Komal Ahmad, founder and CEO of Copia, is Solving the World’s Dumbest Problem by dramatically reducing food waste and hunger globally. Komal has built Copia as a for-profit technology company that has diverted nearly 3M pounds of perfectly edible food from landfill, feeding over 2M people in need with high-quality food that would have otherwise been wasted.
Her company has managed food recovery from high profile events including Super Bowl 50 and the Oscars. Most recently, Copia served food to tens of thousands of victims and first responders to the worst wildfires in California history. Copia is recognized as 1 of the top 3 startups run by women in the U.S. and 1 of the top 8 startups graduating out of Y Combinator.
Komal graduated from UC Berkeley with honors and has been awarded the University of California's “30 Under 30” Global Food Changemaker, Social Entrepreneur of the Year and a 2017 MIT Solver. She was named by Fast Company as one of the Most Creative People in Business, listed by InStyle among the Top 50 Most Badass Women in the World and by Toyota as Toyota's Mother of Invention. Komal is on Forbes 30 Under 30 and was also recently honored with the Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award.