Advisory Board

Professor Mohammad Yunus

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of microcredit, the father of social business, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. He was named as “one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time.”, in Fortune Magazine, March 2012.  Born in Bangladesh in 1940, he received a Fulbright Scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University, USA in 1965; earning his Ph.D. in economics in 1969. Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.  He is one of seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal.

Lord Ian McColl of Dulwich

Dr. Ian McColl, Baron McColl of Dulwich is a surgeon, professor, politician, and Conservative member of the House of Lords. In 1989, he was made a Life Peer for his work for disabled people in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. From 1994-97, he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister John Major and from 1997- 2000, he was a Shadow Minister for Health. He is also a trustee, surgeon, and the chairman of Mercy Ships and frequently operates in the poorest countries of West Africa.

Lord Bernard Ribeiro Of Achimota & Ovington

Dr. Bernard Francisco Ribeiro is a surgeon who served as President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 2005 to 2008. He was appointed a life peer in 2010. In 2012, Lord Ribeiro was confirmed as Chair of the Department of Health’s Independent Reconfiguration Panel, advising the Secretary of State for Health on changes to local health services in England. In 2008, he was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Anglia Ruskin University and an Honorary Fellowship from the American College of Surgeons.

Jean-Claude Givel

Dr. Jean-Claude Givel is a Swiss surgeon, international humanitarian leader, and one of the pioneers of colorectal surgery and proctology. The former President of the Swiss Society of Surgery, he is actively involved in many organizations where he held important positions such as vice-chairman of the board of the British Journal of Surgery and Secretary General of the International Society of Surgery. He was appointed honorary professor at the University of Lausanne (UNIL). Dr. Givel obtained his medical degree in Lausanne in 1974 and FMH specialist in Surgery in 1983.

Olajide Ajayi

Dr. Olajide Ajayi is a surgeon, teacher, and advocate for surgical training to combat the global burden of surgical disease, especially in developing countries. He was the past president of the International Federation of Surgical Colleges (IFSC) and past president of the Pan African Association of Christian Surgeons (PAACS). He was the first African to be awarded an honorary fellowship to the American College of Surgeons and sat on the International Relations committee as an executive board member. He has authored numerous publications on the state of surgery in Nigeria and has inspired countless surgical trainees.

Christopher Bem                    

Dr. Chris Bem is an ENT and Neck Surgeon, philosopher, and health ecologist. He currently works in Bradford, Yorkshire, UK, working mostly with head and neck cancers and surgical and parathyroid disease. Dr. Bem visits Malawi to teach and help with the development of ENT/audiology services. From 1988-1994 he was senior lecturer in general surgery and trauma at the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia, and from 1982-3, worked in a rural hospital in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Stephen Merry, MD

Dr. Stephen (Steve) Merry is a doctor, educator, and advocate for the provision of Essential Surgery by generalist physicians. He is associate program director of the Family Medicine residency program and chair of the Mayo International Health Program at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, US. After training in family medicine, international public health, and tropical medicine, he spent some years teaching and practicing full spectrum medical, pediatric and essential surgical care in East and West Africa as well as in the rural U.S.

Catherine Juillard

Advisory Board

Dr. Catherine Juillard is a surgeon and public health specialist. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer for three years in West Africa, where she partnered with the Ministry of Health to create a system of rural community health workers. She founded the nonprofit SecondAssist, which aims to make quality surgical care accessible to the people who suffer from diseases treated by surgery but live in low resource areas by providing technical, organizational and operational assistance. Dr. Juillard provides experience partnering with governmental agencies and international relations to ICES.