Smisha Agarwal, President
Smisha works with a passion to strengthen primary healthcare systems for the poor and brings diverse field-based experience to the Global Health Bride team. As co-founder, she began as Global Health Bridge’s Country Director in India where she is working with village health workers to launch our first cell phone-based platform focusing on maternal health monitoring and reminders in Jamkhed, India. She is also the Carl E. Taylor Memorial Fellow at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP). Previously she has worked with Jhpeigo and WHO on health systems research, collaborated with International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) to study the role of key pharmaceutical stakeholders on informal health providers in rural markets, and consulted with multi-purpose co-operatives in Sri Lanka on micro-enterprise development. She graduated with an MPH degree in 2009 from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Smisha was born and raised in Mumbai.
Adam Berman, Treasurer
Adam is one of the founding members of Global Heath Bridge; he focuses on data and analytics. Adam draws on his expertise acquired while working as a quantitative analyst for the hedge fund, Vicis Capital LLC, where he was responsible for developing algorithms and quantitative trading models. Adam looks forward to advising Global Health Bridge as it prepares to launch its pilot project in Bangladesh. Adam works in Rockville, Maryland where he manages commercial real estate. Adam received his Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Physics from Cornell and Princeton, respectively. Outside of work, Adam enjoys spending time with family and friends in the DC area, listening to podcasts, and playing squash, tennis, and ping-pong.
Keisuke Nakagawa, Co-Founder
Keisuke, “K”, is a medical student at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He has always had a passion for healthcare and entrepreneurship since his college days when he started Help A Life Organization (HALO) at Cornell to improve neonatal care in developing countries like Bangladesh and Ghana. After graduating college, he spent a year as a Fulbright scholar piloting a micro health insurance program for rural villagers. There, he was surprised to see how many rural villagers had cell phones and saw an opportunity to deliver better healthcare through their cell phones. A few years later, he started Global Health Bridge with a few of his like-minded friends. Before starting medical school, he also worked on healthcare reform as a health policy analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. K loves to play golf, and now that he’s back on the West Coast, also enjoys skiing and snowboarding on awesome powder.
Maria currently is a Graduate Research Assistant and the Millennium Villages Project, focusing on maternal and child health initiatives. Maria is currently attending Columbia University for her Masters in Social Policy with a focus in international development. Maria’s experience involves HIV/AIDS, maternal health, family planning and child welfare.
Muhammad Mizanur Rashid Shuvra
Shuvra is a faculty member at the James P. Grant School of Public Health at Brac University, Bangladesh. He is currently a visiting faculty member in the Department of Global Health at George Washington University while completing his PhD degree in public health. Shuvra teaches a number of graduate and undergraduate level courses at GWU such as Research Methods, Data Collection and Analysis, and Introduction to Global Health. Shuvra has a keen interest in the use of technologies for public health and recently completed a World Bank-funded project in Bangladesh that looked at the effectiveness of mobile phone audio courses to disseminate health information among 24,000 rural villagers. Shuvra graduated with a degree in Medicine and Surgery from Bangladesh, and subsequently receiving his MPH degree from the James P. Grant School of Public Health at Brac University, graduating top of his class with the Fazle Hasan Award.
Cara currently works at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, coordinating and facilitating the clinical research projects in the orthopedics department. Cara’s interests include epidemiology and disease surveillance, with a particular focus on infectious diseases. She plans to pursue a Masters Degree in Public Health. She graduated in 2009 from Penn State University with honors in Biobehavioral Health and a minor in Health Policy and Administration.
Jessica graduated from Princeton University in 2007 with a degree in molecular biology and neuroscience. She is the recipient of the 2007 Spirit of Princeton Award for her leadership role in the residential colleges and in the arts. Jessica launched her career as a copywriter at AgencyRx, a pharmaceutical advertising agency, where she and her art partner created the lead creative concept for the global advertising campaign of EXJADE, a Novartis oncology product. She is currently a Copy Supervisor at the healthcare division of Draftfcb, and is working on the product launch of a T-cell potentiating therapy from Bristol-Myers Squibb. Jessica is the vice chair of the Princeton Asian American Alumni Association (A4P) and has a passion for combining her interests in art, science, and social entrepreneurship.
Jeff Yang MD, Co-Founder
Jeff is a founding member of Global Health Bridge and a surgical resident at Duke University. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and was a Howard Hughes Medical Fellow from 2009-2010. Prior to medical school, Jeff received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard in Biochemistry, and was a Fulbright Scholar in China from 2005-2006, where he worked with the World Health Organization and helped conduct a mental health survey of 7,100 people in Shenzhen, China. He is also first- or co-first author of ten papers on topics ranging from psychiatry to thoracic surgery and was awarded $60,000 from the American College of Surgeons to perform cancer research.