Global Good is supported by a team of more than a dozen individuals who draw on a diverse mix of experience across business, government, and non-profit organizations. We’re united by the belief that invention holds the power to solve some of humanity’s toughest problems.
We’re joined in this mission by Intellectual Ventures Laboratory. Global Good inventions stem from the team of scientists and engineers at this multidisciplinary research facility. To learn more about their work, please visit the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory website.
Meet Our Team
Maurizio Vecchione: Executive Vice President of Global Good and Research
Maurizio Vecchione is the Executive Vice President of Global Good and Research at Intellectual Ventures (IV). In this role, he oversees IV’s collaboration with Bill Gates to invent and deploy technology specifically focused on improving life in developing countries, as well as the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory and Institute for Disease Modeling. Mr. Vecchione most recently served as CEO of Arrogene, which is commercializing a new nanotechnology platform for cancer therapeutics and diagnostics, and as CEO of telemedicine pioneer CompuMed.
Mr. Vecchione has nearly 30 years of experience in the technology sector. He has contributed to building nine start-ups and helped launch more than 50 commercial products, resulting in more than $1 billion in shareholder value. His work spans the software, internet, wireless and life sciences sectors, primarily in connection with technologies incubated by government and university R&D efforts.
Mr. Vecchione is also involved in a number of non-profit initiatives, including as a co-founder and member of the board of ReefQuest. This global organization focuses on fostering marine environmental stewardship in children through citizen science.
As an inventor himself, Mr. Vecchione is named on multiple U.S. patents and patent applications related to imaging, image processing, nano-bio-polymer and telecommunications technologies. He was twice a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award, received a DEMO God award from the prestigious DEMO organization and is a member of ACM and IEEE.
Guy Ellis: General Manager, Operations for Global Good and Research
Guy Ellis is the General Manager, Operations for Global Good and Research. In this role, Guy is responsible for operational effectiveness and efficiency for Global Good and the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory. Guy’s responsibilities include strategic and operational planning, metrics and dashboards as well as other broad performance-related activities.
Guy’s experience spans more than 20 years building and maintaining highly effective operations in a variety of business areas within innovative companies. His experience includes eight years in the Invention Investment Fund at Intellectual Ventures where he led groups responsible for patent prosecution, operations, acquisitions, and strategy.
Prior to IV, Guy worked with Cisco where he built the company’s patent prosecution capabilities by growing the portfolio twenty fold over a 4-year period. At Cisco, he conceived of, designed, and implemented groundbreaking IP management software that is still one of the most widely-used tools within the company. Guy began his career working on technology projects in the legal industry. He is a graduate from San Jose State University as well as the University of Washington Foster School of Business Executive Development Program. In addition to this professional experience, Guy is a mentor at UW CoMotion Incubator and a member of the Board of Advisors for Patent Navigation, an early-stage IP software startup.
Christine Bachman: Field Research Manager
Christine is the Field Research Manager for Global Good, where she leads monitoring and evaluation, analyses, and assessments throughout the life of an intervention as well as performs advocacy to high-level policymakers in country.
Prior to teaming with Intellectual Ventures in 2013, Christine worked with the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) at the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health, engaged on program management, evaluation, and implementation.
Christine is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, received her MPH from the Global Health Department at the University of Washington, and her BA in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound.
David Bell: Portfolio Lead, Global Health Technology
David Bell is a clinical and public health physician with a background in malariology, tropical health and diagnostics product development. He has previously worked with the World Health Organization in Manila and Geneva, developing strategy and implementation programmes for malaria diagnostics and febrile disease case management, and as head of the Malaria / Acute Febrile Syndrome programme at the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics in Geneva, Switzerland. He previously worked as a physician and researcher in Australia, the UK, and the Philippines, and has a PhD in malaria epidemiology and modeling of interventions.
Megan Bettilyon: Senior Manager of Research and Policy
Megan manages policy and technical research at Global Good for the SVP’s office. She also facilitates our engagement with numerous academic, government, and industry establishments pulling on her extensive background working in, and with, scientific, hi-tech, and global development organizations.
She is a PMP and ScrumMaster-certified program manager with experience working with governments, academia, and multi-lateral agencies on complex projects in the Middle East, Mediterranean, Africa, and domestically. Megan earned her master’s degree from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography focused on Renewable Energy, Economics and Global Policy and her Bachelors from UC San Diego in Anthropology/Archaeology.
