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Executive Overview

With more than thirty years of private and public sector development, Stephen Settimi is a seasoned international development practitioner with a specialization in program strategy and the use of information/communications technology for development (ICT4D). He began his career as a regional economic development marketing planner in southern California and went on to found a database software company supporting health informatics and longitudinal survey instruments known as GNS Information Technologies, Inc.

He is highly skilled in computer systems, data models, social network assessment, business and organizational strategies, program financing, and advocacy and marketing. From 2004-2010 Mr. Settimi was the senior health fellow and technical advisor for USAID’s Global Health Bureau in the ICT field. He led the development and use of ICT and knowledge management practices and co-chaired the PEPFAR Technical Working Group for Health Information Systems.

Since 2004 Mr. Settimi has served as a team leader, advisor and delegate on a number of projects in Kenya, Uganda, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Madagascar, Namibia, and several countries in Southeast Asia. He has a Masters of International Relations from the University of San Diego and a BA in Social Sciences from San Diego State University.

Overseas Assignments

Angola – eHealth/mHealth Consultant (September 2014 – August October 2014)A situation analysis of the mobile and eHealth landscape. Identify parties of interest and possible mHealth solutions. Sensitizing potential stakeholders in different uses of mobile technology and possible collaborative investment opportunities for PPP.

American Samoa – HIS Consultant (June 2012 – August 2012) Lead and coordinate HIS assessment process and strategic planning process for implementation of national HIS system, policy and implementation framework, guidance on data standards and data exchange protocols; policy development ; stakeholder unit systems and professional network strengthening; one week training on HIS principles and practices.

Ethiopia – Team Leader (March 9 – April 2012). Lead for six member team to prepare Private Investment Action Plans for the Energy, Information/Communications Technologies (ICT), and Health Care Industries in Ethiopia. Project includes mock-up of two or three business opportunities or turnkeys to attracted, retain, and promote private investment in the three sectors

Kenya – Micro-Credit Investigation (Nov 2011 – March 2012). Program developer and lead for pilot micro-lending refinance project. In this study Stephen is the lead investigator in measuring the socio-economic impact of incentive lower interest rates among small borrowers having loans with interest rates over 20%. The focus of the study measures the change in spending and cash management practices among household and the business owners especially on health and educational expenditures.

Kenya –Team Leader (May-June 2011). Assessment of national Social Protection programs,) As Team Leader, Stephen developed program strategies for USAID/Kenya and means to interface with existing national program. Key recommendations included incentivization of cash transfers (linking same with BCC) and coupling programs monitoring efforts to include anti-corruption campaigns.

Kenya – Team Leader (Nov 2010). Health systems training assessment and Program Design, The assessment covered both in-service and collegial training preparation for clinical health workers, physicians, and health extension workers. The investigation addressed level and quality of education/training, attrition rate, incentives, and human resource supply and demand. A key program design recommendation was the renovation and use of existing training facilities and partnerships.

Kenya – Lead Adviser (July 2010). Lead adviser on six member team to assess the health information systems assessment and HMIS components of the Kenya National Health Care Program and program design team.

Namibia – (March 2010). Principal lead and originator of “Centerships”, a PEPFAR funded community led and directed development strategy that takes a business model approach to development, allowing community leaders to create “centers” of operation to which implementing partners contribute their respective resources in achievement of community goals irrespective of sector preferences.

Regional Eastern Africa – (August 2009). Country Ownership Strategy and Leadership Forum for Health Information Systems Originated and led the first of a series of three of forums. The emphasis of this effort was to lead country teams from five ministries to devise their HIS strategy and then resource the same from the sponsoring Funders including, WB, DFID, DANID, USAID, and ITU.

S.E. Asia [Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Viet Nam] – (August 2007-08). Health Information Systems Assessments Co-Led with CDC counterpart the first in a series of direct Ministerial level discussions to raise the profile and create budgeted operating units for Health Management Information Systems, as semi-independent units at the Permanent Secretary or other level above line ministries.

Madagascar – (October 2006). eHealth ICT4D/Knowledge Management eReadiness Assessment. This work entailed prototyping a m-Health data collection program designed to be operated with as little as five to ten minute training. The user interface collected only eight data points that could be used to triangulate maternal and child health interventions, prenatal and post natal care, vaccine schedules, and planning for school enrollment, and health care worker staffing needs. The pilot demonstrated how the data collected could stream live to GIS mapping systems and used additionally for emergency response.

Malaysia – (2006). Delegate to UN Alliance for ICT –Health Panelist

Bangladesh – (2006). Review and evaluation of information dissemination and knowledge transfer practices of prime contractor, Johns Hopkins University INFO Project.

Uganda – (2006, 2008.) Adviser on ICT, databases and GIS mapping Served USAID Senior Advisor and co-led with USAID/Kampala Lead and CDC counterpart on a five person team. The work laid the foundation for the later on Country Ownership Strategies-HIS Leadership Forum (above). In developing the Vision 2012 for HMIS Strategy plan, direct consultations were held with WHO, USAID, CD, DANIDA, GTZ, UNDP, and line Ministries of Health, Telecommunication, and Education, and Communications Commission. Over One hundred and twenty interviews were managed. , and two major stakeholder briefings which included over sixty development partners and their implementing partners.

Talent Pool Stephen Settimi                   International Development

Social Network Analyses  Rapid Assessments and Program Evaluations eHealth / Telemedicine  Strategies   Start-up Frameworks and Ownership StrategiesExecutive Advisory Services   Human Capital and Organizational Development Technical Assistance Program Designs Data and Information Systems    Strategies for applied ICT4D ♦ Special Studie




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Facilitation of global development through use of information

and communication technology and social networks.

Country-owned, investment strategies for human capital

and organizational development at community and national levels.