Lisa brings years of experience in the start-up, growth, and profitable leadership of dynamic enterprises within the pharmaceutical, biotech, and health care industries. Prior to joining Duke, Lisa was Senior Manager of Portfolio Analysis for Talecris Biotherapeutics, where she was responsible for defining research and development strategies by evaluating business cases for several new product and lifecycle management opportunities. She has collaborated on several start-up companies in senior housing, and health and wellness, and co-founded Clinexus, a start-up clinical research company. Her experience also includes senior roles in health care investing and divestiture, consulting for Accenture and managing physician practices.
Lisa graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Economics and Pre-Medical Studies and earned her MBA from Duke’s Fuqua Business School.
Kate is a Research Analyst at GHIC/IiH team. She collaborates with and contributes to the planning, organizing, and implementation of research undertaken by the Evaluating Saving Lives at Birth (ESL@B) team. She has lived and worked overseas in Ecuador, Peru, Kenya, Malaysia and Bangladesh.
Kate earned her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health and a certificate in Emergency Management. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from Elon University.
Favorite country visited: Kenya. I got to go camping in the Masai Mara National Reserve during the annual migration.
Why I am passionate about Innovations in Healthcare: The multidisciplinary collaboration among the team and global partners is tackling some of the most world’s most pressing public health problems.
Dr. Don Goldmann has decades of experience in helping health care systems and clinical teams improve the quality, safety, and value of the care they provide to their patients. He brings an uncommonly broad, clinical, scientific, and academic background to this work.
As Chief Scientific Officer, Emeritus, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Dr. Goldmann focuses on deepening the credibility of improvement and implementation science by forging relationships with key scientific, academic, and health services research organizations. He has experience across the translational research continuum (bench science, epidemiology, clinical trials, and implementation research). He has participated in the development of numerous quality measures, especially in pediatrics and infection prevention. He lectures and writes on the value of quality indicators in value-based payment, benchmarking, and improvement. He advances the rigor of IHI's results-oriented work by deploying sound project design and program evaluation methods appropriate for the context in which improvement initiatives are conducted. Dr. Goldmann advocates for integration of improvement science and HIT/technology to accelerate progress towards vibrant and effective learning health systems, clinical decision support, and population health and equity.
Dr. Goldmann explores new ways to teach, bringing promising innovations to in-person and distance-learning. He is lead faculty for a IHI/HarvardX Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Practical Improvement Science and is leveraging the MOOC in a large national collaborative to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing – an HHS and global priority. He is Co-director for the Harvard-Wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program he founded (funded since 1994 via NRSA T32 Training Grants). He leads a Harvard College General Education course that explores how infectious diseases lead to social injustice and influence history, art, and literature.
Dr. Goldmann has a keen interest in helping clinical teams integrate rigorous quality improvement into their routine work, while mitigating clinician burnout and liberating the intrinsic motivation that clinician bring to health care. He is particularly devoted catalyzing sustainable improvement in under-resources settings globally and in engaging medical trainees in quality improvement.
Dr. Goldmann has served as Chair of the AHRQ National Advisory Council and the Board of AcademyHealth, and he is Vice-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Institute for Medicaid Innovation. He also serves on a number of advisory committees and boards, including the National Quality Forum’s Primary Care and Chronic Illness Standing Committee. He is Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Melissa supports the development and implementation of both Innovations in Healthcare (IiH) and Duke Global Health Innovation Center (GHIC) communication strategies and supports innovator outreach. In her role, Melissa manages communication needs across both organizations, including social media, management of websites and member platforms, and supports the execution of large events, conferences, webinars and any other events hosted by IiH and GHIC to support IiH’s mission.
Before joining Innovations in Healthcare, Melissa worked as the Global Communications Officer for the University of Virginia. Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology with a minor in Fitness from the University of Pittsburgh.
Why I am passionate about Innovations in Healthcare: I am proud to be a part of the Innovations in Healthcare team and collaborate with unique innovators whose mission is to improve the lives of people around the world. Working in such a collaborative and creative space has enabled me to continue learning while working together towards a shared goal.
Favorite country traveled to and why: My favorite place that I have traveled to is Colombia. I felt like I was walking in a painting because the streets are filled with the most colorful buildings, flowers, and fruits that I had ever seen. Colombia will always have a special place in my heart because it is where my fiancé’s family is from and also where he proposed!
Jessica is a Program Operations Manager at the Duke Global Health Innovation Center where she helps manage many programs and initiatives. She has more than 15 years of experience managing and executing various programs and events.
Jessica speaks German and Spanish and has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Emily is an economist passionate about health system strengthening. At the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, Emily supports research and knowledge management across different projects within Africa. Prior to joining GHIC, Emily supported the East Africa regional health secretariat, national and sub-national level governments in Kenya to strengthen their health systems through research, advocacy for sustainable health financing, designing patient centered health care solutions, policy formulation and dissemination and public and private sector engagement.
