Zayna Khayat

Zayna Khayat is the Senior Advisor of Health System Innovation at MaRS and Director of MaRS EXCITE. She is also a member of the EXCITE International Advisory Council.


Zayna plays a critical role in helping MaRS startups to get their innovations adopted by healthcare systems in Ontario and around the world. Zayna was previously director of development at the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation, where she is also currently an adjunct faculty member.

Prior to her time at Ivey, Zayna had an 11-year career in strategy consulting in the global health and life sciences sector, first with the Boston Consulting Group’s Toronto office from 2001 to 2010, and then as an associate principal with SECOR Consulting (acquired by KPMG in 2012).

Zayna is an adjunct professor in the Health Sector Strategy stream at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, as well as a senior advisor on Rotman’s Health Leadership Advisory Board. She holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children, with a focus on insulin action and diabetes. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three children.

Zayna Khayat, EXCITE International Advisory Council

Zayna Khayat

Senior Advisor, Health System Innovation and Director, MaRS EXCITE

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