healthy communication between all the stakeholders.

René Quashie focuses his law practice on a range of health care and life sciences matters, with a particular focus on telehealth, digital health, and mobile health matters. He also handles matters involving Medicare and Medicaid, legislative and health policy, general compliance, and health information technology.

In particular René helps stakeholders — including hospitals and health systems, health plans, telemedicine companies, technology companies, and digital health trade associations — handle the various legal, regulatory, and policy challenges impacting telehealth and digital health. His areas of focus include compliance with state and federal laws affecting the practice of telehealth and digital health, such as cross-border licensure, online prescribing, data privacy, risk management, coverage and reimbursement, fraud and abuse, and credentialing and privileging; state and federal legislation involving providers, employers, payers, and telehealth and digital health technology companies; and contract negotiations involving providers, employers, payers, and telehealth and digital health technology companies.

René serves as a legal advisor to the ERISA Industry Committee’s Telehealth Task Force, providing committee members with legal and regulatory counsel on telehealth issues. He is also a member of the Center for Telehealth and eHealth Law Legal Resource Team, where he offers advice and counsel on issues relevant to the telehealth community.

René frequently writes and speaks on current issues in his areas of practice. He has spoken on telehealth and digital health issues before organizations such as the American Medical Association, the American Telemedicine Association, the Center for Telehealth and eHealth Law, the ERISA Industry Committee, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America, the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, and the Cato Institute.

In 2014, he co-authored Navigating the Telehealth Landscape: Legal and Regulatory Issues, published by Bloomberg BNA’s Portfolio Series, and has co-authored a number of articles and white papers regarding telehealth issues focused on operational, legal, regulatory, and policy issues impacting the telehealth sector. In 2016, he co-authored a groundbreaking 50-state survey of telemental health laws that analyzed the state laws, regulations, and policies impacting telemental health.

In 2008, he was named by Nightingale’s Healthcare News as one of the “12 Outstanding Young Healthcare Attorneys” in the United States. René is also a member of several telehealth-focused industry groups and associations.

Neal Sikka is an Associate Professor at The George Washington University, practicing Emergency Physician and the Director of the Innovative Practice and Telehealth Section at the GW Medical Faculty Associates. Dr. Sikka has expertise in HIT topics such as informatics, telemedicine, mobile health, technology adoption and patient engagement. He has conducted research under awards from McKesson and Care First Foundations as well as the CMS Innovation Center related to SMS messaging, telehealth and remote patient monitoring. He is also a founder and CMO of a SonoStik, a medical device start up, an advisor to Life365, providing a digital health as a service platform, and recently served as CMO of 22otters a digital health start up focusing on the use of voice in mobile patient engagement. Dr. Sikka completed his Medical Degree at Washington University in St. Louis and his Emergency Medicine residency at GWU.