Dr Diana Yousef
Dr. Diana Yousef, PhD, MBA, MA, is the Founder, CEO and principal inventor behind change:WATER Labs, Inc. She is a serial entrepreneur with 10+yrs experience in innovating and commercializing technology and novel business models in the cleantech and biotech sectors, pioneering many approaches to translate science and technology into social and environmental impact for the developing world.
Diana’s professional career spans the arenas of academic life sciences research, international economic development, strategy consulting, finance and venture capital/private equity investing. She co-founded the Life Sciences Investment Group of the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank, investing in growth-stage biotech and agritech companies in India, China and other emerging markets. She also co-founded the United Nation’s Inclusive Markets incubator, to help companies develop innovative products and services that generate profit while also promoting the advancement of human develop goals in developing countries.
As a consultant with McKinsey & Company, Diana worked with clients across several sectors (life sciences, consumer good, private equity, logistics) around go-to-market, pricing and growth strategies; business development and technology commercialization; operations; and post-merger integration. Additionally she was a seed-stage venture investor with Battelle Ventures and with Kidd & Company, investing in and catalyzing companies around emerging technologies in the cleantech, biotechnology, and IT.
As an entrepreneur, she founded and co-founded a number of cleantech and social ventures, including: 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), SachSiSolar (MIT-spin out to develop revolutionary new materials to lower the cost of solar energy); and her current venture, change:WATER Labs (to commercialize frugal yet disruptive innovations to expand access to safe water and sanitation in the developing world).
A former protein biochemist (A.B., Harvard; Ph.D., Cornell), Diana holds an MBA and an MA in International Affairs (Columbia). She was an original member of TED Fellows Advisory & Selection Committee and a Founding Council Member for NASA/USAID’s LAUNCH Accelerator. She is currently a AAAS-Lemelson Inventor Ambassador. She has won a number of awards for the technologies and innovations that she has developed and is commercializing.