2018 Fellows



Meet our 2018 Global Good Fund Fellows

Danny Weissberg

CEO and Co-Founder, Voiceitt

Bio

Danny Weissberg is an engineer turned serial entrepreneur with experience leading and managing teams in Israel’s hi-tech scene for over fifteen years. After watching his grandmother suffer a stroke, which left her with unintelligible speech, Danny was inspired to create Voiceitt, a voice recognition technology that allows people with speech impairments to communicate with anyone, anywhere. As CEO & Co-Founder,  he leads a team of skilled technologists, business professionals, speech and occupational therapists through headquarters on two continents. He is driven by the company’s core mission and vision: to employ sophisticated technology to improve lives. Today, Voiceitt is in the advanced stages of development and is being tested on three continents, with hundreds of beta users, in four languages. Danny holds a B.Sc. with Honors in Civil Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel.

Gayatri Datar

Co-Founder and CEO, EarthEnable

Bio

Gayatri Datar is the CEO and Co-Founder of EarthEnable, a social enterprise that aims to make living conditions healthier for the world’s poor. While in business school in 2013, she took a design school class that sent her to Rwanda with the goal of finding a way to make the rural home healthier. She and her team were struck by the challenges of dirt floors for families in Rwanda as they were breeding ground for pathogens, parasites, and bacteria, not to mention incredibly uncomfortable to live on. The team decided to focus on finding a more affordable and more environmentally sustainable alternative to concrete, and discovered earthen flooring. Earthen floors are a niche design trend in the US, made of compacted earth and sealed with a drying oil. The team tested this type of floor in Rwanda, and the results were amazing. Thus, EarthEnable was born. Previously, Gayatri served as a  Senior Consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, where she focused on social entrepreneurship, energy access, and agriculture. She holds a Bachelor’s degree of Arts in Economics from Harvard College, a Master’s degree in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Gulika Reddy

Founder and Director, Schools of Equality

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Gulika is a human rights lawyer and the Founder & Director of Schools of Equality, a non-profit that runs activity-based programs in schools with the aim to shift social attitudes that perpetuate gender-based violence and other forms of identity-based discrimination. She has worked with lawyers, non-profits and academic institutions to prevent and respond to gender-based violence by representing women in court, conducting rights awareness, sensitization programs and working towards mainstreaming human rights education. She is currently a Dubin Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and was a Human Rights Fellow at Columbia Law School. In 2016, Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute awarded her a Commendation for Leadership and Commitment in Human Rights, and the World Economic Forum named her one of the Davos 50. She was also recognized with the TalentNomics Global

Dr. Iffat Aga

Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer, Sehat Kahani

Bio

Dr. Iffat Zafar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sehat Kahani, an e-health company in Pakistan working on improving health care in communities through a spectrum of services focused on primary health care consultation, health awareness and health counseling utilizing ICT enabled platforms. She is currently doing her Masters in Global E-Health from University of Edinburgh through a Commonwealth Scholarship. Dr. Iffat was a mentor for the GIST Tech-I Applicants 2017-18, and is also working as a mentor for Cherie Blair Foundation. She is a 2016 Alumni of USAID TFP Program,  MIT Sloan School of Management (for Entrepreneurship Development) and SPRING Accelerator Cohort 2 (2017).

Immaculate Bih

Founder and CEO, ICON

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Tim Immaculate Bih is a civil engineer, CEO/Founder of ICON Co. Ltd and passionate about reaching infrastructure challenges in Cameroon. She has revitalized over 50 classrooms and 40 Ventilated Improved Pit toilets in her community and is currently working to supply affordable homes in Cameroon. Immaculate has participated in five international accelerator programs and has the ability to build relationships, embody personal values and act with integrity. Being raised in a community with the stereotype that linked masculinity to engineering, she overcame these challenges and is currently volunteering in raising awareness on STEM education for girls in her community. She won the 2017 Regional/Country Award for Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business in the Building and Construction sector.

Jean Bosco

CEO, Habona LTD

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Jean Bosco Nzeyimana is the Founder and CEO of HABONA Ltd, a company that produces affordable and environmentally friendly fuels in form of biomass briquettes and fertilizers from waste. Under his leadership, Habona’s offerings have reached over 1500 people, and 25 permanent jobs have been created. Jean Bosco is also the Co-Founder and Director of Strategy of Kitabi Ecocenter – a new joint venture his company organized in partnership with local residents around Nyungwe National Park. The joint venture aims to uplift the livelihood of communities around the park through ecotourism and biodiversity conservation. His initiatives awarded Jean Bosco several accolades such as hosting a panel with the former U.S. President Obama, and winning the 2014 Rwanda top young innovator prize.

