Meet the Team.
Tackling malnutrition became Navyn Salem’s lifelong mission after visiting Tanzania, her father’s birthplace, in 2007, when she heard the unbearable cries of a mother who’d lost her child to malnutrition. Determined to expand the reach of lifesaving, portable, shelf-stable nutritional solutions globally, she founded Edesia in 2009, a non-profit social enterprise with a mission to help treat and prevent malnutrition in the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Navyn’s and Edesia’s efforts have since helped transform the lives of over 15 million malnourished children across more than 60 countries in partnership with USAID, UNICEF, and the World Food Programme. She and her dedicated team of 110 employees, many of whom are former refugees, share the belief that all children, no matter where they are from, have the basic human right of food and nutrition.
Salem has been recognized with many awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for New England in 2018; New England Council’s New Englander of the Year, 2017; Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute, 2014. In 2012, she received the Roger E. Joseph Prize by Hebrew Union College for being an outstanding humanitarian, and an honorary doctorate in social sciences from Boston College, her Alma Mater. A native New Englander, she lives in Rhode Island and has four daughters.
I am proud to be part of the dedicated team that works to save lives globally, including in my country of Sierra Leone. I still remember the day in 2010 I came for the job interview and saw in the lobby the photos of the smiling kids Edesia was helping. That’s when I knew I’d found a special place where I could give back all my blessings to those who were in the midst of a struggle to survive. After more than a decade of watching the company grow and have such a big impact on the lives of malnourished children, there’s still nowhere else I’d rather be.