Founder & CEO
Zeena Johar is founder & CEO of SughaVazhvu Healthcare (SVHC) and IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH), organizations working to create a primary care delivery network through rural clinics. The clinics rely on affordable healthcare technologies and highly trained Indian medical practitioners to provide basic healthcare services for hard-to-reach rural populations of India. SVHC’s innovative care delivery model has enabled over 70,000 patient visits through its network of nine clinics in Rural Tamil Nadu. She returned to India in 2007 after earning her PhD in molecular diagnostics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Zeena spearheaded ICTPH’s academic alliance with University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. This partnership helped develop India’s first certificate program for Indian medical practitioners, empowering them to practice evidence-based protocol driven primary-care medicine. SVHC was awarded the NASSCOM Social Innovation Honor 2014, and is a part of the International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery Network (founded by McKinsey & Company, World Economic Forum and Duke University). SVHC is also a part of the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke University. Zeena is 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. She has published in numerous journals and completed the Program for Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School (HBS), Boston. Zeena was an Ashoka Fellow in 2013, Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellow 2014 and one of Asia’s 100 Pioneers by Purpose Economy in 2014.