Dr Alex Ng discovered during his early medical career in a role as chief resident at the Middlemore hospital in New Zealand that he wanted to support those who are underprivileged.
The hospital was a referral unit for tertiary and quaternary care for the South Pacific islands, which allowed him to witness the impact of social inequality on medical care.
He was so inspired by this experience that he chose to with the Flying Doctors in the Australian Outback as his medical elective, to see a different side of rural healthcare.
“I think that started the whole journey. Then it was my work at the Gates Foundation, where the core underpinning of what the foundation stands for is to actually serve the underprivileged and underserved,” he explains.
After completing his Master of Public Health (MPH) at Harvard, Dr Ng joined McKinsey & Company and later became an associate partner advising governments and healthcare corporates on their strategy and operations.
He went on to join the Gates Foundation as deputy director of the China Country Office, responsible for the health and innovation portfolio.