President: Bari Saltman
Bari is a junior studying Sociology and Psychology. She previously served as Co-Chair of the 2012 Igniting Innovation Summit, which brought together over 250 undergraduates, academics, and leaders in the field. Bari has most recently worked with LIFT, an anti-poverty nonprofit that provides a holistic array of social services, and with the Crimson Summer Academy, an innovative academic program for high-achieving Boston youth. At Harvard, she has served as co-director of Youth Prison Tutoring, which provides one-on-one mentorship to incarcerated young adults. Bari is particularly passionate about innovative education models, food equity, and grilled cheese.
Vice-President: Li Murphy
Li Murphy joined the SIC community with the hopes of finding kindred crazies who like to talk big ideas: anything from ways to stimulate a campus culture that deeply values public service to scheming about how we might bring the Blue Man Group or Beyonce to perform at the Igniting Innovation Summit. She loves talking about the BioBus, her favorite nonprofit science education bus in the world…even cooler than the Magic School Bus. She works in the local fair trade honey shop because she thinks honeybees hold the secrets of the universe. A compulsive giver of shoulder rubs, she encourages all students to join Stressbusters. She can be found serving coffee and attempting to do latte art in the Cafe Gato Rojo or being a troll on the fourth floor of the Geology building.
Summit Chair: Nishin Nathwani
Nishin Nathwani is the Chair of the 2013 Igniting Innovation Summit. He was named a British Council Global Changemaker in 2010, during which time he was invited to present at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Nishin is a co-founder of the LGBTQ youth advocacy organization, the Ontario Youth Rainbow Coalition, and has worked extensively with the Upper Grand District School Board in Canada to integrate the recommendations of minority students into the equity policy formation process. He recently devised a social impact assessment framework for Project Dharma – a social enterprise based in India. Nishin is an undergraduate student at Harvard University and sits on Ashoka’s Young Advisors Network. He is the recipient of a host of youth awards, including the 2008 Centre Wellington Youth Citizen of the Year Award, the 2010 Guelph Region YMCA-YWCA Peace Medal, and the 2010 Guelph Mercury Top 40 Under 40 Award.
Inno-vents Chair: Krithika Vargur
Krithika is a sophomore in Adams House studying English with a secondary in Economics. She is involved in the Harvard Advocate, Harvard AMBLE, Identities + Eleganza fashion shows, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In her free time, she loves travel, yoga, painting, theatre, and all things French. She is especially interested in social innovation as it relates to literacy, women’s empowerment, and randomized impact evaluations.
Finance/Business Development Chair: Manik Bhatia
Manik is SIC’s Chair of Business Development and Finance. Last year Manik worked with the SIC’s Synergy team to help student entrepreneurs develop sustainable social enterprises. Outside SIC, Manik is involved with Harvard Men Against Rape. His other interests include entrepreneurship, venture capital, technology, and finance. A graduate of The Lawrenceville School, he plans to graduate from the College in 2016 with a degree in Applied Mathematics.
Mentoring Chair: Ainara Arcelus
Concentrating in Applied Mathematics. Interested in pursuing academia to study how to quantify and measure the impact of corporate social responsibility. Loves SIC because she gets to work with awesome like-minded people to organize fun events regarding social entrepreneurship.
Communications Chair: Jane Chung