Spring 2005 Fellows
Born in Manteca, California, Patricia is the daughter of naturalized parents who emigrated from Brazil. Her family lives in Saratoga, California.
Patricia holds a JD from Yale University. She has also attended Stanford University, where she received a BA in economics with a minor in political science and an MA in international policy studies. As an undergraduate, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and started on Stanford University's Division I Men's Wrestling Team.
While training for the 2004 Olympics, Patricia served as the director of a mentoring program for at-risk high school students. Three times national women's wrestling champion and named U.S.A Wrestling Woman of the Year, Patricia won an Olympic Bronze Medal at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.
As a lawyer, Patricia has special interests in international human rights and immigration law. A founder of Five Ring Insights, LLC and of the National Women's Wrestling Association. Patricia and her husband operate a law office in Monterey, California. She is also Community Project Director at Project START.
CHIRAAG BAINS is a Trial Attorney at the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.
Chiraag was born in Ottawa, Canada, to parents of Indian descent; he became a naturalized citizen in 2000. His parents currently reside in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
Chiraag completed his JD at Harvard University where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his BA, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale University with a double major in history and ethnicity, race & migration. He also received a Harry S. Truman Scholarship for Public Service and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which allowed him to complete an MPhil in criminology.
At Yale University, Chiraag was a founding member and the editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Human Rights and also the editor-in-chief of Type Magazine, Yale University's magazine on race, class and ethnicity. In addition, he helped create a worker-run factory to reduce child labor in India, and he has interned at several organizations concerned with civil liberties and opportunities for ex-offenders.
Following law school Chiraag clerked for Judge Nancy Gertner of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts and for Judge Karen Nelson Moore, of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He has also worked at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta on capital defense and prisoners' rights cases.
Chiraag intends a career in support of human rights and distributive justice.
CARLOS BARREZUETA is the Executive Director at the Center for Latin American and Carribean Initiatives at Miami Dade College.
Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Carlos is a green card holder. His family lives in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Carlos received his BA, summa cum laude, in political science and history from Columbia University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was the commencement valedictorian.He is also a 2006 graduate of Yale Law School
Carlos has assisted research for various Tinker Professors at the Institute for Latin American studies at Columbia University and worked as an SEO intern at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York. At Yale University, he was an editor on the Yale Law & Policy Review and the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal. He also worked on developing financial institutions for underprivileged communities in connection with the Yale Community Development Clinic. In addition, Carlos worked for the Environmental Protection Clinic. As a Dean's Fellow at Yale Law School he coordinated the launch of the three year JD-MBA program.
Carlos is currently Executive Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives at Miami Dade College. Previously he worked as a law clerk at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York.
DAVE CHOKSHI is an internal medicine resident at Brigham & Women's Hospital in
Dave graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from
Dave was elected as a Faculty Scholar at Duke University, the highest academic honor at Duke. He also served as Chairman of the Honor Council, as Editor-in-Chief of Vertices, the science magazine, and was a Howard Hughes Research Fellow in molecular immunology while at Duke. Dave’s interest in public health and health policy led him to pursue summer internships at the Louisiana Department of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and with a nonprofit organization working to improve the health status of women and children in a red-light district in
While in medical school at Penn, supported by a full-tuition merit scholarship, Dave has worked with the nonprofit Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), dedicated to improving access to medicines in developing countries. Dave served as acting Executive Director of UAEM, raising over $200,000 in funds from the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations and hiring the group’s first permanent full-time staff. At Penn, he also completed clinical experiences in
Dave has written broadly on public health topics in peer-reviewed journals including JAMA, BMJ, PLoS Medicine, Health Affairs, and Nature. Most recently, Dave has begun a project to implement risk prediction tools in cardiology, working with the clinical software company Proventys.
SERGIO DELGADO is an Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.
Sergio was born in Tijuana, Mexico.
Sergio received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portugese Languages and Cultures from Princeton University, where he helped found the Latino Graduate Student Association. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, earned with Highest Honors, and in Philosophy. He received the Cervantes Prize and the J.K.Walsh Scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley for his excellence in undergraduate research. He twice served as a student representative on delegatios from California.
