Oliver is Founder-CEO of Koa Health, which he built to deliver mental health to everyone. Koa’s human-centred, scalable, and medically-evidenced solutions identify when users need support, and provide the most effective, intuitive, and personalised treatment at just the right time.
With a first degree in neuroscience at Cambridge, Oliver qualified as a medical doctor (UCL) and practiced for six years with postgraduate training in psychiatry (Imperial) and public health (Johns Hopkins), and a research fellowship in human cognition at Queen Square.
Working as an NHS psychiatrist, Oliver became convinced that technology could help transform access to mental healthcare. To build his skills in digital health, he joined the McKinsey Health Tech Practice, spending five years working on a range of projects worldwide. In 2006, he was recruited to help build a modern healthcare system in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In seven years as Director of Public Health, his role was to put data at the heart of the new healthcare system and to use that data to tackle population health. Based on the substantial impact achieved, Oliver was invited to advise the WHO, Wellcome Trust, Bloomberg, Gates Foundation, and NHS England.
Oliver has contributed more than 80 academic publications and presentations. He serves on the WHO Roster of Experts for Digital Health, sits on the Board of EMPOWER (a Harvard non-profit training community mental health practitioners), and the Expert Panel for implementing the Wellcome Trust mental health strategy. Oliver was awarded Freedom of the City of London in 2012.