David Moinina Sengeh
Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Media Lab; President and Co-Founder,
Global Minimum Inc.
David Moinina Sengeh, born and raised in Sierra Leone, is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Media Lab. His research in the Biomechatronics Group focuses on the design of comfortable prosthetic sockets and wearable interfaces. This work is at the intersection of medical imaging, material science, human anatomy, computer-aided design, and manufacturing.
David is on Forbes 30 Under 30 in Technology for 2013, a 2014 TED Fellow, on the Wired Smart List 2013, and he has been invited to give many talks at institutions like the United Nations, corporate and academic organizations on topics related to education, youth innovation, prosthetics design, and more.
He is the President and Co-Founder of the international NGO Global Minimum Inc. (GMin). Currently, GMin’s main project is Innovate Challenges; the first-ever competition created to foster a culture of innovation among high-school students in Sierra Leone, Kenya, and South Africa. Innovate Challenges is a mentorship program and set of workshops where youth can get help in transforming their ideas into tangible solutions. GMin was one of three winners out of 1000 nominees for the Rockefeller Foundation Next Century Innovators Awards in 2013. Previously, GMin led the distribution of over 16,000 mosquito nets to cover over 28,000 people in Sahn Malen chiefdom in Sierra Leone.
David attended the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway before earning his Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering at Harvard College. At Harvard, his undergraduate work focused on making a stable, aerosolized BCG vaccine against tuberculosis for delivery to the lower lungs. At Harvard he also co-founded one of Popular Mechanics’ Innovators of the Year 2009 — Lebone Solutions Inc., a company that won $200,000 from the World Bank to produce microbial fuel cells in Africa.
He is the owner and lead designer for the clothing design company Nyali Clothing, with more than 10 employees. David is also a lyricist and rapper making music that draws youth towards creativity and away from drugs and gangsterism. He has traveled and worked in over 15 countries globally on various projects related to education, healthcare delivery, and medical device design. He is interested in the idea of using technology and innovation to drive national development.