Sisu Global Health is an award winning medical device company. Hemafuse, Sisu’s first portfolio product, is a surgical tool that salvages and recycles a patient’s own blood from internal bleeding. For over four years, the Sisu team has developed our patented technologies and business model in Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and India. 

Sisu's Team

Carolyn Yarina, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder LinkedIn Profile

Carolyn Yarina, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

LinkedIn Profile

Carolyn Yarina manages Sisu’s strategy, business development, and fundraising. Carolyn has raised over $1M of investment from multiple investors including Steve Case (founder of AOL) and Camden Partners. She has received numerous awards including first place in South by Southwest Eco’s Social Impact Category, won Baltimore’s Rise of the Rest with Steve Case, and was a 2016 Tedx Mid-Atlantic speaker. 

Prior to Sisu, Carolyn founded a medical device non-profit working with rural mobile clinics in India. She raised over $100k in cash and in-kind services and was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and Business Insider.  While getting her Chemical Engineering Degree at the University of Michigan, Carolyn was named Entrepreneur of the Year for her first company.

Gillian Henker, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder LinkedIn Profile

Gillian Henker, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

LinkedIn Profile

Gillian Henker manages Sisu’s products and technical strategy. She is the primary inventor of Hemafuse and has directed Hemafuse’s development from an idea to fully manufactured, injection-molded device. Gillian was named Baltimore’s “2016 Technologist of the Year” at Baltimore’s 4th Annual Innovation award.

Gillian previously founded a medical device design firm for Ghana. She has been published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics and has presented at the Midwest Biomedical Engineering Career Conference and Appropriate Healthcare Technologies for Developing Countries Seminar in London.

Katie Kirsch, Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder LinkedIn Profile

Katie Kirsch, Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder

LinkedIn Profile

Katie leads Sisu's partnership development and marketing. Katie received the Award of Excellence at the Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Conference at Calabar Teaching Hospital in Nigeria and was awarded the FIELD Africa 2016 Impact Award.  Prior to Sisu Global Health, Katie managed public-private partnerships across Africa with universities, embassies, and NGOs. Katie was a Fulbright fellow in Rwanda. At CentriCycle, she was the Business Development Manager and first hire of the company where she drove business operations and the education aspect of CentriCycle’s holistic model. Katie worked in the US Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname and performed research in Cameroon. 

Sajju Jain, Chief Operating Officer and Advisory Board Member Linkedin Profile

Sajju Jain, Chief Operating Officer and Advisory Board Member

Linkedin Profile

Sajju enables the development of Sisu's operations and business strategy. He is a serial entrepreneur, mentor and teacher with over twenty years of senior management experience in industries such as healthcare, computers, polymers, outsourcing services, management consulting, and renewal energy, among others.

In 2008 he found his calling in the world of for-profit social enterprise and has dedicated the last eight years to galvanizing innovative technologies to address societal challenges such as eradication of kerosene lanterns (Dlight Design Inc.) and infant mortality (Embrace Technologies Inc.). His ventures have been featured on BBC, CNBC, CNN, ABC, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and many other media outlets across the world. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (ExecEd) and has an MBA from the University of Iowa.

Mihir Sheth, Project Engineer LinkedIn Profile

Mihir Sheth, Project Engineer

LinkedIn Profile

Mihir develops Sisu's products, testing, and purchase activities. While earning a Master’s in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, he worked on developing several biomedical devices, including a device to convert the eye’s motions into electrical energy, a joystick that non-invasively measured chimpanzee’s vital signs and a hybrid infant incubator/kangaroo-care pouch. He was named as the University of Michigan’s Quiet Influencer of the Year in 2015.

Kendall Covington, Market Analyst and Regulatory Analyst LinkedIn Profile

Kendall Covington, Market Analyst and Regulatory Analyst

LinkedIn Profile

Kendall is responsible for Sisu’s market research on product adoption and collaborates with Sisu's regulatory consultants. She has worked with the Global Women's Healthcare Technology Center in the US and Kenya to create a local training program. Kendall also has experience in developing devices for low resource settings including training simulators for labor monitoring in India and a device for evaluation of pneumonia recovery. She has a Master’s from the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design and a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.