AREEB AHMED
AREEB AHMED
Lead Mechanical Design Engineer
- Octavia Carbon

As a Product Design Engineer at Octavia Carbon, I leverage my journey from Kenya to Pakistan to develop sustainable solutions addressing climate change, including founding HelEOS, a solar sizing toolkit, and pioneering Direct Air Carbon Capture technology.

Percy Lemtukei
Percy Lemtukei
CEO & Founder
- Savanna Circuit Tech Ltd

Percy is CEO of Savanna Circuit Tech Ltd and a past ISHOW Kenya winner (2019).  He's an innovator, entrepreneur and post-harvest champion.  

Carolina Rojas
Carolina Rojas
Fellow
- Engineering For Change (E4C)

Carolina is from Honduras and is pursuing B.S in Mechanical Engineering at Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá. She is a rural communities development enthusiast and an active member of Panama Flying Labs and E4C Corps Panama. She currently works on research projects related to clean cooking technologies, low-cost prosthetics, and autonomous maritime vessels for medical supply delivery.

Theodore Kamau
Theodore Kamau
System & Production Engineer
- KOKO Networks.

A Mechatronic engineer enthusiastic about tailoring tech solutions to improve the community. Has won awards in the innovation space and helped shape ideas into market products. Loves to 

Dr. Guruprasad Rao
Dr. Guruprasad Rao
Dean & Professor
- NMIMS School of Design

Dr. Rao is a mechanical engineer with M. Des in product design and a Ph.D in industrial design. As a director, Dr. Rao mentors two schools: School of Design and School of Visual Art. He loves to share his knowledge of 32+ years of design practice in diverse industries to shape young professionals

June Madete, PhD
June Madete, PhD
Kenyatta University
- Senior Lecturer

June Madete is a Biomechanics engineer, researcher and senior lecturer at Kenyatta University with special interest and expertise in motion analysis software and hardware. Her previous research involved combination of this technique with animal research in the field of euro science, video fluoroscopy, x-ray and CT data.

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.

Izael Da Silva
Izael Da Silva
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC), Research and Innovation
- Strathmore University

Renewable Energy specialist with 20+ years' experience in research and academic leadership. I have been working with Government Ministries, Development Agencies such as GIZ, Sida, the World Bank, etc.. My key areas of interest are Rural Electrification, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Sustainable Development, and Demand Side Management.

Olga Saadi
Olga Saadi
Engineer, Designer & Entrepreneur
- Masters Candidate in Design Impact at Stanford University

Founder of the Mão Dada Project and activist of the multidisciplinary methods of work, Olga is a hybrid thinker and doer -- who does not know indifference towards others and is driven by the possibility of democratizing quality healthcare.

Ramana Gogula
Ramana Gogula
Vice President, Corporate Innovation
- Stanley Black & Decker, Inc

Accelerating corporate innovation for Stanley Black and Decker, Ramana created a strategy to leverage Stanley Black and Decker's core technology competencies to build a Clean Energy Agricultural Platform to enhance the livelihoods of millions of farmers in India.

Unmesh Kulkarni
Unmesh Kulkarni
Founder-Member
- Oceanic Circles - A collective for innovation and impact

A global design professional with specialisation in institutionalising design innovation, design for new businesses and new markets. Unmesh is currently building an impact-design practice and a collective to enable social entrepreneurship, trigger transitions and drive scalable impact.

AMY BILTON
AMY BILTON
Associate Professor
- University of Toronto

Sylvia is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto with over a decade of academic experience, previously serving as an Assistant Professor and holding positions at CSIRO and MIT. She has also worked as a systems engineer for Honeywell Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney Canada.

Satish Gokhale
Satish Gokhale
Founder Director
- Design Directions Pvt Ltd

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

Michel Bézy
Michel Bézy
Professor
- Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University

Michel Bézy is a distinguished service professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Bézy has more than two decades of experience in developing business strategy for market introduction of emerging innovative software technology and has been working with executives in enterprises to understand the value of emerging technology for their business.

Allison Garza
Allison Garza
Intrapreneur & NPI Program Manager
- GE Healthcare

Passionate about developing healthcare technologies that increase access to care. Founding member of Gaussline, a GEHC startup focused on using AI to disrupt the MRI diagnostic imaging space.

Roy Ombatti
Roy Ombatti
AB3D
- Founder & CEO

Roy seeks opportunities that allow him to leverage technology to improve lives.  He is the founder of AB3D, a hardware social enterprise involved in 3D printing for development.  AB3D lowers the barriers of accessing disruptive technology by building the machines locally and out of recycled electronic waste parts.  He is currently a masters candidate in design impact at Stanford University.  

