An innovator and engineer, Dr. Tralance Addy, an AAI alumnus, serves as Executive Director of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies at Stanford University. Addy has led a distinguished professional career marked by innovation and entrepreneurship in corporate and start-up environments spanning multiple sectors. In 2007, he was recognized as “Do-Good Capitalist of the Year” by Inc. magazine.
Dr. Addy founded and has served as chief executive of Plebys International LLC, a California-based enterprise development company targeting underserved markets worldwide. Previously, he served as president and CEO of WaterHealth International, Inc, a Plebys venture with a mission to develop and provide systems and services for delivering affordable potable water to rural and urban communities in developing economies. During a 20-plus-year career with Johnson & Johnson, he served in many executive positions, including as Worldwide President of a market-leading global subsidiary that he co-founded.
A recipient of AAI’s African Scholarship Program of American Universities (ASPAU), Addy earned in B.A. in chemistry and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Swarthmore College in 1969, where he was the first student in Swarthmore history to earn two degrees at the same time. He received a MS and PhD degree in engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.