Blen Biru, Research Associate
Blen Biru is a Research Associate at the Duke Global Health Innovation Center (GHIC) and Innovations in Healthcare. Blen provides support in research, analysis, project management and technical activities, primarily on the Launch and Scale Speedometer initiative; Blen also supports the Clergy Health initiative within the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI). Prior to starting her position at GHIC, she worked for the Evidence Lab at DGHI, evaluating a USAID maternal and health portfolio. She received her Master’s of Science in Global Health at DGHI and her bachelor’s degree at Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in Biological Sciences and French.
Joy Bhosai, Associate Director, Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Joy is inspired by innovations that address gaps in access to high-quality care. As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, she is the co-founder/CEO of Pluto Health, a company focused on improving patient access and care through a health platform that bridges siloed real world data (RWD). She previously served as Chief of Digital Health and Strategy for the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Through previous public health work in Africa and Asia, she developed innovations focused on improving access to health services that were used for clinical trials, which then lead to her founding ChatrHealth, a health tech organization dedicated to developing patient safety and communication tools deployed across both academic and private health system settings. She has also worked with Health 2.0, directing a program that paired large industry leaders with health tech startups. Joy is an alumni of Pomona College, where she studied anthropology and neuroscience, and a previous Fulbright Scholar. She received a Masters of Public Health from Yale, focusing on global health management, an MD with distinction from UCSF, where she completed the global health pathways concentration, and completed the management and leadership residency program at Duke.
Lisa Bourget, Senior Director, Strategy, Management, and Partnerships
Lisa brings years of experience in the start-up, growth, and profitable leadership of dynamic enterprises within the pharmaceutical, biotech, and healthcare industries. Prior to joining Duke, Lisa was Senior Manager of Portfolio Analysis for Talecris Biotherapeutics, where she was responsible for defining research and development strategies by evaluating business cases for several new product and lifecycle management opportunities. She has collaborated on several start-up companies in senior housing, and health and wellness, and co-founded Clinexus, a start-up clinical research company. Her experience also includes senior roles in healthcare investing and divestiture, consulting for Accenture, and managing physician practices.
Lisa graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Economics and Pre-Medical Studies and earned her MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.
Kate Crissman, Research Analyst
Kate is a Research Analyst at GHIC/IiH team. She collaborates with and contributes to the planning, organizing, and implementation of research undertaken by the Evaluating Saving Lives at Birth (ESL@B) team. She has lived and worked overseas in Ecuador, Peru, Kenya, Malaysia, and Bangladesh.
Kate earned her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health and a certificate in Emergency Management. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from Elon University.
Jonathan Gonzalez-Smith, Manager, Research
Jonathan is a member of the Duke-Margolis Global team, which collaborates closely with the Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, researching international models of accountable care, health financing, global health innovation, and payment and delivery reform. Primary and secondary research and statistical analysis are the focus of much of his work.
Jonathan holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and International Relations from Northwestern University.
Juliana Hagembe, Program Associate, Africa
Juliana is a global health specialist passionate about the use of innovative, evidence-based methods to improve healthcare. At the Global Health Innovation Center, she cultivates key relationships to enhance healthcare ecosystem development in Africa, while managing program activities that provide in-depth and specialized support to the Innovations in Healthcare office and the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) program in Nairobi.
Prior to joining Duke, Juliana worked for Clinton Health Access Initiative in Kenya, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Foundation and the Institute of Human Virology, both in the USA. She has a wealth of experience in providing technical and analytical support to both the public and the private sector to scale up the adoption of new diagnostic technologies and treatments to improve healthcare outcomes in developing countries.
In addition to having a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Hong Kong, she has a Masters and Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, both from Northern Michigan University. While in Hong Kong, she served as a Rotary Goodwill Ambassador.
Jessica Harris, Manager, Program Operations
Jessica is a Program Operations Manager at the Duke Global Health Innovation Center where she helps manage many programs and initiatives. She has more than 15 years of experience managing and executing various programs and events.
