2020 Winner

Nithya Ramanathan

For her work to save lives through the innovative application of technology, creating and applying data-driven solutions to global challenges


Nithya Ramanathan is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Nexleaf Analytics, a tech non-profit dedicated to preserving human life and protecting our planet. Nexleaf’s unique approach brings together sensor design, data analysis, software engineering, and field engagement to identify and address big problems.

New thinking, new actions

Since Ramanathan co-founded Nexleaf in 2009, the company has focused on clean cook-stove technologies, vaccine temperature monitors, and improved NICU care, partnering with global stakeholders including WHO, UNICEF, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which operates in close coordination with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Nexleaf technology protects the vaccine supply for 1 in 10 babies born on Earth. Ramanathan and her team have achieved this outsized impact by working shoulder-to-shoulder with Ministries of Health rather than attempting to bypass governments. Scaling cutting-edge technologies refined through close collaboration with personnel at every level of the health system, from top-tier government officials to frontline healthcare workers. Learn more

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