As an Assistant Director, Programs for the Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, Wenhui supports the knowledge and research initiatives, content and project management and strategy for the BMGF Launch & Scale Speedometer program, the COVID-19 Global Accountability Program, and the Catalytic COVID-19 “Test and Treat” program. Wenhui brings expertise in health economics and health policy and is passionate at improving the access to and equity of health services globally. She has been working extensively in the health reform and health policies of low and middle income countries, and their impact on global health. Wenhui has published over 120 academic articles, policy briefs, working papers and blogs. She serves as the research committee of Consortium of University of Global Health (CUGH), Editorial Board Member and Guest Editor for multiple journals.
Prior to joining GHIC, Wenhui was a Senior Policy and Research Associate at the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health and a postdoctoral scholar at Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University. Wenhui received her Ph.D. in Health Economics and B.A. in Public Health from Fudan University, China.
In her role as Manager, Programs and Engagement, Eunice supports innovators in Africa to achieve scale by connecting them to key stakeholders such as peer innovators, partners and funders. Prior to joining Innovations in Healthcare and the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, Eunice worked as a fund lead for an early stage fund in Kenya that invests in innovative early stage startups in the technology sector. She was responsible for the recruitment of investee companies into the fund, startup coaching as well as fundraising for the fund. Eunice has over 5 years’ experience working with startups using technology in different sectors such as health, agriculture, logistics among others.
Eunice is a graduate of United States International University – Africa with a degree in International Business Administration with a concentration in Management.
Katharine is a Research Analyst with the GHIC/IiH team. She provides research support on the Launch and Scale Speedometer and COVID Global Accountability Platform projects. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Botswana from 2018 to 2020.
Katharine earned her Master’s in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Biology from Furman University.
Ernesto Ortiz is a Peruvian physician based at the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and the Duke Global Health Innovation Center (DGHIC). He got a master’s in public health degree from the University of Iowa, and has experience in public health, epidemiology and research with a strong focus on work in underserved areas of Peru and Latin America. He has been at DGHI since 2012. Previously, he worked at the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU-6) in Peru conducting research on tropical infectious diseases in Peru and other LatAm countries. At Duke, his research has been focused on the human-environment interaction and its impact in human health (i.e. exposure to heavy metals, zoonotic diseases, chronic diseases, etc.) in the Peruvian Amazon.
Ernesto also has vast experience engaging and working with all the levels of the public health system in Peru and LatAm, including engaging with public health stakeholders (Ministries of Health, Regional and Local Authorities, Policy Makers, Public and Private Institutions, NGO’s, Communities, etc.).
He is passionate about Peru, and also about translating research into improving people's health.
Favorite activity/hobby: Spending time with family and friends, play and watch tennis, soccer (football), and sports in general.
Sowmya is a sociologist and social demographer with experience in the monitoring and evaluation of health programs in low and middle income countries, with a major focus on reproductive health and family planning programs. Within the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, she manages a portfolio of innovations-focused grants to improve health systems and access to healthcare, as well as conducts evaluation research to build the evidence base to inform decisions for healthcare programs and policies. She has expertise in global reproductive, maternal and child health, social scientific and evaluation research, and fertility and family planning, and has published in journals such as Demography, Population and Development Review, and Population Research and Policy Review.
Prior to joining the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare , Sowmya was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Carolina Population Center (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). She has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy, and a PhD in Sociology with specializations in Medical Sociology and Population Studies, from Duke University.
Why I am passionate about IiH: As a social science researcher, I have been committed to understanding global health disparities. Knowing that reducing inequities requires creative and collaborative solutions, I am excited about deploying a combination of business, policy, and analytical strategies to address global health challenges.
Aziz is a Grants and Contracts Administrator. Aziz supports the management of grants in the GHIC portfolio. He has more than 12 years of experience, both in the US and internationally. Prior to joining DGHI/GHIC, he worked at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in the Epidemiology Department for three years. Before to moving to the US, he worked at the international NGO, Population Services International, as an accountant. He is a native of Benin, West Africa and is fluent in French and two local Beninese languages.
Aziz earned his Master’s Degree in Audit, Management Control, and Finance, and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from ENEAM.
Diana Silimperi is an international public health pediatrician, epidemiologist, and global health thought leader. She brings 35 years of global experience leading the planning, design, implementation or management of large-scale integrated healthcare service delivery and health system strengthening programs in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Prior to joining Duke in 2019 as a Visiting Professor of the Practice of Global Health, she held executive management positions in 3 global health and development companies, and worked closely with diverse Ministries of Health, UN organizations, NGOs and private sector health.
Diana earned both her Bachelor of Science in Zoology/Psychology and her M.D. from Duke University and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Washington, followed by an assignment at CDC as an EIS Officer. She has dedicated her career to the practice of global health in the context of LMICs, concentrating on overcoming access barriers, assuring quality and scaling up high impact, evidence-based interventions. Throughout her career, Diana has been an advocate for the special needs of the most vulnerable populations, and the integral role of community-based health workers to bridge the gap between families, communities, and the health system.
