Minda Dentler

Health | India

2017 New Voices Fellow


Minda was born in India and contracted polio as an infant, leaving her legs paralyzed. When she was three, Minda was adopted by an American family. She earned her MBA from Baruch College in New York after earning a BA from the University of Washington. Minda is a Director of Operations at AIG, a large multinational insurance company.  In 2013, she became the first female wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. This accomplishment led her to be an ESPN ESPY Award Nominee, and set her on course as an advocate in the global fight against polio. Minda is a speaker and has written articles for Time and Huffington Post on the importance of global immunization efforts and polio eradication. She has also served as a global advocate for Rotary International and the UN Foundation Shot at Life campaign.