Meet our team.


"We aim to create a working culture where all employees are engaged and
supported to take a shared responsibility for the delivery of our goals."

Dr. Ernest Darkoh, BroadReach Co-founder

Ernest Darkoh

co-founder BroadReach

Dr. Ernest Darkoh is an internationally-known expert in strategic planning, systems and large-scale programme implementation. Ernest’s recent work has focused on using new cutting-edge technologies, big data and analytics to radically improve healthcare delivery and catalyse broader development sector outcomes. Ernest has worked with governments, international normative organizations and the private sector across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and North America.

Ernest was recently also recognized by New African Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Africans. He was elected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He was also named one of eighteen “Global Health Heroes” by TIME Magazine. He is a frequent plenary speaker on strategies for implementing large-scale health and social sector interventions.

Before co-founding BroadReach in 2003, Ernest served as the first operations manager of Botswana’s national antiretroviral program, currently regarded as one of the most successful long term programs in the world. Prior to Botswana, Ernest worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company.

Ernest earned his BS in Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his MBA at the Said School of Business at Oxford University as a Fulbright Scholar.

John Sargent

co-founder BroadReach

Dr. John Sargent is recognized globally as a healthcare solutions thought-leader in market development strategy, health systems analytics and optimisation, and public-private partnerships in emerging markets. John consults to governments, multinational companies and donor organisations. He is a popular keynote speaker at industry conferences. He has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of the Social Entrepreneurs of the year in 2015, by Frost & Sullivan with the Visionary Leadership Award in Healthcare, and by Devex as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in Development.

John co-founded BroadReach™ in 2003 and worked to secure significant contracts with USAID: $100 million contract for South Africa, the Kenya USAID APHIA II Western project, the USAID Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems program, the USAID AIDSTAR-One project, and the Management and Leadership Training Program in Zambia. He currently serves as BroadReach’s co-CEO and oversees its analytics and technology business.

Prior to co-founding BroadReach™, John was a management consultant specializing in strategic and clinical operations projects for top academic and private US hospitals. His last position before founding BroadReach was Senior Director and National Practice Leader in Clinical Operations for the Advisory Board Company (ABCO), a leading US healthcare think-tank. Additionally, has served as member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association. John earned an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree from Oxford University as a Fulbright Scholar and an MD from Harvard Medical School.

Siraaj Adonis

Chief Human Resource Officer

Siraaj Adonis is responsible for Human Resources, with a directive to nurture a high performance, innovative and entrepreneurial culture for the organization’s global operations.

Siraaj has over 14 years of experience in human resources of which 9 years is in the healthcare sector. Prior to joining BroadReach, Siraaj was the National HR Manager for Equra Health, a South African company providing administrative, operational and strategic management services in the cancer care domain. He began his career with the Medi-Clinic Group.

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree HR Management, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa
National Diploma HR Management, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa

Kate Burnett

Legal Counsel & Head of Corporate Governance

Kate Burnett leads the Legal, Contracts & Grants Department, responsible for all legal, entity & corporate governance, contracts, risk & compliance for the organization’s global operations.

Kate is an admitted attorney in the State of Florida & the Southern U.S. Federal District & has been practising for 22 years. Prior to joining us, Kate was U.S. in-house Legal & Contracts Manager at Engel & Völkers, the leading European real-estate franchise group. Prior to that she spent 10 years in civil private practice in Miami, Florida, specializing in products liability, class action toxic torts & successfully defending all-lines insurance litigation on behalf of major U.S. insurance carriers. Kate began her career in international law & in-house contracting with large independent power producers in Hong Kong & Indonesia. She hails from London, U.K. but considers herself a global citizen.

Education:

Juris Doctorate, Nova University, Florida, USA
Bachelor of Law Degree, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Hameline Chimuka

Head of Corporate Finance

Hameline Chimuka is responsible for Finance, leading and building finance and administration teams across multiple cultures and locations that deliver support to Technical Program teams for the organization’s global operations.

Hameline has over 15 years’ experience in financial management, working in the Development Industry. Her experience has been gained while working in Southern, West and East Africa, with multiple funders that include USAID, CDC, DFID, EU AusAID, CIDA and Nordic governments.

Before joining BroadReach, Hameline held various senior finance executive positions with organisations working in Public Health and Research on issues of Human Security.

