Leading for Social Good: A Conversation with Raj Panjabi


Monday, October 22, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


LOCATION CHANGE: Bolton Classroom (Littauer 130), Harvard Kennedy School

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Join us for a conversation with Raj Panjabi, co-founder and CEO of Last Mile Health, moderated by Stephanie Dodson Cornell, Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan. 


This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Email cpl_events@hks.harvard.edu.


Last Mile Health was founded in 2007 by survivors of Liberia’s civil war and American health workers who share a commitment to health equity and social justice. The organization is supporting the Government of Liberia to implement a nationwide community health worker program that will bring lifesaving care to the doorsteps of 1.2 million people living in remote communities. As they take on this groundbreaking work, Last Mile Health is generating evidence of their impact and advocating on a global stage for investment in community health workers.


Dr. Rajesh Panjabi is a co-founder and CEO of Last Mile Health and an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Raj grew up in Liberia and fled the civil war with his family when he was nine years old, but he returned to Liberia in 2005 as a medical student to work with the Liberia Ministry of Health, advising the country’s National Health Plan while serving as a clinician in rural government health facilities for three years. Raj is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2017), the TED Prize (2017), and the Global Citizen Movement Award (2013). He was named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” (2016), one of Fortune’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” (2015, 2017), a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur, and an Echoing Green Fellow (2011). Raj holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and received a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also served as a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital.


In her role as Managing Director, Stephanie Dodson Cornell is responsible for identifying and supporting DRK Entrepreneurs. She currently serves on the boards of DRK portfolio organizations Catie’s Closet, IRAP, StrongMinds, Tiny Totos Kenya, and Y2Y. She previously served on the boards of alumni organizations City Health Works, Clean Energy Trust, Crisis Text Line, D-Rev, Lava Mae, and Upstream. Prior to joining DRK, Stephanie co-founded three social ventures: Strategic Grant Partners, a coalition of families that combines philanthropic investing and pro bono consulting to address issues for Massachusetts children in poverty; Project Healthy Children, which designs and implements food fortification programs in developing countries; and the Maranyundo Initiative, a boarding school for girls and teacher enrichment program in Rwanda. She completed the Harvard Advanced Leadership fellowship and has been an advisor and board member for several nonprofit and philanthropic organizations including Demand Abolition, Year Up, Partners in Health, WGBH, RefugePoint, Resurge, Share Our Strength and Amazon Conservation Team. Stephanie holds a BA in English and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and an MBA from Stanford University.