Our Mission

“At Nexleaf, our mission is to preserve human life and protect our planet by designing sensor technologies, generating data analytics, and advocating for data-driven solutions to global challenges.”

Who We Are

Nexleaf Analytics is proud to be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. We are committed to creating the most robust and affordable systems that we can to support humanitarian projects across the world. By partnering with countries, we ensure our technologies serve the local needs and contexts.  Our vision is for global health solutions to be designed, financed, locally maintained, and scaled with data as the driving force and the user as the priority.

We have built a team of curious skeptics, public health experts, data lovers, social justice advocates, and forward-thinking computer scientists with a shared purpose of improving the design and delivery of public health solutions. Meet our team.

Our Values

We pursue the truth

We believe that getting to a more accurate understanding of the world – or a problem, a device, a dynamic, and so on – will always result in better outcomes. Investigating, understanding, and describing the truth are our core competencies and guiding principles.

We iterate

While we are laser-focused on the truth, we actively pursue social impact by acting upon our current understanding. Our operational decisions are guided by up-to-date information on the situation, needs, and on-the-ground realities. We bring our users into this iterative process with us as partners. We believe that this is how progress happens.

We embrace complexity

Once we focus on an impact area, we relentlessly investigate to understand known challenges and uncover hidden problems. With data as our entry point, we help design comprehensive solutions that actually result in the intended impact. We advocate with data to motivate others to embrace our complex point of view. 

We work shoulder-to-shoulder

We work alongside others, from our end users to our donors, rejecting both entrenched social hierarchies and market-domination strategies. We do not view others as “beneficiaries” of our work, nor as “competitors” to our business, but rather as key partners – peers – in achieving shared goals. 

We're in the trenches

We go to the field in order to build our understanding of the people, circumstances, and contexts on the front lines of our interventions. All of us – from our leadership team to our engineers to our project implementers – value direct input from the people who use our systems, and we design and refine our tools based on their insights and feedback.

We're focused on impact

We are dedicated to achieving the end goals of our interventions, collaborating with public and private sector partners to drive complex global endeavors toward success. We care about achieving impact, not staking out Nexleaf’s role in it.

Our Story

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Our co-founders, Nithya Ramanathan and Martin Lukac, met as graduate students at UCLA and realized they had a shared vision: addressing global challenges using easily available and affordable sensor technology. How could real-time data support people in every country, even the most remote areas of the world, to improve human health?

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Inspired by a desire to create change that would serve communities for generations to come, Nithya and Martin started Nexleaf in 2009. Working together in Nithya’s garage, they created a low-cost sensor that connected to the audio jack on a smartphone. This first-of-its-kind technology revolutionized the way data can be generated anywhere in the world to help inform public health systems.

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Now, Nexleaf works across 26 countries and partners with governments, health leaders, NGOs, philanthropists, foundations, and multilateral stakeholders to tackle some of the most complex challenges in public health using sensor technologies and data analytics. Working side-by-side with our partners, we continue to innovate and advocate in order to improve the health of everyone, everywhere.

Data Rights

We do not seek to extract or capture data from countries, especially low- and lower-middle-income countries that already contend with a history of resource depletion and extraction by foreign interests. We believe that countries always own their data, and the scale of data systems should always be informed by countries’ data rights.

We believe ample available data helps build consensus and align incentives. For this reason, we want data to flow and proliferate within the countries we work with, and throughout the sectors we support. Any barriers to the flow of data within the country could hinder the end goal: improving outcomes for life-saving interventions (such as immunization) that require specialized equipment (such as vaccine fridges) to function optimally.

Areas of Focus

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Vaccine Program

Providing actionable data insights to improve the efficacy and reliability of vaccine distribution in the hardest-to-reach places.

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Clean Cooking Program

Uncover insights from rural households that will enable everyone, everywhere to transition to clean cooking. 

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Medical Equipment Program

Safeguarding the availability, quality, and functionality of medical equipment in under-resourced health facilities

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