Shavini Fernando, founder and CEO of OxiWear, is a video game, virtual reality (VR), web designer and developer. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Portsmouth, an M.B.A. from Edith Cowan University, and an M.A. in Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) from Georgetown University. After being diagnosed with severe pulmonary hypertension (PH) due to Eisenmenger Syndrome, Shavini invented OxiWear in 2019 as a tool for herself and the larger PH community. Ms. Fernando personally experienced multiple situations in which her heart stopped beating as a result of a sudden drop in oxygen levels, necessitating self-CPR to revive her heart. Her invention and new venture has received a variety of accolades, including awards from the Leonsis Foundation, CitiVentures, and Georgetown University. She was a recent recipient of the Washington Business Journal's 40 Under 40. Originally from Sri Lanka, Ms. Fernando currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.
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