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In 2009, Navyn set out to help end the crisis of malnutrition around the world by founding Edesia, a non-profit social enterprise with the mission to treat and prevent malnutrition in the world's most vulnerable populations. The factory in Rhode Island produces a range of fortified, peanut-based products like Plumpy'Nut for humanitarian agencies like UNICEF, World Food Programme, USAID and other NGOs working in emergency and conflict zones. Since 2010, Edesia has reached 9 million children in over 50 countries, including Somalia, Venezuela, Yemen and Syria.
In 2019, she founded MeWe, a commercial line of nut butters addressing nutritional challenges for the many ages and stages of life here in the USA.
Navyn was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year/New England in 2018, New Englander of the Year by the NE Council in 2017, New England Business Woman of the Year by Bryant University and received the Robert E. Joseph Prize for being an outstanding humanitarian by Hebrew Union College in 2012. She was awarded honorary degrees from her alma mater, Boston College (2012) as well as Bryant University (2014), Providence College (2017) and Curry College (2018). She is a Trustee of Boston College. She is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Navyn is mother to four daughters and lives in Barrington, RI.