ColaLife’s Virtual Advisory Board

The members of ColaLife’s Virtual Advisory Board are high profile individuals who are interested to see the results of an independently evaluated trial of the ColaLife concept. They have agreed to be publicly associated with ColaLife with the objective of helping us raise the resources and support we need to do a first trial – and depending on the results, other trials of similar models, or roll out.

Our Virtual Advisory is being grown slowly as the people we approach agree to become members.

Current membership (in order of joining):

  1. Professor Don Nutbeam, Professor of Public Health and Vice Chancellor, Southampton University >>more
  2. Dr Ian Goldman, African Development Specialist >>more
  3. Professor Prashant Yadav, Director of Healthcare Research at the William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan >>more
  4. Dr Phillip Lee MP, Member of Parliament for Bracknell who continues to work as a part-time GP >>more
  5. Dr Beth Anne Pratt, Partner at Global Health Insights >>more

Professor Don Nutbeam

Dr Don Nutbeam, Professor of Public Health,
University of Southampton

Professor Nutbeam said:

“ColaLife offers a creative solution to the distribution problems that prevent the delivery of proven solutions to enduring health problems among some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. For Coca-Cola it represents an outstanding example of corporate social responsibility.”

Professor Nutbeam has been a long term supporter of ColaLife. You will see from this video that he shares the ColaLife philosophy and our attitude to big business. When this was filmed (June 2009), Don was Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney. He talks about ColaLife in the context of ‘making the most of what is already there’ to improve public health, or ‘going with the grain’. He says:

“I’ve been working . . . with a campaign to try to persuade Coca-Cola who have frankly the best distribution network in Africa to use their distribution network to deliver essential medicines. They can deliver Coca-Cola to pretty much any corner of Africa and we in public health seem to be miserable at achieving the same goal so why not try to work with the grain.”

Professor Nutbeam’s summary biography reads like this:


Don Nutbeam is currently Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton and a Professor of Public Health. His career has spanned positions in universities, government, health services and an independent research institute. From 2003-9 he was in senior academic roles in the University of Sydney, and prior to this he was Head of Public Health in the UK Department of Health. His research interests include public health intervention research in schools and communities as well as studies of health literacy, and adolescent health behaviour. He has published widely on these topics. He has substantial international experience in both developing and developed countries, working as an advisor and consultant for the World Health Organisation over a 20 year period, and as consultant and team leader in projects for the World Bank.

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Dr Ian Goldman

Dr Ian Goldman

About ColaLife Ian says:

Having worked in many countries in Africa it is extraordinary how Coca-Cola reaches into the remotest areas. How wonderful if this distribution system could work for life-saving items. What ColaLife is trying to do is admirable, using the power of the multinationals not just for profit but for good. And the dedication of people like Simon to make this happen is inspiring. Viva ColaLife viva!

Here’s Ian’s brief biography:

Ian specialises in strategic and development planning and the facilitation of short and long term change processes. His main areas of work have been rural development, decentralisation and community-driven development, local economic development and promotion of sustainable livelihoods approaches. He has worked in 18 countries, particularly in South Africa, the UK, Zambia and Mexico, working with all levels of government, civil society and the private sector.

Ian qualified as a soils/agronomist. He worked in Zambia from 1982-7 strengthening the capacity of Serenje District Council to plan and implement a decentralised rural development programme. From 1988-1995 Ian was at the National Rural Enterprise Centre, a UK NGO, working in rural economic development. Ian returned to South Africa in 1995 as a Management Adviser with the Free State Dept of Agriculture in South Africa, assisting the Minister with reforming the rural sector. He wrote this up for his doctorate, awarded in 2001. From 1998-2009 Ian founded and became CEO of Khanya-African Institute for Community-Driven Development (khanya-aicdd). Khanya works with action-learning partnerships in Southern and Eastern Africa to transform development systems to promote sustainable livelihoods and community-driven development. In October 2009, Ian became Team Leader of an EU-funded Monitoring and Learning Facility on Pro-Poor Policy with South Africa’s Presidency, with a particular focus on rural development. He is also a trustee of the Mvula Trust, South Africa’s leading water and sanitation NGO.

Ian is married to Judy, has two adult daughters, and loves gardening, South African jazz, and is about to qualify as a facilitator of Biodanza, a system of music and movement.

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Professor Prashant Yadav

Dr Prashant Yadav
Dr Prashant Yadav

About ColaLife Prashant says:

Consumer product companies such as Coca-Cola have distribution channels with deep reach. At the core of these distribution systems is a system of incentives that ensures high product availability at the point of sale. There are various opportunities of leveraging, learning and collaborating with Coca-Cola and similar distribution models to improve access to health products such as ORS, condoms, zinc, water filtration devices, and many other products with public health needs. ColaLife is a partnership model to achieve this objective.

