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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Jonathan Jackson is a social entrepreneur and innovator with extensive mobile technology expertise in both low-income and high-income settings. He has co-founded multiple organizations focused on improvement heatlhcare and poverty alleviation globally.
As cofounder and CEO of Dimagi Jonathan has overseen the growth of the company from just the founding team to over 60 world-wide employees. He made an uncompromising commitment to open source software and developed a highly interactive collaborative culture that fosters partnerships across academics, philanthropists, and implementers.
Jonathan has overseen the development of multiple innovative health projects, including CommCare, the leading mobile case management solution for community healthcare workers, and CommTrack, a last-mile logistics platform deployed nationally in multiple countries.
Jonathan earned bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the MIT. Jonathan also co-founded Cogito Corp, a pioneering behavioral analytics company. He is also a visiting scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital Decision Systems Group, and a lecturer at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
Dr. Vikram Sheel Kumar
Founder & Chief Medical Officer
Vikram Sheel Kumar is an engineer and pathologist who developed one of the earliest video games for health on a wireless mobile device. He studied engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology and Columbia University and medicine at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Vikram completed a residency in Clinical Pathology from the Brigham &Women's Hospital in 2007.
The son of an inventive neurosurgeon, Vikram invented a privatizing fax machine with his father at the age of 14. As an undergraduate in the laboratory of Dr. Rafael Yuste, he developed a software toolkit to analyze multidimensional neuronal data. Vikram did his graduate thesis at the MIT Media Laboratory where with his advisor Dr. Sandy Pentland he invented DiaBetNet that was nominated as one of the top ten designs of the decade by BusinessWorld magazine. Vikram is also a co-founder of Cogito Health.
At Dimagi, Vikram leads research activities and overseas the operations of the India office. Vikram has won numerous awards including being named an MIT Technology Review's TR100 and its Humanitarian of the Year, a Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator, and a Paul and Daisy Soros New American. Along with Jon, he was named a 2012 Social Entrepreneur Awardee by the Schwab Foundation at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions. Vikram has been featured in the New York Times, Nature Medicine, the Voice of America and on the cover of The Week magazine. He is a consulting editor for Forbes Life India and co-writes a quarterly column on emerging technology for Clinical Chemistry.
Chief Technology Officer
Cory Zue has expertise in many aspects of software engineering. As a graduate student working at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, he developed an automated voice over IP traffic generator. This tool was used to assess the effects of digital security on voice over IP conversation quality. He used this research to develop a model for predicting the cost of encrypting voice in poor-connectivity systems in terms of quality loss.
From 2005 to 2006, Cory worked for Oracle Corporation developing enterprise collaboration software. He designed and implemented an architecture to automatically track changes on any artifact in the system, allowing users to immediately access those documents that were important to them in a highly-efficient manner.
Cory earned his bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Neal Lesh
Chief Strategy Officer
Neal Lesh is a computer scientist with field experience in applying information technologies to help organizations address poverty in low-income regions. He has published and lectured extensively in data visualization, data mining, and automated planning and logistics. He has developed medical record and analysis systems for Partners in Health, the government of Rwanda, and a large AIDS treatment program in Tanzania, and worked with many other Universities and NGOs. He is coordinating a Harvard-funded research project in South Africa.
Neal holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Washington and a masters degree in global health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Chief Operations Officer
Carter Powers manages the business operations at Dimagi, and is responsible for everything that happens behind the scenes to keep Dimagi up and running smoothly. Although trained in Computer Science, he won't be touching any code at Dimagi, though his extremely complicated spreadsheets are unrivaled in the organization. His CS degree allows him to keep close tabs on Dimagi’s core products and also allows him to participate in our development team’s lunch conversations, and the developers have really enjoyed learning how to make excel macros under his tutelage.
Carter is likely the only one at Dimagi that feels comfortable wearing a suit, and he has spent majority of his professional life working in management consulting and finance with Oliver Wyman, with a focus in Financial Services, Banking, and Risk management. It was here that Carter learned how to manage books and crunch numbers. He also got a taste for travel while serving on multiple international projects including extended stints across North America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Middle East.
Prior to joining Dimagi, Carter was a Senior Assoicate at ideas42,a Harvard-based think tank applying behavioral economics to design financial products for the poor. Carter is passionate about data-driven business decisions, and brings an academic rigor towards evaluating the impact of our products to Dimagi.
Carter holds a Bachelor's degree from MIT, and his lifelong dreams are to take a motorcycle tour of the world, and discover a way to never have to decide what to eat for lunch again.
VP of Strategy
Rowena Luk is VP of Strategy at Dimagi and Product Owner for the CommTrack mobile logistics solution. During her time with Dimagi, she has undertaken many roles, including: providing technical leadership for the development and deployment of the Early Warning System, which uses SMS to report, resolve, and prevent commodity stockouts across health facilities in Ghana; acting as SMS Director with oversight on all of Dimagi's SMS projects in over 14 countries; providing technical guidance on clinical research efforts at Dimagi, including leadership of the ARemind study of mobile monitoring and personalized support of individuals with HIV/AIDS. She has worked on mHealth projects in over 15 countries across Africa and Asia.
