Dr. Fatimata Cisse Diallo is a citizen of the Republic of Mali in West Africa. She holds a combined Bachelor and Master Degrees, Food Science, from Moscow State Academy of Food Productions, Moscow, Russia, which she earnt in 1997, as well as a PhD degree in Food Science from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA in 2014.
She has over 17 years’ experience working in development of training modules on agri-food processing and preservation, post-harvest losses and their management, and hygiene and quality management for entrepreneurs in the agri-food sector.
Presently, Dr. Fatimata Cisse Diallo is working as PI or co-PI in the implementation of sub-regional projects activities such as ACC project, CSAT-Mali, World Vegetable Center, McKnight Foundation, Aga Khan Foundation, AFRICA RICE – UEMOA, IER / ANSSA convention, and Africa RISING. These projects are focused on aspects of rice post-harvest technologies; development and characterization of a local product to improve the nutritional status of children (Equinut); and the realization of an image based tool kit in the processing and conservation of fruits and vegetables in French and three national languages (Bamanankan, Dogon, and Peuhl) in Mali. She has the expertise, leadership, training and motivation to successfully carry out any sort of research project.
Muhammad Hamza Ikram
Muhammad Hamza is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sabhi.org, an end-to-end platform for digital identity, credit scoring, and value assessment for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Hamza is also the co-founder of Hoola, an emerging technologies venture studio that enables Fortune 500 brands, and international organizations build strategic value through technology. Trained as an Applied Physicist, Hamza has vast experience in Data Analysis and Machine Learning, with an interest in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Causal Inference.
Athalia Mutiara Laksmi
Athalia Mutiara Laksmi is a founder and CEO of Hear Me, a technology and service that can bridge the communication gap between The Deaf and The Hearing. She has high empathy and awareness for problems in her local community. Whilst studying in her final year at the Entrepreneurship Study Program in School of Business and Management of Institute Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia, she ran many businesses including a fashion business, food and beverage company, and a digital business. At twenty, she likes to participate in both national and international competitions. She has also joined numerous organizations at her university. She has a passion for leading many projects and businesses.
Gary Lee Darmstadt
Gary L. Darmstadt, MD, MS, is Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health, and Professor of Neonatal and Developmental Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Previously Dr. Darmstadt was Senior Fellow in the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), where he led a cross-foundation initiative on Women, Girls and Gender, assessing how addressing gender inequalities and empowering women and girls leads to improved gender equality as well as improved health and development outcomes. Prior to this role, he served as BMGF Director of Family Health, leading strategy development and implementation across nutrition, family planning and maternal, newborn and child health.
Darmstadt was formerly Associate Professor and Founding Director of the International Center for Advancing Neonatal Health in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has trained in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, in Dermatology at Stanford University, and in Pediatric Infectious Disease as a fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he was Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine. Dr. Darmstadt left the University of Washington to serve as Senior Research Advisor for the Saving Newborn Lives program of Save the Children-US, where he led the development and implementation of the global research strategy for newborn health and survival, before joining Johns Hopkins.
Nabilah Ramli holds a Ph.D. in Vibration and has more than 7 years' experience working with undergraduate and postgraduate students to develop award-winning engineering-based prototypes. She has led an Engineering Capstone Design class, which combined her passion for techno-preneurship and education. Ramli believes engineering graduates equipped with techno-preneurial mindset can propel the growth of a country's technological advancement and is very much needed in the era of industrial revolution 4.0.
Yulya Levitskaya has a Ph.D. degree in biology. She has more than 20 years of experience in scientific and teaching activities at the National University of Uzbekistan, the Centre for Advanced Technologies, and the International Center for Molecular Allergology. The sphere of scientific interests lies in the field of biophysics, including cell signaling, energy metabolism of cells, regulation of cell death. She has experience in international scientific projects. She currently works at the centre for Advanced Technologies as a scientific secretary. Her role at the center includes conducting research in Life Sciences, developing a comprehensive training scheme for Ph.D. students, researchers and scientists to form a strong interface with the industry and to create a science innovation and services platform in Uzbekistan.
Ayah Dajani is the Founder and CEO of Young Explorer. She has a bachelor’s degree focused in Computer System Engineering from Birzeit University. Ayah is an experienced founder, with a demonstrated history of working in the kids’ education field. She graduated from 3 strong local and international accelerators: Leaders, Founder Institute and TTA academy. Ayah, is skilled in interactive exhibit design, developing kids activities, STEM, Steam, creative problem solving, and science birthday parties. These skills have enabled Ayah to become founder of 2 startups in the kids’ educational field.
