Thomas Pilgrim  


Thomas initiated rhedproject together with Nikesh in 2011, and started RHeaDY as a nonprofit organization to translate research into action. Trained as an interventional cardiologist, he is the director of the valvular heart disease program at the Swiss Cardiovascular Center in Bern and is an associate professor at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Nikesh Raj Shrestha


Nikesh started rhedprojecta rheumatic heart disease research network, together with Thomas in 2011. He was the first interventional cardiologist in eastern Nepal and among the first in the country to promote primary percutaneous coronary intervention. Nikesh works as a senior consultant at the Neuro Cardio & Multispeciality Hospital in Biratnagar, Nepal, and is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology.

Dinesh Deokota


Dinesh is a documentary filmmaker and a member of Nepal fixers. He has directed development films for the United Nations, Amnesty International, and WWF, and has worked with director Ramyata Limbu on the award winning film The Sari Soldiers. He shares his experience from extensive travel as a director of AdventureFirst Nepal.

Ana Maria Medina


Ana Maria was born and raised in Colombia, and studied economics before moving to Switzerland. Ana Maria manages resources & finances, and coordinates administration.

Martina Rothenb├╝hler


Martina has a background in social sciences and statistics. She works as a statistician at the Clinical Trials Unit of the University of Bern, and joined rhedproject in 2013. 

2010 - present

2010 - present