Meet the Seed Interns

2019 Seed Intern Profiles

I hope to learn more about a new place, health needs in Africa, and understand how a specialty clinic works.

Aishwarya Venkatramani

PhD, Bioengineering, ’24

Company & Location

Renal Dialysis Center, Nigeria

Internship Focus

Aishwarya is researching and developing a strategic way to ensure quality dialysis at an affordable price.

Alan Itakura, Seed intern

“I want to make an impact, develop my business acumen, and learn how to navigate a healthcare system, all while utilizing my PhD skills.”

Alan Itakura

PhD, Biology, ’19

Company & Location

Inqaba Biotec, Nigeria

Internship Focus

Alan is helping Inqaba Biotec start a new subsidiary in Nigeria. This subsidiary will perform molecular diagnostics for clinicians.

Alexandre Simoes Gomes Junior, Seed Intern

I know how difficult it can be to bring innovation to developing economies and how important it is for companies to cause a good impact in these places.

Alexandre Simoes Gomes Junior

MS, Management Science & Engineering, ‘20

Company & Location

Dudutech, Kenya

Internship Focus

Alexandre is working with a company that develops solutions for crop pest management. He is using a company database to get insights about the company’s products and how they should be modified.

Amanda Tu

I’ve long been passionate about the intersection of design and healthcare. I am eager to take a leap forward in this field.”

Amanda Tu

BS, Product Design & Creative Writing, ‘20

Company & Location

KM Best Medical Works, India

Internship Focus

Amanda is leading design research at KM Best Medical Works, a durable medical equipment company. She will make recommendations for a strategic product line expansion.

Amita Gondi, Seed intern

I wanted to gather a better understanding of the corporate workspace at home in India. [..] I wanted a more technical internship and Seed offered just that in the right environment for me.

Amita Gondi

BS, Computer Science, ‘22

Company & Location

Tenovia, India

Internship Focus

Amita is creating a centralized business intelligence tool that will pool industry insights and competitor data to aid the analytics wing of the company.

Andre Zumtaugwald

“Working outside of my comfort zone, being constantly surrounded by a new cultural environment and expanding my personal network will immensely help me expand my horizons.”

Andre Zumtaugwald

MBA, ‘20

Company & Location

CrossBoundary, South Africa

Internship Focus

Andre is interning at CrossBoundary, a firm that supports investors conduct due diligence on companies in Southern Africa.

Andrea Chung

“I am excited to share stories from the various Seed internship sites with people who do not have the chance to experience these places themselves. I hope to encourage more understanding and collaboration, and amplify the reach and impact of Seed.”

Andrea Chung

MFA, Documentary Film and Video, ‘20

Company & Location

Stanford Seed - India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa

Internship Focus

Andrea is working with the Seed communications team, documenting the Seed internship experience on the ground through social media, photography, and short videos. She is also making a series of 360-degree videos to give the audience a sense of life in the locations where Seed interns are living and working.

Andrew Ng

“I chose Seed because it is truly a once in a lifetime experience, in the sense that I get to work directly with entrepreneurial leaders in a foreign country with the support of Stanford administration.”

Andrew Ng

MA, Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies, ‘20

Company & Location

Danco Capital, Kenya

Internship Focus

Danco Capital is a water and irrigation solutions company. Andrew is helping them commercialize their products in the retail space and expand offerings to neighboring countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and others.

Anne Hungtington

“I chose to do a Seed summer internship because I see it as an excellent opportunity to use my new skills gained at the Graduate School of Education while serving the larger global community. I am excited to experience West Africa!”

Anne Huntington

MA, International Comparative Education, ‘19

Company & Location

Learn@ease, Nigeria

Internship Focus

Anne is working as a college counselor, helping students navigate the application process to American universities. She will also help Learn@ease directors with curriculum development.

Arjun Ramani

Seed interns have far more responsibility than one could get staying close to Stanford, while still being part of high-quality organizations.”​

Arjun Ramani

BS, Mathematical and Computational Science & Economics, ‘20

Company & Location

DreamOval, Ghana

Internship Focus

Arjun is developing a mobile money product at DreamOval, a fintech company

Asrat Getnet Alemu“The Seed internship will allow me to explore my aspirations of going back home or to the continent after graduation while also learning from a great startup/company in an emerging market.”

Asrat Getnet Alemu

BS, Human Biology, ‘19 and Management Science and Engineering, ‘21

Company & Location

Alpha Direct, Botswana

Internship Focus

Asrat is helping Alpha Direct, an insurance company, scale and expand into South Africa.

Ayman Babikir

“I chose Seed mainly because of my interest in economic development and my passion for East Africa. This experience will give me insight into what a successful business in the region entails.”

Ayman Babikir

BS, Management Science & Engineering, ‘22

Company & Location

Software Technologies, Kenya

Internship Focus

Ayman is interning at a company that develops software solutions and products on a cloud platform. He will be working with the Operations Director.

Barbara Cardona

“Growing up in Honduras made me really aware of the needs of underdeveloped countries. It also taught me how small changes can make a huge difference. I decided to do a Seed internship because through my small contribution I will hopefully be able to make a difference.”

Barbara Cardona

BS, Management Science and Engineering, ‘20

Company & Location

WARC Group, Sierra Leone

Internship Focus

Barbara is collecting data on WARC Group’s impact. The company brings technology to indigenous farming communities. Barbara will show this data to impact investors.

Daniel Henry

“I hope to gain a better sense of my place in the world as a global citizen, and experience solving problems and living outside of my comfort zone in the United States.”

Daniel Henry

BS, Symbolic Systems, ‘20

Company & Location

Tenovia Solutions, India

Internship Focus

Daniel is interning at Tenovia Solutions, an e-commerce company. He is helping the company’s clients identify supply chain improvements so that Tenovia can better fulfill orders.