Habtamu Giday Gebraegziabher
Dr. Habtamu Giday Gebraegziabher joined ICBA in February 2019 as Post-Doctoral Fellow (Urban and Vertical Farming). Before joining ICBA, he worked at Wageningen University as a post-doctoral fellow in the horticulture and product physiology group. His main line of research was studying plant-environment interactions in controlled environments such as greenhouses and vertical farming.
Food production in arid regions, where salinity and drought are major problems, consumes much fresh water for cooling and irrigation purposes. However, fresh water is a scarce resource and growing competition from other economic sectors is further reducing fresh water available for agriculture. Most of the fresh water used in arid regions is produced using desalination, which is expensive. To reduce freshwater use, we propose to use saline water for greenhouse food production. Our new and innovative proof of concept “Saline water greenhouse system” uses porous pozzolan bricks as the evaporative cooling media and a specially designed hydroponic system which generates fresh water from saline water. The innovation is a collaboration between ICBA and Mr. Nassar Al-Madhoun, the inventor of the pozzolan cooling wall. The goal of our innovation is to make greenhouse crop production sustainable, productive and profitable.
Nađa Zubčević is an innovator with an MA degree in biochemistry and physiology. Her journey shows why it’s important not to give up, and to believe in yourself. When she was with her colleagues, Nađa, like any other young person, talked to them about a lot of topics and identified problems. But what makes her different is that her research spirit has found a solution for one specific problem. Her first innovation that she created is called "Antibacterial toilet seat" which aims to improve hygiene in public toilets. With her innovation, she has won numerous world medals, among which the most important was the Semi Grand Prize from Seoul. In order to launch the serial production of this innovation, she plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise the additional resources she needs.
Anisuddin has completed his Master of Science in Applied Statistics from the Institute of Statistical Research & Training at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has been working in the Maternal and Child Health Division at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) for more than 15 years, having sound research experiences in different public health research fields especially on maternal, neonatal and child health, and environmental health.
Anisuddin is now an Assistant Scientist at icddr,b and has gained considerable understanding on public health issues, as well as becoming author and co-author in 15 scientific papers in publications like The Lancet, WHO’s bulletin, BMC, and Contraception. Anisuddin has also received several research awards from the Grand Challenge Canada, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health through Maternal Health Task Force Innovation Fund, and Fogarty International, National Institute of Health (NIH) research sub-award through the University of Southern California, USA. Anisuddin currently leads the cluster randomized controlled $100 Kitchen and Improved Cookstove trial to determine effects on adverse pregnancy outcomes and is involved in different research projects based in icddr,b.
Azman Senin is the Director of the Asia Rail Centre, at University Kuala Lumpur. University Kuala Lumpur is a full fledge university registered under the Higher Private Education Act, Malaysia. University Kuala Lumpur’s mission is to elevate Malaysian TVET stature globally and to position TVET as a contributor for a high income society. He is currently undertaking a new TVET specialization development project at the UniKL flagship. That project started on the 2 December 2013 and has progressed rapidly. Currently, Asia Rail offers various programs including: academic programs, short courses, professional programs, symposiums and conferences to cater for the immediate human capital demand in the railway industry.
Concurrently, Azman also serves as a lecturer, sharing his knowledge and experience with young talents in areas of Mechanical, Manufacturing, Tooling and Leadership at the University of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Italy Design Institute (MIDI). Azman started his career 22 years ago in heavy industry and has also served in several positions including Manufacturing Engineer, Project Head, New Model Development Head and Specialised Tooling Head. Currently, he is registered with Board of Engineer Malaysia as a ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer (ACPE). Azman received his first degree in Mechanical and Material Engineering from University Kebangsaan Malaysia and he also holds a doctorate degree in Mechanical and Material Engineering from University Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Hajji Sulaiman Walugendo Kyesa
Hajji Sulaiman Walugendo Kyesa is the National Coordinator of Uganda Muslim Rural Development Association (UMURDA), a Faith Based NGO founded in 1992 to carry out developmental work impacting on all irrespective of any affiliations.
He majored in Rural Economy and Economics from Makerere University and began his carrier as a Project Coordinator in Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA-Uganda).
