OHSL Team Members

Anil Srivastava

President & Co-Founder

Anil Srivastava as head of Open Health Systems Laboratory (OHSL) located on the JHU Montgomery County Campus as US National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Rockville, MD, leads the IUCKA: Indo-US Cancer Knowledge Alliance and ICTBioMed: International Consortium for Technology in Biomedicine beside serving as Special Volunteer, Radiation Research Program (RRP) and Member, Quantitive Imaging Network (QIN) International Liaison Committee at NCI. In the past he has worked as international program coordinator with NCI’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (NCI CBIIT) where he led the IUCRG: Indo-US Cancer Research Grid initiative which led to the creation of the National Cancer Grid in India. Later he served as senior advisor for life sciences with Internet2 (University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development) and Advisor to India’s National Knowledge Commission which established the direct fiber connection between the research and education network of India (National Knowledge Network) and United States (Internet2)..

He currently serves as Advisor, Biomedical Informatics for the Indian National Cancer Institute of the All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, and Visiting Faculty and Consultant on Information Technology for Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India. As part of the collaboration between OHSL and Tata Memorial Hospital he advised on international procurement of the proton therapy facility and planning for the center of excellence and research for carbon ion therapy. He has been associated with the conception and planning of the Indian National Cancer Institute of AIIMS from the beginning.

Previously, he was a member of Apple’s Advanced Technology Group. He continues his work as Advisor to the World Bank Group increasingly focusing on health systems and planning for non-communicable diseases treatment and research in LMICs (Lower and Middle Income Countries). In the past he worked as senior professional advisor with Booz-Allen & Hamilton in the Asia-Pacific region.

He has several publications and research papers to his credit and has been speaker at professional conferences (AACR, Accelerating Biology Symposium, BioIT, Indian Cancer Congress, Internet2, etc). Biomedical informatics and establishing international collaboration in cancer research and treatment are his special field of interest and expertise.

Prior to moving to the United States, he was the founding chief executive (1989-91) of NASSCOM: National Association of Software and Service Companies and founding director (1972-86) and head off Knowledge Engineering with Centre for Development of Instructional Technology.


Martin Deutsch

Executive Vice President

Martin DeutschMartin is the chair of the board of Mycroft Cognitive Sciences, Inc. He co-founded the company with Anil Srivastava and brought together the team and the partnership with IBM Watson.

Martin graduated from University of Wisconsin where he played one year of divisional basketball and got his law degree from Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley where he is practicing law since 1984. Prior to getting his JD he worked for Legal Aid in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Clerked for Judge Donald Chapman of the Santa Clara Superior Court. Currently he serves on the board of Boston Biomotion, Inc., Open Health Systems Laboratory beside Mycroft Cognitive Sciences, Inc.


Amar Bhat

Vice President

Amar BhatAmar is responsible for OHSL’s various pharmaceutical activities and programs. He is an expert in global health policy and pharmaceutical systems and industry. With a background in government and industry, Amar has amassed considerable knowledge and experience of how different governments approach the mandate of assuring the health of its citizens, while enabling local industry, particularly healthcare and life sciences, to grow and succeed.

From 2014 to 2016, Amar was President of TwoFour Insight Group, LLC. As one of the co-founders he provided assistance to companies and business associations in achieving their stakeholder engagement and advocacy objectives. Previously, Amar was an Assistant Vice President for International Affairs at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

Amar began his career with the U.S. Government, working in the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and later serving as the first Director of the Asia-Pacific office within the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, building a team of health representatives and attachés positioned throughout Asia.

Amar has a Ph.D. from The George Washington University in Public Policy, a Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Bachelor’s in Chemistry, also from Duke University.


OHSL Associates

Kabeer Minhas

Kabeer MinhasKabeer has forged partnerships between OHSL and big data companies to assist scientists in gaining access to specialized research tools. He has successfully developed multiple international research collaborations on behalf of OHSL between the academic and private sector, and continues to lead the organization in its long term strategy and global outreach.

Mr. Minhas is also the managing partner of an international development consulting firm, GlobeTap. He is an experienced development consultant, with a strong background in the biotechnology and healthcare industry. He has led several of his clients into new markets by identifying projects, partners and collaborators, and customers. Kabeer has specific expertise in the areas of finance, micro/macroeconomic development, international negotiations, and government relations.

Kabeer earned his BS from the University of Maryland at College Park, and an MBA in finance from American Univerity, Kogod School of Business. He currently resides in his birthplace of suburban Washington, DC.


Denise Leonard

Denise has three decades of experience in international finance and project finance, and has spent most of the last decade advising governments globally on the structuring and international competitive tender of large Public-Private Partnership projects relating to infrastructure and social services.

Denise spent 20 years at IFC, the private sector affiliate of the World Bank.  For a decade, she managed and led multi-specialist teams advising governments on PPP projects in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, China and South Asia. These projects addressed power, telecom, water, airlines, ports, military bases, clinics, rural electrification, highways, etc.

Previously, she was the IFC Chief of Mission and Manager South Asia, based in New Delhi and covering India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan. She managed IFC’s industrial and social services investment teams throughout that region, supervised one of IFC’s largest loan and equity portfolios, handled IFC’s relationship with the member governments and represented IFC on numerous boards in the venture capital, private equity, asset management, leasing, and manufacturing sectors.  Before moving to New Delhi, Denise was IFC’s Brazil desk officer.  Prior to joining IFC in 1988, Denise was the Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Export Development Corporation, the official Canadian export credit agency.  Earlier in her career, she also worked on Francophone Africa and Eastern Europe.


Francine Hardaway, Ph.D.

Francine is the co-founder of Stealthmode Partners, an accelerator and advocate for entrepreneurs in technology and health care that was founded in 1998. Prior to Stealthmode, she owned two marketing companies, and served as Director of Worldwide Press Relations for Intel and the CMO of Innovative Environmental Products. Her communications specialties are technology, healthcare and financial services.

Francine was an Entrepreneurial Fellow of the Eller Entrepreneurship Center at University of Arizona, and was a founder of Social Media Club Arizona and the Arizona Software Association. She is also founder of the Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation, which provides entrepreneurship training to at-risk populations.

She is co-founder of the blog USHealthCrisis, and blogs for Fast Company, Huffington Post, and  Stealthmode’s blog.


Rubayi Estes

Consultant Program Coordinator

Rubayi completed her Masters in International Environmental Policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies with a focus on program administration and evaluation for not-for-profits and public organizations. Throughout her career, she has worked in multiple sectors, most recently with the Orfalea Foundation, RootChange, and the World Bank. She has a strong grasp of public policy and processes, strategic planning, budget and grant management, non-market valuation methods, and human resource management. Her unique strength lies in applying her skills to Public Private Partnerships for research and social good programs. Primary components of her work include enhanced knowledge-sharing for sustainable programs, efficacy of organizational processes, outcome-based decision making, and comprehensive resource and needs assessment.