2017 Judges and Panelists

The Challenge is proud to have hosted a world-class panel of judges for the final challenge presentation on May 20, 2017, at UC Berkeley. These industry leaders selected the 2017 grand prize winner of the $10,000 seed funding grant, generously provided by HealthRoots Foundation for Global Health.


Senior Associate Dean for Global Health, Stanford University

· Final Showcase Moderator
Michele is the Senior Associate Dean for Global Health and Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health in the Stanford School of Medicine. As Director of the Yale/Stanford Johnson and Johnson Global Health Scholar Award program, she has sent over 1000 physicians overseas to underserved areas to help strengthen health infrastructure in low resource settings. As a past President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, she led an educational initiative in tropical medicine and travelers health which culminated in diploma courses in tropical medicine both in the U.S. and overseas, as well as a U.S. certification exam. Dr. Barry is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Science and is past-Chair of the Interest Group on Global Health, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the IOM. She has been listed in Best Doctors in America and serves on the Board of Directors of the Bill and Melinda Gates funded Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) and the Foundation of the Advancement of International Education.


Dean, School of Public Health at UC Berkeley

· Final Showcase Moderator
Stefano is dean and professor of health policy and management at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Previously, he directed the HIV and tuberculosis programs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Bertozzi worked at the Mexican National Institute of Public Health as director of its Center for Evaluation Research and Surveys. He was the last director of the WHO Global Programme on AIDS and has also held positions with UNAIDS, the World Bank, and the government of the DRC. He is currently co-chair of the Health Working Group for the UC–Mexico Initiative and co-editor of the Disease Control Priorities (DCP3) volume on HIV/AIDS, Malaria & Tuberculosis. He has served on governance and advisory boards for WHO, UNAIDS, the Global Fund, PEPFAR, the NIH, Duke University, the University of Washington and the AMA. He has advised NGOs, and ministries of health and social welfare in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a PhD in health policy and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his medical degree at UC San Diego, and trained in internal medicine at UC San Francisco. 


My. T Le, MEng, PhD
Professor Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

Board Member, Global Health Research Foundation
· Final Showcase Judge
My is a technologist, entrepreneur, and educator. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley. She works, advises and invests in start-ups. After completing her education, Le joined a start-up company, Granite Systems, and continued to work there after the company was acquired by Cisco Systems. Dr. Le’s research and industry efforts have been at the cutting edge of Internet technology and have resulted in major advances and revenue. At Stanford, she co-teaches Electrical Engineering 15N - a popular Introductory Seminar for first-year students - and teaches Electrical Engineering 46 - Engineering for Good. She is also the founding director of the Stanford Gap For Good Program and serves on the board of directors for the Global Health Research Foundation.


Purnima Mane, PhD,
Board Member, IAVI

· Final Showcase Judge
Dr. Mane has devoted her career to the promotion of women's health and empowerment. She is a distinguished diplomat, leader, manager, academician, and social activist, as well as an internationally recognized expert on HIV, maternal health, behavior change, gender, and population. Most recently, Dr. Mane served as President and CEO of Pathfinder International where she led ground-breaking programs on sexual and reproductive health in 20 countries and global advocacy on sexual and reproductive health policies and rights. She has more than 30 years of leadership experience, 15 years of which have been in the United Nations system, including with UNFPA, UNAIDS and WHO. Before joining Pathfinder in 2011, Dr. Mane directed global policies and programs as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund. Prior to that, for over a decade Dr. Mane worked on public health and gender issues as Associate Professor in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, in her home country, India. She is currently Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health, at the University of New South Wales, Australia.


Todd Cushman, MBA
President & CEO, Bioness, Inc.

· Final Showcase Judge
Todd possesses over 35 years of medical device experience developing and commercialization pioneering technology, having created over $4+ billion in shareholder value through strategic mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Bioness, Todd was the founder of CHP, Inc (sold to Microscopes Southwest in 1989) and Acumed, Inc (sold to Medtronic in 1999). Todd holds controlling interests in two fiberoptic technology companies and is a Board Director for the Alfred Mann Institute at Technion University in Israel.


· Final Showcase Judge
Dr. Grigsby is President and Chief Executive Officer of Neurovations, a Clinical Research and Consulting company specializing in pain and neurologic disease. Dr. Grigsby is also the Founder and Medical Director of Napa Pain Institute in Napa, California. He continues to practice as a board certified Pain Physician. Dr. Grigsby graduated from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in Biology and Economics. He then completed medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, and completed residency training in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He received his Masters in Business Administration, in Health Sector Management, from Duke University. Professionally, Dr. Grigsby was Director of the hospital pain service at Mayo Clinic, and was later Founding Director of the University of California at Davis Pain Center. He has been in private practice of pain management in Napa, California for 20 years. At Neurovations, Dr. Grigsby collaborated with some of the world’s finest scientists, industry leaders and clinicians, to help shorten the innovation cycle of products for better treatment of pain and neurologic diseases.


Hema Budaraju, MBA
Product Manager for Health, Facebook
· Final Showcase Judge

Hema is a Product Manager leader at Facebook with a deep interest in healthcare. Prior to joining Facebook in 2015, Hema held product management roles at Paypal, eBay, Amazon, Nokia and Oracle. She was nominated to the Silicon Valley Women of Influence in 2015. Hema has an Engineering degree in Electronics from Mumbai University and an MBA from India Institute of Management Calcutta. Hema is also passionate about supporting STEM for kids and Women in Technology – she is a founding member of Women in Product.