Prior to Dimagi, Rowena gained proficiency with mobile technology design and adoption from private, non-profit, and research perspectives. She led development of a telemedicine platform targeted for Ghana and the US while at Intel Research, was a member of the Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER) research group at Berkeley, and explored the feasibility of drive-by Internet solutions for kiosk operators in India with the Tetherless Computing Lab at the University of Waterloo. She founded the non-profit AMITA Telemedicine, a charity with a mission to improve the quality of healthcare in Africa through research, development, and deployments of information technology. In the private sector, her technical background includes several years’ experience working as a software engineer for industry leading companies such as Research in Motion and Maya Heat Transfer Technologies.
She holds a Masters in Information Management and Systems from the University of California in Berkeley, where she was an active member of the Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER) Research Group, and an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
VP of Global Services
Matt brings an unique perspective to Dimagi, having previous engineering and program management experience in the aerospace industry. Prior to joining Dimagi, Matt focused on the development of a full-sized, unmanned helicopter. He has hands-on experience with hardware, testing and evaluation. He has developed a general appreciation for fixing whatever breaks, be it software, mechanical or electrical.
Matt holds a Bachelors degree in Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
VP of Mobile Development
Danny Roberts is a strong believer in applying his general life principle of being nice and having fun to software engineering. A Boston-area native and half-Brazilian, Danny's interest in the world led him to study a number of languages which he speaks to various degrees of proficiency including Portuguese, Latin, German, Chinese, Romanian, and Ancient Greek.
Danny graduated from Princeton University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree in Computer Science. While at Princeton, he became interested in web development as a way to "be the change you want to see in the world" after working on a few web projects. Danny joined Dimagi in 2010 to improve his knowledge of geography, to use what he knows to be the change he wants to see in the world, and of course to be nice and have fun.
Biyeun Buczyk is an engineer who is passionate about improving user experience and creating reusable, thoughtful code. She hates the idea of having a normal 'desk job' and thinks that the world would be a better place if everyone truly enjoyed and cared about their work. Outside of computer science, Biyeun has a strong background in visual arts, with interests in graphic design and photography.
Biyeun graduated in 2010 with an S.B. degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Giovanni is an engineer who believes in creating and using technology to make a positive difference in the world, and he enjoys coming up with creative solutions to solve real-world problems.
Prior to joining Dimagi, Giovanni worked as a developer at a financial services company where his job was primarily in data warehousing. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Trinity College.
After finding previous summer internships in both finance and academia unfulfilling Will came to Dimagi for an environment where he could grow as an engineer while making a real impact on the product and end-user. His collegiate research work centered on machine learning, natural language processing, and fraternity life. Will hopes to incorporate aspects of these technologies into Dimagi in the near future. He joined the mobile team in July 2012 to help with the development of Commcare ODK and Javarosa.
Will graduated in May 2012 from Cornell University with a B.A. in Computer Science.
Onyedikachi "Yedi" Anyansi
Yedi Anyansi is a technology enthusiast who wholeheartedly believes that everyone should do their part to make the world a better place. He actively builds web applications in his spare time and has done pro-bono web development work for non-profits Seven Hills Global Outreach and Guatemala-based ASODILL.
Yedi is excited to join Dimagi because of their devotion to helping those less fortunate than them through the innovative use of emerging technologies. At Dimagi, Yedi hopes to improve his programming abilities, learn more about the issues plaguing developing countries, and use his skills to have a positive impact on the lives of others.
Tyler is a software artisan who believes in writing pretty code, enjoying ones work and hammocks. He spent the early years of his post-college career doing Ruby on Rails software consulting but fled this life and Ohio to join the team at Dimagi. With this change he is looking forward to using his experience building quality software to be able to make a difference in peoples lives.
Tyler is a graduate of Computer Science & Engineering from Ohio State University. When not in front of a keyboard he is most likely found on his bicycle(s).
Ethan Soergel is an engineer who is passionate about the importance of robust, accessible commons in science, art, and education. He taught himself to code after graduating college, relying heavily on freely available resources. Ethan is an avid user of and occasional contributor to open source software. He is interested in web technologies, collaboration tools, and education.
Ethan enjoys biking, telemark skiing, climbing, surfing and other outdoor adventure sports. He also likes travelling on the cheap, cooking, making things and working with his hands.
Before getting into coding, Ethan studied physics at the University of Florida. Looking for something more tangible, he switched gears to medicine, with a focus on global health. Luckily, before getting mired in medical school, Ethan decided to concentrate on his lifelong interest in technology and invention, making Dimagi a perfect fit.
Senior Project Manager
Nick joined Dimagi to have fun building software applications while making a difference. He wants to explore the world and learn about issues in international development.
Outside of work Nick enjoys breakdance, Krav Maga, distance running, rocking out to Taylor Swift and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and storytelling. Nick received his masters in Computer Science from MIT where he researched parallel programming, and his bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and in Economics.
