DR. AMAL BHOLAH
Dr. Amal Bholah is a medical doctor who is passionate about technology. He founded the Smart Health project which aims to make healthcare services more accessible, affordable and efficient. Amal's work has received various international recognition including being one of the Top 3 start-ups for the European Telemedicine Innovation Competition.
Amal made his career jump from a clinician to an entrepreneur during his study at the University of Edinburgh. He acquired multi-disciplinary skills, leading a team focused on bringing innovative health technological solutions to complex health issues.
Amal is aiming to transform healthcare institutions with technology to enhance the delivery of healthcare services.
Rishi is the founder of Dukesbridge, the largest chain of private schools in Mauritius. Upon return to Mauritius, after a career as an Investment Banking Director focusing on Mergers & Acquisition in London, Rishi was moved by the significant gap between fees charged by international schools and the affordability of the local community he grew up in.
Despite no teaching background, Rishi’s business skills acquired at London School of Economics & Political Science and his determination to give back to his community through high quality education, led him to establish nine affordable English medium schools from scratch within a period of four years.
IT Personality of the Year 2014 and winner of the Mandela Washington Fellowship 2015, Ilrshaad is an award winning Technopreneur. He implemented the Youth Employment Programme (YEP), Women Back to Work (BTW) and Dual Training Programme (DTP) which have been instrumental in decreasing the skills mismatch and unemployment especially on a national level. He also introduced the first free interactive public online job portal www.mauritiusjobs.mu for the Government in order to combat the high youth unemployment rate in Mauritius. The UK experience at Middlesex University has provided Ilrshaad with the life skills and qualities required to be a leader with good communication capabilities.
LEOPOLD JOSEPH CHRISTOPHER
Christopher’s recognition of the challenges which prevail in the food sector in Rodrigues, has resulted in positive innovations. His determination and passion for food brought to life a flour production and a canning food business.
Christopher believes his experiences acquired from the University of Nottingham have provided him with the tools and confidence necessary to tackle food business-related issues, merging both food science and management.
Through the canning enterprise, Walali Co Ltd., Christopher is now on the path of making Rodriguan foods known to the world but also building an environmentally sustainable system to further benefit the fishing community.