Team

Karima Ladhani

Founder and CEO

Karima is a current Doctor of Science candidate in Global Health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She currently holds research positions with Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Department of Newborn Medicine and the Harvard Ministerial Leadership in Health Forum. She has over 5 years of global health experience with contributions to USAID, Clinton Health Access Initiative, and John Snow, Inc., focusing on strengthening health systems and maternal and child health.

Karima’s nontraditional path to public health began by obtaining undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Business from the University of Waterloo. While spending two years making strides in the private sector, she volunteered at various institutions devoted to improving public health outcomes and found herself driven by public service and interdisciplinary approaches to public health. She finds herself committed to helping mothers and giving every child a fighting chance, with a particular affinity to her roots in South Asia region.

Nayab Ahmad

Director of Product Development

Nayab is a recent graduate of Harvard College focusing on Human Evolutionary Biology and Global Health, and Health Policy. At Harvard she was in the Leadership Team at Health Leads for Massachusetts General Hospital, an organization that helps patients get access to basic resources like food and housing to improve their health. Previously, she served as a Research Fellow in Barbados for the Harvard Global Health Institute and Research Assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Nayab is not new to the world of maternal and child health. Her plans to attend graduate school in public health is driven by the one-on-one work that she partakes in while conducting research abroad and domestically. While she was an advocate with Health Leads at Boston Medical Center’s OB/GYN clinic, she helped expectant mothers acquire baby supplies and saw how this positively influenced their lives. She understands the detriment of not being heard and wants to be a voice for those in public health who do not have the means to speak out. Nayab’s interests are diverse, but her Pakistani roots keep her grounded in development efforts.

 

Jyoti Ramakrishna

Director of Medical Affairs

Jyoti is currently the Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Tufts Medical Center holding an MD from Delhi Unversity and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Previously, she was an Associate Pediatrician in gastroenterology, nutrition, and global health at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. She has held professorships at Harvard Medical School, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and University of California Davis. She brings over 26 years of experience working with children and mothers.

Having spent a great deal of her formative years in India, Jyoti came to recognize the privilege in having the resources that the developing world provides. She frequently travels home to India to volunteer her medical expertise to impoverished regions of her country. As a physician, she has seen countless infants die from easily preventable causes. She is drawn to existing solutions that can make the difference between life and death for South Asian mothers.

Amanda Hahnel

Director of Operations

Amanda is currently an Associate Innovation Director at Commonwealth where she focuses on prize-linked savings business development and research, ideating, piloting, scaling behavioral consumer financial products, researching and developing strategies to encourage youth financial capability by leveraging standardized tests. Prior to joining Commonwealth, she worked on microfinance policy in Chennai, India focusing on the cost of capital reductions for microfinance institutions.

She holds a Masters in Business Administration with concentrations in Strategy, Finance, and Entrepreneurship from Penn State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Spanish, and International Relations from Tufts University. Amanda brings an acute understanding of business development to Barakat Bundle and is fueled by her commitment to helping social enterprises thrive. 

 

Charlotte Beckett

Research & Development Associate

 Charlotte is a trained lawyer in the UK where she worked in a city law firm prior to relocating to the US.  After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree at Birmingham University, Charlotte completed her law degree and legal training, specialising in regulatory and commercial practice.  It was her keen interest in pro bono work that led her to the field of social enterprise where she has found her niche at Barakat Bundle – contributing to commercial operations and product development and conducting legal research into safety regulations. 

With previous experience instigating a scheme in India to help children obtain retrospective birth certificates, Charlotte is passionate about social justice and the rights of young people.  Her pro bono work has included drafting policies and strategies for an educational non-profit in Africa; acting for families of deaf children in the UK appealing local authority school placement decisions and mentoring immigrant women on running small businesses.  This is Charlotte’s first venture into the health sector, where as a new mother she is inspired to address challenges faced by other women around the world looking after their newborns. 

Board of Directors

Dr. Anne CC Lee

Anne CC Lee, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a pediatrician in the Department of Newborn Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and an Associate in the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a member of the Child Epidemiology Reference Group Neonatal and Preterm-SGA Working Groups. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of major neonatal diseases, and the design, evaluation, and implementation of interventions targeting these conditions in low-resource settings. Her projects are currently with the Projahnmo group in rural Sylhet, Bangladesh, and previously, with the Surmang Foundation, in a Tibetan region of Qinghai province, China.

Dr. Samudragupta Bora

Dr. Bora is a pediatric neuroscientist whose primary interest and expertise are the neurodevelopmental outcomes of infants born very preterm. His research has focused specifically on the neurological mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental impairments and child psychopathology in this high-risk population, along with the early identification of those at greatest risk. 

Samudragupta received his doctoral degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Canterbury, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Since May 2016, he has held the position of Group Leader for Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up and Outcomes within the Mothers, Babies and Women’s Health Program at the Mater Research Institute – The University of Queensland, Australia.