Laalitya Acharya (She/Her)
Founder of The Nereid Project | Student at Columbia University
The Nereid Project
Laalitya is a student at Columbia University studying biomedical engineering and political science. She is passionate about integrating STEM and policy together in order to solve global problems – including the water crisis. In order to mitigate the devastating impact of the “water gap”, Laalitya founded The Nereid Project, an organization which aims to mitigate the water crisis through research, advocacy and policy efforts – for this work, she was named a Gloria Barron Young Hero, won the Gold Medal Congressional Award and has been named a Global Teen Leader.