Sisu Global Health is a for-profit social enterprise. Our team firmly believes in a double bottom line of health outcomes and profitability to sustain our initiative. For over four years, the Sisu team has performed research in Ghana, Zimbabwe and India to develop our patent-pending technologies and business model.
Carolyn’s role is to manage the business operations, development, and vision of Sisu. Previously she led the development of CentriCycle as CEO. Carolyn has also worked in India where she did product design for Embrace Innovations and supply chain management with Halliburton around procurement systems. Carolyn has received accolades such as the RPM Ventures Entrepreneur of the Year and the Harry E. Benford Entrepreneurial Award. She has been featured in Business Insider and will be in the October edition of Entrepreneur. Carolyn graduated with a BSE in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She speaks 3 languages including Turkish and Hindi.
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. During the Saving Lives at Birth Grant, Gillian will ensure that the products for the clinical studies are manufactured to the guidelines and quality that Sisu will submit for regulatory approval. She will also be technical assistance in the field for any technical challenges that may arise.
Gillian previously founded a medical device design firm for Ghana. She has been published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, has presented at the Midwest Biomedical Engineering Career Conference and Appropriate Healthcare Technologies for Developing Countries Seminar in London, and was named Baltimore’s “2016 Technologist of the Year” at Baltimore’s 4th Annual Innovation award.
Katie focuses on fund-raising, partnership development, and marketing. Previously a member of CentriCycle, Katie drove business operations and the education aspect of CentriCycle’s holistic model. She recently returned from a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Rwanda where she taught university classes at INATEK University in Kibungo, Rwanda and managed the first published literary journal with students at the National University of Rwanda called INGANZO. Katie also wrote reports and grants as an intern at the US Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname. Katie has experience working with government agencies and NGOs in Cameroon where she did research around cultural ideas of nationalism and globalization. Katie graduated from Albion College with a degree in English Literature and French.
Sajju Jain is a serial entrepreneur, mentor and teacher with over twenty years of senior management experience in industries such as computers, polymers, outsourcing services, management consulting, renewal energy, and healthcare among others.
In 2008 he found his calling in the world of for-profit social enterprise and has dedicated the last eight years to galvanising innovative technologies to address societal challenges such as eradication of kerosene lanterns (Dlight Design Inc.), infant mortality (Embrace Technologies Inc.) and job creation through entrepreneurship education & mentorship (Standard Skills Development Pvt. Ltd.).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 recently joined Sisu as a Project Engineer and assists CTO, Gill, to bring Hemafuse into production. 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 is responsible for Sisu’s quality system development and market analysis. Kendall brings experience in the entire medical device development process through her Master’s with the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design. She 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. In addition to her masters, she has a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.
Iris is focused on driving innovative global regulatory strategies that maximize the value of the Sisu’s R&D pipeline. Iris is a senior business executive that has been directly involved in the development and commercialization of autotransfusion blood processing technology for Solco Basle and Haemonetics, the leaders in autotransfusion. Iris is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of innovation experience bringing to market medical devices, biopharmaceuticals and mobile health IT products. Iris holds BS in Health Science with advanced studies in Immunology along with MBA from Northeastern University. She was named as part of 2016 Class of Upstart Business Journal 100 Inventors honorees of the year and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2015 Innovate HER: Innovating for Women Challenge winner.