Daniel is a software engineer who tries to apply the Zen of Python to his work as often as possible. Beautiful is better than ugly. Simple is better than complex. Readability counts. He values a deep understanding of the tools he uses to build systems and solve problems that hopefully make the world a better place.
When he's not doing his day job, Daniel enjoys bicycling, studying theology and philosophy, and spending time with family and friends. He also works on and contributes to several open source projects. He developed an open source text editor, which he uses every day for software development tasks.
Daniel graduated from LeTourneau University with a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
Senior Field Manager
Andrea has always been one to carve her own path. During her undergraduate at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA, she wrote her own major in bioethics combining courses in biology and philosophy. She followed that with a master of public health from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, GA, as part of the Hubert Department of Global Health. While at Emory she completed a concentration in infectious diseases and an interdisciplinary certificate in human rights.
She has experience working in emergency preparedness, child abuse prevention, human trafficking, religion and public health, and HIV/AIDS both domestically and internationally.
She currently works in Southern Africa and has also spent time in East Africa, Central America, and Europe. Andrea enjoys reading, running, hiking, and wandering the world in search of new adventures.
Senior Program Analyst
Jeremy joins the Dimagi team with a mixture of experiences in biology, agriculture, and health. He is excited to be learning about the role mobile technology can play in improving public health communication and health outcomes. Prior to joining Dimagi he worked as an emerging technologies analyst for the U.S. Navy, a medical research assistant at a teaching hospital, and a farmer on a small family farm. Jeremy has a B.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and has studied in both India and Turkey.
Senior Program Analyst
Senior Program Analyst
Senior Program Analyst
Mengji graduated from Tsinghua University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communication. She started her column covering crime stories, life of prisoners and drug addicts behind the bar after graduation.
After that she spent another year doing ethnography and oral history of HIV carriers and gay men in China. After her graduation from the master program with Brandeis University in International Health Policy in 2013, Mengji joins Dimagi to work on data analysis and prepares multi-media materials for Dimagi products.
Outside of storytelling and data analysis, Mengji spends most of the time wood-carving and photographing strangers.
Manager, Legal Strategy and Operations
Arya Shekar is a lawyer who comes to Dimagi with a passion for finding creative solutions to social problems. She has represented artists, immigrants, and companies in a variety of Intellectual Property, Immigration, and Corporate matters, both within the U.S. and abroad in Central America and Europe. At Dimagi, she will be primarily responsible for overseeing legal strategy.
Arya loves to travel, perform Indian classical dance, and sometimes, do both at the same time. She believes that travel and dance are important forms of education.
Arya holds a B.A. with Honors in English Literature from Brown University, and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Senior Project Manager
Sheel is passionate about international development and interested in exploring the role that technology can play within the space. He is a Project Manager based out of India, doing whatever is necessary to keep our projects moving forward.
He brings a wide range of experience to Dimagi - he has spent time working at Microsoft as a program manager, hospitals in Canada working on prostate and lung cancer research and the manufacturing and telecommunication industries in business and technical roles. He holds a degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Christina Jeffrey is a Project Manager and leads US-based strategic and business development initiatives.
Prior to Dimagi, Christina worked as a clinical integration consultant for Synthesis Health Systems. One of her larger projects was to re-design a client's health navigation program while simultaneously implementing a Salesforce platform for their workforce. She developed the organization's public health and health insurance access programs. She has worked on consulting projects with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Whittier Street Health Center, and the office of International Health at Children's Hospital Boston.
Her initial interest in healthcare innovation started while working in the office of Public Affairs at Brigham and Women's Hospital where she helped to coordinate the media relations and communications for the hospital's first face transplant.
She holds a Master of Public Health from Northeastern University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Rollins College. She is an Albert Schweitzer Fellow and a member of the Massachusetts Advisory Committee for the development of a Community Health Worker Board Certification. She is also a Spanish speaker.
Partnerships and Development Manager
Steve has a diverse project management background having supported large USAID programs in Asia and the Middle East, including in fields such as maternal and child healthcare and trade facilitation. Ready to transition to an overseas posting, Steve joined Dimagi in search of an opportunity to delve more deeply into mobile technology in addressing a variety of the world’s most pressing development challenges. Excited to set-up shop in South Africa, Steve is hoping to leverage his previous experience in seeking out unique opportunities to apply Dimagi’s applications in novel development ventures across the region.
Steve holds a bachelors of science in foreign service from Georgetown University and a masters of science in development studies from the London School of Economics. He is enthusiastic about expanding his knowledge of this fast-growing sector through direct coordination and collaboration with beneficiaries and implementers on the ground.
Senior Operations Manager
Jason has a diverse background in the public and private sector predominantly focused on Southeast Asia. Before joining Dimagi he was a Member of the Board of Directors and Manager for Client Services at GL Advisor helping to build the company’s start-up operations in Manila, and acted as a Consultant supporting companies looking to setup overseas operations in the Philippines.