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.

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

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

Madhukar Sharma
Madhukar Sharma
President
- ASME India

Help the diverse, knowledge bearing community of engineers, academicians, and scientists to develop solutions to real-world challenges. Enable collaboration, knowledge sharing and skills development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society.

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.

Charles Newman
Charles Newman
Design Consultant
- Unfrastructure Design LLC

As an architectural designer with over 10 years of international experience, Charles has contributed to the design and construction of hundreds of small-scale public infrastructure projects in both rural and urban conditions. Having developed a number of these projects in resource-strained environments, his work has shown consistent dedication to improving the lives of those most in need with low cost / high impact design solutions developed through community-driven design processes.

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.

Jerioth Mwaura
Jerioth Mwaura
 Program lead
- Mercy Corps

Jerioth is the Program lead at Mercy Corps managing the Google.org funded Youth Impact Labs and DFID funded Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund programs. Jerioth is passionate about supporting innovations that are testing solutions to job creation at scale. She currently supports innovators by providing a mix of grant funding, equity funding, and customized technical assistance. Previously, Jerioth worked as a management consultant supporting social enterprises to develop their strategies and raise funds from private equity funders.

Noha El-Ghobashy
Noha El-Ghobashy
COO
- Institute for Transformative Technologies

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

Eric Rawdon
Eric Rawdon
Project Manager - Alternative Project Delivery
- Stantec

Eric Rawdon is a Project Manager with ten years of experience working on water and wastewater projects in the US and in emerging markets. In-country experience includes Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jordan, Niger, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Senegal. 

Dr.Lakshmi Jagannathan
Dr.Lakshmi Jagannathan
CEO
- Innovation Centre, IIIT Bangalore

With a decade+ in non-profits, she pioneers tech-driven impact, establishing DERBI Foundation and scaling entrepreneurship at Dayananda Sagar Institutions. A networked leader, she chairs committees and contributes to innovation forums

Ritu Verma, Ph.D
Ritu Verma, Ph.D
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
- 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.

John Parker
John Parker
Mechanical Engineer
- Retired

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

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.

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.

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.

NIYIKIZA SAMUEL
NIYIKIZA SAMUEL
Co-Founder
- ARK Design Ltd

Niyikiza Samuel, a Rwandan architect and co-founder of Ark Design, is dedicated to creating meaningful designs that make a positive impact. With expertise in architectural and rural settlement design, he currently serves as an E4C Fellow, supporting EarthEnable in designing affordable Earth housing for rural communities in Rwanda.

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)

Ryan Vinyard
Ryan Vinyard
Hardware Startup Consultant
- Vinyard Product Development

Ryan designs stable and scalable frameworks for growing hardware startups, aligning both the product and business strategies. Integrating with your team, he can effectively communicate across roles and disciplines, from the concrete engineering details to pitch decks. His expertise is in hardware product development, manufacturing, project management, process creation and flow, and strategic development.

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.

Rita Clemence Mutabazi
Rita Clemence Mutabazi
Principal
- IPRC Tumba

Committed to advancing science in Rwanda, Rita is the principal of IPRC Tumba, a polytechnic school specializing in IT, electronics, communication technology and green tech.

Kevin Mulligan
Kevin Mulligan
Program Advisor
- USAID

As a program advisor at USAID, Kevin evaluates and advises the Agency, Bureau, and Missions on programs creating resilient and sustainable economic growth among priority countries within the USAID portfolio.
 

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.

Amar Patel
Amar Patel
Engineering Manager - Product Design
- Boeing

Amar Patel is an innovator, mentor, and aerospace professional.

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

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

Carol Dahl
Carol Dahl
Executive Director
- Lemelson Foundation

With a background in discovery sciences, innovation programs, and global health and development, Dr. Dahl leads the Foundation’s work to use the power of invention to improve lives. 

Mariela Machado
Mariela Machado
Program Manager
- ASME EGD

Mariela is a telecommunications engineer with a Master of Science in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and MPA in Development Practice from Columbia University. In her role as Program Manager at E4C, she leads ICT4D initiatives and partnerships across all programs and supports strategic planning, implementation, and management of E4C programs in the Engineering for global development space. 

