David is currently at the MIT Media Lab where his Masters work focuses on how to comfortably connect mechanical devices to parts of the human body. David's goal is to design comfortable prosthetic sockets for amputees, particularly war victims of Sierra Leone. David also plays soccer with MIT in a Boston league and coaches the Harvard Soccer team.
The African Development Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Massachusetts that takes a social entrepreneurial approach to developing communities in low-resource settings. Using expertise in finance and investments in emerging markets, ADI seeks out opportunities to fund and implement self-sustaining projects that will improve the health, education, and business infrastructures in our communities. They then couple that social entrepreneurship with strenuous evaluations of our efforts, combining the rigor of research and academia with market solutions.
Jean Junior graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in sociology in 2009. She spent her undergraduate years engaging in social justice and global health work through organizations such as the Harvard College Global Health and AIDS Coalition. She was also deeply involved with CityStep, an amazingly fun undergraduate-run dance education program for public school students. During the summer after her sophomore year, Jean interned at iTEACH, an NGO based in South Africa, which works to save the lives of people with HIV and TB. While there, she designed a community-based study aimed at providing patients with sustainable vegetable gardens. She spent the following summer in Bangladesh doing rural health research and studying poverty alleviation strategies at BRAC (formerly, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Corporation). As a senior, she wrote a thesis on the gendered experiences of African physician immigrants to the U.S. Since graduating, Jean has returned to South Africa as a Fulbright fellow to evaluate and improve iTEACH’s treatment program for end-stage AIDS patients. She is spending two years at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar studying Comparative Social Policy. Then, she will return to the U.S. for medical school. In broad terms, her ultimate goal is to try her hardest to alleviate poverty, hunger, illness, and human suffering. Jean loves playing clarinet and “talking to people who want to make the world a better place.”