"You can actually heal the brain and solve the mental health crisis. Innovation is key."


At the nexus of design, technology, and social entrepreneurship, Khaliya is a catalyst for lasting social change.


Khaliya was awarded the 2016 Middelthon-Candler Peace Prize

alongside First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who received the Justice Prize.


Humanitarian and Columbia University trained public health specialist, Khaliya confronts our world's mental health crisis by promoting radical therapeutic innovation in a system out of step with medical breakthroughs. Lasting peace and prosperity are only achieved when fundamental requirements for health, both physical and mental, are made available to those in need.


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

As a global impact leader, Khaliya demonstrates how innovation in mental health and neurodegenerative disease is essential to making progress. In her WIRED Health 2017 talk, she creatively addresses the importance of thinking beyond the accepted treatments for mental illness.


"MDMA-assisted psychotherapy doesn’t just ease the symptoms of PTSD, in the trials to date, it has also been shown to eliminate the disorder in two-thirds of cases."

The New York Times

The Promise of Ecstasy for PTSD 

by Khaliya

November 3, 2017 - The FDA has clearly identified the extraordinary potential of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy treatment for PTSD. The federal government should back the scientific findings by underwriting the final-stage trials, and potentially bring relief to millions of suffering people. Read more...


"The world is in the throes of a mental-health crisis, but help is at hand if we can reach out and grasp it."


Wired UK Magazine

Psychedelic drugs saved my life. So why aren't they prescribed? by Khaliya

August 7, 2017 - Mental health advocate Khaliya points to the evidence that shows psychedelic drugs like psilocybin, better known as magic mushrooms, could transform the way we treat mental health. Read more...


Humanitarian.     Public Health Specialist.     Innovator.   


Khaliya helped launch "Laudato Si' Challenge” inspired by Pope Francis May 3-5, 2017.


MAY • 2017

To participate in the 'Right Now!' Conference May 3-5, 2017, Khaliya returned to Rome to help launch “Laudato Si' Challenge" - on care for our common home - inspired by Pope Francis at Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.

Unleashing the power of innovation, technology and collaboration will produce global transformation.

Khaliya was part of the jury that convened at Ledreborg Castle in Denmark, June, 2017. 

Khaliya was part of the jury that convened at Ledreborg Castle in Denmark, June, 2017. 


JUNE • 2017

Khaliya is part of the jury that selected winners for the 2018 Middelthon-Candler winners for the Peace, Justice and Millennium Gate Prizes. The jury was convened at Ledreborg Castle in Denmark in June, 2017.

For her service to humanity,  Khaliya received the 2016 Middelthon-Candler Peace Prize in 2016 alongside First Lady Rosalind Carter, who won the Justice Prize.

Khaliya is Keynote Speaker at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal this November, 2017.



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, defining 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.

Khaliya joins World Economic Forum's Global Future Councils, November, 2017.

Khaliya joins World Economic Forum's Global Future Councils, November, 2017.



The youngest Expert Advisory member on the Global Future Councils for the Future of Health and Healthcare for the World Economic Forum. Khaliya will attend the yearly Futures Council Summit November 12-13, 2017 in Dubai to chart the course for systemic change in health alongside other members of the thirty person council of health luminaries such as Dame Sally Daves, the Health Minister of Britain, and Peter Piot, co-discoverer of the Ebola Virus, among others.


Social entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Khaliya invests in cutting edge technology including Guardian Circle, an app that uses the power of crowdsourcing and social networks to keep individuals safe.


Khaliya and her partner, Thomas Ermacora, founded FALKORA - a not for profit mental health and neurotech initiative.

Its mission places interdisciplinary approaches for mental health treatment at the top of political agendas around the world. Falkora campaigns to expand the definition of mental illness so future funding can catch up with the scope of the problem, and explores how new technologies can leapfrog outdated approaches to mental well being.



Twitter with @Khaliya and her 260k followers to connect about developments in mental health, urban health, and neurotech.