David Dewane is an architect, entrepreneur, and educator. He is the founder and executive director of Librii, a company establishing a network of low-cost, digital libraries across Sub-Saharan Africa.

He has a background in ecologically and socially equitable design, having trained under Pliny Fisk III at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin, Texas. He has held leadership positions on three university teams in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition. This foundation in applied research has allowed him to contribute at a high level, both professionally and academically, to projects on the cutting edge of environmental sustainability and public interest design.  David lives in Washington DC with his wife, Rachel, and two young daughters, Frieda and Rose.

Venture: Librii will modernize the public library model and deliver it to Sub-Saharan Africa by implementing a series of low-cost libraries. Librii balances digital and physical offerings, and utilizes local partnerships to spread information, knowledge and culture in the region.