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Founder & Chief Instigating Officer, Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)

Elizabeth is an entrepreneur who has spent most of her career starting up ventures or advising businesses on growth strategies in the health care industry. She has spent time as a strategic management consultant at Cambridge Pharma Consultancy, and at the Clinton Foundation and the World Bank in Asia and East Africa, respectively. Elizabeth has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA in international development from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a BA from the University of Notre Dame. Despite all the academic acronyms, she thinks her best education has come from talking with those sitting next to her on buses around the world.
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Material & Technology Advancements I

Don't Go Bananas-Make Menstrual Pads Out Of Them!

Sustainable Health Enterprises' (SHE's) mission is to invest in people and ideas that are typically overlooked (and often taboo) to drive social and economic change. Its first initiative, SHE28, is addressing girls' and women's lack of access to affordable menstrual pads, causing significant costs to their health, education, productivity, and dignity. SHE has designed go! pads, which are a safe, affordable, quality feminine hygiene product that significantly reduces the negative environmental impact of typical pads. SHE, with assistance from its partners, now has a U.S. patented mechanical process to make the absorbent core of the pad from banana fibers, which are an all-natural, readily available agro-waste product.