He steered UMURDA from a Community Based Organisation (CBO) to a national NGO status; he leads Mosques Islamic holiday studies programme by capacity building of Imams in Uganda; he coordinates over 30 NGOs/CCBOs as Mid-Eastern Regional Coordinator of Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network (UWASNET); and has won awards towards improving people’s lives as an outstanding Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WATSAN) NGO from the European Union and the Ministry of Water and Environment respectively. He is recognized by the Government of Uganda as the innovator of big-size stone masonry rainwater harvesting tanks of 500,000 litres and above for storage of water for domestic use, farming, and as a climate change adaptation and mitigation measure.
Nadya Sahara Putri
Nadya Sahara Putri is a founder and CMO of Hear Me, a technology or services for bridging communication between The Deaf and The Hearing. Previously, Putri worked as research manager in Satoe Indonesia a non profit organisation.
Nadya has a lot of non-academic committee experience in the field of sponsorship, which helps her to find new people to expand her network. She is active in participating in many events and organizations.
Burak Polat is co-founder and CEO of Skysens, Internet of Things company which focuses on low-cost wireless sensors systems to make legacy systems "Smart" based in Istanbul Turkey. He and his partner are passionate about wireless smart sensor systems, which they believe is the key for developing smart systems which increase the quality of lives of the people whom use them. Burak graduated from Istanbul Technical University as aerospace engineer and works for a global automotive company on their global projects. He is always keen to develop new technologies for the user benefit. His first company was a price analytics company which tried to calculate the best price for the car market so that users can benefit true pricing without any scamming from the dealers. After this company, he started Skysens with his partner in 2015.With Skysens he and Emrah Mercan did multiple projects in industrial monitoring, smart energy grids, water grids, smart agriculture areas with low total cost and long range wireless sensory systems.
Hichem Jomâa is CEO and founder of Greensol Industry (SUARL), the first company in Tunisia for the fabrication of water softener for applications in physics.
After achieving his university degree in Physics and Application in 2008, and followed by a master’s degree in Electromechanical Engineering in 2010, he began his first job in aerospace domain, with the title of Aerospace Stress Engineer, for Dutch company Global Technics BV (GT), where his principle role was the certification of civil Aircraft (AIRBUS family A320, A330, A340, A320 NEO, A350, A320 SHARKLET), and the design of new areas in aircraft and management. After a five years of experience he become a technical consultant for GT in Tunisia for two years.
Hichem wanted create his own company to resolve a serious problem not only in Tunisia, but also in all the MENA area: the water crisis. He found a local scientific solution based on experimental testing in 2016, and then worked to develop an ecological system that can be produced.
From March 2017, he participated in Boot Camp Ideation from the African Bank of Development and won the contest in November 2018.
In 2018 he created his company “Greensol Industry” and made his own band mark “AQUADUC”. In July 2019 he started the production and commercialization of the first AQUADUC for agriculture uses. Now he continues to develop research protocols, such as how to make energy and heaters from physics principals to save people around the world.
Ruweida Aljabali is a regional project officer at CEWAS. Her role includes coordinating activities conducted by CEWAS Middle East programme, coaching start-ups, conducting research for project planning purposes, and managing communications. Aljabali is also doing her Ph.D. in Urban Planning; her research focuses on urban resilience and resilience humanitarianism in Palestinian refugee camps of Jordan. Aljabali studied Architecture and the Built Environment, and for her, Masters studied Technology and Resources Management with a focus on urban and regional management. During her studies, she participated in different environmental design and management classes and initiatives. Aljabali is keen to help promote innovation in the environmental sector in the MENA region and the world. Aljabal is passionate about tackling environmental and development challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship.
Christelle Kwizera, 25, is a Rwandan mechanical engineer and social entrepreneur. In 2014, Christelle founded Water Access Rwanda, an award-winning, innovative social enterprise offering tailor-made solutions in the field of collection, distribution and purification of water. The enterprise has provided water to over 150,000 Rwandans through a network of 93 boreholes and INUMA™ purified clean water microgrids. Water Access Rwanda is the only Rwandan enterprise to ever be awarded the prestigious Africa Entrepreneurship Award. Recently Christelle emerged 3rd on the inaugural Africa Nepreneur Prize where Jack Ma, Strive Masiyiwa, Awesuri and Joe Tsai selected amongst 10 finalists, the top 3 African business heroes. Her work in water and geophysics has also seen her train and support the development of social water businesses across the African continent.
