The Skoll World Forum Fellowship was created in 2018 to provide a platform for leaders driving solutions to problems faced by the communities that they live and work in. Originally intended to bring global representation at the World Forum in Oxford, the program has since evolved into a peer-centered network program that supports cross-region connectivity, learning, and visibility.
Skoll World Forum Fellows are established founders and executives spanning social innovators, storytellers, ecosystem builders, connectors, and government leaders. Since 2018, more than 170 leaders from 90+ countries spanning Africa, Central and South America, Asia, the Middle East, and the Tribal Nations have participated in the Fellowship.
This connection-focused Fellowship program is designed in collaboration with Skoll’s partners and returning Senior Fellows to cultivate opportunities for Fellows to share lessons, explore partnerships, and connect with peers to advance personal and organizational growth.
We invite you to meet the 2020-2022 cohort of Skoll World Forum Fellows.
Dr Aakash Ganju is a healthcare entrepreneur and the CEO of Saathealth, an impact focused digital health company building AI powered tools for targeted interventions and positive outcomes for health workers and consumers. 
Trained in medicine and management, Aakash started his career leading research teams at Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson and developing mobile health solutions for underserved populations across Asia and Africa. He has been a health technology entrepreneur since 2011, working at the intersection of behavior change sciences, user centred design, health and technology to develop and deploy sustainable health technology solutions serving patients in infectious diseases, women and children’s health and chronic diseases.
Aakash is passionate about integrating human-centricity, technology and collaborative solutions to build healthcare experiences of the future.
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Abbie Jung-Harada is the Asia Director for NEXUS, a global community of next generation changemakers, Co-Chair of the East and Southeast Asia Chapter for the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of intermediaries supporting entrepreneurs in developing countries, and co-founder of Synergy Social Ventures, a philanthropic organization which supports and engages in philanthropy, investment and social entrepreneurship as innovative tools for sustainable development.

Abbie believes in the power of collaboration among social change leaders and creates such opportunities in Asia and between Asia and other regions around the world. She currently works with social entrepreneurs, family business intrapreneurs, philanthropists, social investors and intermediaries to utilize the full scope of new social change models and funding tools to solve pressing socioeconomic and environmental problems.

She has an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from UC Berkeley and a graduate degree in international public health from Columbia University.
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Alice is the co-founder and Executive Director of Five One Labs, a startup incubator for displaced and conflict-affected entrepreneurs in Iraq (and soon to be internationally!). Before launching Five One Labs, she worked as the Design Lead at the Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio, teaching entrepreneurship programs and coaching startups in New York City. She was an Innovation Specialist in UNHCR Innovation, an entrepreneurial unit in the UN Refugee Agency. She also worked at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, and consulted with Mercy Corps’ Social Ventures team.

Alice has a Master of International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she focused on humanitarian action, management, and entrepreneurship. She obtained her BA from Stanford University.
Amelia Hapsari is the part of the Global Leadership Management of Ashoka, with a focus on Framework Change in Southeast Asia. Her role is to co-lead mindset shift that enables an everyone a changemaker world possible in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia. Prior to this role, she is the Director of In-Docs, an organization that creates an ecosystem for documentary films to thrive and create impact in Southeast Asia. Amelia is based in Jakarta.
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Author, journalist and TV presenter.
Wrote the books “Stringer” and “Bad News”.
Forthcoming book “Breakup”
TV presenter for VICE and Channel News Asia.
Mathematics at Yale and PhD in journalism literature
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Barbara is a groundbreaking Ugandan social entrepreneur, technologist, consultant, mentor, International speaker and IT project manager.
Barbara is the Founder and Managing Director of Women In Technology Uganda, an organization that is empowering women and girls from underserved communities to live sustainable and fulfilling lives through use of technology education, business skilling and linking them to work opportunities. WITU is also championing getting young unemployed women into tech work through skilling, reskilling, upskilling and directly connecting them to work opportunities. Prior to founding WITU, Barbara co-founded Hive Colab, Uganda’s first innovation hub, business accelerator and incubator for East African technology startups and whose mission is to build local tech and business capacity and scale up ideas with positive social and economic returns. Prior to this, Barbara was Country Manager and lead project manager for digital projects at Appfrica Labs, a software development consultancy connecting the world to African Developers. Barbara has a MSC. in Information systems management from the University of Salford, Manchester, UK, a bachelor’s degree in Business computing from Makerere University Business School and a post graduate diploma in project planning and management from Uganda Management Institute.
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Brian Walusimbi is the founder of Bless a Child Foundation a non-profit charity that is making an incredible difference to children from the ages of 0-15 years suffering from cancer in Uganda. The charity has supported over 5,000 children by providing medical support, accommodation, transport and meals. Bless a Child Foundation also provides for the psychosocial support to parents or care givers of these children.

These services are mostly carried out at the Bless a Child Foundation Homes in Kampala near the Uganda Cancer Institute, Mbarara, western Uganda and in Gulu, Northern Uganda.
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Former Executive Director in Kunan, Peruvian Social Enterprise Platform, and Social Enterprise Director at Peru´s World Business Council for Sustainable Development Chapter. Consultant in sustainable finance with OECD and IDB. Co-Founder of Lucha Startup Studio, 1st Social Venture Studio in Peru. Passionate about impact-driven businesses and the policies that enable them.
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He is a visual and audio content producer, speaker coach, event planner, innovative educator and lifelong learner. He dedicates to uncover the behind-the-scene stories for independent creators and social innovation practices in China. He is an experienced TEDx organizer with more than a decade of exceptional track records, like consecutively founded city named TEDx brand in Chongqing and Chengdu, and made their TEDx brand rank in the most impactful TEDx events list all around China. Besides, he holds the master degree in Strategic leadership towards sustainability from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.
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Chrystel Cornelius is the President & CEO of the Oweesta Corporation, a national Native CDFI intermediary predominantly serving Native communities across the United States, Alaska, and Hawaii.
Ms. Cornelius has worked with Native communities for most of her professional career, with more than 25 years of experience working in the Native economic development field. She is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians located in North Dakota. Ms. Cornelius has dedicated her career to capitalizing Native communities upholding tribal sovereignty and self-determination measures through the issuance of capital and organizational capacity building efforts.

Chrystel Cornelius is a founding steering committee member and previously held the position as the Board Secretary for the Native CDFI Network (NCN). Ms. Cornelius is also a former board member of Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), is a current board member of the Community Reinvestment Fund (CRF) and holds the position of Chair for the Red Feather Development Group. She is a BALLE Fellow and Skoll Fellow.
Ms. Chrystel Cornelius attained a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.
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Damilola Onafuwa is a documentary storyteller based in Lagos Nigeria. He is interested in human-interest stories that create consciousness about social issues. He is genuinely intrigued about how human cultures are formed and how they shape our perception of the world.

He is the founder of StoryMaxima (, an organisation telling stories for corporations and non-governmental organisations, helping them to amplify their work. He has worked with notable organizations, NGOs and corporations both locally and internationally, such as World Food Programme, UNICEF, Vlisco, MTN Foundation, etc. He is a member of APJD (Africa Photo-Journalism Database) and an Associate fellow at The Royal Commonwealth Society.

He was a speaker at TEDxLagos in 2018, where he spoke about his work and its impact on human societies. He was nominated for The Future Awards 2018 Prize for Photography.
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Daniela Rea, journalist

Daniela Rea (México, 1982) is a mexican journalist who has also taken her inquiries and professional sensitivity to other fields such as photojournalism, documentaries, non-fiction narratives, as well as other literary styles.

With a recognized experience for his work on social issues, justice, violence and human rights, he is a founding member of the Red Periodistas de Pie that is part of the Global Network of Investigative Journalism and co-editor of Pie de página, a journalism portal created with the support of the European Union.

He is part of the Nuevos cronistas de Indias, of the Fundación de Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano, by Gabriel García Márquez. Considered a new generation of chroniclers from Latin America that has launched itself to relate stories of daily life as a literary revolution.

Daniela Rea, journalist

Daniela Rea (México, 1982) is a mexican journalist who has also taken her inquiries and professional sensitivity to other fields such as photojournalism, documentaries, non-fiction narratives, as well as other literary styles.

With a recognized experience for his work on social issues, justice, violence and human rights, he is a founding member of the Red Periodistas de Pie that is part of the Global Network of Investigative Journalism and co-editor of Pie de página, a journalism portal created with the support of the European Union.

He is part of the Nuevos cronistas de Indias, of the Fundación de Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano, by Gabriel García Márquez. Considered a new generation of chroniclers from Latin America that has launched itself to relate stories of daily life as a literary revolution.

She has received various awards: • Javier Valdez Journalism Award 2018, granted by the Penguin Random House publishing group for its investigation “Chain of Command” on the abuse of the Mexican armed forces.

