Joel Lamstein

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Joel Lamstein
Nationality American
Education MIT Sloan School of Management (M.B.A.)

University of Michigan (B.S.)

Occupation President: John Snow, Inc, JSI Research & Training, World Education

Joel Lamstein is the co-founder and president of John Snow, Inc. (JSI) and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., international public health research and consulting firms.[1] Founded in 1978, JSI has more than 2,100 employees worldwide dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities, working across the United States and the world.[2]

Joel Lamstein is also the president of World Education, a nonprofit organization committed "to improving the lives of the impoverished through education, economic, and social development programs."[3]

Life and education[edit]

Joel Lamstein was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is married to Sarah Lamstein and has three children.

Lamstein graduated from the University of Michigan in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Math and Physics. He was present for President John F. Kennedy's announcement of the creation of the Peace Corps in 1960.[4]

After graduation, Lamstein worked at IBM before earning his master's degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1970.[5] While at Sloan, Lamstein became involved in anti-war activities. His MIT professors took notice and invited him to do the computer model programming on a public health research project, introducing him to the field of global health.


In 1971, Lamstein co-founded Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a nonprofit international health organization that works to improve health service management systems.[6] In 1978, Joel Lamstein and Norbert Hirschhorn left MSH and founded John Snow, Incorporated (JSI), named after the father of epidemiology, John Snow, and initially launched as a small for-profit business focused on health care in the United States. In 1979, Lamstein launched an affiliated nonprofit partner, JSI Research & Training Institute, and in 1980, the organizations began working internationally. In addition to leading JSI, in 1982 Lamstein assumed the role of president of World Education, an organization founded in 1951 to meet the needs of the educationally disadvantaged.[7]

Today, Joel Lamstein leads almost 3,000 staff from three organizations in 88 countries, implementing more than 250 projects that strengthen health and educational systems, build community skills and support, and address people’s health care and literacy needs.[citation needed]

Lamstein is on the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He also lectures at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Boston University School of Public Health, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government on organizational strategy, nonprofit management, international development, and strategic management.

Lamstein has advised multiple public health initiatives across the globe with specific focus on health care management.[8]

Lamstein and JSI support several awards and scholarships, including the John Snow, Inc. Award at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health[9] and the Mabelle Arole Fellowship in India administered by the American Medical Student Association.


In September 2009, Lamstein was selected for the CEO Social Leadership Award, sponsored by the Lewis Family Foundation and presented by the Boston Business Journal.[10] George Donnelly, editor of the Boston Business Journal and a member of the CEO Social Leadership Award selection committee, remarked, “Joel Lamstein embodies the CEO who completely walks the talk around social responsibility."[11] Lamstein has made a social impact through JSI health care programs as well as a policy of donating five to seven percent of net profits to charity.[12]

NECN video interview with Joel Lamstein

In 2003, Lamstein and two other JSI staff were knighted for their exceptional work in public health in Madagascar. Lamstein received the Médaille de l’Officier de l’Ordre National Malagasy, earning the title of Lord Lamstein.[13]

Lamstein addressed graduating MPH students at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine convocation in December, 2007.[14] His speech encouraged new graduates to get involved and understand the field, while "moving on."

In the media[edit]

  1. Feature: "Witnessing Social Impact, The Boss column" The New York Times. 28 August 2011.[15]
  2. Blog: “International Women’s Day: Can Technology Close the Gap for Girls and Women?” The Huffington Post. 9 March 2011.[16]
  3. Blog: “U.S. Investments in Health are Working—and Georgia Reminds Us We Must Sustain and Extend the Gains."The Huffington Post. 3 Feb 2011.[17]
  4. Blog: “Why Nutrition Matters.”The Huffington Post. 19 May 2010.[18]
  5. Blog: "Re-Discovering U.S. Leadership: An Unlikely Contender."The Huffington Post. 8 Jan 2010.[19]
  6. Feature: “An Obligation to Give Back: Joel Lamstein Covers the World but Still has Time for Philanthropy”University of Michigan School of Public Health. Spring 2010.[20]
  7. Feature: “Alumni Focus: Joel Lamstein.”Focus: University of Michigan Center for Global Health. Fall 2009.[21]
  8. Interview: “Joel Lamstein Selected for CEO Social Leadership Award.” New England Cable News. 10 September 2009.[22]


Global Health Council

Board of Directors 2004-2012, Interim President and CEO 2009 and 2011
Chair, 2009-2012[23]

University of Michigan School of Public Health

Board of Advisors

Physicians for Human Rights

Board of Directors[24]

Routine Health Information Network

Board of Directors[25]

Children’s Health Fund in New York

Advisory Council[26]


  1. ^ "Joel Lamstein - PHR Board of Directors". Physicians for Human Rights. Retrieved 11 Jan 2011. 
  2. ^ "Joel Lamstein: Bio". Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Retrieved 11 Jan 2011. 
  3. ^ "Home". World Education. Retrieved 11 Jan 2011. 
  4. ^ "A Passing of the Torch". University of Michigan. 
  5. ^ "Board of Directors". Global Health Council - The Voice for Global Health. Global Health Council. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Management Sciences for Health - About Us". Management Sciences for Health. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "About Us". World Education. Retrieved 18 Jan 2011. 
  8. ^ "Joel Lamstein - PHR Board of Directors". Physicians for Human Rights. 
  9. ^ "". Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 
  10. ^ "Lamstein selected as Social Leadership honoree". Boston Business Journal. 25 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Joel Lamstein Recipient of 2009 Social Leadership Award". Global Health Council. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Joel Lamstein selected for CEO Social Leadership Award". New England Cable News. 10 September 2009. 
  13. ^ HealthLink Editor (1 August 2003). "Lamstein Bestowed Lordship by Madagascar". HealthLink (122). Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Brown, Kiley (14 December 2007). "Degrees in December". New Wave: Tulane University. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  15. ^ Lamstein, Joel (27 August 2011). "Witnessing Social Impact". The New York Times (New York Times). 
  16. ^ Lamstein, Joel (25 May 2011). "International Women's Day: Can Technology Close the Gap for Girls and Women?". Huffington Post. 
  17. ^ Lamstein, Joel (5 April 2011). "U.S. Investments in Health are Working-and Georgia Reminds Us We Must Sustain and Extend the Gains". Huffington Post. 
  18. ^ Lamstein, Joel (19 May 2010). "Why Nutrition Matters". Huffington Post. 
  19. ^ Lamstein, Joel (25 May 2011). "Re-Discovering U.S. Leadership: An Unlikely Contender". Huffington Post. 
  20. ^ "An Obligation to Give Back". University of Michigan School of Public Health. University of Michigan. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  21. ^ "Alumni Focus: Joel Lamstein". Focus: University of Michigan Center for Global Health. Fall 2009. 
  22. ^ "Joel Lamstein Selected for CEO Social Leadership Award". New England Cable News. 10 September 2009. 
  23. ^ Olson, David (24 June 2010). "JSI President Joel Lamstein Appointed Chair of Global Health Council Board; Three New Board Members Elected". Global Health Council. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  24. ^ "PHR Board of Directors: Joel Lamstein". Physicians for Human Rights. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  25. ^ "RHINO Board of Directors". RHINO. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  26. ^ "Advisory Council". Children's Health Fund. 

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