Impact Presents: GT Alumni in Social Impact Careers
Maithili Appalwar is a social entrepreneur based out of Mumbai. She leads Avana, an agri-business focused on providing affordable water conservation to farmers. Avana registered over $15Mn in revenues last year and has been profitable since its inception. More importantly, Avana has served over 20,000 farmers, increasing their income by over 98.7%. Maithili studied Industrial Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and graduated in December 2018. Her undergraduate research, rooted in Clinical Psychology and Sociology, was focused on asset-based models to improve mental health in low-resource resource communities in India. https://www.linkedin.com/in/maithili-appalwar/
Jasmine (Jaz) Burton is a 2014 GT Industrial Design graduate and current 1Y MBA student at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. She is a social inclusion and design specialist with a focus on gender equity, meaningful youth engagement, and innovation in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and global health sectors. Following her team's wins at the 2014 GT Ideas to Serve and Inventure Prize Competition, she has led iterative toilet innovation pilots and research across Sub-Saharan Africa with a design thinking lens and in resettled refugee communities as the founder and CEO of Wish for WASH. Additionally, as the Founder and Principal of the Hybrid Hype, Jasmine has been an independent consultant for 10+ impact organizations across the world. Jasmine identifies as a social impact designer who seeks to utilize design thinking, evidence-based research, and business acumen to build a more inclusive world. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasminekburton/
Lubna Rashid is a postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University of Berlin's Centre for Entrepreneurship, conducting research at the intersection of entrepreneurship, digitalization, and sustainability, particularly in contexts of fragility and crisis. Lubna is primarily a quantitative researcher with academic backgrounds in genetics, health systems, and management of technology. She was born in Iraq and has previously worked with several activist groups, consultancies, and social entrepreneurs across the USA, Europe, and the Arab world. She holds a Master’s in Health Systems from the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. https://www.linkedin.com/in/lubnarashid/
Impact is a weekly series of meaningful conversations, free and open to all. The main goal of the series is to engage students, faculty, staff, and the wider community on topics that matter through conversations and presentations by leaders and entrepreneurs from all sectors. For the 2021-2022 school year our focus remains on social and racial justice, inclusive leadership, and diversity and equity. Past talks are accessible on the Institute for Leadership and Social Impact's YouTube page.