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
Director of Strategy
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.
Health & Hygiene Manager, SHE Rwanda
Jeannette brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a trainer and educator in the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) domain for the past fourteen years, with a deep expertise in helping communities and schools appropriately manage its WASH infrastructures for long-term sustainability. Jeannette joined SHE because of the shared belief in investing in the health and sanitation needs of those who are typically overlooked, namely girls and women. Jeannette was especially attracted to SHE’s entrepreneurial focus, providing opportunities for enterprising women to be able to improve their livelihoods. As a mother of three children, Jeannette does not have much free time, but she always finds time to watch a new movie or enjoy new music.
Head of Business Operations, SHE Rwanda
Yvonne heads SHE’s business operations in Rwanda, has experience managing and advising for-profit and non-profit social enterprises in Africa and Europe. Prior to SHE, she managed the operations and finances of CMAP, a participatory development NGO in Nigeria. Yvonne also played a role in the creation of, and initial pipeline development for, Yunus Social Business’ incubator in Tunisia, and co-founded Next Generation Lab, an accelerator for family businesses and SMEs in South Africa. She holds degrees in international business, law, and public policy. In her free time, you can find Yvonne running, practicing yoga, or taking in as much live music as she possibly can.
Marketing and Research Associate, SHE 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.
Logistics Officer, SHE Rwanda
Marie-Louise Umulisa is a former small shop owner and graduate of the 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 is helping to break the silence.
Marie-Louise manages sales in Ngoma and Kayonza and handles transportation of fibers and pads, in addition to being our resident tour guide 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.
Production Manager, SHE 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.
Business Development Associate
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.