Brian Bragg: Project Manager
Brian is a member of Global Good’s Program Management Office, which is responsible for the strategic development of tools, budgets, schedules, and resources across programmatic activities, as well as the process improvement to support efficient and effective project execution.
Brian’s diverse background compliments many of Global Good’s focus areas, where he brings a passion for driving solutions that innovate on the challenges of global development. Prior to joining Global Good, Brian helped develop and improve medical devices for a local startup, helped another case study social enterprise and device commercialization in LICs, and has furthermore investigated global medical device donation. In addition to device development, Brian has studied social engagement, sustainable stewardship, and natural resource management structures, and he brings project experience working with NGOs in Africa and India.
Brian holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Natural Resource Management from the University of Washington, with additional certifications in project management (PMI) and device commercialization (UW).
Marie Connett: Director, Global Development Technology Portfolio
Prior to teaming with Global Good, Marie was the CEO of an NGO active in sustainable agriculture and advised a subsidiary NGO active in climate change mitigation in Africa, India and the Americas. She was also the national R&D Manager for Elders, Australia’s oldest agribusiness, and the Food Security Theme Lead for National ICT Australia with a portfolio including big data and machine learning related to agriculture, water and renewable energy resources.
Marie is an inventor on more than 80 patents and patents pending. She has co-owned and consulted for SME businesses in four countries, and worked over a decade in private industry leading several biochemistry and engineering research groups, including one that pioneered the only scalable techniques for important species in an area of forestry technology. Marie was previously Deputy CEO of Cambia, an NGO in which she led the team that launched the public-good website Patent Lens, developed the prototypes of biological sequence search tools now connecting NIH and USPTO databases, rendition of status and family information, and expansion from a U.S. agriculture database to all patent categories and multiple jurisdictions, for enablement of inventors and development organizations to compile landscapes from public disclosures.
Marie earned a PhD in Plant Sciences (Cornell University), an MBA (USC) and two bachelor’s degrees with honors, in Biology and in Modern Languages (Humboldt State University and Universität Heidelberg), and registrations as a patent agent, professional forester, and IT project manager. She is an adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and a Fellow of the School of Engineering, University of Melbourne.
Thi Thuy Van Dinh: Multilateral Relationships Manager
Van builds and strengthens relationships with international agencies, and provides support on international regulatory, United Nations procurement and policy matters.
Van was a laureate of the 2007 United Nations National Competitive Examination on Legal Affairs. At the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (Vienna, Austria), she worked in the Secretariat to the United Nations Convention against Corruption to ensure its implementation, leading country compliance missions, conducting training and workshops on anti-corruption and criminal justice, and advising the Office on environmental affairs. Van later transferred to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Geneva, Switzerland), where she contributed to the implementation of human rights treaties by providing input of the Treaties Division to the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review.
Van received two Masters degrees in Public Law and in Environmental Law, as well as a professional Masters diploma (‘Magistère’) in Planning, Urbanism and Environmental Law, from the University of Limoges (France). She subsequently gained a Ph.D. with specialization in international and environmental law. She was a research assistant at CRIDEAU Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Planning and Environmental Law (Limoges, France), and has conducted research with the Food and Agriculture Organization (Rome, Italy).
Noni Gachuhi: Women's Health Lead
Noni Gachuhi is a public health professional with a background in HIV/AIDS prevention, reproductive health/family planning and malaria programming. She has previously worked with Marie Stopes International, USAID and Population Services International designing, implementing and monitoring health programs in Africa and Asia.
Kennedi Garrett: Administrative Assistant
Kennedi Garrett provides administrative support to the Global Health Technologies team. Before joining Global Good, Kennedi earned a degree in Business Management and honed her administrative skills in the real estate and residential property management industries in Minnesota and Utah.
Zihong Guo, PhD: Director, Alliance Management
Dr. Zihong Guo is the Director of Alliance Management at Global Good, where he is responsible for commercialization of global health and development technologies, especially through Chinese industrial partners. Zihong is also responsible for developing strategic relationships with NGOs, government agencies, and other development organizations that can support the development and deployment of Global Good technologies.