Jason Bellet
Co-founder, Eko Devices

· Panelist, What's Hot in Global Health
Eko is a Silicon Valley startup building smart medical devices for a more modern, mobile, and connected healthcare experience. For its flagship product, Eko is introducing the world’s most intelligent stethoscope – Eko Core – which addresses two of the most pressing challenges of our time: $750 billion in annual healthcare waste and a cardiovascular disease crisis that affects 1 in 4 people worldwide. The Eko Core is the first digital stethoscope to wirelessly connect to a HIPAA-compliant mobile app and integrate directly with a patient’s electronic health record. Founded in 2013 at the University of California Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator, the company has been honored with the American Heart Association’s Emerging Health Technology Award and participated in the Stanford University StartX Med and Founder.Org accelerator programs. Eko’s advisory board includes industry-leading cardiologists from Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, UCSF, and the Mayo Clinic. 


Dianna Kane, MPhil
Chief Design Office at Medic Mobile

· Panelist, What's Hot in Global Health
Dianna is the Senior Designer at Medic Mobile and a leader in human-centered design and health systems change. She works closely with their product team on the experience of the web app, which is free to download on their website. Her role is to unify a diverse set of users and partners globally by leading workshops with governments, non-profits, academic institutions, and health workers around the world. She speaks extensively on the merits and methods of human-centered design in the social impact sector. Dianna is a member of Medic Mobile’s strategy team and brings a user-centered perspective to further the organization's mission and achieve impact. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and a Master’s degree in Philosophy specializing in HIV/AIDS and Society. With over 10 years' experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the USA, Dianna continues to work to bring DIY health applications to people in need.


Haripriya Mukundarajan
Prakash Lab, PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering

· Panelist, What's Hot in Global Health
Haripriya is a physicist and engineer with a keen interest in applying fundamental ideas from science and technology to fundamental needs in human health, safety and well-being. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters degree in Robotics and Product Design from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in India. As an undergraduate, she worked with a group of student peers to develop a fully functional satellite, which is currently in orbit around the Earth collecting data that can provide advance warning for tsunamis. This achievement was recognized with the first Gandhian Innovation Award for Social Engineering by the Indian government. She is currently completing her PhD studies in the Prakash Lab at Stanford University where her research focuses on creating novel engineering techniques for real-time mapping and monitoring of mosquito-borne disease, combining experimental methods, theoretical analyses, and field trials to probe mosquito populations in real-world settings.


David Shoultz, PhD, MS, MBA,
Program Leader, Drug Development, PATH

· PATH Workshop lead, Continuing to improve your global health product: what is it going to take to make this work?
David directs PATH’s Drug Development program, which seeks to discover, develop, and deliver safe, effective, and affordable treatments for neglected diseases. Prior to joining PATH in 2014, Dr. Shoultz served as the director of grantee and partner engagement and as a member of the leadership team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, he led an effort to strengthen the foundation’s relationships with its partner organizations to facilitate ongoing interactions and help achieve maximum impact. Previously, he served as a deputy director in the foundation’s Global Health Program, Infectious Disease, where he was central to strategy, planning, and management for four strategic program teams, including malaria, enteric diseases, pneumonia, and the neglected tropical diseases. Prior to his roles at the foundation, Dr. Shoultz worked as a member of the senior management team for a number of clinical research organizations participating in the development of new medicines, including PPD Development, PRA International, and Biomedical Systems. He has been a member of the affiliate faculty for the departments of Global Health and Epidemiology at the University of Washington since 2000 and sits on the board of the Geneva Foundation, where he also serves as the inaugural chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Shoultz earned his PhD and MS from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington, where he also obtained his BSN. He holds an MBA from the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University, where he is a faculty member in the Executive MBA Program.


Zoé Bezpalko, DMBA
Design and Impact Lead, Autodesk

· Autodesk Workshop Lead, Impact Design - Scaling, Sustaining, Measuring, and Communicating Impact
Zoé strongly believe in the smart use of technologies and design as the key for solving global issues, of which she wants to be an active part of. Graduated from the MBA in Design Strategy in San Francisco, she is building on her engineering background and sustainability experiences to create innovative and creative solutions for a world that in not only profitable, but also sustainable, ethical and truly meaningful. The Autodesk Foundation is the first foundation to focus corporate philanthropy on design that addresses environmental, social, health, and education challenges. Zoe’s work focuses on Academic Portfolio Management - grant making, opportunity sourcing, engagements; Impact Modeling; Design Lead; Pier 9 Collaboration.


Co-founder, MealFlour

· Workshop Lead, Lessons learned from 2016 Bay Area Global Health Challenge Winners
Joyce graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, B.A. in Anthropology, and specialization in Neuroscience. In 2015, she worked with a nutrition program in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, conducting surveys and interviews to design and teach nutrition and reproductive health classes. In 2015, she worked for the Asociación de Personas Afectadas por Tuberculosis del Perú, where she developed programs and educational materials to improve tuberculosis patient treatment adherence and address social stigma surrounding the disease throughout Lima and Callao. At UChicago, Joyce served as the Director of Education Development for NEURO Club, developing an introductory neuroscience course for high schoolers in the Chicago South Side.


Gabrielle Wimer
Co-founder, MealFlour

· Workshop Lead, Lessons learned from 2016 Bay Area Global Health Challenge Winners
Gabrielle Wimer graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016 with a B.A in the History of Science and Medicine and minor in Human Rights. From 2014-2016, Gabrielle successfully started and led the Chicago Health Solutions Challenge, which brings together diverse teams of students to solve contemporary health issues in Chicago. In 2015, she worked in Kigali, Rwanda for three  months to improve sexual and reproductive health education.