MUTUGI M'NAROBI
MUTUGI M'NAROBI
Co-Founder
- Villgro Kenya

Mutugi has over 10 years’ experience managing successful technology, manufacturing and logistics businesses in Kenya.

Jason Prapas
Jason Prapas
Tata Center MIT
- Research Director

Dr. Jason Prapas is the Translational Research Director for the Tata Center for Technology and Design. In this role, he leads the Center’s efforts to shape and position promising projects for large-scale deployment and social impact in developing countries.

Ritu Verma, Ph.D
Ritu Verma, Ph.D
Physicist & Investor
- Ankur Capital

Co-founder and managing partner. Investment/ operational expertise across various sectors, previously with Philips and Unilever. MBA from INSEAD, Ph.D. in Physics, author of 4 patents.

Kamau Gachigi
Kamau Gachigi
"Maker" Rockstar
- Gearbox

Executive Director of the Gearbox in Kenya. Holds a U.S. patent in electronic materials. Published 27 scientific papers on technology and innovation.

Grace Burleson
Grace Burleson
Water USA
- Oregon State University

Current research works to integrate and evaluate improved clean water and cooking technologies for institutions, such as schools and hospitals, in low-resource contexts.

Amir Sabet Sarvestani
Amir Sabet Sarvestani
Chief Analytics Office
- IBM

Amir utilizes big data and analytics to drive business insights. User-centered design expert, particularly for medical devices for developing settings.

Charles Newman
Charles Newman
Architect
- Harvard University

Charles Newman, an architect by training, has designed and built hundreds of structures across the East Africa region. Much of his work has blended unconventional building materials with traditional, established construction methods. 

Jesse Rosalia
Jesse Rosalia
Founder and CEO
- Bommer.io

15 year software industry veteran. Interested in the intersection of hardware and software. Passionate about building technology that helps people do the things they love better.

Navin Kumar
Navin Kumar
Entrepreneur Impact Program
- Autodesk

Believes in sustainable solutions and passionate about empowering start-ups and entrepreneurs to imagine, design and create a better world.

Isaac Rutenberg
Isaac Rutenberg
IP Attorney
- Strathmore Law School / CIPIT

Director of the Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) at Strathmore Law School. PhD Chemist!

Arun Venkatesan
Arun Venkatesan
Product Realization Expert
- Various

Passionate about product development with focus on user experience, social impact, cost innovation and extreme affordability.

Richard Laudenat
Richard Laudenat
President Nominee
- ASME

Member of Board of Governors responsible for overall strategic direction and operations of a global engineering society.

Shyam Rajan
Shyam Rajan
Chief Technology Officer
- GE Healthcare

Leads teams of engineers covering 20+ modalities in the healthcare field. Passionate about developing lifesaving technologies.

Elizabeth Yoder
Elizabeth Yoder
Empower Energy Design
- Colgate University

Biz graduated from Colgate University (USA) with a Bachelors in Physics and Women’s Studies. She works as a Project Manager for Empower Energy Design, building electricity from local resources with a team of Ugandan technicians and engineers.

PR GANAPATHY
PR GANAPATHY
Social Venture Guru
- Villgro Innovations

President at Villgro Innovations India. Guns has co-founded venture-funded startups and held leadership positions in India and USA.

Shivang Dave, Ph.D
Shivang Dave, Ph.D
PlenOptika
- CEO

A bioengineer and nanotechnologist, Shivang has also been passionately involved with global health. He earned his BS and PhD in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley and UW Seattle, respectively. 2017 ISHOW Winner.

Alex Green
Alex Green
ICT
- University of Colorado

Alex has worked with a social enterprise in Kenya, GreenChar, a biofuel producer and Math and Sciences Academy, a non-profit based in New Mexico.

Priya Ranjan Mishra
Priya Ranjan Mishra
Electrical Engineer
- Philips

30 years experience in building solar systems, specializes in off grid and storage integrated Solar DC.

Jean-Louis Racine
Jean-Louis Racine
World Bank
- Climate Technology Program Lead

Empowers entrepreneurs to find solutions to poverty and climate change. Empowers intrapreneurs to innovate and commercialize their ideas.

Noel Wilson
Noel Wilson
Industrial Designer
- Catapult Design

Global nomad and multi-skilled designer with a passion for creating quality communications, illustrations, systems and products.

Marilyn Waite
Marilyn Waite
Sector Lead: Energy
- Village Capital

A multi-lingual engineer, speaker and author. Marilyn currently leads the energy practice at Village Capital. She seeks to find, train and fund innovative early-stage energy ventures

Nicholas Okafor
Nicholas Okafor
Mechanical Engineer
- Washington University in St. Louis

Passionate about the intersection of design, development, and education, he is excited to start his career empowering others to create social impact.

