Global Leadership

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

Anne Hansen, MD, MPH, 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 9 years in Rwanda. She helped Rwanda develop and implement their national standards for newborn medicine, published a second edition it to accommodate the survival of smaller and sicker babies, developed and taught a national training 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 infant warmer since its inception.

Ashok Gadgil | Lead Engineer, Global Newborn Solutions

Ashok Gadgil, PhD, is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley and a Faculty Senior Scientist at the
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Dr.Gadgil has substantial experience in technology invention, policy research and their implementation- particularly in resource-poor settings in developing countries. As one example, the utility-sponsored efficient electric lamp-leasing programs that he pioneered in late 1990s are now being successfully implemented by utilities in about two-dozen eastern European and developing countries, saving more than 5 billion dollars annually. He has several patents, and inventions to his credit, among them the “UV Waterworks,” a technology to inexpensively disinfect drinking water in developing countries, for which he received the Discover Award in 1996 for the most significant environmental invention of the year, as well as the Popular Science award for the “Best of What is New-1996.” UV Waterworks, licensed to a startup, now serves safe drinking water to more than 7 million people in 5 countries in Asia and Africa. In recent years, his research has included 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 and other poor communities in developing countries. Dr. Gadgil has received many awards and honors for his work, including the Pew Fellowship in Conservation and the Environment, the World Technology Award for Energy, the Tech Laureate Award, among others He serves on several international and national advisory committees dealing with energy efficiency, invention and innovation, and issues of development and the environment. At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dr. Gadgil leads a collaborative, multi-year, multiinstitution research program (US-India Joint Center for Building Energy Research & Development, or CBERD) on building energy efficiency. From the UC Berkeley campus, he leads a large collaborative, multi-year, multi-institution research program (Clean Energy Research Center for Water-Energy Technologies, or CERC-WET) with China on water-energy technology topics.

Global Newborn Solutions Advisory Board

Sundeep Vira
Business Advisor, 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
Business Advisor, MBA

Meredith McPherron 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
Business Advisor, 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.