Hive Health is determined to solve the lack of accessible and quality healthcare in the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia. As a digital healthcare insurer, Hive Health provides employees and their loved ones with easy, affordable, and quality health insurance through a user-centric, data-science powered technology platform.
Camille loves to find entrepreneurial solutions to problems at the intersection of business and government. As a Private Equity Executive at Macquarie, she has managed insurance funds, and played critical roles in the acquisition and management of companies across South East Asia. She has also previously worked on public-private partnership projects in the government of the Philippines, with McKinsey & Company, and the Rwandan Development Board. Camille is pursuing an MPA-International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School and an MBA at the Harvard Business School. She graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a B.S. in Management Engineering.
Jiawen is passionate about applying financial technology to solve critical development challenges in low-resourced settings. She has worked on data science and digital development initiatives with the IMF, World Bank, and UN, and on economic development initiatives with TechnoServe Swaziland and its successor Catalyze. Previously, as an Engagement Manager at Oliver Wyman, she focused on consumer financial services and digital payments. Jiawen is pursuing an MPA-International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School and an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics-Political Science.
Jamii Life is a tech-enabled home-based health care social enterprise that aims to redesign home healthcare delivery – to increase accessibility, transparency, and quality of home-care – in South Africa, and eventually across Africa. Our care platform records health worker activities and shares a set of wellness data with family members and doctors (with consent). It provides on-demand training and standard work for health workers. And streamlines administrative tasks for managers. Over time, Jamii Life aims to train unemployed people to provide health services virtually and in-person in their communities.
Zeenith is the founder of Jamii Life, a community health venture that aims to provide affordable health care for people who can’t care for themselves in low-income communities in South Africa and eventually across Africa. By training unemployed community members to provide the service in their own communities and leveraging technology to support care delivery. Prior to this, Zeenith led GE Healthcare’s Affordable Care business and Indirect Channel Partners across Africa. In this role, she focused on enabling access to healthcare diagnostic technology across the African continent. Zeenith spent a decade in rail infrastructure leading a number of large railway projects across Africa and led GE South Africa Technologies, a manufacturing and maintenance company that localised locomotive production in South Africa creating thousands of jobs; training and transferring skills.
Plenna aims to become the largest affordable Women’s Health network in Mexico with 3 main pillars at its core:
Our vision for Plenna is to empower Mexican women to live healthy and fulfilling lives.
Giovanna is currently an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School (class of 2022). She spent the last three years working as a consultant at Bain & Company in Mexico City where she worked on strategy, performance improvement, and operational model redesign projects across industries like consumer products, automotive and mining. Additionally, while at Bain, she worked for a Mexican health care startup called Moons, leading their market entry, in-house production and operations for Colombia. She’s also tried her hand as an entrepreneur starting a medical tourism venture in Monterrey, Mexico while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Prior to joining HBS, Giovanna interned at SAGANA, an impact investing fund, where she had the opportunity to lead an investment thesis on Women’s health and Mental health startups.
Lorena Ostos is an MBA 2 at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to the GSB, she was a Senior Associate Consultant at Bain and Company for 3 years. While at Bain, she did an externship engagement at Salauno, a healthcare startup in Mexico focused on providing eye care for the bottom of the pyramid. She worked as a Product Manager developing the strategy and implementation for a digital first patient referral platform focused on MDs and optometrists.
Last summer, Lorena worked at Dalia Empower, a women empowerment ed-tech startup devising Dalia’s overall business plan and 5- year expansion strategy; she also worked at Moons, a DTC healthcare startup that provides orthodontic treatments, designing and implementing the expansion strategy into the US. She is passionate about Healthcare and about Social Impact. She also loves playing soccer, traveling and reggaeton.
Thrive! is a tech enabled racial justice startup with an app to identify systemic racism in local government spending. Thrive! Equity Audits track 80+ measures across typical government agencies like schools, parks and rec, health and human services, child welfare and police to answer two simple questions: Is money moving toward interventions that have been empirically proven to break cycles of poverty in communities of color? And are we authentically sharing power with residents and elevating the voices of Black and Brown people in local decision-making? Using the Equity Audit as a guidepost, Thrive! makes equity-centered budget recommendations with a focus on economic mobility and empowerment in communities of color.