Jessica speaks German and Spanish and has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Victoria Hsiung, Program Analyst
As a Program Analyst at GHIC/IiH, Victoria works on multiple projects in fields ranging from family planning to infectious disease to policy analysis. Victoria is motivated by the diverse ways innovation can reduce health disparities worldwide, especially given the complex socioeconomic and cultural determinants that affect vulnerable populations. In particular, she has experience in maternal and child health, mental health, and the intersection of health and the humanities.
Victoria received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where she double majored in Biology with a Biomechanics concentration and Global Health with a Maternal and Child Health concentration and minored in Psychology.
Arthur Huang, Senior Manager, Programs
Arthur is a Senior Manager at the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare. He is responsible for the development, planning, and delivery of a broad spectrum of global programs. Programs include health program assessment and strengthening for hospitals and other health organizations, and customized executive leadership and management training for health professionals. Arthur has been leading the organization’s efforts in the partnership development, and design, and implementation of programs across China, where he has established and managed relationships with many senior government officials, hospital executives, corporate management teams, and academic institution leaders. In his previous role as a consultant at Duke Health, Arthur managed a portfolio of global business leads and successfully converted several business opportunities into completed projects.
Arthur is fluent in Mandarin. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from National Chengchi University in Taiwan and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan Flagler Business School.
Zabarle “Zee” Kollie, Program Analyst
Zabarle Kollie is a program analyst at the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare where he has contributed to projects such as Accelerating Saving Lives at Birth (ASL@B), funded by USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Zee has years of experience in research and data gathering and contributes to many research projects.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Eunice Mutindi, Program Associate, Africa
In her role as a program associate for Africa, Eunice supports African innovators in achieving scale by connecting them to key stakeholders such as peer innovators, partners, and funders. Prior to joining the Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, Eunice worked as a fund lead for an early stage fund in Kenya that invests in innovative startups in the technology sector. She was responsible for recruitment, startup coaching, and fundraising. Eunice has more than five years of experience working with startups in sectors such as health, agriculture, and logistics.
Eunice earned a degree in International Business Administration with a concentration in Management from the United States International University-Africa.
Dzidzai Muyengwa, Associate, Research
Dzidzai is an associate in research at GHIC and IiH. She provides research support for the Launch and Scale Speedometer project. Her upbringing in Zimbabwe has fueled her passion to help vulnerable populations everywhere live healthier lives. She is passionate about Africa, maternal and child health, and combining research with action.
Dzidzai received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Health and Environment with a minor in Medical Anthropology from UNC.
Patricia Odero, Regional Director, Africa
As Regional Director of the Africa office, Patricia leads multiple initiatives across Sub-Saharan Africa for the Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, including the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD). In this role, she is building partnerships in East Africa with funders, universities, corporations, and innovators in an effort to strengthen the local ecosystem for innovation. Patricia is an accomplished health professional and has experience working with a wide range of stakeholders across Kenya. Prior to joining GHIC, Patricia worked with Futures Group, a global health consulting company. Patricia’s previous work experience spans the breadth of the healthcare value chain. She has experience in health systems strengthening, health insurance, and clinical practice in the private and public sectors.
Patricia holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Nairobi and an Executive MBA from Strathmore University. She is the inaugural recipient of the St. Edmunds Social Innovation scholarship from Cambridge University where she is studying for a Masters degree in Social Innovation.
Ernesto Ortiz, Senior Manager, Programs
Ernesto is a Peruvian physician based at the Duke Global Health Institute and the Global Health Innovation Center . Previously, he worked at the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU-6) in Peru conducting research on tropical infectious diseases in Peru and other LatAm countries. At Duke, his research has focused on the human-environment interaction and its impact on human health (i.e., exposure to heavy metals, zoonotic diseases, chronic diseases, etc.) in the Peruvian Amazon.
Ernesto has experience in public health, epidemiology, and research with a strong focus on work in underserved areas of Peru and Latin America. He has worked with all levels of the public health system in Peru and LatAm, including engaging with public health stakeholders including Ministries of Health, regional and local authorities, policy makers, public and private institutions, NGOs, and community organizations. He is passionate about Peru, and also about translating research into improving health for all.
Ernesto earned his Master’s degree in public health degree from the University of Iowa.