Sergio is currently based in São Paulo, in Brazil, where he's working on a book manuscript on avant-garde art and consumer culture in Latin America. He's also plotting a three-day symposium on contemporary Latin American poetry to take place at Harvard in November 2013.
MEERA DEO is an Assistant Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California.
Meera was born in Garden Grove, California, to parents who emigrated from Mumbai, India. They became naturalized citizens in 1995 and reside in Long Beach, California.
Meera received her PhD in sociology at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2009. She received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley with High Honors in interdisciplinary studies: American cultures. She earned a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was also an intervening defendant in the groundbreaking affirmative action lawsuit, Grutter v. Bollinger.
Meera interned at the South African Human Rights Commission, was the William J. Brennan First Amendment Fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, and Staff Attorney for Women's Health at the California Women's Law Center. At UCLA she served as both a teaching fellow and a research assistant.
Meera's research interests include studies of higher education access, cultural preservation in immigrant communities, and media representation. Meera is pursuing a career as a scholar-teacher, combining her interests in activism, law, and sociology.
MITRA EBADOLAHI is the border litigation staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in San Diego.
Born in Tehran, Iran, Mitra was naturalized in 2000. Her parents now reside in Los Angeles, California.
Mitra completed her legal studies at New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern / Filomen D'Agostino Scholar and an Institute for International Law and Justice / Hugo Grotius Scholar. She received her LL.M. in International Legal Studies in 2011; her thesis examined the human collateral consequences of post-September 11 counterterrorism law and policy, using the control order regime in the U.K. as a case study. Mitra earned her JD, cum laude,in 2008, serving as the Senior Notes Editor of the New York University Law Review in 2007-08. She also holds a MSc in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, received the department's award for best dissertation, and graduated first in her class. She received a double BA in international development studies and history from the University of California at Los Angeles, graduating summa cum laude with election to Phi Beta Kappa. While at UCLA, Mitra spent a semester abroad in Havana, Cuba.
Following graduation, Mitra clerked for Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle, Washington and for Judge Margaret M. Morrow of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in downtown Los Angeles, California. Mitra also was the inaugural Nadine Strossen Fellow at the ACLU's National Security Project in New York City from 2011-2013.
HANI ELIAS is the Co-Founder of Procured Health
Hani was born a US citizen in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. His parents of Egyptian origin live in Mukilteo, Washington.
Hani completed his joint JD/MPH program at Harvard University in 2008. He graduated from Harvard University in 2005 with a concentration in social studies.
A Gates Millennium Scholar, Hani was also awarded the John Harvard Scholarship, and he was the sole sophomore recipient of the Harvard University Human Rights Committee Grant. Hani has also served as an undergraduate student fellow at the Center for International Development. He has been a research assistant at both the Harvard University School of Public Health and the Harvard University Initiative on Global Health.
Additionally, Hani was the co-founder, CEO and Chairman of CollegeCorps, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aspires to improve the lives of the world's poorest while exposing undergraduates to the ongoing challenges of international development. The program received a grant from the Gates Foundation.
Hani also used to work at McKinsey & Company, Inc. at their Dubai office focusing on provision of health care in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
KRISTINA FILIPOVICH is an litigation associate at Jenner & Block LLP in Washington, D.C.
Kristina was born in Portland, Oregon. Her family immigrated from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy and the Ukraine. Her parents are naturalized citizens and live in Oregon. .
Kristina graduated from Stanford Law School, where she was a Public Interest Fellow. She received a BA from Occidental College in politics and women's studies and a master's in gender and international development from the London School of Economics.
She is the recipient of a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a Ford Foundation Research Fellowship, and a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. Kristina has worked for President Clinton's National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women, the Department of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control, Women for Women International, The Washington Area Women's Foundation, and the International Human Rights Law Group. Her work has included creating a policy document for the nation on violence against women, nonprofit management and fundraising, and numerous international development projects.
Kristina also founded the nonprofit programs Occidental Partnership Assisting Women and the Stanford Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project. Kristina was a delegate to the UN Conference on Women in Beijing. Work, travel and scuba diving have taken her to over thirty countries.
