Raghu Appasani

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 Appasani 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 is currently an MD Candidate at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He hopes to pursue a career in medicine and social entrepreneurship, bridging the gap to bring cutting-edge medical technologies to the most at-risk populations in the developing world.