Jason received a Masters in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service, and holds a B.A. in International Relations from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
Julie is an intellectually curious individual with a passion for problem-solving and an ability to identify and lead on priority operations tasks. She often wears many hats and manages several tasks at once. She posesses the abilities to self-organize, self-manage, and work with a team. She enjoys working in a young, collegiate, and collaborative environment, and wants to contribute to an organization trying to make a difference in International Development. Most importantly, Julie has a love of efficiency.
Julie holds a BA in Economics and Sociology from Emory University, and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. Prior to joining Dimagi, Julie worked in data management for a Massachusetts-based anti-hunger organization. A dual US/Canadian citizen, Julie loves playing ice hockey in her free time.
Quality Assurance Lead
Christy joins the Dimagi team as the first ever QA Lead. She will be working with the development and field teams to manage the QA process. Christy is excited to be a part of a team of motivated and collaborative individuals all striving to impact communities around the world.
Prior to joining Dimagi, Christy was a tech strategy consultant where she focused on custom technology implementations in the public sector. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Finance.
Lucina is a motivated individual with 8 years of global experience encompassing a passion in technology and a desire to create social impact. As an engineering manager at Dimagi she works with the team to determine the best processes for technical execution.
Lucina spent a year consulting for social enterprises after completing her MBA at Oxford Saïd Business School. She worked with small businesses to develop sustainable business models and practices. Prior to that she was as a senior applications engineer working on the leading edge of data and telecommunications. She also holds a BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Matt joins Dimagi as a Field Manager, whose work will primarily be focused on operations in Haiti. Matt is passionate about reducing health disparities and bringing services to underserved communities. By joining Dimagi he gets to pursue his passions and participate in the development of health systems around the world. He has a great interest in culture, psychology, and technology and he hopes to expand his understanding through his work. Before joining Dimagi, Matt worked at USAID analyzing and documenting public-private partnerships for family planning.
Matt holds an MBA in Healthcare Management and an MS in International Health Policy & Management from the Heller School at Brandeis University, and a BA in Anthropology and Psychology from Marlboro College.
Rashmi is an Epidemiologist who joins Dimagi as a full-time data analyst. She is wholeheartedly aligned with Dimagi’s goal to effect positive impact among underserved people around the world. She is convinced that a very important part of this vision involves the development of robust quantitative measures. Rashmi brings to Dimagi over six years of experience in monitoring, evaluation and surveillance tracking in the Public Health arena. Her projects have been focused in the United States, Malawi and Kenya.
Rashmi has an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a concentration in Global Health. Prior to her graduate studies, she received a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her non-career activities include Karate, swing dancing, yoga, and wondering what it means to be human, though she hasn’t reached a quantitative conclusion for this last pursuit.
Emma has a passion for global health and her lifelong goal is to expand access to health care in rural areas and to underserved populations. She joins Dimagi after participating in an mHealth course, which enabled her to see the potential for mobile technology to realize precisely these goals. Her work here is primarily focused on developing communications materials to train users on the technology offered by Dimagi and explore the expanded use of Dimagi’s products.
Her main interests include neglected diseases and dengue fever in particular. Recently, she has spent time in Kenya tracking an outbreak with the CDC and evaluating a Ministry of Health strategy for CHWs in rural areas.
Emma is originally from New Zealand, but also calls Atlanta, California, and Boston ‘home.’ She is happiest on horseback, although spent a significant part of college in a pool.
Emma holds a Masters in Public Health from Boston University in International Health and Pharmaceuticals Policy and a BA from Pitzer College in Global Health and Political Studies.
Sarah has diverse field experience supporting poverty alleviation programs in countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She has conducted research at a number of organizations developing financial services for the poor and ICT for improved service delivery, including public health, microfinance and agricultural development initiatives. Prior to Dimagi, Sarah completed fieldwork with the Grameen Bank and its sister companies in Bangladesh, and worked with a mobile technology company based in Kenya. She joins Dimagi with a keen belief in technology’s potential impact in low-income settings and a passion for emergent logistics tools.
Sarah holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Social Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University.
Mobile Development Intern
Sresht Rengesh is currently a Computer Science student at MIT with a thirst for using software to help benefit people in high-poverty areas. His interest in software-assisted healthcare has developed over the last few years and he has been increasingly involved in organizations that focus on strengthening the state of impoverished communities, both within and outside of the United States.
Sresht worked at Microsoft and PayPal on app-based engineering, and is working on the Android development team at Dimagi. He hopes that his passion for software development and poverty alleviation will make for a strong fit at Dimagi.
Director of Operations, India
Krishna has been supporting Dimagi’s work in India since 2011 out of New Delhi. He loves getting things done – and is motivated to do so by his exceptionally talented and interesting colleagues. Previously Krishna managed operations at Community Lab, a startup development organization in New York, where he gained an appreciation for interdisciplinary approaches to development.
Krishna completed his undergraduate studies in History at New York University, where he was a member of the South Asian Studies Program Initiative and helped organize the first annual Global South Asia Conference. He is a student of the tabla and tries his best to practice every day.
