Legatum Convergence 2011 - Infectious Ideas: Alexandra Graham
The Legatum Convergence
Billions of people do not have access to good health care. There are surprising and innovative solutions for the delivery of medical care in emerging countries.
Speaker: Alexandra Graham, Co-Founder & Vice President, Lagray
Dr. Alexandra (Sandra) Graham is Co-founder and Vice President of LaGray, an Africa-focused US company that has established the first fully integrated pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in West Africa. The Ghana based company produces active pharmaceutical ingredients and converts them into finished dosage forms, making it a self-sufficient drug manufacturer that makes critical drugs available and affordable.
LaGray was winner of the 2009 Frost & Sullivan African Excellence Award and the 2009 and 2010 Ghanaian Business Excellence awards.
Dr. Graham obtained a B.Sc. (1st Class) in Chemistry from Bayero University, Nigeria and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from University of Lagos, Nigeria and University of Sussex, Brighton, England. She has an MBA in Global Technology Management from American Intercontinental University. She lectured in universities in Nigeria, UK and the US and worked for IBM and Abbott Laboratories. She has publications and patents in diverse areas of chemistry including heterocyclic, polymer, analytical and pharmaceutical process chemistry.
The Legatum Convergence, presented by the Legatum Center at MIT, is the global forum on entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Every year, aspiring and established entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors, academics and others interested in entrepreneurship and bottom-up development convene at this marketplace of ideas.
Increasingly, entrepreneurship is being recognized for its role in creating prosperity and fostering good governance around the world. Today, innovation, entrepreneurial leadership and bottom-up development can effectively address the issues faced by low-income countries and stimulate progress in their economies. The two-day conference will explore the challenges and opportunities entrepreneurs encounter in the fields of education, health, technology, media, and manufacturing. The Convergence will also address financing and the nature of entrepreneurship from multiple perspectives.