What We Do   |   Our Team

A diverse, curious
and nimble

locally-driven and
globally-connected team

Olivier Defawe

Director, Private Sector Engagement Partnerships Lead; Drones for Health solution Lead; Founder & Facilitator, UAV for Payload Delivery Working Group

As a global health and innovation development expert, Olivier leads a portfolio of innovations to improve healthcare access at the last mile in low/middle-income countries. Olivier’s 17+ years of experience working in Africa makes him savvy in navigating local challenges and influencing strategic partnerships to achieve sustainable health outcomes. As a director in VillageReach private sector engagement group, Olivier develops and manages strategic partnerships with the private sector. He also leads the Outsourced Drone Transport programs in Mozambique, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic. Before joining VillageReach, Olivier has managed health information and laboratory systems implementations in Haiti and West Africa, and served as Operations Manager of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) Endpoints Laboratory at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Olivier holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Liège in Belgium.