• Journalism Award on Gender and Justice 2019, awarded by the SCJNMexico and UN Wo
My name is Daniel Mckenzie (Dannie) the Executive Director for Kidzcan Zimbabwe. I am the holder of two Diplomas, one in Mass Communication and the other in Philosophy. I graduated in the St Jude/ALSAC Jump Start Fellowship class of 2020-2021. I am a broadcast journalist by profession. I trained at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), culminating in me being offered my own programme directed at English speaking audiences in Africa. I have worked with the local national broadcaster ZBC as a radio and television presenter producer. I was main news anchor for Channel 2 TV News. In 2015 I was appointed Station Manager for SFM Radio, a post I held till January 2017 when I decided to leave.
I have been a volunteer for Kidzcan for the four years and was appointed board member in May 2017. In April 2018 I was appointed Executive Director. I head a staff of ten, comprising a Finance and Administration Manager, an Accounts Officer, a Fundraising and Advocacy Officer, a Clinical/Outreach Program Co-coordinator, a qualified Paediatric Nurse, two Logisticians and two three interns. My responsibilities include, strategic management of Kidzcan, reporting to and supporting the board of directors, human resource management, stakeholder engagement, fundraising and fostering organisational ethos to mention a few.
My vision for Kidzcan in the next five years, is to see the organisation be at the forefront in assisting children with cancer in Zimbabwe and the region. I would love to see the development of a Kidzcan Paediatric Oncology Centre or Half- Way Home. Thus enabling children with cancer receiving one hundred percent free holistic care.
The energy that I bring to Kidzcan is palpable as evidenced by the strides made since my appointment. This is particularly so in advancing Kidzcan position to a host of stakeholders and have vigorously lifted both the Kidzcan brand and the raison d’etre to many significant players, both local and regional, previously ambivalent as to how a
Debbie Rogers has held leadership roles at for nine years, most recently as CEO. Debbie led the service design of the National Department of Health in South Africa’s MomConnect program and has a focus on advancing mobile technology for health. Her advanced degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Digital Art and experience lecturing and working in the field of digital communications allows her to bring both technological problem-solving skills and creative insights to her work. Debbie is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Digital Health Technical Advisory Group and Director and Board Chair for the African Developers Academy.
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Donald Okudu, is a creative director and Social Entrepreneur. In addition, he is the primary licensee & Curator of TEDxPortharcourt . In 2017, he founded – I-AMVOCAL – an NGO focused on youth engagement in community leadership & stewardship through technology, advocacy & related creative offerings.

I-AMVOCAL is currently dedicated to mapping causes around Nigeria , measuring sentiments through engagement metric and focus groups and developing a voting platform that provides transparency and audibility .
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Erik Brodt, MD
Anishinaabe – Minnesota Chippewa

Erik grew up near Chippewa Falls, WI and spent summers with family in the rural areas around Bemidji, MN. Dr. Brodt earned his M.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and completed residency in Family Medicine at the Seattle Indian Health Board – Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency in Seattle, WA. Dr. Brodt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. He practices in the OHSU Scappoose and Warm Springs Tribal Health clinics, while also serving as the founding Director of the OHSU Northwest Native American Center of Excellence. Erik is a fierce believer in occasional magic working to eliminate Native health disparities and improve Native American Health Professions programming nationally through creative partnerships and collaborations. An entrepreneur at heart, Erik and his wife Amanda have explored the fashion ecosystem through their global collection Ginew – featured in Vogue & GQ; culinary creativity and sustainable food systems; and the digital media non-profit WE ARE HEALERS. In his free time Dr. Brodt enjoys spending his time in Portland, OR with his wife Amanda, daughter Honukōkūlaniokauna’oa (Honu), their dogs Stinky & Pippa, and a motley crew of friends comprised of change-makers, mavens, and creatives.
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Mexican director considered as one of the strongest voices in the documentary
scene in Latin America. His filmography includes Pulque Song (2003), The Old
Thieves (2007), The Open Sky (2011), Drought (2011) and El Paso (2015), all
screened and awarded at various festivals like Berlin, IDFA, Toulouse, Locarno,
Montreal, BAFICI, Sarajevo, Guadalajara and Morelia. His film Devil’s Freedom
(2017) was awarded the Amnesty International Film Prize at the Berlinale in
2017. In 2018 was director of A 3 Minute Hugs, Netflix Originals in Latin America
for documentary, he collaborated with the New York Times OpDocs with the film
Children from the Narcozone nominated for a News and Doc Emmy Award.
Member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academia
Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas. A wolfpack called Ernesto is his
next project which tells the story of a 9mm gun journey for the encounter with a
young hitman.
Leading promoter of sustaining Indonesia’s food biodiversity. 2008, founded Kampung Kearifan Indonesia (JAVARA), a value-driven sustainable food company that turns food heritage into organic artisanal gourmet food products. JAVARA works with tens of thousands of farmers and food artisans, introducing over 600 products and has exported to 20 countries. To create inclusive business opportunities in rural and remote Indonesia that further enhance the mission of keeping Indonesia’s food biodiversity alive, in 2017, founded Sekolah Seniman Pangan, an action-based school and business ecosystem to promoted food entrepreneurship among rural youth. Award-winning social entrepreneur, including named as 2013 Indonesia’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Schwab Foundation 2015 Social Entrepreneur. Work has been featured by Chanel News Asia, DW TV, Guardian UK and The Bangkok Post, among others.
Henry Jake Foreman MCRP is a specialist in facilitation, development, and implementation of engaging learning experiences for students of all ages and has created a variety of curricula around education, health, and entrepreneurship. He is the founder of Karuna Colectiva, a social enterprise that delivers the principles of engagement, innovation, and application through mentorship, bicycling, and cooperative economics. He is also the Program Director of New Mexico Community Capital and manages the Financial & Business Basics course that is designed to help build a solid foundation to form and grow business ideas with a personal financial plan for success. Participants learn the tools used to effectively conceptualize, plan and implement their financial goals and business ideas through hands-on learning experiences with a community of peers and mentors. Henry recently developed the Digital Media & Marketing Basics course and just launched the Native Farmer In Residence program earlier this year. Indigenous methodologies and epistemologies guide his research approaches to working with youth trainers and communities to promote the health of our biosphere.
A refugee from birth, Innocent spent the first 27 years of his life in five refugee camps in four Eastern and Southern Africa. Despite facing much hurt along his journey, he never allowed the adversity to define him or to determine his destiny. With support from the local church, Innocent became a change agent for fellow refugees and the host community in Malawi. Against all odds, he founded There Is Hope, an organisation that aims at mitigating the effects of long-term displacement among refugees and generational poverty among Malawians.
Innocent led There is Hope for fifteen years, impacting thousands of refugees and Malawians through educational scholarships, vocational training, Job creation through social enterprise Kibebe, Leadership development through Bible training and Advocacy for refugee rights. A strong believer in healthy leadership succession, he recently left the non-profit, which now operates with a staff of 56 and a leadership team of local professionals.

Innocent has just founded Inua Consulting as a tool to share with emerging leaders the knowledge he acquired through his personal and professional journey while focusing on refugee advocacy.

Refugee for Life is Innocent’s memoir. Poignant stories of injustice and loss are framed in the context of day to day life in a refugee camp.
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Isaac Oboth is a self-taught filmmaker from Uganda. In 2010, Isaac founded his first production company, Media 256. In 2017 (barely 7 years later), Media 256 was the single largest freelance producer of the feature Africa shows on CNN International (African Voices, Inside Africa, and Marketplace Africa). Isaac has personally shot, produced and edited over 50 hours of internationally distributed documentary content, from 33 countries in Africa. At age 21, Isaac was the recipient of the young achievers award for film and television, presented to him by the presidents of Uganda, Rwanda, and the queen of Buganda. Isaac was listed by Forbes as one of the top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in Africa in 2014/15/17.

In 2015 Isaac Founded his second production company, African Storytellers, which is based in Mauritius. The new company was founded to focus on scripted content exclusively. The first project of the company was a 23-minute short film titled Lights Out. The film was produced in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation. Lights Out was released on October 15th, 2020 via Facebook Live. Within the half-hour premiere, the film got 1,400 live views on Facebook. And the hashtag #lightsoutpremiere reached over 30 million people. On the night of its release, the Lights Out film was the number one trending topic on social media in Uganda, the country in which the film takes place. And the number two trending thing on social media in Kenya.
Jedidah Maina has over ten years of experience as an activist, researcher, program manager, and organizer concerning sexual and reproductive health and rights, with a focus on the right to love who you love, contraception for all ages and safe abortion. Jedidah joined Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH) in 2007 as the Sexuality Program Officer and is now the Executive Director. Her work has included developing programs, educational materials, and trainings on reproductive health choices and advocating for change in attitudes, laws, policies and programs, and creating safe spaces for honest conversation about sex and sexuality. Before Joining TICAH, Jedidah worked for Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) where she championed for the enactment and the implementation of the Sexual Offences Act. She holds a Masters of Arts in Project Planning and Management and a Bachelors of Arts degree (Economics and Sociology) from the University of Nairobi.
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Born and raised in the foothills of Appalachian Kentucky, Joe Crawford has always had one eye on improving the quality of life for the people of his region. After completing undergraduate studies in international economics at Eastern Kentucky University, he attended Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.

