Zeena Johar, PhD

Zeena Johar joined Advantia Health in 2017 as Senior Vice President, Business Operations. Before joining Advantia Health, Zeena worked in health policy along with Dr. Mark McClellan (previous FDA Commissioner, and previous Administrator CMS).

Zeena Johar obtained her PhD in Molecular Diagnostics at ETH, Zurich, Switzerland in 2007. Zeena then returned to India and led the incorporation of SughaVazhvu Healthcare and IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH) working towards replicable service delivery networks at the interface of affordable healthcare technologies and innovative human resource solutions for inaccessible rural populations of India. Zeena spearheaded ICTPH’s academic alliance with School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania launching India’s first joint certificate Bridge Training Program for AYUSH practitioners as a skill building curriculum for evidence-based medicine. SVHC’s innovative care delivery model has enabled over 100,000 patient visits through its network of nine clinics in Rural Tamil Nadu.

SVHC was awarded the NASSCOM Social Innovation Honor 2014, and is a part of the IPIHD Network (founded by McKinsey & Company, World Economic Forum and Duke University. Zeena was a member of Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) – National Council on Public Health and the Governing Board at Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB), Bangalore. Zeena has published in The Economic Times, Chemistry – A European Journal, Helvetica Chimica Acta and PharmaBiz Chronicle, NextBillion.net, YourStory.in, ACM DEV-4, Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health.

Zeena completed her Executive MBA (Program for Leadership Development) at the Harvard Business School (HBS), Boston. Zeena was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2013, Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) Fellow 2014, as one of Asia’s 100 Pioneers by Purpose Economy in 2014 and Yale World Fellow 2015.