Kalan Guiley
Kalan Guiley
Senior Manager, Global Aviation Safety
- Boeing

Kalan's serves as the Senior Manager, Global System Safety within Boeing’s Product and Safety Services organization, leading a skilled and highly-specialized team of engineers who engage with other manufacturers, major suppliers, industry partners, customers and regulatory authorities to drive continuous improvement in the safety of the global aviation system.

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.

James Creel
James Creel
Senior Program Manager
- ASME

As ISHOW Lead, James has been a strong proponent of social innovations, lean startups, hardware, research, and entrepreneurship since 2011.  

Joseph Thomas
Joseph Thomas
VP Institutional Advancement
- IIT Madras

Aeronautical Engineer nearly 40 years of experience in the sustainable development sector with hands-on experience in Sustainable Agriculture, Information and Communications Technology and Renewable Energy. Currently fundraising for IIT Madras

Said Jahanmir
Said Jahanmir
President
- ASME

Said Jahanmir is president of ASME and a prominent technology innovator and engineering executive with accomplishments across a wide spectrum of disciplines. Jahanmir, an ASME fellow, currently serves as assistant director for federal partnerships, at the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office at the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST). His current assignment is in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, where he serves as executive secretary for the Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing at the National Science and Technology Council. Jahanmir is also serving as president and CEO of Boston Tribology Associates

JOHN GERSHENSON
JOHN GERSHENSON
Co-Founder & Professor
- Kijenzi & Penn State University

John Gershenson is the Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship program at Penn State through which he guides students in co-creating mission-focused global ventures. His is also the CEO and co-founder of Kijenzi, a Kenyan company addressing supply chain issues across rural communities through localized manufacturing.

Vi Rapp
Vi Rapp
Research Scientist
- Berkeley Lab

My goal is to solve problems that reduce human suffering through technology development, software development, and data analysis. Specifically, I lead and direct research on low-carbon combustion technologies at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Varad Krishna
Varad Krishna
Co-Founder and CEO
- The GAIN

Varad Krishna is an Executive turned Serial Techpreneur and Angel Investor with a track record in a career spanning over 30 years and has been through 5 exits including two IPOs. He has part of start-up community that had developed products and IP ranging from Embedded Software to Cleantech

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

Robert Hauck
Robert Hauck
Co-Chair
- ASME Engineering Global Development Committee

Bob served in a variety of roles for GE for over 30 years and led a global team of over 350 engineers. Bob previously served as the Chairperson of ASME's Engineering Global Development Committee and has provided manufacturing guidance and expertise to ISHOW finalists as a judge since 2015.

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.

Radhika Mundra
Radhika Mundra
Environmental Design Engineer
- Larsen and Tubro Constructions

Worked as a Water Research Fellow for E4C and enthusiastic about the social innovation sector for water treatment and conservation.

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.

Chengyan Zhang
Chengyan Zhang
Project Manger & Water Engineer
- Stantec

Young professional passionate about infrastructure investment and climate change.

George Chege
George Chege
CTO
- Arinifu Technologies

2017 ISHOW Finalist.  2018 ISHOW Winner.  2019 ISHOW Judge.  Co-founder and technical lead of Arinifu Technologies, which created the Smart Brooder, an environmental control device that ensures conditions for brooding chickens are kept within optimal levels. 

Tarun Krishnamurthy
Tarun Krishnamurthy
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
- Anzen Technology Partners

As managing partner of Anzen Technology Partners, Tarun partners with other companies in capacities of CTO, CPO, CSO, Advisor, Consultant. Current portfolio includes Security and Compliance companies, Oil and Gas, Travel Tech, Education Tech, Agriculture Tech, Health Care and IoT companies.

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.

Shilpa Malik
Shilpa Malik
Founder & CTO
- Bioscan Research

Non invasive affordable sensors for early detection would change the way diseases are tackled today and I am committed to the vision of Bioscan Research of creating these sensors for the masses. We are a group of ordinary people trying the extraordinary and the journey is exhilarating

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.

Ashley Thomas
Ashley Thomas
Solar Engineer
- M-KOPA Solar

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

Isaac Sesi
Isaac Sesi
CEO
- Sesi Technologies

Isaac Sesi is an ISHOW 2019 winner and the CEO and Head of Product Development at Sesi Technologies, where they are developing affordable technologies to solve problems in the world's food systems with a focus on Africa. Isaac is an entrepreneur, engineer,and innovator passionate about leveraging technology to solve some of Africa's most pressing problems. 

