Dr. Joel Selanikio is an award-winning physician, inventor, emergency responder, and public speaker who leads the efforts of Magpi to develop and promote new technologies and business models for health and international development, including multiple-award-winning Magpi mobile data collection and messaging software – the most widely scaled mobile technology ever created for international development, with more than 40,000 users in more than 170 countries.
Dr. Selanikio is a frequent keynote speaker and consultant in the fields of social entrepreneurship, innovation, public and global health, healthcare, child health, epidemiology, and the use of technology for development ("ICT4D") and for emergency and disaster preparedness and response, and has consulted or spoken on these topics at Davos, TEDx, SciFoo, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Google, DARPA, CNN, Fox News, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Royal Society of Medicine, and many other very prominent venues and organizations. He is a judge for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards, and is a winner of both the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability and the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award.
Dr. Selanikio has been profiled by the Guardian, Wired, Forbes, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, the BBC, NPR, Information Week, and the Washington Post, among many other publications.
Dr. Selanikio is a practicing pediatrician, as well as a former Wall Street computer consultant, and former CDC epidemiologist. In December 2014 - January 2015, he was the lead physician at the IMC Ebola Treatment Center at Lunsar, Sierra Leone. As an officer of the Public Health Service, Dr. Selanikio served as Chief of Operations for the HHS Secretary's Emergency Command Center after the 9/11 attacks. In 2005, he was given the Haverford Award for Humanitarian Service for his work in treating tsunami victims in Aceh.
Areas of Expertise
International Health, Disaster Response, refugee health, mass casualty care, response to chemical and biological weapons, technology for development, Pediatrics, Mobile Technology, data collection and analysis
An idea worth spreading
Using cloud computing to promote international development, as I discuss in my TEDx Austin talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/joel_selanikio_the_surprising_seeds_of_a_big_data_revolution_in_healthcare.html
I'm passionate about
Social justice, technology, science
Talk to me about
Mobile technology, the web, technology for development, sustainability, scale, social business
People don't know I'm good at
Knowing the words to old songs. :-)