To accomplish our vision, the Foundation intends to not only influence impactful giving, but also drive impactful business around the ehealth economy. Our approach to date has been to use our strategy to leverage the strength of global partners like Qualcomm, Mubadala, Accenture and others with our Trustees, who include:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Founding Trustee and Chair
Anglican priest Desmond Mpilo Tutu became the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches in 1978. He called for equal rights for all South Africans and a system of common education. Tutu encouraged non-violent resistance to the apartheid regime, and advocated an economic boycott of the country. A month after winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, Tutu was elected the first black Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg. In 1986 he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa. In 1989 he led a march to a whites-only beach, where he and supporters were chased off with whips. In 1995 he was appointed as Chairman of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission by the then President Nelson Mandela, to investigate apartheid-era crimes.
Today Archbishop Tutu is regarded as an elder world statesman with a major role to play in reconciliation, and as a leading moral voice. He has become an icon of hope far beyond the Church and Southern Africa. Throughout his life, he has been known pre-eminently as a spiritual leader caring deeply about the needs of people around the world, teaching love and compassion to all.
Earl of St Andrews
The Earl of St Andrews, George Philip Nicholas Windsor, was born in 1962. He is a graduate of Eton College where he was a Kings Scholar, and Downing College at the University of Cambridge, where he read history. After serving in Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service in Budapest and the UK Mission to the UN in New York, he worked in the antiquarian book business, including Christies UK. Recently he has been Chairman of an Internet-based world history project, the Golden Web. Since 1996, he has been a Trustee of the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and its Chairman since 2005. He is also a Trustee or Patron of SOS Children’s Villages UK, the Association for International Cancer Research, the Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation, the Welsh Sinfonia, the Next Century Foundation, the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit, University of Cambridge, the Centre for Islamic Finance and the University of Bolton.
Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa
One of the first women to practice law in Bahrain, and the third woman to head the UN General Assembly, Sheika Haya Al Khalifa is an advocate for women’s rights and has held senior positions with many leading legal organisations.
She is currently Chairperson of the ICC Bahrain National Committee, Member of the Dubai International Arbitrator Committee and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) for the period 2009 to 2017, Chairperson of the Consumer Advisory Group – Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) Bahrain, Principal Attorney and legal advisor at Haya Rashed Al Khalifa Attorney at Law & Legal Consultants, and legal advisor at the Royal Court of Bahrain. She is also an alternative member of the Kingdom of Bahrain at the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration, and Board Member of the ICC Bahrain and Chairperson Lawyers Committee, ICC Bahrain. She has served as Bahrain’s Ambassador to France, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain, and was the permanent delegate of the Kingdom of Bahrain to UNESCO from 2000 to 2004.
Dame Mary Doreen Archer CBE
Dame Mary Archer started her career as a physical chemist and taught Chemistry in Oxford, Cambridge and London before developing a wider portfolio of interests. Dame Mary was Chair of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust between 2002 and 2012, and a Founder Director of Cambridge University Health Partners between 2009 and 2012. Dame Mary is currently Chair of the Science Museum Group, Chair of Imperial College Health Partners’ Expert Advisory Board and a non-Executive Director of the Hydrodec Group plc. Her scientific research interests lie in the field of solar energy utilisation, and she has published three books on the subject. She is President of the National Energy Foundation, the UK Solar Energy Society and the Guild of Church Musicians, as well as a Trustee of the UK Stem Cell Foundation, Britten Sinfonia and the Global e-Health Foundation. Dame Mary is a Companion of the Energy Institute, and was awarded the Institute’s Melchett Medal in 2002, and the Eva Philbin Award of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland in 2007. In 2012, she was appointed a DBE for services to the National Health Service.
Graça Machel DBE
Mrs. Graça Machel is a renowned international advocate for women and children’s rights and has been a social and political activist over many decades. She currently serves in various capacities in several organisations, among them the Elders, the Africa Progress Panel, and the UN Millennium Development Goals Advocates Panel. She is also an Eminent Person of the GAVI Alliance and the UN Foundation, Chair of the Board of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, Chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and Chancellor of the University of Cape Town. She has won the North-South Prize and the Nansen Refugee Award for her humanitarian work, and the World Children’s Prize with her husband Nelson Mandela. Through these positions and independently, she continues to support efforts aimed at realising the rights of Africa’s children and women on a number of key fronts.