Professor Fiona Murray CBE
Associate Dean for Innovation;
William Porter (1967) Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan
Prof. Fiona Murray is the William Porter (1967) Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, and the faculty director at both the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and the Legatum Center. She is also the associate dean for Innovation, co-director of the Innovation Initiative, and has most recently been appointed a member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology (CST). Fiona is an international expert on the transformation of investments in scientific and technical innovation into innovation-based entrepreneurship that drives jobs, wealth creation, and regional prosperity. She has a special interest in how policies, programs, and relationships between academia and industry can be designed to accelerate the productive role of universities in their local entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Sir Robert Lechler
Professor of Immunology, King’s College London
Executive Director, King’s Health Partners
Robert Lechler is Vice-Principal (Health) and Executive Director of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre our recently accredited Academic Health Science Centre. This is a pioneering collaboration between King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.
Robert’s distinguished career in academic medicine began in 1979 in the Department of Immunology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London, as a Medical Research Council Training Fellow. He then became Renal Registrar in 1982, and subsequently Senior Renal Registrar in 1983, at the Professorial Medical Unit at Hammersmith Hospital.
Following a Wellcome Trust Travelling Fellowship at the Laboratory of Immunology, NIH, Bethesda, USA, in 1984, Robert was appointed Senior Lecturer in Immunology / Honorary Consultant in Medicine in 1986, Reader in Immunology in 1989 and Professor of Molecular Immunology in 1992, at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School. Since 1986, Robert has been an Honorary Consultant in Medicine at Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, and Professor and Director of Immunology in the Division of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, at Imperial College London since 1994. In 1995 Professor Lechler became the Chief of Immunology Services at Hammersmith Hospital NHS Trust, in 2001 he was made the Dean of the Hammersmith Campus, and in 2003 Head of the Division of Medicine of Imperial College London’s Faculty of Medicine.
Robert became Dean of King’s College School of Medicine in 2004. The following year he succeeded Professor Sir Graeme Catto as Vice-Principal (Health) in charge of the five Health Schools of King’s. Robert was also Deputy Chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust from 2004-2009. He was appointed as Executive Director of King’s Health Partners in June 2009.
Robert’s research interests revolve around transplantation tolerance; the central aim of his research is to persuade the immune system to “tolerate” the foreign organ while retaining full capability to fight off infections and cancer. Robert is Chair of the Clinical Trials Expert Advisory Group, as well as a member of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Medical Schools Council.
Robert also heads a leadership giving fund, the Medical Circle, which enables alumni and friends of the College to support the School of Medicine across all the hospital sites at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’.
Lord Nigel Crisp
Lord Nigel Crisp is a prominent public health leader and advocate, who was the Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS) and the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health of the United Kingdom in 2000-2006. A Cambridge philosophy graduate, Lord Crisp worked in community development before joining the NHS in 1986 to work in mental health and acute care. In 1993-1997, he served as the Chief Executive of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust.
Since 2006, Lord Crisp has been a vocal and tireless advocate on global health and international development issues, publishing a number of articles and documents on health systems and global health priorities.
In 2007/08, he co-chaired the Alliance Taskforce on Education and Training and coauthored the report Scaling up, Saving lives. He followed this up by co-founding the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance to implement the recommendations of the Taskforce.
In January 2010, Lord Crisp has published a book on what rich and poor countries can learn from each other in today's inter-connected world, entitled "Turning the World Upside Down: the search for global health in the 21st Century". It argues for co-development and mutual learning rather than more top-down ideas of international development and knowledge transfer.
Founder and CEO, Clinicas del Azucar
Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Mexico, with 70,000 deaths attributable to the disease each year. Clínicas del Azúcar (Sugar Clinics) seeks to turn these alarming statistics around, offering specialized, affordable diabetes care to low to middle income patients who otherwise would go under- or untreated. Patients choose from three annual subscription packages offering different levels of treatment. Each has a fixed fee and can be paid in six monthly installments. The clinics fill the gap between low-quality public healthcare and private specialists.
Clínicas del Azúcar is able to offer efficient and affordable care through its proprietary software platform, Balance, and subscription pricing mechanism. The software platform optimizes costs and customizes treatment while package prices are determined through a proprietary algorithm that calculates the type of care best-suited for different profiles. Additionally, charging a fixed fee enables Clínicas del Azúcar to deploy resources efficiently, achieve economies of scale, and cater to patients across a wide income spectrum.
