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International Ambassadors

AABB Center for Cellular Therapies

The AABB International Ambassador (IA) Program is a pilot program within the AABB Center for Cellular Therapies. International Ambassadors are selected volunteers who help spread AABB’s mission, vision and core values on an international level.

Claudio Dario Dufour, MD

Claudio Dario Dufour, MDClaudio is a medical doctor from Argentina with over thirty years of experience. Claudio has studied and worked in internal medicine, hematology with a focus in oncohematology and stem cell transplantation, immunohematology and transfusion medicine, cord blood bank processes and sports medicine. Claudio has trained abroad in which he gained experience in allogeneic stem cell transplantation and cord blood bank processes. Claudio has attended the Annual Congress on Transfusion Medicine, Hematology & Cellular Therapy meeting where he could introduce AABB’s mission, vision and core values. Claudio is an AABB Cell Therapy Voluntary Assessor. Claudio is an honorary Professor in pre-and post-graduate activities at the School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires and is currently working at the Navy Hospital Buenos Aires and Manuel Belgrano Hospital.

Mrinalini (Minnie) Chaturvedi, MD, MBBS, MBA

Mrinalini (Minnie) Chaturvedi, MD, MBBS, MBAMinnie is a medical doctor from India who also holds an MBA in Healthcare Administration. Minnie has studied and worked in pathology, stem cell culture and banking technologies, nucleic acid testing for transfusion transmitted infections, cord blood, transfusion medicine, and other healthcare specialties. Minnie has experience in working in Government institutions, corporate hospitals and laboratories, as well as NGOs. Minnie is President (Medical Affairs, R&D) of Cryoviva Biotech Pvt. Ltd in India. She has a keen interest in furthering the science of stem cells, development of new cellular therapy products for research and clinical applications, and has a strong focus on patient safety, ethics and quality assurance.

Aasawari Bapat, DPB, MBBS

Aasawari Bapat, DPB, MBBSAasawari (Aasa) is a medical doctor from India who studied Pathology and Bacteriology. Additionally, Aasa has educational training in Hospital and Health Care Management. Aasa has expertise in Accreditations (ISO, CAP, JCI, AABB, FACT, FDA), Certifications, Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance, Quality Management Systems, and Compliance for Medical Labs, Hospitals, Cord Blood Banks, and Adult Stem Cell Banks. Aasa has fifteen years of experience in Quality, Compliance, Accreditations and Certifications. Aasa has twelve years of Cord Blood banking experience. Aasa is a consultant to global companies for product development, for adult stem cells, cord blood banks and cellular therapies and has served companies such as, Lifecell (Cryocell International India), Cryo-save (Arabia-Dubai), and Americord (New York, NY).

Sivakumar Gajendran

Sivakumar GajendranSivakumar is a Laboratory Manager with more than eighteen years of experience in medical laboratory technology. Sivakumar received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, Certificate in Medical Laboratory Technology and a Master of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. Sivakumar currently is a Quality Manager at Dr. Balwant Singh’s Hospital in South America. Sivakumar has expertise and interest in stem cells, cord blood, quality systems, ethical aspects, laboratory techniques such as flow cytometry and related measures. Sivakumar is a member of the following AABB Subsections: Cord Blood, Cellular Therapy (CT) Quality Operations, CT Regulatory Affairs, and CT Asia Pacific Group.