Rick Starrs is the Chief Executive Officer of the the National Association of Veterans’ Research and Education Foundations (NAVREF) after concluding his US Army career as a Colonel. NAVREF is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization of research and education foundations affiliated with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers.
Dr. Cherian leads the Geneva Foundation of Medical Education and Research (GFMER) initiative on Emergency and Surgical Care. Prior to this she created the first WHO program on ‘surgery’ and was the WHO Emergency & Essential Surgical Care program Lead.
Alexander H. Slocum is the Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Prof. Slocum has published more than 150 papers, and has 116+ issued patents. He regularly works with companies on the development of new products and has been significantly involved with the invention and development of 11 products that have been awarded R&D 100 awards.
Dr. Solomzi Makohliso is the Deputy Leader of the the EssentialTech Program at EPFL. He is an international entrepreneur with biotechnology industry experience from the United States, Europe, and South Africa.
Dr. Toney is Chief Academic Officer (2011- present) at Kean University, responsible for academic operations. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications and holds six US patents.
Dr. Schönenberger is the lead EssentialTech, a program aimed at developing technologies and business models adapted to the context of low-income countries. He is currently leading several pioneering projects under the EssentialTech umbrella in various areas such as an infant incubator for developing countries, and two projects in the area of viral diseases such as Ebola.