James Rajanayagam
James Rajanayagam
Innovation Consultant
- Independent

James is an innovation consultant in the development sector with 10 years of experience in promoting a number of small industries, enterprises, and other non-profit organizations that provide social welfare such as health, livelihood, and jobs. His core expertise is in formulating market-based solutions for the development of social welfare indicators. 

Iana Aranda
Iana Aranda
Tech4Dev Engineer
- Engineering for Change

Mechanical Engineer, President of Engineering for Change, LLC (E4C), Director of Engineering for Global Development at ASME, Serial intrapreneur and tech4dev advocate.

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.

Ajay Muttreja
Ajay Muttreja
Strategy Advisor & Mentor
- Retired as CEO & Board Member of Tecnova

Strategic advisor and mentor to 75+ Indian government bodies & foreign organizations, incubators, accelerators, innovation centers, angel investors, venture capital funds, educational institutions, and many startups. 

MICHAEL LIMONGELLO
MICHAEL LIMONGELLO
Head of Strategy
- Very

As the forward-thinking Head of Client Strategy at Very Technology, a globally-distributed IoT technology firm, Michael Limongello is an influential figure in technology innovation. His key role involves creating and implementing comprehensive strategies that enable clients to seamlessly navigate their IoT transformations.

Suparna Dapke
Suparna Dapke
Group Manager
- Titan Company Limited

Suparna is an industrial designer by profession and works as a Group Manager at Titan Company. She is engaged with the design and management of a diverse portfolio and is passionate about innovative materials, product detailing, CMF design and design trends.

Prof. Madara Ogot
Prof. Madara Ogot
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Production and Extension (Ag.)
- University of Nairobi

Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation, and Enterprise at the University of Nairobi.

Sandhya Kedlaya
Sandhya Kedlaya
Henkel
- Communications & Branding

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

Dr. Robert Karanja
Dr. Robert Karanja
Co-founder and CEO
- Villgro Kenya

Robert serves as the CEO, Villgro Kenya where he is spearheading the replication of the Villgro incubation model of social entrepreneurship and impact investment in the healthcare and life sciences industry. He has over 10 years of experience in global health R&D as a biomedical scientist at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) where he discovered his passion for impacting peoples’ lives through science and innovation.

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.

Samuel Njeri
Samuel Njeri
Risk/ Legal
- KPMG

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

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.

Wayne Lifshitz
Wayne Lifshitz
Chemonics
- Asia Director, Global Health Supply Chain

Inventor, patent holder, start-up mentor, product designer. Impact investor in consumer products and technology.

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.

 PATRICIA AKINYI
PATRICIA AKINYI
Founder
- Net Zero Afrika

Pioneer of first "Net Zero Energy" Platinum LEED certified home project in PG County, Maryland.  A senior level government advisor, technocrat, community developer, and administrator in affordable housing, public private partnerships, renewable energy generation, infrastructure development, and sustainability with 18+ years of experience and Founder of Net Zero Afrika.  

 

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.

Kristin Kagetsu
Kristin Kagetsu
Co-Founder
- Saathi

Kristin co-founded Saathi, a social enterprise dedicated to providing a sustainable solution for feminine hygiene to women in India. She is passionate about sustainable manufacturing and women's issues.

CHIRSTOPHER MATTSON
CHIRSTOPHER MATTSON
Professor
- Brigham Young University

Christopher Mattson is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University and a former Global Director of Engineering Design and Research at ATL Technology, LLC.

Anurupa Rao
Anurupa Rao
Mechanical Product Design Engineer
- Google

An ISHOW Bootcamp expert since 2018, Anu is a mechanical engineering leader with over 15 years of experience in designing and manufacturing products from robots and echos to low cost water storage solutions.  She is passionate about social innovation and promoting diversity in engineering and has been an industry coach and mentor in organizations such as the Stanford d.school, Engineers without Borders, Greene Scholars Program, etc.  

AMBROSE SCHWALLIE
AMBROSE SCHWALLIE
Retired EVP
- South Carolina Research Authority

Ambrose Schwallie is a highly accomplished professional in engineering and environmental remediation.  He has a proven track record in R&D, alternative energy, leadership, and scaling innovation.  As executive vice president of the South Carolina Research Authority, he provided support, guidance, and funding to early stage tech startups.  

Ben Wald
Ben Wald
Entrepreneur & Investor
- Very

As a Co-Founder at Very and having been involved in over 250 product launches in the last 8 years, Ben leads a team of over 50 full-time engineers, designers and data scientists that work with clients to understand challenges they’re facing and build custom software-driven solutions. Ben believes that attracting and retaining top-tier talent is a key differentiator, which is why he champions reinvesting profits into employee benefits and cultural experiments.