With her strong academic background and deep commitment to environmental, youth and gender issues, Christelle has managed to get the attention of development leaders and enablers who have awarded her with fellowships and awards for her various initiatives and volunteering efforts. In her home district, she was elected to be the economic commission head in the Joint Action Development Forum. Christelle is a regular speaker and activist on the national and international stage and is involved at a high-level in keeping leaders accountable to their people, especially in promoting youth initiatives. A faithful steward, Christelle lives to see her God-given gifts multiplied through service.
Saad Chaudhry is a software engineer who started his career in the Video Game Development industry in 2011. With the experience he gained at a large international game company Chaudhry co-founded Enekon, a service-led company that focused on emerging technology startups. As CTO of Enekon, Chaudhry spearheaded the software team to develop cutting edge solutions using Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Projection Mapping technologies. Chaudhry is also the CTO of Hoola Inc, a venture studio that develops emerging technologies to create value for brands and Fortune 500 companies. He also leads the software team for Sabhi. Chaudhry’s broad software experience puts him in a unique position in which he has the insight to develop technical solutions that are also user-centric. He is passionate about technology and its potential for positive change.
Sarker Masud Parvez
Sarker Masud Parvez holds an MPH from the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, and is currently working as Assistant Scientist in EIU, icddr,b. During the 6 years working at icddr,b, Parvez has researched diverse environmental issues, including WASH, heavy metals, infectious diseases, and their consequences to human health. He has a substantial number of publications in international peer-reviewed journals and presented several abstracts in international conferences at home and abroad. Additionally, he is a visiting faculty in the James P. Grant School of Public Health.
Having been raised in Bangladesh and witnessing a host of environmental issues from scarcity, salinity, toxicity, and contamination of water to sanitation problem, Parvez has always been motivated to work towards decreasing environmental health problems. He realised that given the dimensions of the water and sanitation problems to be tackled in the developing world, technical expertise, while essential, was not likely to be enough to deliver effective solutions. Parvez is interested in exploring health impacts from technical interventions, through careful evaluation as various factors determine whether a technically efficacious intervention will translate to a practical solution, with actual impact on human health. His experiences include results-based project management, financial awareness, team building, and mentoring young scientists, as well as networking with national and international agencies and collaborating with government and implementation partners. He is passionate about environmental health issues.
David Bogere is an accountant at the Uganda Muslim Rural Development Association. He is a graduate of Makerere University in Uganda, holding a bachelor’s in commerce and majoring in Accounting. Before joining UMURDA, he was working as relationship manager in Opportunity Bank after gathering experience in sales promotion at the National Medical Stores.
Abdullah Butt is a leading name in Pakistani virtual education and training, with experience working in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and China. He has with over 25 years of professional experiences in domestic and international ICT projects developing leading innovative solutions. Abdullah is a trained electronic engineer with specialisms in satellite and mobile communication. His work in the field of ICT-enabled healthcare services - Abdullah Butt TeleHealth Initiatives - have been commended by the Pakistani Government and he was appointed as Advisor at Prime Minister Secretariat to look after innovation relating to Telehealth in disaster management situations. As part of this work, Abdullah worked on projects around maternal and newborn mortality using mobile innovation.
Abdullah has also developed unique virtual education and training platforms and is currently working on creating virtual training on Belt and Road Initiative scopes with the Beijing Language and Culture University in Pakistan.
Shakhlo Miralimova works as the Deputy Director for Science at the Institute of Microbiology of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan. She also leads on the scientific project "Obtaining the bacteriocins of Lactic acid bacteria, studies their physic and chemical properties and antimicrobial activity" at the Center for Advanced Technologies, as well as being a lecturer on microbiology at the Tashkent Pharmaceutical Institute. Miralimova is also a scientific secretary at the Scientific and Technical Council on Pharmacology and Pharmacy under the Ministry of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Miralimova graduated from the Tashkent Pharmaceutical Institute, then went on to study her postgraduate at the Institute of Microbiology of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on the "Antimicrobial properties of propolis. Preparation of anti-Helicobacter pills". Miralimova received an IDB grant (IDB merit scholarship) for research at the University of North Carolina, USA. As part of this program, she studied the in vivo interaction of L. rhamnosus and H. pylori in the gastrointestinal tract of Special Pathogen Free and germfree mice. The scholarship allowed her to carry out the research that formed the basis of her doctoral dissertation, titled the "Probiotic and bacteriocinogenic properties of lactobacilli, creation of the antiulcer remedy on their base." The practical result of this work was the biological product "Lactopropolis" for the prevention and treatment of gastric ulcers.
