Brittany Hume Charm
Head of Global Partnerships, Zipline
Brittany leads global health partnerships for Zipline International, a Silicon Valley-based startup that designs, manufactures, and operates drones to deliver essential medical products in areas with challenging terrain and road infrastructure. In this role, she creates opportunities for governments, foundations, corporations, and development agencies to collaborate to achieve shared goals of improved health access and quality. Zipline’s mission is to ensure that all health workers have access to the routine and emergency health products they need to care for their patients, whenever and wherever needed. Prior to Zipline, Brittany worked at the intersection of business, global health, and entrepreneurship in roles at the Skoll Foundation, the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, and McKinsey & Company.
Senior Reporter, Devex
Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.
Dr. Joe DeRisi
Co-President, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
Dr. Joseph DeRisi is infusing biomedical research with an inventor’s flair. He led the development of a new diagnostic tool called the Virochip, a computer chip that contains DNA from every virus ever discovered that can quickly scan blood or spinal fluid for evidence of infection. A self-described “biologist who is also a serious computer nerd,” his lab at University of California, San Francisco, is combining an innovative software tool with new genome sequencing technology to develop a prototype diagnostic test that could reveal any infectious disease with near certainty.
Dr. Jayasree K. Iyer
Executive Director, Access to Medicine Foundation
JAs Executive Director, Dr Jayasree K. Iyer leads the strategic direction and stakeholder engagement of the Access to Medicine Foundation. She directs the research programmes for the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark, the Access to Medicine Index, the Access to Vaccines Index and specific studies into priority health topics, such as the ”Improving access to cancer care” report. Jayasree holds various postgraduate degrees (Masters and PhD) from Singapore and the John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She has written many technical and research reports, book chapters and reviews, along with strategy papers for medicines for developing countries and solutions for neglected tropical diseases. Before joining the Foundation, Jayasree spent four years managing a portfolio of more than 25 public private partnerships between the Dutch government and the pharmaceutical industry, totalling a research budget of €150 million. These partnerships addressed cancer, immunology and neglected diseases. She has worked for various non-government organisations, academic institutions and was part of the founding team of a diagnostic service company in the US.
Senior Program Officer, User Experience & Innovation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Tracy is an experienced design anthropologist, who is passionate about applying a design anthropological perspective to getting to the 'why' behind people’s behavior and using human-centered design to develop and launch solutions that lead to better uptake and more sustained behavior change in global health and development. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation she works on using multidisciplinary approaches to generating deep insights about people, markets and systems. In this role she has been instrumental in shaping the agenda for applying human-centered design on a global scale, helped design organizations adapt their practices to the social impact space, and contributed to the education of the next generation of global social impact designers.
President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
Raj Kumar leads a global team of over 100 Devexers and serves a community of 1 million global development professionals. His personal experience in over 50 countries, including a childhood partly spent in rural India, informs his work.
Director, JSI Center for Health Information, Monitoring and Evaluation
Anne K. LaFond MSc is the Director of the JSI Center for Health Information, Monitoring and Evaluation (CHIME) and Senior Evaluation Advisor at John Snow, Inc. (JSI). She has engaged with global health research, monitoring and evaluation and program design for 30 years to maximize the use of evidence and learning in addressing health challenges for people in low income settings. She served as the Senior Advisor for Research, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Innovations for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Initiative, which focused on evaluation of social and behavior change innovations in Ghana, Kenya and Sierra Leone. In this context, she also led comparative case study research on the role of human centered design (HCD) in MNCH programming, developing the first influence pathway analysis of HCD. Anne is currently serving on the Board of Advisors for USAID and BMGF’s Design for Health community of practice, collaborating on the development of the MeasureD Manual to guide investment in HCD and HCD measurement, and teaching M&E approaches to designers at the School for Visual Art’s MFA in Design for Social Innovation. She specializes in strategic planning and health program design, including theory of change development, and facilitating data use for improving health system performance. She is the author of Sustaining Primary Health Care, a five-country study on local and international health sector investment and its effect on health system sustainability
CEO & Co-Founder, VIA Global Health
Noah most recently served as a Commercialization Officer at PATH, a prominent international global health NGO. There he worked with small and midsize health tech manufacturers to enter emerging and developing county markets, taking three products to early commercialization in Africa. He saw firsthand the growing opportunity and economic trends that make these markets both costly to enter yet full of untapped potential. Prior to PATH, Noah was a Product Manager at Microsoft in the Online Services Group, and a drug discovery researcher at two biotech startups.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Nexleaf Analytics
Nithya Ramanathan is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Nexleaf Analytics, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving human life and protecting our planet by designing sensor technologies, generating data analytics, and advocating for data-driven solutions to global challenges. Nexleaf focuses on serving low-income countries by protecting temperature-sensitive vaccines for newborns, reducing air pollution through incentivizing adoption of cleaner cooking practices, and increasing the livelihood of smallholder farmers by protecting produce from spoilage. With Project Surya partners, Nithya leads StoveTrace, an innovative approach to monitoring improved cookstoves and using cutting-edge climate science to increase clean energy access in the developing world. Nexleaf’s immunization platform, ColdTrace, developed with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google.org, Gavi, Ministries of Health and NGO partners, currently protects the vaccine supply for over 12 million babies born each year.
Dr. Jaspal S. Sandhu
Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Gobee Group
Jaspal is a Managing Partner of the Gobee Group, a social innovation consultancy that he co-founded 10 years ago. At Gobee, he leads human-centered design efforts to drive innovation for the health of communities around the world. Current Gobee initiatives are optimizing decision-making in national immunization systems, creating new models for domestic violence prevention in California, and improving access to HIV testing and treatment for key populations globally. He is also a Professor of Practice in Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Since 2016, he has served as the faculty lead for the Fung Fellowship for Wellness & Technology Innovations at Berkeley, an interdisciplinary undergraduate training program exploring the intersection of digital health, human-centered design, and health equity. For eight years prior to the Fung Fellowship he taught Eat.Think.Design., the first human-centered design course in a school of public health nationally.
Co-Founder and CEO, Zenysis Technologies
Jonathan Stambolis is the Co-Founder and CEO of Zenysis Technologies, which has developed a rapid interoperability and advanced analytics solution that helps developing countries deliver their healthcare in a truly data-driven way. Previously, Jonathan represented Australia at the United Nations in New York with responsibility for global health, humanitarian affairs and development. During this time, Jonathan negotiated the groundbreaking 2011 United Nations Political Declaration for HIV/AIDS and served as an Adviser on Global Health to former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Venture Partner, OrbiMed
Steven Yecies, is a Venture Partner at OrbiMed. Steven Yecies brings over 20 years of experience as an investor, consultant, entrepreneur and senior manager in the healthcare information technology and healthcare services sectors. Most recently, he founded and ran Chronic Health Capital and serves on the Board of Dicom Grid and as an advisor to integrated health systems.
Mr. Yecies founded and operated the global health and wellness business at Scient (Nasdaq: SCNT) where he built several first generation e-health businesses.
Mr. Yecies holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley Law School and received his A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College.
Senior Reporter, Devex
Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.