Advisory Board

We are thrilled to have such an extraordinary Advisory Board to offer its insights and guidance to the Anu & Naveen Jain Women's Safety XPRIZE. These leaders in their fields are contributing their broad expertise to ensure maximum rigor in this competition.
ElsaMarie D’Silva


ElsaMarie D’Silva is the Founder & Managing Director of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity), a platform that crowdsources personal experiences of sexual violence and abuse in public spaces. Since Safecity started in Dec 2012, it has become the largest crowd map on the issue in India, Kenya, Cameroon and Nepal.

ElsaMarie is an alumna of the US State Department’s Fortune Program and a fellow with Rotary Peace, Aspen New Voices, Vital Voices and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader. She is listed as one of BBC Hindi’s 100 Women and has won Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Dusan Stojanovic (European Angel Investor of the Year 2013) and The Digital Woman Award in Social Impact by SheThePeople.

She has penned articles that have appeared in CNN, Huffington Post, and WIP. She has spoken about her work at the Aspen Ideas Festival , at TEDx MidAtlantic, UN Women, the US Department of State, and the Vital Voices South to South Leadership Summit. She has been a panelist for NDI, SheThePeople and hosted a roundtable at City-Lab London 2015.

Prior to Safecity, she was in the aviation industry for 20 years where she worked with Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines. Her last portfolio was Vice President Network Planning & Charters where she oversaw the planning and implementation of 500 daily flights.
Dhairya Dand


Dhairya Dand is an award-winning researcher, engineer and designer based in NYC where he runs oDD - a futurist factory X lab. His work investigates the human body as a medium for computation, new materials as a tool to embody interactions, and design as a vehicle for mindfulness. Past inventions include bio reactive architecture, elastic computer screens, shape changing gadgets, shoes that tickle and guide, alcohol aware ice cubes, synthetic muscles, programmable hair, emotionally intelligent flowers, and optically invisible fibre-optics. He has recently exhibited at the V&A, Tokyo Design Week, and the MIT Museum, and has been recognized as a WIRED Innovation Fellow, INK Fellow, and FoST Fellow. He’s noticed on ELLE’s ‘Names to know in 2015’ and VOGUE’s ‘Cool People’ list, Globe’s ‘Top 25 Innovators’ list. Previously a researcher at the MIT Media Lab, an amateur geologist in Saudi Arabia, a toy designer in Singapore, sensory researcher in Tokyo, political activist in Bombay, and student at MIT and Harvard.

Nancy Glass


Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN.  Professor and Associate Dean of Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Associate Director, Hopkins Centers for Global Health. Dr. Glass has 20 years of research experience in conducting clinical and community-based interventions with diverse populations across multiple settings domestically and globally, including humanitarian settings. She is the Principal investigator (PI) of three US federally funded (NIMHD, NICHD, OWH) and UNICEF funded multidisciplinary research studies to test social norms, safety, health and economic interventions to improve the health, economic stability and wellbeing of survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and their families. She is the PI of World Bank, UNWomen and UNICEF funded project to determine prevalence of GBV in the 3 regions of Somalia. She has also served as the co-investigator for several years on a Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugee and Migration (BPRM) funded partnership to examine the feasibility and acceptability of a screening tool, ASIST-GBV, to identify survivors of GBV in health settings with displaced and refugee populations in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Colombia. In addition, her research team is evaluating the effectiveness of livestock/animal microfinance interventions on economic, health and social outcomes with for families in post-conflict rural Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In all research collaborations, her team is using innovative mHealth technologies to collect confidential and secure data, reach diverse populations and provide tools and resources to health and social service providers. She has successfully led research and program evaluations while collaborating with community experts and organizations to improve health, safety, and economic stability for women, families and communities.

Naina Sharma Tahilramani


Naina is a product management and marketing professional with a career spanning 11 years and 6 cities. She chases technology trends at the intersection of the Internet, telecom and media. She specializes in IoT (Internet of Things) and is hopeful that it will change humanity for the better. She has advised companies of all sizes – from garage developers to Fortune 500 – on how to leverage connections between people, processes and things. She is a global citizen and believes in the power of empathy for social change. She currently lives in Mumbai with her husband.

Natalie Villalobos


Natalie Villalobos is the Head of Global Programs for Women Techmakers at Google. Her team's mission is to provide visibility, community, and resources for women in technology globally. She's passionate about mentoring underrepresented people in tech, advising companies and organizations on how to develop diverse and inclusive programs and products, and believes in giving away her access and privilege to increase opportunities for others.

She's on the Advisory Board for the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings Law School, author of two patents for Google, and leads a cross-industry working group to increase internet access on Native American reservations.

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