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Komal Ahmad    

Founder & CEO of Copia

Komal Ahmad is working hard to successfully reach the masses with the message that hunger is the world’s most solvable problem and better still, that it is possible for them to help; her relentless pursuit of accomplishing what others believe is 'impossible' has lead to her lifelong commitment to public service.

One lunch with a homeless veteran turned Komal Ahmad from a med school student into an entrepreneur. The vet, who'd just returned from Iraq, hadn't eaten in three days. Ahmad tried to get her school's dining hall to donate excess food to the local homeless shelters, but was told there was too much liability. And so, she founded Copia, which treats hunger as a logistics problem and solves it using a tech platform. Copia's algorithm will match a business that has leftover food and matches with non-profits that can accept the food that day. Since founding the company in 2016, Ahmad has graduated from Y-Combinator and has recovered one million pounds of food.

Speech Topics

Food Waste and Food Recovery and the incline during Covid-19

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