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 in Kpong, Ghana to facilitate market-creating innovation and entrepreneurship in West Africa.

Ms. Gay has guided market-based strategy in settings across the world. In her role as Director of Emerging Markets Strategies at Kensington Capital Holdings (a single-family office based in Boston, Massachusetts) she manages a portfolio of investments and projects in emerging markets with an emphasis in West Africa; advises on philanthropic opportunities; and manages external partnerships. Starting in 2014, Ms. Gay was instrumental in the development and launch of Ensign College of Public Health in Kpong, Ghana. 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 now serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Ensign College of Public Health. In this capacity, she works to develop sustainable, innovative, impact-driven solutions to advance healthcare in West Africa. Ms. Gay has collaborated on the development of several innovative public health initiatives including Health2Go (, the WASH Academy, and the Medical Student Public Health Elective for medical school students from around the world.

Prior to Joining Kensington Capital, Ms. Gay worked at Gap Inc. (a leading global specialty retailer, located in San Francisco, California) in the Growth, Innovation and Digital (GID) Strategy Division. She received an M.B.A. from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and a B.S. in Economics from Utah State University. Ms. Gay currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Innovation at the University of Utah and on the Board of Directors of Cache Valley Bank.

Stephen c. Alder, Director of development  

Stephen C. Alder is a Health Ecologist whose work focuses on global health and development. He brings expertise in public health, community-engagement, health administration and analytics to the leadership team of the Schumpeter Center for Innovation and Development, which he co-founded in July 2018.

As a health ecologist, Professor Alder’s work has emphasized the creation of effective ecosystems for achieving optimal health at individual, community, and population levels. He has authored or co-authored over 80 academic articles in clinical research and public health. Professor Alder is president of Ensign College of Public Health in Kpong, Ghana and a professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Additionally, he 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 evidence-based and community-focused health programs around the world. He was instrumental in the development and launch of Ensign College of Public Health in Kpong, Ghana. He co-led the launch of the Barekuma Community Collaborative Development Program in Kumasi, Ghana.  He 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.

Professor Alder 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 Ph.D. 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 innovation

Philip Auerswald is an author, educator, and scholar focused on entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation in a global context. He is among the leading authorities globally on policies to enable entrepreneurial ecosystems and brings this expertise to the leadership team of the Schumpeter Center for Innovation and Development.

Professor Auerswald is the co-chair and executive director of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network and an associate professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.  He has authored over fifty books, peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and professional reports on entrepreneurship, innovation, and public policy. Most recently, he authored 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). Professor Auerswald is also the cofounder and coeditor of Innovations, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges published by MIT Press. He has blogged and written op-eds for The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribute, 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 and the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Professor Auerswald holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington and a B.A. in political science from Yale University.


Gretchen Ehle, Strategic Advisor

Gretchen Ehle is a non-profit executive with over 15 years of experience in foreign policy, international diplomacy, and global entrepreneurship.  Ms. Ehle has worked within the non-profit, U.S. government, and academic sectors focused on these issues.  She is the Vice President of the customized programs division at the Meridian International Center, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC.  Ms. Ehle oversees the implementation of a large-scale entrepreneurship training program for emerging civil society leaders and business entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean and directs a leadership development training program for African high school students from throughout the continent.

Prior to joining Meridian, Ms. Ehle was a program manager for the Bureau for Global Health at USAID and served as a research consultant for a variety of funders, including the Kaufman Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Gretchen has completed all of her coursework towards a PhD in Public Policy with a focus on Entrepreneurship and an M.A. in International Commerce from George Mason University and a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University.