Diana Yousef, PhD, MBA, MA 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. She is founder & CEO ofchange:Water Labs
Amy Bilton, Chief Technical Consultant
Dr. Amy Bilton completed her BASc at the University of Toronto in Engineering Science and her MS and PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Amy is currently an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto where she heads the Water and Energy Research Laboratory. Her research group develops computer-based design and control techniques for water and energy systems and develops innovative prototype concepts. This work includes the development of computer software tools to optimize solar powered reverse osmosis systems based on needs and environmental parameters of an individual community. Her group is also working with communities in Mexico, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, and Vietnam to help address water challenges related to domestic use and agriculture.