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Zeena Johar


Zeena is the Senior Advisor of Healthcare at the Institute for Transformative Technologies (ITT), where she oversees the development of healthcare technologies and delivery systems in India and Kenya.

An accomplished healthcare entrepreneur, Zeena is widely credited for her contribution to innovative solutions to primary healthcare delivery in India. She co-founded and was the CEO of SughaVazhvu Healthcare, one of India’s most successful rural healthcare networks. Under Zeena’s leadership for over 8 years, SughaVazhvu built a network of clinics and served more than 75,000 patients, with significant improvements in patient health outcomes as well as cost of care. In recognition of its accomplishments, SughaVazhvu received the NASSCOM Social Innovation Award.

Zeena also co-founded the IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH), which has developed several technology and business innovations for last-mile healthcare delivery networks. One of her accomplishments at ICTPH was a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania to launch India’s first joint certificate bridge training program for rural medical practitioners. More recently, Zeena was at the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy, where she with worked with former FDA Commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan on U.S. healthcare policy reforms, focused on new models of accountable care.

Zeena holds a PhD in molecular diagnostics from ETH, Switzerland, and an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School. She was elected Ashoka Fellow, Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellow, and Yale World Fellow. She has also served as member of Confederation of Indian Industry’s National Council on Public Health, and the Governing Board at Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology, Bangalore. She has contributed many articles in leading global health journals, industry journals and mass media outlets.

In her free time, she enjoys skydiving, and has plans to scale Mount Kilimanjaro.