Maya was born in Bangladesh, her roots lie in one of the oldest remaining matrilineal tribes that still reside in the jungle. She now lives in California.
She is currently the Communications Director at IndieBio, a leading seed stage investor and accelerator for biotech companies that are influencing the food, materials, therapeutics industries and more. IndieBio transforms scientists into entrepreneurs, giving their ideas the capital, network, structure and voice to emerge in billion dollar markets. IndieBio is a part of SOSV, a $500M global fund.
Prior to joining IndieBio, Maya was the Director of Engagement at Foresight Institute, an organization that brings together the world’s leading scientists, researchers, and technologists to facilitate high-level conversations and collaboration. She has worked with venture capital and startup clients, including Richard Branson’s 2015 Extreme Tech Challenge as their publicist. Her background includes 15+ years as an analyst, managing implementation, training and more with Meditech, UCSF Medical Center, and Symantec.
Maya wants to help the most influential people develop their message for a global audience. She is inspired most by entrepreneurs who are disrupting old systems with technologies that create solutions for our grandest challenges. She is an eternal optimist and futurist, who is deeply committed to the evolution of humanity and our planetary and human health.
3 words to describe Nature?
Awe. Mother Earth. Home
3 things Nature taught you?
To surrender to the flow of life.
To know that everything is born and dies- that I will die too.
That I am always a part of her wisdom, grace and love.
3 most treasured Nature spots?
Marin headlands for hiking
The Andes mountains for connecting with spirit
The Caribbean sea for snorkeling and diving.
When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...?
Completely at peace when I look at the Pacific Ocean, where I often dreamed I’d be able to visit daily. My dream came true when I moved to to the west coast.
When you see a forest, it makes you feel...?
Like I’m surrounded by creatures, networks of trees, and life that only comes alive with my silence and awareness. The forests in Washington State are magical places.
When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...?
Wonder at the earth’s magnificence. I rode a bike down the volcano in Maui at sunrise and it was exhilarating.
When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...?
Grateful there’s another day, most beautiful to witness when held in the arms of my beloved.
When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...?
Warmed by the thought of a storm and rain, assuming I’m safe and cozy indoors by the fire.
When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...?
Like wrapping myself in a warm blanket, sipping tea, snuggling and reading a book.
Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?
I’m all of the above and in deep reverence for the four elements: the earth, fire, water, and air. Being in nature has brought me great healing, from swimming in the ocean or delighting in the waves, watching stars, climbing mountains or appreciating their majesty, or wandering through the forest and listening to my heart. I have found beauty in the desert at Burning Man and the red rocks of Sedona, which have all connected me more deeply with mother nature and the cosmos.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?
Share with us a childhood nature memory?
I remember snorkeling in the pristine coral reefs of Thailand when I was 6 or 7 years old with my dad. It was the most vibrant memory of a world we’ve completely disrupted, but I remember those colors so well along with the variety of marine life.