12 Oct LIFENET INTERNATIONAL HIRES VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMS AND INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS: SHEP OWEN
Washington, DC- October 11, 2021 : LifeNet International has hired Shep Owen as Vice President of Programs and International Operations. Owen brings more than 20 years of experience in international development, management, and leadership to his role at LifeNet, including 16 years at Food for the Hungry. Along with his extensive experience, Owen’s educational background includes a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of London. Owen’s addition to the LifeNet executive team will further propel the organization as it scales its impact in healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa.
“LifeNet is scaling quickly, on a mission to save and improve millions of additional lives every year,” said LifeNet President Dave Evans. “It is essential that we maintain high quality programming while attaining our scaling goals. To do so, we need a strategic leader with on-the-ground experience to drive our growth. Shep is that leader and we are excited to welcome him to LifeNet as we pursue our 10-10-10 strategy.”
Owen will lead programs and international operations, including growth in 6 sub-Saharan countries and expansion to 4 more over the next 2 years. Owen has served in several senior leadership positions that prepare him well for this role, including country director, regional director, and director of programs roles for large INGOs. Most recently, Owen served as Senior Director of Relief and Humanitarian Affairs for Food for the Hungry where he provided strategic leadership to Food for the Hungry’s humanitarian affairs engagements.
Owen’s extensive experience in the field and in strategic management and leadership have uniquely positioned him to effectively lead LifeNet’s programs and international operations as the organization continues to scale in Africa. Under his leadership, LifeNet programs will scale to improve tens of millions more patient visits over the next two years.
“It is a joy to be a part of LifeNet International, which ensures millions of vulnerable patients receive high quality healthcare through their local, faith-based health facilities,” said Owen. “The efficient, high-impact, cost-effective model of LifeNet is exciting. I look forward to leading our talented and passionate team who work hard to serve the underserved.”
About LifeNet International: Founded in 2009 by entrepreneur Michael Spraggins, LifeNet International partners with local, faith-based health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa to bridge the deadly gap separating existing knowledge, tools, and resources from the health workers who need them to save lives. LifeNet rapidly and effectively deploys life-saving and life-improving interventions directly to health workers. Through its growing network of 312 facilities, LifeNet transforms healthcare for more than 5 million patient visits every year in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, and Malawi.