Nat Gyenes

Nat Gyenes is a researcher who focuses on the intersection of the internet and public health. She leads the Digital Health Lab at Meedan, a technology nonprofit, and studies health and technology as a research affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Gyenes has looked at how epidemics, prolonged public health challenges and digital health misinformation affect societies. She co-wrote an article for The Atlantic which explains the growing challenge of digital health misinformation and how falsehoods online fueled the spread of tooth decay, Ebola and measles.

She was quoted by NBC News urging public health authorities to use social media to address health rumors and myths that circulate  online. And she told CNBC that health misinformation online can reduce compliance with health treatments and prevention efforts.

Expertise: health systems, access to information, science communications, technology, misinformation, public health 

Contact Information: 

Email: nat@meedan.com

Twitter: @GyenesNat

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Last Updated: March 16, 2020

Krutika Kuppalli

Dr. Krutika Kuppalli is an infectious diseases physician who has focused on the care of vulnerable patients in the U.S. and abroad. She is an Emerging Leader in Biosecurity Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. As the vice chair of the Global Health Committee at the Infectious Diseases Society of America,  she is spearheading efforts to prepare and train physicians to handle infectious diseases. 

Kuppalli has recently focused on ways to control the COVID-19 outbreak. In an op-ed, Kuppalli and the chair of the Global Health Committee highlight the need for increased funding to government health agencies to strengthen global pandemic responses. 

 

Kuppalli has worked in Ethiopia, India, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Haiti and elsewhere. During the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014, she supervised treatment at an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone. She has experience caring for patients with HIV/AIDS, leading preparations for pandemic responses in resource-limited situations, and in the development of therapeutics for emerging pathogens. 

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Expertise: Emerging infections, outbreak preparedness and response, biosecurity

Location: Palo Alto, Calif.

Contact information: 

Email: krutika.kuppalli@gmail.com

Phone: 650-930-0252 (cell)

Twitter: @KrutikaKuppalli

Listen to Krutika Kuppalli on the IDSA COVID-19 podcast:

 

Tiana Epps-Johnson

Tiana Epps-Johnson is the executive director of the nonprofit Center for Tech and Civic Life, which provides training and resources to local election officials. The center also maintains a nationwide dataset of election information, accessible by request, which can tell voters what’s on their ballot and who are their elected officials.

Epps-Johnson was previously a director at the New Organizing Institute, a progressive grassroots organization, where she helped local election officials publish standardized voting information. She has also worked on the Voting Rights Project for the D.C.-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In 2018, Epps-Johnson joined the inaugural class of Obama Foundation Fellows for her work at CTCL. 

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Expertise: Election administration, election data, voting rights

Location: Chicago, Ill.

Contact information:

Email: tiana@techandciviclife.org

Phone: 650-796-4695

Twitter: @tianaej

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Last updated: March 2, 2020

Una Osili

Una Osili is a professor of philanthropy and economics at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She is also the associate dean of the school’s research and international programs. 

In 2017, Osili testified before the Senate foreign relations committee on the role of philanthropy and remittances in foreign aid. She discussed how philanthropy has increasingly become globalized, and how philanthropic investments have backed research and education sectors in developing countries. 

Osili also oversees:

-Research at Giving USA, an annual report on the state of charitable giving in the nation.

-The Global Philanthropy Indices, which map global charitable giving for more than 79 economies.

She founded Generosity for Life at the philanthropy school, which visualizes and maps the donations of 9,000 households in America. 

Osili has talked philanthropic advising with the New York Times, declining charitable donations with Marketplace, and nonprofit giving after natural disasters with Fast Company

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Areas of expertise: International and national philanthropy, tax policy and charitable giving, national and global economics, immigrant remittances, crowdfunding, diversity 

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana 

Contact Information: 

Phone: 317-716-7892

Email: uosili@iupui.edu

IU press contact: Adriene Davis Kalugyer

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Twitter: @UOsili

Listen to Una Osili on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday

 

Last updated: Feb. 24, 2020

Michelle Ko

Dr. Michelle Ko is an assistant professor of public health at the University of California, Davis. She researches the connections between policy, healthcare and social inequality.

Her research and teaching span a range of topics including: 

  • Medicaid
  • Racial inequities in healthcare 
  • Aging and long-term services and supports
  • Access to care for urban and rural underserved communities
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion in the healthcare workforce

Ko was the lead researcher on a study that found women and minority health professionals face harassment and discrimination rural areas, and are sometimes even driven out by it.

