Ara Chackerian is most well-known for the Nicaraguan sustainable teak farm called Limonapa. It is known for helping farms to engage in environmentally friendly practices to prevent from ruining the soil. In addition, the farm provides hundreds of jobs that provide livable wages. Chackerian’s other major area is healthcare in helping to bridge gaps between it and technology. He is a member of several San Francisco Bay Area boards.
Ara Chackerian says that one healthcare trend that interests him is its use of digital technology. These include telemedicine and an array of other apps. Chackerian is particularly excited about algorithms that detect changes in the pace and frequency in speech patterns with acute depressive episodes. Psychiatric issues are one of his main interests and he is working to help eliminate the stigma of mental illness. He is also working to help others become more aware of mental health issues that they are currently facing or have in the past.
Ara Chackerian argues that it is not greenhouse gases that are the most major causes of climate change. Rather, it’s deforestation. This is due to the fact that trees act as natural air filters by absorbing carbon dioxide and breathing out oxygen. One tree makes enough oxygen for approximately four people.
Ara Chackerian argues that reforestation not only helps with the air. It also helps to decrease soil erosion and prevent water retention. It also helps to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and chemical fertilizers. Simultaneously, it helps to sustain all of the basic needs for food, air and water. Trees also don’t provide just for humans, they also make homes and help to sustain wildlife.
Ara Chackerian is an angel investor, mostly for early stage healthcare companies. He co-founded and serves on the board of TMS Health Solutions, which creates solutions to those struggling with treatment-resistant depression. He has over two decades of experience in building healthcare services from diagnostics to pipelines.