Kristina will use her law degree to advance gender equality, animal rights and human rights.
MEENAKASHI GUPTA is doing a residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in opthamology.
Meenakashi was born in 1981 in Albany, New York, to parents who emigrated from India.They are now naturalized citizens and reside in Slingerlands, New York.
Meenakashi received her MD from Harvard Medical School and her BA in biology, magna cum laude from Harvard University. She was a recipient of an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, a John Harvard Scholarship and a Harvard Medical School Office of Enrichment Programs Research Grant.
As a summer intern in the Department of Neurosurgery at Boston Children's Hospital, she studied the treatment of spinal cord injury with neural stem cells. Her undergraduate research in the Department of Neurobiology at the Harvard Medical School focused on identifying genes involved in the hearing process. As a high school student, working in a laboratory at the New York State Department of Health, she conducted DNA analysis for mutations causing Lou Gehrig's disease.
Meenakashi founded and directed Chef it Up! to combat and prevent obesity and founded the Voices Enrichment Program, a youth empowerment program that fosters civic engagement in children.
Meenakashi plans a career as a physician scientist with special interest in such neurological disorders as Lou Gehrig's disease.
RAJESH GUPTA MD, MS, MPH is currently With Otsuka and leading a Phase III trial for a new anti-tuberculosis drug. He is also an Adjunct Associate at Stanford University.
Rajesh was born in New York City to parents who emigrated from India. They are now naturalized citizens and live in Acworth, Georgia.
Rajesh received his MD and MS from Stanford University, his MPH from Yale University, and his BS and BA from Tulane University.
Rajesh's career aspiration is to combat disease from a comprehensive health management perspective and to help bridge the equity divide between populations. He has worked with variety of organizations involved in global health, ranging from technology development to program design and implementation.
ULCCA JOSHI HANSEN is the associate director for educator effectiveness at the Colorado Legacy Foundation and staffs the Technical Advisory Group to the State Council for Educator Effectiveness, helping to develop recommendations for a statewide evaluation framework for teachers and principals.
Ulcca was born in Newark, New Jersey, to parents who emigrated from Tanzania and became naturalized citizens in 1980. They live in Millington, New Jersey.
Ulcca received her BA, summa cum laude, in philosophy and German from Drew University where she was elected toPhi Beta Kappa, and was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. She also completed a certification in early childhood and elementary education at Drew University and a DPhil at the Department of Educational Studies at Oxford University, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She has a Ph.D. in education from Oxford University and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.
Previously, she worked with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on developing standards and rubrics for effective schools. Hansen began her education career teaching third, fourth and fifth grade students in Newark, Madison and Chatham, NJ for several years before joining the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation as a Program Fellow. She then served as a consultant to the Oxford University Department of Education working on education policy projects for the British government, including the evaluation of literacy and numeracy programs in prisons and turnaround strategies for failing urban schools
Ulcca is married to Chris Hansen, and they have two children named Sachin and Ashwin.
VALERIE HICKEY manages the World Bank's global biodiversity portfolio, in Washington, DC.
Valerie was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1977 and became a US citizen in early 2009 almost a decade after first setting foot in the US.
Valerie received a BA in history and political science from Trinity College Dublin, with First Class Honors and an MA in international peace studies, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame. She received her PhD from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. While at Duke, Valerie taught graduate courses in conflict resolution and negotiations at Duke's Sanford Institute of Public Policy.
Valerie has worked for World Bank for over 8 years. In her previous role, she was an Environment Specialist and worked on greening the Bank's operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a particular focus on providing support to emergency interventions in Haiti.
CINDY HUANG is the Director of Policy in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the US Department of State.
Cindy was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to parents who emigrated from China and became naturalized citizens in 1982. They reside in Wheaton, Illinois.
Cindy received her BA, cum laude, from Yale University in ethics, politics and economics. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Yale University and was a Truman Scholar. She also received an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University focusing on development studies. She then completed a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley during which she conducted field work in China.
