The Core Team

Meet the brains behind the operation. We run the Social Innovation Challenge, connect Optimizers with funding and an extensive network of mentors, and grow the community by recruiting inspiring students every year. If you are a student passionate about becoming a leader in social innovation, join us!

  Sarosh Irani   Sarosh is a student passionate about urban growth, and has applied his interest to serving as a student ambassador for Detroit's bikeshare program, MoGo. Sarosh is a determined and creative individual who pursues fellowship and partnership opportunities to ensure that our Optimizer's projects remain sustainable long after they graduate from our program. Sarosh is a junior pursuing a degree in public health.

Sarosh Irani

Sarosh is a student passionate about urban growth, and has applied his interest to serving as a student ambassador for Detroit's bikeshare program, MoGo. Sarosh is a determined and creative individual who pursues fellowship and partnership opportunities to ensure that our Optimizer's projects remain sustainable long after they graduate from our program. Sarosh is a junior pursuing a degree in public health.

  Isha Naik   Isha is the Director of Operations at OptimizeWayne. She has supported the growth of the organization since year one as the Marketing Director, being extremely passionate about entrepreneurship herself. Isha is a junior at the College of Engineering pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering and is a member of the honors college as well. She is also pursuing a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation through the business school.

Isha Naik

Isha is the Director of Operations at OptimizeWayne. She has supported the growth of the organization since year one as the Marketing Director, being extremely passionate about entrepreneurship herself. Isha is a junior at the College of Engineering pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering and is a member of the honors college as well. She is also pursuing a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation through the business school.

  Kavya Davuluri   Kavya is one of the co-founders of OptimizeWayne and started it as a catalyst for empowerment. She has been key in making and sustaining OptimizeWayne's most important partnerships, such as with optiMize, TechTown, Bamboo Detroit, Grand Circus Park, and more. She has developed and led most of our workshops and has garnered over $80,000 for OptimizeWayne. She also serves on the Wayne State University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub Steering Committee as a representative for 28,000 students. Kavya has spoken at conferences and written for Michipreneur about student innovation. She is a junior pursuing a degree in psychology with concentrations in Spanish and entrepreneurship and innovation.

Kavya Davuluri

Kavya is one of the co-founders of OptimizeWayne and started it as a catalyst for empowerment. She has been key in making and sustaining OptimizeWayne's most important partnerships, such as with optiMize, TechTown, Bamboo Detroit, Grand Circus Park, and more. She has developed and led most of our workshops and has garnered over $80,000 for OptimizeWayne. She also serves on the Wayne State University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub Steering Committee as a representative for 28,000 students. Kavya has spoken at conferences and written for Michipreneur about student innovation. She is a junior pursuing a degree in psychology with concentrations in Spanish and entrepreneurship and innovation.

  Limi Sharif   Limi catalyzed the creation of OptimizeWayne as a platform through which student voices could be heard. As a co-founder of the organization, she has a mission to provide access to resources that students can use to create sustainable, social change. Limi has led the development of the organization’s core team and oversees the execution of organization’s branding. She also serves on the Social Entrepreneurship Committee in the Wayne State University School of Social Work which works to highlight the field of social entrepreneurship. Limi is a student at Wayne State University with a desire to pursue a future career that integrates medicine, research, and social entrepreneurship

Limi Sharif

Limi catalyzed the creation of OptimizeWayne as a platform through which student voices could be heard. As a co-founder of the organization, she has a mission to provide access to resources that students can use to create sustainable, social change. Limi has led the development of the organization’s core team and oversees the execution of organization’s branding. She also serves on the Social Entrepreneurship Committee in the Wayne State University School of Social Work which works to highlight the field of social entrepreneurship. Limi is a student at Wayne State University with a desire to pursue a future career that integrates medicine, research, and social entrepreneurship

  Nadiya Sharif   Nadiya Sharif is an Event Designer at OptimizeWayne. She works with the rest of the event design team to ensure that our workshops are thoroughly planned and executed smoothly. She has previously served as the Finance Director of the organization. Nadiya is an avid supporter of social innovation. She is a sophomore majoring in Nutrition and Food Science and minoring in Public Health.

Nadiya Sharif

Nadiya Sharif is an Event Designer at OptimizeWayne. She works with the rest of the event design team to ensure that our workshops are thoroughly planned and executed smoothly. She has previously served as the Finance Director of the organization. Nadiya is an avid supporter of social innovation. She is a sophomore majoring in Nutrition and Food Science and minoring in Public Health.

