THE EXECUTIVE TEAM
NAVROZE S. MEHTA
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Navroze Mehta is founder and chief executive officer of Impact Medical Strategies, a company dedicated to developing technologies that impact global health with over a decade of experience in developing early stage medical devices. Most recently he was managing partner at MDI Partners LLC where he used a unique innovation and development framework to bring devices to market. Prior to MDI Partners, he was the founder and vice chairman of NovaVision Inc, a venture-backed company providing neurostimulation devices to restore vision in stroke and traumatic brain injury patients, as well as president and chief executive officer of SkinStore.com, a successful B2C company whose revenues grew to $50 million at the time of sale to drugstore.com.Navroze is a member of Young Presidents Organization and former chair of the America's Gateway Chapter. He is also an active member of the Ashoka Support Network, a leader in the field of social entrepreneurship. Navroze serves on the Board of Directors of Lumni Inc., which funds education for talented low-income college students who are the first in their family to attend college. Born in Wales and raised in India, Navroze received an MBA from Syracuse University and a BA in Commerce from the University of Bombay, India.
SONALI MEHTA RAO
Prior to joining Mela Artisans as president, Sonali was vice president of Business Development at Missions Markets, an organization matching impact investors with social entrepreneurs, where she devoted her energies to business development and public relations. She has interned in the Corporate Social Responsibility department of Edelman, a global public relations firm, and has worked for a diverse group of social enterprises in India, Ghana and the U.S. These include Lumni USA, which offers educational holding to low-income college students; Intellecap Inc., a social-sector advisory firm based in Mumbai; and Microfinance and Economic Development Organization, a microfinance company in Accra, Ghana. Sonali also worked as a summer associate for Ashoka in Washington, DC and Mumbai. Sonali earned her BA in International Relations from New York University.
Chief Technology Officer
Bhavna is the Founder and Managing Director of Cinapse.io which provides IT strategy, governance and information lifecycle management services to Fortune 100 companies and the nonprofit sector. Combined with her background in management and technology consulting at Ernst & Young and Capgemini, Bhavna has over 16 years of diverse experience providing advisory services and leading cross-border teams in the evaluation, design, development and implementation of technology solutions. She is on the Board of Directors at Hollaback and has served on the operating committee of the New York chapter of TiE Global, a nonprofit global network established in 1992 to foster entrepreneurship and nurture entrepreneurs. Bhavna received her Masters in Computer and Information Systems from the University of Pennsylvania and her BS in Computer Science from Cedar Crest College, Pennsylvania.