New York, November 13, 2014 – Rabin Martin President and CEO Dr. Jeffrey L. Sturchio is the recipient of the Powered by EF 2014 Leadership Award for his contributions to global health and the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR). The Powered by EF Leadership Award (administered by the Entrepreneurs’ Foundation of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation) highlights exemplary individuals whose actions have made a significant impact on the global community. Dr. Sturchio accepted the honor yesterday evening during the 15th Annual Powered by EF Awards at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay in Redwood City, California.
For nearly three decades, Jeff Sturchio has been committed to improving the health of underserved people around the globe through public-private partnerships. Much of this work was accomplished during his 20-year tenure at Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ USA, where he had leadership roles in a number of major CSR initiatives. Among these was the Merck & Co. Mectizan Donation Program, established in 1987 to eliminate onchocerciasis (river blindness) in some of the world’s poorest communities, which was part of the portfolio that Dr. Sturchio managed during his tenure as Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and President of The Merck Company Foundation. Jeff also helped to establish the African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnership (ACHAP) in Botswana, an innovative collaboration among Merck & Co., the Government of Botswana and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to transform that country’s response to HIV/AIDS during the height of the epidemic.
“What Jeff [and his colleagues] created in Botswana was a process that allowed for all the stakeholders to come to the table, to define the problem, prioritize the unmet needs that were in front of the problem, and then make allocation decisions from everybody’s pot of resources,” said Ambassador Eric Goosby, former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, in a video shown during the awards ceremony.
Jeff continues to be a leading figure in global health, driving policies, programs and public-private partnerships to reduce the global burden of chronic illness, maternal deaths, child mortality, HIV/AIDS, and other infectious diseases. An advisor to executives in corporations, UN agencies, civil society and academe, Jeff convenes and guides decision makers in optimizing resources and innovations to improve health.
“Imagining new ways for corporations to make a difference in the world is what attracted me to work in CSR,” Jeff said in his acceptance speech. “Corporate responsibility is an opportunity to make a dramatic change in people’s lives. I encourage you all to keep pushing to do more, to think big…to challenge the status quo with significant programs that have real impact – whether here in Silicon Valley or half a world away.”
Hosted by the Entrepreneurs’ Foundation of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Powered by EF Awards recognize outstanding individuals and companies for their achievements in corporate citizenship. Other honorees included Aaron Levie, Co-Founder and CEO, Box; Colleen Cassity, Executive Director, Oracle Education Foundation and Senior Director, Oracle Corporate Citizenship; Symantec and a partnership between Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company & IISME.
About Jeffrey L. Sturchio
Jeff Sturchio is President & CEO of Rabin Martin, a global health strategy firm. Previously, he was President & CEO of the Global Health Council and Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Merck & Co., President of The Merck Company Foundation, and Chairman of the U.S. Corporate Council on Africa. He is a Health Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative; a member of the NCD Alliance Expert Advisory Council; a Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health and the Study of Business Enterprise; a Principal of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network; a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an AB in history from Princeton University and a PhD in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania.
About Rabin Martin
Rabin Martin has designed and implemented more than $1 billion in health programs – and helped to secure the partnership of governments, foundations and companies – to improve health in high-burden communities in the U.S. and around the world. Its philosophy is to change health by changing how our clients and partners see problems and how they work together to solve them. The firm’s consultants have extensive experience in business, public health, academe, advocacy and government. The firm is headquartered in New York City with offices in Geneva, London and Los Angeles, CA.