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KHALIYA | FOUNDER
Khaliya is a humanitarian, public health specialist and leading advocate for mental health, committed to grappling with the far-reaching effects of today’s mental health crisis and promoting radical innovation in a field that has not progressed in step with medical innovation as a whole.
An expert in global pandemics with a background in computer science, Khaliya sees mental health as among the most crucial social issues of the coming century. Together with her partner Thomas Ermacora she co-founded Falkora, a not for profit mental health and neurotech initiative to help put cross disciplinary approaches to mental health at the top of the political agenda in the United States and internationally.
It is her belief that lasting peace and prosperity can only be achieved if the fundamental requirements for health, both physical and mental, are made available to those in need.
In recognition of her work, Khaliya was awarded the 2016 Middelthon-Candler Peace Prize alongside Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who received the Justice Prize.
Actively involved with numerous social ventures, Khaliya is an investor in, and head of strategic partnerships for, Guardian Circle, an app that uses the power of crowdsourcing and social networks to keep individuals safe. Additionally, she is founder of two projects currently under production: The League of Extraordinary Minds, a website that celebrates the achievements of exceptional individuals with mental conditions, and Tell Your Story, an app that uses storytelling to support rape victims. She is also on the advisory committee for NeuroLaunch, the leading accelerator for neuroscience apps and Co-executive Producer for Breadhead, an explosive documentary about the looming worldwide epidemic of diet-related neurodegenerative disease.
A graduate with honors of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Khaliya was on the board of the world’s largest private development network from 2006 through 2010 – work that took her to over 30 countries as a health specialist and as part of diplomatic delegations throughout Africa and Asia. Prior, she was on a research team focused on infectious disease and national security at the Council on Foreign Relations and worked to negotiate lower-cost opportunistic infections drugs for YRG Care AIDS hospital in India. After receiving her B.A. with honors in European Studies and International Affairs at New York University, Khaliya worked two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria during the country’s rocky post-Communism transition period.
One of the first members of the Board of Directors for Venture for America, Khaliya continues to sit on their entrepreneur board, and is also on the advisory boards of post-natal care nonprofit Embrace, Nexus Global Youth Summit and Charity Miles, an app that allows amateur runners and bikers to turn their workouts into fundraisers. Khaliya is the youngest member of The World Economic Forum's Expert Advisory Global Futures Council on the Future of Health and Healthcare.
Khaliya is part of the Clinton Global Initiative LEAD program for young change makers and has spoken on health issues at The White House’s United States of Women Summit, The World Economic Forum Family Business Summit, The Near Future Summit, The American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Clinton Global Initiative University, Nexus Global Youth Summit, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, The United Nations, and various others.
Thomas Ermacora is an urbanist, technologist and futurist, author of Recoded City : Co-creating Urban Futures for Routledge 2016.
Founder and director of London based Clear Village regeneration agency, LimeWharf cultural innovation hub, Machines Room impact Fablab and impresario of the Maker Mile, he is a LEAD fellow of Clinton Global Initiative, founding partner of the MIT Fabcity Initiative and advisor to the World Economic Forum ‘Shaping the future of Urban Development & Services’ Initiative.
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