President and CEO, FHI Ventures
Wellington Pak is the President and CEO of FHI Ventures and oversees the entity. Wellington is also the Director of Strategy and Innovation 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.
Analyst, FHI Ventures
Melissa Kandinata is the Analyst of FHI Ventures. Her responsibilities include conducting investment due diligence and deal sourcing. Melissa is also the M&A and Corporate Development Analyst of FHI 360 where she focuses on M&A strategy and due diligence and manages department finances.
Melissa joined FHI 360 with broad private sector experience across all sectors in the developed and emerging markets. Prior to joining FHI 360, she was an investment banker at Citigroup, advising public and pre-IPO companies in the Equity Capital Markets group. There, she worked alongside senior executives to navigate corporate entities and alternative asset managers in originating, structuring, and executing their inaugural and secondary private and public equity offerings.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from University of Richmond where she also served as captain of the Division 1 tennis team.
Graduate Intern, FHI Ventures
Gabriella Levy is a graduate intern on the Strategy & Innovation team. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health with concentrations in Global Health and Health Policy & Law. She holds a BS in Public Health from American University. Gabriella is interested in M&A strategy, global pharmaceutical market access, and digital health. She plans to pursue a career in healthcare management.