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Garth C. Japhet

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Heartlines

Garth Japhet is Chief Executive Officer of Heartlines, an NGO that initiates large scale social change campaigns using feature films and TV series as a catalyst for training and community mobilization to tackle society's big issues, most recently the promotion of social connectedness. Trained as a physician with a specialty in maternal/child health, he previously co-created the pioneering multimedia edutainment platform, Soul City, which has reached over 50-million people in ten southern African countries through entertainment programming, community mobilization and advocacy. He also founded forgood, a digital platform that facilitates employee community engagement, is on the WEF Global Future Council for the future of media and entertainment, is a Senior Ashoka fellow, and is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative.