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Foreign Policy Magazine Names 2020 MicroClinic’s Dr. Moka Lantum 

and Dr. Lynne Davidson among ‘100 Leading Global Thinkers’


December 12, 2016

Washington, DC — 2020 MicroClinic’s Initiative’s Moka Lantum, founder, and Lynne Davidson, executive director, were named today as among “100 Leading Global Thinkers” for 2016 by Foreign Policy magazine. They were honored at a reception in Washington, DC.


Foreign Policy shines the spotlight on preeminent thought leaders and public intellectuals worldwide in its annual issue, “100 Leading Global Thinkers.” The other 2016 honorees include a wide range of leaders, advocates, innovators, artists, government officials, and visionaries from around the world, such as Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, Loretta Lynch, Melinda Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg. Drs. Davidson and Lantum are recognized in the “healers” category.


“The great overarching story of 2016 was, as it regularly is, about progress,” said Foreign Policy in its own announcement today about this year’s winners. “Scientific innovation, the connection of literally hundreds of millions of people to the oceans of knowledge and opportunity within the Internet, greater life-expectancies, rising standards of living, and falling levels of inter-state violence were the real top stories of the year, no matter what the headlines blared.”


2020 MicroClinic Initiative, founded by Dr. Lantum in 2011, works innovatively to improve maternal and newborn health services in underserved areas of the world. Its signature program is Operation Karibu, which offers baby clothes, emergency transportation, birth preparation, infant care training, and safe deliveries to thousands of mothers in rural Kenya. Earlier this year, 2020 MicroClinic Initiative was a winner of the GSK and Save the Children’s Healthcare Innovation Award for its work in Kenya.


A social entrepreneur and Rochester resident, Dr. Lantum has more than 20 years of experience in health delivery and healthcare management with multiple executive roles in a Fortune 500 health-related manufacturing company. He received his MD training at Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé in Cameroon; a Diploma in Nutrition and International Child Health, from Uppsala University in Sweden; a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Rochester; and an MCHM (Master’s in Health Care Management) from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a member of the IPIHD/SEAD network at Duke University, and recipient of numerous international awards.


Dr. Davidson, a resident of Los Angeles, joined 2020 MicroClinic Initiative in 2012 after consulting independently with several organizations on issues of poverty and microfinance. She has held several positions with federal agencies, and her academic career includes serving as deputy to the president, vice provost, and assistant professor of health services research at the University of Rochester. Dr. Davidson is a graduate of Northwestern University (BA in political science and economics), the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (MPA in domestic policy analysis), and the University of Rochester (PhD in political science). She has served on numerous non-profit boards in leadership roles, and currently serves as a partner with Social Venture Partners Los Angeles.