Elizabeth Scharpf

Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Health Enterprises
Elizabeth Scharpf is an entrepreneur, inventor, and investor who brings the best ideas to market by wearing what ever hat fits the occasion. Scharpf is currently Founder and CEO of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), a social venture that invests in people and ideas that are overlooked, often times taboo, but can have a huge social and economic impact. SHE’s first initiative is SHE28 which addresses girls' and women's lack of access to affordable menstrual pads in Africa, Asia, and South America causing them to miss school and/or work. SHE is currently helping women roll out a business model in Rwanda manufacturing and distributing affordable, eco-friendly menstrual pads by sourcing local, inexpensive raw materials (e.g., banana fibers). Most recently, Pulitzer Prize and New York Times winner Nick Kristof featured Scharpf and SHE in his last book, following recognition from Harvard Business School, Echoing Green, MIT IDEAS, the Clinton Global Initiative, UNESCO, Buckminster Fuller Challenge and Stanford Social Ventures, among others. She also was just asked to join Harvard’s Women’s Leadership Board.