Zubaida is regarded as a leader in the field of designing and engineering low-cost health products appropriate for the developing world. She has a Master’s in Engineering (product development and design) from Dalarna University, Sweden and an MBA (social and sustainable enterprises) from Colorado State University, USA. With over 6 years of experience in the social sector specifically in innovations in health and commercialization. Zubaida now heads AYZH, a social enterprise aimed at bringing technology solutions to rural women.. Zubaida founded AYZH as a way to increase the income and health of women in rural India by enabling them to be the producers of tools like sterile birth kits, designed to help women thrive. Zubaida’s professional experience, combined with her personal passion for empowering underserved women, led to her being selected as a TED India fellow (2009), Ashoka Maternal Health fellow (2010-2011), and most recently an Echoing Green fellow (2012). In 2011, Zubaida’s design of the flagship AYZH product JANMA the clean birth kit being chosen one of the 61 products globally designed to improve life by INDEX Awards.

She is also one of the winners of the first INDIAFRICA Business Venture Contest 2011-12.




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