Eduardo Jezierski

Chief Executive Officer / Board of Directors

Eduardo has spent his whole career designing, implementing and deploying software solutions on a global scale. He originally received an MsC in Informatics after initial work in nuclear engineering, and later worked in Argentina in the areas of GIS analysis, machine learning and modeling for challenges in anthropology. His Master's thesis was on robotics control, genetic algorithms and neural networks. Read more »


Wendy L. Schultz-Henry

Chief Operating Officer / Board of Directors

Wendy joined InSTEDD in the Fall of 2006. Over the course of her time with InSTEDD she has worn several hats as the needs of the organization have grown. Along with her current role as COO, she manages the international regulatory requirements for our overseas operations and also serves as West Coast Liaison for Crisis Response. She is Secretary and Treasurer to the Board of Directors. Wendy brings to InSTEDD over 25 years of experience in finance and operations with expertise in audit preparation and process, cash management, budget development and quality assessment. Read more »


Nicolás di Tada

Director of Platform Engineering

Nicolás spends most of his time as a software designer, developer and project manager, crafting software with a strong technical and scientific background. Prior to starting his company, Manas Technology Solutions, Nicolás spent 10 years as a software architect and project leader for a diverse range of organizations, including startups and large corporations, acquiring a varied background in information retrieval, machine learning, information visualization and web application development. Read more »


Channe Suy

Regional Lead, iLab Southeast Asia

Channe joined the Innovation Lab in Southeast Asia as Product Manager in August 2008. Her primary focus is to capture user requirements for all aspects that affect the quality of products. In addition, she also does software usability design and testing as well as provides on-going support to the clients/partners. Throughout the years with InSTEDD she has worked closely with Cambodia Communicable Disease Control at the national level down to the rural health center level in order to strengthen group communication by using InSTEDD's technology. Read more »


Joseph Agoada

Global Communication

Joseph brings over nine years of communication experience in complex international programs and partnerships. In 2006 he founded a non-profit which delivered appropriate technology and capacity building to East Africa. The nonprofit work led to employment with teams in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( 2008 - 2009) and the United Nations Children's Fund (2010 - 2014). Read more »


Scott Teesdale, MPH

Project Manager
Scott Teesdale, Project Manager

Scott is a Public Health Epidemiologist who has extensive experience working on disease surveillance and monitoring and evaluation systems throughout Africa and the Middle East. He has worked as a Regional Epidemiologist and Team Lead for Data Management with the US Centers for Disease Control, Global Disease Detection and Response Program in Cairo, Egypt.  Additionally, Scott has worked as the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager for Medical Care Development International where he helped implement multiple USAID malarial control programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Read more »


Bridget Sperry

Global Accounting & Human Resource Manager

Bridget is a San Francisco Bay Area native.  After returning to the Bay Area from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in June 1995, she began working with several professional groups in the Finance & Accounting sector.   In 2001,  Bridget became a California Registered Tax Preparer  and within a year, she opened a tax consulting and bookkeeping business.  Her clients have included venture capital firms, executive recruiters, orthopedic surgeons, and other professional organizations.  Most recently she  was the in-house accountant for the Ansel Adams Gallery which furthered her love and appreciation for photography. Read more »


Outside Board Members

Eric Rasmussen, MD

Board of Directors

Eric arrived as the founding Chief Executive Officer of InSTEDD in October 2007 and served as CEO until October 2010. Prior to joining InSTEDD, Eric was both Chairman of the Department of Medicine within the US Navy Medical Center near Seattle, Washington, and an advisor in humanitarian informatics for the US Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has led disaster response teams in more than 15 events, including the tsunami in Banda Aceh, Katrina, the Izmit earthquake, and Haiti. Read more »


Ann Marie Kimball, MD, MPH, FACPM

Board of Directors

Ann Marie Kimball is a physician, epidemiologist and currently holds the role of strategic advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation and associate fellow at the Chatham House. In her work with the Rockefeller Foundation Dr. Kimball supports the strengthening and development of strategies for Ebola, post ebola and health crisis response. This work includes planning and guiding the formation of a regional disease surveillance network in collaboration with CORDS. Before joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Kimball served as technical and strategic lead for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation surveillance strategy formation. Read more »


Robert Kirkpatrick

Board of Directors

Robert has more than 15 years of experience developing and deploying collaboration technologies for public and private sector organizations and has spent most of the past decade in humanitarian relief and global development. His work explores ways that virtual interactions may help or hinder information sharing, trust-building, collective intelligence, and coordination. He is a strong proponent of open source software, open data standards, and grassroots technology innovation. Read more »



Samantha Lekus

Acting Director, Compliance and Operations
Samantha Lekus bio

Samantha brings over 20 years’ experience in operational, fiscal and administrative leadership. She has held a variety of management positions within international and domestic-based organizations including large university, NGOs and nonprofit organizations. She brings her expertise to InSTEDD to develop and support organizational and fiscal infrastructure including Federal compliance, A-133 audit preparation, strengthening HR functions and the development and implementation of internal controls and external policies to support the smooth functioning of InSTEDD’s overall administrative and fiscal operations. Read more »


Simon Green

Media and Marketing

Simon brings over 10 years of experience in online marketing and media production. He began working with InSTEDD in May 2015, building video and web assets on behalf of the iLab Southeast Asia. He has a passion for tech projects with a positive impact. He is based in New York City.


Wui Wui Yu

Global Ambassador, Malaysia

Wui Wui has more than a decade’s experience in the technology field, working on communication programs in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. She also led public relations campaigns in the Asia Pacific region at a software company, and was a communications consultant at a humanitarian organization. Her interests include how technology shapes communities and drives social innovation in developing countries, especially in opening new possibilities to address poverty. She was recently a Fellow at Kiva, a micro credit marketplace with a mission to alleviate poverty. Wui Wui studied systems design and international development at The London School of Economics, and was a recipient of the Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship. She had a bachelor’s degree in English Language Studies from the University of Science Malaysia. She is currently based in Kuala Lumpur and tweets from @wuiwuiyu.Wui Wui will focus on engaging with the digital disease detection community on social media, including Twitter, Facebook and other platforms.


Rachael Blumenthal

Global Ambassador, United States of America

Rachael Blumenthal is an Account Specialist at a San Francisco Bay Area company called FiveStars, where she works with small business owners to develop customer retention and loyalty strategies. She previously spent several years at the United Nations International Labour Organization in Community Outreach and Development, where she transformed a community-based enterprise program model into an empowerment training tool for migrant women in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. Rachael will be conducting interviews and writing profiles on digital disease detectives from around the world, sharing their experiences and perspectives.


Dr. John B. Niwagaba

Global Ambassador, Uganda

Dr. John B. Niwagaba is a medical Doctor, a graduate of Bachelor of Medicine and bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from Makerere University, with 8 years clinical experience. He worked as the Africa Regional Manager for the International Diabetes Federation, coordinating more than 30 country associations in Sub Saharan Africa. He has published peer reviewed articles in renowned Journals like Diabetes Voice, and for the last 3 years has authored the question-answer column in The Observer called “Doctor Next Door” with more than 100 published articles mainly on Reproductive Health.
Dr. Niwagaba will be authoring a blog series “The Diary of a Ugandan Doctor: Tales of Digital Tech in African Healthcare”



Shail Patel

Global Communication Intern

Shail is a co-op student from University of Waterloo in Canada. He uses InSTEDD's twitter channel to promote publications mentioning InSTEDD and other interesting articles in areas of mobile health and global health. He provides assistance in other various social media and research tasks.