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Executive Leadership

Syed R. Akhtar

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Syed R. Akhtar is a graduate of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University, with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. He graduated from Martinsburg High School in 2012. He has served as State Chairman of the West Virginia Federation of College Republicans, the official collegiate arm of the West Virginia Republican Party. He was the President and Founder of the West Virginia University Chapter of the Government and Politics Association. Previously, he served as Attorney General and Executive Secretary of the West Virginia University Student Government Association and Chairman of the College Republicans of WVU. In his free time, he writes fantasy short stories and novels, composes music, and roots for Mountaineer sports.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder

Varun K. Menon

Chairman and Co-Founder

A native of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, Varun K. Menon is currently a medical student and president of his class at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. A 2012 graduate of Martinsburg High School, Varun went on to earn his B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. While in college, he was a Dean's List student, the recipient of several history research prizes, a Penn Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism Fellow, an elected representative on the Undergraduate Assembly, as well as co-founder and President of the Penn Government and Politics Association. When not at school, Varun spends his time back home in West Virginia as a co-host on Martinsburg's TalkRadio WRNR.

Sreyas K. Menon

Sreyas Menon is a 2014 graduate of Martinsburg High School and a senior at Rice University majoring in Chemistry. He is a DJ and member of the Board of Directors at KTRU Rice Radio, and is a volunteer for PAIR, an after school program for youth from refugee backgrounds. He is passionate about helping youth follow their dreams by removing the social and health-related obstacles in their way. He worked on a scientific research project with the goal of developing of a point-of-care diagnostic for neonatal jaundice to be used in low-resource settings around the world. In high school, Sreyas completed a summer internship at Shanti Ashram in Coimbatore, India. During this internship, he surveyed the nutritional habits of Bala Shanti preschool children and their parents’ health literacy. In his free time, Sreyas enjoys cheering on the Rice Owls in sports, hiking, and bicycling.


Director of the Guyton Global Health Initiative 

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