  Sara Fresard    Sara joined the Core Team in an effort to make social innovation a major component at Wayne State. Sara serves as one of the Optimizer Liaisons, working with participants of the Social Innovation Challenge to help them along their journey by sending out local events, competitions and internships, coordinating attendance to our monthly workshops, and connecting them with mentors in business. She's very dedicated to supporting the Optimizers through the first leg of their innovation journeys. Sara is a senior studying biological sciences and plans to pursue a PhD in biology.

Sara Fresard

Sara joined the Core Team in an effort to make social innovation a major component at Wayne State. Sara serves as one of the Optimizer Liaisons, working with participants of the Social Innovation Challenge to help them along their journey by sending out local events, competitions and internships, coordinating attendance to our monthly workshops, and connecting them with mentors in business. She's very dedicated to supporting the Optimizers through the first leg of their innovation journeys. Sara is a senior studying biological sciences and plans to pursue a PhD in biology.

  Ali Lakhani   Ali Lakhani is an Event Designer on the OptimizeWayne core team. He is involved in arranging and coordinating the various events put on by OptimizeWayne. Ali is passionate about social entrepreneurship in the scope of public health. Ali is a senior pursuing a degree in Kinesiology with aspirations of attending medical school.

Ali Lakhani

Ali Lakhani is an Event Designer on the OptimizeWayne core team. He is involved in arranging and coordinating the various events put on by OptimizeWayne. Ali is passionate about social entrepreneurship in the scope of public health. Ali is a senior pursuing a degree in Kinesiology with aspirations of attending medical school.

  Sam Fershin   Sam works as one of the Optimizer Liaisons to keep Optimizers connected to mentors and local opportunities. She is very dedicated to supporting the social innovators through their journey and believes in their power and ability to create more positive change in Detroit. Sam is currently in her junior year and pursuing a degree in psychology with the hope of completing a master’s in mental health counseling.

Sam Fershin

Sam works as one of the Optimizer Liaisons to keep Optimizers connected to mentors and local opportunities. She is very dedicated to supporting the social innovators through their journey and believes in their power and ability to create more positive change in Detroit. Sam is currently in her junior year and pursuing a degree in psychology with the hope of completing a master’s in mental health counseling.

  Lindsay Mattia   Lindsay Mattia is an Event Designer at OptimizeWayne. She has helped to coordinate the schedule of events for the workshops to challenge the Optimizers with problem-solving activities as well as planned the lunches provided for the Optimizers during the workshops. Lindsay is a sophomore working towards obtaining a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.

Lindsay Mattia

Lindsay Mattia is an Event Designer at OptimizeWayne. She has helped to coordinate the schedule of events for the workshops to challenge the Optimizers with problem-solving activities as well as planned the lunches provided for the Optimizers during the workshops. Lindsay is a sophomore working towards obtaining a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.

  Shravan Morisetty   Shravan is dedicated to revitalization of Detroit, especially in its neighborhoods. As public relations specialist, Shravan has coordinated all of our mentors, judges and speakers at our events and workshops. He has developed our network immensely and has looped in prominent entrepreneurs from around the city to empower our Optimizers. He is a senior pursuing a degree in psychology and is a part of Wayne State's MedStart program.

Shravan Morisetty

Shravan is dedicated to revitalization of Detroit, especially in its neighborhoods. As public relations specialist, Shravan has coordinated all of our mentors, judges and speakers at our events and workshops. He has developed our network immensely and has looped in prominent entrepreneurs from around the city to empower our Optimizers. He is a senior pursuing a degree in psychology and is a part of Wayne State's MedStart program.

  Kulsuma Fahima   Kulsuma is the Marketing Director and graphic designer at OptimizeWayne. She works to develop OptimizeWayne’s brand and organizes and oversees the organization’s social media platforms. Kulsuma is a junior pursuing a graphic design career, and is also interested in entrepreneurship.      

Kulsuma Fahima

Kulsuma is the Marketing Director and graphic designer at OptimizeWayne. She works to develop OptimizeWayne’s brand and organizes and oversees the organization’s social media platforms. Kulsuma is a junior pursuing a graphic design career, and is also interested in entrepreneurship.