President, FHI Ventures
Wellington Pak is the President of FHI Ventures and oversees the entity. Wellington is also the Head of Strategy for FHI 360 and provides executive leadership for strategy, innovation, corporate development, and strategic alignment with the FHI Foundation. As an experienced senior leader, Wellington has driven strategy into action and operations across multiple sectors, including nonprofit, government and commercial. He has helped organizations achieve revenue growth, profit expansion, and diversification through innovative strategies that have yielded both sustainable competitive advantage and expanded social impact. At FHI 360, he has also provided executive leadership for corporate communications, strategic partnerships, and business development.
Prior to joining FHI 360, as a member of the senior leadership team at ICF International, Wellington led corporate strategic planning, provided strategic leadership for M&A transactions, and partnered with business unit leaders to develop strategies across a diverse portfolio including international development, global energy, commercial healthcare and US federal markets. He also provided operational leadership for post-merger integration (PMI) initiatives. As a former management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, Pak was a leader in the international development practice, and established a competitive strategy group that directly supported the President. With over 22 years as a management consultant and strategy executive, he has extensive experience in working with Boards, private equity and venture capital investors, technology start-up firms, and US government agencies.
Wellington has an undergraduate degree in history from Columbia University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. He has taught strategy, management and marketing as an adjunct faculty member of the George Mason University School of Business for nearly 10 years.
Principal, FHI Ventures
Priyanka Rao is a Principal at FHI Ventures where she leads strategy, deal sourcing, investor relations and portfolio management. Priyanka brings deep experience developing innovative solutions to cross-cutting issues in healthcare, education and economic development in roles in the public and private sector in management consulting, entrepreneurship, impact investing and international development.
Priyanka has also led organization-wide efforts that strengthen the innovation culture and architecture at FHI360, including the development of commercialization strategies for internal assets and formulation of business model innovations and private sector engagement models. At FHI 360, she has also managed corporate strategic planning and supported executive and senior leadership in identifying opportunities for alternative business models and guided the development and execution of long-term strategies. Prior to joining FHI 360, Priyanka worked in management consulting on a broad range of projects serving federal government and nonprofit clients in innovation, economic development, social entrepreneurship and business growth strategies at The Leading Niche and on commercial strategy with global Fortune 50 pharmaceutical clients at The CDM Group’s Consulting Division. She has worked with tech start-ups on competitor benchmarking, sales, and investor engagement.
Priyanka has an undergraduate degree in international studies from Michigan State University, holds a master’s degree in international affairs from The New School University and completion of graduate coursework in philanthropy, public policy and nonprofit management from the University of Chicago.
Principal, FHI Ventures
Melissa Kandinata is an Analyst at FHI Ventures. Melissa joined FHI 360 with broad private sector experience in Technology, Media, Telecom, Education, and Healthcare sectors. Prior to joining FHI 360, she worked in Investment Banking at Citigroup’s Equity Capital Markets for three years in New York. There, she focused on navigating management teams across all sectors globally in positioning and executing their inaugural and secondary public equity offerings. Melissa’s global experience includes advising and capital raising for companies in the United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa while her other transaction experiences include M&A financings and spin-offs. During her time at Citi, Melissa has accumulated experience in working with executive level management teams, private equity and venture capital investors, hedge funds, long-only funds, and investment bankers.