President, FHI Ventures
Head of Strategy, FHI 360
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
Associate Director, Strategic Innovation, FHI 360
Priyanka Rao is the Principal of FHI Ventures, and leads the overall design, execution and management of the entity. Priyanka is also the Associate Director for Strategic Innovation responsible for leading organization-wide efforts that strengthen the innovation culture and architecture at FHI360 in close coordination with Operations and Enterprise Services. 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.
Priyanka joined FHI 360 with broad and deep private- and public-sector and cross-industry experience in international development, entrepreneurship, healthcare, technology, government and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining FHI 360, Priyanka worked in management consulting on a broad range of projects advising global Fortune 50 pharmaceutical clients, and serving federal government and nonprofit clients in innovation, economic development, social entrepreneurship and business growth strategies. She has worked with tech start-ups on competitor benchmarking, sales, and commercial investor engagement. Priyanka also gained global experience in Asia, Africa and US working in research, program design, implementation, and business development on a range of issues from public health, education, ICT4D and workforce development for organizations such as Upaya Social Ventures, UNDP, Engender Health, Women’s Refugee Commission, and Save the Children.
Priyanka has an undergraduate degree in international studies from Michigan State University, holds a master’s degree in international affairs with an emphasis on economic development, global health and management from The New School University and completion of graduate coursework in philanthropy, public policy and nonprofit management from the University of Chicago.
Investment Associate, FHI Ventures
Hardik is as an Investment Associate at FHI Ventures supporting portfolio management, investment due diligence and execution processes. Hardik Parikh brings more than nine years of experience spanning global health and development, buy-side asset management, investment banking and accounting to his role supporting investment due diligence, execution and business development.
Prior to joining FHI Ventures, Hardik was a Finance Associate at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he supported the malaria and neglected tropical diseases programs, helping teams execute grants targeting disease elimination in Southern Africa, Mesoamerica, India and Southeast Asia. During his time at the foundation, he evaluated the financial sustainability of potential grantees, helped formulate project budgets and solutions to funding gaps, and developed resource allocation and financial scenarios. As a Private Equity and Venture Capital Analyst at the DuPont Corporation, he managed investments on behalf of the company’s pension fund and other third-party clients. Throughout his investing career, he has sourced, researched, structured and executed both public and private investments in a variety of sectors, including business and social technology, education, healthcare, energy and financial services. Hardik began his career at Johnson & Johnson supporting financial consolidation and reporting for the company’s consumer products division and later held a position in internal audit.
Hardik holds an undergraduate degree in finance from Villanova University and has passed levels I and II of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program. Hardik received his MBA from Duke University, where he was a leader in the community service and asset management organizations.
Associate, FHI Ventures
Innovation Associate, FHI 360
Kiara is an Associate at FHI Ventures and supports portfolio management and impact measurement at the entity. She is also an Innovation Associate at FHI 360 supporting corporate strategy innovation at FHI 360. Kiara brings deep experience developing solutions to cross-cutting issues and working at the forefront of innovation and impact investing in the private, public, and social sectors. Her work with FHI Ventures draws on her industry expertise in healthcare, education, economic development, information and communication technologies, entrepreneurship and impact investing.
Kiara began her career in India, where she worked to establish a healthcare and education nonprofit in the slums and red-light districts of Calcutta. She went on to work as a consultant in Beijing, then as an economic development Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica. While in Peace Corps, she managed projects ranging from microfinance initiatives to an effort that brought together the private, public and nonprofit sectors to bring potable water to a district of 20,000 people. As a Clinton Fellow in India, she drove strategic management initiatives to diversify a social enterprise’s funding model and enhance its product offerings to more effectively foster financial inclusion among marginalized populations. To help address inefficiencies within India’s startup ecosystem, Kiara joined Unitus Ventures, the venture capital arm of Capria Ventures, where she worked to strengthen India’s startup ecosystem and drive more sustainable impact investing initiatives in emerging markets worldwide.
Kiara received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied health and societies, political science, French, with further coursework in economics, finance, and entrepreneurship.