Following his studies, he took a position with Estill Development Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on community and economic development in Joe’s home town of Irvine, Kentucky. Within two years, he was named executive director of the charity and has held that position since.

For 17 years, Joe has worked alongside the people of his community to explore new ways to improve the place they call home. Strategic planning, youth engagement, promotion and development of the arts, entrepreneurial support, new recreation opportunities, tourism development, and general community engagement for residents have been and are all currently points of focus for Joe and EDA.

During the pandemic, Joe and his team have done everything possible to keep the community moving forward, which has been quite a task considering an historic flood ravaged the community in March 2021. Appalachian people are resilient, and the people of the community are working together to emerge from these hardships even stronger than before.
Joshin Raghubar is technology and impact venture entrepreneur. He is the founder of iKineo Ventures, a venture builder and investment firm, through which is he currently growing Explore Sideways, a travel(tech) company; Adbot, a machine-learning powered SaaS platform automating online search advertising for SMEs; and Inves Capital, a group of digital asset, blockchain and cryptocurrency businesses. He is also the Africa partner for Webrock Ventures, a LATAM/ Swedish venture builder and investment firm, through which he is a co-founder of Kena Health, a health-tech venture which aims to be Africa’s leading low-cost out-of-hospital healthcare provider. His former ventures include Strive GrowthScience and Sprout Performance Partners.

Joshin serves as chairperson of the Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CITi), tasked with development of the region as a technology and innovation cluster. Through this role he is also chairperson of the Bandwidth Barn, Africa’s largest non-profit incubator and accelerator for technology businesses; and BIOCiTi, Africa’s biotech cluster initiative. Joshin also serves as a non-executive director of the Africa Leadership Initiative and is on the ExCo of the Cape Town Chapter of YPO.

He is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Institute’s Global Leaders Network. Joshin has a business science (honours) degree from the University of Cape Town, and a masters in development studies from the University of the Western Cape’s Institute for Social Development. He spent 2016 at Yale University as a Greenburg World Fellow.

Joshin is a global John P. McNulty Prize Laureate, which is awarded to individuals who have leveraged their expertise, experience, and networks to build and lead transformative social impact ventures. Joshin was named a Skoll World Forum Fellow in 2020.
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Juan Caballero has pioneered the use of seismic retrofitting for existing housing in international development. He is a noted disaster-resilient housing advocate and a trusted advisor to governments, multilateral institutions, and other partners on how to strengthen housing quality throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Juan first joined Build Change in 2012 as a member of the post-disaster team in Haiti. He has since advised and facilitated the scaling of a resilient housing initiative in Colombia. Concurrently, he has led Build Change projects in Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico, and Sint Maarten, among other locations. He has overseen the development of technical guidelines, manuals, and housing subsector studies as well as three post-earthquake reconnaissance teams. Juan earned his Master’s degree in Project Management from the Universidad para la Cooperación Internacional in Costa Rica. He is also an Architect licensed in both Honduras and Colombia. He has spoken widely on the topic of resilient housing throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe
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Kalsoom is the Co-founder & General Partner at i2i Ventures, an early stage VC fund for Pakistan, and the country’s first female-founded VC fund. Prior to opening the doors to i2i Ventures in 2019, Kalsoom was the Founder of Invest2Innovate, i2i Ventures’ sister entity, which she founded in 2011 to support and unleash the potential of young entrepreneurs in growth markets like Pakistan. She has trained young entrepreneurs, changemakers, and civil society leaders in Kosovo, Nepal, Cambodia, Ireland, Bangladesh, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, and has spoken at numerous venues, including the World Economic Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. State Department, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and SXSW. Kalsoom is currently a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and serves on the Board of the American Pakistan Foundation.
I am a seasoned agriculturalist. I believe commercialized production will change Africa’s landscape through precise investment. My approach to success in this sector includes a combination of proactive engagement, practical application and being passionate about boosting rural economies across Africa.
As a naturally curious and confident person, Linda Kamau is no stranger to trailblazing. She is the Founder and Managing Director of AkiraChix. For 10 years working as a software engineer, she found herself being the only woman of color in a leadership position working with people from over 10 different countries and it’s with this inspiration that she co-founded AkiraChix whose mission is to provide hands-on technical training and mentorship to young women and girls to increase the number of skilled women in technology.
She holds a Bsc. in Business Information Technology from Limkokwing University and Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship through the Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
With her passion of championing diversity and inclusion as well as advocating for girls and women, she sits on the advisory board of WISER Girls School, a high school that empowers girls to overcome poverty,HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence through education and health.
Linda is part of the Inaugural class of Obama Leaders:Africa as well as a returning leader 2019. She is also a Segal Family Foundation African Visionary Fellow and a 2019 Builders of Africa’s Future Awardee.
As the leader of an organization at the forefront of getting more women in technology, Linda continues to champion the inclusion of women in the technical workforce. With skilled women, you are assured not only of economic changes, but also a shift in societal norms.
When she’s not donor mapping, developing strategy or trying out the latest technology, you can find her watching a Manchester United game or watching Formula 1, she is an avid Mercedes AMG and Lewis Hamilton fan.
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Lola is an experienced community consultant with a proven track record of managing international communities with millions of members. She currently works as a trusted advisor and voice of reason who has managed highly complex cross-border projects for some of the world’s most recognized brands.

Lola’s work has been recognized by Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Melinda Gates and you’ll find coverage of her role in the BBC, NPR, Reuters and countless international media outlets.
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Luana Génot is the Executive Director at Instituto Identidades do Brasil – ID_BR. ID_BR is an NGO that helps to promote and accelerate racial justice in the workplace. Through pillars Employability (consulting journey and trainings to apply affirmative actions shaping anti racist cultures In company – reaching yearly 200k employees); Education (connecting black and indigenous professional to educational opportunities – 200 scholarships last year); Engagement (connecting society with racial justice through event and campaigns).

Genot is also a book writer. She wrote “Mais Forte”and “Sim à Igualdade Racial- Raça e mercado de trabalho”, which was a finalist at Jabuti Literature Prize. Columnist at Jornal O Globo, one of the main newspapers in Brazil.

Educator and Master Researcher in Ethnic-Racial Relations at CEFET-RJ

Postgraduate degree in Marketing and Communication at IED-Rio. Graduated in Advertising from PUC-Rio and University of Wisconsin – Madison where she specialized in the field of race, ethnicity, and media during one year exchange program. Also worked at Burrell/Publicis Chicago in the area of strategic planning.

She has worked in the marketing hub in multinational corporations in the area of beauty and entertainment. Fluent in French and English, she is a public speaker (2x Tedx) in Brazil, France, the United States talking about racial justice, business, entrepreneurship, motherhood.

Curator at The Museum of Tomorrow in Rio.She hosts a TV Show called Sexta Black at GNT Channel.
Luiza Serpa holds adegree in Social Communication and a MBA in Sustainable Business Management. She has been working in the nonprofit sector since 2005 where she focused on obtaining financial investors, the evaluation of social organizations, monitoring and tracking of social projects, management of financial resources, management team and other activities. She gained previous experiences in marketing area in big companies.Founder of Instituto Phi, a non-profit organization responsible for a turnover of 22 million dollars in 7 years of operation
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Mark Chilongu is one of the architects and founders of an indigenous Zambian youth-led non-governmental organization called Africa Directions, established in 2001 to build the leadership capacity, skills, and confidence of Zambian youth. Mark Chilongu is the current Executive Director with more than 17 years’ experience working in youth development and empowering
Zambia’s youth. Mark Chilongu is a social worker and holder of a Master of Science in Project Management at the University of Zambia.
Mark Chilongu is a talented Zambian, Social and Behaviour Change Communication Specialist. His work attracted the attention of the U.S. Embassy in Zambia, and Mark Chilongu visited the
United States under the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Mark Chilongu is a board member/partner of YAR FM in the Copperbelt as well as the new TV station in the Copperbelt Beats TV. He is also a board member of the Zambian Youth Workers Association. Mark Chilongu is one of the US Embassy Youth Ambassadors, Advisory Board Member of Youth Lead USAID funded project, Executive Committee Member of the Network of Southern Africa – USA Exchange Alumni Association, and past Vice President of the Zambia USA Exchange Alumni Association. Mark is a theater artist, acting coach, writer, choreographer, and director. Mark has expertise in financial management, arts management through training programs from Humentum and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the USA. Mark is also a Theatre of the Oppressed expert and trainer from Kuringa Training Institute in Berlin Germany. Due to his vast experience in the arts and reputable work experience, Mark Chilongu was appointed member of the select committee of the Presidential Arts Empowerment fund in 2020 under the Ministry of Tourism and Arts representing all arts bodies in Zambia.
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I dedicate myself to inspiring by connecting to generate positive transformation in the society.

I work on the co-creation of solutions for the future of business with a positive impact on people and society, generating new narratives, promoting a change in mentality, making ideas visible and empowering in action.

