Richard Foster is the Chairman of higi (population health) and Ancera (microbial security). Dr. Foster served at McKinsey & Company, Inc for 31 years, 22 of which were as a partner where he was a leader of the Global Healthcare practice, founder and leader of the Private Equity and Technology practices and the first leader of the McKinsey Special Initiatives, a global research program for Senior Partners.
Since retiring from McKinsey Dr. Foster has served on the boards of athena health, Zocdoc (leader in automated patient appointments), Advantia Health (ob/gyn rollup), iQueue (leader in systems for reducing wait times in health systems). He is a Venture Partner of Lux Capital and a member of the Point72 Advisory Board.He is also on the boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Finance, Audit, Quality and Technology Committees, two term member of the Executive Committee), the W. M. Keck Foundation (Chair of the Medical Research Grants Committee), and the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine Presidents' Circle (Chairman), National Research Council (Policy & Global Affairs Committee).
In the past Mr. Foster has been a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Santa Fe Institute and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Foster was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2008. Dr. Foster has written two bestselling books on the role of technology change in sustained business success. Both were published in 16 languages and sold over 250,000 copies. The first book, "Innovation: The Attackers' Advantage" was recently republished for the third time in China. Dr. Foster earned his Bachelors, Masters and PhD in Engineering & Applied Science at Yale University. He was a prior Chairman and Co-Chairman of early Health Datapalooza meetings.