Zubaida Bai Named Asia 21 Young Leader by Asia Society

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Asia 21 Young Leaders are selected through a highly competitive process based on outstanding achievement, commitment to public service, and a proven ability to make the world a better place.

Asia 21 2015 Class

Zubaida Bai founder of ayzh has been named by Asia Society part of the Class of 2015 Asia 21 Young Leaders, the preeminent network of young leaders from across the Asia Pacific, representing the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

As a young girl growing up in India, Zubaida vowed that her life would be different from the girls and women she saw around her; suffering from poor health, financial hardship, with little hope for change. She founded ayzh in 2009 with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise.

In 2009 Zubaida was chosen as a TED fellow, in 2013 the World Economic Forum honored her as one of 199 Young Global Leaders. The JANMA Clean Birth Kit in a Purse, the first ayzh product, provides women with a hygienic and sterile environment in which to give birth. So far over 100,000 kits have been sold worldwide.

Based in the US and Chennai, India, ayzh’s proven, sustainable B2B model targets an untapped market of health institutions as a pathway to scale, encourages facility-based deliveries, and employs and empowers local Indian women in the process. The company is now significantly scaling operations, owned and powered by women for women, to reach 6 million women over the next 5 years.

The Zero to Five Amplify Challenge, IDEO.org, and OpenIDEO has recently chosen five top products and concepts with the most potential to benefit from Amplify’s design support and funding. Out of the five, SHISHU Healthy Newborn Kit, a new product from ayzh, is one of two ideas that will receive in-depth design support and pilot funding.

ayzh will attend the special 10th anniversary Asia 21 Summit in Hong Kong, December 1-4. The summit will celebrate the achievements of the first decade, explore innovative ways to leverage the Asia 21 network for greater impact, and form special Asia 21 Task Forces to address critical issues facing the region.

“We exist as a commitment to save lives and change lives, one product at a time, making one happy woman at a time.” Zubaida Bai

Asia 21 Young Leaders are selected through a highly competitive process based on outstanding achievement, commitment to public service, and a proven ability to make the world a better place. The 32 young leaders who make up the Asia 21 Class of 2015 represent 22 countries and are divided almost evenly between men and women. Fifty percent work in the private sector, 44 percent in the nonprofit sector, and 6 percent in the public sector.

“The new class of Asia 21 Young Leaders is a remarkable group. We are excited to introduce these leaders of the Asia-Pacific region to the Asia 21 Network, where they will find mentors, potential collaborators, and, we hope, new friends,” said Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran. “We welcome this passionate group to the Asia 21 family, and look forward to the contributions they make to the public good in the coming years.”

Zubaida Bai joins a powerful network of Asia 21 alumni - proven leaders from across the region representing a variety of professional backgrounds, who will serve as mentors and potential collaborators. The Asia 21 network includes rising political figures – Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV (Philippines); Minister of Culture and Primary and Secondary Education Anies Baswedan (Indonesia); Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (United States); Minister for Youth and Sports Khairy Jamaluddin (Malaysia) – prominent media personalities – NDTV journalist Barkha Dutt (India); Herald Corporation Chairman Ryan Hong (South Korea); Zebra Media Founder and CEO Scarlett Li (China); and Moby Group Chairman Saad Mohseni (Afghanistan) – award-winning journalists and filmmakers –Maziar Bahari (Iran); Nitin Das (India); Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Pakistan) – and private sector leaders – Saratoga Investment Sedaya President Sandiaga Uno (Indonesia); Executive Director at YTL Singapore Pte Ltd. Ruth Yeoh (Malaysia); Inle Princess Resort Managing Director Yin Myo Su (Myanmar); and Head of Asia Capital Markets & Financing at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Soofian Zuberi (Pakistan).

For more information about Asia 21 and complete profiles of the 2015 Class of Asia 21 Young Leaders, visit http://www.AsiaSociety.org/Asia21.

About ayzh
ayzh has a clear vision to make products by women, for women: to lift up impoverished communities with affordable, vital, yet beautiful and simple products, to create a sustainable transactional eco-system by employing women from those same communities to make these products. Join us on our site: http://www.ayzh.com/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AYZHinc?ref=h

About Asia Society
Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, non-profit institution with headquarters in New York, major centers in Hong Kong and Houston, and offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney and Washington, D.C.

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