Noha El-Ghobashy has over 20 years of experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors promoting social and environmental responsibility while advancing core business objectives. She has been invited to stages around the world to share practical advice on ways in which technology and market-based solutions can address such varied socioeconomic challenges as access to adequate housing, electricity, clean water, education and health care.
Currently, Noha is the COO for the Institute for Transformative Technologies (ITT), a spinoff of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and whose mission is to develop breakthrough technologies to address issues of global poverty.
Prior to ITT, Noha served as founder and president of Engineering for Change, LLC (E4C), a global alliance of 15 organizations and 1 million+ individuals dedicated to promoting sustainable and accessible technology-based solutions for under-served communities worldwide. Noha also served as the Executive Director of the ASME Foundation in New York City, focusing on K-16 STEM education, social innovation and sustainable design.
Noha earned her BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and has two U.S. patents related to broadband equipment design. In addition to her role at E4C and ASME, she served as Adjunct Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Noha is also a member of the External Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Mechanical Engineering Department. In 2013 she was named the recipient of the American Association of Engineering Societies’ Kenneth Andrew Roe Award and most recently, she was selected as one of New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence.