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Christopher Beauchamp

Photographer / Content

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Christopher Beauchamp is a photographer specializing in environmental portraits and dynamic adventure imagery for editorial, corporate and advertising clients.

Chris has recently branched out from still photography into cinematography working on short videos focused on people’s health challenges. Chris was also the climbing cinematographer on No Place on Earth, which was released by Magnolia Pictures in 2013.

Chris has a passion for cave exploration, both domestically and internationally, and for investigating the often overlooked subterranean environments beneath cities. It was his efforts to document these spaces that ignited his drive to create unique imagery and led him to a career in photography.

Chris' personal portfolio of people in extreme environments can be seen here.

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Jamila Paksima

Director & Producer / content

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Jamila Paksima Rowell works as a Creative Director and Senior Producer with Ikana Media. Her focus is corporate campaigns and consumer health content.

Jamila has an extensive background in news and documentaries. She has traveled with former President Jimmy Carter and Bill Gates Sr. of The Gates Foundation to report on efforts to combat the HIV/AIDS crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa, and accompanied 13 multi-faith leaders to Iran. Other work includes examining how mentally challenged adults live successfully together in a community and looking at the final days of a man on death row. Her most recent documentaries have appeared on PBS, MSNBC and The Discovery Channel.

Early in her career, Jamila worked at NBC News for 11 years producing documentaries for NBC News Specials and segments for Dateline NBC, Tom Brokaw and "First Person with Maria Shriver."

Jamila has received two Emmy nominations; 1st prize for domestic television broadcast – RFK Journalism Award 2000; The Silver Screen Award; Society of Professional Journalists-2000 best series investigative reporting; and the CINE 2003 Golden Eagle Award for her film on Child Rape and AIDS in South Africa; and the 2008-2009 OMMA award for excellence in online Video and Animation for Babycenter.com. Jamila actively contributes her free time to two NGO’s based in South Africa: Acres of Love and Mosaic, SA.


Janet Tobias

Founder & Ceo

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Janet Tobias has parallel careers in medicine/technology and film/television. Tobias founded Ikana Health & Media in 2004. At Ikana, Tobias focuses on how health content, technology, and social networks affect health behavior. She leads Ikana’s work in strategy, business prototyping, and content creation. Tobias focuses her digital content work around global health and innovation.

Tobias is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Health Evidence and Policy at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a Research Professor of Global Public Health in the NYU Global Institute of Public Health (GIPH), where she is also a mentor in the Public Health Entrepreneurial Ventures course. At Mount Sinai, her work focuses on the prevention of diabetes through the use of mobile technology, content and social media/social networks.

Tobias sits on the boards of The National Juvenile Defenders, Healthbuilders/Rwanda Works, as well as on the advisory board of Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s student clinic: East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership. She previously sat on the board of Healthright International, and was a member of the Drug Forum of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, from 2009 to 2015, where she has been part of the MDR-TB working group, and helped organize a forum on public understanding of clinical trials.

Tobias started her film and television career at CBS’ 60 Minutes as Diane Sawyer's associate producer. She then worked as a producer at ABC News’ Prime Time Live, as the editorial producer for ABC’s legal and criminal justice coverage, a national producer at Dateline NBC, and an executive producer at VNI (which became New York Times Television). After working at the networks, she moved to PBS where she created and executive produced the Emmy award winning PBS program Life 360.

In 2001, she co-founded Sierra/Tango Productions, which has produced over 20 documentaries, many of them on medical/health subjects including neurosurgery, infertility treatment and the emotional health of teenagers. In 2012, Tobias’ first theatrical film, No Place on Earth, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Kate Nicholson

Design Director / Impact & Advocacy

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Kate leads Ikana's advocacy and design units and is responsible for creating impact. In her work, she brings stakeholder communities together, formulates and implements strategies of action, and identifies high-impact leverage points for using design and technology to improve global health.

Last year Kate helped launch It Takes All of Us, our epidemic preparedness initiative that drove action and grew a community of 33+ partners out of our documentary film, Unseen Enemy. This year, It Takes All of Us is celebrating science during the centennial year of the 1918 Influenza pandemic and tackling challenges around the public's relationship with the flu.