Sowmya Rajan, Senior Manager, Programs
Sowmya is a sociologist and social demographer with experience in the monitoring and evaluation of health programs in low- and middle-income countries, with a major focus on reproductive health and family planning. Within the Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, she manages a portfolio of innovation-focused grants to improve health systems and access to healthcare, and evaluates research to build evidence that informs healthcare programs and policies. She has expertise in global reproductive, maternal and child health, social scientific and evaluation research, and fertility and family planning, and has published in journals such as Demography, Population and Development Review, and Population Research and Policy Review.
Sowmya earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy and a PhD in Sociology, with specializations in Medical Sociology and Population Studies, from Duke University. Prior to her position at GHIC, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Diana Silimperi, Visiting Professor
Diana Silimperi is an international public health pediatrician, epidemiologist, and global health thought leader. She brings 35 years of global experience leading the planning, design, and implementation of integrated healthcare service delivery and health system strengthening programs in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Diana has specialized in the implementation of maternal, newborn and child health programs, infectious disease, global health security, and more recently non-communicable disease programs, working in both the public and private sectors. She is a recognized leader in health program management, health system strengthening, and the total market approach to achieve universal healthcare. She has deep experience in healthcare quality improvement, community-based frontline health workers, and healthcare delivery to vulnerable populations, from those living in fragile states to the urban poor.
Diana earned both her Bachelor of Science in Zoology/Psychology and her M.D. from Duke University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Washington, where she developed an ethno-pediatric learning program and established a refugee clinic focused on the needs of immigrants from Southeast Asia. She also spent a year in Sweden as a Rotary Scholar and in Taiwan as one of the first Luce Scholars. She served as an EIS Officer in the CDC’s Arctic Investigation Lab, followed by several years in the Alaskan tundra as the Medical Director of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Diana began her international career at Johns Hopkins, working in Bangladesh at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research. She has dedicated most of her career to the practice of global health in the context of LMICs, and she has lived or directly worked in more than 30 countries. Over a span of several decades, she held country- and international-level leadership positions in several large development companies, and for the past 12 years, positions in executive management at Management Sciences for Health and Abt Associates, where she served as the Senior Vice President for Global Health.
Throughout her career, Diana has been an advocate for the special needs of the most vulnerable populations, and the integral role of community-based health workers to bridge the gap between families, communities, and the health system. She has been a leader in key public health strategies from Integrated Management of Childhood Illness to quality improvement and collaborative learning, and more recently, the role of frontline health workers in non-communicable disease care and global security.
Diana joined the Global Health Institute in April 2019 as a Visiting Professor of the Practice of Global Health. She works closely with the Education team to strengthen course offerings and learning experiences to better prepare graduates aimed at global health practitioner careers. She provides technical and strategic input to programs at the Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, where she catalyzes interaction between the organizations and DGHI in support of innovation, data science, training and capacity building opportunities for students and innovators, and business development.
Melissa Slogan, Manager, Communications and Engagement
Melissa Slogan is a Communications and Engagement Manager with the Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare. Melissa focuses on planning, coordinating, and administrating IiH Innovator Network activities aimed at accelerating and scaling growth-stage innovators in the network, currently a multi-million-dollar portfolio of 100+ innovators in 90+ countries. She works closely across multiple functional teams to coordinate all efforts to develop, engage, and grow a diverse community of innovators, corporations, foundations, public entities, investors, and funders.
Melissa is a former Global Communications Officer for the University of Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology with a minor in fitness from the University of Pittsburgh.
Terri Smith, Assistant Director, Finance and Operations
Terri directs the overall finance, accounting, and operations functions of the organization, establishing and implementing effective budget and business models, financial analyses, and effective internal controls, practices, and standards in finance and human resources. She is a key member of senior management working to ensure the financial integrity of the organization across all grants, projects, and activities. She provides strategic counsel on matters of fiscal agency and responsibility, and on operational feasibility of new work and mission-related opportunities.
Terri worked for 11 years as the Chief Financial Officer for MDC, Inc. a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization headquartered in Durham, NC. MDC’s mission is to help organizations and communities close the gaps that separate individuals from opportunities through research and program demonstrations. Prior to joining MDC, she worked at Nortel Networks, a world-wide telecommunications company headquartered in the Research Triangle Park. While at Nortel, Terri held a variety of senior management positions within the Finance and Accounting organization, supporting sales and marketing, customer service, manufacturing, and general accounting services, both in the RTP and in Atlanta, Georgia.
