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Adnan Asdar Ali

Adnan Asdar Ali

Chief Executive Officer
Multinet Pakistan (Private) Limited

Mr. Adnan Asdar Ali serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Multinet Pakistan (Private) Limited and previously served as its Acting Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ali is the Co-Founder of Multinet, a subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia Bhd. Mr. Ali has over 25 years of progressively diverse experience in the discipline of structural and forensic engineering, construction management, project management, liaison with local and international consultants, quality control and testing procedures for a wide range of construction and other engineering material.

He has conducted a series of seminars on Entrepreneurship and Marketing at the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, as well as Project Management and Leadership seminars at NED University in Karachi. He also plays advisory roles in several nonprofit organizations, which are primarily focused on Education and Health. He serves as an Executive Director of Multinet Pakistan (Private) Limited. He has been Director of The Searle Company Limited (Formerly Searle Pakistan Ltd) since May 12, 2011. He has been a Director of IBL HealthCare Ltd. since April 8, 2011.

Mr. Ali serves on the Boards of a number of major development and humanitarian organizations in Pakistan, including Indus Hospital, The Citizen’s Foundation, the Progressive Education Network, and the Karachi Relief Trust. He was instrumental in providing new housing to thousands of impoverished families in the aftermath of the floods of 2010. Mr. Ali holds BS in Civil Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MS in Civil Engineering from University of Minnesota, USA.

Mr. Ali serves on ITT’s Board of Directors.

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Amos Winter

Ratan N. Tata Career Development Assistant Professor
Director, Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Laboratory,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Amos Winter is the Ratan N. Tata Career Development Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He earned a BS from Tufts University (2003) and an MS (2005) and PhD (2011) from MIT, all in mechanical engineering. Prof. Winter’s research includes design for emerging markets and developing countries, assistive devices, irrigation systems, water purification, agricultural equipment, and subsea systems. He is the principal inventor of the Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC), an all-terrain wheelchair designed for developing countries that was a winner of a 2010 R&D 100 award, was named one of the Wall Street Journal’s top innovations in 2011, and won a 2015 Patents for Humanity Award from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prof. Winter was the recipient of the 2010 Tufts University Young Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, the 2012 ASME/Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal, and was named one of the MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35) for 2013.

Anne Hansen

Anne Hansen

Associate in Medicine, Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Boston Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Anne Hansen is currently the Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She also is an Affiliate with the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on improving care for seriously ill newborns with medical and surgical conditions as well as those in resource limited settings. In collaboration with the Institute for Transformative Technologies (ITT) and Partners In Health (PIH), she is developing an inexpensive nonelectric infant warmer. In partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Health (MOH) and PIH, she helped develop and implement a package of newborn medicine materials for Rwanda that was accepted as the national standard.

B.L. Ramakrishna

B. L. Ramakrishna

Emeritus Professor
Arizona State University

Dr. B. L. Ramakrishna is an emeritus professor at the Arizona State University (ASU). After a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai, he joined the faculty at ASU in 1985. He worked as the Diane and Gary Tooker Professor at the Fulton Schools of Engineering, ASU, and has served a member of the humanitarian engineering faculty until 2016.

He was the director of ASU’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program (recognized by the US National Academy of Engineering) from 2009-2013, and was responsible for the integration of research, education and outreach in areas such as affordable energy, access to clean water, safe cyber space and increased access to health services.

He is passionate about preparing engineers with necessary skills, cross-disciplinary knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit, global perspective, and a sense of service to meet 21st century’s challenges.

He was selected to be the Jefferson Science Fellow in 2013, and served as a senior science and technology advisor to the Office of the Secretary of State, where he helped guide USA’s international relations through the lens of “engineering for sustainable development”. At the Office of Sustainable Development in the Bureau for Africa at USAID and the Power Africa presidential initiative, he provided intellectual, technical and strategic leadership on policies and priorities in the areas of energy, powering agriculture, water, health, education, and economic growth.

Daniel Fletcher

Daniel Fletcher

Associate Professor, Bioengineering
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Dan Fletcher’s research focuses on the biophysics of cell movements and the cytoskeleton and development of biomedical devices. Recent work from his laboratory includes direct measurement of the actin networks that drive crawling motility, development of vesicle encapsulation technology for cellular reconstitution, and demonstration of fluorescence microscopy on a mobile phone.

