Gabrielle d. gay, Executive Director

Gabrielle D. Gay brings investment and strategic management acumen to human-centered development. 

In July 2018, she co-founded and launched Schumpeter Center for Innovation and Development headquartered at Ensign College in Kpong, Ghana, that will focus on market-creating innovation and entrepreneurship in West Africa. 

In her capacity as Chief Operating Officer of Ensign College of Public Health in Ghana, she is working to develop sustainable, innovative, impact-driven solutions to advance healthcare in West Africa. From 2014 to 2018 she oversaw the large-scale construction of a world-class, 50-acre campus; the hiring of over 50 faculty and staff; and the launch of a full accredited master’s degree program in public health. She has also collaborated on the development of innovative public health initiatives including Health2Go (, the WASH Academy, and the Medical Student Public Health Elective for medical school students from around the world.

As Director of Emerging Markets Strategies at Kensington Capital Holdings (a single-family office based in Boston, Massachusetts) Gabrielle additionally manages a portfolio of investments and projects in emerging markets, with an emphasis in West Africa; advises on philanthropic opportunities; and manages partnerships. 

Prior to joining Kensington Capital, Gabrielle worked at Gap Inc., a leading global specialty retailer, located in San Francisco, California, in the Growth, Innovation and Digital (GID) Strategy Division.

Gabrielle received an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and a B.S. in Economics from Utah State University. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Medical Innovation at the University of Utah and on the Board of Directors of Cache Valley Bank.


Stephen c. Alder, Academic director

Stephen C. Alder, PhD is Health Ecologist whose work focuses on global health and development.  He is a professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine and president of Ensign College of Public Health in Ghana.  He brings expertise in public health, community-engagement, health administration and analytics to the team.  He is a health ecologist whose work has emphasized creating effective ecosystems for achieving optimal health.  He has authored or co-authored over 80 academic articles in clinical research and public health.   Professor Alder serves as the chief of Public Health and vice chair of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah.

Professor Alder has led multiple health programs around the world.  He was instrumental in the development and launch of Ensign College of Public Health.  He co-led the launch of the Barekuma Community Collaborative Development Program in Kumasi.  He also initiated and led efforts to expand University of Utah Public Health academic operations to the Incheon Global Campus in South Korea. He has also led education and research programs in Mali, China, India, Peru, Russia, Papua New Guinea and Ghana.  

He began his career as a research analyst with Intermountain Health Care before joining the University of Utah as one of the founding members of the Health Research Center.  He holds a PhD in health promotion and education from the University of Utah with a focus in community health, with additional education in human and family ecology, and environment and behavior.

philip auerswald, director of strategy

Philip Auerswald is the cochair and executive director of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network and an associate professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. His work is about entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation in a global context. He is most recently the author of The Code Economy: A Forty-Thousand-Year History (Oxford University Press, 2017) and The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy (Oxford University Press, 2012). He is also the cofounder and coeditor of Innovations, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges published by MIT Press.  Professor Auerswald has published over fifty books, peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and professional reports on entrepreneurship, innovation, and public policy. He is among the leading authorities globally on policies to enable entrepreneurial ecosystems. He has blogged and written op-eds for The New York TimesHarvard Business Review,Forbes, The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among other outlets.

Prior to joining the faculty at George Mason University, Professor Auerswald was a lecturer and assistant director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Professor Auerswald holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington and a B.A. (political science) from Yale University.