Jessica Johnson

Founder and Executive Director, Scholarship Academy

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Jessica Johnson is a Howard University graduate and recipient of over $200,000 in scholarships. As the Founder and Executive Director of The Scholarship Academy, she has spent the last decade serving as a family scholarship consultant and travels throughout the country conducting scholarship workshops for organizations such as The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), The U.S. Department of Labor, The New York Urban League and the National Center of Philanthropy. Jessica is author of The Scholarship Workbook: A 3-Step Guide Scholarship Tutorial. Because of her commitment to helping students pursue debt-free degrees, Jessica has received numerous awards: Inaugural Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellow, the NAACP's Entrepreneur of the Month, Ebony Magazine’s Educate Young Minds Award, Root Magazine’s Top 100 Emerging Leaders, and the Center for Financial Enterprise Development’s Innovative College Access Champion Award. She has been featured on Ebony.com, Black Enterprise, the Black Issues in Higher Education Magazine, the NAACP Crisis Magazine and on the cover of React magazine.

Katie Meyler

Founder & CEO, More than Me

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Katie Meyler met a girl who was selling herself on the streets of Liberia to afford clean drinking water. She asked Katie to help her go to school, and brought friends with the same story. Thus, More Than Me (MTM) was born, a leading education network in Liberia working in partnership with the Ministry of Education to rebuild the education system in order to end the exploitation of young girls. Katie was named a 2014 TIME Person of the Year for her efforts on the front lines of Ebola and named among People Magazine's 25 women changing the world next to Sheryl Sandberg and Oprah. She is one of Global Citizen's 17 Badass Women, and Glamour's 4 inspiring Women to follow on Instagram.

Kelly Orians

Executive Director, Rising Foundations

Bio

Kelly Orians is the co-founder and Executive Director of Rising Foundations, an organization that works to stop the cycle of incarceration through community economic development.  Kelly started her career advocating for prisoner’s rights at The Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL) managing a statewide campaign to End Life Without Parole Sentencing for Juveniles (JLWOP). She worked on the legal team that secured the release of the first two people in the country under the US Supreme Court ruling in Graham v. Florida, which declared JLWOP sentences unconstitutional in non-homicide cases. After nearly half a century in prison, those men were released in the middle of the night from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Kelly met them at the front gates that night, drove them home, and personally guided them through their transition. It was during these very exciting (albeit uncertain) weeks that Kelly launched her first “communal loan fund,” raising and dispersing zero interest loans to her clients to assist them with meeting the demands of their reentry process. With this mission in mind, Kelly enrolled at UCLA where she specialized in Public Interest Law and Policy, Critical Race Studies and Business Law and Policy. While at UCLA, Kelly was published in the National Black Law Journal, where she addressed persistent barriers to financial security for formerly incarcerated people. In 2015 Kelly was awarded the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship to launch Rising Foundations.

Makeda Ricketts

CEO and Founder, Pink Think

Bio

Makeda Ricketts founded PinkThink because of her frustration with trying to find educational toys for her younger sister. PinkThink makes cStyle Bracelets, an innovative wearable that teaches girls coding skills. As CEO of PinkThink, Makeda has received numerous awards for her work, including earning title of Maker of the Year by the International Alley Awards and being selected by Chicago Scholars as one of the 35 Under 35 Impactful Leaders. She has also been in the Huffington Post, Forbes and other national publications, and was recognized by Chicago Woman Magazine as a 2016 “Woman to Watch." Makeda earned a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Rose Wang

CEO and Co-Founder, Chirps Chips

Bio

Rose is the Co-Founder and CEO of Chirps, a company that is bringing sustainable and nutritious insect protein to the mainstream. She is a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur, Shark Tank survivor, ELLE USA Impact Award winner, Echoing Green climate fellow, MassChallenge Gold Winner, Harvard Dean's Design Challenge winner, BHSI fellow, Global Good Fund fellow, and TEDx speaker. Rose previously worked in strategy and marketing at Abercrombie and Microsoft. She also has a passion for education and sits on the board of an education non-profit, Wema Inc., in Kenya. Rose is a graduate of Harvard College.

Scott Austin Key

CEO and Co-Founder, Emergency Floor

Bio

Scott Austin Key is co-founder of Good Works Studio, the creative force behind Emergency Floor. What started as a student research project at the Rice School of Architecture is now a quickly scaling solution that addresses many of the deplorable conditions millions of refugees suffer through on a daily basis. A recipient of the Design Futures Council Emerging Leader Award and a USAID DIV grantee, Scott continually pushes his enterprise towards growing impact, self-sustaining sales and a diverse portfolio of innovative shelter-related provisions