Dennis Addo

2019 Cheng Fellow

Dr. Dennis Addo is a Mid-Career MPA candidate and the Edward S. Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. As a physician, entrepreneur, and innovator, Dennis is passionate about improving the global healthcare landscape, with a sharp focus on Africa. He is the founder and CEO of Claron Health International, an innovative corporate health and wellness initiative facilitating the delivery of medical and preventative healthcare services across Ghana and other parts of Africa. He is deeply interested in disease control in African countries, lowering mortality rates, and giving more people the chance to improve their quality of life. Ultimately, Dr. Addo believes in fulfilling his purpose of bringing healthcare to underserved rural communities, deprived families, and war-torn societies. Dennis believes healthcare should be affordable and accessible to all while conserving Africa’s scarce resources.

He has worked in many remote Africa and served with various United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in war-torn countries including Lebanon, Côte d’Ivoire, and Liberia. He worked for over 10 years as a Physician and Consultant with the Ghana Armed Forces and the 37 Military Hospital, Accra. Dennis also co-founded the internationally award-winning Bisa Health Application, allowing anyone with a smartphone to interact with medical professionals from the palm of their hand. Dennis studied for his postgraduate degrees at Hebrew University and the University of California Berkeley. He is also a graduate of the MIT Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and the Harvard University’s Global Healthcare delivery program. He was recently appointed to the Board of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), in Ghana which the task of achieving universal health care and financial risk protection for all Ghanaians.

As a Cheng Fellow, Dennis will focus on using the power of social capital to pioneer Wala Digital Health, an innovative digital marketplace for blood donation, processing, and delivery to tackle the fatal consequences of blood shortages in Africa. Wala will also enhance progress towards achieving the global SDG of Good health and Well-being.