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Dr. Yogesh Rajkotia founded ThinkWell in 2011 to support human capital development around the world. Convinced that a break from the status quo of development assistance was urgently needed, Dr. Rajkotia founded ThinkWell to be a disruptive, creative agent for change. As ThinkWell’s CEO, he is responsible for driving the firm’s vision, culture, strategy, and approach.

An entrepreneur at heart, Dr. Rajkotia enjoys the relentless pursuit of ideas and innovations to spark transformation in health systems. With this spirit, he has supported major health systems reforms in over 25 countries and served as advisor to ministers and secretaries around the world. Dr. Rajkotia provided leadership to USAID’s global health systems strengthening efforts, where he oversaw the Agency’s $45 million health portfolio in Rwanda and its $125M global Health Systems 20/20 program. He has consulted for many organizations including WHO, GAVI, and World Bank.

Dr. Rajkotia is well published and is frequently asked to speak to distinguished audiences around the world. He was recognized as a Rockefeller Social Innovation Fellow in 2013. He holds a doctorate degree in health economics from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in health policy from the London School of Economics.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Beware of the success cartel: a plea for rational progress in global health, BMJ Global Health

International Development Doesn’t Care About Patient Privacy, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Pragmatism, Not Ideology, Must Drive Health Systems Development, Health Affairs

Is SMART the new stupid? Health worker perspectives on producing PBF indicators, Sociedade e Cultura

The Good, the Bad, and the Disruptive of Performance- Based Financing on the Mozambican Health System: Results from a process evaluation, Sociedade e Cultura

The effect of a performance-based financing program on HIV and maternal/child health services in Mozambique—an impact evaluation, Health Policy and Planning

Scaling Innovation for Strong Upazilla Health Systems in Bangladesh

Does household enrolment reduce adverse selection in a voluntary health insurance system?, Health Policy and Planning

 

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Dai Hozumi is an experienced global health expert with more than 20 years of success in designing innovative health systems solutions and strategic analysis of complex health system challenges. He also brings expertise in deepening collaborative partnerships with governments, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and for-profit corporations in more than 20 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Dai has an outstanding record of organization growth with innovative private foundations, traditional donor governments, and for-profit corporations. He holds an MD, MPH, and MS in Innovation Management.

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The number of cities that I have lived in the US – Berkeley, Boston, Seattle, DC, and Chapel Hill

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The number of cookbooks in my bookshelf now

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Years - the age of my oldest cookbook – it was left by my grandfather

Alexis began her career in service industry management, honing her skills in proactively determining customer needs. She later worked as staff accountant for a third party administrator for government entity risk pools. Alexis then worked at a private CPA firm specializing in outsourced accounting services with an emphasis on government contracting where she was able to broaden her skill set and elevate the accounting foundation established through education. Alexis graduated from Texas State University – San Marcos with a BA in business administration with a concentration in accounting. At ThinkWell, Alexis is the managing director for the Agility (operations) team.

 

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Mouths to feed (kids and pets included)

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Vegetables grown in my garden

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Hurricane slept through

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Times I've watched "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou"

Sweta Basnet is a global health practitioner with research and program implementation experience. Her expertise lies in reproductive, maternal, and child health, as well as pharmaceutical supply chains. She currently works as a Senior Program Analyst for ThinkWell’s private sector program to support immunization financing and oncology projects. Prior to ThinkWell, Sweta was a Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Specialist for USAID’s Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management project. There, she supported the implementation of technical activities to improve the availability of quality-assured health commodities for women and children in 15 countries. Sweta has also conducted research on respectful maternity care in Ghana to investigate how women and adolescents were treated during labor and childbirth.

Sweta holds an M.Sc. in Global Health from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Biochemistry and Spanish from Clark University.

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Languages spoken

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Countries visited (and many more to go!)

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Cups of chai needed daily

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Plants that grow too fast

Tara Grier is currently working toward her Masters degree in Writing Arts at Rowan University. She has previously held internships within the Writing Arts department at her university, and with the Jennifer DeChiara literary agency. While in undergrad, she was also on the executive board for Avant Literary Magazine, the managing editor for Halftone Magazine, and an admin/assistant publisher for Singularity Press. She is currently working on a fantasy novel that she hopes to publish in the future. Tara is excited to be working as a communications intern at ThinkWell for the next six months. In this role, Tara assists the Communications team in writing news briefs, social media copy, website management, and other communications tasks.

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dog named Teddy

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siblings: a younger brother and a twin sister

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years into college at Rowan University

My name is Meaghan Koudelka, and I am an international development practitioner with six years of related experience in the sector. I spent the last three years working at Creative Associates International Inc., supporting projects focused on economic growth and trade and investment. Before that, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Southern Morocco, deep in the Sahara Desert. As of today, I am currently a program manager as ThinkWell Global, where I will be serving at the main point of contact and hub for the Anglo-African region and countries and supporting the current and growing portfolio. I currently reside in Washington, D.C.

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years of experience in boxing and mixed martial arts

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5,000 miles run since 2013

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13,671 feet climbed on her tallest hike

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nephew

Monika Young is a talent professional with over four years of recruitment experience in the international development sector, including serving as a recruitment coordinator at Creative Associates and as a Business Development proposal recruiter at Social Impact. She has extensive experience in full-life cycle proposal, project, and U.S. domestic recruitment, including recruiting key personnel for three winning proposals worth over $50 million USD, and recruiting over 30 headquarters staff at Creative Associates. Prior to entering the development sector, Monika was a major donor and grants fundraiser in the non-profit sector for two years and spent a year as an English language assistant in a Parisian high school. She speaks fluent French and has a master’s degree in international relations from American University, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/French from Furman University.

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languages spoken: English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Korean

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years keeping a diary

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plants kept alive

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live concerts and counting

Megan Rauscher is an experienced global health and pharmaceutical systems strengthening professional with expertise in systems issues that affect availability, accessibility, and quality of primary health care medicines and commodities. Ms. Rauscher is currently a senior technical advisor for ThinkWell’s private sector program where she supports sustainable immunization financing projects and advises on medicines access and supply chain issues. Prior to joining ThinkWell, she served as the deputy technical director for maternal and child health for the Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project where she led and supported supply chain activities that improved availability and quality of maternal, newborn, and child health commodities in low- and middle-income countries. Ms. Rauscher holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA from the University of Oregon. She now lives in Washington, DC with her husband and her dog.

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cheerful spaniel

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years skiing

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jars of spices that won’t fit in the already full spice cabinet

Daniella Fanarof has 23 years of experience in program management and implementation in International Public Health. Over the course of her career, she has worked in increasingly senior roles both in the field and headquarters. She brings a wealth of experience in Program Operations and believes that clear, manageable and efficient systems and processes are critical for high quality program implementation. She has a special interest in enabling technical teams to focus on technical excellence by creating a supportive operational environment and believes that program operations is an exciting and satisfying career path. She brings a Master’s in International Development from American University and was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She lives in Baltimore with her fiancé and spoiled dog, Zula.

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continents visited

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peloton classes completed (and counting)

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cute, lazy dog

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of frequent flyer miles racked up

Gabby Alvarado is a Communication Specialist at ThinkWell, working on internal and HR communications, ThinkWell’s social media and website, and Fellowship communications. Prior to joining ThinkWell, Gabby utilized the skills and the experience she gained over a decade to create digital content for the private, non-profit, and government sectors.

Gabby earned a B.A. in Communication from Cal. State San Marcos and M.A. in Strategic Communication from American University.

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roadtrips across the USA (from D.C. to CA)

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full marathon completed

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languages spoken (working on a third!)

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