Are you interested in solving global public challenges -- from health and economic development to poverty -- through private-based solutions? Attend this program and have a conversation with Michael Fairbanks, co-founder of  Seven (Social Equity Venture Fund), a virtual non-profit entity run by entrepreneurs whose strategy is to increase the rate of innovation and diffusion of enterprise-based solutions to poverty

Meeting Public Challenges from the Private Sector THURSDAY, March 28, 1-2pm @ Haldeman 041 Lunch provided  (RSVP to

About  Michael Fairbanks was a U.S. Peace Corps teacher in Kenya (1979-1981). He has been a founder and chief executive in both the private and NGO sectors. A long-time angel investor in the life sciences, he is a founding board member of Silver Creek Pharmaceuticals, based in San Francisco, which is focused on solutions to heart disease; and a founding board member in Akagera Pharmaceuticals, which seeks a solution to Tuberculosis.

He has worked closely with two dozen heads of government in Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Asia; he is Senior Advisor since 2001 to President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. He co–authored Harvard Business School’s book on business strategy in emerging markets, “Plowing the Sea, Nurturing the Hidden Sources of Advantage in Developing Nations,” and edited, “In The River They Swim, Enterprise Solutions to Poverty.”

He is a Director of the Rwanda Biomedical Board, which oversees that nation’s health care system, and the Akilah Institute for Women, Rwanda’s first women’s college. He is a citizen of the United States, the European Union (Ireland), and Rwanda.