Founder & CEO
I founded MINDS with a passion to bring the human right of proper mental health resources back into the hands of those in the most vulnerable regions of the world.
Raghu Kiran Appasani, MD was born and raised in the Boston, MA area for the majority of his life. As a one year old, he lived in rural India for two years. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in Neuroscience & Behavior and Science in Society. While at Wesleyan, Raghu founded The MINDS Foundation, served on the University’s Academic Honor Board, was a Director of the Wesleyan Investment Group, founded a student committee for the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and was a member of Shakti (South Asian Student Group).
Raghu has extensive research experience through his work in the labs of Dr. Michael Greenberg, Dr. Laurie Jackson-Grusby, Dr. Eric Kandel, Dr. Jingyue Ju, Dr. Janice Naegele, and Dr. Eric Nestler. For his neuroscientific research, he received the Intel Science Talent Search Semi-Finalist Award, the Sanofi-Aventis BioGENEius International Finalist Award, and the Genzyme Award. Raghu has a true passion for social entrepreneurship and has been recognized as a One Young World Delegate Speaker and Ambassador, a StartingBloc Fellow, a Dell Top 40 Semi-Finalist, and was a semi-finalist in MassChallenge. Raghu received his MD Candidate from The University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was also awarded the Mick Godkin Award and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. He continues to pursue career in that bridges the western and eastern practices of healthcare in order to best bring practices to those in every corner of the world.