Sherman Kong is most committed to achieve development impact through informed data-driven decision making and technology-aided efficiency, a principle he reinforces through DIAL by helping to advance the ICT4SDG body of work and to apply the Digital Investment Framework in practice. He has past experience in health systems and digital innovation, data management, and facilitation of knowledge by research and policy priorities.
Prior to DIAL, he served as the Coordinator of the Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA) hosted at the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (a WHO Collaborating Center), with overall team leadership and programmatic oversight into translation of sector-wide malaria R&D direction and identification of scientific knowledge gaps (and management of technical informational synthesis activities thereof), and support harmonization of relationships with funding agencies, Steering Committee, WHO and other partners. Between 2014 and 2017, Sherman acted as an independent advisor for the Office of the President at Globe Telecom, focusing on digital health development that intersected between private and public sectors of the Philippines. He had lent technical assistance to WHO-WPRO, UN-Habitat, UNDP Guinea-Bissau, Grameen Foundation and other INGOs on thematic review and project evaluation. He also formerly came with a 6-year specialization on information strategy and business intelligence in corporate consultancy settings, inclusive of leading big-data reporting system implementations.
Sherman was awarded a Master’s in Health Economics and Policy from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, both with dissertations centered around heath innovation.