Addressing Critical Knowledge Gaps in Newborn Health

François Bonnici

François Bonnici


Dr François Bonnici, MBChB, MSc, DLSHTM, MBA, MA
Director, Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Graduate School of Business, Universityt of Cape Town
South Africa

Dr François Bonnici is Director of the newly established Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. Originally trained as a physician in South Africa, he also read for a Masters degree in Public Health (London) and a MBA (Oxford) as a Rhodes Scholar. He has worked in paediatric and neonatal medicine, in health policy (he spearheaded Kangaroo Mother Care in Namibia), in humanitarian and development programmes with UNICEF.

As a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum, he worked on developing public-private partnerships and innovations for health, later heading up the Forum’s own Schwab Foundation work in social entrepreneurship in Africa and the Middle East. He co-founded the African Social Entrepreneurs Network and is a Director of Powerfree Education and Technology, an award-winning non-profit advocating and developing low-cost medical devices for child health in low-resource settings.