At Yale University, Cindy was the co-founder of the Juvenile Justice League, the vice-president of the Yale University Debate Association and an intern at the Cambodian Genocide Program.
Cindy has worked as a research consultant for the Commission on Human Rights, Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and as a finance and human resources manager for Doctors without Borders in both South Sudan and Kenya. Recently, she worked as an emergency administrator for Doctors without Borders during a meningitis outbreak in Nigeria. She intends a career as a professor, public intellectual, and activist.
PRASHANTH JAYARAM isa Healthcare Analyst with Citadel Group
Prashanth was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and completed his secondary education in Bangalore, India. His family emigrated from South India and now resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Prasanth completed a MD/MBA candidate at University of Pennsylvania. He intends to combine his medical education with an MBA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of health care management. He received a BS in economics and bioengineering also from University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Prashanth was a Vagelos Scholar, Albert E. Berg Scholar and Joseph Wharton Scholar. Prashanth also won the Sol Feinstone Award for his nonprofit and community service work. As an undergraduate, Prashanth co-founded Puente, a global nonprofit organization that uses technology to enable developing communities around the world to bridge the digital-divide. He has worked as a summer analyst for Salomon Smith Barney and as a financial analyst for Princes Gate Investors. he also served as co-chair for the Medical Student Government and as a representative on the Academic Curriculum Committee.
Prashanth plans on having a career in clinical medicine, and hopes to play a leadership role in both the management of healthcare systems and the implementation of new technologies to improve access to care.
CONOR LISTON is a psychiatry resident at Weill Cornell, where he is associated with the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology.
Conor was born in San Diego, California, to parents of Irish descent in 1980. He grew up in Wisconsin, where his parents still live.
Conor completed his MD/PhD at the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional Medical Scientist Training Program, where he was on a Keck Foundation Fellowship. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Harvard University with a BA in psychology and biology.
At Harvard University, Conor worked in the Laboratory of Neurophysiology, focusing on sleep and learning, and the development of memory in infants. He has also worked at the Gilbert Laboratory of Rockefeller University on the issue of visual processing.
Conor is currently working on the specific issues of cognitive control and chronic stress. He has co-authored numerous publications and been involved in several conferences dealing with the brain and cognitive neuroscience. He intends a career as a physician scientist.
DR. ARUN MOHAN is a physician, Associate Vice Chair for Information Technology for the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and Medical Director of Care Coordination at Emory University Hospital.
Dr. Mohan completed his residency training at Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School. He received his MD and MBA from Emory University, where he received the Marion Luther Brittain Award, Emory University’s highest student honor, and was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. As a student he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Medical Association foundation, the youngest-ever person named to that position. He was also selected as one of Georgia’s “40 Under 40” by Georgia Trend magazine. Dr. Mohan received his BA in sociology and anthropology with a concentration in Latin American studies from Swarthmore College.
Dr. Mohan continues to maintain an active research portfolio focused on improving the quality of health care through information technology, patient-centered communication, and public policy. He has been Principal Investigator for grants from the National Library of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation that established HealthSTAT, a non-profit focused on engaging health professional students in policy advocacy. His writings have appeared in multiple peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Mohan received the 2011 Milton W. Hamolskey Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine for outstanding research presentation by a junior faculty member.
Dr. Mohan is also co-founder and Partner of PictureRx, LLC, a company focused on developing tools that simplify medication information and increase patient compliance. The company recently completed a federally-funded clinical trial of its core product and is in the process of commercializing its technology.
SIDDHARTH MOHANDAS is currently working at the Brookings Institution as a research fellow in foreign policy.
Born in Bombay, India, Siddharth became a naturalized citizen at the age of 13, but spent most of his life in Singapore where his family still lives.
Siddharth completed a Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University. He received his BA, summa cum laude, in government from Harvard University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. He also completed an MPhil in international relations from Cambridge University.
As an undergraduate, Siddharth edited the Harvard Asia Pacific Review and interned as a speechwriter for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Prior to entering graduate school, he served as an associate editor of Foreign Affairs. He has also written for various publications including Newsweek and The Christian Science Monitor and worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He was also a fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University.
