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Meet the Team
A striking testament to our own philosophy, Wavve’s under-22 Gen-Z team comes from a diverse area of interests and backgrounds. We're all united under our mission to elevate next generation change.
**We're looking for kickass young people to represent Gen-Z and help run our platform. If empowering next-generation solutions through your skills sounds cool to you, click below to find open positions and applications**
Riya Krishnan: Founder and CEO
Riya is the CEO of Wavve and a current junior from Connecticut. Riya founded Wavve after observing that many of her peers' novel solutions to pertinent issues discussed in science fairs or policy debates were going unseen and undervalued, and that members of her generation across socioeconomic levels faced significant barriers to creating meaningful social change. Beyond Wavve, Riya is an ambassador for the rural development nonprofit CORD USA, has captained her school quizbowl team, and is an avid Game of Thrones enthusiast. Riya’s particular interests in entrepreneurship, social impact, and youth advocacy inspired Wavve, a platform that harnesses the power of Generation Z to be a force for global change.
Caitlin Stanton: CCO
Caitlin is a junior at Cornell University pursuing a degree in electrical and computer engineering, with minors in computer science and business, who got her start in tech and entrepreneurship through programs such as Girls Who Code and #BUILTBYGIRLS. She is the founding president of the Beta Chi chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon engineering sorority, as well as a Vice President for Women in Computing at Cornell. She's interned at Qualcomm, AOL/Oath, and Girls Who Code, and is an incoming electrical engineering intern at Microsoft. When she isn't studying in Duffield, you can find her drinking bubble tea in Duffield, watching vines in Duffield, or napping in Duffield. Caitlin can be found on all social media platforms @codercaitlin and her blog caitlin.site.
Minnah Sheikh: CPRO
Minnah, a sophomore at Revere High School, is constantly advancing her love for politics, law, advocacy, and international relations through various Model UN and Speech and Debate conferences; alongside a number of international trips with the Model G20 program. Public speaking continues to be a passion of hers as she is state-qualified in numerous events for the National Speech and Debate Association. In the summer, she interns at a law firm located in Boston, Massachusetts. Aside from academic extracurriculars, Minnah plays soccer, lacrosse, and runs track. She is a big believer in coming together through passion to make a collective difference.
Rohan Pandey: CTO & Project Manager
Rohan is a High School Senior in the Silicon Valley who spends his free time developing software for personal, societal, and corporate causes. He has experience building 3 Gen-Z run tech startups, including Pulse Navigation, a haptic GPS wristband company, and worked as a programmer at 2 other companies. Rohan has also won at 5 different hackathons for building software projects ranging in topic from community-based environmental cleanup to peer-to-peer mental health services. Having gone through multiple startup incubators and programs, he synthesizes what he's learned and hopes to bring his best to help Wavve and its incubated ventures grow.
Vishwajit Sharma: Project Manager
Vishwajit is a senior from Long Island, New York and founder of Traverse, a wheelchair company seeking to make the world more accessible to the handicapped. As a LaunchX alumnus, Vishwajit strives to use entrepreneurship as a means for social impact, especially to improve the current standard of education. He is an educator at the National Museum of Mathematics, where he shares his passion for problem-solving with its visitors. He also worked on the campaign to elect Harvey Epstein to New York City’s 74th District in the State Assembly with a promise to reform the city’s education system. In his free time, Vishwajit spends hundreds of hours to teach English, Hindi, and Math at a rural orphanage in India, is the wide receiver for his school’s football team, and captains the varsity tennis team. He believes that entrepreneurship is a culture that promotes change and that without it, innovation would be endangered.
Clay Bierk: Project Manager
Clay is a sophomore at the University of Missouri pursuing a double major in Finance and Applied Economics. Clay is one of the few students that is part of the Cornell Leadership Program in the Trulaske College of Business. He has a deep passion for investing that began in high school with investments in cryptocurrency, and now has his own fintech venture that is beginning its Series A round of funding. Clay is adamant about advancing the world through technology, and is connected to many VCs and angel investors across the United States. After helping secure funding for ventures started by many Gen-Z visionaries, Clay is excited to offer his connections and knowledge of investing to Wavve’s incubated ventures in hopes of helping them realize their full potential for growth.
Nicole Li: Administrative Head
Nicole, a current high school senior in Memphis, TN, is a passionate advocate for Gen-Z empowerment and a community organizer in a wide array of social issues ranging from gun violence to reproductive rights. Having partnered with orgs. such as League of Women Voters and Planned Parenthood on various voter mobilization campaigns, she has also founded her own organization, Memphis Empower Coalition, which focuses on promoting youth inclusivity in political participation. When she’s not organizing local civic engagement projects, you can find her writing poetry, attending rallies, listening to philosophy podcasts, debating politics with friends, and binge watching Criminal Minds. As a staunch believer in youth-driven change, Nicole is beyond excited to empower the next generation of social entrepreneurs with Wavve.
Grace Chong: Web & Graphic Designer
Grace is a sophomore attending the University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She is currently pursuing a degree in computer science with a minor in cognitive science, and involved in groups on campus like PennApps, Penn Computer Science Society, and Penn Undergraduates for Refugee Empowerment. After participating in a Girls Who Code program at Prudential Financial, she went on to intern there for two summers and is currently an incoming Microsoft Explore intern. Through her passion for social impact and helping others in meaningful ways with technology, Grace hopes to use her abilities to benefit people on a global scale.
Shivali Gulati: Web & Graphic Designer
Shivali is an aspiring computer science student from California who is the founder of the non-profit, Coding4Kids, which serves over 100 elementary school students in the Milpitas Unified School District. She also is the founder of Girl Genius Magazine and the executive designer and app developer at INU. When she’s not teaching, she can be found organizing events for Stanford’s Girls Teaching Girls To Code, writing on her blog, @Girl_Online, experimenting with AutoCAD, creating the curriculum for her high school’s Girls Who Code chapter, and competing at local debate tournaments. Shivali is excited to provide her knowledge of web and graphic design to the next generation of social entrepreneurs with Wavve.