Crowdfunding Safe Births
While pregnant with her first child, Casey Santiago Business ’06 couldn’t shake the realization that if she had been pregnant in another country, her chances of surviving the pregnancy would have decreased dramatically. After her second child was born, she founded Kangu to leverage crowdfunding technology to reduce preventable maternal and neonatal deaths and disability. Kangu is a crowdfunding start-up that aims to reduce the 250,000 women that die each year from pregnancy and childbirth globally. Nearly all of these deaths are preventable when women have access to basic healthcare services.
Before founding Kangu, Santiago worked for fifteen years in global health, innovative finance and technology. As an early staff member at Kiva.org, she managed a multi-million dollar investment portfolio in West Africa, and led engineers to develop software for 100+ local institutions. She has advised for-profit, nonprofit and social enterprises on strategic planning, new product development and financial sustainability, including Doctors without Borders, Institute for OneWorld Health, Bristol Myers-Squibb, GAVI and USAID, both independently and as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte. She also blogs for Forbes.com, Women 2.0, and the Huffington Post and was recently selected by 85 Broads as a “CEO to watch.” She has worked in Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Palestine, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia. Santiago holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University.