Meet the board

Pharos Global Health Advisors is led by an experienced and talented board comprised of six members. Each board member brings invaluable insights into their varied areas of expertise spanning global health, medicine, law, international advocacy, and business. Their leadership and expertise builds our long-term strategic vision.

The Pharos Board

Dave Matheson


David Matheson is a Senior Advisor to The Boston Consulting Group, where he worked from 1980 to 2010 and served as a Senior Partner. He was the founder and global leader of the firm’s health care practice for many years, and played many roles in the firm's management. David also played a key role in launching BCG’s efforts in global health, working extensively with the Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation on assignments to bring business rigor to public policy management.

Since stepping down as a Partner at BCG, David has continued his consulting practice and has served on multiple boards, both for-profit boards and not-for-profit boards. His areas of focus include academic medicine, global health, and value-based care. He has served on the BCG Executive Committee, Health Care Practice Area, and Audit Committee in addition to advising the small private company Cambridge Innovations and the executive search firm, WittKieffer. He has also served on the non-profit boards of PLAN International, Hampshire College, the Harvard Business School Visiting Committee, Harvard School of Public Health Dean's Advisory Council, and others.

David received an MA with first class honors from the University of St. Andrews, a JD mcl from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review, and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Margaret Huber


Margaret Huber had an impressive career in government service and diplomacy, and since stepping down in 2013, she has been a strong community leader active in numerous volunteer activities. In addition to serving on the board of Pharos Global Health Advisors, she has worked with the leadership at the Harvard Club of Ottawa, Canadian International Council's National Capital Branch, and the Samara Center for Democracy.

In government, Margaret served as the Ambassador in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. During her extensive diplomatic career, she worked closely with international organizations including the United Nations, the European Union, the International Olympic Committee, the Asian Development Bank and the International Committee of the Red Cross. As an advocate of life-long learning, Margaret graduated from McGill University, the University of Ottawa, the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program, and served as the 2014 Fellow of Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative.

Margaret holds a BA Hon. from McGill University in History with Honours, an MA in History from the University of Ottawa, and an Advanced Management Certificate from Harvard Business School.

Stephen Kutenplon


Steve Kutenplon is an equity partner at the Boston law firm Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C. and Co-Chairs its Business Group. He counsels entrepreneurial businesses and start-up companies on mergers & acquisitions, corporate financing transactions, including equity and debt capital raises, venture capital, subordinated debt, asset-based lending, inter-creditor negotiations, intellectual property portfolio strategy and licensing and technology transfer. He also advises these clients and non-profits on corporate governance matters. Steve serves as general counsel to companies in diverse industries such as software, semiconductor, e-commerce and financial services, capital equipment distribution, real estate construction, development and management, and pharmaceutical manufacturing consulting.

In addition to serving as a member of the Pharos Global Health Advisors Board, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of Lincoln Youth Soccer, a local youth soccer team for the community of Lincoln, MA. Steve was also formerly the Director and Treasurer of the Women’s Lunch Place, a shelter in Boston to support and empower women.

Steve holds a JD from Case Western Reserve University and a BS in Geology-Physics from Bates College.

Mark Shrime


Dr. Mark Shrime MD, MPH, PhD, FACS, is O’Brien Chair of Global Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons and Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He previously served as the founder and Director of the Center for Global Surgery Evaluation at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and as Research Director for the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard. He received the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.

Throughout his career, Mark has authored many seminal papers on the global burden of surgical disease, financial burdens facing surgical patients, and the number of people who cannot access safe surgery worldwide. With grants from the Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation, the Center for Global Surgery Evaluation, the GE Foundation’s Safe Surgery 2020 project, and the Steven C. and Carmella Kletjian Foundation, Mark focuses his research on surgical delivery in low- and middle-income countries. His work aims to determine optimal policies and platforms for surgical delivery that maximize health benefits while simultaneously minimizing the risk of financial catastrophe faced by patients.

Mark graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1996 with a BA in molecular biology, received his MD from the University of Texas in 2001, and completed his residency in otolaryngology at the joint Columbia/Cornell program in Manhattan. He completed his first fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology at the University of Toronto in 2007, and his second in microvascular reconstructive surgery in 2008, also at the University of Toronto.

Robert Hecht

Founder and President

Dr. Robert Hecht is the President of Pharos Global Health Advisors. He has more than 30 years of experience in global health, population, nutrition and development, in senior management positions with the World Bank, UNAIDS, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and Results for Development Institute. Rob is a widely recognized thought leader and analyst with a strong track record of advice to top decision makers and dozens of publications related to health systems, health sector reform, HIV, TB, immunization, nutrition, and health economics and financing.

Rob also holds an appointment as a clinical professor at the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, where he teaches global health courses related to policy and financing and conducts research. He has adjunct positions at McGill University’s School for Population and Global Health and at Rangoon University’s School of Public Health.

Rob has a PhD from Cambridge University and a BA from Yale.

Shan Soe-Lin

Managing Director

Dr. Shan Soe-Lin specializes in developing solutions to complex strategic, organizational and operational issues affecting global health non-profit organizations, private philanthropies, multilaterals, and US health care payer and provider systems. Through her tenures with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Recon Strategy, Results for Development Institute and now Pharos Global Health Advisors, Shan specializes in developing forward-looking strategies, resource mobilization approaches, competitive landscapes and investment cases for organizations and governments focused on nutrition, HIV, TB, and maternal and child health issues. More recently, Shan has advised developing countries and NGOs on Covid control, and published several op-eds in the New York Times, the Boston Globe and Politico on domestic Covid control and return-to-work strategies. Shan also works with her clients to improve their organizational effectiveness and leadership development. Her clients have included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gavi, Unitaid, the Global Fund, Partners in Health, Nutrition International, and Kirk Humanitarian.

Shan holds a PhD in Experimental Medicine, and a B.Sc in Microbiology & Immunology, both from McGill University, and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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