Innovation from the global south – Hosted by Dr. Almas Taj Awan

Innovation from the Global South
A Traces.Dreams Podcast hosted by Dr. Almas Taj Awan
In this podcast, we will meet innovators and changemakers from the Global South and share with your their stories, their challenges, their lessons learned, and their hopes for a better future, a more sustainable and equal one.

The podcast is hosted by Dr. Almas Taj Awan is a Scientist and Entrepreneur born in Pakistan and based in Brazil. On this Channel, she invites technological and social Innovators from the Global South to share their journey and inspire the global audience.

The Global South includes Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, Africa, and the developing countries in Asia, including the Middle East. In these countries, the recent trend is to solve local problems for and by local users.
So be ready to travel through the world of creative people from resource-scarce regions of the world and have important insights to get inspired.
For questions, feedback, or getting featured on this channel in case you are an Innovator from Global South, feel free to comment on youtube or contact us.

How do we reach patients in remote areas? What does it mean to start a start-up in a developing country? How can we have equal healthcare access across the Globe?

In this podcast episode number 6, Almas speaks with Dr.Leyla Taghizade, Founder of NewSpace Business Accelerator & Open Innovation and co-founder of Reseptron, a mobile health application to connect underserved patients with medical organizations in #Azerbaijan.

Leyla holds a Ph.D. in Healthcare Management from the State Institute for Advanced Education of Physicians and a Medical Diploma from Azerbaijan Medical University with 10+ years of experience as a CEO of the private clinic. Leyla is the co-founder of the Reseptron mobile telehealth application for patients in remote areas to enhance patient’s access to medical services. She is a member of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science ) since 2016 and an alumna (2014) of the SABIT Program by the U.S. Department of State. She is the holder of “Female Founder Fellowship from the Founder Institute which is a Silicon Valley-based acceleration program for tech startups. Since December 2017 she is a regional reviewer and mentor at the Gist-TECH -I competition with the graduate mentees in the ForbesU30 list. As a mother of three daughters, she believes that supporting women and girls in tech can help to build a more sustainable economy. Currently, she’s involved with ICESCO Accelerator as a part of NewSpace Open Innovation.

How can we fight women’s harassment? What does it take to be an activist? In this podcast episode number 5, Almas speaks with Dr. Nova Ahmed an Associate Professor at North South University, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr. Nova Ahmed is a computer scientist living in Bangladesh. She has finished her Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, and came back to Bangladesh to make changes. She used her experiences of working with sensors to fight social challenges such as systems to protect women from sexual harassment as she returned.

She continued to use her work that could support marginal communities with low-cost, locally available solution approaches. She has worked with Google to explore the inclusion of women and marginal communities in technology. She is currently working on a funded project to enhance the inclusion of women in digital finance through enabling better technology designs funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her work ensures social justice and feminist human-computer interaction.

Nova is one of the founders and one of the Executive Committee members of the National Young Academy Bangladesh, she is a member of the Executive Committee of Global Young Academy, Fellow of Sangat, the feminist network in South Asia, founding board member of Kaan Pete Roi: a suicide prevention call center. She is an active volunteer of the Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad, Children’s Science Congress and Missing Daughter’s Initiative. She is the Chair of SIGCHI, Dhaka Chapter in Bangladesh. She has organized the Ada Lovelace Celebration to include more women in technology in Bangladesh for 2020 and 2021. In her free time, she is busy with her two daughters and a fun partner!

In this podcast episode, Almas speaks with Dr. Sudesh Sivarasu, an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr. Sivarasu completed his undergraduate studies in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from Madras University in 2004. He continued for his masters in Biomedical Engineering (2006) followed by Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering from VIT University, India. Dr. Sivarasu’s research is in the field of medical device innovation and creating affordable health technologies. He heads the Medical Devices and Orthopaedic Biomechanics Research Group at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

In this podcast episode, Almas speaks with Dr. Iffat Zafar Aga, COO, and co-founder of Sehat Kahani, a telemedicine startup based in Pakistan.

“Affordable And Convenient Healthcare Access From Best Doctors In Pakistan. An all-female health provider network that provides quality healthcare to those in need, using telemedicine.”
Her startup has been part of some prominent global accelerators and has won notable awards which include SPRING Accelerator, Engro I am Change Awards, KITE-OSLO Local Competition, MIT Enterprise Forum, Seedstars Regional Event, Winner of “The best in Healthcare” at GIST (Global Innovation through Science and Technology) Tech I, Invest2 Innovate accelerator in Pakistan.

Let’s talk about providing education to out-of-school children in remote areas using technology.

Let the children learn!

In episode number 2, Almas speaks with Dr. Shahid Qamar is a Research Scientist and Social entrepreneur. Dr. Qamar is very actively involved in social and community-based projects in the USA and Pakistan. He founded Teach a Kid Make Individual Life (TAKMIL) which is an international non-profit dedicated to providing education to out-of-school children in remote communities of Pakistan. The organization has served around 2000 children in 30 communities across Pakistan through a unique disruptive educational model which integrates technology.

https://takmil.org/

In this first episode, Almas speaks with Tendekayi Katsiga, an innovator and CEO at Deaftronics, a company based in Botswana.

Tendekayi Katsiga is an electronics enthusiast who has developed the world’s first solar-powered hearing aid. He received training in North America, Africa, and Europe. He has been to all the continents in the world preaching the gospel on hearing loss awareness. His career span has attracted more than 20 national and international awards among them Builders of Africa’s Future Award in Silicon Valley USA 2020, Johnson & Johnson Africa Innovation Challenge Award 2019, South African Designers Awards (DISA), National Design for Development Award (NDDA) and Potential for Societal Impact Award in the 2015 GIST Tech-I Competition. He has been featured in the Newsweek magazine, National Geographic, BBC articles, Wired a high Tech Magazine in Japan, Daily Edventures Post, I am Youngpreneur, The Heretic, and Smart Planet.

Find out more here:
https://deaftronics.com/

Dr. Almas Taj Awan is a Scientist and Entrepreneur based in Brazil. On this Channel, she invites technological and social Innovators from the Global South to share their journey and inspire the global audience.
The Global South includes Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, Africa, and the developing countries in Asia, including the Middle East. In these countries, the recent trend is to solve local problems for and by local users.
So be ready to travel through the world of creative people from resource-scarce regions of the world and have important insights to get inspired.
For questions, feedback, or getting featured on this channel in case you are an Innovator from Global South, please write a comment!

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