Hayat Sindi is cofounder of Diagnostics For All, a Massachusetts nonprofit that designs low-cost diagnostic devices to improve health services in developing countries. She is also president of the i2: Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity, an organization that seeks to engage scientists, technologists, and engineers in entrepreneurship and social innovation. She earned a degree in pharmacology from King’s College in London and became the first woman from the Arabian Gulf to earn a PhD in biotechnology, which she completed at Cambridge University. She has combined her knowledge of biotechnology and pharmacology to aid in the invention of low-cost, portable, and efficient testing mechanisms, such as early breast-cancer detecting devices and paper strips that can be used to test for various diseases. Sindi is a visiting scholar at Harvard University, a senior research scientist for biotechnology at Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre, and an honorary research fellow at the School of Biological and Chemical Science at Exeter University.
Global Leadership Dialogues, Volume 3, Issue 1: “Biotechnology Trailblazer: Hayat Sindi” 2015. Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Boston.