At YLabs we bring together the science of adolescent development, behavioral economics and human-centered design to build and test programs that can enhance the unique potential of adolescents. We founded YLabs in 2015 at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. We started as residents at the Harvard Innovation Lab and have grown into a team of designers and researchers from the US, UK, Rwanda, Morocco, Algeria, India, and Canada. If you want to join us as we build YLabs please look at our current opportunities and contact us. We would love to hear from you.


Rebecca Hope
Director of programs

Rebecca is an adolescent physician with ten years of experience designing programs for youth. She supports our design teams to develop health and economic development solutions in Africa and Asia. Previously, Rebecca was Technical Lead for's youth reproductive health program and a researcher with Harvard's Women and Health Initiative.

Majdi Osman
Director of Strategy

Majdi is a physician and Visiting Faculty, Boston Children's Hospital.  He previously worked for the World Health Organization developing guidelines on increasing access for adolescents to sexual and reproductive health services. Majdi leads the YBank project for young people living with HIV in Rwanda.

Shannon Milroy
Director of Operations

Shannon is an economist, specializing in health policy, financing and economic evaluation. She currently works for the Ontario government implementing funding reform to support improved models of care for multiple chronic conditions. At YLabs, she lead operations and provides expertise on the evaluation and cost-effectiveness of our designs.


Theo Gibbs works at the intersection of human-centered design and systems thinking. She conducts user research, builds and tests prototypes, and guides design strategy for YLabs projects. She is currently the design lead for the Beyond Bias project, which seeks to enable young people to have choice in their reproductive decisions, and overcome healthcare provider bias against young people in Tanzania, Burkina Faso, and Pakistan. Theo is also a lecturer in the Stanford Design School where she co-teaches a course on design methods for complex social-environmental challenges. She holds a M.S. and B.A. from Stanford University.

Nicole Ippoliti
Technical Lead

Nicole is a public health specialist who brings extensive experience leading the design and implementation of global adolescent programming focused on behavioral and social norm change. Nicole's area of expertise include sexual and reproductive health, HIV, and digital health. Nicole has a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. 

Sarah Fathallah
senior designer

Sarah is a service and user experience designer and researcher, passionate about applying human-centered design to local and global development. She has worked with the World Bank, government entities, and non-profits such as Population Services International, Internews, Bread for the City, Safe Horizon, and Democracy Works. 

Manasi Sharma
Senior research associate, mental health

Manasi is a doctoral student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her current research focuses on trauma and mental health outcomes in post-war Liberia and Sierra Leone, and psychosocial interventions for adolescents living with HIV in Rwanda. 

Houssam Bentridi
ProgRam Manager

Houssam is a social worker, young leader and has extensive experience working to empower young people so they can make a positive impact on society. As an Atlas Corps Fellow at YLabs, he provides financial and project management across our global projects. He has a degree in finance and actuarial science.


Megan is a graduate student in public health specializing in maternal and child health with an emphasis on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and global development. She works in mixed methods research, study design, and program evaluation.  She currently is prototyping digital sex ed for youth in Rwanda.

amara pfahl
program coordinator

Amara has a background in alternative medicine with a focus on traditional medicines, nutrition, and wellness counseling. She has a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on social justice. She has a passion for health and healing on an individual, community, and global level. At YLabs, Amara contributes to team wellness, office management, communications, support, coordination, planning, and recruitment and keeps our team healthy and happy.



SHALINI Krishnan

Shalini is an UX Designer. She graduated from the National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad and has worked in the corporate sector in Bangalore for 7 years with Adobe, Cisco and Honeywell as a User Experience Designer. As an SBI Youth for India Fellow, she established Kalpanadham, a creativity lab for tribal children in Odisha. She is passionate about art, design and creativity and how  creativity building into our education systems can bring out more aware, responsible and self-confident individuals into our society. At YLabs, she is leading UX design for our Cybergirl and Cyberboy digital education tools for youth. 

ankita Rawat
research associate, srh

Ankita is a sexuality education trainer and leader in adolescent SRH and rights, honored as a 120 under 40 Family Planning Leader in 2016. She was awarded as Youth Champions Initiative fellowship with the Public Health Institute’s RiseUp program and ran a project with youth leaders on SRHR with a  focus on their access to Youth Friendly SRH services by using digital storytelling tool. She has also worked on the issue of Early and Forced Marriage in Delhi-NCR. At YLabs she works on Men Stand Up to transform young men's perspectives on sexuality, relationships, and family planning in India.



Justin is a physician from the UK and works with YBank on our design research. He led our study of the ethical implications of financial incentives for youth with HIV. He's currently working in Sierra Leone on Ebola control. He has a Master of Public Health, as a Kennedy Scholar from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Tiffany chan
research associate, HIV

Tiffany is a doctoral candidate, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health with a focus on health management and policy. She led the launch of YBank in Rwanda and is working with YLabs on community-led innovations to improve the health of adolescent girls and women in Rwanda.




Lindsay is an MPH student in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice at the University of Washington. She focuses on health equity and sexual and reproductive health. She previously worked to develop sexual and reproductive health education programs in West Africa. She worked with youth to develop a digital employment skills and sexuality education curriculum for urban youth in Rwanda.