Thursday, September 4, 2008

Global Development X-Prize: Who are we??

This is not a picture of us (obviously!); but we'll hopefully have one up of us soon! (photo source: John Cooper)

Q. Who comprises the Global Development X PRIZE team??

A. The Global Development X PRIZE team includes the larger X PRIZE Foundation itself and people like yourselves, but largely two people are tasked with the management and development of this X PRIZE – my colleague Emeka, and myself. We’ll be doing most of the blogging here, research and development of the prize (though we do hope that you will take your part as members of our team seriously!)

Its important to note that the opinions and information put here will largely be representative of Emeka and myself.

Emeka is a full-time entrepreneur based in NYC, and is involved in about five companies/organizations simultaneously. Last year, he organized the hugely successful TED Africa conference in Arusha, Tanzania; and has gained renown for his critically acclaimed blogs on Africa – Africa Unchained and Timbuktu Chronicles. Because of his other work, Emeka works mostly as an advisor; but his input has already proven valuable in many ways. You can read more about Emeka here, here and here. Emeka has lived, worked, and studied in North America, the United Kingdom, and western Africa. He has a degree in architecture from the University of Nigeria.

I work full-time on this project. My name is Pragnya and I am the Project Manager. I am an environmental engineer, with a focus on water and sanitation in developing countries. I’ve also worked in a variety of sectors and disciplines, including energy, public health, education, conflict resolution, and entrepreneurship, across Asia, Sub Saharan Africa, Europe and North America. I have degrees in environmental engineering and technology policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and civil engineering from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA); and certification in humanitarian studies from the Harvard School of Public Health and Tufts University.

Now that you know about us, we think its fair that you tell us about yourself. So...tell us about yourselves!