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Register here to view our Virtual Asante Supper on demand, where we honor our Founder and new Chairman, Lowell Bryan, and his 15+ years of strengthening healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa. In a timely interview with moderator Rik Kirkland, Lowell shares his perspective on COVID-19’s impact on African healthcare delivery now and in the future. We discuss how Touch Foundation designs and implements solutions based on a rigorous data-driven problem-solving approach to strengthen healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa, providing better access to care and improving the quality of local health systems, now more important than ever given the impact COVID-19 has had on all of our lives.

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Lowell Bryan

Chairman of the Board

Touch Foundation

Lowell Bryan led the effort to create Touch Foundation and has served as President since its inception in 2004. As President, Lowell has worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the organization, thus changing the lives of many in Tanzania. Since he founded Touch, the organization has raised over $90 million, all invested in sub-Saharan African health systems. Lowell retired in January 2012 from McKinsey & Company after 36 years at the firm. He served as a Director for 27 of those years. Over those years he helped found, and lead, McKinsey’s Financial Institutions practice and its Strategy practice. He has written six books on banking, capital markets, strategy and organizational topics. He is a graduate of Davidson College, where he served on the Board of Trustees and established the Bryan Scholar program, a scholarship awarded to outstanding student-athletes. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and served on their board of visitors.

Celia Felsher


Touch Foundation

Celia A. Felsher retired from her position as Chief Operating Officer and Partner of Reservoir Capital Group, an investment management firm based in New York, at the beginning of 2018. Ms. Felsher joined Reservoir in 1998 as General Counsel. She became a Partner at Reservoir in 2005, and added the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2008. From 1988 through 1997, Ms. Felsher was a Partner in the Corporate Department of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Prior to 1988 Ms. Felsher was an Associate at Milbank. Ms. Felsher received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1976 and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1979, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Celia was a member of the Mamaroneck, New York Board of Education from July 2000 until June 2006, serving in the capacity of Board President from July 2004 to June 2006.

Rik Kirkland

Director of Publishing

McKinsey & Company

As Director of Publishing at McKinsey & Company, Rik Kirkland has led the firm’s global print and online activities since 2008. These include the McKinsey Quarterly,, the McKinsey Insights apps and books such as No Ordinary Disruption (Public Affairs, 2015), Resource Revolution (Amazon, 2014) and Reimagining India (Simon & Schuster, 2013). From 2000-2005, he was the editor of FORTUNE magazine, which under his leadership was three times nominated as a finalist for general excellence by the American Society of Magazine Editors and won numerous other awards. During more than two decades, he served as FORTUNE’s Washington editor, Europe editor, International editor and Deputy Editor. He has been a frequent guest on CNN and CNBC and a moderator at the WEF in Davos, FORTUNE’s Global Forum, and the Microsoft CEO Summit. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and plays guitar in a rock band, The Prowlers.