Olivier Defawe, Ph.D.

Director of Health System, Drones for Health Lead at VillageReach

Olivier Defawe, Director, Health Systems, leads the design and implementation of a portfolio of health innovations to improve health care delivery at the last mile. As the lead of VillageReach’s Drones for Health program, Olivier drives exploration of the role for and impact of drones in the public health system. VillageReach is conducting field implementations in Malawi, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic, directly contributing to the global evidence generation on performance, cost and cost-effectiveness. The organization also manages the UAV for Payload Delivery Working Group, which promotes knowledge sharing and coordination for the application of drones for public health. Finally, Olivier provides consultation to drone service providers on Product-Market fit. Olivier has more than 17 years of experience in global health. Before joining VillageReach, he has managed health information and laboratory systems implementations in Haiti and West Africa, and served as Operations Manager of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) Endpoints Laboratory at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Olivier holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Liège in Belgium.

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