Leo Sharkey has been involved with the Acara program since its founding in 2008. He has been a coach and mentor to many student teams working to solve Grand Challenge Problems in the areas of food and water security as well as health related issues.
Leo has over 25 years of corporate experience which he leverages to mentor his student teams. His background includes Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. with stints as a field and instrument chemist, semi-conductor engineer, plant and business manager, consultant and small business owner. He currently teaches Strategy at the Carlson School of Management and is working for the University of Minnesota on a USAID funded One Health Workplace initiative to promote entrepreneurial startups in South Central Asia and East Central Africa.