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2009 Sixth Annual Pace Pitch Contest - Vala - Craig Edelman, Abhilash Mudaliar

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Pace University's Entrepreneurship Lab
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Craig Edelman
Craig Edelman, a California - native, is a student of International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has a long history of engaging in social enterprise in the developing world. Craig co - founded Africa Aid, a nonprofit group focusing on improving efficiencies of African healthcare delivery systems through use of mobile technology. For Africa Aid, Craig led the development of a mobile phone platform that allows physicians to communicate for free, thus improving the transfer of medical knowledge, emergency response, and date collection in African nations. From his work, he has a deep knowledge of operating mobile phone platforms in developing nations as well as extensive managerial experience. Craig has worked and lived in India and is greatly familiar with informal market systems. Craig holds a BS in Environmental Systems, summa cum lauda, from the University of California, San Diego. He will be graduating from the Harvard Kennedy School—where he specializes in social entrepreneurship—with a MPA in International Development in May 2010.

Abhilash Mudaliar
Abhilash Mudaliar is an India - native who has lived roughly half his life in each of India and Australia, and is currently completing graduate studies at Harvard. He has experience in many entrepreneurial environments, having started a monthly newspaper with a circulation of 40,000 as a university student and, later, as part-of the start-up team of Unitus - an innovative social enterprise in the microfinance space. During his time at Unitus, Abhilash traveled and worked widely across India, gaining deep knowledge of local markets and, centrally, informal markets, as well as developing deep networks in the social enterprise space more broadly. Experiences in venture capital and management consulting have helped Abhilash bring business tools and thinking to bear on social problems. Abhilash holds Honours degrees in Political Science and Finance from the University of Melbourne. He will be graduating from the Harvard Kennedy School - where he is focusing on social entrepreneurship - with an MPA in International Development in May 2010.

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