Co-founder and CEO of Svast Inc. Kunnummal Biju (Biju) is an experienced entrepreneur growing global startups with demonstrated history of leadership in the cross-border trade, software, healthcare and legal industries. Using vision, strategy and team building, Biju has grown the companies from start up to multi-million-dollar revenue. At a venture-based company, Biju has worked from the early stages till maturity, where they took the offline business of individual healthcare insurance online. This entity eventually was sold in a billion plus deal. Biju has also worked at leading global companies heading the software development at multiple levels, including chief architect. In the process honing skills in strategy, team leadership, entrepreneurship, business development, and organizational culture. Biju holds an MBA from Anderson School at UCLA and B.E. from Bangalore University. Loves to watch good movies. Is passionate about food, gardening and doing good for the world.
Our mission is to bring affordable, personalized healthcare to everyone–globally. We are driven to navigate broken healthcare systems by working to bring the free market to healthcare around the world.
Svast was created with the idea of addressing the growing number of needs of medical tourists around the world. We understand that medical travel can be overwhelming, and strive to make the entire process as easy and comfortable as possible.
Svast assists you in obtaining visas and insurance, booking travel, accomodations, and transportation, all the while preparing you for treatment abroad. We ensure you receive the highest level and quality of care at the most affordable cost to you, the patient.
Lata and Kunnummal have both seen the complexities that their near and dear faced while undergoing complex healthcare treatments in various countries. We experienced some of the pain in navigating a broken healthcare system which seems to be universal in every country. Healthcare is hampered by rules, regulations and gatekeepers such that it has become very local, disjointed and crippled by the inability to work in a free market. We are driven by the idea of bringing free market to healthcare. That was the genesis of Svast. Our mission is to bring personalized healthcare to everyone globally – At the price, wait time and level of service that satisfies their individual needs.
Co-founder and President of Svast Inc., leads its global marketing strategy and spearheads alliances with sovereign governments and major corporations. She was the founder and CEO of Resource Leaders, a market intelligence firm which created over 400 business and technology white papers and research reports for her global clients. Her work has been featured in fDi, the investor magazine of Financial Times, Global University Venturing, etc. Her experience in the Healthcare industry includes consulting services to Los Angeles’s leading orthopedic surgical center, leading new product development in the health education software sector and providing strategy for automated Utilization Review in the California Workers Compensation industry. Lata was the technology leader for the second largest telco, MCI (now Verizon), including leading the BT/MCI merger and MCI/Stentor alliances where she was involved with building the largest Fraud detection system in telecommunications space using artificial intelligence, statistical and advanced mathematical models. She is on the board of multiple non-profit women focused institutions including SAHARA, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. She received her MBA from Anderson School at UCLA and B.E. from the University of Kerala in India.
A strategic technology leader (CTO and Chief Architect) who helped grow multi-billion dollar enterprises like Intuit, Autodesk and UST Global by leveraging data driven intelligence, AI/ML, IoT and AR/VR. He is an accredited innovator with over 30 patents (in areas ranging from AI/ML to auto navigation, and blind dates) and an MIT Visiting Scholar. Raju is the founder of Andaaz Creations, a music group that has raised over $1M in fundraisers, has accompanied Bollywood legends on stage as a vocalist, and is a passionate tennis player.
Svast Medical Director, is an experienced professional, in both clinical and management domains of health care industry. He has a strong background in hospital operations and clinical consulting, as he has worked with leading health care firms in US (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles) and India, before joining Svast as the Medical Director. He has an MBBS from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal and a Masters in Health Care Administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA and is an experienced Physician.
A seasoned product manager and digital solutions architect with extensive experience in ideation, design and engineering. He has created and managed multiple design and engineering teams who have crafted world class digital experience for companies across the globe . Over 20+ years of technology experience that has progressively grown in scope and covers product management, practice development, framework development, patents and solutions . He has played key leadership roles in India and Europe. He played a key role in conceptualizing and creating a framework comprising people, processes and products to achieve a DevOps philosophy for IT organizations at UST Global. As practice director he has grown this business to $ 25 million run rate in 2 years.
An experienced investment professional with 15+ years of experience across Investment Banking, Private Equity, Venture Capital, M&A and cross border transaction advisory. He is an Ex-Wall Street based fund manager and has been a serial entrepreneur with successful exits across multiple businesses. He is the founding partner of Anantara Capital, a real estate focused private equity fund. He has also been credited with setting up one of the largest Angel Networks in India – JITO Angel Network and was Chairman of the investment committee. He is an active angel investor and advisor to startups across different sectors such as Fintech, Technology, Healthcare and Logistics in India and North America. Sandeep holds a MBA in Finance from Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York and was also recipient of Sloan Print Foundation scholarship for his MBA program at RIT.
As our Head of Operations he comes with a varied experience of over 12 years and specialized in Operations Management profile from diversified sectors. Khalil was the Airport Duty Manager for International and Domestic Airport Operations for Kingfisher Airlines at Chennai where he worked for 6 years . He was also Head of Department – Customer Relationship for Mercedes-Benz in Chennai. Over the last few years, he was COO of Healing Lives Solutions Pvt. Ltd. where he was involved in managing the patient experience. He is passionate about building business models and studying the various company’s operations.
Abdur Raheem VP, India Sales
Nitin Mohandas is a Business Development professional with over 20 years of multi industry experience. His experience is spread across managing products & services, working in local & global markets, for startups & Fortune 500 brands. Nitin has been focusing on building Technology & Healthcare ecosystems over the past 10 years, and has achieved some satisfying accomplishments; such as leading Samsung Mobile to #1 in the Gulf, rolling out Mastercard Global Travel Visa Assistance Platform & getting the largest Healthcare Provider in the Middle East to choose a startup to build their healthcare technology backbone. He is passionate about the power of networks, leveraging global &; cross-industry synergies and how changing the status quo can be leveraged for a Win-Win. Nitin achieves balance through Sci-Fi movies, where technology IMPOSSIBLE today, could be POSSIBLE tomorrow!
As the Svast Head of marketing Rock brings 20 years of offline, digital, and media marketing experience. Rock is the former CEO of Onvi meida, VP at RAPP and has run multiple digital ad agencies throughout his career. Rock brings fortune 500 marketing experience mixed with a tech background that keeps him at the forefront of the marketing spectrum. Rock also currently serves as an Advisor for multiple companies. Rock attended Loyola Marymount and opened his first digital agency at 23 (1999.) Rockford just finished co-writing his first tv show and is a co-founder of a save the world nonprofit, thelab.earth.