Zawadi Lemayian attended Alliance Girls High School, Kenya. Upon graduation from high school, she enrolled at MIT, eventually receiving two Bachelor of Science (SB) degrees in Civil Engineering and Management Science. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Management Science (Economics, Finance & Accounting) at MIT's Sloan School of Business. Her research will focus on investment behavior in emerging markets as well as the role different global accounting standards play in the market variations exhibited across emerging markets. Zawadi was an instructor in AITI's Kenya 2007 program. Through her involvement with the AITI program she not only facilitated real world problem solving through information technology education, but also appreciated the opportunity to give back to her community in a small way.