Erika was born in Los Angeles, CA. She spent most of her education homeschooled, but started community college at age 14 and then went on to obtain a dual degree in Linguistics and Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley.
She was one of the key whistleblowers that reported Theranos to health regulators. Her report subsequently led to the shutdown of Theranos’ clinical lab which prevented the company from providing false medical results to thousands of patients. This account is covered in the book Bad Blood by John Carreryrou, 60 Minutes, ABC Podcast: The Drop Out, and Alex Gibney’s documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.
Currently, Erika is the Program Director of Betatron a technology accelerator based in Hong Kong. She is a key entrepreneurial ecosystem builder in Asia. At the moment, the program supports technology entrepreneurs to scale and grow their businesses all throughout the South East Asia and China. She independently consults on healthcare and biotechnology projects.
Luke lived in Doha, Qatar until he was 18. The first in his family to enter higher education, he completed a master’s in economic history in 2011 at the University of Manchester, before working for a United Nations policy watchdog in New York.
After that, he hunted butterflies in Panama for the Smithsonian, and then in Colombia provided protective accompaniment for Colombian activists in combat zones with the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
He is currently completing a law degree at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where he has worked with Corporate Accountability Lab and has founded the Student Mental Health Alliance, which is now entering its second year of existence.
Tyler Shultz is an entrepreneur fostering innovation in healthcare.
He graduated from Stanford with a Biology degree and entered the national scene when he courageously blew the whistle at Theranos. Tyler complained to the public health regulators in New York and was a source for a series of Wall Street Journal articles exposing Theranos’ dubious blood-testing practices.
Owing to his role in exposing the fraud, Shultz was featured in Bad Blood, the book about the scandal penned by John Carreyrou, the original author of the Wall Street Journal articles, as well as in Alex Gibney’s HBO documentary “The Inventor”.
Currently, Shultz is the CEO and Co-Founder of Flux Biosciences, Inc., a bay-area start-up. Flux Biosciences aims to bring medical grade diagnostics into the homes of consumers by using cutting-edge technology to measure biomarkers related to stress, exercise, and fertility. His efforts were recognized by Forbes when he was named to their “30 under 30” Health Care 2017 list.
Born and raised in India, Nupur Agrawal considers herself to be a global activist with Asian roots.
During her time at Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas) where she obtained degrees in Psychology (Cognition) and Contemporary Religion, she was also a formidable student leader and change agent in creating education programs for new incoming students to create awareness on campus safety. She is best known for championing the cause of spearheading policy change and research to revise campus laws governing sexual misconduct during her time in the US.
Upon receiving the Simaletex Scholarship to pursue Masters in Social Sciences in Nonprofit Management at University of Hong Kong, she moved to Hong Kong in 2015.
While pursuing her graduate degree, she joined the founding team of Stories of Us, one of the 10 winners of the 2017 HKU DreamCatchers seed funding start-ups. Stories of Us aims at empowering parents and caretakers to take an active role in reading with their children to foster creativity and sense of inquiry; while relying on the parent-child bond.
Ms. Agrawal currently works at the Chen Yidan Foundation as their Research and Partnerships manager.
Swan is a well known super-connector in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Shenzhen, China. She had a social enterprise on WeChat helping expats navigate and understand Mainland China while also providing locals an opportunity to improve their English called Ringy001.
Nicole is a fashion entrepreneur that has worked in 7 different countries around the world. Originally from Hong Kong and Germany, Nicole built her own fashion manufacturing company in Zhongshan, China supporting SMEs in the US and Europe.