My main hats are: and – TEDxBogotá.com

My spotlights this 2022:
#Entrepreneurship (female)
#Climate change
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Mercy Akamo is the founder of Africa Teens City – a teen mobilisation platform that aims to inspire teenagers to transform their communities, motivate them for change, and educate  and equip them with the tools to to turn their ideas into action.

She is a communications specialist with years of experience in the media and experiential industry.  She doubled as the Head of Content and Innovation at Bella Online Media (BellaNaija Weddings) – Africa’s No 1 digital destination for entertainment, lifestyle and weddings content. As an Editor, Mercy oversaw editorial operations and content for BN’s largest brand – BellaNaija Weddings which has over 200+ million monthly impressions and manages a community of over 5 million people. Her industry experience across digital marketing, content creation, insight & intelligence gathering, media reporting and monitoring makes her an industry leader in Africa.  
Mercy has worked in Africa’s largest conglomerates – Dangote Industries Limited and has built her career over the last 8+ years working in leading media corporations.   
She is the co-founder of TUROG Integrated Solutions – a tech, experience design and strategy company.

Mercy is a TEDx Ambassador in Africa and the convener of TEDxLagos – Africa’s leading TEDx conference that promotes ideas from the continent. She is also a Skoll World Forum Fellow and she is also the 2021 Class of the Most Influential People of Africa Descent Under 40, Global 100 List. As an avid education advocate, she co-founded an NGO which helps build libraries and computer labs for children living in underprivileged communities.  
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Co-founder and Director-General at TEDxTukuy, the largest TEDx event in Perú. Co-founder and Board member at Kunan, the largest social entrepreneurship accelerator in Peru, providing small grants, support services and research on social entrepreneurs in the country. Leading a new resilient infrastructure project, that connects and strengthens multi-actor collaboration. Tech entrepreneur and co-founder at a videogame company, a consumer hardware company and a B2B SaaS and marketplace startup. World Economic Forum Global Shaper Alumni.
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Ecosystem builder, social entrepreneur, impact investor and human rights lawyer. Michelle is the CEO and co-founder of IMPAQTO, a B Corporation with a mission to support impact entrepreneurs reach their goals by building the ecosystem and network they need to thrive.

IMPAQTO offers coworking spaces, a business accelerator, innovation consulting services and an impact investing fund to Latin American entrepreneurs building a better world.

Before her career in business, Michelle lead a non-profit’s global operations in advocacy for refugee rights in the Global South. As a consultant, has focused on paths to scaling impact for grassroots organizations, including an association of families of disappeared children in El Salvador, and communities at risk of development-induced displacement in Thailand, Cambodia and India.
Michelle is a recent mother of twins, and is married to tech entrepreneur and writer Matthew Carpenter-Arevalo. They live in Quito, the place they have chosen as their home. She holds an Mst in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford and a Master’s in Public Policy, UC Berkeley.
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Monica Oguttu is the Founding Executive Director of the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET), an indigenous organization established in 1996 based in Kisumu with a network of over 350 health providers expanding access to quality Maternal and Child Health in underserved communities..
Monica is a Renowned Registered Nurse/Midwife/Public Health specialist and an Alumni of Harvard school of Government. She garnered her leadership skills at Kenyatta National Teaching and Referral Hospital where she managed a busy maternity unit for 15years.
She is known for her ability to promote collaboration between government officials, private and public sector providers and communities to work together for results. Her top priorities are Advocacy for quality health services, task shifting/sharing, Innovative Business models and community engagement towards social accountability. She has been a member of various Technical Working Groups and boards e.g. WHO Technical Working Group for Task shifting/Sharing, Kisumu County Health Taskforce, FIGO PPH TWG and Board member of IPPF/SAAF and IPAS among others
Awards and recognitions: Margaret Sanger Award by PPFA (2004 and 2006); Africa SRHR Champion in 2013 by IPAS for outstanding dedication and devotion to women’s health & rights; by KOGs in 2015 as Sexual reproductive health rights County Advocate Champion; Appointed by Kisumu Governor in 2017 to Chair the County Health Taskforce; a recipient of the Joan B. Dunlop Award by IWHC; Abortion service provider Champion: at The unfinished Revolution 111 conference at Rhodes University South Africa.
Currently serving in Lake Region Economic Bloc as an eminent member of the COVID-19 Advisory Committee, Health Advisory Council Kisumu County and Advisory Board Saving Lives at Birth (SL@B) Innovators– Duke Global Health, USA.
She made KMET a proud winner of the 2nd Quality Healthcare Kenyan Award (QHKA) on 7th April 2021 (World Health Day) due to her resilience in driving quality agenda d
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Ngor Majak Anyieth is the founder and CEO of Education Bridge, a nonprofit organization striving to create flourishing South Sudanese communities through quality education and conflict transformation.

Majak was born and raised in South Sudan. At the age of 13, he left his home country, South Sudan for Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. It was here in the refugee camp Majak received the education his country won’t offer him, among many other transformative experiences. In 2011, Majak was accepted to the African Leadership Academy, South Africa. In addition to developing him into a passionate leader, ALA also opened for him doors to the university of Notre Dame. Majak graduated from the university of Notre in 2017 and has since been committed to promoting peace and quality education in South Sudan through his organization Education Bridge.
Nicola is the founder and Executive Director of Zvandiri, a differentiated service delivery programme for children, adolescents and young adults living with HIV. Nicola studied Paediatric Nursing at Nottingham University, UK followed by Tropical Diseases Nursing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She holds an MPhil in Public Mental Health from Stellenbosch University. Nicola is Co-Chair of the World Health Organisation’s Technical Working Group for Adolescent HIV Service Delivery and is a member of WHO’s HIV Guidelines Committee. In 2021, she was awarded a Rainer Arnhold Fellowship from The Mulago Foundation.
Ramsés Gómez Molina, works to promote the adoption of entrepreneurship and social innovation as a core value of higher education in Latin America.

Ramsés holds a master’s degree in innovation for business development and a bachelor’s degree in international business (Magna Cum Laude), both degrees from Tecnológico de Monterrey.

In his current role as Director of Academia B at Sistema B International, he promotes the development of research, methodologies and pedagogical tools to advance the training of a new generation of professionals for the new economy.

He previously served as Executive Director of Sistema B Mexico, Director of Ashoka U for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and prior to that as co-founder and Director of Impact Hub Mexico City.

In 2019 he was selected as a Fellow of the Compassionate Leadership network, an initiative supported by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which aims to accompany the development of leaders – current and future – with the skills and wisdom to build a more just and compassionate world. Ramses is also a member of the BMW Foundation’s Responsible Leaders network and the global initiative The Wellbeing Project.

Among his activities, he serves on Ashoka’s social entrepreneurship selection panel, and is on the advisory board of several social enterprises.

He has been a guest speaker at various institutions, and has participated in the co-design and delivery of entrepreneurship and social innovation programs at institutions such as the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), and Tecnológico de Monterrey, among others.
Co-Founder and manager of Simbiose Social (B Corp. certified). Simbiose Social supports corporate social responsibility (CSR) investments of large companies in Brazil through a technological platform that provides information on NGOs, thus optimizing the research, evaluation, and management of a company’s CSR activity. Simbiose currently supports over 40 companies, including Volkswagen, Facebook, IBM, Unilever and Heineken. Since 2017, the platform has facilitated the investment of more that 100 million dollars into social organizations throughout Brazil.

Raphael was listed as one of the 30 Under 30 by Forbes in 2021 and won the 2018 Future Social Entrepreneur Award promoted by the Schwab Foundation and Folha de São Paulo.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and specialization in Social Entrepreneurship from EAESP – FGV, he took courses in management and strategy at Babson University (Boston) and London Business School (London), then being invited to take part on Facebook’s first innovation center in the world (Hack Station).
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Réjane is the Director and a founding member of the Bulungula Incubator, a not-for-profit organisation engaged an integrated rural development programme in a remote part of Eastern Cape, South Africa. The region was designated a black homeland during Apartheid where few government services of any kind were available. The region continues to struggle from a lack of access to quality services in education and health care and opportunities for income-generation. In a survey conducted in the area by the Bulungula Incubator, it was found that just over 50% of households had lost at least one child to diarrhoea and 1 in 9 have lost 3 or more, due to the lack of access to potable water. The vast majority of adults are functionally illiterate.
The Bulungula Incubator was established in 2007. It initiates and manages a number of projects in Education, Health and Nutrition, Sustainable Livelihoods and Youth Acceleration, in partnership with the local community: from cradle to career. This work is leveraged for broader impact through the active development of partnerships and networks with other non-profits, government and corporates.
In 2014, Réjane was awarded the John P. McNulty prize for her work at the Bulungula Incubator and in 2019 was the winner in the Global Social Impact award by the British Council.
Réjane is an economist and a CFA charterholder. She completed her undergraduate degree in Business Science at the University of Cape Town and her Masters degree in Development Economics at the University of Sussex, UK. Réjane is a fellow of the seventh class of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) in South Africa which is part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). She currently serves on the following non-profit Boards: the Bulungula Incubator, the Friends of Bulungula Inc., based in the USA, the Africa Leadership Initiative in South Africa and the Equality Collective a legal and rights advocacy organisation.
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Dr Robert Kalyesubula is a medical doctor with interesting in developing health systems that foster reduction of poverty in rural areas of Africa.
He is the founding president of ACCESS Uganda which aims to support vulnerable people in rural Uganda to live fulfilled lives.
Sergio Pancorbo works now as a consultant in financial inclusion and migration. He was the leader of the Peruvian National Platform GOB.PE until 2020. This platform provides digital access to Government information and digital services to all Peruvians. He started working in the public sector in May 2017 when he joined the leadership team of the Ministry of Production as Director of Digitization, and then moved to the Primer Minister’s Office to lead the Digital Services Team. Working here he was mainly in charge of managing talent and leading the customer relationship with the leaders of different public entities.

