About Khaliya


An expert in global pandemics with a background in computer science, Khaliya sees mental health as among the most crucial social issues of the coming century.





Tech innovations could not only reach a wider group of people in need within the United States, it could also reduce costs of mental health tools worldwide, sparking a necessary paradigm shift in mental health care.
— Khaliya

Humanitarian, Peace Prize winning mental health advocate, and WEF Global Futures Council Expert takes on the future of healthcare.


Global Impact


Social Entrepreneur

Actively involved with numerous social ventures, Khaliya is an investor in and head of strategic partnerships for Guardian Circle, an app that uses the power of crowdsourcing and social networks to keep individuals safe. 

She is founder of two projects currently under production: The League of Extraordinary Minds, a website that celebrates the achievements of exceptional individuals with mental conditions, and Tell Your Story, an app that uses storytelling to support rape victims.

Khaliya is on the advisory committee for NeuroLaunch, the leading accelerator for neuroscience apps. Co-executive Producer for Breadhead, an explosive documentary about the looming worldwide epidemic of diet-related neurodegenerative disease.

Vigilant Leader

Khaliya is the youngest appointed member of The World Economic Forum's Expert Advisory on the Future of Health and Healthcare. She will be participating this November in Dubai with the Global Future Councils where she will explore ways of facilitating systemic change in areas such as health, energy and infrastructure through breakthrough technologies related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

A graduate with honors of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Khaliya was on the board of the world’s largest private development network from 2006 through 2010 – work that took her to over 30 countries as a health specialist and as part of diplomatic delegations throughout Africa and Asia. 

Prior, she was on a research team focused on infectious disease and national security at the Council on Foreign Relations and worked to negotiate lower-cost opportunistic infections drugs for YRG Care AIDS hospital in India. After receiving her B.A. with honors in European Studies and International Affairs at New York University, Khaliya worked two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria during the country’s rocky post-Communism transition period. 



Global Action


Upcoming Events

World Economic Forum - November 12-13, 2017. Khaliya will travel to Dubai to participate in the Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils where she will explore ways of facilitating systemic change in areas such as health, energy and infrastructure through breakthrough technologies related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Web Summit - November 6-9, 2017. Khaliya travels to Lisbon, Portugal to speak “where the tech industry's A List gather" according to CNBC. Twenty two conferences connecting every industry, it defines the ecosystem. Forbes calls it "the best technology conference on the planet." Speakers include Elon Musk, Al Gore, Bono, and Arianna Huffington. On Facebook alone, over 10 million people watched live in 2016, WebSummit is where the future goes to be born.

1st International Forum on Women's Brains and Mental Health - December 12th, 2017. Khaliya will travel to Lausanne, Switzerland to serve as Keynote Speaker on special invitation by The Women’s Brain Project (WBP), an international non-profit organization advocating for women's brain and mental health. Speakers include Dr. Suzana Petanceska, Program Director - Systems Biology & Systems Pharmacology, National Institute on Aging and Dr. Hadine Joffe, Director of Psycho-Oncology Research at Harvard Medical School. Forum goals are to identify the specific needs related to women’s mental health, to advocate for focused research and precision medicine and technology, to address sex and gender specific phenomena, and to position the findings for the benefit of the society.

Recent Events and Presentations

Jury Selection Committee Convening for the 2018 Middelthon-Candler Millennium Gate Prizes - Khaliya was part of the jury that convened on the island of Zealand, Denmark at Ledreborg Castle at the end of June 2017 to select next year's Middelthon-Candler winners for the Peace, Justice and Millennium Gate Prizes. Khaliya is the 2016 recipient of the National Monuments Foundation Middelthon-Candler Peace Prize.

World Economic Forum Family Business Community Retreat - In June 2017 in Gstaad, Switzerland, Khaliya participated in this forum dedicated to "Growing a Legacy for Business and Society" by focusing on the global forces shaping the future of business and society, how the fourth industrial revolution is transforming the world, and responsible ownership. 

Katapult Future Fest - Khaliya spoke about how "Brain Health Matters" on May 12th at this conference focused on the impact of exponential technologies in our future society.

Solve at MIT - May 8-10, 2017 Khaliya participated in Solve's annual flagship event at MIT. Solve brings private, public, not-profit and academic leaders together to solve the world's challenges.

Right Now Vatican Challenge - Khaliya returned to Rome May 3-5, 2017 to participate in this conference that focuses on the relevance of Laudato Si to the impact community and those pioneering it.

TED2017 Vancouver - Khaliya and Thomas Ermacora convened a Falkora Roundtable dinner at at the TED2017 Conference in Vancouver in April.

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J. Luce Foundation - On April 13th, 2017, Khaliya received the Inaugural Claire Booth Luce Award for International Service at the National Arts Club alongside her husband, Thomas Ermacora, who received the Humanitarian of the Year Award. 

WIRED Health - On March 9th, 2017 in London, Khaliya spoke about the need for further dialogue and research into the benefits of psychedelic science for treating mental health problems. Click here to watch her talk.

Near Future Summit - In March 2017 in La Jolla, CA, Khaliya served as the Coordinator for The Changing Brain Capsule.

TEDXBeaconStreet - Khaliya delivered a talk at TEDxBeaconStreet in November 2016 - "What if most of what we knew about mental health was wrong?"

Middelthon-Candler Peace Prize - Recipient of the Peace Prize honoring leadership in the promotion of fraternity between peoples and nations.

NEXUS Global Youth Summit - United Nations

NOVUS Summit - United Nations - Topic: Recoding Communities: Inside Out // Outside In.





Global Dialogues


What if most of what we knew about mental health was wrong? | Khaliya | TEDxBeaconStreet

Khaliya's professional and philanthropic work focus on the intersection of design, technology and social entrepreneurship.


Dr. Steven Show featuring Khaliya

Live Broadcast

Dr. Steven discusses the current state of mental health with Khaliya, who is part of the Clinton Global Initiative LEAD program for young change makers and has spoken on health issues at the United Nations.



Mental Health Care: Fighting Stigma with Social Support Clinton Global Initiative featuring Khaliya at the University of California, Berkeley.

Panel Discussion - CGI U 2016 sponsored by MasterCard. (Khaliya speaks at minutes 25-28:40 and minutes 33:50-35:15)


Panels | Presentations | Events

Venture for America | Embrace | Nexus Youth Summit



@Khaliya is on the pulse of innovation in mental health, urban health, and neurotech.