Global Tech Innovations Speakers

Sonia Sosa

Sonia Sosa currently develops effective and affordable medical technologies for low-resource settings as a Global Health Fellow at Rice 360, where she leads the development of a low-cost Incubator and temperature monitor. She graduated in 2017 with a B.S in Engineering with a Biomedical Concentration from LeTourneau University. Sonia developed a passion for global health after traveling to Kenya for a research project involving user feedback for wheelchairs designed for underserved populations with mobility impairments. Following graduation, she spent 2 months in Rwanda with Engineering World Health receiving training in biomedical equipment repair and volunteering at Kibuye District Hospital. Sonia’s career goal is to improve quality healthcare services around the globe through technology, and hospital staff training on the use and maintenance of equipment.

Abdullah Saleh, MD

Abdullah Saleh is a Pediatric General Surgeon at the University of Alberta and is the director of the Office of Global Surgery. He completed his medical school and General Surgery training at the University of Alberta and his Pediatric Surgery
fellowship at McMaster University. He is the co-founder and Chief Executive Director of Innovative Canadians for Change (ICChange), a not-for-profit organization with global programs. He also co-founded 2 spin-off social enterprise companies that develop disruptive technologies particularly for vulnerable populations.



Elie Balesh, MD