Our Team

Our Team

MEDNIVA’s Unique Team of Leaders from Industry and Academia

Sumeet Sud


Former Chief Marketing Officer of Invida / Menarini Asia Pacific

25-year successful global industry track record, including Merck, Pfizer, and entrepreneurial biotechs

Highly attuned to global healthcare industry commercialization / education needs

Broad therapeutic area experience covering primary care, rare diseases, biologics / vaccines

Duke alumnus

Based in Singapore and U.S.A.

Dr. Ranga Krishnan

Academic Advisor

Dean, Rush Medical Center, Chicago, USA (2015-present)

Dean, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore (2008-15)

Chairman, Psychiatry, Duke Medical Center (1998-2009)

Member of the Duke University Medical Center Chancellor’s Academic Cabinet (2010-2015)

Owner of 11 patents

470 publications; 67 book chapters; 5 books; 8 published reviews; 162 abstracts

Based in U.S.A.

Brian O’Dwyer


Commercial Founder & Exec. Chairman, CognaLearn (2015-present)

Entrepreneur in Residence at Duke-NUS Medical School (2014-2015)

Adjunct Professor Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Asia (2014-present)

Recent CFO of Skywest Airlines until sale to Virgin

Prior investment banker (Credit Suisse) and  Consultant (A.T. Kearney)

Duke alumnus

Based in Singapore

Alessandro Forlin

Vice-President, Marketing and Business Development

11-year successful global industry track record at Eli Lilly, Menarini, and Novo Nordisk

Led multi-country brand launches and developed global brand strategies

Industry medical education experience in Europe, U.S.A., Latin America, and Asia Pacific; highly attuned to industry education needs

MBA with Honors from MIB School of Management (Italy)

Based in Zurich

Dr. Pamela Rizk

Medical Director

Former educator at PSB Academy in Singapore

Former research fellow at A*STAR, a Singapore Govt. Research Institute

Multiple research grants, peer-reviewed journal articles, and scientific presentations

Healthcare industry involvement includes publication planning, preparation of manuscripts, and sales force training across multiple therapeutic areas

BS, Biochemistry; MS, Biology; Ph.D., Neurosciences

Based in Singapore

Dr. Robert Kamei

Academic Advisor

Associate Provost (Education), NUS Head, Institute for the Application of Learning Science and Educational Technology (ALSET) (2016 – present)

Vice Dean, Education, Duke-NUS Medical School (2006-2016)

Architect of unique Duke-NUS pedagogy

Educator in Residence at Singapore Ministry of Education

BS, Stanford; MD, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Sandy Cook

Academic Advisor

Senior Associate Dean, Education (2006 – present), Duke-NUS Medical School

Architect of unique Duke-NUS pedagogy

Education consultant for various leading multi-national pharmaceutical companies

Previously Associate Dean, University of Chicago School of Medicine

PhD, Adult and Continuing Education, Cornell; MA and BS, Ohio State University

Dr. Frank Starmer

Academic Advisor

Associate Dean, Learning Technologies (2006-2015), Duke-NUS Medical School

Architect of Gateway to Learning and other technologies

Previously, faculty and co-founder of the Duke University Computer Science department

BS and MS, Electrical Engineering, Duke University; PhD, University of North Carolina

Dr. Prakash Masand

Medical Advisor

Founder, Chairman, CEO of Global Medical Education

Adjunct Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School

Former Consulting Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke Medical Center

Fellowship at Harvard Medical School

Richard Pilnik

Strategic Advisor

30-year healthcare industry veteran

Formerly at Quintiles as EVP and President of Global Commercial Solutions; and Eli Lilly as Group VP and Chief Marketing Officer, President of Europe / MEA, and various other leadership roles in U.S., Europe, and Latin America

Current Board member at Certara, Chiltern, and the Duke University Fuqua School of Business

BA, Duke University; MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University