After completing a Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Cape Town, Thomas Brennan was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship in 2004. In 2009 he completed his D.Phil. in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford. Prior to completing his DPhil he interned with Google in Zurich as an associated product manager and Man Investments as a quantitative analyst. After completing his DPhil, he then worked for Vodafone developing a mobile-based platform to monitor and support community health workers in South Africa’s public health sector. In 2010, he accepted a Wellcome Trust Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford to develop and assess mobile health solutions for monitoring chronic disease in resource-constrained settings. In 2012, he took up a position as Research Engineer at the Laboratory of Computation Physiology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) working on clinical data mining applications. In 2015 he returned to South Africa to take up a Senior Innovation Manager role within Discovery’s R&D lab where he led the development and launch of Discovery Health’s Smart Plan (the fastest growing health plan in the South Africa) and DiabetesCare. In 2017, he was promoted to lead Discovery Health’s Technology and Innovation team. In early 2018, he left Discovery and founded Franc, a self-insurance platform. He is currently CEO and Founder of Franc Group (Pty) Ltd. He has over 15 years of experience in management, machine learning, health informatics, biomedical engineering, digital health and software development.
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