Mohammad Faizal bin Ahmad Fauzi
Mohammad Faizal Ahmad Fauzi (MIEM, SMIEEE) received his B.Eng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree from Imperial College London in 1999 and his Ph.D. in Electronics and Computer Science degree from the University of Southampton in 2004. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, while also serving as the Deputy Director for the Collaboration and Innovation Center (CIC) at Multimedia University, Malaysia. Previously he was the Director for the Center for Quality Assurance and Academic Excellence (CQAAE) from August 2012 to April 2013.
Mohammad Faizal has published more than 80 journal and conference articles to date. His main research interests are in the area of signal and image processing, pattern recognition, computer vision and biomedical informatics. From May 2013 to June 2014, he was attached to the Clinical Image Analysis Lab (CIALab) at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where he worked on cancer diagnosis and prognosis in digital pathology. In 2017 he received the prestigious Fulbright Award as well as the MCMC Senior Researcher Award to further his research on digital pathology at CIALab.
Mohammad Faizal is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was the chair for the IEEE Signal Processing Society Malaysia Chapter from 2008 to 2013, and the Chair for the IEEE Malaysia Section from 2017 to 2018. Under his stewardship, the chapter won the inaugural IEEE SPS Chapter of the Year Award in 2011. He has delivered keynote and invited speeches at several international conferences such as DPCA2016 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), AMS2017 (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia), ICCCSP2018 (Chennai, India), ICCSN2018 (Chengdu, China), and DPCA2019 (Tokyo, Japan).
Adi graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Gadjah Mada in 1989. She completed further degrees in Maternal and Child Health from the University of College London (1994; British Council Awards), Master of Public Health (1998; STINT Awards), and Doctor of Philosophy from Umea University, Sweden (2002; STINT and TDR Awards). In 2011 she became a professor in Public Health at the Department of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Mada. She has been a member of the National Research Council (2015 - ongoing).
Since 2013, she has been the Project Leader for Eliminate Dengue Project-Yogyakarta, a project applying Wolbachia Aedes aegypti intervention to reduce dengue cases in Yogyakarta, funded by Tahija Foundation, Indonesia. Adi provides the overall leadership in all aspects of planning and implementation of the research as well as the high-level liaison with key national level stakeholders. Recently, she received Habibie Award XXI (2019). She published her work in more than 30 international health journals.
Adi’s research focuses on infectious disease control and health care quality. She is also passionate in employing qualitative research and mixed-method research in health care. Her teaching activities in the graduate program in Public Health focus on research methodology and health.
Oybek graduated from the Westminster International University in Tashkent in Economics with Finance. He then went to join EY, where he worked on gas chemical projects as well as banking projects. Following his time at EY, Oybek went to work as a commercial manager at Egis, a Hungarian pharmaceutical company. Oybek is involved in preparing the plan to develop the project “localization of probiotics production in Uzbekistan” by Shakhlo Miralimova.
Emrah Mercan is the co-founder and CTO of Skysens, Internet of Things, a company focused on low-cost wireless sensors systems to make legacy systems ‘smart’, based in Istanbul, Turkey. Emrah, with his co-founder Burak, is trying to develop more agile wireless sensors systems capable of working at both extreme long ranges and indoor short ranges. He is passionate about electronics and embedded software.
Emrah graduated from mechanical engineering from Ege university in Izmir, Turkey, but from a young age he developed many different projects both for small and large applications. He worked in one of Europe's largest home appliance companies for many years as an electronics engineer and started Skysens with the aim of developing more user friendly and cost effective wireless sensor network, to help all mankind.
Dr Mohammed Zerara
Mohammed Zerara is a consultant in software engineering and scientific computing at ABS. He was a research scientist at the University of Darmstadt (Germany) and Molcad GmbH (Germany) where he significantly contributed to Molcad software which is part of Tripos software distributed by Tripos Inc (Saint-Louis, USA).
He got his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) in 2003. Afterwards, he worked in the field of computer simulation and software engineering in companies such as Dassault Systems Biovia (former Accelrys Ltd, Cambridge, UK), and Illumina Inc (software and algorithms development for data acquisition and analysis). He worked also as a research engineer at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (Geneva), providing software tools and databases in the field of chemistry (Rhea, in collaboration with EBI Cambridge). He published several papers in the field of simulation and applied software engineering. He is currently located near Geneva (Switzerland).