Terri holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Elon University and studied accounting at Georgia State University. She also completed the Non-Profit Management certificate program at Duke University.
Benjamin Spain, Administrator, Grants & Contracts
Ben manages grants and contracts for the Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare. Prior to joining the organizations, he was the Associate Director of Enrollment Services for the master’s programs at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. He is the former Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Ben is returning to his passion for healthcare. Early in his career, he was the Associate Executive Director of an eastern North Carolina assisted living facility.
Ben was born in North Carolina and has mostly resided in the state throughout his life. He received his BS in Management with a minor in Health Science from Clemson University and has taken graduate courses at NC State University.
Judd Staples, Senior Manager, Business Development and Partnerships
Judd is the Senior Manager for Business Development and Partnerships for Innovations in Healthcare. In his role, he works with our partner organizations to identify opportunities to combine resources and bring them to bear on important global health challenges. Judd brings more than 20 years of business development and innovation management experience to IiH. Prior to IiH, Judd was Director of New Venture Development for the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative where he worked with faculty, students and university partners to build and improve programs that foster innovation and enable the translation of important new discoveries into the service of society. Judd is also an entrepreneur, himself. In 2010, he co-founded CancerGuide Diagnostics, a life science company focused on development and commercialization of novel molecular diagnostic assays that enable oncologists and their patients to make individualized treatment decisions.
Judd received a BS in mechanical engineering from Duke University, an MS from Georgia Tech, and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, where he was a Thomas Keller Scholar.
Andrea Taylor, Assistant Director, Programs
Andrea leads a portfolio of global innovation programs focused on evaluation, scaling, and adaptation of healthcare innovations to address critical access and quality challenges. Her research and implementation work drive evidence-based recommendations for scaling transformative models of care, adapting models into new contexts, and facilitating system change. She is the research lead for the Launch and Scale project’s COVID-19 workstream, analyzing global data on vaccines, partnerships, and therapeutics to combat the pandemic. She led design and research for the USAID-funded Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) and the development of several publications for the recent evaluation of the Saving Lives at Birth program, with USAID and GCC.
Before joining Duke University in 2012, Taylor was on faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, where she conducted research on health and economic policy innovation. Prior to this, she worked for the US Department of Health and Human Services, where she co-designed programs to build capacity for mental health policy and care delivery in countries coming out of violent conflict. She holds a master’s degree in Social Service Administration (social work) from the University of Chicago.
Krishna Udayakumar, Founding Director
Krishna Udayakumar, MD, is the founding Director of the Global Health Innovation Center, which is focused on generating deeper evidence and support for the study, scaling, and adaptation of health innovations and policy reforms globally. He is also Executive Director of Innovations in Healthcare, a non-profit co-founded by Duke University, McKinsey & Company, and the World Economic Forum, where he leads the organization’s work to curate and scale the impact of transformative health solutions globally.
Krishna is an Associate Professor of Global Health and Medicine at Duke University and an Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore. His work has been published in leading academic journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and Academic Medicine.
Born in Bangalore, India, Krishna spent his childhood in Virginia and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in interdisciplinary studies. He received both an MD and an MBA (with a concentration in Health Sector Management) from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar. Krishna completed his residency in internal medicine at Duke and served as Assistant Chief Resident at the Durham VA Medical Center before joining the faculty of Duke University.
Elina Urli Hodges, Assistant Director, Programs
As an Assistant Director of Programs for the Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, Elina oversees a portfolio of programs that aim to increase access to health in low- and middle-income countries. She recently co-developed an impact measurement framework for pharmaceutical industry-led access to medicine programs. Elina also directs a project, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that aims to identify key drivers behind uptake of life-saving global health interventions. Her project experience has taken her to Kazakhstan, China, India, and Kenya.
Prior to joining Duke University, Elina worked for more than a decade on non-communicable disease prevention, population health, and global workplace health promotion projects with U.S. government institutions (CDC and Department of Defense), multinational corporations, and health systems. She began her career in health working in the national advocacy office of the American Heart Association in Washington, DC. Elina received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs and French from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.