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William Haseltine

William A. Haseltine

Chairman and President

William A. Haseltine, PhD, has an active career in both science and business. He was a professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health from 1976 to 1993, where he was founder and the chair of two academic research departments, the Division of Biochemical Pharmacology and the Division of Human Retrovirology. He is well known for his pioneering work on cancer, HIV/AIDS, and genomics. He has authored more than two hundred manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and is the author of several books, including Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare Story, published in 2013. He is the founder of Human Genome Sciences, Inc., and served as the chairman and CEO of the company until 2004. He is also the founder of several other successful biotechnology companies. Companies he has founded account for seven drugs currently on the market. He is chairman of the Haseltine Foundation for Science and the Arts. He serves as an advisor and board member of several innovative healthcare companies.

He is chairman of the US-China Health Summit and a member of the advisory board of the IE University, Madrid, and the advisory council for the Koch Institute of MIT and the Life Sciences Foundation. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (India), the Ragon Institute, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India. He is also a Lifetime Governor of the New York Academy of Sciences, a member of the board of AID for AIDS International, an honorary member of the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sofi Bergkvist

Sofi Bergkvist

Executive Director, International Programs

Sofi Bergkvist leads the development of new international programs for ACCESS Health. ACCESS Health International originated with Sofi's work in India, where she built strategic partnerships to improve access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Today, she continues to establish and manage partnerships with the private sector, governments, and research and development organizations around the world. Previously, Sofi worked as an analyst for an asset management company in India and as an advisor at the European Commission's delegation to the United Nations in New York. She has a Master's of Science in International Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics and studied at the MBA program at McGill University.

Chang Liu

Chang Liu

Managing Director for Singapore, Mainland China, and Hong Kong

Chang Liu manages our work in east and southeast Asia. He is deeply involved in the design and supervision of ACCESS Health aging related projects in Southeast Asia and mainland China. Chang and ACCESS Health President William A. Haseltine are currently working on a new book, A City for All Ages, based on best practices in elder and long term care. Chang authored the epilogue to Dr. Haseltine’s previous book, Affordable Excellence, which documents the progress toward sustainable high quality healthcare in Singapore during 2013 and 2014.

In addition to his work with ACCESS Health, Chang is also adjunct professor at the National University of Singapore Enterprise and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also participates in several projects on aging in Singapore, including large scale national surveys and intervention programs. Previously, he worked at the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research at Brown University, where he studied long term care and elder care policies in both the United States and China. He earned his PhD in Health Services Research (2013) from Brown University with a specialization in health economics. He was awarded the eXebs Friedrich J. Schoening International Scholarship and was named an eXebs Fellow during his exchange study at the European Business School, Germany.

Siddhartha Bhattacharya

Siddhartha Bhattacharya

Country Director, India

Siddhartha Bhattacharya is responsible for the overall development, management, and leadership of the activities of ACCESS Health International in India. His responsibilities include the establishment of collaborations and management of partnerships with government and the public and private sectors as well as with research and development organizations.

Previously, Siddhartha served as chief operating officer and technology head for the Emergency Management and Research Institute of GVK. The Institute delivers integrated emergency response and technology driven health outreach services to seventeen states and union territories in India through public private partnerships. In prior leadership roles, he has worked with Dell, Inc, (USA), Philips (India), and the government of Kerala in a number of cross functional global assignments. Siddhartha holds a Bachelor's degree with honors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Rajasthan. He also received his Master's in Business Administration from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. In addition, Siddhartha received an Executive Scholar certificate in sales and marketing from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Siddhartha is interested in people, projects, and alliances that thrive on rapid change, scale, and globalization. He likes to mentor promising startups in his personal time.

