2018 Student Testimonials


Jesse Brown (Emory MBA)

"Attending the AHIA conference in South Africa was one of the most impactful experiences during my time at Emory. The program has allowed me to collaborate with entrepreneur scientists in Africa, as well an interdisciplinary Emory team, providing me with a learning opportunity that I could not have experienced in a classroom setting. My favorite part of the conference was working with a Nigerian entrepreneur to understand the legal, business, and scientific viability of an application to electronically record vaccinations. "


Morgan Bullock (EMORY MBA)

"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. "



evelyn porter (Emory MBA)

"Participating in the AHIA Conference as an MBA student was a perfect opportunity to flex the skills that I learned and worked on throughout my first year. The level of trust between the program leaders, scientists and students was palpable and encouraged me to put forth my best effort - at the end of the immersive 3-day working session my team had produced a viable and substantive business model and go-forward plan. 

The AHIA program leaders provided diversity of thought and were fully invested in the success of each innovation. It's a great feeling to know that I worked on a product that could significantly influence entire populations in a meaningful and life-saving way. "


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.