Nithya Ramanathan, Ph.D.

CEO & Co-Founder

Nithya Ramanathan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Nexleaf Analytics. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley. Nithya brings over 20 years of experience as a computer scientist to the development of sensing and analytics applications, including her work in research and hardware development at Intel and Hewlett-Packard and as an Assistant Research Faculty in Computer Science at UCLA.

At Nexleaf, Nithya leads the strategy, vision, and partnerships to design and evaluate the use of low-cost sensors in global health and environmental applications, currently implemented in the ColdTrace and StoveTrace programs. She oversees Nexleaf’s cold chain monitoring program, ColdTrace, developed and scaled in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF, Ministries of Health in several countries, and NGO partners. For StoveTrace, Nithya leads an innovative approach to monitoring improved cookstoves by applying a climate financing model with Project Surya partners, a collaboration dedicated to using cutting-edge climate science to increase clean energy access in the developing world.

Nithya’s scientific research and Nexleaf’s data analyses have been regularly published in peer-reviewed journals including Vaccine and Nature Climate Change.  She is a former Switzer Fellow, PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, and Rainer Arnhold Fellow.