Securing a healthier India.
Founder & CEO
Gayatri is passionate about the access and delivery of health care and believes the working poor in India are vulnerable due to lack of education and finances. She has been a physical therapist for 30 years in leading rehabilitation institutions, universities and international health care systems. Now she is a full time social entrepreneur and founder of The Soondra Foundation.
Vice President, Strategy
Pranay is Vice President of Strategy and Finance at the Soondra Foundation. He graduated from Northwestern in 2013 with a degree in Economics. He has experience in consulting, analytics, corporate strategy and entrepreneurship. More recently he has focused on CPG eCommerce projects, developing an interest in new businesses within traditional industries.
Philippe Welter is responsible for marketing and fundraising at the Soondra Foundation. He manages the Soondra Foundation’s online presence and assists with identifying donors. He is a first year undergraduate economics major (BA) at the University of Chicago. He has experience in research, finance and multimedia advertisements. He studied for three months in Mussoorie, India, where he developed an interest in development for disadvantaged communities.
Board of Directors
Vice President, Pharmaceuticals at Johnson and Johnson
Sujata Dayal is a senior compliance leader with over 10 years of experience in developing and implementing, complex global compliance programs for companies operating in a highly regulated industry. Currently she is Vice President Health Care Compliance & Privacy, Pharmaceuticals at Johnson and Johnson (global sales $31 billion).
She has worked for industry leaders like Biomet where she was Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Corporate Vice President (global sales $3 billion). Prior to this she was a partner at Abbott Labs. She began her legal career at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. She also organizes her family's assistance for the indigent community in the vicinity around their family farm in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Eric D. Isaacs
Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor in Physics & Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories
Eric D. Isaacs is the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories at the University of Chicago, serves as CEO of UChicago Argonne, LLC, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory and is a member of the Boards for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Marine Biological Laboratory.
Isaacs, the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor in Physics, previously served as Provost of the University of Chicago from 2014-2016 after serving for five years as Director of Argonne, one of the nation's largest science and engineering research centers, which has been managed by the University since 1946. A condensed matter physicist whose work focuses on quantum materials, Isaacs joined the University and Argonne in 2003 as the founding director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials, after working for 15 years at Bell Laboratories, including terms as director of semiconductor physics research
and materials physics research.
Isaacs holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree from Beloit College. He is author or co-author of more than 150 scholarly publications—most recently, a paper on the impacts of advanced battery technologies on energy and the environment.
Practice Leader, IRI Growth Consulting & Board of Directors, World Sport Chicago
Jamil has worked with public, private and non-profit organizations in his 25 year career in Strategic Consulting, focused on collaboratively achieving desired strategic outcomes. Jamil also serves on the Board of Directors of World Sport Chicago, an independent non-profit organization that supports resiliency and strengthens community by increasing access to youth sport.
The unique combination of Jamil’s Strategy Consulting and Non Profit experience are significant assets to the Soondra Foundation. Jamil lives in Chicago with his wife Jennifer and two children.
Barbara Miller founded and operated a temporary services agency in the health care field for 25 years, successfully sold it in 2010 to a private equity investor. The business provided speech, occupational and physical therapists on a contract basis to hospitals, schools and rehabilitation centers throughout the Chicago metro area, northern Indiana and southern Wisconsin.
She now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Barbara & Stephen Miller Foundation, an organization with various interests. She is also a mentor for small businesses through SCORE and a mentor for non-profits through the Executive Service Core.
Frankie Schiller graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2014 with a degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Schiller has experience in direct social service, nonprofit consulting, fundraising strategy, and donor relations. She is currently pursuing a joint AM/MBA degree at the University of Chicago School of Social Service and the Booth School of Business.