Smita Satiani is a Project Manager at Ashoka Changemakers. Previously, Satiani worked for the William J. Clinton Foundation's Economic Opportunity Initiative based out of New York City, managing an Entrepreneur Mentoring Program for women and minority small-business owners in the U.S. in partnership with Inc. Magazine. Satiani has also previously worked for the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, as a policy associate for RAINN (the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization) and currently serves as a gender consultant for the Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women. She has been featured on NPR radio, Alternet, and as a frequent women's rights contributor to The Huffington Post. Satiani completed her B.A. at the University of California, Irvine, received a Master of Public Policy at USC's Price School of Public Policy and has also studied at the University of Cambridge and Georgetown's Public Policy Institute.
All over the world high functioning people with autism have suffered from having invisible needs for support. Up to 3m people in the US and 78m people globally may have autistic traits enough to get a diagnosis within the autism spectrum. More than half of these probably are high functioning and as such a great – yet – untapped pool of skilled resources for the corporate sector – in particular within the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math sector. The unemployment rate is up to 90% for people with autism which leads to bad health conditions for most of them.
Since 1997, iDE has been a using a market-based approach to improve access to clean water, sanitation, and hand washing (WASH) in rural areas, globally. iDE has developed an effective market-based approach to improving rural sanitation that is rooted in the Human Centered Design (HCD) process.