Siddharth intends a career as a professor, public intellectual, and policymaker.
GAUTAM MUKUNDA is an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School.
Gautam was born in Washington,DC to parents of Indian origins. Now naturalized citizens, his parents live in Rockville, Maryland.
Gautam received a BA, magna cum laude, in government from Harvard College and attended the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. At Harvard, he was captain of a National Champion Quiz Bowl Team and served on the Government Department Undergraduate Advisory Council. He finished his PhD in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his research focused on the role of leaders in organizational performance, innovation, and the social and political implications of advances in science and technology.
Gautam was a Program Coordinator at the Kennedy School of Government and a business analyst with McKinsey & Company. He served as a Managing Director of The Two Rivers Group, a consulting firm. He also founded a mathematics education company called Excelsior Education. Gautam serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Mentorship Committee for Upakar, a national nonprofit that provides college scholarships for underprivileged Indian-Americans.
Gautam’s work has been published in Parameters, Systems and Synthetic Biology, Politics and the Life Sciences, and Security Studies and he was featured in the documentary SynBioSafe. His first book “Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter” was published by Harvard Business Review Press in 2012.
JENNIFER NOU is currently a Public Law Fellow in Chicago.
Jennifer was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to parents of Korean descent, who were both naturalized in 1980.
Jennifer graduated in 2008 from Yale Law School, where she served on the Yale Law Journal and as a Coker Fellow. Before law school, she received a BA from Yale University with a double major in political science and economics, where she graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Truman Scholarship. At Oxford University, she completed her MPhil in politics with distinction, where she was a Marshall Scholar.
As an undergraduate, Jennifer was the founder of Yale End Domestic Violence, the outreach coordinator of the Yale Women's Center and the vice president of the Yale Mock Trial Association.
After graduation, she was a law clerk to Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and then to Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States. From August 2010 to December 2011, Jennifer worked at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs as a policy analyst and special assistant to Administrator Cass Sunstein.
Jennifer’s primary research and teaching interests include administrative law, election law, legislation and statutory interpretation, and torts. Other interests include federal courts, environmental law, welfare law, and contracts.
ANDREW PARK works for Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York.
Andrew was born in Chicago, Illinois, to parents of Korean descent. His mother still resides in Chicago.
Andrew completed his JD at Yale University in 2008 and his DPhil in comparative social policy at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated with a BA from Harvard University in economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
At Harvard University, Andrew was the president of the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association and executive vice-president of the Phillips Brooks House Association, Harvard University's largest student-run public service organization.
Following law school, he was a clerk for Judge Jed Rakoff in the Southern District of New York and Robert A Katzmann on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Andrew is also an internationally recognized concert pianist who has given solo tours in Japan and across the United States. At Oxford University, he continued his piano performances and worked with the Kigali Public Library Project, an initiative to open the first public library in Rwanda after the genocide.
Andrew hopes to use his legal education to further the progress of civil rights for LGBT Americans and minority populations more broadly.
ELIZABETH JOY ROE is an accomplished pianist and a visiting professor in piano at Smith.
Elizabeth was born in 1981 in Aurora, Illinois to parents of Korean descent.
Elizabethholds an MM in piano performance from the Juilliard School, where she also received her BM degree. She completed a teaching artist fellow for The Academy--A Program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. At the Juilliard School, she participated in the Scholastic Distinction Program, directed a performance project featuring the piano class of 2004, and was a recipient of the John and Henry Steinway Scholarship.
Elizabeth has performed as recitalist and concerto soloist throughout the world, at such prestigious venues as the Seoul Arts Center, Salle Cortot in Paris, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Steinway Hall, Symphony Center in Chicago, Carnegie's Zankel Hall, and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference. Since winning the grand prize in the IBLA International Piano Competition at the age of 13, she has won and participated in numerous piano competitions including the Van Cliburn.
