About Us

The Global Health Initiative is a partnership between private industry, non-profit donors and academia to develop products that address health issues facing underserved communities around the world.

This initiative was spearheaded in 2004 by Northwestern University Professors David Kelso from McCormick School of Engineering and Daniel Diermeier from Kellogg School of Management. Professors Kelso and Diermeier envisioned that one way to combat the dearth of resources available to treat diseases common to the world’s poor such as malaria, tuberculosis, polio and HIV/AIDS was to include academia in the established paradigm of public/private partnerships. 

Many organizations acknowledge the potential for effective collaboration between private sector business, governments, and non-profits, few models, however, envision a distinct role for academia within this matrix.  Professors Kelso and Diermeier’s vision was to create a new model for activism and philanthropy, particularly within the area of healthcare and treating infectious diseases.  They did so by forming an alliance between private pharmaceutical companies, non-profit donors, the McCormick School of Engineering and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

As we fine tune this model, we look forward to growing our portfolio with additional projects that will impact global health.
If you are interested in getting involved please email: GHI@kellogg.northwestern.edu