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During the 2018 UN General Assembly, a pivotal question echoed in discussions with Ministers of Health from Africa and Asia:

"What will it take to transform access to healthcare, and how can technology help?"

This inquiry revealed a critical need—innovators and "investors" must comprehend the genuine pain points faced by Ministries before introducing innovations. In response, HIEx emerged, envisioning a neutral platform fostering meaningful dialogue among healthcare policymakers, innovators, and investors.

Situated in Geneva, the global health capital, we enable trust and dialogues between the UN, Ministries, innovators from both public and private sectors, and investors. Over the past five years, these conversations have led to the facilitation of numerous partnerships. These collaborations not only increased access to financing for scaling innovations but also deepened the understanding of the innovation ecosystem in Africa and Asia.

Our unwavering commitment persists—to leverage innovation and investments to tackle the fundamental challenge: one in two people still lack access to essential healthcare.



HIEx operates on three pillars: Convening, Ecosystem Building, and Investment Acceleration. Based in Geneva, we unite diverse stakeholders, including policy influencers, innovators, and investors. 

Through forums like think tanks and networking events, we foster multi-sectoral dialogues, enhancing understanding of innovation's impact on healthcare accessibility and driving progressive policies and investments.

HIEx builds robust healthcare ecosystems by connecting startups, investors, governments, and academia, ensuring sustainable growth and access to healthcare.

Strategic investment is crucial. HIEx serves as a catalyst, connecting innovators with funding and expertise to bridge gaps in healthcare accessibility and quality, improving global well-being.


Our success is powered by a dedicated team of professionals, each bringing unique expertise and unwavering passion. From healthcare experts and innovation strategists to communicators and project managers, our team embodies our mission and drives our impact. The core organization below is further supported by in-country staff and teams.

Pradeep Kakkattil, CEO

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Paula Navajas, COO

Chief Operating Officer

Biju Jacob, CTO

Chief Technology Officer

Navneet Tewatia

Senior Advisor External Relations + Partnerships

Anand Tiwari

Director, External Relations and Partnership

Alex Lerner

Director of Communications

Joyce Kuku

Office Manager

Virginie Mongonou

Resource Mobilization Consultant


At HIEx, collaboration is not just a practice; it's the cornerstone of our mission to transform healthcare globally. We take immense pride in forging strong partnerships with a diverse network of like-minded innovators, organizations, and stakeholders who share our unwavering passion for driving positive change in global health.

Together, we navigate the frontiers of innovation, working hand-in-hand to address the complex challenges facing healthcare systems worldwide. Explore the dynamic and valuable collaborations that propel our mission forward and contribute to the collective journey of revolutionizing healthcare.