TREVOR ZIMMER

Director, Dalberg Design

Trevor leads Dalberg Design’s health and innovation practice where he applies new approaches and identifies new partners to disrupt business as usual and accelerate impact. His focus is on creative facilitation, design research, innovation and storytelling, which he applies to global health, change management and new ventures. A key part of this work is identifying a pipeline of concepts to address social impact challenges, assembling partnerships and capabilities to move these concepts from ideas to prototypes to scale, and incorporating participatory approaches in decision-making.

Trevor recent work includes supporting countries to coordinate their response to COVID-19,  launching a global professional association of immunization managers, and helping a NGO to scale a maternal health system across Haiti. Previously, his work includes supporting USAID to execute its Ebola and Zika & Emerging Threats Grand Challenges, partnering with youth leaders to destigmatize mental health, designing, collaborating with a foundation to understand the lived experience of people living with Type 1 Diabetes, demand generation for a product that reduces neo-natal mortality in Nigeria, conducting a health portfolio review for a development agency in India, designing a suite of financial services for small-holder farmers in the DR Congo, working with Indonesian fishing communities on collective fishery management, and co-creating learning processes for a portfolio of East African agricultural finance organizations.

Prior to Dalberg, Trevor worked with the Clinton Foundation. During a secondment with the South African Department of Health, he worked on an HIV treatment optimization study that improved patient outcomes and saved millions of dollars a year. He also coordinated the operations and budget for a $50 million-dollar program to increase access to essential medicines for children in India, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda.

He has a master’s degree from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington. He has been published by MIT Press and is faculty at Parsons School of Design.

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