Dana Hovig

Dana Hovig

Dana Hovig

Former Director at the Hewlett Foundation and Gates Foundation

Dana Hovig currently serves as a Director or Chair on a number of Boards that focus on Ethics in International Development, SRHR, Global Mental Health, and improved management in global health.  He also works as a consultant supporting NGOs, bilateral and multilateral donors, and Foundations. He resides in Cascais, Portugal with his wife and 2 children.

Dana served as the Director of the Gender Equity and Governance (GEG) program at the Hewlett Foundation from 2019 through 2022, making grants to expand women’s reproductive and economic choices, amplify citizen participation to improve governance, and improve policymaking through evidence. From 2013 to 2019, Dana was Director of the Integrated Delivery team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest and most diverse teams at the Foundation.

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Dana spent over 10 years at MSI, based in London, as CEO (7 years), Deputy CEO (2 years), and as Managing Director of Options Consultancy (2 years). At MSI, Dana led the work of more than 8,000 international staff with offices in 40 countries, delivering reproductive and maternal health and primary health care services to millions of clients/year.

Prior to MSI, Dana spent 11 years in various leadership positions with PSI, including nearly 4 years resident in Pakistan. Before joining PSI, he lived for 5 years in Northern Mali and Northern Togo supporting women’s economic empowerment, self-help groups, and small/medium enterprises.

All Sessions by Dana Hovig

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Auditorium (Selous)

Panel on Male Allyship: What do men have to do with it?

On the pathway to reimagining leadership, people of all genders will need to be engaged. In the global health field, where women make up only a quarter of leadership despite making up 70 percent of the workforce, men must be active players in generating systemic changes to correct this imbalance. This panel will bring together a small group of male allies who are each playing a role in advancing gender equality in global health. Together, speakers will explore the importance of allyship and provide insight into how to foster allyship at the individual and institutional levels.