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THOMAS DIXON, Senior Director, Business Partnerships

Role at MEDA ‒ Thom takes an entrepreneurial approach to uncovering new opportunities for MEDA to impact the health of growing populations in emerging nations, while providing oversight as needed on MEDA’s on-going health programs. His primary focus is in helping to define and facilitate a leading role for business in addressing disease, malnutrition, and other constraints to people leading longer, healthier lives.

Experience ‒ Thom’s background includes ten years in program management and project advisory roles in Tanzania, ten years food manufacturing experience in Costa Rica, two years as a strategic management consultant in northern Europe, and freelance consulting on private sector strengthening in sixteen nations on three continents. He pioneered new business models in East Africa by linking smallholders to global pharmaceutical companies in cultivating the feedstock critical to manufacturing malaria treatments, empowering African farmers to participate in producing cures for illnesses that primarily impact Africa. Recognizing government’s influence on the private sector in developing economies, Thom has persistently sought to educate policy makers on the impact of their decisions on business and health. Thom holds a B.A from Earlham College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Languages ‒ Thom is fluent in English and Spanish; he has limited conversational French and Swahili.