Kiara Nirghin

Scientist, Innovator and Speaker

Google Science Fair Grand Prize Winner

Stanford Class of 2022

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About

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Kiara is an 18 year old scientist, innovator and speaker. At 16, Kiara won the grand prize at the Google Science Fair and the Community Impact Award with her solution to the worldwide drought.

Kiara has developed a unique superabsorbent polymer that holds hundreds of times its weight in water when stored in soil. It is biodegradable, inexpensive and free of harmful chemicals, unlike the manmade materials currently used. The polymer, made entirely from waste products, improves the environment, increases the chance for plants to sustain growth by 84% during a drought and can increase food security by 73% in disaster-struck areas.

Kiara has been featured by both The Times and the Guardian on their top 30 most influential teens lists, and invited by Forbes and TED to speak about her work. Kiara was recently named one of the United Nations Young Champions of the Earth and one of the fifty most inspiring women in technology.

She is currently working on her first book that will be published in January 2019. Using these platforms, Kiara actively promotes the importance of protecting our environment through innovation and getting young girls involved in this process. She is currently an undergraduate student at Stanford University.

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2017 Leading Women Summit in association with Africa Forbes Woman

2017 Leading Women Summit in association with Africa Forbes Woman

2017 Keynote speaker at the Congress of Business and Economics

2017 Keynote speaker at the Congress of Business and Economics

2017  Lead S.A. Change makers Conference

2017  Lead S.A. Change makers Conference

TEDxPretoria

TEDxPretoria

2018 Breaking Down Borders African Youth Summit

2018 Breaking Down Borders African Youth Summit

2018 Standard Bank Data Science Graduates Conference

2018 Standard Bank Data Science Graduates Conference

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls

Gordon Institute of Business Science Leadership program

Gordon Institute of Business Science Leadership program

2018 South African National Science Week

2018 South African National Science Week

Spar Ladies Day 2018

Spar Ladies Day 2018

2018 Standard Bank Conversation Session

2018 Standard Bank Conversation Session

2018 Gauteng Women In Insurance

2018 Gauteng Women In Insurance


Invited as a Speaker at:

2018 PechaKucha Cape Town

2018 PechaKucha Cape Town

TEDxVienna

TEDxVienna

TEDxCibeles

TEDxCibeles

World Speech Day 2018

World Speech Day 2018

World Youth Forum  2017

World Youth Forum  2017

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