Kara Palamountain
Kara Palamountain

Research Assistant Professor
Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative

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Kara Palamountain is a Research Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and the Executive Director of the school's Global Health Initiative (GHI). The GHI is currently working in partnership with NU's Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies (CIGHT) to develop and produce affordable HIV diagnostics for resource limited settings.

Ms. Palamountain has played a crucial role in identifying the more strategic aspects of introducing diagnostics developed by CIGHT. She has managed over 50 Kellogg field research teams conducting market entry analysis in over a dozen countries (Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Kenya, Lesothp, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia).

Ms. Palamountain was a co-investigator on a cost-effectiveness project at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda funded by the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health. Ms. Palamountain has also served as an external reviewer for various projects under consideration by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a peer reviewer for Grand Challenges Canada. She also authored "Perspectives On Introduction And Implementation Of New Point-Of-Care Diagnostic Tests" and "Opportunities And Challenges For Cost-Efficient Implementation Of New Point-Of-Care Diagnostics For HIV And Tuberculosis" recently published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases and "Optimizing tuberculosis case detection through a novel diagnostic device placement model: The case of Uganda"

Ms. Palamountain is also the President of the Northwestern Global Health Foundation. Prior to her work at the Northwestern Global Health Foundation and at Kellogg, Kara worked as a management consultant in Deloitte's Healthcare practice for over six years (1998-2002; 2004-2006). She received her MBA from Kellogg in 2004 and her BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998.

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MBA, 2004, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
BBA, 1998, Marketing and Business Honors Program, University of Texas at Austin

Academic Positions
Lecturer of International Business & Markets, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2006-present
Executive Director of the Kellogg Global Health Initiative, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2006-present
Research Assistant Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2006-present

Other Professional Experience
President, Northwestern Global Health Foundation, 2010-present
Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting, 2004-2006
Manager, Deloitte Consulting, 2004-2006
HIV/AIDS Initiatives Summer Intern, Abbott Laboratories, 2003-2003
Consultant, Deloitte Consulting, 1999-2002
Business Analyst, Deloitte Consulting, 1998-1999

Print Research
Palamountain, Kara, Wendy S. Stevens, David Kelso and Mark Fisher. 2015. An investigation of fingerstick blood collection for pointof-. South African Medical Journal. 105(3): 228-231.
Palamountain, Kara. 2015. Optimizing tuberculosis case detection through a novel diagnostic device placement model: The case of Uganda. PLoS ONE.(10(4): e0122574)
Pai, M. and Kara Palamountain. 2012. New tuberculosis technologies challenges for retooling and scale-up. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 16(10): 1281-1290.
Palamountain, Kara, Jeff Baker, Elliot P. Cowan, Shaffiq Essajee, Laura T. Mazzola, Mutsumi Metzler, Marco L. Schito, Wendy S. Stevens, Gloria J. Young and Gonzalo J. Domingo. 2012. Perspectives on Introduction and Implementation of New Point-of-Care Diagnostic Tests. The Journal of Infectious Diseases.
Schito, Marco L., Trevor F. Peter, Sean Cavanaugh, Amy S. Piatek, Gloria J. Young, Heather Alexander, William Coggin, Gonzalo J. Domingo, Dennis Ellenberger, Eugen Ermantraut, Ilesh V. Jani, Achilles Katamba, Kara Palamountain, Shaffiq Essajee and David W. Dowdy. 2012. Opportunities and Challenges for Cost-Efficient Implementation of New Point-of-Care Diagnostics for HIV and Tuberculosis.. The Journal of Infectious Diseases. jis044v2-jis044
Palamountain, Kara and A. Nabatiyan. 2011. Towards the development of point-of-care diagnostics for global health needs. Clinical Laboratory International.
Diermeier, Daniel, Kara Palamountain, Annette Krauss, Kearsley A. Stewart and David Kelso. 2010. University leadership for innovation in global health and HIV/AIDS diagnostics. Global Public Health. 5(2): 189-196.
Working Papers
Palamountain, Kara, Kearsley A. Stewart, Daniel Diermeier, Annette Krauss and David Kelso. 2009. Triangulation: A new model for innovation in Global Health and HIV/AIDS Diagnostics.
Palamountain, Kara, Sachin Waikar, Andrea Hanson and Katherine Nelson. 2008. Balancing Access with Accuracy for Infant HIV Diagnostics in Tanzania (A). Case 5-308-502(A) (KEL383).
Calkins, TimothyKara Palamountain, Aniruddha Chatterjee, Robert Frantz, Elizabeth Hart, Sean Mathewson and Gabriela Perez-Hobrecker. 2015. Fighting Childhood Pneumonia in Uganda. Case 5-413-755 (KEL874).
Palamountain, Kara, Sachin Waikar, Andrea Hanson and Katherine Nelson. 2008. Balancing Access with Accuracy for Infant HIV Diagnostics in Tanzania (B). Case 5-308-502(B) (KEL384).

Print Teaching
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Global Initiatives in Management (GIM) (INTL-473-0)
This course offers students an opportunity to learn about non-U.S. business environments within an innovative and flexible framework that combines traditional classroom-based learning with structured in-country field research. From its inception in 1989 as one class of 34 students covering the Soviet Union, the program has grown to become a cornerstone of the Kellogg experience for many students. The school currently sponsors 13 GIM courses composed of approximately 400 students traveling to 15 countries. Evanston full-time students gain admission to GIM classes through the bidding process in the fall quarter. Classroom instruction is held during the winter quarter, followed by two weeks of field research abroad and seminar presentations of written student reports during the spring quarter. (TMP and EMP GIM classes sometimes follow different schedules.) GIM courses are organized by student leaders under the guidance of a faculty adviser. If you would like to become a GIM student leader, please contact the IBMP office for more information.