Architecture grad in finals for prestigious global prize

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo is a finalist for a $250,000 prize recognizing the world’s leading young activist.

Nashin Mahtani (MArch ’15), director of a web-based platform based in Indonesia that develops methods and open source software for community-led co-management in disasters, is one of five nominees in the running for the 2019 Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award.

Nashin Mahtani

Nashin Mahtani, a School of Architecture alumnus, is a finalist for the 2019 Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award.

The winner of the annual award will be announced in December at the Global Citizen Prize, a televised award show celebrating the world’s most inspiring anti-poverty activists, at Royal Albert Hall in London, England.

The other four finalists are from Brazil, India, Pakistan and Cameroon. Global Citizen aims to achieve the United Nations goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030.

Mahtani, 27, whose platform is at PetaBencana.id, did her master’s thesis at Waterloo on the impact of tourism on the Indonesian island of Bali, examining architecture to design culturally and environmentally sustainable infrastructures.

Members of the public are invited to vote here for the finalist they consider most deserving of the prize, which goes to support the winner's organization.

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