JOHNSON KIWANGO
JOHNSON KIWANGO
Managing Director
- ZOLA Electric

Experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the Renewables, Health & Environment industry. Skilled in Profit & Nonprofit Organizations, Operations Management, New Market Expansion, Sales, and Customer Care.

Harsh Vyas
Harsh Vyas
Engineering for Change - Agriculture Research Fellow - INDIA
- Product Design Engineer

Product Design Engineer at ITT Corporation India Pvt. Ltd., Mechanical Engineer, Member of ASME, and enthusiast local and global volunteer pursuing the path of making an impact by contributing to the community.

Pauline Kanana
Pauline Kanana
Co-Founder and Head of Program
- Nairobi Design Institute

Pauline is the Co-Founder and Head of Program at Nairobi Design Institute. She is excited about designing experiences that are human-centered to create interventions and opportunities that address the needs and challenges that our communities face. She aims to do this through strategic design education to give people the freedom and independence to use design to empathize, strategize, creatively conceptualize ideas, build and iterate prototypes, and create contextualized experiences for Africa.

Deepak Raj K
Deepak Raj K
Director of Engineering
- Uptycs

Builder of teams, products, software, and systems.

Boniface Orang'i
Boniface Orang'i
Philips
- Head of Operations & Customer Service, East Africa

An experienced business leader who is passionate about inspiring great talent, creating a performance culture and creatively aligning talent with culture to ultimately deliver on business strategy. Boniface has a wealth of leadership expertise in driving operational excellence and doing business across Africa.

SYLVIA MUKASA
SYLVIA MUKASA
CEO
- GlobalX Investments

Sylvia, CEO of GlobalX Investments Ltd/GlobalX Innovation Labs, focuses on bridging gaps in skills, funding, and digital transformation. She has received numerous awards, including the Woman in STEM Award and Female CEO of the Year 2022.

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.

Nishant Agarwal
Nishant Agarwal
Co-Founder & ISHOW Winner
- Life and Limb

<p>Nishant excels in design &amp; manufacturing, employing ALD methods for seamless transition from virtual to prototype. His research innovates prosthetic finger mechanisms for adaptive grasp, sans surgery.</p>

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.

Mark Jeunnette
Mark Jeunnette
Director of Engineering Design
- University of Auckland

Mark earned his PhD in 2018 studying the use of remote sensing for crop monitoring with support from the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design. Mark holds SB, SM and PhD from MIT. He focuses on impact through research and design in resource-constrained settings

Peter Kyeyune
Peter Kyeyune
Fellow
- Engineering For Change

Responsible for content development via data framework design and normalization for solutions presented on the Engineering for Change Solutions Library platform focusing on the Transport Solutions. 

Chris Mattson
Chris Mattson
Professor
- Brigham Young University

Chris Mattson loves creativity, design, and innovation. He loves to do it, he loves to experiment with new ways of doing it, and he loves to teach it. While he is passionate about all stages of product development including early-stage opportunity development to late-stage product refinement, his true love is in conceptual design and product engineering (the middle stages of product development). In short, he loves to design and engineer products that solve real problems.

Kamakshi Rao
Kamakshi Rao
Senior Investment Director
- Ankur Capital

A qualified CFA, Kamakshi has over 16 years of investing in listed equities in a range of industries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the US. Currently based in New York, she has a BA degree from Harvard University and an MS from University of Pennsylvania.

DECLAN MAGERO
DECLAN MAGERO
Managing Partner
- Afrinet Capital LLC

Declan is a serial Entrepreneur, Researcher, Investment and Business Consultant with extensive multi-sectoral experience spanning Private Sector, Non-Profit, For-Profit and Government sector. Declan also advises and serves on the Boards of Advisory of several start-up companies. He has held Senior positions in multiple development projects and organizations. Currently, the founding Partner at Afrinet Capital.

Narendra Ghate
Narendra Ghate
Chief Designer
- Tata Elxsi

Chief Designer at Tata Elxsi and a Distinguished Alumni from IDC-IIT Bombay. Practicing Designer since 1997. Multiple projects ranging from mass transit systems to technology innovations. Expertise in Product Design, Consumer research, Service Design and User Experience Design

Nidhi Shah
Nidhi Shah
Managing Director
- voxeljet India

Nidhi Shah is a 3D printing and additive manufacturing professional with over 17 years of experience ranging from setting up a state of the art service bureau, bringing new technologies to market, to selling large frame industrial 3D printers.