Centralizing treatment in a single location and visit reduces appointment times up to 80%. With its one-stop shop model, Clínicas has reduced patients’ annual costs by 75%, lowered their diabetes complication rates by 60%, and increased adherence to treatment by 1300%.
Professor Prashant Jha
Head, Affordable Medical Technologies
School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences
Professor of Health Innovations, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine
King’s College London, UK
Dr. Prashant Jha is a physician, engineer, entrepreneur, inventor and medical editor.
He trained in Medicine in India, UK & USA and worked with Apollo Hospitals Group before training as an engineer at IIT Kanpur, India.
This followed a Post-Doctoral training at Stanford and an executive education at Harvard University.
Besides his role as senior editor for the BMJ in South Asia where he edits & curates South Asia awards, news, views and analysis, he works as a Consulting Professor at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi. He is also the Director of innovation Fellowship - a Department of Biotechnology, Government of India program - where he trains next generation of med-tech leaders and invents low-cost, high impact medical devices for the world.
Suranga Chandrtillake General Partner at Balderton Capital
Suranga joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2014. He was previously an entrepreneur and engineer. Suranga founded blinkx, the intelligent search engine for video and audio content in Cambridge in 2004. He then led the company for eight years as CEO through its journey of moving to San Francisco, building a profitable business and going public in London where it achieved a peak market capitalisation in excess of $1Bn. Before founding blinkx, Suranga was an early employee at Autonomy Corporation - joining as an engineer in the Cambridge R&D team and ultimately serving as the company's US CTO in San Francisco.
Suranga has a MA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. He holds patents in the area of video discovery and online video advertising, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012 and was chosen as one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders in 2009. In 2017, Suranga joined the UK Government's Council for Science and Technology. Suranga was granted an OBE for services to technology and engineering in the 2018 UK New Year's Honours.
Professor Sebastien Ourselin
Head, School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at King's College London
Prof Ourselin is the Head of the Translational Imaging Group (TIG) within the UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC), Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging, CMIC Deputy Director, Head of Image Analysis at the Dementia Research Centre (DRC), and Professor of Medical Image Computing. He leads the translational imaging research program between CMIC and the UCL Institute of Neurology, and in collaboration with Prof Nick Fox of the DRC established a new imaging unit at Queen Square to deliver novel imaging biomarkers for clinical trials. He is also an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging and a member of the Editorial Board of Medical Image Analysis. He has been a MICCAI Board Member since 2008, and was elected Executive Secretary of the MICCAI Society (2009-2012). His main research interests include image registration, segmentation, molecular imaging, atlas conception, statistical shape modelling, surgical simulation, image-guided therapy and minimally invasive surgery. He has been involved in a broad range of clinical projects, including neuroimaging, neurosurgery, computer-assisted cardiovascular surgery, radiotherapy treatment, colonoscopy, and orthopaedic imaging. His research is often collaborative, involving clinical and commercial partners.
In collaboration with the DRC and IXICO, his team focus on the development of novel imaging biomarkers. This is done taking advantage of state-of-the-art algorithms developed within CMIC and the internationally leading clinical research at UCL to design robust and innovative software for clinical trials (Phase 2 and 3). As part of the team's effort to translate image analysis tools to the clinic, they are also strongly involved in fast image processing using GPU and support of the open source community. Specifically, the team has developed a set of self-contained software packages for image registration (NiftyReg), segmentation (NiftySeg), reconstruction (NiftyRec), and for biomechanical modelling (NiftySim).
Genevieve Barnard Oni
Co-founder, MDaaS Global
Genevieve’s venture, MDaaS Global, is on a mission to provide convenient, affordable, and high-quality diagnostics and primary care for Africa’s next billion, starting in Nigeria. In order to achieve this mission, MDaaS Global builds and operates tech-enabled diagnostic centers focused on providing care to low- and middle-income patients.
After completing her BA in Public Health at the University of Pennsylvania, Genevieve joined the UN Development Program as a Health System Analyst in Uganda. As part of her role, she visited dozens of hospitals across the country and heard the same complaint over and over again: Our equipment is not working. The reasons varied from lack of available biomedical technicians, to botched installations, to missing instruction manuals. Genevieve became both fascinated and frustrated by these seemingly preventable equipment challenges and their detrimental effects on patient care.
