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Rustam Nabiev - KTH Innovation Award 2021

KTH alum Rustam Nabiev has a crystal clear goal: “A day when no mother or child dies or suffers from preventable diseases". In 2021, Rustam Nabiev received the KTH Innovation Award.

Portrait of Rustam Nabiev on KTH Campus. Trees and brick building in the background.
Rustam Nabiev received the 2021 KTH Innovation Award. Photo Patrik Lundmark.

Meet Rustam Nabiev

Rustam Nabiev grew up in the shadow of civil war in Tajikistan. When he was 18, he left the country to study computer science in Germany before applying to Sweden and KTH to study for a master’s degree. Today, his company facilitates functioning healthcare and welfare services for people living in areas where there is no phone and internet connectivity or roads.

Interview with Rustam Nabiev: “Healthcare and welfare services should be accessible to everyone”

Video interview with Rustam Nabiev (3.05)

Award committee citation 2021

The citation for the 2021 award reads:

“The first recipient of the KTH Innovation Award is someone who embodies the spirit of KTH: working towards a brighter tomorrow. For taking on the enormous challenge that no mother or child shall die or suffer from preventable diseases, and his creativity, grit and courage in implementing the solution with the people who need it the most, the 2021 KTH Innovation Award goes to Rustam Nabiev, co-founder of the Shifo Foundation.”

The 2021 members of the award committee were KTH President Sigbritt Karlsson, investor Klaus Hommels, KTH alum Paulina Modlitba, business angel Jane Walerud and KTH professor Stefan Ståhl.

Belongs to: About KTH
Last changed: Feb 10, 2022
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