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.

CHANDIRA MOHAN
CHANDIRA MOHAN
Engineering Manager
- Bpeing India

Chandira Mohan, an aeronautical engineer, has 21 years of experience in global aerospace, specializing in quality, maintenance, and regulatory compliance. He is adept in various aircraft platforms and passionate about safety, innovation, and regulatory standards.

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.

Sylvia Mukasa
Sylvia Mukasa
GlobalX Investments Ltd/GlobalX Innovation Labs
- Founder & CEO

An award-winning entrepreneur, Sylvia is Founder/CEO of GlobalX Investments Ltd/GlobalX Innovation Labs.  GlobalX feeds into the innovation pipeline by closing the skills, funding and digital transformation gaps with a focus on emerging technologies.  She is a 2014 TechWomen Fellow, a Silicon Valley STEM program run by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; launched by Hillary Clinton.  In 2015, Sylvia earned a special mention for her technology entrepreneurship work at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) closing speech by Maria Contreras-Sweet, former US Government's Lead Minister on Entrepreneurship and member of President Obama's cabinet.  In November 2021, she was listed under 35 Most Influential Women in Tech by CIO Africa.  Sylvia is passionate about empowering Women in Tech and contributing to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa and globally.  

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.

Jaya Jain
Jaya Jain
Business Head
- ASME India

Jaya is passionate about people, and with good interpersonal skills, she builds sustainable relationships and believes this to be the foundation of all success stories. Jaya is an experienced professional with over 15 years of experience in a diverse portfolio, specializing in building the bridge between expectations and delivery.

 

 

Karthik Chandrasekar
Karthik Chandrasekar
Founder
- Sangam Ventures

Karthik started Sangam to find a new model to provide early stage support for climate change pioneers. He spends a lot of his time with the portfolio and within the clean technology eco-system in India and globally.

Matt Verlinich
Matt Verlinich
Manufacturing Program Associate
- Innovation Works

Matt Verlinich is a scientist by nature, an engineer by training, and an entrepreneur by choice. His varied career includes working as a Teaching and Research Assistant at Penn State, a Mechanical Engineer in the nuclear industry, opening & running a makerspace, and inventing his own product. 

Paul Witherell
Paul Witherell
Mechanical Engineer
- National Institute of Standards and Technology

Paul's primary areas of interest are Design for Additive Manufacturing, Digital Thread for Additive Manufacturing, Design Optimization, Knowledge Representation in Product Development, Ontology and Semantic Relatedness for Design and Manufacturing, and Sustainable Manufacturing.

Mutugi M'Narobi
Mutugi M'Narobi
Managing Director
- Made by People

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

Anand Narayan
Anand Narayan
Inventor & Engineer
- Various

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

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.

Maggie Flanagan
Maggie Flanagan
Program Officer
- Lemelson Foundation

Maggie is an experienced entrepreneur and adviser to startups focused on supporting market-based solutions to environmental and social problems.

ITORO ATAKPA
ITORO ATAKPA
Sustainability Consultant
- Independent

Itoro Atakpa is an interdisciplinary sustainability professional passionate about climate change, equity, and justice. Connect for sustainability consulting services and a vision of a clean, equitable world.

Ratul Narain
Ratul Narain
Bempu Health
- Founder

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

Jeff Kassab
Jeff Kassab
Master's Candidate
- Stanford Design Impact

Jeff is currently pursuing his MSc. in Product Strategy and Design (Design Impact) at Stanford University. Prior to that, I worked in management consulting across a range of projects from large transformational ones for Ministries in the Middle East, to due diligence for startups, using the critical thinking skills acquired during his Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree at the American University of Beirut.

Charlie Sellers
Charlie Sellers
Materials Science and Tech Development Specialist
- Catapult Design

Charlie has a background in advanced materials development, spending 10 years at a US Department of Energy laboratory and 10+ years in industry working at international manufacturing operations, including two years in China operating rare earth magnet factories.  He is adept at troubleshooting problems and bringing new products to market in both high tech and developing world arenas.  

RACHITA MISRA
RACHITA MISRA
A.D Knowledge and Advocacy
- SELCO Foundation

Rachita Misra, an experienced associate director at Selco Foundation for over 9 years, focuses on curating the organization's knowledge portfolio, guiding research to shape strategy and programs amid evolving socio-political dynamics

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.