Fletcher received a B.S.E. from Princeton University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University as an NSF graduate research fellow and was a postdoctoral fellow in biochemistry at the Stanford University School of Medicine as part of the Stanford Bio-X program. His research has received an NSF CAREER Award, a National Inventors Hall of Fame Collegiate Award, and was designated “Best of What’s New” by Popular Science magazine.

Last year Fletcher was named a White House Fellow and worked with the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. He is also deputy director of the physical biosciences division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), faculty affiliate of the QB3 and CITRIS Institutes at UC Berkeley, a member of the bioengineering, biophysics, and nanoscale science and engineering graduate groups, and deputy director of the Cell Propulsion Lab, an NIH Nanomedicine Development Center based at UCSF.

Gary Andersen

Gary Andersen

Head, Ecology Department
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Gary Andersen is currently a Senior Scientist and Head of the Ecology Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Andersen is recognized as one of the key innovators in the use of molecular techniques in the study of microbial ecology. His research has integrated multiple fields of biology (i.e., genomics, ecology, molecular biology, proteomics and bioinformatics) to provide insight into the interactions of environmental microorganisms in extreme environments. He is a leader in the use of high-throughput sequencing technology to uncover structural and functional relationships within microbial communities. With over one hundred peer-reviewed articles in high impact scientific journals, Dr. Andersen is also an expert on the use of microarray technology for microbial applications. He has designed and developed microarray systems for the comprehensive identification of all known bacteria and archaea from environmental samples, bacterial expression and for forensic applications. His Berkeley PhyloChip won the R&D 100 Award and the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation of 2008 award.

He is also a leader in the development of hierarchical databases for microbial taxonomy including the Greengenes database and workbench compatible with ARB. This online resource (http://greengenes.lbl.gov) has become the worldwide standard for researchers in choosing phylogenetically specific probes, interpreting microarray results, as well as aligning and annotating novel sequences. His current projects include assessment of environmental damage in the Gulf of Mexico from the BP oil spill, microbial source tracking in California watersheds, monitoring of agricultural waste in the Maumee River watershed for toxic algae blooms, remediation of oil spills, hydrocarbon reservoir biosouring and thermophilic composting.

Sam Thenya

Sam Thenya

Founder and Group CEO
The Nairobi Women’s Hospital

Dr. Sam Thenya is the Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of The Nairobi Women’s Hospital (NWH), Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC) and The Nairobi Women’s Hospital College (NWH College).

The Nairobi Women’s Hospital is the largest private for profit hospital in East and Central Africa with a 273 bed capacity. GVRC is the charitable trust of NWH and offers free medical and psychosocial treatment to survivors of Gender Based Violence. NWH College delivers competent graduates for the Health Sector.

Dr. Thenya holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBchB) and Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of Nairobi, Executive Master of Science in Organizational Development (EMOD) from United States of International University (USIU). Most recently he completed an Executive Programme on the Role of Public Policy in Private Sector Development at the Strathmore Business School.

Dr. Thenya serves on ITT’s Board of Directors.

Saniya LeBlanc

Saniya LeBlanc

Assistant Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
The George Washington University

Saniya LeBlanc is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at The George Washington University. Her research goals are to develop and improve energy conversion technologies with advanced materials and manufacturing techniques. She uses scalable manufacturing processes to integrate nanostructured materials into energy technologies like photovoltaics and thermoelectrics, and she develops techno-economic models for emerging energy technologies.

Formerly, she was a research scientist at Alphabet Energy, a startup company, where she created research, development, and manufacturing characterization solutions for thermoelectric technologies and evaluated the potential of new power generation materials. Dr. LeBlanc obtained a PhD in mechanical engineering with a specialization in materials science at Stanford University. She has an MPhil in engineering from University of Cambridge and a BS from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Shally Shanker

Mission Investing Manager
The Schmidt Family Foundation

Shally Shanker is Manager of Mission Investing for The Schmidt Family Foundation. She is responsible for the Foundation’s portfolio of program-related investments (PRI) and mission related investments (MRI), and in that role works with a team of content experts to identify, structure and manage investments that are consistent with the Foundation’s mission and return profile. The portfolio seeks to create environmental and social impact in the areas of agriculture, food, water, waste reduction, energy, health, access to finance, and human rights.

Shally has over 20 years of investment management experience structuring and managing global portfolios of debt and equity instruments. Previously, she was the Investment Officer at The Schmidt Family Foundation and Vice President of Investments at Hillspire, LLC.