Nithya Ramanathan is CEO and Co-Founder of Nexleaf, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving human and planetary health by creating sensor technologies, intelligent data analytics, and data-driven solutions for global challenges.
Nexleaf’s sensor technologies are used to protect temperature-sensitive vaccines for newborns, reduce air pollution by incentivizing cleaner cooking, and protect produce for smallholder farmers. Nexleaf’s immunization platform, ColdTrace, developed with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google.org, Gavi and Ministries of Health, protects the vaccine supply for over 12 million babies born each year.
With over 20 years of experience as a computer scientist, she has worked in research and hardware development at Intel and Hewlett-Packard, as an Assistant Research Faculty in Computer Science at UCLA, and has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Vaccine and Nature Climate Change. She is a Switzer Environmental Fellow, a Rainer Arnhold Fellow, and was named a Female Tech Pioneer in 2017.