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Vishal Raj

Vishal Raj

Innovation Director and Design Ambassador

Vishal leads the design and innovation department at iDE Ghana and serves as an advisor to the iDE Global Design department, iDesign. In his role as a director, designer and researcher, Vishal leads programs in the design of human-centered products and services in both the Agriculture and WASH sectors. 

Vishal joined iDE in 2013 as a Design Fellow and began working with iDE Nepal as the lead product designer responsible for iDE’s WASH scale up program.  From then, he went on to reinvent the Easy Shelter for iDE WASH Cambodia, designed a new hand hygiene device and designed a new business model for Cambodia’s Lors Thmey program. In 2016, Vishal designed the Sama Sama toilet for iDE’s WASH program in Ghana and is now working on a hand hygiene device, as well as helping to infuse iDE Ghana with design-thinking and innovation methodologies.
 
Prior to joining iDE, Vishal worked for a technology start-up where he designed intelligent and energy-efficient LED lighting solutions that are lighting up major highways in Russia. Vishal has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. 

Vishal believes that everyone deserves the good things in life - not just the ones who can afford it.