Ammar Abitalib Mussaji
Ammar Mussaji is a Tanzanian with an MSc in Crop Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship from the University of Nottingham and Executive MBA (undergoing) from the Smartly Institute, Washington DC. He has extensive scientific research and business experience across the past 14 years and has been a serial entrepreneurial for the past seven years, having founded and established three biotech startups including KilimOrgano Limited. Furthermore, Ammar has a strong background in Digital Marketing and has won three awards on innovation management. He is currently responsible for the market strategy development and implementation at KilimOrgano and is heading the ex-Mr. Plastics marketing team who oversaw plastic bag market development and customer relations.
Taha A. Kumosani
Taha A. Kumosani is a professor of Biochemistry and works in the Science Faculty of King Abdulaziz University. He graduated from Miami University, Oxford, OH-USA. He has published more than 200 scientific papers in ISI cited journals and had 11 registered patents and wrote 13 books. Kumosani’s research extends to various areas such as biochemistry, molecular biology, and nutrition with interest in Cancer, food science and nutrition, fishery sciences, environmental, physiology, biophysics. His research also encompasses enzymology, fermentation, toxicology, membraneology, microbial biochemistry, neurology, fertilization, and inorganic biochemistry.
Dr. Farjana Jahan is a registered physician in Bangladesh and now works as a Research Investigator at Environmental Intervention Unit of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh. Her interest in public health research evolved after graduating from medical school, when she was placed in a public hospital as an intern doctor. She subsequently completed her Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) at National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine.
During her MPH, she received a unique opportunity to integrate her academic knowledge with field-level experiences and has grown her interests in environmental research and innovation. She also had the opportunity to interact with Ministry of Health, Bangladesh Government. She subsequently accepted a position in the icddr,b, where she is currently employed. She currently resides in Dhaka, Bangladesh with her husband and two amazing children.
Muhamad Shirwan Abdullah Sani
Muhamad Shirwan Abdullah Sani obtained his Ph.D. in Halal Products Science at the University of Putra, Malaysia. He currently works as a registered Head chemist at the INHART Laboratory, where his research focuses on the method development for Halal authentication and plant antimicrobials as food preservatives. He also works closely with the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) and Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF). Previously, Sani worked as a chemist for the Department of Chemistry, Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, during which he focused on the environmental enforcement cases, particularly oil spills. Sani is also an auditor and consultant for Halal-related activities in Japan, South Korean, and Taiwan
Zahra Hoodbhoy is a physician trained at The Aga Khan University (AKU). She holds a Masters in Health Education from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Population and Public Health program at AKU. Hoodbhoy is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at AKU. Her research focuses on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve health indicators in low resource settings and the assessment and prevention of cardiovascular disease in children.
Asep Muhamad Ridwanuloh
Asep is a researcher at the Research Centre for Biotechnology - Indonesian Institute of Sciences and a member of the International Association for Study of Lung Cancer. Asep’s intrigue into how cancer management can be improved, has grown since he completed his bachelor’s degree in Indonesia. He has gained experience in how to synthesize some compounds as a drug candidate to inhibit tumour cells, and in the last five years he has developed some Nucleotide-based methods for cancer detection. He was awarded research grants from The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia, International Toray Science Foundation and Indonesian Institute of Sciences. He has collaborated with hospitals, universities and private companies in Indonesia.
Firdaos Khidir is a Nigerian under 30 impact-driven innovator and entrepreneur with interests in bridging the development gap between Africa and the rest of the world. She is particularly interested in maternal and child health, and engages innovation and technology to improve health for women and children across Africa.
Firdaos is an avid researcher, constantly seeking out-of-the-box ideas to better the world, and one of which is VulvaPad. VulvaPad came about by a combination Fidaos’ curiosity to find a healthier alternative to what unfairly avails vulnerable young girls, and her humble background from when she was a child.
She is a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur, Anzisha Prize Semi-Finalist, a deep thinker and business strategist with certifications from the Central Bank of Nigeria Entrepreneurship Development Centre (CBN - EDC), the United States supported YALI RLC and the Fate Foundation. With VulvaPad, she intends that no girl should ever have to miss out on opportunities that affects her future, simply because she is on her period.