Country Director, India
Stella Luk is a computer scientist, international lawyer, road warrior, and jack of all trades. She has developed Internet Tools for IBM, provided project management and M&E support to an inter-governmental anti-corruption project in Ukraine, represented Horn of Africa refugees in their asylum claims to UNHCR, prosecuted drug crimes for the Government of Canada, and conducted surveys for the World Bank. The unifying thread in her various exploits is an interest in technical knowledge and how it can be applied towards human well-being. Stella has a B.Sc. in Computing Science from the University of Alberta, an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and a J.D., also from the University of Toronto.
In her latest incarnation, Stella will be representing Dimagi in India. There, she will work with partner organizations to explore and expand how mobile technology can contribute to the good work they are doing in the world.
Manager of Field Operations
Mohini is an adventurista, who loves backpacking, learning languages, ethnic outfits and sharing her grandmother's Indian recipes with hosts she meets along the way. She has lived in Germany and Guatemala, and speaks French, Spanish, some German and Hindi.
Mohini is interested evaluating the use of mobile tech to support and strengthen health systems in Latin America and South Asia. In 2010, she helped MobileActive.org to build a research directory for practitioners, and NGOs looking to learn more about applying mobile phones for social change. After New York, she headed south to support TulaSalud, a Guatemalan NGO using mobile data collection tools to monitor diseases in the remote highlands of Altaverapaz. Now, Mohini is working in India as a Field Fellow with Dimagi, deploying CommCare in partnership with several health NGOs around the country.
Mohini studied Biochemistry and Health Studies at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. She has worked for Health Canada's risk management and regulatory affairs directorate for natural health products; and University of Leipzig and Helmholtz Research Center in Leipzig, Germany.
Sri is a travel fanatic and loves road trips, train journeys and most of all likes to experince different styles of street food. Sri grew up in the IT capital of India, Bangalore and completed his Bachelors in Business Management. Throughout his college life, he has worked on various social sector projects and was responsible for conducting various donation camps on campus. On graduating, his strong passion for the development sector led him to take up the Grassroutes rural fellowship program where-in he worked with traditional artisans from rural Kerala to help promote their products online and create an alternate revenue stream. Inspired by his observations on development, he took up a full time position as Program Manager at Grassroutes for 2 years and traveled across India to work with over 25 rural based NGOs on designing projects, volunteer management and post fellowship impact assessment.
At Dimagi, as Field Implementer, he has loved every bit of travel across villages and especially enjoys the bycycle rides. He wishes to use his experience to drive Dimagi's on field presence and help foster stronger relationships with the community we serve. In the long run, he wishes to play an important role in Impact Assessment and Business Development.
Partnerships and Development Manager
Max is fervent about linguistics, anthropology, and above all, improving access to health care and reducing geographic health disparities. Prior to Dimagi, he earned his Master’s from a joint program between the London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene in Health Policy, Planning, & Financing. Max’s background is in health informatics, quality improvement, and assurance in primary care with additional research experience in this field in USA, Costa Rica, and China.
After completing an undergraduate degree in Public Health at Tulane, he lived in Punjab studying Punjabi while volunteering with Punjab State AIDS Control Society. Partly towards the completion of his Master’s Thesis, he served as a research consultant and explored barriers to financing adequate wastewater infrastructure for a low-income rural setting in the US and served as a liaison for partnerships among regional rural development agencies.
Anushree is a Field Manager who is interested in observing how technology interacts with low level literacy, limited resources and power balances in development practice. She holds a B.A in Economics from St. Xavier’s College Bombay, and a Masters in Development Studies from Oxford where she focused on decision making among female Madrasa students. Prior to Dimagi she worked in corporate banking, consulting and media.
Food is her passion and she is on a personal mission to eat at every single Parsi restaurant in Bombay. Her other interests include reading, 80s pop, John Hughes’ movies and Bollywood.
An adventurer at heart, Rishad is interested in social design and in the implementation of creative, evidence-based interventions in low resource communities. He is keen on exploring diverse avenues for Dimagi’s technology and collaborating closely with various organizations and beneficiaries at the grassroots level.
Prior to joining Dimagi, Rishad worked as an analyst at National Economic Research Associates (NERA) in New York City. As a part of NERA’s securities, mass torts and labor practices, he carried out extensive data-driven analyses for litigation purposes. While in New York, he completed the StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation and raised funds for a non-profit organization that supports the education of underprivileged girls in India.
Rishad grew up in Calcutta before crossing shores for his undergraduate education. He studied Economics and Art History at Vassar College and spent a semester in Denmark. Food, art and architecture are his avid interests. He enjoys any adventure that leads to serendipitous discoveries of new cuisines, sites and structures. As a field manager, he is now looking forward to many such discoveries – in sight and taste –across the Indian subcontinent.
HR & Operations
Academically, she has a masters in computers and human resource from UPTU and Symbiosis respectively. She loves her profession, the people she works with and enjoys helping people getting the most out of their lives as well - both on a professional and personal front. She has been sponsoring a girl's education through World Vision India since 2009.
