Contakt World features a group of innovators with multi-sector experience converging to solve humanitarian and business problems with technology. Our team traverses public health, publishing, technology, biotech, drug development, and entrepreneurship with an emphasis on health equity and social impact.
Contakt World develops, acquires, and delivers software solutions to improve healthcare quality, access, and efficiency.
Contakt World’s award-winning Smart Health RM platform improves efficiency of provider settings like hospitals, long-term care facilities, and clinics by making sense of time and space using a combination of software, IoT, and analytics. Contakt World’s HealthCheck platform enables organizations of any size to screen, approve, and protect visitors, customers, employees, students, and more.
Contakt World’s mission is to develop or acquire and deliver software (SaaS) that improves access, efficiency, and quality of healthcare in all its forms.
Contakt World envisions a world where everyone can achieve their full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other circumstances.
Contakt World envisions a world where everyone can achieve their full health potential, and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other circumstances.
Things don’t always go perfectly, but our resolve to overcome challenges makes us better people and a better company. We aren’t defined by our mistakes, rather, we’re defined by what we make of them.
We take the road less traveled because we know it will lead to a better way forward. Contakt World will always seek more and better ways to build on non-conventional solutions and ground-up innovations, with a guidepost of health equity.
Wherever the risk is highest, we’ll be there. If digital divides and language barriers could keep us from serving critical communities,we wouldn’t be doing our job. Contakt World values health equity and applies a lens of health equity to business.
Our team and portfolio is deliberately diverse because of our leadership team’s core beliefs. To serve people and health, we must understand, respect, and empathize with everyone regardless of, and even because of, their culture, race, religion, creed, or circumstance.
If the most profitable decision isn’t the right decision, then it’s back to the drawing board—every time. We believe business can be a force for good and won’t make decisions purely for the sake of making money.
Our team includes healthcare professionals, finance experts, policymakers, brand and design experts, innovation hackers and publishing experts.
As co-founder and strategic advisor for Contakt World, Andre is a serial entrepreneur and was instrumental in the formation and growth of multiple technology companies.
His passion for innovation has led him to a broad range of pursuits including the development of therapies for cancer and viral diseases, the commercialization of tumor profiling molecular diagnostics tests, the creation of mobile health applications for the management of chronic diseases, and the development of novel biofuel crops as an alternative to carbon fuels.
Andre is a big believer in paying-it-forward and over the last decade, has coached and mentored young, foreign professionals looking to build their lives and careers in the US, with the only condition that one day, they do the same for the next generation.
In his free time, Andre enjoys mountain biking, martial arts, sailing, and spending quality time with his family and friends in San Diego, CA.
Zayn Kalyan is an experienced investment banker and business development executive. Starting his career as a software engineer, his background in the “ground-up” development of startup technology companies serves as his foundation in finance. Since joining Altus, Zayn has played a instrumental role in the origination of over $50 million in financing. Zayn has served in upper management and on the boards of multiple public companies since 2014. He has hands-on experience in the day-to-day management of small and mid-size organizations.
As a part of Contakt World’s executive team, Robin is also an editor with Johns Hopkins University Press, and has published books on public health and health policy from national and global thought leaders, with a focus on intersectional drivers of health inequities.
Among many significant publications, highlights include The Political Determinants of Health, The Fears of the Rich, The Needs of the Poor, My Quest for Health Equity, Preventing the Next Pandemic, and Separated.
As a publisher, member of the Health Equity Task Force at Morehouse School of Medicine, and collaborator at Contakt World, Robin brings esteem for public health professionals, dedication to improving health equity, and practical creativity to bear.
Living with his family in Baltimore, he also coaches elementary and middle school chess, plays D&D with his kids, and is on a first-name basis with the owner of the local sandwich shop.
As liaison with NACCHO, Betsy develops relationships and advocates for health teams to meet the ongoing challenges of the COVID pandemic, as well as future national and global health issues.
Betsy was most recently the Fiscal Officer with a County Mental Health Department in upstate New York, and prior to that was a product manager in the medical products industry.
She looks forward to her position at Contakt, as well as the opportunity to meld public and private sector knowledge, while promoting positive change in the systems that have previously perpetuated health disparities. In her free time, Betsy enjoys yoga, biking, hiking, gardening, reading and spending time with grandchildren.
In his role with Contakt, Ferdaus oversees the research, development and training division of the company.
As a doctoral student, Ferdhaus worked for Louisiana Office of Public Health where he had the privilege to conduct contact tracing activities at the grassroot levels.
An Associate Professor of health administration at the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, Ferdaus also holds an Adjunct Faculty position at the Flores MBA Program at the Louisiana State E.J.Ourso College of Business. He is also a member of Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), Bangladesh Medical Association of North America (BMANA), and the National Association of County Health Officials (NACCHO).
Dr. Ferdaus loves to spend time with wild birds. Dove, Sparrow, and Mocking Jay are his favorite. He contributes to the lives of about 100 wild birds every day. He lives in Prairieville, Louisiana with his lovely wife Quamrun Zinia and daughter Ria Olivia Ferdaus.
Ricardo Lachac is a seasoned global multilingual executive with 30 years of experience, including 20 years in C-level, technology, data, analytics, and risk management while leading go-to-market strategies and revenue growth.
He was recently vice president, business development & CEO, Brazil, for LexisNexis Risk Solutions (LNRS). Lachac launched LNRS Brazil, where the company had no footprint and quickly captured more than 50% of the market share in high-tech niches like Auto Insurance Telematics.