Kate also leads the design and development of Hippokos, a way for frontline healthcare workers in low-resource medical settings to connect with other professionals and the information they need to solve cases. Harnessing recent advances in mobile access, she is excited about the opportunities for design and technology to increase capabilities and resilience where they're needed most in health systems.

Kate has a MFA in Design for Social Innovation from School of Visual Arts and a BA in Economics from Tufts University where she also minored in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. A native New Yorker and a world traveler, Kate identifies as both a global and local citizen. When she's not spending her time with great people doing what she loves at the office, she is engaged in the civic tech and social innovation scenes in NYC. She welcomes new perspectives and is always up for a ☕ or a 🚲.


Naima Vogt

Director of development & distribution / content

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Naima Vogt works for Ikana Media as Director of Development & Distribution, working closely with the global production team to develop new high impact documentary projects and distribution strategies. She joined the company in 2015 as a Production Assistant after graduating McGill University with a BA in International Development. In 2016, she was promoted to Associate Producer while working on the documentary Unseen Enemy, where her primary responsibilities were organizing international shoots, producing in the field, and managing the documentary’s archival research. Naima is Brazilian-Canadian and speaks fluent Portuguese and French in addition to English. She has previously worked at ABC News and at CNN Films.


Roger Lopez

Chief Operations & financial Officer

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Rogger migrated from Peru in 1999 and earned his Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a concentration in public accounting. After 3 years of working in the accounting field for Adams & Salter, Rogger decided that it was time to change scenery and moved first into Production Management and then became the chief operation officer of Sierra/Tango. He has worked on No Place On Earth, was the lead producer of Unseen Enemy, and is currently producing Memory Games.


Shayon Maitra

Director & Editor / Content

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Shayon is an editor, director & screenwriter, who graduated from Columbia University’s MFA Film Program. He also holds a BA in Economics from The University of Chicago. Shayon was born in India, and has lived all over the world: Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London and Chicago. He is fluent in Bengali, Hindi and English. Prior to filmmaking, Shayon worked in the world of finance, until he decided to follow his passion for cinema and film. He has directed and edited many short films that have played in festivals across the world.


Worawit Wattanasomboon

Production Assistant & Office Manager

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Woratwit, or "Mo", has extensive world and professional experience. He grew up in Thailand, where he graduated from university with a BA in Humanities. He has taught english to people learning it as a secondary language. He has also resettled refugees through a work and cultural orientation program at Phanat Nikhom Camp in Chonburi, Thailand. In 1995, he came to United States to study at New York Institute of Technology. He graduated from NYIT with a MA in Communication Arts and Computer graphics. For several years he was a graphic designer at a furniture company. Most recently he grew his management experience at Spice Thai Restaurant Group where he worked as restaurant manager. Today, he is at Ikana Media to explore and grow.

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Zac Nicholson

Director & Cinematographer / Content

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Zac Nicholson is an American filmmaker born in New York and living in Brooklyn. His work as a director and cinematographer spans the medium from narrative to documentary film, and is regarded for its unique character-driven, cinematic perspective.

Most recently, Zac shot the feature length documentary, Unseen Enemy, for CNNFilms about humanity's increasingly perilous relationship with microbial threats such as ebola, influenza and zika. Zac also just finished his short film, Heard in Havana, about the first group of American composers to travel and present their work in Cuba in over fifty years.

He is currently in production as cinematographer on a feature documentary, Memory Games, about the world's elite memory athletes set to be released in 2018. The 16mm short film he shot, Observatory Blues, starring Tom Schiller and Amy Sedaris is set to make its festival debut.




We are fortunate to have the guidance of people with decades of knowledge, expertise and success in health, business, technology and design.

Tom Nicholson

Strategic advisor / Operations, Strategy & Insights



Our Credo

Good science improves the world.

Stories make our planet a better place.

We are all connected members of one human family.

We wish to leave the world healthier than when we entered it.
— Ikana Health Action Lab