Abhishek joins the Dimagi family with a strong Computer Science Engineering background and is passionate about changing lives of the underprivileged in the the developing world. He loves to travel and has already filled out a passport with visas for travelling to mostly developed and few developing countries. He now wishes to focus on seeing the rest of the developing world. While travelling, he is more interested in learning about the local people and culture (food, language, customs, etc) as opposed to pure sightseeing of touristy places.
Abhishek loves to listen to real life stories of extra-ordinary people. He draws inspirations from stories of philanthropists, entrepreneurs and even random (not so famous) people who have gone against all odds to achieve great things in their community. Hobby wise, he likes to try out various new things. He mostly likes outdoor sports and activities with skiing, soccer and squash being his favorites. Some of his adventurous acts include rafting over a 10 feet waterfall, flying a biplane, surviving while skiing down a black diamond slope in Whistler, scuba diving and sky diving.
Prior to joining Dimagi, he was a software developer at Microsoft in Seattle for 4 years and was also pursing Masters in Computer Science at University of Washington at the same time. He joined Microsoft after finishing his bachelors in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. During his final year at IIT, he got inspired by the story of philanthropist John Wood through his book "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World" and was briefly involved in some social work. All this eventually led him to leave Microsoft and everything else to join Dimagi to change the world!
Maryam joins Dimagi with an MPH in global health and community health development and a BS in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory. Her time in Atlanta provided her with a variety of research experiences. During undergrad she had the opportunity to conduct a KAP study for the Center for Global Safe Water in Accra, Ghana. During grad school she spent a summer researching infant nutrition and complementary feeding practices in Bihar, India. Her graduate thesis was on intimate partner violence in Egypt where she identified generative themes of perceived IPV acceptability. Maryam wants to learn how mHealth apps can be used for monitoring and evaluating purposes as well as behavior change interventions. She hopes to eat her way through the country and looks forward to an Indian summer only for the mangoes.
Erin is a Field Manager at Dimagi, with a Master of Arts in International Development from American University’s School of International Service and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Fuelled by her passion for public policy, Erin moved to Washington, DC after completing her undergraduate degree in Wisconsin, and began working on US Department of Education contracts at Westat. There she worked on several new and innovative teacher quality projects, including an over $800 million pay-for-performance compensation initiative for educators. She also co-founded an office-wide kickball league— a skill she looks forward to utilizing at Dimagi India.
Erin spent a large portion of her graduate studies in India, studying Urdu in Lucknow and interning in Mumbai. She has worked with various NGOs in India focusing on children and women’s rights and education. Erin spent a semester working with Pratham’s Council on Vulnerable Children (PCVC), evaluating PCVC’s programming for at-risk and out of school children in Mumbai slum areas. Erin’s prior work in India has been primarily in large cities, so she looks forward to exploring rural India through her work with Dimagi. She is enthusiastic about finding ways to harness mobile technology to improve health and education throughout the world. Erin will miss Wisconsin cheese dearly, but is hopeful that Indian chai and mangoes will fill her culinary void.
Devika loves photographing food, travelling and reading, in no particular order. She feels at home on railway stations and can survive on chaat for days.
Devika comes to Dimagi with a diverse background of development sector experience and technical skills. She studied Computer Science and Economics at BITS Pilani and is a Young India Fellow. Prior to Dimagi, she has worked in a corporate social responsibility consultancy and with ASHA workers in an NRHM research project.
Rushika comes to Dimagi with an interest in understanding how technology can build the capacities of organizations both at the grassroots level and taken to scale. While her primary passion lies in education, she is excited to explore new ways in which Dimagi's technology can be used across various sectors.
Prior to joining Dimagi, Rushika worked in program development for UN Women Singapore focusing primarily on social entrepreneurship and public outreach initiatives. She has previously worked as a government school teacher in rural Tanzania, at a sports for development program for adolescent girls in Delhi, and at a women's television network in New York.
Rushika grew up in Singapore and has a B.A in International Affairs and Communication Studies from Northeastern University in Boston.
Country Director, South Africa
Kieran has been working on mhealth projects in Southern Africa since 2006. He has journeyed from mobile developer to technical PM on various projects with Cell-Life & UNICEF in the region, working with NGOs and government partners to build, evaluate and scale up innovations.
Many of these projects involved successful partnerships with Dimagi (including the founding of the javarosa open source project) so joining the team in 2012 was a natural fit.
He has generally discovered that the people problems around adopting innovations are often more difficult than the technical challenges, and usually more interesting too.
Country Director, Mozambique
Ryan has deep technical experience in web and application software and an entrepreneurial passion for improving the world with technology. He has built and deployed custom software solutions for the US Government, non profits, NGOs and private industry in more than 20 countries. Prior to working at Dimagi, he led the open source release of OpenLMIS at VillageReach and launched a startup in Seattle.
Ryan holds a BA in Computer Science from Colgate University.
