YSI Presents: Team 5

The YSI Global program is making an impact by addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with breakthrough solutions with youth from all across the globe. With collaboration to reach the SDGs with a fully-funded mentorship and prototyping of new business ideas with 21 chosen from 8650 youth that address the indicators within the SDGs. These are three of those 21.

These three individuals have said yes to participating in the YSI program 2018 and to explore the Sustainable Development Goals, creating a sustainable business venture this year. Here follows the three individuals selected for team 5:


Mridula Singh

India, Bombay


Mridula Singh is pursuing Masters in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. In the past few years, she has had multiple opportunities to visit areas facing acute water shortage. The insight she gained from these visits was that most of these problems were amendable and could be resolved with focused research and subsequent application. This view was the driving force for her to pursue research as a career after her graduation in civil engineering.

She has worked on multiple projects pertaining to water conservation and drinking water treatment. The major projects she has been involved with include arsenic removal from drinking water, in-pipe inspection techniques and development of rainwater harvesting system for ground-water recharge in rocky terrains. Currently, she is working on two projects, namely removal of selenium from drinking water and improvement of health and sanitation in slum areas of Mumbai. In her opinion, research work is never adequate unless put into application for the greater good. YSI is the way to go for her where she can convert her mathematical models and chemical formulations into useful product for the benefit of humanity!

Himanshu Panday



Himanshu Panday is a doctoral candidate in Design Programme, Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur, India. With a couple of publications and patents in the area of human-machine interaction and robotics, his previous endeavours have been supported by various industry sponsorships and academic fellowships.  In the paradigm of sustainable development, he was an Unleash Global talent for SDG 6 for 2018. Himanshu grew up in an Indian town with a dysfunctional municipal water supply network. As a part of YSI cohort 2018, He is looking forward to establishing an innovation-driven, financially sustainable startup which addresses contradictions around SDG-6.

Who are you and where are you from?

I am Himanshu Panday, a doctoral candidate at Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur, India.

What have you done well before the YSI program and what are your best skills?

My research endeavours are established on the boundary of design and engineering. I have a couple of publications and patents in the area of human-machine interaction and robotics. A few of my conceptual upbringings have been successfully deployed with the relevant industrial units. I have also received a couple of fellowships to facilitate joint international research projects. In the paradigm of sustainable development, I was an Unleash Global talent in SDG 6 for 2018. My skills include system design capabilities, innovation, design thinking, user experience research, instrumentation engineering, product design, programming, rapid prototyping, product iteration, and consumer validation.

What do you hope to achieve through this opportunity?

With the assistance of wonderful people at YSI and 2018 cohort, I am looking forward to establishing an innovation-driven, financially sustainable startup which addresses contradictions around SDGs. The opportunity also provides me with an amazing network of people with identical motivations.

What is your biggest drive (Drive: An innate, biologically determined urge to attain a goal or satisfy a need)?

My biggest drive is to create useable ideas and scale them across verticals. I am eager to gain the necessary knowledge to support it.


Alex Artiach

France, Spain, UK, Slovenia, Morocco


My name is Alex Artiach Sounssi, I was born in France, raised in Spain, and have also lived in the UK, Slovenia, and Morocco. And if it was not yet clear that I cannot stand being a sedentary, I will soon move to China to learn Mandarin in September.

I like to think of myself as someone of proven intercultural adaptability and work ethic, with solid communication skills, a proactive teamwork mindset and a natural instinct to bring warmblood, enthusiasm and tireless boogie to a team.

My ambition while at YSI is to learn and work alongside talented and like-minded entrepreneurs on projects that are proactive, innovative and meaningful to society.

Sustainability and development were not issues I was much interested in until a couple of years ago. At the age of 21 I moved to Morocco as a summer intern to work on a project of urbanization of rural areas to make of Casablanca a larger, smarter and more sustainable agglomeration. Then, I went back to Morocco a few years later, this time to work in microfinance projects that financed the poor to become economically integrated. There I understood the urgency of empowerment and education as pillars of fair, prosperous and sustainable societies. You can read more about it here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/reflecting-my-time-morocco-financing-poor-fulfill-dreams-artiach/

In 2016 I was selected to take part in the ZERO Hackathon Program that took place at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). There we developed a value proposition tackling hunger and malnutrition. We presented a plan of global logistics network aimed at empowering small food cooperatives and connecting sustainable farming activities to urban areas in their local communities.


While not a “techie” I do have a natural skill to listen and articulate technical ideas into fully-functioning business projects. I connect and create dialogues with and among people for ideas to become a reality.

Driven by the idea of giving back to the community, I believe in a philosophy of development that focuses not on charity but on providing the tools for those in need to develop by their own means. Hence my professional goal is to understand how individuals can contribute to the advancements of international development and cooperation through business, innovation and entrepreneurship in an environment where different cultures can meet and exchange.

In a more personal level, I strive to make of my life a roller-coaster of fantastic and improbable events. Being part of YSI is, to this day, the cherry on the cake.

In fact Himanshu and Mridula already met up since they are both in India.


With that I think we’re safe to say we are excited, almost as excited as these two to see which type of solution all three will make together!

Onwards toward impact.

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