Meet Our Leadership Team
Sachin Aggarwal, CEO
As the Chief Executive Officer of Think Research, Sachin Aggarwal understands that health care systems around the world are on the brink of profound, necessary change. Scientific knowledge, clinical best practices and medical data are increasing at an exponential rate, contributing to a global knowledge crisis – with implications for clinicians, patients, governments and countries at large.
In the midst of this growing problem, Sachin sees data as the solution – and the key to system transformation. This principle drives the mission of Think Research: to organize the world’s health knowledge so that everyone gets the best care.
As part of this vision, Sachin led Think Research in 2010 through a strategic transition to become a cloud-based service provider. The move has positioned Think Research as a leader in the global health data economy, allowing the company to standardize care at scale, aggregate knowledge across health systems and improve the quality of care for patients.
When he’s not advocating for disruptive change in health care, Sachin is actively engaged in his community. A recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2017, Sachin also sits on the Board of the Council of Canadian Innovators. He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Leader of the Opposition prior to joining Think Research. He’s currently a Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and has served as an advisor to numerous start-up and scale-up companies in the innovation sector. He was called to the Bar in Ontario and New York, and holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
Joanna Carroll, Chief Administrative Officer
Joanna is Think Research’s Chief Operating Officer. Over the past five years, Joanna has been instrumental in overseeing the hiring during Think Research’s rapid expansion as it has grown from a small start-up to a team of over 130 full- and part-time staff. Joanna also serves as Think Research’s Chief Privacy Officer and as a legal advisor to our Executive Team. She holds a law degree from the University of Calgary and has over 15 years experience practicing law as an employment lawyer and commercial litigator. Joanna sits on the Board of Directors for two non-profit agencies in downtown Toronto and Chairs the Human Resources Committee of one.
Riyaz Lalani, Chief Operating Officer
Riyaz is TRC’s Chief Operating Officer. In his role, Riyaz is focused on leading our mergers & acquisitions, asset integration and value maximization efforts. He is also providing leadership to certain of our organic growth initiatives.
Prior to joining Think Research, Riyaz has held C-level executive roles at a professional services company and a consumer-packaged goods company, where he executed on mandates ranging from M&A to operational optimization. Riyaz was also the CEO and founder of Bayfield Strategy, a leading investor and public relations firm that represented public companies, institutional investors and high-profile individuals across North America.
He began his career at a multi-strategy international asset manager focused on healthcare and technology investing, eventually becoming the firm’s head of research. Riyaz is currently a director of a TSX-V listed company, and a past director of three public companies.
Joel Finlayson, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Acting Head of Sales
As Think Research’s leader for International Growth, Corporate Development, and Partnerships, Joel is responsible for developing our strategy for international markets and building the company’s global reach. Joel joined Think Research in Toronto in 2019 after over 20 years in healthcare consulting and healthcare venture capital – more than half of which was spent overseas – in the Middle East, Africa, and the UK.
Joel has worked on major health system reform programs and is well-versed with the challenges health systems face globally: their struggles with access, quality and cost, and the opportunities for new technologies and reimbursement models to reach health system goals.
Joel is leading our international efforts and is establishing a series of direct and indirect channels including putting in place partnerships with health systems, health technology providers, and payers in the UK, Australia, and in the Middle East and Africa.
Joel is on an extended secondment from iGan Partners, a major shareholder in Think Research. He remains a Partner in the healthcare fund. Formerly, he was a Partner and Practice Leader with PwC in the Middle East. Prior to that, he was a career consultant at strategy consultancy Monitor Group. He is a Director of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and a Fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab in Toronto.
Kirsten Lewis, Senior Vice President, Clinical Research and Development
Kirsten is the Senior Vice President on Think Research’s Clinical Research and Development team and has been a registered nurse for nearly 30 years. Since joining Think Research, she has worked extensively on building our Order Set library in collaboration with leading health care associations. Prior to joining Think Research, she worked as a Clinical Manager at the University Health Network. While at Toronto General Hospital, Kirsten focused on improving patient flows, enhancing the quality of care delivered to patients and maximizing capacity. In 2012, she coordinated a province-wide roll out of the Ontario Renal Plan where she provided expert clinical consultation.
Saurabh Mukhi, Chief Technology Officer
With a passion for product and design, Saurabh has adapted agile principles to the field of healthcare technology and leads a multidisciplinary IT team of more than 50 engineers, software developers, UX designers, and security specialists. His efforts have been central to the development of the Think Research’s suite of products which connect clinicians and patients at every stage of the patient journey. Prior to joining Think Research, Saurabh worked as a Management Consultant at KPMG. Saurabh has a Bachelor in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
Mark Sakamoto, Executive Vice President
Mark is the Executive Vice President for Think Research. A lawyer by training, Mark has enjoyed a rich and varied career, having worked at a national law firm and served as a senior political advisor to a national party leader. Prior to joining our Executive Team, Mark worked as an Executive Manager for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation where he led negotiations for hundreds of content deals. He is an entrepreneur and investor in digital health and digital media and has been instrumental in driving the growth of Think Research. In 2014, he authored his first book, Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents, which went on to be a #1 national best seller.