Derek Treatman has a unique capability to integrate language and culture in novel communication technologies and resource-poor settings. At Vital Wave, he has served as technical advisor on a call-center optimization project in Nigeria, and as technical lead in a joint project between Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to develop mobile applications and call center software to support Health Extension Workers.
Prior to Vital Wave, as field director for Dimagi in India, Mr. Treatman implemented over a dozen mService pilots to support hundreds of community health workers. He pioneered a process for rapid localization of multimedia health information that earned him the Rockefeller Foundation and mHealth Alliance’s “Top 11 Innovators of 2011” Award. At home in New York, he helped implement a novel system for medical research administration at the Mount Sinai Health System, managing over $130 million in annual funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Mr. Treatman, a self-described linguaphile, picks up local languages with ease and speaks French, Hindi, and Spanish. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Mastère Professionnel in Electrical Engineering from l’Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité in Metz, France.