What I do
I’m an investor. I look for promising tech startups with a double bottom line – ones that have both social and financial returns. I’m personally interested in the potential applications of frontier technologies like AI/ML, AR/VR, and blockchain to the education sector, especially when they can help support refugee, immigrant, and/or other minority populations. I served as a judge for the Algorithm for Change Competition, a national competition funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and organized by the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program, to support innovations that help low-income, underrepresented minority, and first generation (LIMFG) students get to and through college. We also fostered innovations like this, where blockchain technology and biometric data provide digital identities, allowing refugees to access food without requiring paperwork (that often gets destroyed during conflict or migration) – innovations which excite me. Additionally, I’d like to support and invest in more female founders and other minority groups, and to serve as a voice and advocate for traditionally marginalized groups in the tech and financing industries. I am a former child refugee, female, low-income, minority, first-generation myself. We need to get, and keep, more representation and voices like mine at the table. If you’d like me to join a panel, be a judge, be an advisor, be a mentor, etc, feel free to reach out anytime. I’d be happy to help.