Omolara Fatiregun, Founder and CEO of Thrive!, is an Adrian Cheng Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Social Innovation and Change Initiative where she is building Thrive! Before launching Thrive!, Omolara advanced high-impact initiatives in foundations, public private partnerships, and government agencies including: the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a senior fellow, the Government of the District of Columbia as deputy director of the juvenile justice agency, the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation as Vice President and the Urban Institute. Through this 17-year career history, she engaged practitioners in education, health, workforce development, child welfare, juvenile justice and conservation. With deep expertise in performance management and impact evaluation, Omolara is adept at identifying realistic metrics and monitoring initiatives for lasting change. To that end, Omolara developed measures for Thrive!’s algorithm that quantifies a jurisdiction’s commitment to equity based on spending patterns across agencies (health, human services, police, public schools, parks and rec, etc.). Omolara earned a bachelor’s in Sociology and African American Studies from Harvard College, a master’s in public policy from Georgetown, and is currently a doctoral candidate in education leadership at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education where she is also a Harvard Presidential Public Service Fellow. The recent podcast, Thrive! The algorithm designed to root out racism, gives a compelling summary of Omolara’s work and family background. She was also featured in Boston Globe Business earlier this year.
The mission of Vocal Justice is to empower Black and Brown youth to become socially conscious leaders by engaging them in a culturally affirming public speaking program. This program helps students build their confidence, critical consciousness, and communication skills, so that they are inspired and prepared to advocate for justice wherever they choose to lead in life. To reach students, Vocal Justice trains and compensates high school educators to facilitate the program within their schools, either as part of an existing class or as an extracurricular activity. Currently, Vocal Justice is working with 15 teachers across 10 states and D.C., engaging over 200 high school students in their program. Learn more at www.vocaljustice.org
Shawon Jackson is a Harvard MPP and Stanford MBA candidate (Class of 2021). While in graduate school, he launched his social venture, Vocal Justice, which empowers Black and Brown youth to become socially conscious leaders. Prior to graduate school, Shawon did public and social sector consulting with Deloitte and spent a year with an education nonprofit in the Dominican Republic. He also spent a summer with a D.C. nonprofit as an Education Pioneers Fellow. Shawon graduated from Princeton with a degree in public and international affairs, where he served two terms as student body president. When he’s not working, he loves to dance hip-hop, bachata, and merengue.
In 2018, KAI’s co-founders, Liliana and Carolina, met as graduate students at Columbia University. Liliana had arrived in the U.S. from Colombia only a few years prior, while Carolina had come to the U.S. from Colombia as a child. Although their professional, academic, and personal experiences were different, they both recognized that there was a significant mental health need that was not being adequately addressed in their community. As they both struggled to find affordable and quality therapy for themselves as well, they realized that something had to change.
That same year, the mental health care gap for Spanish speaking Latinos in the U.S. totaled $389 million in unreceived care. Latinos in the U.S. are less likely to access care, less likely to be insured and when they do access health care, they are more likely to experience communication barriers.
In order to address this need, they designed KAI alongside a Bogota-based clinical psychologist. As a unique impact-focused teletherapy platform connecting users to care and reinvesting back into social impact missions, KAI provides easy and affordable access to mental health, by matching users to Latin American based therapists who can provide culturally relevant care. In turn, KAI’s therapists receive all the support necessary to leverage teletherapy to connect with a greater number of clients. As a social enterprise, KAI also manages various mental health funds and non-profit partnerships. These funds allow KAI to provide no-cost care to individuals with greater barriers to access, including survivors of Colombia’s armed conflict and families directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Above all, KAI’s multi-faceted approach aims to eliminate the barriers to mental health care and make therapy accessible to all.
Liliana has a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.S. in Non-Profit Management. In addition to KAI, Liliana is also the Director of Caring for Colombia. With experience in the corporate, public, and non-profit sector, Liliana’s passion for mental health inspired her to create a social enterprise, which bridged the gap between mental health need and mental health care. Through personal and professional experiences, Liliana realized how invaluable mental health could be in a person’s life. As executive lead, Liliana manages KAI’s for-profit business as well as its non-profit alliances.
Carolina has a B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s in International Affairs. In addition to KAI, Carolina is also an International Student Coordinator at Columbia University. A first-generation immigrant herself, Carolina has also spent several years serving a variety of immigrant communities, which led her to see that mental health is often overlooked. It became clear to her, that a lack of culturally relevant resources often exacerbated an already prominent mental health need for many Spanish-speaking migrants. She is passionate about KAI’s ability to address this need and is proud to manage KAI’s operations and communications.
Co-Founder, Lead Psychologist
Angela is a Clinical Psychologist with over 8 years of experience. Angela is passionate in serving others and providing mental health care to individuals and families. She is moved by the life stories she gets to be a part of and is proud to support KAI’s mission to make therapy more accessible. Angela leads KAI’s client-to-therapist matching, assessing every individual client’s needs in order to provide tailored recommendations for their best therapist fit. Angela also manages therapist recruitment and community programming. She is passionate in supporting fellow psychologists as they expand their practices and leverage teletherapy to reach more people.