Areas of expertise: Medicaid, inequalities in healthcare, care for the aging

Location: Davis, California

Contact Information: 

Email: mijko@ucdavis.edu

Phone: 530-752-7709 

Twitter: @michelleko2d 

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Last updated: Feb. 12, 2020

Mutale Nkonde

Mutale Nkonde is an artificial intelligence policy analyst and a fellow at both the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and at Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab.

She is the founding president of AI For the People, a nonprofit that aims to “create the narratives needed to create an anti-racist technical future.”

Nkonde was part of the team that introduced the Algorithmic and Deep Fakes Accountability Acts as well as the No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act in the House of Representatives. 

Nkonde started her career as a broadcast journalist and worked at the BBC, CNN and ABC. She’s been interviewed by Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and MIT Technology Review.

In an opinion piece for the Harvard Business Review, Nkonde argues that corporations should shoulder social responsibility for reducing race and gender bias in artificial intelligence. 

She says she is currently working on a project that is looking at how black communities “will be impacted by disinformation during 2020.” She prepared a briefing sheet for journalists and spoke about the project on Sirius XM in February 2020.

Pronunciation: Mutale (Moo-TAH-lay) Nkonde (In-CON-day)

Areas of expertise: AI governance, race, technology 

Location: New York

Contact Information:

Email: mnkonde@law.harvard.edu

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Last updated: Feb. 10, 2020

Miesha Marzell

Miesha Marzell is an Assistant Professor at Binghamton University. She is an expert on the causes and prevention of substance abuse among racial/ethnic minority youth.

Marzell was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health and Prevention Research Center. Subsequently, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

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Areas of Expertise: Substance use, racial/ethnic minorities, athletes, mental health

Location: Binghamton, NY

Contact Info:

     Email: mmarzell@binghamton.edu

     Phone: (607) 777-9160

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Victor Pineda

Victor Pineda is Senior Research Fellow and visiting scholar at the Haas Institute of the University of California, Berkeley. His expertise lies in the areas of disability rights, urban planning and human rights.

Pineda is the President of World Enabled, a non-profit organization that promotes the rights and dignities of persons with disabilities. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) innovative research grant, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, the Thomas Jefferson Award, the Tom Clausen Fellowship for Business and Policy, and the Paul G. Hearne Award.

He is also Adjunct Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Areas of Expertise: Disability rights, urban planning, human rights

Location: Berkeley, California

Contact Info:

     Email: victor@worldenabled.org

     Phone: (310) 467-4556

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Lina Khan

Lina Khan is an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School. She researches and writes on antitrust law and competition policy, with a particular focus on technology markets.

Khan’s scholarship has been published by or is forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review,  the Harvard Law Review, the Chicago Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. Her piece “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox” was awarded the 2018 Antitrust Writing Award for “Best Academic Unilateral Conduct Article,” the Yale Law School’s Israel H. Peres Prize, and the Yale Law Journal’s Michael Egger Prize.  She was recently named to the Politico 50, a list of thinkers whose ideas are driving politics.

Khan previously served as a Legal Fellow in the office of Commissioner Rohit Chopra at the Federal Trade Commission and as Director of Legal Policy at the Open Markets Institute. From 2015-2017 Khan litigated on behalf of homeowners through Yale’s Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation Clinic.

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Areas of Expertise: Competition policy, technology markets, antitrust law

Location: Dallas, TX

Contact Information:

 Email: lkhan@law.columbia.edu

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Leslie Overton

Leslie Overton is an antitrust lawyer for the firm Alston and Bird. Overton focuses on antitrust counseling on strategic business activities like pricing, distribution, and licensing.

She served as deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division from 2012-2014.  Here, Overton supervised over half of the Department’s merger challenges, including litigation complaints, settlements, and transactions restructured or abandoned.

She has been recognized by Best Lawyers, Global Competition Review’s “40 under 40,” the National Bar Association’s “40 Lawyers under 40,” The Root 100, and as an “Outstanding Healthcare Antitrust Lawyer” by Nightingale’s Healthcare News.

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Areas of Expertise: Antitrust laws, litigation, business laws

Location: Washington D.C.

Contact Info:

     Email: leslie.overton@alston.com

     Phone: (202) 239-3012

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