A few years later, Genevieve joined forces with three co-founders who had all experienced the same equipment challenges across Africa, and together they launched MDaaS Global in 2016. They opened their first diagnostic center in November 2017 in southwest Nigeria and in their first 8 months of operations have provided care to over 2500 patients.
Genevieve is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management and an MPA candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Dr Philip Budden
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan
Dr. Phil Budden is a senior lecturer at MIT's Management School, in Sloan's TIES (Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic-management) Group, where he focuses on 'innovation-driven entrepreneurship' (IDE) and innovation ecosystems. He co-teaches in the successful 'Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program' (REAP), an ExecEd program for regional teams from around the globe interested in accelerating 'innovation-driven entrepreneurship'; in the related 15.364 class, known as the 'Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Lab' (REAL), aimed at MBAs and Sloan Fellows; and on similar topics in a variety of degree and ExecEd settings.
Georgina Campbell Flatter
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan
In her role as director and lecturer, Georgina Campbell Flatter works to implement educational programming and curricula for MIT students who are building and scaling sustainable impact-ventures across the developing world. Flatter has been emerged in, and an active contributor to, MIT's innovation ecosystem for several years through her roles as executive director of MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP), director and lecturer of the XPRIZE Lab @ MIT and, as a student, a researcher at the Langer Lab, and managing director of the MIT Clean Energy Prize. She has also led several innovation projects at the World Bank and worked as a research associate at a renewable fuels spinout from MIT.
Executive Director, MIT Sloan Office of International Programs
David Capodilupo's Program's portfolio includes established collaborations with masters programs and academic institutions within Malaysia, China, Korea, Lisbon, India, Moscow, Turkey, Taiwan, and Brazil. Capodilupo also initiated and manages the MIT Sloan Latin America Office in Santiago, Chile. He was appointed executive director of the MBA and Masters of Management Studies Programs prior to his managing MIT Sloan’s Office of International Programs.
Founder, Bloomer HealthTech
Alicia is founder and CEO of Bloomer HealthTech a company with the mission to end, worldwide, women’s alarmingly high mortality rates due to heart disease. Her team integrates sensors seamlessly into ordinary, everyday clothing such as the brassiere, to collect information to build a robust clinical data set to understand female cardiac health across ethnicities. This allows for personalized universal healthcare, optimizing women’s heart treatment through monitoring and prevention of negative outcomes while also enhancing communication with doctors and caregivers. Alicia has six years of experience in the semiconductor industry as a hardware engineer and nine years of experience generating initiatives for women in technology in Mexico and Costa Rica. She was recipient of the MIT Graduate Women of Excellence award, a scholarship by Google for the Global Solutions Program (GSP) of Singularity University and part of Batch 15 of Startup Chile. Alicia graduated from Tecnológico de Monterrey where she did a Bachelor in Electronic & Computer Engineering with specialization in Digital Systems, and is currently a graduate fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she combines engineering, design and business doing a dual-masters program in Integrated Design and Management (IDM) and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). Alicia has Costa Rican and Peruvian roots.
Dr Tania Lima Director Global Engagement, King’s College London
Tania is the Director of Global Engagement at King’s College London, responsible for the College partnerships and country offices; in this role, she leads on partnership strategy, including implementation, delivery and evaluation, working closely with all Faculties at King’s. Tania is also the Lead PI in PADILEIA, a UK DFID grant to increase access to higher education for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon using blended learning approaches. Tania has a B.Sc. in Biology from Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil, a Masters in Microbiology and Immunology from Federal University of Sao Paulo, and was a PhD exchange student in Molecular Biology at New York University, where she was also a postdoctoral fellow. She has experience in international collaborative initiatives in genomics, bioinformatics and proteomics, as well as collaborations in cancer research, with a particular focus on international consortia and global partnerships. At Universities UK she was responsible for scholarship, capacity-building and research collaboration programmes, with special focus on government funding programmes, outward student mobility, transnational education, and international scholarship schemes.
