Our team

We are a multifaceted team with a range of diverse backgrounds including public health, biomedical engineering, development cooperation, research, user experience and design, business analysis, and software and hardware development.
We want to ensure every child, every where gets a healthy start to life. Our team is united by a common dream to see every family playing and smiling with their children and knowing they are protected from preventable diseases. Together with our partners, and through collaboration in research and development we design, implement, and evaluate interventions to bring high-impact, cost-effective and sustainable solutions.

Meet our team

Andrey Kolpakov,
Technology

Andrey pushes the boundaries by thinking exponentially to innovate a product that works everywhere. With his background in software development and experience in developing complex IT systems, voice over IP and sms-based services, coding for a meaningful cause is what drives Andrey every single day. Daring and open-minded, he always challenges the status quo and develops solutions that are intuitive and most importantly bring value on the ground. Beyond coding you can find Andrey biking, swimming or running in marathons.

Elena Kolpakova,
Quality Assurance and Transparency

Elena's background is in applied mathematics and cybernetics and she brings her experience of managing IT projects and developing IT systems in the private sector. Elena quality assures our products including MyChild system and enjoys testing the system until it is perfectly fit-for-use. With her diligent approach we ensure full transparency with our impact reports to donors, deliver high quality products to our partners, submit Every Child Counts report to key actors in a simple, beautiful and meaningful way. Elena loves travelling and photography therefore the pictures in Shifo have the touch of love from Elena every time.

Kenneth Ogwok,
Implementation and Operations

Kenneth works with front-line health workers in Uganda to facilitate the use of the MyChild system through training, responding to questions and helping to solve any issues that arise. He oversees the capacity building needs among families with children, frontline health workers and decision makers to close the gaps in quality and accessibility of preventive health services. With his background in Information Technology, Kenneth is able to make sure that the health workers see and feel the magic behind using the MyChild system to save children's lives.

Malaika Mikaelsson,
Communications and Partnerships

Malaika is passionate about people-centred development. Her work and research has covered the fields of participatory democracy and governance; sustainable development-based communications; and social exclusion. Prior to joining Shifo Malaika worked with the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit at the University of London, where she focused on local democracy in the Commonwealth. Originally from Guyana, Malaika relocated to Stockholm, where she completed an MSc at Karolinska Institutet, gaining knowledge and experience in health research, health policy analysis and health systems. Malaika capitalises on her background in International Relations and Global Health to share knowledge of Shifo in different communications media and bases our messages on evidence and facts. She facilitates the development of long term partnerships across the world to unite key stakeholders in reaching every child with preventive healthcare no matter where they live.

Nargis Rahimi,
Co-Founder, Partnerships and Communications

For Nargis Shifo is a dream come true where every minute is dedicated towards coming closer to Shifo's Vision. Her background is in Business Administration and Public Health - health economics, policy and management. Before creating Shifo Nargis worked in Central Asia with improvement of referral system in the health sector, developing courses for medical practitioners for continuous on the job learning and at Karolinska University Hospital Nargis worked with telemedicine and eHealth initiatives in Asia, Africa and Europe. At Shifo, Nargis works to build partnerships with key actors including local governments, partner NGOs, development cooperation agencies, private sectors to make healthcare equally accessible and reach children in the most isolated areas, who are outside of the radar to receive preventive health services.

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Panha Sok,
South-East Asia Programmes

Panha is passionate about human rights and dreams to see a world with clean environment, peace and fair development for everyone. She has many years experience of organisational management and leadership. As the director for a leading women's rights organisation in Cambodia she successfully led the organisation, promoted women's rights nationally and internationally and built a strong reputation for her organisation. She has a strong experience of building relationships within development cooperation, governments and other international actors. At Shifo Panha is engaged with situation, needs analysis and raising awareness about MyChild system to key actors in South-East Asia.

Rustam Nabiev,
Co-Founder, Director

A passionate leader, Rustam inspires the team to find innovative ways to achieve our vision of a day when no child dies or suffers from preventable diseases. Born in Tajikistan, lived and worked in diverse contexts in Asia, Europe and Africa, Rustam draws on his wealth of experience within Biomedical Engineering and IT to unite the global community to achieving Shifo's vision. Before creating Shifo Rustam worked at Ericsson, Royal Institute of Technology, Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet. Rustam was the head of unit of Biotechnology in low resource settings at Karolinska Institutet and a Programme Leader in Biomedical Engineering Department at Karolinska University Hospital.

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Shahnoza Eshonkhojaeva,
Co-Founder, Programmes, Research & Development

Shahnoza's passion is to ensure that the products developed by Shifo deliver value to children, families, frontline health workers, managers and the global community. She believes that the global community together can close all the gaps to reach the underserved communities and reliable, relevant data will help us as a global community know the results of our work and the remaining gaps transparently. Before creating Shifo Shahnoza lived and worked in Central Asia, UAE and Europe. With her background in Business Administration and Public Health and a wealth of experience from more than 10 years of work within eHealth, eLearning in low and middle income countries she makes sure that children- one day- will have the same opportunity to grow healthy and strong, no matter where they live.

Sergii Lozovskyi,
Visualisation and Interaction

Sergii's creativity and talent ensures our applications are intuitive, intelligent and easy to use. Sergii's skill and years of experience with visualisation enables him to give form to raw data and tell the stories of Shifo's work in an impactful way. Sergii's perfectionism pays off when families with children understand the educational materials and can take a good care of children, when nurses do not need extensive training about the products - for him it should be simple and something we all want to use ourselves, every day.

Shuhrat Yusuf,
Implementation and Operations

Shuhrat's inspiration comes from children whom he cherishes while working with our country partners and health centres. Shuhrat's background is in finance, and IT management . Before joining Shifo Shuhrat worked in trading and banking within IT security and implementation of enterprise resource planning systems. For the last 10 years, he has worked within multinational eHealth projects in Central Asia and Africa. At Shifo he oversees maintenance of technology platforms and focuses on integration of information systems into the organisational processes. He is a strong believer in the power of disruptive solutions to leapfrog inequalities.

Suleiman Nadabo,
Programme Coordinator, Nigeria

With a diverse background in International Business and Computer Systems Sciences, Suleiman combines his entrepreneurial acumen with a passion for harnessing ICT for development. Drawing on his experience of studying and working in Sweden, Finland and the United States, in his role as Programme Coordinator Suleiman will be working with stakeholder and gap analysis and raising awareness about MyChild system to key actors in his native Nigeria

Timothy Anderson,
Research

Timothy is driven to understand and improve the systems that people depend on to live secure, healthy lives. Originally from Texas, he has since followed an academic and professional path that allowed him to gain a deep understanding of social development within the European Union. Before joining Shifo, Timothy worked as a researcher at the Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (Nordregio), a research institute under the Nordic Council of Ministers. Integrating his international educational experience from multiple fields (Anthropology, Geography, and Spatial Planning), Timothy contributed to publications that addressed urban segregation, poverty, housing development, and social sustainability in the Nordic states. At Shifo, Timothy contributes within implementation research, and communicating research results for advocacy purposes.

Vasiliy Loginov,
Technology

Vasiliy is driven by simplicity and is in constant search to find simple solutions to complex issues. He brings his experience from architecture, agile development of the enterprise systems, data encryption and document processing with a valuable skill and love of working with people and team management to achieve great results. Putting his engineering skills to make a world a better place and see the results of his endless lines of code translating into real impact on the ground is what drives him at Shifo. And he does that with a smile on his face.