Steve Davis
Steve Davis
Rocket Scientist
- SpaceX

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

Tom Odoyo
Tom Odoyo
Product Development Engineer
- Toyota Kenya Ltd., Hino Division.

A mechanical engineer with years of experience in product development from ideation to physical products. Have experience in both sustainable development and automotive industry.

Chaya Ravishankar
Chaya Ravishankar
Manager; Sustainability Advisory
- Capgemini Invent

A systems thinker, an Environmental Engineer by training and PhD in Socio Economic governance of wastewater reclamation. 13 years of progressive experience in water sector . Currently working towards integration of nature based solutions for achieving SDG6 and water stewardship

Wilfred Njeru Njagi
Wilfred Njeru Njagi
Villgro Africa
- Co-Founder & CEO

Mr. Wilfred Njagi is Co-Founder and CEO of Villgro Africa. 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.

Wambui Nyabero
Wambui Nyabero
CTO
- Villgro Africa

Dynamic leader with 15+ years of proven experience directing change, growth & innovation within small, medium and large corporations. I lead from the heart and excel at leading teams in finding creative solutions to human, technical, and logistical problems. Passionate about making the world a better place and technology that helps us live better.

ARUN VENKATESAN
ARUN VENKATESAN
Co-Founder
- Villgro USA

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

Vinayak Nandalike
Vinayak Nandalike
Founder & ISHOW Winner
- Yostra Labs

Vinayak has 18 years experience in product development, consulting and as an entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO at Yostra, a healthcare technology firm pioneering smart innovations. He is also co-founder of FootSecure, a chain of super-specialty foot clinics. He is also an ISHOW winner

WILLIAM J. NARESKI
WILLIAM J. NARESKI
CEO
- Centorr Vacuum Industries

Bill Nareski is the Chief Executive Officer and controlling shareholder of Centorr Vacuum Industries. He brings a distinguished career which includes both operational management and corporate development positions. His direct line of experience includes engineering, sales, marketing, and finance.  

Revi Sterling
Revi Sterling
Director
- USAID W-GDP WomenConnect Challenge

A dynamic thought leader in digital inclusion. A recognized pioneer in technology and development programs for NGOs, academic institutions, and government agencies. Track record of impactful global research and fieldwork in 30+ countries. Technologist with specific expertise in systems thinking, cross-sectoral development strategies, creative and effective fieldwork methods, and the gender digital divide. 

Sayan Biswas
Sayan Biswas
Assistant Professor
- University of Minnesota

Professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota, Sayan pursues how to effectively decarbonize our existing energy infrastructure and what design changes are necessary for engines to run on net-zero carbon neutral fuels.

Adam Horbinski
Adam Horbinski
Product Designer
- Catapult Design

Adam is a product designer who specializes in concept development, from sketch ideation through functional prototype. With backgrounds in Product Design and Sociology, he's driven to solve real-world problems and create meaningful experiences by reimagining the way people connect with product.  

Ethan Byler
Ethan Byler
Biotech Investor
- BioHealth Innovation

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

Dr. Gopichand Katragadda
Dr. Gopichand Katragadda
Founder & CEO
- Myelin Foundry

Dr. Gopichand Katragadda is the Founder and CEO of Myelin Foundry, an AI company with a vision to transform human experiences and outcomes in healthcare and media & entertainment.  He is also an Independent Director of Bosch India Limited.

ESTHER NASENYA SEGERO
ESTHER NASENYA SEGERO
Head of Construction
- BuildX Studio

Esther is a highly accomplished Civil and Structural Engineer with extensive experience in construction management and engineering. Currently serving as the Head of Construction and Engineering Team Lead at BuildX Studio, she has successfully designed and coordinated various projects of significant value. With a track record of managing international consultants and delivering complex projects, she has made notable contributions to the construction industry in Kenya.

Tom Costabile
Tom Costabile
Executive Director
- ASME

Executive director of ASME.

Marc Santos
Marc Santos
Senior Consultant
- Isle Utilities

Marc is an engineer with a technical and policy background focused on solving detailed design problems and systems-level challenges in the water sector. His expertise includes a decade of research and design experience ranging from applied laboratory experiments to design and construction of full-scale treatment systems; leadership positions as a project manager, office manager, and regional technical lead; policy experience developing legislation and collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders including federal and state agencies, industry leaders, trade organizations, non-profits, and academic institutions; and professional and public service through professional societies and international development work.

