Our Expertise

Iain Barton, MD | Founding Principal
Health 4 Development

Iain Barton is an expert in innovating, incubating and scaling best practice functions in Global Health.

Dr Barton (Qualification: MB, ChB, Medicine at the University of Cape Town) is a medical doctor with 10 years of clinical practice, 25 years in African healthcare supply chain management and 2 years in healthcare systems advisory.

Acknowledged by his peers as a global health pioneer, he specializes in healthcare systems solution design, implementation and market shaping start-ups. Iain has a deep and broad professional experience in both commercial and public health sectors.


Before launching Health 4 Development, he was the CEO of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). He was responsible for developing the Regional Distribution Centers to support the global scale-up of the US Government’s PEPFAR (The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) from 2005 – 2015 and for the Supply Chain Control Tower that supports the Global Fund’s Pooled Procurement Mechanism from 2008 – 2018.

As the Executive Vice President – Healthcare and Healthcare Strategy Executive, he led the coordination of healthcare strategy, innovation, solution design and new market expansion for Imperial Logistics, Africa’s largest pharma supply organisation.

Additional innovations developed under his leadership include Unjani Clinics, Warehouse-in-a-Box, Clinic-in-a-Box and SSiH – a mega-distributor model enhancing medicine access across African markets.

Iain was the co-founder and CEO of the pharmaceutical supply chain specialist, PHD and thereafter served as Group CEO for RTT Logistics.

As a dedicated South African, he was also the founding Board Member of South Africa’s Public Health Enhancement Fund and has served on the Advisory Boards of Merck For Mothers, People That Deliver and The ARC (Africa Resource Centre).

Iain currently serves on the Advisory Boards for the University of Cape Town’s Department of Global Surgery and Insights By Experts and is a Senior Fellow with Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

“Our broad global understanding of market dynamics and context, underpins our proven track-record in developing and growing commercial businesses in African healthcare markets.”

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