Education:
Bachelor of Accounting Sciences with University of South Africa
Master of Business Administration (MBA) with WITS Business School

Peter Ellis

VP: Operations

Peter is responsible and accountable for BroadReach’s strategic and operational objectives.

Peter has built up his expertise over the past 30 years as a successful business leader in operations, strategy and marketing. He has held positions globally in manufacturing, service, and not-for-profit industries with notable organisations like McKinsey, Merck, Contel (Verizon), Arthur D. Little, Textron, G&K Services, Clinton Foundation and Cambridge Systematics. Prior to joining BroadReach, Peter was Executive VP for Transportation Planning & Management, the largest business line for Cambridge Systematics in the USA, and before that worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative supervising multiple country portfolios and overseeing multi-million dollar programs.

Education:
MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge Massachusetts, USA. BS-Business (cum laude), Brigham Young University, USA.

Peter Graves

VP: Business Development

Peter is responsible and accountable for achieving BroadReach’s client acquisition and revenue growth objectives.

Peter has over 30 years’ experience building and managing successful international projects for private companies and non-profit organizations. His expertise combines strategic planning, business development and project management into a fully integrated operations approach. His career includes building private business in Africa, expanding democracy in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and increasing access to finance across the globe. Prior to joining BroadReach, Peter was Senior Vice President of the World Council of Credit Unions, in charge of business development and project management.

Education:
Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington DC.
BA, Political Science, Denison University, Ohio, USA

Bernard Katz

Senior Manager, New Product Design

Bernard Katz is responsible for the conceptualisation and design of the BroadReach Vantage Analytics platform, applying more than 16 years’ experience in innovation management, enterprise engineering and business improvement.

Before BroadReach, Bernard was with Indutech, an innovation management consulting company. He has been involved in numerous innovations and business improvements in the financial services, government, health care and information technology sectors. In 2010, he earned the Southern African Institute of Industrial Engineer’s (SAIIE) President’s Award for outstanding service to the Institute.

Education:
PhD (Industrial Engineering) University of Stellenbosch RSA, ECQA certified European Innovation Manager and Innovation Manager Trainer, MSc (Industrial Engineering) University of Stellenbosch RSA, BSc (Chemical Engineering) University of Cape Town RSA

Mubita Lifwatila

VP: Donor Programs and Delivery

Mubita is accountable and responsible for the success of all donor funded programs from start-up to close-out including operations, administration, compliance, finance, program activities, deliverables, donor and stakeholder relationships.

Mubita is a financial and program management international development expert with over 15 years of vast experience working in Health, Education and Human Resources for Health across Sub Saharan Africa. Prior to joining BroadReach, Mubita was the Chief of Party (COP) for RTI International in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Education:

Master’s Degree Accounting and Finance (MSc), Institute of Finance Management University in Tanzania
Master’s Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from the Management College of South Africa

Bonnie Medeossi

Operations Director

Bonnie Jeanne brings a range of public health experience to her role as Operations Director, in which she is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of country operations.

Bonnie has over 10 years of experience which have included managing public health programs and strengthening health systems through collaboration with governments, partners and funding organizations, as well as programme implementation, quality assurance and clinical trial research.

Prior to her role as Operations Director, Bonnie Jeanne has held a few other roles within BroadReach driving the technical and clinical service delivery teams across the country. Prior to joining BroadReach, Bonnie was a Project Manager and Health Education Specialist at Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI), a leading academic institute for science and innovation in the field of HIV, sexual and reproductive health and vaccinology. She began her career with the Virginia Department of Health, Vaccines for Children Programme.

Education:
Masters of Public Health, Social and Behaviour Change Communication, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Bachelors of Science, Health Sciences: Public Health Education, James Madison University, Virginia, USA
Certified Health Education Specialist, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing

Ruan Viljoen

Chief Technology Officer

Ruan is accountable and responsible for the execution and success of BroadReach’s technology strategy, product roadmap and business plan, product engineering and product operations to support the company’s aggressive growth and expansion plans.

Ruan is a senior executive with 15 years’ experience in all aspects of the software development and support life-cycle: Product Engineering, Professional Services and Support on mission critical 24×7 systems. Prior to joining BroadReach he held the role of Senior Vice President, Software Engineering for ACI Worldwide.

Education:
BCom Computer Science and Information Systems (Cum Laude), University of Port Elizabeth