Elizabeth is part of the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, who had an eventful year. They made their European debut in Italy, toured throughout the United States (including a 21-city tour of the Midwest), appeared on NPR's Performance Today and All Things Considered, created new music videos (including a dramatic rendering of Schubert's Der Erlkönig at the Steinway Factory in Queens), and released a new album, When Words Fade, on the Steinway Record label (which reached the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Classical charts). Additionally, Roe performed with Ensemble ACJW at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany (one of Europe's leading music festivals), and took part in her third chamber music/educational residency in South Carolina with fellow alumni of The Academy (Carnegie Hall's professional program). Upcoming engagements include solo recital and concerto performances, more duo concerts, and the New York City launch of The Declassified, a new ensemble of which she is a founding member. In the fall, the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo will tour Asia.
JASMIN SETHI is an associate at Mayer Brown LLP in Washington, DC.
Jasmin was born in New York City in 1978 to parents who emigrated from India and are now naturalized citizens. Her mother lives in Elmwood Park, New Jersey.
Jasmin holds a JD and PhD from Harvard University. She received her BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in applied mathematics and economics. A Fulbright Scholar to England, Jasmin received an MSc in economics from the London School of Economics. At Harvard University, Jasmin was an academic advisor and non-resident tutor. She was on the Political Economy Lecture Series Committee and served on the Harvard Graduate Council. Jasmin finished a clerkship for Judge Jerome Holmes on the Tenth Circuit Court in Oklahoma City.
Jasmin has worked as a research assistant at the Kennedy School of Government, the President's Council of Economic Advisers, the National Economic Research Associates, and the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, DC. Jasmin seeks to increase opportunities for the disadvantaged both by working to develop social policy legislation and by litigating questions pertaining to the application of federal law and the interpretation of the Constitution.
ANKUR SHAH works for Acumen Fund as the Head of sector strategies in Dubai. He leads overall sector strategy for investments and has direct responsibility for the Education portfolio.
Ankur was born in the United States, and grew up in India.
Ankur holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, and a Master of Public Administration in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School where he was a Reynolds and a Soros Fellow.
Prior to his current position, Ankur played multiple roles at Acumen, including Interim India Director and global Business Development Manager. Before he joined Acumen, Ankur worked for several years with leading private investors focused on financial access, energy and clean water for low-income markets in India. He also helped set up WaterHealth India, which now serves ~600 villages with drinking water; and managed a project for Robin Hood Foundation to build libraries in 25+ New York City public schools, now serving ~20,000 students. Ankur started his career with McKinsey & Company advising Fortune 100 companies in the US and Europe on M&A and growth opportunities.
Ankur is also an Advisory Board member for the Centre for Civil Society, an independent non-profit research and education organization in Delhi.
NIRAV SHAH is a senior associate in the Global Life Sciences practice of the law firm Sidley Austin, LLP and a lecturer at the University of Chicago .
Dr. Shah completed both his medical and law degrees at University of Chicago, where he was the executive editor of the Law Review and also won the Hinton Moot Court Championship. After graduating from college, he studied economics at Oxford University. As a student, Nirav worked as a research assistant at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and was the medical coordinator for Sokepheap Kmai, a community health outreach project using volunteers from local clinics that provided healthcare to underserved Cambodian immigrants.
From 2001-2003, Dr. Shah served as the chief economist of the Ministry of Health of Cambodia, during his tenure as a Henry Luce Scholar. In Cambodia, he worked on a variety of public health programs aimed at reducing corruption in the health care system. In particular, he designed a system that reduced the number of administrative steps required to transfer funds from the central Ministry to rural hospitals, thereby reducing opportunities for corruption and graft.
Dr Shah currently serves as a lecturer in the Department of Medicine where he teaches courses in global public health and mathematical epidemiology.
JEFF SHENG is an adjunct professor at University of California at Santa Barbara.
Jeff was born in Santa Barbara, California, to parents who emigrated from Taiwan and became naturalized citizens in 1989. They live in Thousand Oaks, California.
Jeff received his BA, magna cum laude from Harvard University in visual and environmental studies, specifically photography and filmmaking. Jeff received his MFA in studio art from the University of California at Irvine. He spent one year on a Harvard-Yenching Fellowship at Peking University in Beijing, China and another one photographing in Mainland China on a Mortimer-Hays Brandeis Traveling Fellowship.
