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MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship


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Sumit Kumar Sharma

2019 - 2020
Legatum Fellow
MBA, Sloan School of Management

Sumit is passionate about building sustainable ventures to provide cost-effective solutions to problems of public health in emerging economies. His current venture, i^4, is a step in this direction and focuses on developing a portable and cost-effective medical device to prevent global neonatal deaths due to hypothermia, with more than 300,000 occurring annually in India alone. The device is based on the principles of origami and will provide a warm and safe environment to babies suffering from hypothermia before they are shifted to a hospital. The device also monitors important vitals of the babies which can be extracted by doctors for further examination.

Sumit pursued his undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Agartala after which he has been working in the development space in India. He has implemented large scale solutions in the field of education, healthcare, water and sanitation, and rural electrification, and most recently worked as a development advisor to a Member of Parliament in India. Currently, Sumit is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Outside work, he is an ardent traveler, competitive badminton player and an amateur origami practitioner.


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