We are proud to announce team 1 in the YSI global program 2018. This team is based in UK, Belgium, and India (born in Mauritius). Read about the team members below:
Halima Lone (UK):
I’m Halima from the UK. I have lived across the UK studying Sustainable Value Chains and Chemical Engineering in the North-West, working as a Manufacturing Technology Engineer in the North-East and am now a Materials Research Engineer for the largest automotive manufacturer in the Midlands. I was also in the founding class of Unleash Innovation Lab 2017 where I co-developed a value proposition to resolve how Workers Rights could be Improved through Safety in the Ready-Made Garment Industry. Read about what I learned here.
My greatest skills are:
- Applied design-thinking approach to chemical/ material innovations from natural materials like leathers, woods through to synthetic polymers for structural components such as PP, PC-ABS through to fabrics such as nylons, polyesters etc.
- Competent in statistical software( SPSS, NVivo, Minitab) and sensitivity analysis (Design of Experiment)
- Led practical user-trials for primary data collection
- Co-Written research papers on (1) How Can Value Synergies Between Customer Needs and Environmental Sustainability be Identified and Made More Salient in the Automotive Sector? (2) How can Sustainable Business Models Impact Social Value Creation in the Mobile Phone Industry?
I’m seeking to build a start-up that sustains People, Planet and Profit- starting with the environment and then other sdgs such as gender equality, smart cities and affordable energy etc.
I think we are all on this planet to make a positive contribution, within our respective ‘scopes of influence’. This innate purpose has driven me here and will continue after this. #savetheworld
Ishaan Aggarwal (India / Mauritius):
My name is Louis Wouters, I’m 24 years old and coming from Belgium. I’m very excited for the YSI program and I hope to bring some valuable experience with me. Since recently, I’m working for LITA.co, a crowd-equity platform focussing on impactful projects. Hence I’m consulting/advising social entrepreneurs on business development and finance in my day to day life. Besides, I’m actively involved in Academics for Development (AFD) for the last 4 years. AFD a student organisation offering university students the chance to gain hands-on, practical experience through social entrepreneurial student consulting projects in the Global South. Before I have got the chance to work in Paris for Hystra, an inclusive strategy consulting firm focussing on the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP), Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and Baobab Express, a public transportation initiative in Benin and Togo. In short, I have a passion for social entrepreneurship, youth participation and inclusive business and I hope to expand my horizons, to grow as a person and to achieve fantastic impactful outcomes with the YSI program!
Needless to say, it will be exciting to follow this team in the time to come!