In addition to experience with the computer and gallery worlds, Jeff has volunteered for the California Association of Student Councils and taught English as a Second Language at Harvard University. He has exhibited his work at galleries around Boston and has published his photography in such publications as OUT Magazine,The New York Times Magazine and The Boston Globe.
DR. PRABHJOT SINGH is the Director of Systems Design at the Earth Institute and Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Prabhjot was raised in Kenya and lives in Manhattan.
Prabhjot completed, a BA & BS at University of Rochester, an MD at Cornell and PhD in Neural & Genetic Systems at Rockefeller University, with a Post-Doctoral fellowship in Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader, Soros Fellow and a Truman National Security Fellow.
Prabhjot's work has been featured in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Lancet, WHO Bulletin, Health Affairs, Global Health and Diplomacy.
Dr. Prabhjot Singh is currently co-chair of the One Million Community Health Worker Campaign, which is an initiative of the African Union and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Domestically, he focuses on developing community-based health care delivery systems, where he is a practicing doctor in East Harlem and founding technical advisor for City Health Works.
VIVIANY TAQUETI is a physician specializing in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Viviany graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with a concentration in biochemical sciences, and magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School through the Harvard-MIT division of Health Sciences and Technology.
As a Howard Hughes Research Fellow, Viviany studied ways to model cardiac inflammation at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and is co-author of an immunology review text, as well as articles on T cell trafficking, cardiac inflammation, vascular imaging and medical simulation. During her senior year of residency, she served as chief resident at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a community affiliate of Mass General. She completed a fellowship in cardiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Viviany has interned at The New England Journal of Medicine and served as editor-in-chief of The Harvard Science Review. As an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, Viviany carried out a project aboard the Family Van, a mobile health center serving Boston's poorest neighborhoods, which facilitated grant support for its fifteen-year anniversary campaign.
Viviany is originally from Brazil, and has participated in clinical efforts in the Brazilian Amazon and Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park. She intends to pursue interests in cardiovascular medicine and research.
KATHLEEN TRAN is a dermatology resident at NYU.
Kathleen was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Her parents, immigrants from Vietnam, are naturalized citizens and live in Bloomington, Indiana.
Kathleen completed her MD at University of Pennsylvania. She completed an MSc in medical anthropology and an MSc in comparative social policy at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She received her bachelor's with three majors -- music, biochemistry, and biology -- from Indiana University at Bloomington, where she was Phi Beta Kappa and a Herman Wells Scholar.
Kathleen is an avid pianist and has performed both in the United States and at Oxford University, including benefit performances to raise money for education and development of children with autism. As a writer, she has published in the University of Virginia Literary Magazine and has won awards from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and from Brown University, Purdue University, and Indiana University. She is a member of the American Medical Student Association and has conducted biomedical research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Kathleen intends a career in clinical medicine, research and public health policy. She spent the summer of 2008 as a Health Policy Fellow in the Office of Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal (the Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General) at the Foundation for AIDS Research in Washington, D.C., where she worked primarily on issues surrounding the oft-neglected rise of HIV/AIDS in Asia.
GABRIEL TSAO is a resident in otolaryngology at Stanford University Hospital and Clinic.
Gabriel was born in Toronto, Canada, to parents of Chinese descent and now holds a green card. His parents live in Palo Alto, California.
Gabriel completed his MD at Stanford University in 2008. He graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a major in molecular and cell biology with an emphasis on immunology and a minor in English.
During his undergraduate career, Gabriel founded and directed CASA for Kids at Cal, a nonprofit student organization that mentors and advocates for neglected and abused children, and was awarded the Chancellor's Community Service Award in 2000. Gabriel spent four years performing HIV clinical research at University of California at San Francisco and the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco. He also volunteered as an HIV/AIDS educator in Tanzania following graduation.
With an intended career in academic medicine and social advocacy, Gabriel is currently studying immune reconstitution in a bone marrow transplant laboratory at Stanford University and serves on the steering committee for the Pacific Free Clinic in San Jose.