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Krista Donaldson

Healthcare Technology, Innovation, TED Talk Speaker

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Krista Donaldson Profile

CEO Krista Donaldson dedicates her life to getting innovation to those who need it the most. At the non-profit organization D-Rev, she heads a talented team of engineers who make complicated medical technologies an affordable reality for millions of people in third world countries.

Since joining D-Rev in 2009, Krista has led the development, production, and distribution of the Brilliance Phototherapy device which to date has treated over 56,000 babies suffering from jaundice. She also oversaw the 2013 release of the ReMotion Knee, a prosthetic knee joint that has been fit to over 6,800 amputees so far.

Focused exclusively on serving the 4 billion people in the world who live on less than $4 a day, Krista and her team are improving the health and income of people who live in challenging conditions.

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    Krista Donaldson, PhD, has driven innovation in product design, engineering, and international development for more than 15 years. As D-Rev’s CEO, Krista’s has led the release of Brilliance, a revolutionary technology treating neonatal jaundice, and the ReMotion prosthetic knee. Her leadership has won Krista acclaim as one of Fast Company’s Co.Design 50 Designers Shaping the Future, a TED speaker and a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. She has also been a Rainer Arnhold Fellow and a Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow.

    Prior to D-Rev, Krista served as a Diplomacy Fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where she guided economic policy and the reconstruction of Iraq’s electricity sector. Her work there earned recognition for its impact on bilateral relations. From 1998 to 2001, she worked as a design engineer and researcher with KickStart International (formerly ApproTEC) in Nairobi, Kenya. She also has worked at the product design firm IDEO.

    A native of Nova Scotia, Krista holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University as well as a MSE (Product Design), MSME and a PhD from Stanford University. Her doctoral work was among the first to focus on engineering and social entrepreneurship in less industrialized economies. Krista has taught at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya and South Africa’s University of Cape Town. She is also currently a lecturer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University.

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