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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

Sofi Bergkvist leads the strategic direction of ACCESS Health International and oversees the development and management of all programs, projects, and staff in the eight countries in which we work. Sofi began ACCESS Health International 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. When not working, Sofi climbs mountains and trains for triathlons.

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 an author of the Epilogue to Affordable Excellence, which documents the progress toward sustainable high quality healthcare in Singapore during 2013 and 2014. He also works with Dr. William Haseltine on our forthcoming book A City for All Ages. He is involved in designing and supervising ACCESS Health aging related projects in Southeast Asia and Greater China.

In addition to his work with ACCESS Health, Chang Liu is an assistant professor in Health Services and Systems Research at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and the Center for Ageing and Education at Duke-NUS. At Duke, Chang's work focuses on health insurance policy and long term care policy. His current research examines the impact of insurance policies on the behavior of patients and providers and the economic implications using econometric study designs. He also participates in several projects on aging in Singapore, including large scale national surveys and intervention programs. Before joining Duke-NUS, 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. He also received a Master's degree in Finance (2009) from the Guanghua School of Management of Peking University, China.

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

Country Manager, Singapore

Adrienne Mendenhall leads our Singapore office. She identifies innovations in elder and chronic care models in Singapore and the region and works to translate these innovations to other markets. 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, ACCESS Health 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, ACCESS Health 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.

Sofia Widén

Sofia Widén

Program Manager

Sofia Widén leads the Elder Care Case Studies project, a series of studies on innovative elder care in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe. Previously, Sofia worked as a legislative aide to a member of the Virginia State Legislature in the United States, where she worked on education, healthcare reform, and on environmental laws. Sofia also served as a youth delegate to the United Nations in Brazil, Qatar, and in Stockholm. In this capacity, she supported a new international climate change agreement.

Sofia holds a Master of Arts in Economics and Politics from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. She studied French at the Sorbonne in Paris and in Montréal, Canada. She also completed one year of studies at the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond in Virginia.

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.

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