Nyasha Pasipanodya is currently the Kauffman Legal Research Fellow at New York University School of Law. She graduated from NYU Law in May 2011 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College, where she graduated cum laude. As a student at NYU Law, she co-founded NYU Law’s African Law Association and was awarded an International Law and Human Rights Fellowship to work on constitutional litigation matters in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was also a Notes Editor on the Journal of International Law and Politics.

Nyasha’s research explores how regulatory environments impact access to venture capital financing in healthcare sectors across Sub-Saharan Africa. She will examine the regulatory barriers that have failed to incentivize or otherwise served as obstacles to channeling venture capital into profitable healthcare ventures that are widespread in various parts of the continent. Through this research, she hopes to identify effective policy interventions that enhance the critical role that venture capital plays in transforming local medical knowledge and healthcare ideas into increased access to quality medical products and services. As an affiliate research scholar at NYU’s Africa House and the Development Research Institute, Nyasha will lead a project related to impact investing, giving her the opportunity to engage her interest in understanding the ways in which innovative investment vehicles can be used to achieve economic development objectives.