John's commitment to D-Rev stems from his belief in the transformative power of markets and appropriate technology, and from the many years of success of the D-Rev founders at using these tools to better the lives of millions of poor people worldwide. John has worked in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years. After graduating from Stanford, he worked at Xerox PARC, then was a senior executive or co-founder of several successful startups, including CASE Technology, Gain Technology, and Zentek. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board at D-Rev, he also serves on the boards of Sustainable Conservation (Treasurer) and Island Conservation (Vice Chair); past board service includes Partners in Education, Vipani, Zentek Singapore, The Learning Center, and SV2. He also serves as a lecturer at the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program.
Stuart Coulson worked in the airline and travel reservations industry as a senior corporate executive for 25 years. In 1997, he founded Gradient Solutions, a world-class provider of Internet travel website technology, which was acquired three years later by Sabre, the world's largest processor of travel transactions.
Stuart brings his experience as a successful startup entrepreneur to D-Rev’s operations, strategic thinking and product delivery after a number of years searching for the right outlet to address the problems of the world's poor. D-Rev epitomizes his philosophy of market-driven, self-sustaining product and service-based solutions that can make a real impact through successful execution and scale.
Stuart teaches part of the Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability course at Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute for Design, focusing on business planning and mentoring project teams. He is an angel investor in and mentor for early stage, high-tech companies and market-driven social enterprises. He owns and operates the old-vine zinfandel vineyard Papera Ranch in California’s Russian River Valley.
A native of Ireland, Stuart has a BA (Mod.) in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin, an MBA from the University of Geneva, and an Executive MBA from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business.
Jim Patell is the Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business (GSB). He is a founding professor of Stanford's Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability course where graduate students design comprehensive solutions to challenges faced by the world's poor. Started in 2004, the Extreme class brings together students from all of Stanford's seven schools. Recognized social enterprises, such as Ignite Innovations, d.light, DripTech and Embrace, had their start in Extreme. Jim also co-directs the Product Realization Network at Stanford, and is a founding faculty member of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (the d-School). Jim's research and teaching interests center on business process and product design, operations management, manufacturing, and cost accounting. A popular and demanding teacher, he has authored numerous articles in the field of accounting. During his tenure as associate dean for academic affairs in the GSB, he redesigned and revitalized the Public Management Program, which focuses on government, nonprofit organizations, and public service.
Jim earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He has taught at Stanford since 1975 and was a Ford Foundation Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Chicago from 1981-1982.
Dr. Paul Polak, co-founder of D-Rev, currently leads the Access for Agriculture project with Kentaro Toyama. A psychiatrist, entrepreneur, educator and author, Paul has pursued a life mission of igniting a revolution among designers to develop solutions to poverty. He is probably best known for starting International Development Enterprises (IDE), a non-profit organization that has helped to end poverty for 17 million of the world's poorest people by making available radically affordable irrigation through local small entrepreneurs and opening private sector access to markets for their crops. For his work in agriculture, Paul has been recognized by Scientific American as one of the top 50 contributors to science. He was also one of the lead organizers of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt's exhibit: Design for the Other Ninety Percent.
Paul's book, Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail has been internationally recognized for practical solutions to global poverty.
Ellen Leanse is a recognized authority on strategic marketing and a pioneer of the use of online technologies to accelerate business growth. Named as one of Technology's Top Five Marketers (2012) and a Silicon Valley Woman of Influence, Ellen has guided companies including Apple, Google, Intuit, Samsung, and others in building market share and driving growth. She has worked hands-on with rural entrepreneurs and educators in Africa and Latin America and currently guides a portfolio of early-stage Web and social innovation startups.
Ellen currently serves as Executive Vice President and Strategic Director for Eastwick, a leading Silicon Valley strategic communications consultancy. Prior to Eastwick, she lead global communications for Google Enterprise, helping drive rapid growth for Google's B2B products to markets worldwide. Early in her career, she championed accessory product localization for Apple's 1984 Macintosh launch, and - as Apple's first User Evangelist - drove the company's first steps onto online networks. She is responsible for launching the first BarCamp Africa, an "unconference" that forged action-oriented connections between people and opportunities in Silicon Valley and Africa. Ellen is committed to upholding the D-Rev vision for shaping the world's health and economic growth through the power of globally-appropriate medical design.