Zihong has thirty years of industrial and academic experiences on invention, innovation, R&D and management in the field of aerospace, medical device, green energy, dairy and cold chain. Most recently he was a principal investigator and a senior manager at Intellectual Ventures Lab managing the product development of cold chain and dairy processing technologies for the developing world. Dr. Guo is the inventor of 21 issued and pending patents across multi-disciplinary technical fields. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics, both from the University of Washington. He has a BS in aero engine design from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Maya Hamda: Executive Assistant
Maya Hamda provides administrative support to the Executive Vice President of Global Good and Research. Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures in 2012, Maya was an Executive Assistant to the CEO of one of the most-widely circulated newspapers in Jordan.
Davina Inslee: Chief Counsel Global Good
As Chief Counsel, Davina oversees all legal affairs including the licensing and commercialization of Global Good inventions and technologies and the obligations associated with furthering Global Good’s product and business development.
Davina is a seasoned intellectual property and transactional attorney with over 20 years of experience in both private practice and the corporate environment, most recently she served as the Chief IP Counsel for Vulcan Inc. Prior to Vulcan, Davina worked in the telecommunications and biotechnology fields as IP Counsel where she was responsible for all aspects of intellectual property prosecution, litigation, and licensing as well as technology transactions, acquisitions & sales.
Davina has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Purdue University and is a graduate from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She is also a registered patent attorney.
Shannon Kuyper: Research Program Manager, Global Health Technologies
Shannon works in the Global Health Technologies portfolio team at Global Good. Prior to joining the Global Good team in 2015, Shannon had been the Research Program Manager at Intellectual Ventures Laboratory for 3 years. In her role at Global Good, Shannon works with the IV Lab teams to launch new initiatives that take ideas through an exploratory phase and in to sponsored, funded projects for Global Good. She also identifies and facilitates key research collaboration opportunities with external partners to fulfill strategic business goals for Global Good Health portfolio.
Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures, Shannon worked at Philips Ultrasound. There, she worked in Supply Chain NPI to lead successful introduction of new ultrasound products from concept to volume manufacturing. She has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Georgia, and a MBA from University of Washington, Bothell.
Craig Nakagawa: Director, Partner Development
Craig Nakagawa joined Global Good in 2011 as the director of partner development. He leads a team responsible for commercializing Global Good technologies through industry partners and supporting those partners through NGOs, governments, development agencies and others within Global Good’s ecosystem.
Craig has 25 years of investment experience globally in pharmaceuticals, health, telecommunications, and power with a particular focus on African investments in the past 10+ years. Prior to Global Good, Craig’s experience includes equity research and derivative finance at Lehman Brothers in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and New York, corporate development at Teledesic, and social entrepreneurship and early-stage commercial ventures at VillageReach. He has a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Washington, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Craig is active in social justice and global sustainability issues and is a trustee of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI), which offered the first MBA in sustainable business.
Kris Natarajan: Commercialization Lead, Life Sciences
Kris Natarajan is life sciences commercialization lead for Global Good, where he develops and advances strategic relationships with industry, government agencies, development organizations, NGOs and multilaterals.
Prior to joining Global Good, Kris developed and implemented public-private partnerships that expanded access to vaccines, pharmaceuticals and other prioritized public health interventions in low and middle income countries. He brings more than 16 years of global health experience spanning private sector, civil society and multilateral organizations.
Kris is an active Rotarian and holds a master’s degree in health policy and management from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell.
Mark Newell: Portfolio Lead, Infrastructure and ICT
Mark Newell is a Portfolio Lead for Global Good, where he is responsible for defining the business objectives in the Global Development and Technologies Portfolio. This work spans the agriculture, water, energy and communications sectors. Prior to his role in the Portfolio Office, Mark was a consultant at Global Good, supporting the development and field work for the Passive Vaccine Storage Device, and its field deployment in Senegal and Ethiopia.
Before his work with Global Good, Mark was the Financial Controller for RedRock Reports LLC, a consulting firm in the education sector, and a business and product consultant to several early-stage social enterprises. In addition, Mark worked for over 12 years as a Program Manager on products such as Internet Explorer, MSN, and Windows Media Center for the Microsoft Corporation. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mark co¬founded Bamboo Hardwoods, Inc., a mission driven business that manufactures and distributes dimensional lumber products such as bamboo flooring as well as bamboo furniture and other home accessories. Mark also obtained extensive experience in the renewable energy field while working for Home Power Magazine.