Ricardo Santana
Ricardo Santana
Engineer
- Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Ricardo is an engineer with specializations in ICT and public policy. He has deployed projects related to transformation and development through innovation and technology. 

Ratul Narain
Ratul Narain
Bempu Health
- Founder

Improving health outcomes in resource-poor areas of the world through appropriately designed technologies.

Steve Katsaros
Steve Katsaros
Founder and CEO
- Nokero Solar

Life long innovator & inventor, passionate about bringing light to the 1.4 billion people living without access to electricity. BS in Mechanical Engineering & registered patent agent.

Mayari Perez
Mayari Perez
Universidad del Valle in Guatemala
- Rotary International Member

A member of Rotary International and likes working with local communities in Guatemala through volunteering and academic projects.

Noha El-Ghobashy
Noha El-Ghobashy
Executive Director
- ASME Foundation

Mechanical Engineer, Founding President of Engineering for Change, LLC (E4C), Executive Director of the ASME Foundation.

DJ Saul
DJ Saul
Start-up aficionado
- ISL

CMO & Managing Director of ISL. Launches companies, sells products and connects people.

Sandhya Kedlaya
Sandhya Kedlaya
Henkel
- Communications & Branding

Corporate Communications and Branding Executive passionate about social impact and engaging stakeholders.

Juliana Rotich
Juliana Rotich
Global Tech Guru
- Ushahidi

Co-Founder of Ushahidi. Passionate about the power of technology in addressing social problems. Social Entrepreneur of the year (WEF, 2011).

Amish Parashar
Amish Parashar
Yamaha Ventures
- Partner

Founding member of Yamaha Ventures Silicon Valley. Amish has held various operating and entrepreneurial roles and has over a dozen patents granted or pending.

RP Siegel
RP Siegel
Journalist
- Freelance

Author, inventor, original thinker. Blogs on Triple Pundit , JustMeans, CSRwire, 3BLMedia. Contributes to Mechanical Engineering, Design News, Eniday, and more.

Ashok Toshniwal
Ashok Toshniwal
Director & CEO
- Universal Instruments Manufacturing Company, Bangalore

Electrical engineer with 32 years experience in manufacturing sector and mentor in 2015-16 in the Global Cleantech innovation program, India.  (Mentor of the year 2015, India)

Karin Carter
Karin Carter
Designer
- Catapult Design

Helping multi-nationals and start ups get their ideas to market. Her innovations have been awarded by the Clean Tech Open and featured in Newsweek.

Peter Larsen
Peter Larsen
FormLabs
- Engineering Project Specialist

Technology is amoral, it's what we do with it that matters. Generalist currently working on the next generation of desktop SLA 3D printer. Background in Prosthetics, Biology, and Public Health.

Iana Aranda
Iana Aranda
Tech4Dev Engineer
- Engineering for Change

Mechanical Engineer, Director of programs for E4C. Serial intrapreneur and all round rockstar!

Guruprasad Rao
Guruprasad Rao
Director & Mentor Leadership Team
- Imaginarium India Pvt. Ltd.

Current focus on 3D printing for healthcare, building Imaginarium Academy, and technology mentoriting.  Accomplished industrial designer with eight patents and 100+ design registrations. 

Thomas Loughlin
Thomas Loughlin
Executive Director
- ASME

Executive director of ASME. Holds five patents. Inducted into the Pan American Academy of Engineering.

Heather Fleming
Heather Fleming
Designer & CEO
- Catapult Design

Founder of Catapult Design. Designer, engineer and entrepreneur motivated by finding solutions to social inequality. Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow.

Vivas Kumar
Vivas Kumar
Tesla
- Battery Engineer

Battery Engineering, Supply Chain, and Commercial Partnership Development at Tesla. Past EWB-USA Board Member.

Ryan Vinyard
Ryan Vinyard
Hardware Guru
- Highway1

Engineering Lead at Highway1. Mechanical Engineer who assists start-ups and has developed products for Fortune 500 brands.

Thomas Decker
Thomas Decker
Energy
- Colorado State University

Aside from working as a Fellow Thomas was working as Analyst at Factor[e] Ventures. He enjoys building crazy awesome stuff, riding his motorcycle and continuing the path to lifelong learning.

Samuel Njeri
Samuel Njeri
Risk/ Legal
- KPMG

Always keen to ask the tough legal question, passionate about effectively managing and mitigating business risks.

Madiha El Mehelmy Kotb
Madiha El Mehelmy Kotb
Past President
- ASME

A licensed engineer and a recognized leader among her peers. Awarded Canadian Standards Association Award of Merit for her contribution to developing nuclear standards.

Mucemi K. Gakuru
Mucemi K. Gakuru
Lecturer
- University of Nairobi

Engineer & entrepreneur. Specializes in Telecommunication Engineering, Computational Electromagnetic and Languages Technologies.

