Africa Healthcare Network was started by a team of people passionate about changing the way dialysis is done in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Nikhil Pereira-Kamath: Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman
Nikhil Lawrence Pereira-Kamath has over 15 years of experience in the dialysis space having previously run a non-for-profit organization, Youth That Care, whose mission was to provide assistance to the developing world via the establishment of dialysis centers. Youth That Care established dialysis centers across India and the first dialysis center in Burundi. Nik Co-Founded Africa Healthcare Network in 2015 with the goal of increasing access to care by increasing awareness and reducing the cost of care in the Sub-Saharan region while adhering to global standards of quality.
Previously, Nik worked in the private equity industry as an associate at Berkshire Partners, a Boston based investment firm with $11.0Bn+ in AUM. At Berkshire, Nik engaged in all aspects of the investment process, including Berkshire’s $2.1Bn acquisition and subsequent merger of Lightower Fiber Networks and Sidera Networks in 2013 and $875MM acquisition of the Portillo’s Restaurant Group in 2014. Additionally, Nik was a member of the Healthcare OnPoint Team – a core investment team that focuses on “getting smart” on the healthcare industry. Prior to joining Berkshire, he was an analyst at Morgan Stanley in the Healthcare Group where he focused primarily in biopharmaceuticals and healthcare services. Transactions at Morgan Stanley include the sale of Pharmasset to Gilead Sciences for $11.1Bn, sale of HealthDataInsights to HMS Holdings for $400MM, sale of Pharmaceutical Product Development to Carlyle and Hellman & Friedman for $3.9Bn. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he worked at Oxford Bioscience Partners where he worked as a research analyst, covering a portfolio company, FlowMedica. He holds a patent with Harry Goodson IV, Jeffrey Elkins and Samir Patel for the “Treatment Systems and Methods for Renal-Related Diseases”.
Nik was a Candidate for an MBA at Harvard Business School Class of 2016 where he received First Year Honors before deciding to defer his second year to launch AHN. Prior to joining Harvard Business School. Nik graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Economics and a certificate in Finance.
Derek Brand: Chief Operating Officer
Derek Brand previously worked for 6 years in Strategy & Operations consulting at leading global firms including Plane View Partners, AlixPartners and The Seabury Group. At these firms, Derek completed approximately 20 projects focused on operational improvements, business planning, general strategy, asset acquisitions, corporate restructuring, joint ventures and capital raises. He brings with himself significant International experience having worked with clients in the Middle East, South East Asia, South America, Europe and North America and has lived in the U.S. and the Netherlands. His clients included several Fortune 100 companies, government entities and some of the leading airlines and aerospace manufacturers.
While in University, Derek worked in cooperation with the UN Development Program (UNDP) to build a self-sufficient off-grid hydro-electrification business in a rural Rwandan village. This business provided charging stations for cell phones and deep-cycle batteries used for lighting, radios, TVs as well as rental lamps for those who could not afford to buy lighting equipment.
Derek graduated from Dartmouth College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Engineering with a concentration in Chemical Engineering.
Dr. Lloyd Vincent M.D., D.M., M.Sc, C.H.E.: Co-Founder, Chief Medical Officer & Director
Dr. Lloyd Vincent is a Senior Consultant Nephrologist and Clinical Director of the Dialysis services at the Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals and Satellite centers, Bangalore, India. He was formerly Associate Professor and Head of Nephrology at St John\'s Medical College, Bangalore, India. In 1999, Dr Vincent was awarded the International Society of Nephrology Fellowship, to train in cadaver kidney transplantation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA.
He received a Masters Degree in Medical Informatics from The Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2001. Dr.Vincent completed a clinical nephrology fellowship from the University of Toronto, Canada in 2006, during which period he received the “Marc Goldstein Clinician of the year award - 2005”. In 2007, he completed a renal transplant fellowship from the Multiorgan Transplant Unit, University of Toronto, Canada and was awarded the fellowship of the American Society of Transplantation. His keen interest in nephrology and renal transplantation, informatics in healthcare, healthcare quality and the use of evidence in healthcare management led to the completion of a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Toronto in 2009.
He is currently an accredited Canadian Healthcare Executive and awarded the CHE degree. In addition, in India he is also currently involved with the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH), a constituent board of Quality Council of India as an assessor. His major interests and research publications have focused on renal transplantation, the various levels of prevention of diabetic renal disease, disease management in chronic care, use of quality in healthcare and also the use of information technology such as point of care devices for remote medical monitoring.
