Energy & Environment

Tinotenda Makuvire

Tinotenda is a student from Zimbabwe currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at McGill University. He is passionate about sustainable energy and community development. Energy is the backbone of most economies and we often exploit energy in ways that are not sustainable especially in Africa where most energy sources are still very traditional. His aim is to leverage his Engineering experience to drive sustainable harnessing of energy from the environment.


ZimDigester will focus on renewable energy for home use at an affordable price in rural Zimbabwe. The project will provide animal and food waste bio-digesters and deliver training to individual households on how to use the technology.

Nicholas Toronga

Nicholas Toronga is a third-year student pursuing a major in Finance and a concentration in Business Analytics at McGill University. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Nicholas is an active community builder. Apart from co-founding ExlAfrica, Nicholas was actively involved in Zimbabwe as a facilitator at LUT- a social enterprise that won the 2011 Harvard Innovation Challenge. A MasterCard Scholars Program Student Council Representative for McGill University, Nicholas is also a student ambassador for the Clinton Global Initiative.

Wings of the Night

By creating housing for indigenous insectivorous bats in Maijuna, Peru, Wings of the Night combats malaria-carrying mosquitoes in a unique, eco-friendly, and inexpensive manner.  Construction of bat houses will encourage nesting of indigenous bats, which can eat more than 1,000 mosquitoes per hour, in villages which the highest incidences of malaria to help foster a relationship between people and misunderstood bats and to rid one village at a time of malaria.

Tyler Vogel

Tyler Vogel is from Oelwein, Iowa and is currently a student at Wartburg College. He is pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Biology with minors in Business Administration and Social Entrepreneurship. Vogel serves as Student Body Recorder and is also involved on campus with the Ambassador Program as Vice President of Communication. He is interested in environmental policy, ecology, medicine, and management. He was previously vice president of Iowa DECA and is now currently a work study in the Wartburg Admissions Department.

Ana Julante

Born and raised in Angola, Ana Julante is a graduate from the United World College of Southern Africa (UWCSA) Waterford Kamhlaba, where she had the opportunity to live and learn with students from different nations and nurture the value of service. Ana is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics with Minors in Data Analytics and Social Entrepreneurship at Wartburg College. She is the president of the Net Impact chapter at Wartburg College and she is motivated to change her community with creative and innovative solutions.  

Sulav Urja

Raunak Thakur is the founder of Sulav Urja, a social venture bringing biogas to rural households in Nepal. Through her venture, Raunak will provide households in rural Nepal with a biogas digester to help generate biofuel from organic household waste. Sulav Urja will reduce the harmful effects associated with indoor burning of firewood, reduce deforestation, and economically empower the households living in this village.

Miguel Dias

Miguel Dias is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on Computational Biology at Johns Hopkins University (2017).

He is on the Student Advocacy Board which manages the 50+ student service groups on campus and that organizes school wide events. He is a also tutor at the Baltimore City Jail, working at the mental health unit.

Samantha Wang

Samantha (Yu) Wang is currently an electrical engineering major with an entrepreneurship and management minor at Johns Hopkins University. Although she is an electrical engineering major, she is also interested in the area of medicine and specifically applying engineering concepts to medicine. Aside from her studies, most of her time is dedicated towards cardiology stem cell research at the Johns Hopkins Medical School.