Zameer Brey leads the strategic coordination of the foundation’s approach to the equitable and safe use of artificial intelligence (AI) to advance equity and global health and development outcomes. With the establishment of an internal AI Task Force representing the full breadth of the foundation’s focus areas, Zameer also oversees various initiatives, to include AI-related Grand Challenges grant opportunities, the establishment of an external AI advisory board and guiding principles, and the development of use cases for building an AI evidence-base in partnership with colleagues representing priority focus areas within the foundation. This work is grounded in an equitable, safe, reliable, and transparent approach to the use of AI tools in priority geographies.
Zameer has been with the foundation since 2015, serving in roles focused on accelerating the use of new tools and technologies for global health, development, and digital inclusion in health, financial inclusion, and emergency response.
Previously, Zameer worked as a systems analyst, organizational turnaround specialist, and manager. He served as a trusted advisor on several ministerial committees and structures across research and implementation, to include Ministerial Committee on National Health Research; The Board of the Office for Health Standards Compliance; The Board of the South African Medical Association; Advisor to SAG on COVID-19. He continues to serve on the board of Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, where the first heart transplant took place 50 years ago, followed by several other world firsts.
Zameer’s success in leveraging innovation to reduce inequity, his experience in the development ecosystem and close partnerships with governments, universities and CSOs, coupled with his commitment to improving lives and livelihoods amongst the most vulnerable communities, have prepared him to lead the foundation’s approach to using AI as a force for good.
Zameer earned his medical degree, MBA, Ph.D. in health systems and innovation, and Master of Law degree from the University of Cape Town.
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