Before working for the government, Sergio held different leadership positions working for the private sector. He started his professional career working in the field of energy, first as a project manager and then as an investment analyst. Afterwards, he moved to the banking sector working for Credicorp, the biggest financial holding in Peru, where he managed different types of projects and operations. His last two years there he was in charge of launching the innovation and digital transformation office, where he also dealt with critical topics such as talent, change management and agile execution.

Education-wise, as an undergrad he did Mechanical Engineering at Católica University in Peru. He also went to grad school at two different times of his professional career, first in 2003 to study Management at the IESE-ISE School, and then in 2010 to study Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
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I am passionate about the intersection of education, design, business and technology.

In 2011, I founded Fundi Bots, an education non-profit with a mission to accelerate learning for (science) students in Africa. Fundi Bots aims to promote better learning outcomes, improved career prospects and real-world technological advancement in African schools and communities through training and experimentation in hands-on, project-based and skills-oriented science disciplines, starting with robotics.

Today, Fundi Bots works with more than 180 schools, 400 teachers and 11,000 students in Uganda. Our goal is to accelerate science learning and provide workforce training for one million young African people by 2030.

Through my work with Fundi Bots, I was selected as a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow and a 2014 Ashoka Fellow.

Echoing Green and Ashoka Fellowships provide financial, logistical and advisory support to emerging world leaders to pursue ideas that try to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.

In 2017, I was selected as an African Visionary Fellow by the Segal Family Foundation.
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Solomon Makuza is the Executive Director at Gardens for Health International (GHI), a for impact non-profit that works at the intersection of health and agriculture to provide community-based, participatory solutions to malnutrition in Rwanda. GHI partners with health clinics and schools in rural and peri-urban areas so that families facing malnutrition have the knowledge, resources, and support to meet their nutritional needs and, moreover, to thrive.

He has more than a decade of experience in programs and organizational leadership. Prior to joining GHI, he led impactful programs at Partners in Health and AVSI International.

Solomon holds a BSc in Environmental Health Sciences and a Masters in Public Health.
He is also an East Africa Acumen fellow, Aspen Health Scholar, Skoll World Forum fellow, and an African Visionary fellow.
Suad Nana is an entrepreneur and social change maker, executive director and co-founder of the non-profit organization SAMA For All, located in France. She founded the organization aiming to make a positive impact on migrants’ lives as well as change the narrative and perceived perception of migrants in their host country.

Before devoting her time to SAMA For All, she served for 16 years as a business development executive, sales & marketing and research expert in contract catering services in the United Arab Emirates. She has a strong background in market research methodology.

She has had the chance to practice CSR governance with Abela & Co, one of the leading caterers in the UAE, for more than seven years.
Furthermore, she also worked as a director of film acquisitions in Egypt, and prior to that she worked in Sales and marketing for leading 5-star hotels in Syria.

She holds a master’s degree in translation in French/English and Arabic, and BA in French literature, diploma in hotel and tourism management.
Suad adapts easily to multicultural teams, has lived, and worked in 5 countries, and is well versed in many cultures.

She speaks Arabic, English, French and Italian. She lives in Paris-France.
Srikumar Misra is an Indian entrepreneur, founder of Milk Mantra, a consumer startup that brings together systems thinking, technology, society and ethical sourcing to build a premium foods business, and also impact the lives of disadvantaged people. He has raised multiple rounds of capital from both impact & mainstream VCs for Milk Mantra, which has gone on to became a disruptive brand with best in class margins. His work in purposeful capitalism has won awards, been the subject of several case studies, and featured in global media for a new paradigm of bridging purpose & profit.

Sri is a fellow of the Aspen Institute, and a Yale World Fellow, and has also advised the Indian government’s think-tank on transforming food value chains. Earlier, based in London, he has led M&A for emerging markets for the $200bn Tata Group’s food & beverage business.
Steve is the co-founder of the Kyaninga Child Development Centre (KCDC) ( KCDC was founded in 2014 and provides much-needed high-quality specialised and affordable assessment, treatment, education, and support to children living with disabilities. KCDC’s team has helped over 3,000 children to date.

Steve has also started several organisations to help create a more equitable and inclusive society for people living with disabilities in western Uganda, and these include:

Kyaninga Mobility, ( a workshop that designs, tests, develops, and manufactures wheelchairs, standing devices, seating apparatuses, prosthetics, and other mobility equipment that is specially tailored to the rural setting we operate in.

Kyaninga Education Hub and Kyaninga Inclusive Module School, ( Kyaninga Education Hub serves as a centre of excellence for the continued professional development of local Ugandan teachers. The Inclusive school allows our trainee teachers to learn in the same experiential, hands-on, and engaging way that we advocate for children.

Kyaninga Forest Foundation (KFF), ( KFF believes the preservation of biodiversity is critical for future prosperity, and as such we work to protect the biodiversity and ecological integrity of the natural world to the benefit of all those who depend upon it.

Kyaninga Dairy ( was established in 2016 with a view of assisting KCDC to become more sustainable and less reliant on donor funding by generating much-needed income through the sale of delicious, hand-crafted cheese.

Steve is the creator of Kyaninga Lodge (, which has been an essential funding partner to start the above organisations.

The Kyaninga Group is deeply personal for Steve as the organisations were founded because of the experiences that he faced with his son, who was born with epilepsy and a developmental delay.
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Sumitra has found her purpose and passion in unleashing the inner powers of humanity towards creating a better world – as individuals, in their families and institutions! She has a track record of innovating for new ideas, pathways and system-changing solutions globally. She actively champions working in teams, team-of-teams and networks with civil society actors, in solving complex societal problems.

Currently, Sumitra is Managing Director, Global Partnerships at Ashoka with a particular focus on Global South in Asia. She advances greater understanding in social innovation through cross-sectoral global partnerships with civil society, philanthropy and the private sector in Asia. She regularly convenes co-leaders in the field (philanthropists, civil society actors, companies) to generate thought -leadership in the field so that more actors will see, think and act differently together. As a social entrepreneur herself, she is a frequent publisher, speaker on podcasts and moderator to share insights from social entrepreneurs in Asia in order to make shared learning more visible.

She has over 25 years’ experience in the private and public sector in Europe, US and Singapore. She is the co-founder and Board Director of Playeum, Advisory Board member of Pratham Books, Trustcircle , Avanti Learning, YPO Exco-committee and Sofina CoVid Fund Investment Committee member.

Prior to the social impact work, she having worked at Random House UK, Bertelsmann AG, Procter & Gamble and Kraft. This included work in new venture creation, innovation and , in-depth research in society and markets. She is a patent holder.

Formally, she is a trained as a Chemical Engineer (Meng, Cambridge) with an MBA (INSEAD); and a Malaysian. She is a Developmental Coach from the school of Integral Coaching (CfD) from University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business.

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Irteza Ubaid is the Head of Business Development at Shams Power, Pakistan’s leading distributed solar generation company, where he looks after corporate strategy, business development and fundraising activities. He is the TEDx Ambassador to Pakistan and curates TEDxLahore.

He is also on the board of Pakistan based NGO, Safe Delivery Safe Mother, which is tackling maternal healthcare in Pakistan by training and developing health workers and practitioners in Government run healthcare centers.

He holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from NUST and an MBA from LUMS.
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Growing up in the beautiful, lush mountains of West Virginia, Tammy L. Jordan has always had a deep love for nature. At the age of five, she dreamed of owning a farm, and that desire only grew with time. After over a decade of working for USDA in agricultural research, Tammy left her federal job and went full time with her company Fruits of Labor, Inc. (FOL), which marries agriculture with culinary industry. The 21-year old company expanded into retreats with the addition of the 218-acre Fruits of Labor Retreat Center and Agricultural Production systems in 2012 which offers renewal retreats, expansive production gardens, a training orchard, berry production, mushroom production, floriculture, floral design, and maple syrup production systems.

The Fruits of Labor Training Center (now in its 10th year) provides a unique culinary and agricultural Farm-to-Table program which is a nationally recognized American Culinary Federation (ACF) Quality Program for individuals in recovery from SUD and the program for at-risk youth/young adults and youth aging out of the Foster Care System. Fruits of Labor offers the only ACF Quality Program in West Virginia. Students receive ACF Continuing Education Hours Certificates for each successfully completed semester. Upon completion of the ACF program students may choose to either certify at ACF Certified Culinarians or ACF Certified Pastry Culinarians.

