Manny Hernandez is an internationally recognized leader in the diabetes space who has lived with LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) since 2002. He combines a deep passion for what “a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens” can do to change the world, with the belief that connections between people driven by a similar interest can be an agent of positive change.
As Electrical Engineer turned Web Product Manager, for more than 10 years he helped bridge conversations between the business and the technical sides in Fortune 50 companies and startups alike. His background, coupled with a strong focus on the end-user grounded on data analysis, has allowed him to understand customers and their motivations, in order to successfully deploy technologies to support them.
Since 2007, Manny managed to combine all his passions, co-founding Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF), a nonprofit home for life-saving programs that have touched the lives of millions with diabetes. Under his leadership, DHF has become a global leader in diabetes social media, and an influential group in diabetes advocacy with a budget nearing $1 million. Manny has developed lasting partnerships between DHF and diabetes stakeholders in industry, the nonprofit sector, and government agencies.
He has published books on social media and Health 2.0 and has delivered inspiring keynotes around the world at conferences hosted by Joslin Diabetes Center, JDRF, The Endocrine Society, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Yale University, and numerous pharmaceutical companies. He has been interviewed by the New York Times, NPR, Fox News Health, Bloomberg News, Diabetes Forecast, Univision, El Pais (Spain) and El Universal (Venezuela).
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, he moved with his family to the United States in 2000. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and artist Andreina Davila, his piano-loving son Santiago, and their poodle Lucas.
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