Diana Yousef '03BUS '04SIPA

Diana Yousef '03BUS '04SIPA

Founder and CEO of change:WATER Labs

http://www.change-water.com/

Every 20 seconds, a child dies due to poor sanitation while girls in developing countries are forced to miss weeks of school because they don’t have a private space to use the restroom. Motivated by the poor sanitation and safety conditions at pit latrines in a Syrian refugee camp, Diana Yousef BUS’03 SIPA’04 founded change:WATER Labs to help solve this issue. change:WATER Labs seeks to curb the problem of unmanaged sewage in poor communities through a low-cost, waterless in-home toilet that affords low-income families a safe, private sanitation option, and shrinks daily sewage down to 1% of the produced volume.

Dr. Diana Yousef, PhD, MBA, MA, (Founder, CEO of change:WATER Labs) is a serial entrepreneur with 10+yrs experience commercializing technology for social and environmental impact in the developing world. Formerly, she consulted for McKinsey, co-founded IFC/World Bank’s Life Sciences Investment Group and the United Nations’ Inclusive Markets incubator, and was a seed-stage VC with Battelle Ventures. She co-founded: WeCyclers (social venture to clean up urban slums and create recyclables supply chain linkages in Nigeria), Immerse Global (Stanford-spin out to develop atmospheric water capture technologies), and SachSiSolar (MIT-spin out to develop revolutionary new materials to lower the cost of solar energy). She is a former protein biochemist (A.B., Harvard; Ph.D., Cornell), and holds an MBA and MA in International Development (Columbia). She serves as an advisor to the TED Fellows Program and a Founding Council Member for NASA/USAID’s LAUNCH Accelerator.

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