Wayan Vota
Wayan Vota
IntraHealth International
- Digital Development Entrepreneur

A digital development entrepreneur. He is on the forefront of utilizing new and emerging technologies to magnify the intent of communities to accelerate their social and economic development.

Ashwin Ramachandran
Ashwin Ramachandran
CTO
- Villgro Innovations

Background in semiconductors. Experience in leading cross-site module engineering teams. Studied Chemical Engineering at IIT-Delhi & Cornell University.

Wilfred Njeru Njagi
Wilfred Njeru Njagi
Villgro Kenya - Chief Incubation Officer
- Entrepreneurship, Incubation and investment facilitation

Mr. Wilfred Njagi is Co-Founder and Chief Incubation Officer, Villgro Kenya. He holds a BSc in Computer Science (2010) from Egerton University and brings in diverse experience having lived and worked in Middle East, Asia and Africa. He is well plugged into the Kenyan entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Steve Davis
Steve Davis
Rocket Scientist
- SpaceX

Director of Advanced Projects at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). Lead Systems Engineer on the Dragon Spacecraft Program.

Satish Gokhale
Satish Gokhale
Design Directions
- Head of Product Design

Alumn of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. More than twenty-five years of design experience in product design.

Maha Haji
Maha Haji
MIT
- Mechanical Engineer

Experienced engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the mechanical engineering industry. Skilled in machine design, analytical skills, and complex project management. ISHOW 2015 Winner.

Joe Speicher
Joe Speicher
Social Entrepreneur
- Autodesk Foundation

Executive Director of the Autodesk Foundation - using the power of design to create a better world. Living Goods founding team member.

Bob Hauck
Bob Hauck
Chief Mechanical Engineer
- GE Healthcare

Bob has served in a variety of roles for GE for over 28 years and has led a global team of over 350 engineers.

Anand Narayan
Anand Narayan
Inventor & Engineer
- Various

Expert in decentralized renewable energy and appropriate technology. Co-founded Selco Labs in India.

Prof. Mbuthia Jackson M
Prof. Mbuthia Jackson M
Dean
- School of Engineering, UoN

The University of Nairobi, School of Engineering (SOE) is known for excellence in engineering education.

Ben Wald
Ben Wald
Entrepreneur & Investor
- Spartan ventures

Founder & CEO of Spartan Sytems. Partner at Spartan Ventures. Former Executive Director of Ashoka Changemakers.

Aron Zingman
Aron Zingman
Engineer & Inventor
- p.s.y.c.h Design

Co-founder of p.s.y.c.h Design in Bangalore and focused on "physical stuff you can hold". MIT, Motorola and J&J. Holds twenty issued US patents.

Ethan Byler
Ethan Byler
Biotech Investor
- BioHealth Innovation

Managing Director of a BioTech accelerator in Maryland with a career of supporting entrepreneurial growth.

Jackie Stenson
Jackie Stenson
Engineer, CEO & Founder
- Essmart

CEO and co‐founder of Essmart, a distribution company for life‐improving technologies. An engineer by training!

Deepak Raj K
Deepak Raj K
Founder, Director of Osteo3d & df3d
- Entrepreneur

Builder of teams, software, products & systems. 

Paige Rodgers
Paige Rodgers
Head of Partnerships
- Autodesk Foundation

Paige leads communications and partnerships for the Autodesk Foundation - supporting the most impactful people and organizations using design to create a better world.

Paul Scott
Paul Scott
Sustainability aficionado
- ISHOW

Sustainability & social innovation expert. Cross sector and industry experience. Geographer, excellent at naming capital cities and coloring maps!

Ashley Thomas
Ashley Thomas
Solar Engineer
- M-KOPA Solar

Mechanical Engineer, Senior Product Development Manager at M-KOPA Solar. Appropriate technology expert.

John Parker
John Parker
Mechanical Engineer
- Retired

45 years experience in engineering in the power sector. Past President of ASME.

Sonia Garcia
Sonia Garcia
Stanford
- Engineering Design Impact

Biomedical engineer passionate about leveraging human-centered design to impact mental health. Previously worked as a health strategy consultant. Knight-Hennessy Scholar pursuing a master's degree in engineering design.

Ravin Sanghavi
Ravin Sanghavi
Head Coach - Venture Studio
- Ahmedabad University

For over 28 years, Ravin has worked with reputed Indian & MNCs like Voltas, Hitachi, Danfoss, Banco, etc., in diverse engineering sectors.

Eddine Sarroukh
Eddine Sarroukh
Research & Innovation
- Philips

Head of research for Philips Africa. Multi-disciplinary expertise in technology and focused on end-user centric innovation.

Mitra Ardron
Mitra Ardron
Serial social entrepreneur and innovator.
- Founded Lumeter (PAYG hardware/software).

 Interested in technology-enabled scalable and sustainable solutions to poverty.