D. Scott Smith, MD, MSc, DTM&H, FIDSA
Scott grew up in Boulder Colorado and attended medical school at the University of Colorado. He went to public health school at Harvard University where an interest in Tropical Public Health was further developed, leading to a yearlong study as a Fulbright Scholar in Cali Colombia, where he studied improved diagnostic technologies to understand the epidemiology of leishmaniasis, and onchocerciasis (River Blindness), a leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. He completed residency then a Fellowship at Stanford University in Medicine then Infectious Disease & Geographic Medicine.
Scott currently teaches at Stanford Medical School and directs a course in Human Biology entitled “Parasites & Pestilence”. He was presented the Bloomfield award in recognition of excellence in teaching of clinical medicine at Stanford School of Medicine. Since 1999, he has organized local then regional then Kaiser Nationally sponsored Travel Medicine Conferences to prepare travelers for safe international trips. In addition to his academic postings, Scott serves locally on the San Mateo County Mosquito Abatement District Board as trustee and board member. He has worked in the clinical sector for MENTOR-Initiative training workshops about Malaria and Vector-borne diseases as well as Emergency Responses, in Indonesia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Haiti, and Myanmar.
He has recently appeared on The Doctors Show (CBS), Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and National Geographic (and even the Tyra Bank’s Show in New York!) about a number of unusual parasitic diseases in humans including leishmaniasis, tapeworm, leprosy and hookworm.
Gareth brings a wealth of experience to the MENTOR board, building on his past experience with the MENTOR as he helped during their transition to a new financial system.
Currently working as an independent management consultant providing advisory & programme management support in organisational change, service transformation projects & financial management, his expertise is cross-sectoral, and built from over 25 years in the private and international development sectors. Whilst posted as Consulting Director for Capita Consulting, Tribal Consulting, and HELM Corporation in account management, business development and international development programmes, Gareth gained experience with clients both in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and abroad, reach across Central and Eastern Europe, and into sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
His efforts in the sector have led to working with development partners including DFID, EU, World Bank, and Asia Development Bank, Gareth gained experience in the design, delivery, and assessment of public financial management, food security, and civil service reform projects.
Beginning his career in strategic consulting with W S Atkins, Paul then spent approximately two decades in senior management in the automotive sector in UK and North America, with Massey Ferguson and Perkins Engines. This was followed by almost a decade in private equity in UK becoming a partner with ECi Ventures focussed on MBO/MBI’s (Management buyins and buyouts). This was followed by 4 years as Managing Director of CDC (Commonwealth Development Corporation) investing in the developing world.
Paul has chaired the boards of a number of private companies and joined the Advisory Board of the Mentor-Initiative in 2003 and its main Board in 2011, (where since 2017 he has held the chair.)
Advisory Board Members
Robert Hart – Security and operations advice
Sarah Hoibak- Technical malaria control advice