Fruits of Labor trains and assists in placing graduating students in industry through collaborations with resorts, cafes, restaurants, and bakeries. Organizational Impact: Over the last 10 years the FOL Team has trained onsite 121 students over various semesters, offsite 89, and hands on intensive demonstration training of over 1000 in Alderson Prison for Women and at National Guard Mountain Challenge Academy for at risk youth. We operate 4 training cafes/bakeries (located in Rainelle, Alderson, Montgomery, and Beckley West Virginia) and a 218 acre farm in Spring Dale, WV.
Half Syrian, half German entrepreneur, has won lots of international awards & pats on the back.

Tarek’s mission is to “Localise the Aid Industry and get rid of the middlemen”. (#localisation #tech)

I am frustrated having worked over a decade in war zones. In the aid sector, each organization competes with each other – for money, for visibility, for paying their employees’ salaries. Local initiatives are struggling to survive, worn down by bureaucracy.

I want to change this!”
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Thiri Thant Mon is the Managing Partner of Pegu Partners (, a capital and strategy advisory firm based in Myanmar and the CEO of the Myanmar Institute of Directors ( She has over 20 years of experience with top international and Myanmar financial Institutions. Before returning to Myanmar in 2013, she was a capital markets investment banker with Morgan Stanley in the UK covering financial institutions, and previously with Capital One in the US and UK where she managed credit risk forecasting. Upon her return, she was a member of the executive committee of Yoma Strategic Holdings where she was Head of Corporate Development. She was also the Myanmar country representative for the CDC Group, the UK government’s development finance institution.

Deeply passionate about education, empowerment and the transition of Myanmar into a vibrant member of the global community, Thiri supports initiatives related to corporate governance, institutional capacity building and attracting investment and intellectual capital into Myanmar. She serves as a member of the board of directors of Dawn Microfinance and the British Chambers of Commerce Myanmar and is a trustee for several charities including the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, a Prince of Wales Charity. She is a Steering Committee Member of UK FCDO’s Business for Shared Prosperity, a private sector development programme for Myanmar and a member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Committee for Myanmar led by the OECD. She also enables and shares voices and ideas of others by founding and organising TEDxYangon.

Thiri holds a degree in Economics from William & Mary and a MBA from the London Business School.
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Umunyana Rugege is the Executive Director of SECTION27, a human rights organisation based in South Africa that seeks to achieve substantive equality and social justice. She is a human rights lawyer and has been with SECTION27 since its inception in 2010. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies (magna cum laude) from the State University of New York at Buffalo; a Master’s degree from Cornell University; and an LLB from the University of Cape Town, and has clerked at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Umunyana has played a leading role in several human rights cases advancing the right to health. She has led policy development and law reform that has helped to realise the right to health, particularly for vulnerable groups, and represented patient groups in the Health Market Inquiry into the private health care sector. She has served on the board of a gender equality organisation and is a current fellow of the African Leadership Initiative.
Urvashi has worked across the global development sector in the US, UK and India on sectors ranging from climate change to human trafficking. In her career, she has worked with international development NGOs, large corporate foundations and the private sector focusing on CEO level advocacy programs, program management and curating large scale convening platforms.

Prior to joining Intellecap, Urvashi worked with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, The Climate Group, Auroville Consulting, and Telekurs USA. She has a BA in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University, and has recently completed a year long program for Senior Leaders on General Management & Leadership from INSEAD Business School.
Vanessa D’Souza is CEO of SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action) since March 2013.
Prior to that she worked with Citibank India for 21 years in various positions, her last role being Director, Citigroup Private Bank.
She has completed her BA in Economics honors and MBA with a specialization in Marketing Management. She also did a Management Executive Development Program at Stanford University, sponsored by Citibank. She completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Nutrition in 2016.
She is a Fellow of the Dasra / Harvard Business Review Leadership Program 2014. She was awarded the Social Innovation and Iconic Leadership Award by World CSR Congress 2016. She was awarded the Mother Theresa Scholarship to attend a program on “Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management” at Harvard Business School in July 2017.
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Vishal co-founded Dream a Dream along with 11 others. Cofounded in 1999, Dream a Dream has invested in mainstreaming Life Skills within education ecosystems and helping transform the core purpose of education in India over the last two decades. Vishal is an Ashoka Fellow, an Eisenhower Fellow and a Board Member at PYE Global and Goonj. He has previously been a Founder Director of Unltd India and Board Member of India Cares Foundation.

Vishal is a Steering Committee Member of Karanga – A Global Alliance on Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills. He is a Founding Member of The Weaving Lab – A Global Learning Ecosystem of weavers who are advancing the practice and profession of weaving thriving learning ecosystems. He is a Founding Member of Catalyst 2030 – A global movement of social change innovators collaborating to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He is also part of the Informal Working Group on the Future of Education & Skills 2030 project by OECD where he has been a Co-chair and Moderator at various convenings.

Vishal has been recognized as an “Architect of the Future” by the Waldzell Institut in Austria. He is also an advisor and mentor to Reap Benefit and is deeply committed to mentoring start-up NGOs and young social entrepreneurs. He is a TEDx Speaker, active writer on development challenges and human-interest stories ( and a poet ( In 2018, he was awarded the ‘Heroes of Bengaluru’ award.

Vishal believes that if we can re-imagine learning to develop empathy, creative thinking, problem solving and collaborative working skills amongst young people, they will be able to overcome adversity and flourish in this fast-changing world.
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CEO & Founder of social entrepreneurship, employment platform and recruiting agency – Lobby X.

Licensee of TEDxKyiv.

Founder of ChangeMakers Networkings series in Ukraine.

Supervisory board head at Svidomi Media.
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Wayne is the Executive Director for Native Governance Center. A nonprofit organization whose mission is to help Tribes grow their capacity to exercise sovereignty. Prior to joining Native Governance Center, he served as an elected leader for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, for just under 4 years, two as the Tribal Vice-Chairman.

Wayne stays active on various boards of directors, giving back to communities when he can. He currently serves on the following organization’s boards: Northwest Area Foundation, Minnesota Indigenous Business Alliance, Twin Cities Public Television, and Cheyenne River Communities That Care.

Wayne is a alum of the Native Nation Rebuilders program from cohort 3 and also was a selected as a Sutton Leadership Rural Power Fellow for 2021-2022.

Wayne is married to Megan and father to Veda (6), Aiden (5), Alexander (2), and Regina(1). He and his family reside on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Reservation in north central South Dakota on his family’s ranch.
Willie Mpasuka leads Rays of Hope, a local NGO that has the biggest teacher network in Malawi. In 2009, he co-founded Rays of Hope that invests in education, and envisions that children and youth access transformative education. It does this through equipping in-service teachers and educating children and youth in public primary and secondary schools.

He comes from a humble background: one of nine children growing up in a slum. This affected his academic performance, and he was deemed a slow learner. Through the support of relatives and the community, Willie became the only child who got to college. He then committed his life to help slow learners complete school with excellence.

Rays of Hope is in 229 primary schools, working with over 2000 in-service teachers serving at least 230,000 students in four districts (Zomba Rural, Blantyre Rural, Blantyre Urban, Ntchisi, and Mchinji). Between 2016 and 2019, the organization has reduced the dropout rate from 8% to 0.81% in 57 primary schools. Our tutoring program, which focuses on slow learners, has registered a 95% completion rate in 5 consecutive years. The organization is on track to serve one million students across Malawi by 2025.

Willie leads a team of 26 full-time staff, 24 part-timers, and 5 volunteers. He holds a Masters’ Degree in International Development from Eastern University. He is married to Dyna and they have two sons: Macaire and Makai.
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Sonia Ben Ali is the Director and Founder of the non-profit URBAN REFUGEES, ( and a recent Ashoka Fellow. She holds a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Affairs from the French Institute of Political Sciences of Bordeaux, and started working with refugees and IDPs in 2007. DSonia started working with refugees and IDPs in 2007 in Bogota (Colombia) with a local NGO. She then worked on refugee protection programs in Casamance (Senegal), in a refugee camp of the Palestinian Territories and in Beirut (Lebanon) with both NGOs and UN agencies. Sonia holds a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Affairs from the French Institute of Political Sciences of Bordeaux. She is a Ted X speaker, a finalist of the Echoing Green Fellowship 2016, was awarded the prize of social innovator by Deloitte Australia and social entrepreneur of the year 2014 by ShoeString.
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Melissa Bime is a 22 year old licensed Nurse from Cameroon. Being of the medical background, Melissa got to experience first hand the challenges patients in Cameroon faced at the hands of
the health care system. She is passionate about addressing these problems and she believes that by leveraging on simple technologies, we can go a long way to provide solutions to this problems.
At the age of 20 after completing Nursing school, Melissa decided to start INFIUSS, which is an online blood bak that connects hospitals with blood banks to those without blood banks.
Through her work with INFIUSS, and her passion for entrepreneurship, Melissa hope to be able to continuously propose and provide solutions to Africa;s ever growing health care concerns.
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‘m a Computer Scientist with successful experience in using technology to innovate and distribute high-impact, scalable solutions.

