Global Leadership

Anne R. Hansen, MD, MPH | Chief Executive Officer, Global Newborn Solutions

Dr. Anne Hansen is the Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hansen has over 12 years of global health experience, including over 10 years in Rwanda. She helped Rwanda develop and implement their National Neonatal Protocols and published a second and third edition to accommodate the survival of smaller and sicker babies. She created and taught national trainings with RN and MD representation from every district hospital and is now working to put the entire course on a free web-based video platform called OPENPediatrics for use by healthcare providers around the globe. Dr. Hansen has partnered with LBNL to develop, refine and test the DreamWarmer since its inception.

John Memarian, MS | President, Global Newborn Solutions

John is a seasoned healthcare professional who has spent his career as a licensed technologist with extensive hands-on experiences in both invasive and non-invasive adult and pediatric procedures. His senior leadership roles include CEO, President, CCO and VP for innovative start-ups, publicly traded mid-sized and fortune 500 companies.

His commercial leadership accomplishments bridge multi-discipline business solutions in the healthcare industry, from medical devices to enterprise imaging solutions, clinical genomics, and precision medicine software. With his unique understanding of clinical informatics, John has transformed relevant data into actionable results for medical specialties including radiology, cardiology, laboratory, oncology, digital pathology, to name a few.

In his 10 years as an executive leader for various technology companies, John has traveled across the globe to meet with and learn from healthcare professionals and policy makers in a number of ministries of health (MOH) organizations for developing and emerging markets. His Profit and Loss (P & L) responsibility, combined with his hands-on approach, has driven sales and marketing in US and international markets as well as global and regional partnerships.

Ashok Gadgil, PhD | Lead Engineer, Global Newborn Solutions

Dr. Ashok Gadgil is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley and a Faculty Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where he currently leads collaborative, multi-year, multi-institution research programs on building energy efficiency. 

Dr. Gadgil has substantial experience in technology invention and policy research, with a particular focus on resource-poor settings in developing countries. With several patents and inventions to his credit, he’s received multiple awards for his innovations including World Technology Network’s 2002 World Technology Award for Energy, his1998 inaugural into the permanent collection of the Medical History section of Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History for his invention, UV Waterworks, a solar-powered water disinfection device to aid citizens in developing countries to access clean drinking water. His invention provides more than 7 million people in 5 countries in Asia and Africa. Additional awards and honors include: Discover Magazine’s 1996 Discover Award for the Most Significant Environmental Invention; 1995 Popular Science Award, Best of What’s New (both for UV Waterworks). 1991 Pew Fellows Program in Conservation and the Environment; and the Tech Laureate Award.

He serves on several international and national advisory committees, each focused on innovation and invention that surround energy efficiency, issues of development, and the environment. In recent years, Dr. Gadgil’s research has centered on ways to inexpensively remove arsenic from groundwater in India and Bangladesh, removing excess fluoride from groundwater, advanced methods for capacitive desalination and fuel-efficient stoves for Darfur. 

Leana Silverberg | Director, Global Newborn Solutions

Leana is the Director of Global Newborn Solutions. Before completing her Master’s in Biotechnology at Brandeis University, she founded EMet Nanotech LLC, an imaging drug discovery tools company, and became the CEO. The company was accepted to MassChallenge and was then selected as part of the Alumni-in-Residence program. She provided consultation to over 40 start ups, developed curriculums to teach professors and graduate students about business development, worked on a tech transfer project for a Nobel Prize winner, and was awarded government grants. She was also selected for the GC4W Entrepreneurship Program and for the MIT Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Brisbane, Australia where her team won the Best Business Model Award. In her spare time, she teaches high school students globally about entrepreneurship, biotechnology, and healthcare. Leana is always interested in understanding health and biotech challenges and how to create sustainable and impactful solutions.

Global Newborn Solutions Board of Directors

Sundeep Vira
Board Member, MBA

Sundeep Vira is a Chicago based social entrepreneur. Mr. Sundeep works with US based education for the Academy Group. He also is scaling sustainable clean water solutions for excess Arsenic and Fluoride removal, with an international consortium of partners in India. Vira serves on the board of Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust (GIFT), advisory board for Sattva Consulting and member of the INREM Foundation. Prior work in the social impact sector spans five years of projects in Cambodia, India, Nepal and Vietnam. Previously, Mr. Sundeep had a successful 20-year career in financial investment management, including 14 years with Chicago based Nuveen Investments and subsidiary NWQ Investment Management, three years with a Singapore based Family Office, Oclaner Asset Management and 4 years with Morgan Stanley’s Consulting Group in Los Angeles. Mr. Sundeep has an MBA with the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, where he currently serves as a teaching coach for the Global Social Impact Practicum (GSIP) course.

Meredith McPherron
Board Member, MBA

Meredith McPherron is the CEO of Drive by DraftKings and is an active angel investor and strategic advisor in the Boston community for high impact consumer, technology, and AI focused companies. She is an investing member of Launchpad Venture Group and Boston Syndicates (BOSS), a mentor for the MIT DesignX accelerator, a mentor at Mass Challenge, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab, and an Innovation Fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. Meredith is also a current board member and management consultant for Better For You (BFY) brands. Meredith has extensive experience in startups, including as a senior executive of Direct Hit Technologies (early Google competitor) and as the Director for the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. She also assisted several notable start-ups with their launch and early scaling efforts, including Trip Advisor,, and Catalyst Online. Earlier in her career, she held operating positions at Guinness Import Company, General Mills, and Goldman Sachs. Meredith holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Dan Nova
Board Member, MBA

Dan Nova is a partner at Highland Capital Partners, which he joined in 1996. He continues to be an active investor focusing on technology and consumer investments with specific experience and interest in internet, digital marketing and media technologies. Dan has led the firm’s investments and served on the boards of a number of successful companies including: Amp Resources (acquired by Enel), Ask Jeeves (IPO), BeFree (IPO), Coremetrics (acquired by IBM), eToys (IPO), Fastclick (IPO, acquired by ValueClick), Gamesville (acq’d by Lycos), Lycos (IPO), MapQuest (IPO, acquired by AOL), N2 Broadband (acquired by TANDBERG), Navic Networks (acquired by Microsoft), NextCard (IPO), NYTimes Digital (acquired by New York Times), Qihoo 360 (IPO), (acquired by Lycos), Raindance (IPO), RoweCom (IPO), StyleFeeder (acquired by Time, Inc.) and YogaWorks (acquired by Great Hill Partners).

Dan’s current portfolio includes CafeMedia, Catalant, Kyruus, RapidSOS, Remote Year, Rent The Runway, ThredUp, Trilogy Education Services and Yipit. He has been recognized by the prestigious Forbes Midas List as one of the top venture capitalists in the industry.