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Greg Starbird

Greg Starbird is a pioneer and leader in the field of distributing healthcare in emerging economies. Prior to founding Starbird Consulting in 2016, he served as CEO of The HealthStore Foundation, an award-winning organization whose CFW franchise network in Kenya has served over 5,000,000 people with life-saving primary care.

In addition to his longtime work in Kenya, Greg played key roles in developing and launching healthcare businesses in Ghana (2005-2006), Rwanda (2007-2011), and the DR Congo (2012-2014). The Ghanaian and Rwandan networks have received large-scale corporate funding and have signed Public-Private Partnerships with their respective countries’ Ministries of Health. Mr. Starbird also briefly advised a fourth healthcare enterprise in Guatemala that was then acquired by a local pharmaceutical company.

More recently, Greg worked closely with The Miller Center, to create social enterprise “playbooks” for entrepreneurs to utilize while building their own socially minded business endeavors. See “Our Work” for more information on this project.

Prior to his work on healthcare enterprises in Africa, Mr. Starbird was involved distributing high-quality private education in public elementary schools in Southern California.

Greg lives in Ashland, Oregon with his two children and their dog Daizy. When he’s not working with clients, you can find him running mountain trails or playing with his local Ultimate Frisbee team.

Affiliations and experience:

  • International Franchise Association’s Social Sector Franchising Task Force
  • Advisory board of the Social Sector Franchising Initiative at the Center for Social Innovation & Enterprise, University of New Hampshire
  • Board of Directors of Zagaya, an anti-malaria organization that is the offshoot of Amyris, a public American company (NASDAQ: AMRS) whose technology is being used to produce tens of millions of doses of malaria medicine (ACTs) per year.
  • Board of Directors of The HealthStore Foundation
  • Preliminary Round Judge, 2017 New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge
  • Interviewed for various articles for Entrepreneur Magazine, Next Billion, BBC, etc.
  • Participated in peer-reviewed malaria drug quality study with Africa Fighting Malaria, published in PLoS ONE, May 2008
  • Juror at World Bank Development Marketplace (a competition awarding funding to test and develop innovations), May 2007