Anand Sethupathy
Anand Sethupathy
Managing Director, Programs & Philanthropy
- ASME

Experienced Corporate Social Responsibility professional with specialized expertise in building programs that enable the nonprofit / NGO sector to leverage technology to scale and accelerate social impact. Previously built and managed software products for the Nonprofit and Corporate Sectors. 

HELEN REIS
HELEN REIS
E4C Fellow - Environmental and Sanitary Engineer
- Engineering for Change, LLC

Helen is working with E4C to provide assistance to the IOM's WASH Global Support Unit. In this role, she is involved in the development of training materials and assessment tools, wherein she receives technical guidance and content from the WASH Global Support team based in Geneva.

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.

DJ Saul
DJ Saul
Start-up aficionado
- ISL

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

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!

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. 

Richard Laudenat
Richard Laudenat
President Nominee
- ASME

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

Ananth Aravamudan
Ananth Aravamudan
Chief of Strategy and Sector Lead
- Villgro

As Villgro's Chief of Strategy, Ananth brings 29 years of expertise, navigating social enterprise and corporate landscapes. Leading initiatives in green livelihoods, sustainable agriculture, and waste management, he previously played a pivotal role in establishing SELCO Foundation.

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.

Keziah Ntwiga
Keziah Ntwiga
Quality Assurance Engineer (Clean Cooking)
- Sun King

Keziah is a dynamic, enthusiastic, intuitive and resolved engineer, innovator and musician. With an ever-growing experience in innovation, ideation, product testing, and design, and impacting the community through positive innovation, she is driven by a passion to create lasting solutions.

Robert Turner
Robert Turner
Executive Director
- Earth Tech Futures

Robert Turner is executive director of Earth Tech Futures. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee State University and brings expertise in tech transfer and sustainable design. Community builder, engineer, and speaker.

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.

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).

Ignatius Maranga
Ignatius Maranga
Renewable Energy Engineer and Engineering for Change Fellow
- Strathmore University

Ignatius is a graduate of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (J.K.U.A.T). He is a Quality Engineer at Strathmore University, Energy Research Center. His research interests include Renewable Energy for Development, Electric Mobility and the Power System Distribution Network. He is a past Energy Fellow of Engineering for Change (E4C) Research Fellowship and past ASME ISHOW finalist.

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!

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.

Charlie Matlack
Charlie Matlack
Systems Engineering Tech Lead
- Cruise

Values-driven innovator with electrical engineering PhD and 10 years of expertise architecting, building, and commercializing advanced products in a variety of markets. Unusual combination of strengths in research, systems engineering, and business strategy. 

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.

Maha Haji
Maha Haji
Assistant Professor
- Cornell University

Maha is an Assistant Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University where she leads the Symbiotic Engineering and Analysis Laboratory (SEA Lab). The SEA Lab researches how to design offshore systems to sustainably extract resources from the ocean such as power, water, and food, as well as minerals key to the progress of clean energy. ISHOW 2015 Winner.

Kannan Uthandan
Kannan Uthandan
Engineering Manager
- Boeing

Currently handling Software and Systems development, including C, C++, Python, Core JAVA, Micro-services, SOA, AWS, Azure cloud services in IoT/Avionics Domain, managing Cost, Schedule and Quality of the product in Agile environment. Good Experience in Project, Program and Portfolio management activities

Brett Abele
Brett Abele
Fellow
- E4C

Brett Abele graduated from Pennsylvania State University in May 2016 with a bachelor of science in biological engineering and a minor in environmental engineering. He is carrying out his fellowship in Xai Xai, Mozambique, where he will also conduct research for Penn State’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship program in his spare time.

Kamau Gachigi
Kamau Gachigi
Gearbox
- Executive Director

Gearbox is located in Nairobi's industrial area and the makerspace provides a network of like-minded individuals and businesses with the know-how and resources that enable you to take your innovation to market. Dr. Kamau holds a U.S. patent in electronic materials and has published 27 scientific papers on technology and innovation.

Dr. Beatrice Murage
Dr. Beatrice Murage
Senior Scientist Health Informatics
- Philips Research Africa

Beatrice is a systems leader experienced in healthcare, startups, digital technology, big data, and analytics. She is passionate about creating and applying digital solutions to strengthen healthcare services in emerging markets and to progress the larger UN  SDGs. Beatrice is actively involved in the Women in Technology scene in Africa and Europe. She is a medical doctor and a certified Project Management Professional, with an International MBA and Master Business Analytics & Big Data from IE Business School, Spain.

Vivas Kumar
Vivas Kumar
Tesla
- Battery Engineer

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