Board of Directors
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.
Andrew Jones is a current junior at the George Washington University, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Anthropology. While initially unsure of his preferred academic discipline, a class he took on post-colonial literature and film catalyzed his passion for South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Andrew furthered his studies of the world while attending the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London during the Spring 2016 semester.
Andrew believes there is a fundamental disconnect between policy makers and NGOs that work to mitigate some of the most serious challenges facing the world today. His experiences lie at the nexus between legislative advocacy and the nonprofit sector, having interned in the Office of United States Senator Richard Blumenthal and consulted for a number of nonprofits while interning at Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI), he strives to bridge this gap as a result. Upon learning about the harrowing extent of the sanitation crisis and how little attention such a major issue was given, Andrew has committed himself to raising awareness and developing a dynamic solution that incorporates community-building, policy reform, and global public health initiatives.
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 (https://youtu.be/WLm9wMWH7_o)
Asha 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 Cheif of Staff to the Cheif 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 at 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.
Sheetal is the Assistant Professor of Management at the George Washington. From the beginning, when Asepsis was still "Project Dharavi," she has provided management advice that has helped the team develop into a cohesive unit.
Board of Advisors
Anirudh Kulkarni is the founder and managing principal of Customer Value Partners. He has more than 20 years of experience in business and technology consulting, strategy development, change management, and advanced technology strategy. His specialties include e-commerce, customer relationship management, operations and IT alignment strategies, organizational transformation, and operations research.
His industry expertise lies in Government, Media, Telecommunications, and Financial Services. He was previously the Managing Director for Strategic Services at Answerthink, a publicly held consulting and systems integration firm. Prior to that, he led the Media and Publishing consulting practice at SRA International. He also founded Anthem Decision Support Systems, a management and technology consulting firm specializing in decision support and analytical tools for sales and marketing in the consumer products industry.
Anirudh is a member of ACG and a former member of the Board of Directors. He received a BS in operations research and computational science (with honors), with concentrations in statistics and economics, and an MS in operations research and management science, both from George Washington University.
Lindsay Naylor is trained as a scholar of international economic development and human geography. In her research she uses food and agricultural production as a lens to examine power relations and resistance as they relate to capitalist-driven economic development. She conducts research in both peripheral and core economic areas. see: lindsaynaylor.wordpress.com
Her recent work is focused on how coffee-producing communities in Chiapas, Mexico, articulate territorial autonomy through subsistence food production. Her current work is focused on international food sovereignty knowledge-exchange.
From 2010 - 2014 at the University of Oregon She was involved in the initiative to develop and establish a food studies program. The initiative, originally titled: "Growing UOFOOD: Developing a signature food studies program" has been enormously successful and Food Studies is now housed in the Environmental Studies Program at UO. The Food Studies Graduate Specialization was initiated in fall, 2013. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Geography at University of Delaware.
Michael Quinn, founding partner of Q Advisors, brings a unique and highly valuable background to telecom, media, and technology (TMT) investment banking that combines finance, hands on M&A experience, and law. With more than 25 years of international operations and investment banking experience in the telecommunications industry, Michael has originated, structured, and executed more than 100 deals totaling more than $4 billion in transaction value.
Michael’s deep industry expertise and extensive transaction experience has enabled him to lead M&A and debt and equity financings in a variety of TMT sectors including cloud and managed services, competitive wireline telecom, wireless, digital media, social networking, mobile content, satellite and mobile infrastructure and solutions. Prior to forming Q Advisors, Michael was a founder of and Chief Corporate Development Officer for VeloCom Inc., a Latin American wireless services provider, where he was responsible for capital raising and acquisition activities.
Michael received a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law. He is currently on the Advisory Board of The George Washington University School of Business and on the Board of the Elliot School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.