After graduating from the University of Cape Town with a Masters in Electrical Engineering Simon spent several years working on mHealth projects in and around South Africa. He joined Dimagi after a short period in the online advertising industry where he worked on large scale SAO systems.
Simon has a passion for developing efficient systems that people enjoy using. He greatly prefers working on open systems and believes that building good software starts with building good relationships.
Outside of work Simon loves the outdoors, particularly the African bush where he spent many family holidays growing up. Simon spends his time off enjoying the company of his wife and friends in and around the beautiful city of Cape Town. He's often out walking his dog and is also quite involved in his local church.
Kara Grijalva works with Dimagi Africa after living, working and traveling with international development programs for the past 7 years. Along the way she has picked up lessons from diverse cultures and made global connections, helping launch her passion for public health and education outreach. Kara has extensive experience with sustainable community development in southern and western African countries, where she has helped to develop programs aimed at empowering areas lacking in resources and tools.
Kara is at her best when out in the field, working hands on with clients and helping all levels of the community reach their full potential. She joins the Dimagi Team with a Masters Degree from SIT Graduate Institute and a Bachelors degree from Franklin College Switzerland. When not working, she can be found plotting out outdoor adventures, climbing up into the Cascade mountains, or sniffing her way back down for berry pie
Fiorenzo joins Dimagi with a background in political science, international development and public health. Fio is Italian and grew up in Napoli and despite the saying "See Napoli and then die" apparently he survived living there for 21 years. Before joining Dimagi Fio worked with 200 farmers in rural Benin in the area of microfinance. He then moved to a sugarcane plantation in Western Kenya where he implemented a project for sex workers and coordinated a team of community health workers. Before that he worked in Lebanon for UNICEF where he supported the Ministry of Health in the measles and polio vaccination of 250,000 children. In his latest incarnation Fio will work as a Dimagi Field Manager in Senegal as part of the Dimagi Africa team. He joins Dimagi because he thinks that mobile technology can make a difference in public health.
Fio has a BSc in International Relations because he originally wanted to become a diplomat only to find out later on that he prefers working on the grassroots level and in direct contact with constituents. He went on to complete an MSc in International Development in London.
Marco loves technology and is always thinking up ways to use technology and social media to further development and social good. Before joining Dimagi as a field manager in Mozambique, Marco served as the social media and digital strategy consultant for the United States Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique. He was “Señor Fixit” and assistant to the Administrative Attache at the Mexican Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria. Marco earned a BA in advertising and has used online marketing and social media to connect American companies to the Latin American market. He has diverse account management experience with Pandemic Labs, Forrester Research and DirectoryM.
Marco grew up in Mexico and spent summers with family in the United States; becoming fascinated by different cultures at a young age. As an adult and a professional he has been exploring how technology can help bridge the gap between countries and cultures. When he’s not geeking out he’s usually enjoying life by creating his own culinary inventions or hanging out with wild animals in their natural habitat.
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Chester wants to see how technology can be effectively leveraged for international development and under what circumstances and situations technological solutions are most suitable. As a Field Manager based in South Africa, he is excited to be working with Dimagi's cutting-edge mobile platform and identifying new sectors and needs that can be addressed using it. He is interested in social enterprises and pushing Dimagi forward as a for-profit entity with socially-conscious goals. He brings experience from Google and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Chester graduated with a degree in Computer Science and certificate in Finance from Princeton University.
Field ManagerDavid is a global citizen who enjoys international travel and intercultural exchange. He has a background in planning, business logistics, program management and consulting - not what you would expect of one who calls himself a “cultural nerd.” David holds a B.A. degree in Intercultural Communication, a minor in Sociology, a Certificate in Ethnic Studies, and an MBA degree focused on managing projects and resources across national boundaries. In his spare time, David enjoys stand-up comedy, foreign films, ethnic foods, music, tennis, and soccer.
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Vice President, Medical Affairs
Pushwaz is responsible for strategy and execution of Dimagi’s health care solutions and is involved in development of health care technologies through research grants, global health partnerships and management of clinical research. He brings experience of working with life science and information technology companies, health care providers and payers. Before joining Dimagi, he was at a boutique management consulting firm focusing on life science and health care strategy consulting projects. Pushwaz worked on clinical quality, operational efficient and health informatics projects at Harvard University Health Services and Group Health Plan as a management fellow. Earlier, he was the founding member of the Life sciences & Health care practice of a global IT services and consulting company and was responsible for telemedicine projects and new product development.
Pushwaz has great interest in global health, primary care innovation, venture creation process and is involved in various organizations supporting health care entrepreneurship. He has also conducted research on innovations in global health care delivery at Harvard University and has conducted research on patient safety at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Pushwaz practiced as a primary care physician in India and has MBA from University of Delhi and MPH in health care management from Harvard University.
Derek is a globetrotter with a knack for linguistics and interpersonal communication. Having lived in Mexico, Panama, Tunisia, and France he speaks French, Spanish, some Arabic, and is currently learning Hindi. With a background in information and communication technology, human computer interaction, and medical informatics, he is driven to explore methods of information exchange in healthcare through the use of technology that crosses linguistic and cultural barriers. His previous work at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York includes information system design for international clinical trials with research centers in New York and Taiwan.
