Kaakpema Yelpaala

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Kaakpema Yelpaala
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“Kaakpema “KP” Yelpaala, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, access.mobile. Image sourced from Axios
Born1979 (age 42–43)
United States
Alma materBrown University, Yale University
OccupationCEO of access.mobile
Known forFounder of access.mobile
WebsiteLinkedIn Profile

Editor: Charissa Cassels

Kaakpema Yelpaala, an entrepreneur and a public health practitioner with over 15 years of experience working in health systems in East and West Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States, across public and private sectors, was born in the United States.[1] He is a first-generation American with Ghanaian parents.[2] Yelpaala is married to Sara Yelpaala, access.mobile’s director of marketing.[3] Yelpaala and Sarah have two children.

He is the Chief Executive Officer, Director and founder of access.mobile, a Denver-based tech company. He became the CEO of access.mobile in 2011, when it was founded, and the company is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Access.mobile International is a digital health company that develops solutions to improve patient-provider interaction through mobile and cloud-based offerings.[4]

He worked in rural health and development in rural Ghana.[5]


Yelpaala attended Jesuit High School in Sacramento from 1994 to 1998.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics Public Health in 2002 from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Yelpaala also received his Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree from Brown University.[6]

He worked at the Office of International Advancement at Brown University from 2002 to 2003.

Yelpaala completed his Masters of Public Health in Global Health at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, between 2003 and 2006.

From 2004 to 2008 he was the Manager at the William J.Clinton Foundation.[7] The foundation was established by former US President, Bill Clinton, with its mission being to alleviate poverty, improve global health, strengthen the economy and to improve the environment.[8]

During his employment at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, he worked on national HIV plans in East Africa and the Caribbean.[9]

Yelpaala was the Founder and President of the Network for improvement of World Health from 2003 to 2009.

He was a consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a global consulting firm, from 2008 to 2010.

Yelpaala was on the Technology Policy Team and IT Transition Committee in Hickenlooper for Colorado in 2010 in Denver.

He was an Adjunct Professor from 2010 to 2013 at the University of Denver at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies Unit. He taught graduate school courses on Information Communication Technology in low and middle-income countries.

He was part of the Leadership Denver 2012 foundation from 2011 to 2012. The Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation aims to educate and inspire people who want to become leaders in their communities.[10]

Yelpaala was an Advisory Board Member on the Governor’s Small Business Council from 2014 to 2017. He was part of the Colorado Small Business Development Centre Network in the Great Denver Area. He was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper as a member of the Governor’s Small Business Council, where he served as the Co-Chair of the Council’s International Trade Sub-Committee.

He became an Advisory Board Member of the Leadership Council at Yale School of Public Health in 2014. The Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) Leadership Council facilitates the School’s developments as a global leader in public health. The Council works in tandem with the Dean of YSPH and other Yale University Leaders, to enhance the School’s ability to provide education to their students and to conduct innovative and significant research in order to improve health through effective and sustainable programmes.

Yelpaala became a Health Transformer at StartUp Health in December 2017.[11] StartUp Health invests in Health Transformers who are working on critical Health Moonshots in order to improve people’s health and well-being.[12] Access.mobile improves patient care while reducing costs for health organisations and forms part of StartUp Health.

He has founded two social enterprises; access.mobile and a non-profit organisation that worked on rural health programmes in Ghana and Tanzania in partnership with health ministries.[13] His non-profit organisation, Network for the Improvement of World Health, focuses on e-Health initiatives. He has startup experience in national-scale health and agriculture programme design, launch and implementation as well as international management and strategy consulting experience.

One of Yelpaala’s social entrepreneurial ventures was ClinicCommunicator, a web application that allows healthcare professionals to communicate with patients via mobile phones in Uganda. ClinicCommunicator was piloted in 2013 where free trials were offered to the public and private practitioners.[14]


The Nairobi Hospital partnered with access.mobile in order to enable the hospital to offer patients real-time SMS updates on their ailments and appointment reminders. SMS updates include vaccination due dates, follow-up appointments and medication that needs to be collected. [15]

Awards and Recognition

Yelpaala was the recipient of the 2007 Yale University Eric W. Mood New Professionals in Public Health Alumni Award for leadership and innovation in global health.[16]

He was one of the speakers at NexTechAfrica 2017 and spoke under the topic of “Redefining the Status Quo: Innovation, Disruption, and the Creation of Value.”[17] This event took place on the 2nd and 3rd of February, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.[18]


Yelpaala formed part of the speakers who spoke at Yale’s “Yale-Strathmore University Leadership Forum: The Nexus Between Education & Impactful Leadership” forum that took place in Nairobi, Kenya on 15 March, 2018.[19]


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