.. A global citizen. Born in India, raised in the Middle East and living in the United States. I am in love with life; all it’s vagaries make it worth enjoying. A constant ideator, I dream all the time; some dreams are fulfilled and some are not, depending on how much hard work I am willing to put in.  A hopeless optimist by nature, I believe that everyone has the potential to greatness. My goal is to help women realize their potential and lead a happy, fulfilling life.

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.  This makes it hard to plan my day.”

Dr. Desai is a subject matter expert in healthcare and education technology. Her expertise is in policy development, project management, data analysis and interpretation, and scientific writing and presentations. She is currently a Partner at BlenderHouse, a company that provides services to the healthcare industry in Pittsburgh. At her most recent job, she led a team that was responsible for developing and implementing an end-to-end technological platform for the entire Los Angeles school district. She has held project management positions at UNICEF and the Dept. of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh. At the Univ. of Pittsburgh, she managed large, federally funded research grants that were designed to provide collaborative technical support to hospital systems and research labs. She has a Masters in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University. She also holds a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Pune University, India. Dr. Desai was the 2012 Global Winner of the $1M Hult Global Case Challenge (Education Track), where she led a team that competed across teams from 130 countries to design a sustainable and scalable business model for the non-profit, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC).