Evan Young is a recent graduate of the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he received a B.A. in International Development from the Elliott School of International Affairs. It was his time there and with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London that he came face-to-face with some of the biggest problems in development, and some of the best minds working on them.
With experience ranging from advocacy at the Borgen Project to his time at the Peace Corps, Evan has come to believe that only multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary approaches are equipped to meet the demands of today’s interconnected world. Nowhere is his belief in this stronger than when it comes to sanitation, where he strives to shine a light on one of the long-neglected areas of development.
Maz Obuz is a senior at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he is a B.S. Candidate in Biological Anthropology. As an underclassman at GWU, Maz worked in public outreach for an early stage crowd funding company called Crowdvance, where he improved the donor experience by ensuring 100 percent of donation funds were appropriately handled. Following his time at Crowdvance, Maz transitioned to working in School of Medicine medical labs at GWU.
In an effort to combine his interests in public health with the creativity associated with early stage business development, Maz decided developing and managing an NGO would be a fulfilling and stimulating challenge. Maz is excited to help aid in the success of Asepsis and believes it is an organization that can fundamentally redefine the way we look at the world sanitation crisis.
Asha Aravindakshan is the Operations Director for Global Talent at Ashoka. She has over a decade of impact in the private, governmental and philanthropic sectors leading strategic, financial and operational initiatives. Previously, as Chief of Staff to the Chief Technology Officer for Washington, DC, Asha created the award-winning TechStat performance management program and led critical citywide initiatives related to public safety, health and economic development. She is passionate about the potential of applying innovative solutions across sectors and their ability to strengthen governance, improve education, and transform lives. She serves as Vice President for The George Washington University Alumni Association, Advisor for Blue Tiger Labs and GovLoop, mentor for SXSW edu/V2V and Mentor Capital Network. Asha holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Finance from The George Washington University.
Matt was the professor for the class where Asepsis came up with Project Dharavi, Makeshift Innovation and Engineering in the Third World. He is also the founder and CEO of Pedal Forward, an organization that builds affordable bamboo bikes for those at-need. Shameless plug of his TED Talk here, too.
Sheetal is the Assistant Professor of Management at the George Washington University