Komal Ahmad

Komal Ahmad

Founder and CEO

The reasonable woman adapts herself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to herself. All progress, therefore, depends on the unreasonable woman. Komal is an unreasonable woman working to solve the world's dumbest problem: hunger.

Komal was first struck by the issues of poverty, homelessness, and hunger while a student at UC Berkeley. Meeting impoverished and hungry veterans affected her deeply since she was training to become an officer in the Navy upon graduation. The realization of a solution to the ever-present food waste problem bred a determination to make food more equitably accessible. 

Her solution? Copia, a tech platform that enables those with excess food to easily schedule recurring and on-demand pickups of their excess food and have it instantly delivered to nonprofits in need. With technology, Copia eliminates hunger while dramatically reducing food waste and CO2 emissions from landfills. 

Komal has led Copia in recovering over 900,000 pounds of food and feeding nearly 2 million people this year, all with food that would have otherwise been wasted. Copia is rated 1 of the top 3 startups run by women in the U.S. and 1 of the top 8 startups graduating out of Y Combinator. Komal was recently awarded the University of California's “30 Under 30” Global Food Changemaker, 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and named by Fast Company as one of the Most Creative People in Business as well as by Toyota as Toyota's Mother of Invention. Komal is also the recipient of the Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award. 

Komal is committed to bringing Copia's mission to fruition globally, feeding hundreds of millions of people (and eventually billions of people), employing thousands, and changing perceptions, habits and the world for the better.