For 15 years, Blair Palmer has leveraged her knowledge of technological innovations, project implementation, corporate responsibility, stakeholder engagement, and social enterprise programs to empower global health programs in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Blair is part of UNICEF's Innovation team, serving as the Lab Lead for San Francisco, where she addresses the challenge of using design and technology to accelerate and scale social impact solutions. In her role, Blair ensures universal access to basic healthcare through the design of programs to maximize health outcomes and is responsible for sourcing new projects and ideas to connect Silicon Valley with the work of UNICEF Innovation, including the stewardship of strategic partnerships across the globe. She has also worked to advance infectious disease research at the University of California-San Francisco and the Institute for OneWorld Health, as well as to lead corporate responsibility efforts to improve access to healthcare worldwide, serving as Senior Manager of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care for Levi Strauss & Co. and as Manager of Public Affairs at Gilead Sciences. She is also currently an Advisor at Medic Mobile, an international non-profit using mobile phones to empower community healthcare workers and their patients in 20+ countries.
Blair has authored several manuscripts and abstracts and delivered presentations on her experience at international conferences focusing on topics such as social responsibility and sustainability, social enterprise, technology applications in global health, health delivery systems, capacity building, and prevention of infectious diseases. Her writing has been featured on GOOD.is., UNICEF.org and the Huffington Post. In the face of numerous obstacles including medical needs, poor sanitation and lack of education, her goal is to pioneer solutions designed to overcome economic constraints, language barriers and population fragmentation with multiple stakeholders. For her work, she was recently named to #Inspire100 list by Dell Computers of world changers in entrepreneurship, philanthropy, education and media who use technology to empower and inspire others.
Blair holds a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University and a Master's in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology and infectious diseases from Yale University where she was nominated for a Fulbright Scholarship.
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Read about UNICEF Innovation's work: www.unicef.org/innovation or www.unicefstories.org.