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Henry Elkus

Founder & CEO

Henry Elkus is Founder and CEO of Helena, a unique organization focused on finding solutions to critical societal problems and implementing them through Helena Projects. Henry is passionate about creating systems that can be leveraged to enact scalable, systemic change. Henry founded Helena when he was a 19-year-old student at Yale. Since its founding in 2015, Helena Projects have included: America In One Room, which garnered the attention of President Barack Obama and The New York Times for one of the most significant political experiments in US history; Factory in the Sky, which supported the development and construction of the world’s first carbon capture factory; Shield, which worked to protect the electrical grid from foreign and domestic threats; and most recently The Covid Project, which supplied tens of millions units of medical supplies and personal protective equipment to frontline responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about Helena, visit

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Events featuring Henry Elkus
Events featuring Henry Elkus