Mark has a MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute and a BA in Economics from the University California, Irvine.
Zahra Radjavi: Strategic Market Developer
As a strategic market developer, Zahra develops strategic partnerships and catalyzes opportunities for product uptake and adoption (demand creation) for the innovative products originating in Global Good’s Global Health and Global Development Technology Portfolios.
Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures, Zahra was a management consultant, supporting large-scale programs to optimize operations and improve cost effectiveness for healthcare organizations, technology companies, nonprofit organizations, and various U.S. government agencies. In addition, she developed and implemented a program that encourages local youth in Jordan to become involved in the protection and management of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Zahra possesses a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.
Nikki SanchezComeau: Project Manager Global Health Technology
Nikki is the project manager for the Global Health Technology portfolio, where she is responsible for managing budgets, reporting and partnership contracting. Her work to support complex projects includes developing tools and processes to improve efficient and effective project execution.
Prior to joining Global Good, Nikki worked in the nonprofit and public sectors managing programs and operations to support capacity building for local nonprofits and global microfinance partners with a focus on leveraging technology strategically to further program goals. In additional, she worked to empower local Nicaraguan leaders to manage their own communities’ development projects related to housing, education and economic development.
Nikki holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington, Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Spanish from Seattle University and a Certificate in International Development from the Universidad Centroamericana – Managua.
Beth Schubert: Senior Patent Attorney
Elizabeth (Beth) Schubert provides legal support for the Global Good invention process and development of the patent portfolio. Beth has assisted inventors to patent inventions developed at Intellectual Ventures since 2004.
Prior to attending law school, Beth earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Texas – M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and carried out research on the genetic basis of breast cancer susceptibility at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Manan Shukla: Associate Commercialization Lead
Manan Shukla is an Associate Commercialization Lead for Global Good, where he is responsible for the commercialization of Global Good’s innovations. Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures in 2012, Manan was a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, providing solutions to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. He also has experience as a senior financial analyst for a private equity-backed aerospace manufacturer.
Manan has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Lehigh University and received his MBA from Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Akos Somoskovi: Global Health Specialist – Tuberculosis
Akos Somoskovi M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. earned his Medical Doctor and Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Albert Szent-Gyorgyi University of Medical Sciences, Hungary. After graduation, he joined the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Semmelweis University in Hungary where he was an Associate Professor until 2010. In 2004, he was awarded the Doctor of Science degree by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Between 1999 and 2001, he was a Fogarty fellow at the Wadsworth Center in Albany, New York and between 2001 and 2002, a research fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Between 2005 and 2006, Dr. Somoskövi was the Associate Director of the Clinical Mycobacteriology Laboratory of the Wadsworth Center in Albany, New York. In 2007 and 2008, he was responsible for the Tuberculosis Laboratory Team of the International Laboratory Branch of the Global AIDS Program at US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. In 2008, he joined the Foundation of Innovative and New Diagnostics (FIND) at Geneva, Switzerland, where he was a principal investigator on integrated medical laboratory systems strengthening. From 2012 till 2014, he was supervising the Swiss National Reference Center for Mycobacteria at the University of Zurich. In 2014, he joined the Department of Respiratory Medicine of the Skaraborg Hospital in Sweden, where he worked as a senior consultant physician in respiratory medicine until he joined the Global Good Fund in April 2016. Dr. Somoskovi is a clinician and mycobacteriologist, board certified in Respiratory Medicine and Clinical Oncology, with broad experience in clinical management, epidemiology and laboratory diagnostics of respiratory and mycobacterial diseases.
Intellectual Ventures Laboratory
Specializing in early-stage research, Intellectual Ventures Laboratory takes on some of IV's boldest ideas to demonstrate their potential for commercial or humanitarian use. At the core of IV Lab's success is a multidisciplinary team with diverse expertise including: computational modeling, electrical and mechanical engineering, software development, network security, chemistry, microbiology, microscopy, materials science, nanotechnology, physics, thermodynamics, medical devices, and aerospace engineering.
With 87,000 square feet of workspace, the facility includes dedicated photonics, nanotechnology, electronics, environmental testing, metallurgical analysis, physics, chemistry and biology labs, as well as a state-of-the-art instrument shop and mosquito insectary.
To learn more about Intellectual Ventures Laboratory, please visit their website.