Michael Wolfe is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO of Pipewise, Inc. He has been a founder, founding employee, and/or executive at multiple startups, including Vontu, Symantec, and Kana. He was most recently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital and has taught and lectured at Stanford University and Harvard, Dartmouth, and St. Mary’s business schools. Mike thinks D-Rev blows away the conventional wisdom that under-served markets deserve second class products.
When not working or with his family, Mike enjoys triathlons, cyclocross, ultra-distance running, traveling, and loves living in San Francisco. Mike holds a BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.
John is passionate about enabling enduring prosperity for all through intentional design. John is currently Vice President of Innovation at SAP Labs where he designs programs to cultivate grass roots and open innovation, helps design apps for sustainable design decision making, and k-12 education.
John was formerly an active volunteer at the Cradle-to-Cradle Innovation Institute from the time of conception advising on start-up issues such as charter, funding, entity formation, intellectual property, and other operational considerations. He chaired their Advisory Council, and provided input on standards development processes, operations, and innovation community development.
John has 20 years of experience delivering and bringing to market software driven solutions (internet services, mobile, media, platform, enterprise applications, security, cloud, social media) for companies such as Oracle, Gain, BroadVision, Westbridge, and VoiceIndigo.
He was also formerly a process design and environmental engineer. John has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated Magna Cum Laude. More details at http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnmayerhofer.
Mohan Uttarwar is a co-founder of BioImagene and has more than 20 years of experience as a high-tech entrepreneur. Mohan was the co-founder of Roamware Inc. and was the president and founder of SoftPlus, a leading provider of eCRM software for telecom carriers around the world. In February 2000, SoftPlus was sold to US Interactive for $360 million. Prior to starting SoftPlus, Mohan co-founded and served as the president of Digital Tools Inc., a leader in enterprise project and resource management software. He has held various software development and management positions with Hewlett Packard and Intel. Mohan has a Masters degree in Computer Science from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Bombay University in Mumbai. He is a charter member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), a Silicon Valley-based forum for entrepreneurs.
Amy is passionate about leveraging the power of business and design to drive positive social change. Her recent work with the Northwestern Global Health Initiative on medical device distribution in India inspired her strong desire to create robust systems for product delivery to low-resource settings. As a member of D-Rev’s Neonatal Jaundice Initiative project team based in Nairobi, Kenya, Amy used her previous experiences in consumer goods manufacturing along with her business and design skills to create an East African supply chain and distribution strategy for D-Rev’s phototherapy products.
Formerly, Amy worked in Engineering for Procter & Gamble. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and is pursuing an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management and an MEM from the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University.
As a member of the Neonatal Jaundice Initiative project team based in Nairobi, Kenya, Dorothy conducted field research to understand African medical device markets and networks. At D-Rev, she is able to combine her passion for global health and social entrepreneurship to bring positive impact to a region about which she deeply cares.
Dorothy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Occidental College and an MBA/MEM with a focus in entrepreneurship, design, and innovation from the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. She has experience in biopharmaceutical R&D and management consulting.
Joel is co-founder of D-Rev's ReMotion project, which aims to provide high-performance prostheses for the developing world, and co-designer of the JaipurKnee, a low-cost prosthetic knee joint for above-knee amputees. A native of Jamaica, Joel grew up searching for ways to create innovative solutions to problems in the developing world. While designing wheelchairs as an undergraduate at MIT, he found his vocation: to solve human needs by combining empathy and technology with the aim of creating sustainable societal impact.
Joel holds Mechanical Engineering degrees from MIT and Stanford, and has held industry positions in medical device design at Ethicon and product design at Apple Computer. He recently served as a lecturer and fellow at the Stanford Design Institute, teaching Design Thinking, a human-centered process of innovation.
