Michael Fairbanks

Executive Chairman, Silver Creek

Michael Fairbanks was a Peace Corps teacher in Kenya from 1979-1981.

He is the Executive Chairman of Silver Creek in San Francisco, a preclinical biotech company that is focused on solutions to Acute Kidney Injury. He is the Executive Chairman of Akagera Medicines, a public-private partnership between the people of Rwanda and scientists in San Francisco and Boston who are focused on solutions to infectious diseases.

Michael has advised two-dozen presidents in Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe on private sector development. He worked in Colombia during “the Apertura,” El Salvador after the peace accord, Serbia after the Yugoslav wars, Rwanda since the genocide, Afghanistan during the war, and Haiti before and after the earthquake in 2010.

He has been a Senior Advisor since 2001 to President Paul Kagame of Rwanda on private sector development and export competitiveness. He co–authored Harvard Business School’s landmark book on business strategy in emerging markets, “Plowing the Sea, Nurturing the Hidden Sources of Advantage in Developing Nations,” (1997) with a foreword by Michael Porter. It was a Washington Post best seller. The Boston Globe named it one of the ten best books of the year in Politics and Economics. Exame magazine, Brazil’s leading business weekly, called it one of the ten best books of the decade.

He conceived and contributed to “Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress,” (2001) edited by Sam Huntington and Larry Harrison at Harvard. He edited, “In the River They Swim: Essays from Around the World on Enterprise Solutions to Poverty,” (2009) with a forward by Pastor Rick Warren.

He is a citizen of the United States, Ireland, and Rwanda.