Dr Nithya Ramanathan

Dr Nithya Ramanathan, Gender Summit 5 Africa Speaker

President and Co-Founder, Nexleaf Analytics, USA.

Knowledge Exchange Forum: Gender, Technology and Communities of the Future

Dr Nithya Ramanathan is the President and Co-Founder of Nexleaf Analytics.  Dr Ramanathan brings over 16 years of experience as a computer scientist to the development of mHealth and mobile phone based sensing applications, including her work in research and hardware development at Intel and Hewlett-Packard. Dr Ramanathan's work includes building systems for monitoring air pollution, wildlife conservation, cookstove financing, behavioral interventions, water access and coldchain monitoring around the world.

As an Assistant Research Professor in Computer Science at the University of California Los Angeles, Dr Ramanathan received a highly competitive NIH Challenge Grant to develop Ohmage, an open-source platform for self-monitoring and self-management using smartphones that provides real-time assessments and feedback on behavioral and environmental exposures for disease onset and progression for chronic diseases. She left UCLA to co-found Nexleaf Analytics, and currently leads major initiatives funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Google.org.  Dr Ramanathan received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA and holds a BS degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Electrical Engineering.  Additionally, she is a former Switzer Fellow, PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, and Rainer Arnhold Fellow.