Space buff, scuba diver and pilot; Mumbai-born Zenia Tata  was a social entrepreneur “four or five years before we even knew we had a place in the world!”

Inspired to do good by her grandmother, who contributed in slum areas near her home, today Tata is XPRIZE‘s Executive Director of Global Development, Passionate about using exponential tech for positive global change, she designs world-changing prizes around her belief in the innate entrepreneurial qualities of economically disadvantaged populations across 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

“Most of the people on our planet don’t live in the western hemisphere, they live in other countries and we have to design a future not just for them, but it has to be a future designed by them, with them.”

► We hung out with the self-professed serial entrepreneur in LA.

AtlasAction: Learn more about Zenia’s current challenges of water scarcity and women’s safety.

Helping people is happy work

Definitely our most miserable interviewee yet





Video produced by Atlas of the Future for Project Breakthrough (United Nations Global Compact/ Volans). Check out our other breakthrough videos here.