Komal Ahmad

Komal Ahmad


Komal Ahmad is recognized globally as an award-winning changemaker, humanitarian, and entrepreneur. She is innovatively Solving the World’s Dumbest Problem.

Komal realized as a young UC Berkeley student that “Hunger is not a scarcity problem; it’s a logistics problem.” ™ This led to her founding Copia, a for-profit surplus food waste management company. Copia’s advanced matching algorithms and proprietary technology dramatically reduce food waste and hunger across North America. Copia has successfully diverted over 5 million pounds of food from landfills (enough to fill 40+ pro football stadiums to the brim). Copia will feed 6 million people while providing businesses and nonprofits with over $21M in savings.

Komal’s leadership and vision have led Copia to become distinguished as 1 of the top 3 startups run by women in the U.S. and 1 of the top 8 startups graduating out of Y Combinator.

Komal graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with degrees in International Health & Development and Global Poverty and Practice. She is the University of California’s Global Food Changemaker. In 2016 she was chosen as the Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 2017 as an MIT SOLVER for being one of the world’s foremost tech-based social impact innovators solving the world’s most pressing challenges.

Komal has been named to the coveted Forbes 30 Under 30 twice, has been featured as one of the Most Powerful Women in the World by Entrepreneur Magazine, recognized as one of the Most Powerful & Impactful People in Business by Marie Claire, highlighted as one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, listed among the Top 50 Most Badass Women in the World by InStyle, and selected as a Toyota Mother of Invention. Komal was also honored with the prestigious Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award.

Follow Komal’s journey on Twitter @Komal_Ahmad and Instagram @KomalAhmad786 as she proves to the world that “Impossible is just a word.”

Track: Next-Generation Design & Business Model Innovation

The next generation or young people are not only leaders of tomorrow but leaders of today, especially when it comes to the circular economy and sustainability. In this panel, we create an... see more

Wednesday 19th October
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM