Project Impact Executive Director, David Green has worked for 20 years in establishing manufacturing of medical technology in developing countries and in the development of financially self-sustaining health care service models oriented toward the poor. He directed the establishment of Aurolab, a non-profit business trust established in 1992, and managed the technology transfer for producing intraocular lenses and sutures at Aurolab. He has also helped to create eye care programs recognized for their excellence in service delivery, quality of surgery, financial self-sufficiency and capacity to reach the disadvantaged.
Mr. Green was recently awarded a fellowship from Ashoka, which supports leading "social entrepreneurs" world-wide. The award, which was given in recognition of his accomplishments in making medical technology affordable to developing countries, will support the development of the Affordable Hearing Aid Project based on the same models.
Producing an affordable hearing aid of the highest quality standards is made possible by the involvement of Mr. Sunil Chojar, former Director of Research and Development at Siemens (1993-99), the largest hearing aid company in the world, and former Director of Research and Development at Starkey (1986-93). His achievements include the development of state-of-the art programmable and non-programmable hearing aids from conception to manufacturing, including the development of software, hardware, integrated circuits, and mechanical and electro-acoustics engineering.
Two out of five hearing aids sold in the world use technology developed by Mr. Chojar. He was the first to develop a "custom programmable Completely in the Ear Canal (CIC)" hearing aid. He has 16 patents (five individual and 11 group patents), one of which has become an industry standard. He was the first to develop a "Custom in the Ear" hearing aid in the United Kingdom for the European market, develop a custom integrated circuit, develop a wireless rechargeable hearing aid, and introduce and service BTE hearing aids in India. Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Sean Connery all wear hearing aids designed by Mr. Chojar.
Erik Brodersen is a well-known audiologist from Denmark, who has extensive experience in implementing programs in developing countries to serve the hearing impaired. He is currently developing the service delivery model and training programs for the Hearing Aid Project. His areas of expertise include audiology, rehabilitation, hearing aid fitting, repair, maintenance and follow-up as well as project development for developing countries
Jonathan Green manages Project Impact's legal and regulatory affairs. Mr. Green’s law practice focuses on projects involving the transfer of technology to developing countries. He previously served Aurolab in its efforts to develop intraocular lens and sutures. His areas of specialization include US and international medical device regulation, international trade, tax, and non-profit organizations.
Evelyn Cherow works as consultant on the AHAP. She is the former Director, Audiology Practice Policy and Consultation for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), which represents over 100,000 US audiologists.. Evelyn is an audiologist who has over 30 years experience in the US working on pediatric audiology programs, and advocacy and public policy for the hearing impaired. Most recently she completed a Masters degree at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Joel Segre is currently managing Project Impact's efforts to assist Aurolab in the development of a an affordable, foldable intraocular lens for use in cataract surgery. Additionally, Joel is coordinating the development of a solar recharging unit for Project Impact's affordable hearing aid.