Director of Fellowships and Student Programs
Megan Mitchell is the Director of Fellowship and Student Programs for the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining MIT in January of 2017, Mitchell managed UBS Americas’ Elevating Entrepreneurs initiative, a portfolio of philanthropic partnerships and programs focused on driving toward a more inclusive entrepreneurial landscape. This included Project Entrepreneur, a collaboration with Rent the Runway Foundation to increase the pipeline of women building economically impactful companies. Prior to UBS, Mitchell oversaw co-curricular and experiential learning activities for Wharton Entrepreneurship, including the annual business plan competition and global internship program. She also served as a member of the Venture Initiation Program management team, and led development of the department’s venture development programs at the school’s San Francisco campus.
Mitchell holds a BA in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Duke University and a MSEd from University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.
Dr Jonathan Ng
Founder, Iterative Scopes
Jonathan’s venture focuses on providing accessible healthcare in resource poor regions, particularly in Southeast Asia. Over the past 12 years, Jonathan has established two large pediatric facilities in Cambodia, enabling surgeries to be delivered sustainably to children in need via philanthropic partnerships. As a next step, he hopes to transform healthcare delivery in Southeast Asia, bringing healthcare to the doorstep of the 70% of the Southeast Asian population who have yet to access the healthcare they deserve. Jonathan is a fully trained physician, receiving his undergraduate degree at the National University of Singapore. He also runs a startup in Singapore which works in partnership with large public hospitals to deliver optimized healthcare solutions through strategic aggregation of nationwide medical resources. Jonathan is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a 2017 Fulbright Scholar for Singapore.
Co-founder, MDaaS Global
Oluwasoga’s business venture, MDaaS, improves the quality of healthcare in Nigeria by leasing diagnostic and treatment equipment to hospitals for a monthly fee. MDaaS also offers maintenance services and training for medical technicians to reduce equipment downtime, ensure that devices are used efficiently, and maximize patients’ access to life-saving diagnostic tools. Through its capacity building programs, MDaaS is educating a cohort of skilled medical technicians.
During a visit to a hospital in Nigeria, Oluwasoga stumbled upon a room filled with devices in need of basic repairs. After further research, he discovered that such rooms are common in Nigerian hospitals because of the high costs of acquiring and maintaining equipment. MDaaS is Oluwasoga’s solution for hospital administrators facing the challenges of maintaining equipment and Nigerian patients seeking reliable healthcare.
Before MIT, Oluwasoga worked as a software engineer for a large multi-national data storage organization. As part of a rotational program for high-performing engineers, he worked in both engineering and technical sales teams. He learned how to evaluate product design from the nuanced views of engineers and clients. These insights have been instrumental in planning MDaaS.
Oluwasoga holds a Bachelor’s in Information and Communication Technology from Covenant University in Ogun, Nigeria and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Computer Networks from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is pursuing a Master’s in System Design and Management from the School of Engineering and the Sloan School of Management.
Dr Anjali Sastry
Senior Lecturer, System Dynamics MIT Sloan
Dr. Anjali Sastry is senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her management science PhD in system dynamics, along with physics and Russian bachelor’s degrees, are from MIT. She began as a management consultant at Bain & Company, then investigated the practical application of electric end-use efficiency India for reducing climate change as research scholar at Rocky Mountain Institute and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories before becoming assistant professor at the University of Michigan and MIT.
Systems thinking, organizational change, social impact, and learning are her passions. In 2007, Anjali developed Global Health Lab to find practical ways for front-line enterprises to improve scope, efficiency, and quality in frontier markets. Through 100 on-the-ground projects, she built lasting collaborations in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and elsewhere. Drawing on her grounding in system dynamics, her current work investigates how business models and organizational design enable the delivery of needed services and goods amid constraints.
Anjali serves on the Board of Directors of the global nongovernmental organization Management Sciences for Health and the educational non-profit ResearchILD and is a member of the Council on Extended Intelligence. At MIT, she works with the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship and advises the Jameel World Education Lab and SOLVE, along with Harvard University’s Global Health Delivery Project. A former member of the Governing Body of the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and advisor in residence to Tata Trusts on innovation and systems thinking, she is now founding advisor to a new company, shift7. Anjali shares her work widely. Her book Parenting Your Child with Autism: Practical Solutions, Strategies, and Advice (New Harbinger) pairs personal experience with research. Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner (HBS Press), is a guide to orchestrating learning in the workplace.