Derek Treatman holds an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an MS in Computer Engineering from l'École Supérieure d'Électricité (Supélec) in France, and a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University.
Seneca is currently working on her PhD in Nursing Informatics at the University of Utah with an emphasis on electronic medical decision support for low-resource populations. She is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and is serving as the research coordinator on an NIH-funded Harvard study to improve and assess e-IMCI's impact on patient comprehension and adherence to treatment guidelines. Seneca received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Westminster College and is an experienced newborn intensive care unit and community care nurse.
Public Health Consultant
Teddy Svoronos is a current MPH student at Columbia University, studying effectiveness and outcomes research. He graduated in 2008 from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where he studied international health policy. A recent Fulbright Scholar in Tanzania, Teddy developed CommCare's pregnancy module, an application to monitor safe pregnancies. The module has since been adopted by numerous organizations around the world, and has been the subject of current and future research studies. He previously conducted independent research in Rwanda on a mobile health information system that has informed national policymaking on ICT and health. As a public health consultant at Dimagi, he is involved in developing CommCare's module for newborn care, in addition to a suite of reports to assist health professionals in managing information received through CommCare.
Dr. Animesh Sharma
Health Informatics Consultant
Animesh Sharma is a healthcare informatics specialist at Dimagi. His educational qualifications, work experience and skill sets cut across fields like clinical medicine, computer science and bioinformatics. Animesh has worked in diverse settings, holding professional positions in academia at premier research institutes in India and as a graduate student in the United States. His research has focused on applying pattern matching and other machine learning techniques to identify regulatory networks at the genomic level. On the industry side, his experience includes appointments at Infosys Technologies Inc., a leading Information Technology Services company in India. While at Infosys, Animesh was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Oracle clinical works software application.
Animesh received an MBBS degree from the prestigious Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He is an enthusiastic computer hacker and an active seeker of knowledge. Animesh is based in New Delhi, India.
Dr. Vishwanath Anantraman
Vishwanath is a physician who, after having practiced medicine in rural India, decided to pursue a career in health and medical informatics. He joined the Decision Systems Group at the Brigham and Women's hospital for a post-doctoral fellowship, and subsequently obtained a master's degree in medical informatics from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
Vishwanath has been involved in a number of informatics projects in association with faculty at the AI division of MIT's Laboratory of Computer Science, and has consulting experience from a number of large healthcare corporations.
Tarjei designed and implemented Dimagi’s first medical applications in India, South Africa and the United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a master’s degree in biomedical engineering and a Ph.D. in bioinformatics from MIT. He has previously worked at HP’s Cambridge Research Laboratory and the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science.
Prof. Victor Zue
Victor Zue is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and Director of the Institute's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He is also the first holder of the Delta Electronics Chair endowed for senior researchers. Victor's main research interest is in the development of spoken language interfaces to make human/computer interactions easier and more natural, and he has taught many courses and lectured extensively on this subject. Prior to 2001, he headed the Spoken Language Systems Group, which has pioneered the development of many systems that enable a user to interact with computers using multiple spoken languages (English, Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish). Their work has been covered by several publications internationally including Time and The Economist. A Business Week article in 1997 described him as one of five "trailblazers" in speech interfaces worldwide. He was also featured in an article in the Discover magazine in December 2000.
Outside of MIT, Victor has consulted for many multinational corporations, and he has served on many planning, advisory, and review committees for the US Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and the National Academy of Science and Engineering. From 1996-1998, he chaired the Information Science and Technology (ISAT) study group for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, helping the DoD formulate new directions for information technology research. In 1990, he became a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. In 1999, he received the DARPA Sustained Excellence Award. In 2002, he received the Speech Technology Magazine's inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004, he was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.
Prof. Alex (Sandy) Pentland
Sandy is a pioneer in wearable computers, health systems, smart environments, and technology for developing countries. He is one of the most-cited computer scientists in the world.
Sandy is the founding director of Media Lab Asia, and is a co-founder of the Center for Future Health, the Wearable Computing research community, and the international Digital Nations Consortium. He was formerly the Academic Head of the MIT Media Laboratory, and is the Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences. He currently directs the Human Design research group at the MIT Media Lab.
Sandy has won numerous international awards in the arts, sciences and engineering. He was chosen by Newsweek as one of the 100 Americans most likely to shape the next century.
Dr. N. Rao Machiraju
Currently, Dr. Machiraju is the CEO and co-founder of reQall.com, a spin out from MIT's Media Lab and a research partner with NASA. reQall for iPhone and on Blackberry, has been recognized by the BBC, The New York Times, The Times of London, Forbes, and CNET amongst many others for its groundbreaking consumer application to help people remember better. Prior to reQall, Rao co-founded Conceptlabs, a strategic consultancy working with Silicon Valley-based technology start-ups to help them realize their passion for building products and guiding them through corporate creation, venture funding and exit.