Student Testimonials

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Katherine Bivins (Emory MBA)

"I enjoyed learning from Dennis and George. They are such pioneers in the healthcare industry, and it was an honor to get to meet them and learn from them. I enjoyed visiting Africa for the first time, and I also enjoyed seeing all the great innovations in the African healthcare space today."

Katherine is originally from Texas (USA) but has lived in Georgia (USA) for most of her life. She has a passion for using business for economic development in emerging markets.

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danielle cicka (EMORY MOLECULAR AND SYSTEMS PHarmacology MD/PHD)

"Participating in AHIA has been an incredible, one-of-a-kind experience. The conference in South Africa provided me with a unique opportunity to learn about the business, legal, and scientific considerations of moving a product to market. I find these components are not highlighted in my education as a physician scientist, and thus the conference provided a comprehensive picture a concentrated few days. I appreciated the experience to interact directly with African scientists on projects and issues that are important to them and to then continue working on the interdisciplinary teams after the conference. I am so thankful for this opportunity and the skills will be a valuable asset to my future career. "

Danielle is an MD/PhD candidate in Molecular and Systems Pharmacology passionate about improving health for the global community. 


Jordan Deuink (Emory MBA)

"The AHIA experience in Johannesburg was among the most impactful experiences I've had during my time at Goizueta. Working alongside a multi-disciplinary team of students and industry professionals in a foreign context with entrepreneurs from across Africa tested me in ways no classroom can replicate. And while the conference lasted only a few days, I've been able to follow the development of our product in Uganda over the next year, contributing additional market research and business plan development efforts as we approach a product launch. I'm thankful to have been a part of it all!"

Jordan is originally from North Carolina (USA) and has a passion for improving the US healthcare system - it might take some time! After his graduation from Goizueta, he will be returning to Providence Anesthesiology Associates where he will lead the expansion of their physician alliance network, along with other strategic initiatives.


Kelsey Mase (Emory MBA)

"AHIA is one of most influential programs that I participated in during my time at Emory. I was able to learn about healthcare entrepreneurship from well-respected leaders in the industry. My favorite part of the program was working with a scientist from Ghana who developed a location application that has many healthcare uses."

Kelsey is from Atlanta, Georgia (USA). Prior to school, she worked in investment banking. She is passionate about helping entrepreneurs line up funding for their innovations. 

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yvonne ogbonmwan (Emory neuroscience phd)

"AHIA was a life changing experience for me. It is the first opportunity I’ve ever had to contribute to the development of cutting edge technology with African scientists. I appreciate that the programs truly formed a partnership with the local scientists to help them develop the skills to commercialize healthcare technologies. I am grateful for the unique opportunity to work with science, law, and business experts who have successfully launched products in the pharmaceutical industry. On my team, I worked with a business student and a Ugandan scientist to develop a business plan for a unique assay that could potentially save millions of lives of patients living with HIV. I was able to use my scientific expertise and my background in technology transfer to convey the potential impact Ugandan-developed technology."

Yvonne was a postdoctoral fellow when she participated in the conference. In 2018, she started a new position with a contract research organization that manages clinical trials. She is now a lab project set-up manager for Q2 Solutions (IQVIA is the parent company). Yvonne graduated from the Neuroscience PhD program in 2015 and completed her postdoc in 2017. Yvonne grew up in Atlanta, GA but is originally from Paris, France. She is passionate about advancing biomedical research to improve healthcare innovations.



"My experience with AHIA has been absolutely stellar. I have lived and worked in several countries, but none compared to the type of experience I gained from this conference working with African scientist and mentors from Emory this past year. This conference gave me a well-rounded, multi-faceted understanding of the difficulties faced for healthcare innovators to move from an idea and into a fully operational business. Therefore my favorite part of the program was working with an entrepreneur scientist on key methods of starting a business, including how to prepare a viable business plan."

Steve is originally from Austin, Texas (USA). He is an active duty Captain and Acquisition Officer who dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. He is passionate about making a difference in the world and seeks to make a long-lasting effect in Africa.


Aline Yonezawa (Georgia Tech/Emory biomedical engineering PHD)

"As a PhD candidate with no prior business experience, the AHIA workshop was an eye-opening experience. I had the opportunity to learn first-hand from world leaders in healthcare what it takes to develop a technology or idea into a commercialized product. What I most enjoyed about this experience, was working closely with an African entrepreneur and Emory MBA students to develop a pitch for potential investors. The workshop and my involvement thereafter has allowed me to learn more about the business side of developing a healthcare-based technology or solution. "

Aline is from Boca Raton, Florida (USA). She is currently a PhD candidate in the joint Biomedical Engineering Program at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. She is passionate about applying innovative technology in new ways to solve difficult healthcare problems.