specializes in sanitation solutions
R. Elena Lie studies Political Economy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Duke University. She has always been interested in challenging inefficient systems and proposing solutions that incorporate technology, design and social impact. Elena is honored to be awarded as HerCampus’s 22 Most Inspiring College Women under the age of 22.
Elena has authored and illustrated an interactive book, which features her exposé on the pig slaughterhouse industry. She also recently produced a documentary that brings forward the ineffectiveness of the waste management in emerging markets. She co-founded her first non-profit nine years ago and has been pioneering several social enterprises since. For a while now, she has been a toilet advocate, having designed her own toilets and having worked with the World Toilet Organization and a Gates Reinvent The Toilet project.
She loves backpacking, playing poker and experimenting in the kitchen during her spare time. She will graduate this December 2018 and is looking forward to solving more problems sanitation-related and beyond!