Les Woodward has been involved in a wide variety of corporate, business and securities law matters for more than 40 years. He has served as lead corporate counsel for a number of companies, from start up, through the early phases of public ownership, to operation as significant-sized public companies. He regularly counsels business enterprises on operational and securities law matters. Les also represents mutual funds and independent trustees of funds and investment advisers with respect to the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as well as general business law matters.
Vinod Bhutani is a Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford School of Medicine and one of the world's leading specialists in the management of neonatal jaundice. He developed the Bhutani Nomogram, a widely used framework for risk assessment of babies with jaundice, and was a key collaborator in developing the AAP's guidelines for neonatal jaundice management. In addition to Dr. Bhuanti's experience with neonatal care in developed countries, he has also pioneered efforts to improve newborn care internationally. He is currently working with neonatologists around the world to document the global burden of kernicterus and to develop pragmatic strategies for neonatal jaundice management in resource-limited settings. Dr. Bhutani has been particularly engaged in improving neonatal care in India, and is widely recognized for his efforts.
Hendrik Vreman, Ph.D, is a senior research scientist at Stanford University School of Medicine and one of the world's foremost experts in devices for diagnosis and treatment of neonatal jaundice. Dr. Vreman has developed pioneering technologies for jaundice diagnosis management, including end-tidal breath carbon monoxide analysis and LED-based phototherapy systems. He has also created a rigorous standardized framework for analyzing and comparing the efficacy of phototherapy devices. Dr. Vreman is committed to enabling effective jaundice management in resource-limited settings. Collaborating with partners in the United States, Nigeria, Uganda, and Pakistan, Dr. Vreman has pioneered low-cost treatment for neonatal jaundice.
Bernie Roth is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University and is the Academic Director and one of the founders of Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the “d-school”). He has a worldwide reputation as a researcher in kinematics and robotics, as well as creativity and design thinking. Bernie was the principal investigator on a joint Stanford-D-Rev grant for the research and engineering that led to the development of Brilliance. He has served as president of the International Federation for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms (IFToMM) and as Chair of the Design Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Bernie has received many awards for both his teaching and research.
In addition to managing D-Rev's Access for Agriculture study, Kentaro is a researcher in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. Until 2009, he was assistant managing director of Microsoft Research India, which he co-founded in 2005. At MSR India, he started the Technology for Emerging Markets research group, which conducts interdisciplinary research to understand how the world's poorer communities interact with electronic technology and to invent new ways for technology to support their socio-economic development. He co-founded the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) to provide a global platform for rigorous academic research in this field. Prior to his time in India, Kentaro did computer vision and multimedia research at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA, USA and Cambridge, UK, and taught mathematics at Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana.
Kentaro graduated from Yale with a PhD in Computer Science and from Harvard with a bachelor's degree in Physics. He was born in Tokyo, raised in both Japan and the United States, and now lives in Berkeley, California.
Gary M. Berke MS, CP, FAAOP has been dedicated to the care of those who have suffered limb loss for over 25 years. He is currently an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Stanford and President of Gary M. Berke Prosthetics and Orthotics. Mr. Berke is a past president, and now fellow, of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists, an organization dedicated to advancing the standards of patient care, and has lectured nationally and internationally. In addition to his work in the U.S., Mr. Berke is passionate about assisting developing nations and has worked in Vietnam with both an NGO and USAID to improve prosthetic care and education. Mr. Berke has advised and supported the ReMotion JaipurKnee project with his clinical expertise since its inception and is driven to help increase access to affordable, high performance prosthetics in the developing world.
Mr. Berke has a B.S. in Kinesiology from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and an M.S. from the University of Connecticut.
Armand believes that amputees everywhere should have access to affordable, high-quality prosthetics and is an avid supporter of the Jaipur Foot Organization (BMVSS) in India. After initiating the Stanford-BMVSS collaboration that eventually led to the ReMotion JaipurKnee’s conception, Armand continued on as an invaluable advisor throughout the project’s incubation and launch.
