Elizabeth Scharpf

Founder & Chief Instigating Officer

Elizabeth Scharpf is an inventor, entrepreneur, and investor who brings the best ideas to market by wearing what ever hat fits the occasion. Scharpf is currently Founder and CEO (or Chief Instigating Officer as she likes to say) of Sustainable Health Enterprises (or SHE).

Prior to SHE, Scharpf was starting up other ventures and advising businesses on growth strategies around the world at Cambridge Pharma Consultancy, the Clinton Foundation, and the World Bank. Scharpf is a Fulbright Scholar, has an MBA and MPA-International Development from Harvard and a BA from the University of Notre Dame. Despite all the academic acronyms, she thinks her best education has come from talking with those sitting next to her on buses around the world.

Photo Credit: Michael George Photography


Connie Lewin

Director of Strategy, Global

Connie manages SHE’s business development efforts and directs its marketing initiatives for SHE Global. Prior to joining SHE, Connie was a Assistant Marketing Manager for a luxury beauty brand. She has also worked at Girls Quest, a youth development organization, for three years as a Development Associate. Connie received an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University and an MBA from the Simon School at the University of Rochester.


Danielle Raso

Business Development Associate, Global

Danielle contributes to SHE’s business development efforts and manages communications. Prior to joining SHE, Danielle worked on business development and communications for Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti and was a 2014-2015 Global Health Corps Fellow for Set Her Free in Kampala, Uganda. Danielle interned for Population Services International in Washington DC after receiving her Bachelors in International Development and Philosophy from American University.

Leah Putman

Technical Director, Global

Leah plans, develops, refines, and executes SHE’s technical development and project management processes for SHE28 global expansion in new countries. Leah brings 8+ years of experience working in both American industries and low-resource environments to produce innovative fiber-based products. Leah received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware.



John Uwayezu

Managing Director, Rwanda

John brings nearly 10 years of experience in leading social enterprises in Rwanda. He served for seven years as One Acre Fund’s Director of Innovation, and later researched new projects for another social enterprise, BBOXX. John also brings experience in menstrual hygiene, having conducted market assessments for menstrual products in Rwanda. John joined SHE because it is leading the field in resolving the problems girls and women are facing in Rwanda In his free time, John likes to play basketball and take care of his family.

Jonas Tuyisenge

Finance and Administration Associate, Rwanda

Jonas was born and raised in Rwanda. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Adventist University of Central Africa (AUCA) where he majored in accounting and finance and served as AUCA Guild President. He joined SHE-Rwanda in April 2018 after being an accountant at Waka Waka Rwanda Ltd, a Netherlands based social company that aims to improving community life through sharing solar energy among the people living off the grid. He has also worked as a Micro Loan Officer at the German Bank, AB-Bank International.

Jonas has attended many different leadership trainings in Rwanda, Kenya, and Ghana and likes to learn new things and adapt to new environments. In his free time, Jonas enjoys sports, music, and socializing with family and friends.

Eric Ndayishimiye

Production Manager, Rwanda

As Assistant Production Manager, Eric Ndayishimiye oversees ongoing product development of our go! pads. Eric graduated from Kigali Institute of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Eric has a personal passion for utilizing his technical skills to enable girls’ and women’s full participation at school and at work. In his free time, you can find Eric enjoys swimming and watching movies.

Ariane Dusenge

Health and Hygiene Manager, Rwanda 

Ariane brings over 10 years of experience managing reproductive health programs, most recently serving as an Adolescent and Reproductive Health Expert for Health Development and Performance (HDP) in Rwanda. She worked on an HIV/AIDS project for Health Poverty Action for four years prior to her role at HDP. Ariane is also a nurse and midwife, with degrees in public health. Ariane joined SHE because of the passion she has for promoting adolescent sexual and reproductive health and loves the confidence that SHE gives girls to pursue their studies with everything they need to feel free while at school. In her free time, she enjoys taking care of her family and cooking.

Flora Ufitinema

Impact Assessment and Projects Associate, Rwanda 

Graduated in Agricultural economic and Agri Business at Huye Campus (Former National University of Rwanda). Flora serves Gardens for Health International during the process of designing agriculture trainings for families suffering from malnutrition. She was attracted to join SHE for how they use already harvested banana trunks to help girls (and women) live their live confidently and comfortably and also generate income. She dreamed to be part of a team that provides solutions to people and improve lives. In her free time Flora likes to sing and spend time with friends.

Jean Claude Maombi

Supply Chain Associate, Rwanda

Jean Claude joined SHE after gaining 7 years of supply chain experience with One Acre Fund in Rwanda. Most recently Jean Claude was their Warranty Manager for Logistics and Supply Chain. Jean Claude also has a degree in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences. He was excited to join SHE because it is a social enterprise that help girls and women to get affordable sanitary pads easily in Rwanda!

Marie-Louise Umulisa

Logistics Officer, Rwanda

Marie-Louise Umulisa is a former small shop owner and a graduate of The Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC – East). Since joining SHE, Marie- Louise has also risen as a community leader, teaching parents, girls, and future mothers why periods should not be viewed as an illness, but rather a sign of maturity.

Marie-Louise manages pad distribution and banana fiber transport, manages the factory office and is the resident expert for all tour guides of our production site. Marie- Louise is a mother of two, and educates her daughter and son about menstruation, menstrual hygiene and the go! pads that she makes to bust taboos.