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About Us

Our Vision:

We envision a world where healthcare facilities are readily accessible, available and
affordable for each individual, regardless of their circumstances or beliefs.

Our Mission:

SVGH intends to improve health worldwide by championing global initiatives which focus on providing access to healthcare in the underserved population. Special attention is given to social impact businesses that are innovating and deploying technologies, systems, and processes for healthcare screenings in these last-mile communities.

Meet the Team

Board of Directors

Martine thrives on the energy of a network where the diversity and expertise of partners provide an excellent breeding ground for breakthrough thinking – and she appreciates the multitude of opportunities to engage with a wider network.  Through her many affiliations with start-ups, social enterprises and educational organizations, her network spans several continents including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the United States. This global connectivity provides her a multifaceted perspective, which comes to life in many conversations. 


Equally important to Martine are the areas of social justice and gender equity, especially as it relates to health, education, and career opportunities. From working with disadvantaged women in the Bay Area to advocating for early screening for cancer in the last mile population in India, she has had the honor and privilege to get to know extraordinary courageous women who now have their hands on the steering wheel of their life so the vicious circle of abuse and poverty may end with them, opening never-imagined opportunities for the next generation.

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Richard Dasher

Richard Dasher has been Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center at Stanford University since 1994. He served concurrently as the Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Systems in Stanford's School of Engineering from 1998 - 2015. His research and teaching focus on the flow of people, knowledge, and capital in innovation systems, on the impact of new technologies on industry value chains, and on open innovation management. Dr. Dasher serves on the advisory boards for national universities and research institutions in Japan and Thailand.


He is on the selection and review committees of major government funding programs for science, technology, and innovation and in Canada and Japan. He is an advisor to start-up companies, business accelerators, venture capital firms, and nonprofits in Silicon Valley, China, Japan, and S. Korea. Dr. Dasher was the first non-Japanese person ever asked to join the governance of a Japanese national university, serving as a Board Director and member of the Management Council of Tohoku University from 2004 - 2010. Dr. Dasher received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from Stanford University. From 1986 – 90, he was Director of the U.S. State Department’s Advanced Language and Area Training Centers in Japan and Korea that provide full-time curricula to U.S. and Commonwealth Country diplomats assigned to those countries.

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