My most recent work is at the intersection of finance, technology and agriculture. I co-founded FarmDrive – a data analytics company using the power of alternative credit scoring to increase sustainable lending from banks to smallholder farmers (SHFs) and small businesses (SMEs) in the agriculture sector.

My career aspiration is to build meaningful technology platforms that improve lives.
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Madeline is the Deputy Executive Director at Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB). Madeline joined TBB as an early team member in 2016 and has been an integral part of developing the organization’s goals, processes, strategy, and story. She is based in TBB’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. and spends significant time in TBB’s offices in the MIddle East. She joined TBB after serving as Manager of Development and Communications at the Cisneros Center for New Americans in Northwest Arkansas and working with the
Economic Empowerment Team for resettled refugees at the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring, Maryland. She graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in American History and Literature. Her thesis research focused on the role of storytelling in the application process for asylum, and was published in the Fall 2018 issue of Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees.
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I was 15 when I first got introduced to environmental issues through the GLOBE program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment), through which I discovered how one could be useful to their community. With my peers, we would observe and identify clouds in the sky, manage our local weather station and share our experiences weekly with other students. On hearing about my involvement in 2004, the Director of LC2 TV offered me a position as a TV host, on a show to bring awareness to the youth. From the University of Benin, I hold a master’s degree in the Environment and graduate as a journalist after I trained in journalism, video shooting, and editing skills in France.
In 2015, at the National Fund for Environment and Climate (FNEC), I Contributed to design communication plan and campaign; organized conferences and workshops on Environment and Climate. As Director of Communication at the Ministry of Digital Economy and Communications of Benin in 2016, I designed and implemented communication strategies for the Minister and the Ministry. Since COP22, I am a member of EJN, an American journalist network, and run the first environmental communications startup in Benin since 2017 with three main areas of intervention: Terre à Terre Bénin:
1- Communication (CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility and Planet Terre a Terre TV, the first environmental Web TV in Benin)
2- Environment: our social component, by trainings, workshops, conferences, debates, environmental events, environmental communication campaigns, environmental alerts.
3- Technical assistance for companies, Institutions, Organizations : Coordination of communication services; Adaptation of existing communication tools to new audiences; Press relation.
At COP 24 in Katowice, Poland in December 2018, I launched the first environmental Web Tv “Planete Terre a Terre TV” Today, I have fifteen years’ experience as a journalist.
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ATINUKE LEBILE, a vibrant lady with utmost interest in Agriculture and its value chain, and her passion for agriculture and feeding the nation and ensuring Food security has made her the Strategist Officer for Ogunmod Farms and Farmers’ Academy and the Co-founder of Cato Foods and Agro-allied Global Concepts, that is committed to addressing Malnutrition especially in children under 5 and pregnant women using staple foods
A graduate of Agricultural Science from University of Ilorin, who also works with rural communities to mentor young out-of-school girls on various entrepreneurial leadership skills through her initiative called MAGIC (mentor A Girl Child) and SheAgric Initiative where she raises intending female farmers, empower and motivate women and youth into Agriculture and its value chain to ensure Food security, Poverty reduction and curbing unemployment in Africa.
Atinuke also earn a certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship from Purdue University, Indiana USA. Certificate in Enterprise Management from Enterprise Development Centre at the Lagos Business School and she is also an Alumni of FATE Foundation.
She is a global ambassador for A world at School, 2015 Global Alliance for youth Leadership Fellow, 2016 YALI(RLC)West Africa Fellow and 2017 Mandela Washington fellow under the flagship of Young African Leaders initiative of former USA president, Barrack Obama, 2017/2018 Leap Africa fellow.
Atinuke who love to be called a Cutefarmer, is presently the Program and Membership Mobilization Officer for Youths Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD), Nigeria.
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I am Sekou Dgeorges Manubah, borne unto the union of Mr. and Mrs. Musu Sekou Manubah at the St. Joseph catholic Hospital, old road, Congo Town, Monrovia, Liberia.
I am a former professional soccer player (Liberia National Lonestar). I began my soccer career in Liberia at a very young age where I played in the top flight of Liberia’s soccer league with invincible eleven, the former club of the current President of the republic of Liberia and former Ballon D’or winner,H.E. Pres George M. Weah
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Blessing Mene’s purpose is to help people prosper financially. He is a social innovator, creative enterpreneur and resilient leader. Blessing has a background in agriculture, social entrepreneurship, and economic development. Blessing is the author of “The Winning Streak”, a life-changing book for young social innovators looking to develop clarity, raise capital and sustainably grow their entreprises. Blessing is an Ashoka Fellow, Global Good Fund Fellow and 2020 Goalkeepers Rebuilder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

He serves as the CEO of Vetsark, a social entreprise with a vision to transform agriculture in Africa. Vetsark won the Google Impact Challenge Public Choice Prize for its impact in safeguarding animal health for farmers and the general public.
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Edith Violet Naisubi is a Ugandan studying MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Edinburgh. She did a Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration at Ashesi University, Ghana as a MasterCard Foundation scholar at both institutions. Edith is interested in social entrepreneurship, the open-source movement, and transformative leadership. Edith co-founded AgriSan which focuses on helping women in Eastern Uganda who are sole breadwinners to collectively grow a farming business and develop financial literacy, among other skills.
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Ritah Namwiza is a youth advocate with a special interest in how young people can harness technology to create and sustain livelihoods, improving their lives, and those they care about. She is a co-founder of Collage and Development Connection, both e-based platforms that bring development opportunities closer to young people. Ritah has supported various initiatives that equip youth with the skills they need to meaningfully contribute to development processes, including the implementation of Agenda 2030 and has worked with the Restless Development BIG IDEA programme, the UNAIDS Special Youth Programme and the Global Campaign to End Child Labour.
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A major sports fan and development practitioner, Navalayo Osembo started a sports academy in Bungoma, Western Kenya. The Academy gave sports proteges from disadvantaged backgrounds access to much-needed professional training without compromising their education. While trying to figure out the best way to maximize social impact in Kenya through sports, Navalayo teamed up with her co-founder to create “Enda”, a made-in-Kenya running shoe brand that creates jobs, invests in local communities and spurs economic development through exports.

Navalayo’s education background is law, accounting and international development. She is passionate about small businesses and their potential to transform Africa’s economy.
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Shantanu is creating an ecosystem for quality pregnancy care in low resource settings of India. His initiative CareNX with the team of 20 people is ensuring sustainable approach and efficient healthcare delivery model. ‘CareMother’ the flagship product of CareNX is a platform for doorstep care and management of high-risk pregnancies. CareMother is recognised by Her Majesty ‘The Queen of England’, UN-Women, Botnar Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada etc. Shantanu is awarded by “The President of India’s Innovation Scholar Award in 2015”, Google SMB Hero Award in 2017 and Top 10 Innovator by MIT, DST and Lockheed Martin in 2018.

He also plays key role in R&D for Women’s Reproductive Health at NanoBios Lab, IIT Bombay. As a PhD scholar from IIT Bombay he has developed cervical cancer screening device for self-screening. Recently, OECD published his article in “Development Cooperation Report 2018” titled -Bringing affordable and accessible maternal healthcare to the poorest districts of India.

