GSM Association

Dr Craig Friderichs
Director of Health
Started term: May 2012

Craig Friderichs

Dr Craig Friderichs is Director of Health, Mobile for Development at GSMA. Craig heads up a global team that brings together the mobile industry and health stakeholders to improve health outcomes in emerging markets. Craig has been instrumental in launching and implementing the Pan African mHealth Initiative, a collaborative effort between mobile operators and the public/private sector to catalyse the scaled integration of sustainable mobile and ICT solutions into African health systems.

Prior to GSMA, Craig worked in the public and private health care sectors of Southern Africa for almost a decade before moving to business analyst and strategy positions in the medical device sector.

Craig studied medicine at Stellenbosch University and holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town, specialising in corporate finance and economics.

Craig represents the private sector on the board of PMNCH, an alliance of more than 450 member organisations that aims to ensure that all women, infants and children not only remain healthy, but thrive. He is a regular speaker at international health and ICT events and contributes to a number of international ICT task teams.