She works closely with the Education team to strengthen course offerings, mentoring and learning experiences to better prepare graduates aimed at global health practitioner careers. Diana co-leads the Duke-Pamlico County Partnership which provides experiential learning in rural health systems, research training and independent studies for global health majors and MSc students. She also provides technical and strategic input to programs at the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, as well as the Center for Global Women’s Health Technology.
Ben provides administrative management and coordination for all Innovations in Healthcare and Duke Global Health Innovation Center business functions. Prior to joining the team, he was the Associate Director of Enrollment Services for the master’s programs at the Nicholas School of the Environment. He is the former Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Ben is returning to his passion for healthcare. Early in his career, he was the Associate Executive Director of an eastern North Carolina assisted living facility.
Ben was born in North Carolina and has mostly resided in the state throughout his life. He received his BS in Management with a minor in Health Science from Clemson University and has taken graduate coursework at NC State University.
Favorite activities/hobbies: Grilling, golfing, boating and, most recently, creating videos on his iPhone.
Why I am passionate about IiH: Almost immediately after graduating from college, I began working in healthcare administration. I instantly recognized the privileged position I was in to be able to perform ADLs independently, to choose my own health insurance/healthcare provider, and autonomously make choices about what I would do each day. Unfortunately, human health is largely a privilege, and certainly not always regarded as a right. It is therefore imperative that those of us who are able seek ways to help those less fortunate gain access to health services. I strongly believe navigating life is difficult enough without the worries associated with inaccessible healthcare (or access to subpar healthcare). By contributing the skills I have, I can support the highly qualified team at IiH as well as our innovator network. I’m passionate about IiH because I’m aligned to its mission.
Judd is the Senior Manager, Business Development and Partnerships for Innovations in Healthcare. In his role, Judd works with our partner organizations to identify opportunities to combine resources and bring them to bear on important global health challenges. Judd brings more than 20 years or business development and innovation management experience to IiH. Prior to IiH, Judd was Director of New Venture Development for the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative where he worked with faculty, students and university partners to build and improve programs that foster innovation and enable the translation of important new discoveries into the service of society. Judd is also an entrepreneur, himself. In 2010, he co-founded CancerGuide Diagnostics, a life science company focused on development and commercialization of novel molecular diagnostic assays that enable oncologists and their patients to make individualized treatment decisions.
Judd received a BS in mechanical engineering from Duke University, an MS from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, where he was a Thomas Keller Scholar.
Favorite Activity/Hobby: My golden retriever, Annabelle, and I are certified as a Pet Therapy team. Every week we spend time visiting with patients at Duke, residents at assisted living facilities, or Caring House (residential support for Duke Cancer Center patients and their families). Its therapeutic for everyone involved.
Dr. Krishna Udayakumar is the founding Director of the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, focused on generating deeper evidence and support for the study, scaling, and adaptation of health innovations and policy reforms globally. He is also Executive Director of Innovations in Healthcare, a non-profit co-founded by Duke, McKinsey & Company, and the World Economic Forum, leading the organization’s work to curate and scale the impact of transformative health solutions globally.
At Duke University, Dr. Udayakumar holds the rank of Associate Professor of Global Health and Medicine, and is Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore. His work has been published in leading academic journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and Academic Medicine.
Born in Bangalore, India, Dr. Udayakumar spent his childhood in Virginia, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with distinction. He received both an MD and an MBA (with a concentration in Health Sector Management) from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar. Dr. Udayakumar completed his residency training in internal medicine at Duke and served as Assistant Chief Resident at the Durham VA Medical Center before joining the faculty of Duke University.
Why I am passionate about Innovations in Healthcare: As a physician I have dedicated my career to making a positive difference in people’s health and lives. Recognizing that we have shared challenges around the world in improving the quality, access, and affordability of healthcare, I am excited about our work in finding the best healthcare innovations around the world, and building a strong community to learn from and support each other. We have the opportunity for lasting impact by helping to scale and replicate the best solutions in healthcare.
As an Assistant Director of Programs for the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, Elina oversees a portfolio of programs that aim to increase access to health in low- and middle-income countries. She recently co-developed an impact measurement framework for pharmaceutical industry-led access to medicine programs. Elina also directs a project, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that aims to identify key drivers behind uptake of lifesaving global health interventions. Her project experience has taken her to Kazakhstan, China, India, and Kenya.
Prior to joining Duke University in September 2016, she worked for more than a decade on non-communicable disease prevention, population health, and global workplace health promotion projects with U.S. government institutions (CDC and Department of Defense), multinational corporations, and health systems. She began her career in health working in the national advocacy office of the American Heart Association in Washington, DC. Elina received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs and French from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.