Armand holds engineering degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Louvain University, and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University. Since 1964, he has held various research and senior management positions within the organizations of KLA-Tencor, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox and General Electric. He was the Chairman and CTO of Xros, an optical switch company acquired by Nortel Networks in 2000. Armand is also the inventor/co-inventor of over 75 patents in diverse fields, and was named Silicon Valley “Inventor of the Year” in 2001. He serves on the board of both public and private companies, and is a visiting professor in entrepreneurship at Louvain University.
Kevin Starr directs the Mulago Foundation and is the founder and director of the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program. Mulago spends its money driving forward the most promising ideas in health, development, and conservation in poor countries – projects like the ones D-Rev designs and delivers. The foundation is unabashedly obsessed with impact: designing for it, measuring it, investing in it, and taking it to scale.
Kevin had a perfectly good career in medicine and international health when he stumbled into philanthropy in the early 1990’s. Since then he’s gotten deep into dozens of projects ranging from forest conservation by monks in Tibet to micro-franchise clinics in Kenya to one-acre farming in Burma. His innovative ways of thinking about delivery and impact are well-recognized in the social innovation community, particularly following his PopTech talk: How not to change the world. Kevin went through medical school and residency at UC San Francisco and has lived in SF ever since. He teaches and mentors fellows in other programs for social entrepreneurs and still practices medicine (very) part time.
Laura Hattendorf is currently the Portfolio Director for the Mulago Foundation, which supports social enterprises like D-Rev that are implementing high impact, scalable solutions to the problems of health, poverty, and conservation in developing countries. She also acts as an adviser to the Rainer Arnhold Fellows and other social enterprises around the world, with an emphasis on strategy and organization building.
Earlier, Laura was a co-founder of Sustainable Conservation, having served as Executive Director and Co-Executive Director from 1993 to 2000. In addition to founding Sustainable Conservation, she was a senior executive with the McArthur/Glen Group, a commercial real estate developer, and an analyst at Strategic Planning Associates, now part of Oliver Wyman Consulting. Laura received her BS in economics and finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and her MBA and Certificate in Public Management from Stanford University.
Eric is co-founder of D-Rev's ReMotion project, which aims to provide high-performance prostheses for the developing world, and co-designer of the JaipurKnee, a low-cost prosthetic knee joint for above-knee amputees. His passion for design for extreme affordability has been motivated by his travels in Southeast Asia and India; Eric seeks to integrate his engineering knowledge with a desire to directly benefit individuals.
Eric holds a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where his work was focused on medical device design, biomechanics and Design Thinking, a human-centered process of innovation. As R&D lead for a medical device start-up SurgSolutions, Eric has worked from concept through mechanical design to get a prototype device into the operating room, and has directed procedures during human feasibility studies. Eric also holds a bachelor's degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and has worked as a machinist.
Dante is an award-winning designer and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Dante Beatrix (now BeatrixNY) and Pop-Up, a housewares company. She has designed products for Martha Stewart, and created branding work for large, well-known clients such as Timberland, Kodak and Keds.
Dante works with D-Rev in re-thinking and envisioning their brand identity, most specifically, the redesign of D-Rev’s website. She particularly likes D-Rev’s efficiency in bringing life-changing improvements to the world.
Dante has a BA in architecture and a BFA in design from Washington University in St. Louis, and her MFA in Product Design from Stanford University. She has taught at California College of Arts and is a guest lecturer at Stanford University.
Ben's passion for engineering, science and humanity led him to D-Rev, where he works closely with end-users to design practical and affordable medical devices. His work at D-Rev began with a Stanford class on precision engineering. What started as a class project to design a microscope for the developing world, soon became D-Rev's Global Scope. Ben continued the work, designing the fine focus mechanism for the microscope and making the design rugged enough for use in extreme environments. Ben also initiated and currently advises D-Rev’s Brilliance project, which is developing low-cost, highly efficacious phototherapy to treat neonatal jaundice. Ben is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.