Vera Siesjö

Vera Siesjö

Country Manager, Philippines

Vera Siesjö leads our work in the Philippines. She currently manages projects on health financing and healthcare quality improvement, including the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage. Prior to joining ACCESS Health International, Vera worked as a project coordinator for an international press agency, producing country reports for The Economist, The Times, and USA Today in Mexico, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Vera also worked as project coordinator for a state funded mental health and psychosocial support program in public hospitals in Argentina. The program aimed at integrating mental health into primary healthcare. Vera holds a a Master's of Science in Psychology degree from the University of Palermo and a Master’s degree in International Public Health from the University of Sydney. When not working, Vera enjoys running, kite surfing, and traveling.

Adrienne Mendenhall

Adrienne Mendenhall

Director of Business Development, Singapore

Adrienne focuses on business development and building our Singapore network. She creates innovative partnerships across public and private sectors that result in new healthcare and aged care models. Adrienne developed the Modern Aging program in Singapore and continues to manage key accounts for the team.

Prior to joining ACCESS Health International, Adrienne worked in education administration for the National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. In the US, she had a decade of experience in community health promotion, focusing on reproductive and adolescent health and the prevention and management of noncommunicable chronic diseases. Adrienne received her Master’s of Public Health from the University of Minnesota.

Fredrik Knoeff

Fredrik Knoeff

Director of Operations and Program Development, Singapore

Fredrik Knoeff works in the ACCESS Health Singapore office, where he leads operational and programmatic growth. He specializes in professionalizing organizations, teams, and programs. He has over ten years of experience in the public and private sector and in the nongovernmental organization world. Previously, Fredrik worked in Tanzania as a management advisor for a local nongovernmental organization reaching out to vulnerable and marginalized groups. In the Netherlands, he worked as management consultant and was the managing director and attorney at law at a medium sized law firm. Fredrik has a Master’s degree in Management from Nyenrode Business University and a law degree from Leiden University, both in the Netherlands.

Linguo Li

Linguo Li

Director of Operations, China

Linguo Li is helping to establish our offices in mainland China. She brings eight years of experience in research and development, management consulting, mergers and acquisitions, and healthcare industry investment. Previously, Linguo worked at Takeda Pharmaceutical as a researcher in the development of new biologics for central nervous system diseases. She also provided consultation services on market assess and expansion strategy for top pharmaceutical and medical device companies at Smith Street Solutions. In addition, Linguo worked in science investment at a venture capital fund and as a commercial director of Medimix Asia. At Medimix Asia, she oversaw multinational market research, pricing, and market access project management in the healthcare industry. Linguo is a PhD candidate in Health Economics at Fudan University. She holds a Master's degree in Medical Genetics, also from Fudan University, and Bachelor's degrees in Medicine and Science from Jilin University.

Anna Dirksen

Anna Dirksen

Director of Communications

Anna Dirksen is Director of Communications at ACCESS Health International. She has more than ten years of strategic communications experience across a broad range of healthcare issues and geographic areas. Previously, she was Vice President at Corkery Unlimited, one of the leading strategic consulting firms specializing in health and medical communications.

Anna has led communications and outreach strategies at the United Nations Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability in Tokyo, Japan, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and at the UN Secretariat in New York. She also previously served as Deputy Director of Communications for the global health organization PSI in Washington D.C. She earned her MSc from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and began her career as a television host, reporter, and producer in Canada.

Biswajeet Chatterjee

Biswajeet Chatterjee

Chief Finance Officer

Biswajeet Chatterjee is responsible for the global finance function at ACCESS Health International. He is a finance professional with over thirty five years of rich industry experience in overall business and finance function. He has worked in global companies like BOC Gases, EI DuPont, Kelly Services and Mother Dairy group. He is experienced in implementation of best practices in finance, corporate governance, merger and acquisitions; business valuation, business restructuring and change management through business process re-engineering, He has also authored a number of popular books in contemporary business and finance topics like International Financial Reporting Standards, Indian Accounting Standards, Financial Reporting under Corporate Restructuring, Financial Reporting under consolidation of subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures and Business Valuation.

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