Ms. Herman has worked to address the question “Why are the poor people poor?” over and over again, throughout the more than 50 countries she has visited in the last 25 years. While the specific answers may vary, they consistently include a reference to poor healthcare. Ms. Herman’s international interest became evident while she was in university as the Berlin Wall came down and has since expanded to include the developing world.
She learned the consulting trade as a management consultant at Deloitte in the mid-1990s, and whenever she had the chance to travel or volunteer, she found herself back in the developing world wondering why all the philanthropic projects yielded such paltry results.
Ms. Herman joined the founding team of FSG (a 160-person firm with offices in the US, Europe and India) in 2002 and led the Global Health and Gender Equity practices until 2018. She then moved to Singapore to join Essilor, the world's largest manufacturer of eyeglasses. She is a Vice President, overseeing strategy across the company's global foundations, the bottom of the pyramid business, and advocacy activities.
She pursued her MBA and MA in International Policy from Stanford with the explicit intent of developing a consulting firm that would improve the effectiveness of philanthropy in the global south, starting with a focus on healthcare.
Her career working in global health has consistently included an emphasis on strengthening health systems and a strong appreciation for the importance of health standards, quality medicines and patient education.