Executive Director, Global Expansion, XPRIZE
Zenia Tata is leading XPRIZE’s global expansion by designing and launching exciting prizes to address failures in the traditional global development sector. She has spent the last 22 years working across 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Central America in the areas of program design, management and business development for not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises. She has led cutting-edge international organizations and started multiple social enterprises across these continents. Working at the nexus of technology and social impact, Zenia has always focused on how to leverage technological innovations for greater good.
Zenia’s work spans across diverse issues ranging from water and food scarcity, economic enhancement, climate change, land rights, healthcare, education and child welfare. Her unique contribution has been to infuse traditional development solutions with an entrepreneurial approach, where all stakeholders can draw tangible value from these programs and services.
Ms. Tata’s consulting clients have included academic institutions like MIT’s D-Lab, private sector social enterprises like Spring Health and Medeem, technology incubators such as D-Rev, impact investment groups like Beyond Capital, funders like Nike, Soros’ Open Society Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations and large international NGOs such as Concern Worldwide. Before that, she was the Executive Director of International Development Enterprises (iDE) USA. iDE pioneered market-based approaches to increase income for impoverished farm families in Asia and Africa and has doubled the incomes of 20 million people living in abject poverty.
Ms. Tata is an accomplished public speaker and has spoken at multiple national and international forums. She has taught classes on social entrepreneurship in universities such as Harvard Business School, Stanford, MIT, University of Colorado and New York University.
Originally from Mumbai, India, Ms. Tata is passionate about her work with economically disadvantaged populations, believes in the innate entrepreneurial qualities of the economically backward class and is constantly searching for innovative solutions to global problems. Zenia is an adventurer; a licensed pilot and passionate scuba diver.