Felipe has a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. As a former venture capitalist, Felipe has experience helping several start-ups get off the ground. He is passionate about projects with a positive social impact and is proud to support KAI by developing long-term financial strategies and providing his business insights.
Stack Impact is a consumer insights firm that creates social benefit through impact sourcing of skilled refugees. We provide an on-demand virtual managed workforce for tailored data labeling tasks to power AI-enabled growth and insights, while empowering skilled refugees with sustainable employment.
Shazia is a social entrepreneur and the founder of clothing label Seek Refuge, which employs and benefits refugees. She works directly with Relief International to provide funds for refugees with extreme needs. She previously worked in product marketing at Poshmark, building out user retention programs through data analysis, and is enrolled in Artificial Intelligence at Booth this quarter.
Kira is a former data scientist at IBM and EF Education First, one of the world’s largest private education companies. She has years of experience in creating and providing data-driven insights, alongside developing and implementing machine learning solutions.
Amy built out supply chain and operations at start-up Ruggable as an early employee and worked at Accenture as a management consultant, focusing on digital and technology strategy. She has worked with refugee services non-profit Miles4Migrants for several years, helping grow marketing and operations.
Angel is a former management consultant and operations manager on Facebook’s US Elections team, where she managed the end-to-end political ads classification workflow. She also brings experience working with a number of refugee services non-profits and serving at Kara Tepe Refugee Camp in Lesvos.
KadaKareer is a low-bandwidth, community-based career development platform that provides contextualized career resources and coaching for low-income students in rural Philippines. Kada comes from the word barkada, which means a group of friends. We want to be a Filipino student’s cheerleader, coach and support group throughout their entire career journey!
Currently studying in Yale University, Aldrin has been named one of National Geographic Society’s Young Explorers for 2020. As one who believes in the power of education to uplift and empower, he wants to make tremendous opportunities more accessible to more people in the Philippines. As a Filipino himself, Aldrin is very respectful to his elders, enjoys dipping his fries in ice cream, and loves calamansi and toyo. He also treasures the Hundred Islands and thinks that island hopping in the summer is too underrated. When Aldrin writes his very own autobiography, it’s title will be, “Connecting and Dancing with the Dots.”
Amber studied A.B. Economics in Brown University and accomplished her Master’s of Science in Data Science at New York University. She is the Co-Founder and Co-President of Women in Data Science NYU and the author of The Data Resource. On top of her love for data science, Amber is excited about the potential education has to open new opportunities, expand horizons, and hep lift Filipinos out of poverty. As a Filipino, she has a habit of slicing food with a spoon and constantly reminiscing about the balut her dad would bring home for her. When Amber gets around to writing her own autobiography, she’ll entitle it, “The Adventures of Amber, a Tropical Girl in a Winter World.”
After eight whole years of high school, Carlo obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in both Mathematics and Chemistry from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He’s passionate about education in the Philippines because he thinks we should all be investing in our collective future. As a man of ambitious pursuit, he once built a spaghetti noodle bridge that withstood some load. On top of that, Carlo loves Christmas and his own sense of community that persists even on the smallest scale. If Carlo were to write his own autobiography, it would be entitled, “Awkwardly Ruminating.”
Joyce graduated from the University of Michigan and now has a B.S.E. degree in Computer Science and Data Science. She believes there is so much potential in the Philippines, especially since education has the power to make a tremendous impact on people’s lives. Running in the rain reminds her of the Philippines, because she once had a PE coach who made her class run laps and do sports under the rain. As someone who points with her lips and unconditionally loves sinigang, Joyce’s autobiography would be entitled, “Casual Witness to the Uprising of Robot Overlords.”
Marga graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree of Kinesiology and Minor in Political Science. During her time at the school, she also played for the UBC Varsity Softball Team. Marga believes education is the key to unlocking endless opportunities and wants to give back to the Philippines, since her educational foundation was set there. She loves Baguio for the cool weather, and to this day, she constantly wears slippers around her house. Marga’s autobiography would be entitled, “Marg My Words.”
Michi graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Sociology and is currently completing her Masters in Business Administration at Harvard Business School. To Michi, there is nothing more uplifting than hearing Filipinos talk about their dreams and aspirations. She believes holistic, transformative education gives people the key to unlock magic in themselves. Presently, Michi is a licensed Zumba instructor and an expert at mimicking Stitch from Lilo and Stitch. Her autobiography would be called, “Around the World in 71 Years.”
Yuyang is currently a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. As Yuyang is strongly attached to the Filipino community and also believes that education is a vital aspect of one’s growth, he’s been working on projects to help the industry out since his high school time. Other than hanging out with friends, Yuyang loves the beach and his family whom he claims has recently been the most constant community in his life. Even if Yuyang currently resides outside of the Philippines, he’s still used to the concept of “Filipino time.”