Dr. Joseph Ntarindwa: Chief Medical Director - Rwanda
Dr. Joseph Ntarindwa has over 10 years of experience in the industry having previously been a Senior Consultant Physician & Nephrologist and the Head of the Renal Unit at King Faisal Hospital, Kigali, responsible for the management of renal patients undergoing dialysis and transplantation - the center currently provides peritoneal and hemodialysis. Previously led the team that did the first kidney transplantation in Rwanda. Dr. Ntarindwa is the Chairman of the National Renal Care Committee which is charged with developing a renal care system in the country. The committee selects suitable patients with ESRD for dialysis on support from a public fund if they are unable to fund their treatment privately. Dr. Ntarindwa was an integral part of drafting the renal care policy for Rwanda and is charged with its implementation. Previously Dr. Ntarindwa was the Head of the Department of Medicine at King Faisal Hospital from 2009-2010, leaving to establish the dialysis center of excellence unit at the Hospital. From 2006-2008, Dr. Ntarindwa was a fellow in the division of Nephrology, Johannesburg Hospital and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Dr. Ntarindwa has published a number of papers on Kidney Transplantation and Dialysis in Rwanda and authored the National Renal Health Policy and Implementation for the country. He is a part-time lecturer in Nephrology at the National University of Rwanda.
Dr. Ntarindwa holds a Certificate in Nephrology from the College of Physicians of South Africa, a Master of Medicine (MMed) from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB, ChB) from Makerere University Kampala, Uganda.
Arpit Anand Naik: Head of Supply Chain Management
Arpit has over 5 years of experience working in the Dialysis Industry in the role of a Biomedical Engineer and Sales Executive. Prior to moving to Rwanda, Arpit held roles at a number of leading distributors and dialysis manufacturers with offices in India. From May 2015 to May 2016, Arpit worked for B.Braun Medical India as a Service Engineer where he handled sales and service for B. Braun hemodialysis equipment, performed installation, commissioning service & maintenance of B. Braun products.
Prior to that he worked for two years at Trivitron Healthcare Private Limited, one of India's largest Medical Device Companies, under Ram's tutelage as a Senior Executive for Service and Sales of NIKKISO machines and Gambro AK-95 and AK-96 hemodialysis machines.
After graduating school, Arpit worked as a Regional Manager for Premier Bio-Med Systems, an after-sales and service company that handled Fresenius hemodialysis equipment. Arpit holds a B.E. in Electrical Engineering.
Yasir Mohamed P.: Head of Quality Assurance & Training
Yasir has over 4 years of experience working in the Dialysis Industry in the role of a Dialysis Technician, Renal Unit Head and Trainer. Prior to moving to Tanzania, Yasir held roles as a number of the leading NABH Accredited and ISO Accredited Hospitals across India including Sakra World Hospital, Manipal Hospital and Narayana Health Hospitals in Bangalore. In addition, in 2016, Yasir was a member of the team that established Tanzania Renal Limited in ALMC Hospital in Arusha.
Yasir has extensive experience across all Dialysis machines, handling medical emergencies during dialysis and in the ICU and all modailities of renal replacement therapy (RRT) including HD, ICU, Pediatric HD, Neonatal CRRT, CRRT, SLED, Hemoperfusion, Plasmapheresis, and others. He has experience working with all major dialysis manufacturers including Fresenius, NIPRO, Gambro and Nikkiso.
Yasir holds a Bachelor of Science in Renal Dialysis Technology from The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bangalore, Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute of Health Sciences.
Nikul Roshania: VP, Operations and Business Development
Nikul previously worked for the past 3 years in Strategy & Operations consulting at leading global firms in the sub-Saharan Africa region. Most recently he was in Rwanda with TechnoServe where he helped formalize and optimize coffee value chains and introduce operation improvements at the coffee producing facilities, both increasing yields of high quality coffee and the value of coffee.
Prior to TechnoServe, Nikul was at At PwC Advisory/ Strategy& (formally Booz & Co.) in South Africa. There he worked on supply chain management and operational support to clients across Agriculture, Financial Services, FMCG and Telecommunications industries. Additionally, he was involved in the development and marketing of Strategy& publications as well as building in team capabilities. Prior to consulting, Nikul worked as a Project Engineer at Uniresins Pty. Ltd. focusing on rebuilding an industrial manufacturing plant including damage assessment, procurement, redesign and execution of management refocusing.
Nikul holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Cape Town, where he graduated with Honors and a Bachelor of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering from University of Witwatersrand.