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Isabella Grandić

I am, what most people call, "severely agitated with the state of women's healthcare and food production; therefore relentlessly working towards fixing those systems." My passion is in cracking biology problems, building personalized nutrition from sustainable sources and critiquing ice cream 🍦 (I am a massive foodie).

 
Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC Chapel Hill '25

Biomedical engineering major (and probably latin too!)

Living a Meaningful Life in...

Toronto, Canada β†’ Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Currently Ending Maternal Mortality

Building a misoprostol distribution pilot in Northern Nigeria

Previously Education Startup'n

Early employee at TKS; worked there for 19 months

Ambitious, Curious + Kind

6^2 x Ο€ Γ· 6.65278444 years old

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Fun Facts ✨

I'm a nature-loving bookworm on a mission to build biotech. Every morning I watch the sunrise and snuggle up with a good read. My three all time fave reads are Sapiens, The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying and Why Fish Don't Exist. I'm currently training to go canyoneering, rafting and alpine hiking for 3 weeks in Utah (La Sal Mountains, Southern Canyons and San Juan River).

 
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Work

Executive Director, EMM | March 2020 - Present

Building a rural drug distribution and health worker training program in Northern Nigeria to end maternal mortality. Creating a reproducible framework and digital tools to tackle SDG 3.1. Learn more β†’

 

Program Success Manager TKS | September 2019 - April 2021

Startup employee at TKS, building the future of education. Analyzed program outcomes and experience, built initiatives like boss ladies for young women in tech and designed emerging technology courses/curricula.

 

STEM and Philosophy Thinker, Personal Blog | October 2018 - Present

I've written ~100 blogs in public and ~30 newsletters. I write about biotech, philosophy, and living a meaningful life (sunrises, books, walks and all that good stuff). Read my blog β†’

 

Speaker and Consultant British Standards Institute | March 2020 - April 2020

Spoke at BSI's standard setting conference on a framework I created for ethical women's health technology development. Watch β†’

 

Technology Intern, KET | June 2019 - August 2019

Built Europe's first alternative protein show. Hosted Gen Z consumer preferences workshop for 50+ startups. Was one of the first people to try JUST eggs in Europe πŸ˜‹. Learn more β†’

 

Innovation Speaker, 🌎 | January 2019 - Present

I've spoken at 25+ events to 50,000+ people in Europe, North America and virtually. Some events include: Corenote speaker at Microsoft Ready, RBC Future Makers, EMA interview with Madelaine Petsch, Elevate Tech Fest, PWC V2R awards, C2 Montreal, IKEA Digital Festival, and Web Summit. See my IKEA DGTL Talk & Web Summit Climate Change Talk β†’

 

Various Consulting Projects, TKS | November 2018 - July 2020

TKS partners with companies to give students opportunities to build consulting recommendations. For example, I worked on decreasing housing costs in Toronto for Sidewalk labs, scaling early childhood development centres in Kenya for Kidogo and making energy globally available via solar panels in space on the TV show The Social Movement (coming Summer 2021).

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My Values

Wonder, Explore and Inquire.

Google, wandering through nature and reading books is my kind of dopamine hit. There's never an end to one's learning or growth.

You don't know what you don't know. Be kind, compassionate and open-minded.

There's always more to a person or concept than what's on the surface. Leave room for discovery.

Smile and be the energy that other people need.

When I enter the room, I try to brighten it. I never know when someone needs some warmth, positivity or a friend.

Passion and integrity are the dynamic duo.

When I genuinely care about something, I commit to it. I have integrity in my actions. I strive to combine vision with execution (& spice strawberry icecream is an amazing treat).

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