TORONTO – 1907 Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Hafeez Ladha to its Canadian board of trustees. He joins the organization’s governing body that steers its strategic direction and ethical practices.
Ladha is a healthcare and climate investment advisor serving traditional institutional investors, impact funds, and development finance institutions. He brings expertise in the nonprofit and government sectors, as he has previously served the Boston Consulting Group, MedAccess, and the World Bank.
“We are very excited to welcome Hafeez Ladha to the Canadian team,” said 1907 Foundation founder and CEO Adam Pieczonka. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ladha in the past and know that he will bring fresh, innovative opinions and push 1907 Foundation to scale and maximize its impact.”
The organization’s board members skew younger than most non-profits with members’ median age in the mid-30s. Pieczonka feels this allows 1907 Foundation to consider new, innovative methods to make an impact by supporting young, emerging scientists. Ladha resonates with this need for a new approach to mental health research and advocacy.
“Our society’s approach to mental health funding, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment has failed,” Ladha said. “There is a dearth of knowledge surrounding the drivers of mental health challenges and limited access to treatment relative to other aspects of human health, and it has led to huge limitations on our healthcare system’s ability to serve its community.”
Hafeez Ladha: Principal, Boston Consulting Group’s Climate and Sustainable Investing Practice; Technical Advisory Committee Member, Health Finance Institute
Hafeez is a healthcare and climate investment advisor who serves traditional institutional investors, impact funds, and development finance institutions. He is the former vice president of Market Shaping Investments at MedAccess, a healthcare fund that increases access to critical health commodities in low- and middle-income markets. Prior to this, Hafeez worked with the World Bank investing in healthcare resources in Africa and Asia and with Bain & Company serving businesses across North America. Hafeez started his career with the Clinton Foundation, serving as a disease prevention and treatment advisor to governments in Africa and Asia. Hafeez holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, an MPH from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University.
1907 Foundation is a public charity organization committed to solving the global mental health crisis. It funds innovations across the scientific and technological spaces to get us one step closer to understanding mental health and thereby being able to solve mental health. By catalyzing trailblazing medical research, it seeks to discover the root medical causes of mental health and cures for mental illnesses using technological advancements that support the mental health space.
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