He is keen on sustainable partnerships for enabling quality pregnancy care in India.
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i was born and raised in Iraq all of my life, after a long journey to continue my studies during war and worst situation in Iraq i was successful to graduate from business administration at the age of 22 , i started after that working and volunteering in humanitarian organization (Alrawdh) where i focused to help women in need, i found my passion in life which is empowering and helping women in Iraq specially widowed and refugee and displaced women and ending child marriage and help girls go to schools, in 2014 i started my own business (Ishtar) which is a small business to support women by training them and hiring them inside the company , we faced many difficulties as it was the first women business that was self funded , but we were very successful to hire 12 women full time and over 25 women part time all around Iraq , we hired widowed women , women who live in poverty, and young women who want to finish their study , we are working now to increase the number of our shops and hire more women and start the next project which is about supporting the girls in poor families to go to schools and not be married at a young age .
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Angela Code is a member of the Sayisi Dene First Nation. She was born in Churchill, Manitoba (the polar bear capital of the world). Angela spent her childhood in her home Indian reserve at Tadoule Lake, Manitoba. There, she was surrounded by denesuline (Chipewyan Dene language), culture, family and community of her people. The Sayisi Dene are caribou people – much of their identity is directly linked to their traditional territory and living off the land. At age 10, Angela’s parents Allan and Mary Code moved her and brother Mike to Whitehorse, Yukon in order to receive higher quality western education, recreation and general opportunities to “succeed” within Canadian society. The move also proved to assist with Allan and Mary’s careers as documentary film makers. After finishing high-school, Angela pursued her Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in First Nation Studies, a Minor in First Nation Languages and Linguistics at the University of British Columbia – she graduated in 2012. Angela has worked various jobs – largely with youth and film making. Angela has also travelled the world. She believes in social justice and the empowerment of the oppressed. Angela is a strong advocate for indigenous peoples’ rights – particularly for indigenous women. Angela has served as a delegate for various summits including The Indigenous Circumpolar Women’s Gathering and The Sustainable Goals Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
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Buvana has 12 years of working experience with in Indian and Bangladesh microfinance industry. She started her career in DHAN Foundation, a leading not for profit in India that focuses on community banking program. She supported 8000 affected families by Tsunami to restore the lives and livelihood of poor communities through Microcredit. Later, She joined in a leading Microfinance Institution (which is a small finance bank) where she built and managed microcredit portfolio of INR 50 million. In 2009, She worked as a microfinance consultant for an urban Not-for-profit based at Dhaka, Bangladesh to set up savings and credit program supported by Development Innovations Group (DIG). While supporting Dhaka project, Buvana has set up the micro-housing pilot project of DIG in Chennai, India. Buvana has been with for 4+ years bringing changes in the lives of household by creating access to water and sanitation facility. Buvana joined as a Program Manager and got elevated to Senior Program Manager last year. She leads a team of program managers who manages the smart subsidy program implemented by Microfinance Institutions, Banks and WASH supply chain institutions across India. She guides and supports the programs team on the program technical aspects and budget management. Buvana has been instrumental in organizing annual events for partners and other stakeholders. She holds Masters in Agriculture from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India and also a certificate course on Certified Microfinance Expert from the Frankfurt school of management and Finance, Germany.
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Maria Antonia holds an MA degree in Finance, Government, and International Relations and has six years of experience in Social Entrepreneurship, field work and Information and Communications Technology for Development. She is the current Director of the Digital Research and Development Department of Fundación Capital. Before this position, she co-founded LittleBigMoney, the first social-crowdfunding platform in Colombia promoted by Fundación Capital and developed the expansion strategy of one of the largest Peer to Peer MarketPlace of Latin America Afluenta (Fintech Platform). She is an active Global Shaper and outgoing curator of the Global Shapers Mexico’s Hub. She currently teaches the “Alternative Fundraising and Negotiation” module at the Masters program of Management for Development at (Externado University Colombia) and the “Financial Innovation” module at the Postgraduate Programe – Economy and Management for Inclusion at (UDELAR Uruguay).
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Faith is a Zambian Youth Activist who believes that young people are the future of today.She’s a member of the MasterCard Foundation Youth ThinkTank,a project implemented by Restless Development Uganda & is leading research on innovations and technology and how they affect young farmers at different stages of the agricultural value chain.She’s also working with other Youth ThinkTank Researchers in East,West & Southern Africa,developing &adapting tools &guidelines that can support development stakeholders improve &increase engagement with young people in their programs.Furthermore,Faith is very passionate about Sexual Reproductive Health.Because of her passion,she co-found COPPER ROSE,a youth-led organization in Zambia that’s committed to educating adolescents &young people about their bodies,sexual rights & menstrual hygiene.She travels to remote areas of Zambia,managing projects focusing on girls in underprivileged communities.In the last 2years,she’s reached out to 12000+ girls teaching them about puberty &menstrual hygiene practices &intends to reach out to 1million women & girls by 2021.Faith has years of experience in Youth Engagement & Grassroots Organizing in low income countries in Africa.She’s a founding member of Project Forward an innovative,self-sustaining ecosystem that allows NGOs to indirectly incentivize volunteers.At its core,Project Forward facilitates the monetization of volunteer hours through a proprietary digital currency called Forward Coins.Faith is currently a National Youth Consultant with Swiss TPH evaluating the ACT!2030 Initiative,youth-led social action initiative which engages young people with advocacy &accountability around the SDGs.She has a BA in Business Administration &is working towards an Msc in Public Health/Public Policy &Global Affairs.In the next 5years,she intends to set up an industry manufacturing disposable &washable sanitary napkins which will provide jobs for thousands of young people in Africa.
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Priyanka majored in English from Delhi University and started her career at a buying house. In the last decade she has worked in sales, accounts, customer service, media, production and as a travel writer across India, New Zealand and the United States. She believes that the diversity in her career and the experience accumulated has helped build her communication, adaptability, management and interpersonal skills extensively. Priyanka joined the development sector two years ago as part of the media team at Breakthrough. Starting out as Manager for campaigns, she now heads the Media Hub for the organisation, a role she moved into a year and a half ago. As part of the current role, Priyanka along with her team is responsible for all the Mass Media and Digital work that is produced by the Breakthrough across various programs. This includes all media products such as films, radio, graphics design, IVRS in addition to all digital content. As part of the Senior team for the organisation, Priyanka’s role also includes being part of and giving input on organisational strategy and other processes when requiredAn avid reader, she is a traveler at heart and when not working can be found curled up on the couch planning her next trip.
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Kevin is the Co-founder and Project Manager for Ukulima Halisi- A social venture Project that has revolutionised tea farming in Kenya by adopting notifications and schedule planning between the tea farmers and the different tea factories via mobile phone. Prior to moving to South Africa, He worked for Equity Group Foundation under the Wings to Fly Program, a project that provides full scholarship funding for needy bright students in Kenya.

As the Project Manager for Ukulima Halisi project, Kevin’s mission is to create innovative Information Technology systems that will help streamline agricultural processes in Kenya and enable farmers to make a better living. Kevin is a Research Fellow for Foundation for Innovation and Technology -Africa, an organization that provides consultancy on Innovation Policies and Technology Management in Pretoria.

Kevin is also a MasterCard Foundation Postgraduate Scholar at the University of Pretoria, an Alumni of USAID scholarship in Kenya and alumni of The Common Purpose Future Leader’s Experience in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Driven by an interest to witness meaningful and sustainable change in underserved communities, Bvudzai leads the regional research and advocacy agenda for VillageReach’s work in improving immunization supply chains. Some of her current work is focussed on understanding processes and outcomes of transitioning social innovations (funding and management) from non-profit organizations to governments in low-resource settings. Bvudzai studied Public Health in Zimbabwe and South Africa and earned her PhD from the University of the Western Cape in 2017. All of her work experience has been in public health research with a goal to inform policy and practice. She has received multiple awards and fellowships including the Emerging Voices for Global Health, Social Innovation in Public Health Fellowship, South African Research Chair Initiative in Health Systems & Social Change.
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Doreen is the Chief of Staff and Director of Government Relations for One Acre Fund in Rwanda. One Acre Fund serves smallholder farmers in East and Southern Africa, providing farm inputs, financing, and training that helps farmers to increase their yields and become more prosperous. Globally, One Acre Fund has 8,500 staff who serve more than 1 million farm families each year, with an additional 1 million households reached through private and public partnerships.

Doreen oversees One Acre Fund’s country-scale engagements and partnerships with the Government of Rwanda, as well the program’s policy, communications, and legal and compliance portfolios. She coordinates strategy setting for the Rwanda leadership team and leads key strategic initiatives, organizational campaigns, and external partnerships that improve organizational culture, policy and impact alignment, and program efficiency.

Doreen holds a B.A in International Relations from Tufts University and is a 2018 Skoll Foundation and Mastercard Foundation Emerging Leaders Fellow and an Opportunity Collaboration Global Skoll Foundation Fellow. Prior to joining One Acre Fund, Doreen worked on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) in Belize with the United States Peace Corps and has previously worked with the World Justice Project, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Rwanda, and Youth Action Africa.
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Alpha Ngwenya is a student at Arizona State University majoring in Economics and Business Data Analytics. He currently works for Changemaker Central as a marketing chairperson. Changemaker provides over $250,000 in start-up funding. Alpha interned with Steward Bank and Public Accountant and Auditors Board were he developed interpersonal skills. By the age of 14 his grandfather, grandmother, father, and mother had passed away and he had to assume responsibility for his two siblings. That was when he started a vegetable garden business that enabled him to generate funds for his education and the education of siblings. His background was his introduction to the world of social innovation. Alpha has pursued his passion for social entrepreneurship by founding African Data Company, a unique startup that trains rural community members in Lupinyu, Zimbabwe on ways to save, accumulate and invest their money. With the aim of disrupting the cycle of poverty which is dominant in rural Africa. He also co-founded Strong Women Strong Love, a non-profit that provides feminine hygiene products to women facing homelessness. They teach women in Uganda the skills of designing a reusable sanity pad that can be sold for a 5500 Ugandan shillings profit per pack. This is unique because it provides entrepreneurship skills and financial benefit to women who are less privileged. Also, Strong Women Strong Love partners with a safe house with an aim to keep a girl child in school all month long, by training them to make reusable feminine hygiene products for personal use. Strong Women Strong Love has impacted over 2400+ women since its inception.

“social entrepreneurship is a universal language that can make poverty deaf” – Alpha Ngwenya
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