Stephen is a global health expert with over 19 years of experience building impactful health and development partnerships across public and private sectors. As Chief Executive Officer of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa —Nigeria’s first foundation — he is charged with operationalising its global mission to reach more women, children, and communities under the visionary patronage of Madame Toyin Ojora Saraki. His areas of professional experience and expertise span a broad range of critical development issues including, maternal, newborn and children’s health, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), HIV/AIDS, nutrition and reproductive and sexual health across countries around the world.
Prior to joining The Wellbeing Foundation, Stephen served as Vice President for Global Impact and Regional Manager of Africa for The Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organisation behind Sesame Street - the largest informal educator of children in the world - whose multi-media programming reaches children in over 150 countries. There, he was responsible for creating, expanding, and funding Sesame’s new global development programs which focus on children’s health in Africa.
Prior to this, Stephen was in charge of private-sector partnerships for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health (Every Woman, Every Child) based in the UN Foundation. His primary responsibility was building cross-industry and multi-sector collaborations that engage the full scope of private sector resources to critical issues, partnerships, and progress related to Millennium Development Goals Four and Five.
Stephen’s experience within the global health context stemmed from his tenure as Senior Director of International Alliance Development for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) - the world’s largest pharmaceutical trade association. There, Stephen cultivated new relationships for PhRMA with multi-lateral and NGOs, patient and physician groups, and other global health stakeholders to improve access to medicines and mobilise further resources to the poorest of the poor. He devised similar unions between private sector resources and global health initiatives for Abbott Labs, where he worked with external stakeholders that operate in the international HIV/AIDS and public health arenas with particular focus on Africa, southern Asia, Europe and South America.
Stephen was Founder and President of The Great American Condom Campaign – a non-profit organisation that focuses on prevention of sexually transmitted infections, particularly HIV/AIDS, in women and other vulnerable populations across the United States and around the world. His work in global public health, resource mobilisation and partnerships initially began at the United Nations Foundation after its founding by Ted Turner’s gift of $1 billion in 1998.
Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University. He also earned certificates in mediation and conflict resolution from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.