Christian Hirwa, 28, is an ambitious, skilled, hard working person currently working with Water Access Rwanda as technical director since 2016. He started in the company as a program assistant and drilling technician when it was founded in 2014. Christian has an associate mechanical engineering background and holds a degree in Water and Sanitation Technology.
With various training in borehole drilling, hydrogeology and geophysical surveys, he has learned the trade by doing. Christian is a member of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists and has executed the majority of the Water Access Rwanda's 92 geophysical surveying projects. Christian is pursuing his career in ending water scarcity in Africa through simple, affordable and durable solutions.
Dennis P. Wall, PhD, received his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He also gained a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in Computational Genetics at Stanford University before joining the faculty at Harvard Medical School. He is now Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Biomedical Data Sciences at Stanford Medical School. He leads a lab in Pediatric Innovation focused on developing methods in biomedical informatics to disentangle complex conditions that originate in childhood and perpetuate through the course of life, including autism and related developmental delays. Dr. Wall has innovated, adapted and deployed bioinformatic strategies to enable precise and personalized interpretation of high resolution genetic, microbiological and phenotypic data. Dr. Wall has pioneered the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence for fast, quantitative and mobile detection of neurodevelopmental disorders in children, as well as the use of machine learning systems on wearable devices, such as Google Glass, for real-time “exclinical" therapy. These same precision health approaches enable quantitative tracking of progress during treatment throughout an individual’s life enabling big data generation of a type and scale never before possible and have defined a new paradigm for behavioral detection and therapy.
Dr. Wall has founded several companies, including the digital pediatric health company, Cognoa.com and serves as advisor on several others in working on genomic and precision health. In addition, Dr. Wall has won several awards including a spot in the top ten of the World’s autism researchers, the Vice Chancellor's Award for Research, three awards for excellence in teaching, the Harvard Medical School Leadership award, and the Slifka/Ritvo Clinical Innovation in Autism Research Award for outstanding advancements in clinical research translation.
Manuel Lelio Gungulo
Manuel Lélio Alberto Gungulo is the founder and CEO of SUSAMATI, a social business providing innovative solutions to the sanitation market, based in Mozambique, Maputo. He is passionate about sustainable development, social impact and sanitation. He is an entrepreneur and since 2015 has started different ventures, including a GPS tracking platform for cars that was considered in 2016 the 3rd best start up in technology by Seed Star Awards.
Manuel has also worked with social development and for three years he managed the implementation of Muva’titude, a social project that provides soft skills and vocational training for vulnerable youth to help them get in to them in the labor market, and ELEVA, a social project that helps small entrepreneurs to improve their business through training and research in human centered design. He studied Environmental Sciences and has a lot of experience in business and project management.
Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Katherine pursued a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo because she dreamed of having a career where she could change health outcomes. In her undergraduate years she did a study abroad trip to Thailand, where she noticed how healthcare changed drastically from urban areas to rural regions. This led her to get her master’s at Cal Poly, and then move onto Purdue for her PhD in Mechanical Engineering where she tailored her theses toward appropriate technology with an emphasis on disease diagnostics.
In 2017, she and her co-founders started the company, OmniVis. OmniVis designs field deployable technology to detect the cholera pathogen in water samples in under 30 minutes to prevent wide scale outbreaks. When Katherine is not working with the awesome OmniVis team, she likes to travel, cook, read, and hike.
Hira Irshad is an emerging entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of APRUS Tech. APRUS tech is the indigenous manufacturer of the world’s safest and smartest electrosurgical units. The company specializes in high tech innovative solutions in the health tech sector of Pakistan, using AI and other cutting edge technologies to make healthcare affordable and accessible for the masses.
Hira also founded ‘Kickstart’, the first co-working space in Lahore, which has now expanded to three full facility co-working spaces in Lahore and caters to more than 500 clients.
Hira Irshad has been closely linked to the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Pakistan for the past five years and managed the MIT Enterprise Forum’s Pakistan chapter for two years under the leadership of Dr. Umar Saif, where she took many successful initiatives and worked closely with tech companies, startups and incubators/accelerators across Pakistan.
Hira also works with the National Incubation Center as ‘Startup Growth Advisor’. She is an expert in growth hacking and growing small startups into successful businesses. In her one year engagement with NIC she helped startups raise more than PKR 90 Million in Funds, Investments and Grants. She closed successful investment deals for more than 7 startups.