David Ihim

“Doing a summer internship with Seed will give me the possibility to implement technology to impact an organization.”

David Ihim

BS, Prospective Computer Science, ‘22

Company & Location

SBlack Park, Ghana

Internship Focus

After studying the company’s current workflow, David will produce a self-service solution for clients that will eliminate human error and its associated cost.

Seed’s overarching goal of eliminating poverty through private sector development aligns directly with my passions and future life goals.

David Rosenzweig

BA, International Relations & Economics, ’20

Company & Location

Stanford Seed - India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa

Internship Focus

David is traveling across Africa and India to gather exciting photography and video content of Seed interns and companies. His work will highlight the growing Seed network and the exciting work that Seed interns are conducting.

Dawit Gebre

“As the son of African immigrants, my African heritage is a large part of my identity. Despite this, I’ve never had the opportunity to visit the continent. Seed allows me to obtain an experience that I’ve longed for my whole life while simultaneously gaining professional experience.”

Dawit Gebre

BS, Symbolic Systems, ‘19 & MA, Communication, ‘20

Company & Location

Sauti Sol Entertainment, Kenya

Internship Focus

Dawit is helping Sauti Sol Entertainment with the strategy and implementation of an entertainment/music academy. The academy will offer various courses to cultivate talent within the Kenyan entertainment industry.

Edric Zeng

“I hope to learn how private businesses in Nairobi are spurring social change, including how they are working towards equitable access to healthcare.”

Edric Zeng

BS, Human Biology, ‘19

Company & Location

ECONIC, Kenya

Internship Focus

Edric is designing financial structures and drafting hospital policies for a new, pro-bono outpatient medical facility that is currently under construction.

Edwina Owusu-Adjapong

As a budding entrepreneur, the Seed internship program gives me the opportunity to learn what goes into starting, sustaining and scaling a business in a developing economy.”

Edwina Owusu-Adjapong

BS, Energy Resources Engineering, ‘19

Company & Location

Accents & Art Ltd., Ghana

Internship Focus

Edwina is helping the CEO of Accents & Art to start a design school that provides youth with industrial and management training. She is assisting with recruiting students through community outreach, curriculum development, stakeholder management and policy design.

Eli Navarro

“I wanted my experience this summer to be meaningful but also challenging in the sense of confronting me with the unfamiliar. I expect to learn much about Africa, about business, and about myself.”

Eli Navarro

BS, Undeclared, ‘22

Company & Location

Autoboys, South Africa

Internship Focus

Eli is integrating data and business analytics into the day-to-day decision making at an auto parts company. He will leave behind a functioning system that the company can use well into the future.

Eric Zhou

“You can work at a tech company or do research at any time of the year, but immersing yourself in a totally new environment? That’s a rare opportunity!”

Eric Zhou

BS, Computer Science, ‘22

Company & Location

Pony Transport, Botswana

Internship Focus

Eric is interning with a transportation logistics company. He is helping the company incorporate new software and AI techniques into their planning and workflow.

“Seed allows me to work closely with a partnering organization to obtain a relationship that can’t be found through detached research.”

Eunice Jung

BA, Anthropology and International Relations, ‘21

Company & Location

Happy Kids School, Ghana

Internship Focus

Eunice is developing leadership programming for the school. She is also assisting teachers with alternative forms of learning and education to empower young students.

“I hope to better observe the operations of a social-impact oriented company in East Africa. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to learn from business leaders intent on helping their wider society.”

Farouk Grissom

BS, Management Science and Engineering, ‘21

Company & Location

Ten Senses Africa, Kenya

Internship Focus

Farouk is helping Ten Senses Africa, a company dedicated to organic, fair trade and ethical business practices. As an operations intern, Farouk is working to optimize farmers’ customer experience.

“I am passionate about the future of sustainable energy systems and reliable electricity capacity expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as policy and economic pathways to achieving them.”

Folasade Ayoola

PhD, Energy Resources Engineering, ‘23

Company & Location

Adpack, Kenya

Internship Focus

Folasade is interning at Adpack, a packaging manufacturing company. She is running analytics on the company’s machinery in order to improve sustainability and productivity.

“I’m passionate about economic empowerment in Africa, and I’d like to use my skills and knowledge in a very intentional and meaningful way.”

Jack Nichols

BS, Earth Systems and East Asian Studies, ’18

Company & Location

Q-Sourcing, Uganda

Internship Focus

Jack is interning at Q-Sourcing, a company focused on improving labor productivity in Eastern Africa. He is helping the company optimize its training technologies.

“I hope to learn about development projects in the African context and contribute to the larger international development sector.”

Joanna Sundharam

MA, International Education Policy Analysis, ‘19

Company & Location

Stanford Seed, Kenya

Internship Focus

Joanna is developing an impact evaluation project for 4-6 Seed companies. She is based at the Seed office in Nairobi, Kenya.

“Working in India through Seed will help me better understand how to consider and respect the unique perspectives of other nations in any future policy-related work.”

Jordan Blue

BA, Political Science, ‘20

Company & Location

Tenovia, India

Internship Focus

Jordan is interning at Tenovia, an eCommerce firm that helps companies build a presence online. He is helping Tenovia’’s data and analytics department.

Stanford’s Seed Program is a crucial stage in my journey towards managing the construction of buildings and infrastructure in developing economies.”

Jose Antonio Alcalde Ramirez

BMS, Sustainable Design & Construction Management, ‘19

Company & Location

Dutum, Nigeria

Internship Focus

Jose is contributing to the planning of a proposed 500-unit real estate development project in Lagos. He is also working on a proposal for a logistics depot at Lungi International Airport in Sierra Leone.