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.
Khaliya is a public health specialist and neuro-technologist focused on developing radical solutions to the global mental health crisis. The youngest member of The World Economic Forum’s Expert Advisory on the Future of Health and Healthcare, Khaliya is also an active advocate and humanitarian.
Khaliya was the recipient of both the 2016 Middelthon-Candler Peace Prize and the 2017 Clare Booth Luce Award for International Service. It is her belief that lasting peace and prosperity can only be achieved if the fundamental requirements for health, both physical and mental, are made available to those in need.
In 2013, Khaliya co-founded Falkora, a non-for-profit mental health and neurotech initiative, as well as the soon to be released app, Tell Your Story. She is currently working on a book on the future of mental health with a particular emphasis on new modalities, such as psychedelics and neurotech.
Together with her partner Thomas Ermacora she co-founded Falkora, a not for profit mental health and neurotech initiative to help put cross disciplinary approaches to mental health at the top of the political agenda in the United States and internationally. Falkora first Fellowship supports Breadhead, an explosive documentary about the looming worldwide epidemic of diet-related neurodegenerative disease.
In addition to campaigning to expand the definition of mental illness so future funding can catch up with the scope of the problem, the organization is exploring how new technologies can leapfrog outdated approaches to mental well-being. Tech innovations, she believes, could not only reach a wider group of people in need within the U.S., but also reduce costs of mental health tools worldwide, sparking a necessary paradigm shift in mental health care.
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 The League of Extraordinary Minds, a website that celebrates the achievements of exceptional individuals with mental conditions.
Khaliya also serves on the advisory committee for NeuroLaunch, the leading accelerator for neuroscience apps.
- Khaliya, Wired Health 2017 Keynote
Khaliya alters perceptions about the importance of thinking beyond the accepted treatments for mental illness.