Here’s Prashant’s brief biography:

Prashant Yadav is Director of Healthcare Research at the William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan. He also holds faculty appointments at the Ross School of Business and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. He is also a visiting scholar at INSEAD Social Innovation Center.

Yadav’s research and policy advisory work focuses on health care supply chains. He serves as an advisory board member of several public private partnerships focused on healthcare delivery in low income markets and advisor to many large private foundations, multilateral agencies and country governments.

Prior to coming to the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, Dr. Yadav was a Professor of Supply Chain Management at the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program and a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics where he led the creation of a high impact research initiative focused on pharmaceutical supply chains in developing countries.

Yadav received his undergraduate training in Chemical Engineering, his MBA in Operations and Finance and his PhD in Management Science. Before academia he has worked in pharmaceutical strategy, management consulting and supply chain technology companies.

Prashant serves as a consultant and adviser in the area of pharmaceutical supply chains to the World Bank, World Health Organization, UK Department for International Development, Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Medicines for Malaria Venture and serves as a strategic advisor on many international boards and committees. He is the author of many scientific publications and his work has been featured in prominent print and broadcast media.

Before academia, Prashant worked for many years in the area of pharmaceutical strategy, analytics and supply chain consulting. Prashant is an engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, MBA from the FORE School of Management and PhD from the University of Alabama.

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Dr Phillip Lee

Dr Phillip Lee MP
Dr Phillip Lee MP

About ColaLife Phillip says:

Simon’s idea of using the distribution network of Coca-Cola to deliver much needed rehydration packs to young children is a great example of how the power of a multinational company can be harnessed to provide much needed care for vulnerable human beings. As a practising doctor, I am very pleased to associate myself with a development programme for sub-Saharan Africa that is both effective and sustainable. ColaLife is an inspiring idea that deserves much support.

Here’s Phillip’s brief biography:

Dr Phillip Lee is Member of Parliament for Bracknell. He is a Member of the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee. He is also a Member of the House of Commons Administration Committee. He has been elected Chairman the All Party Parliamentary Group for Environment. He is also on the Executive of the Conservative Friends of Bangladesh as well as a member of various other APPG’s.
Born in 1970, a Grammar School boy, Phillip Lee studied Human Biology and Biological Anthropology at King’s College, London and Keble College, Oxford, before going on to study Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital at Imperial College in London. He has since worked at various hospitals in London, Slough and also Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury before becoming a GP. He lives in Berkshire and he continues to work as a part-time GP.

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Dr Beth-Anne Pratt

Beth Anne Pratt
Dr Beth Anne Pratt

About ColaLife Beth Anne says:

The incredible thing about the ColaLife model is that it works to strengthen so many elements of the health system. Home-based management of illness is strengthened as caregivers gain access to simple, effective, household-appropriate tools to prevent and treat diarrhoea. Primary health care is strengthened as children with conditions that can be treated at home no longer overwhelm health centre queues. National pharmaceutical capacity is strengthened as local manufacturing is brought in as a partner in innovation and access to essential medicines. Finally, private sector health provision is strengthened as small-scale retailers learn to effectively and ethically deliver over-the-counter medicine. Everyone wins with ColaLife.

Here’s Beth Anne’s brief biography:

Beth began volunteering for ColaLife in February 2012. A social anthropologist, Beth has done research on improving access to health technologies and services for the last six years. As a partner with Global Health Insights, she has consulted on child health, reproductive health, malaria and health systems strengthening projects for a host of local and global organizations.

She has lived and worked in Africa since 1996, when she carried out two years of ethnographic research among Maasai children in northern Tanzania to understand the social and economic changes in their lives. She first began working on projects targeting the barriers and facilitating factors associated with access to health technologies in 2006, as a contributing author of the book Access: How Do Good Health Technologies Get to Poor People in Poor Countries? (Laura J. Frost and Michael Reich). Her experience with access to medicines includes evaluation and scenario planning work for the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria, country case studies on access strategy for the International Program on Microbicides, development of timelines for access to new drugs and vaccines for the PDP Steering Committee, and research into adoption of new health technologies for PATH and DFID. Her interest in corporate social responsibility was first sparked from working on an initiative linking NGOs and corporations in Egypt via both financial awards and capacity-building partnerships.

Beth holds a PhD in Anthropology from Boston University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Systems Management from the University of London.

View Beth Anne Pratt's profile on LinkedIn

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