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2020 PDSA Recipient, Vedha Nayak

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Vedha Nayak

Bangalore, Karnataka, India | International Studies and Quantitative Economics Double Major

Vedha's nominator stated that, "through all of her endeavors, there's a common thread of commitment to helping make the world a better place." She has enacted this commitment by starting multiple organizations both on campus and around the world. On campus, Vedha is the founder of Wonder Women, which is composed of college students who provide pro bono consulting to startups led by women from low-income communities. She is currently working to partner Wonder Women with a startup that uses crowd-sourced mapping to provide real-time safety alerts to people in conflict zones. Vedha also founded Behen, a social enterprise that empowers women in India through the sale of reusable menstrual underwear, combatting the common issue of women dropping out of school because they lack access to feminine hygiene products. Vedha worked to design and develop a prototype, conduct market research, and establish partnerships with suppliers in a different hemisphere.

For her work, Vedha won the United Nations Youth Assembly Impact Challenge, was the Cincinnati regional finalist for the Entrepreneurs' Organization Global Student Entrepreneur Award, was selected as a Forbes Under 30 Scholar, and was listed on the Her Campus 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women. Vedha has also served as a Resident Assistant for her junior and senior years and conducted research in economics.