Africa Healthcare Adviser
Dr. Amit N. Thakker
A visionary entrepreneur and an industry captain, Dr. Amit N. Thakker, has been a groundbreaking pioneer in the integration of private sector within the health system in Africa.
Dr. Thakker is the Executive Chairman of Africa Health Business, Chairman of the Africa Healthcare Federation, East Africa Healthcare Federation and Kenya Healthcare Federation. He is also well known as the founder CEO and Director of Avenue Healthcare which was then integrated within the Avenue Group of Companies.
In 2004, the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) created its health sector arm, the Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF), and Dr. Thakker served as one of its founding directors. In addition to influencing public policy, KHF actively advocates for issues facing the health sector. Dr. Thakker was elected as Chairman of KHF in 2015. Under his leadership as, KHF has been the instrumental player in establishing the East Africa Healthcare Federation (EAHF) in 2012, which champions the same ideals at the regional level covering Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. The Federation leverages the strength of the private sector in-country to promote affordable quality healthcare through Public-Private partnerships.
In the private sector he is well recognized for his strategic consulting roles with Africa Medical Investments (Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Tanzania), Momentum Africa (South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia), Aetna Incorporated (USA and Dubai), Acacia Medical Centre, Guru Nanak Hospital and Humming Health (Kenya).
Being an impactful figure in the healthcare industry, Dr. Thakker has been awarded several accolades. In September 2017, he was awarded as the Regional Winner in the Business & Professional Services category, for his leadership, strategic vision & exceptional contribution in the African Business sector by Titans: Building Nations CEO Global. He was also voted the “Best Male Entrepreneur of the year” by Rotary International in 1999. In 2004, he was awarded the Chairman’s Award by Kenya Medical Association, and in 2005, he won the Best Chairman’s Award by the Round Table Association in East Africa, an international organization of young men below the age of 40 from different professions, races and ethnic groups.
With over 20 years of experience in operations, change management and business networking coupled with successes in challenging economies and cultural contexts, Dr. Thakker has successfully spearheaded the establishment of medical and primary health organizations in various developing countries including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya. He is a much sought-after speaker and mentor on social entrepreneurship, leadership and healthcare management having given talks all over the world. An accomplished champion in healthcare management, he is well recognized for his integrative approach in providing innovative and bold business cross cutting solutions in the health services and financing sector within Eastern and Southern Africa.
Dr. Thakker has a Bachelor’s in medicine and surgery from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and an Executive MBA from National Insurance Academy (NIA) in India. He has also completed a Health Leadership training from George Washington University, USA.