Meet some of the summit speakers

Peter Munya

Cabinet Secretary -
Government of Kenya

Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives

Annette McGee Johnson

Global Legal Counsel
Ashoka Africa

Walid Badawi

Resident Representative
UNDP Kenya

Victoria Gathogo

Head of Partnerships and Community engagement
B Lab East Africa

Edward Mbucho Mungai

Chief Executive Officer
Kenya Climate Innovation Centre

Noluvo ‘Vovo’ Ngcwabe

Head Group Corporate Social Investment
Barloworld Limited

Shalom Ndiku

Legal Programme Manager for Africa
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Iqbal Paroo

Managing Partner
Paroo and Associates LLC

Moses Anibaba

Regional Director
Sub Saharan Africa, British Council

Pape Samb

Executive Director
Ashoka Africa

Adama Kane

Ashoka Fellow
Founder Jokko Sante

Christie Peacock

Founder and Executive Chairman
Sidai Africa

Ngu H. Morcho

Ashoka Fellow
Three Arrows Impact Partner

Sheena Adams

Global Director of Communications
Accountability Lab

Ngwing Kimani

Executive Director
B Lab East Africa

Simon Manyara

Access to Healthcare Manager
Boehringer Ingelheim

Anthony Annan

Co-founder, CEO and Board Member
Impact Capital Advisors

Simon Berry

Ashoka Fellow & Freelance Consultant

Yvonne Ofosu

Investment Director
Wangara Green Ventures

Joseph Nkandu

Ashoka Fellow, Executive Director
NUCAFE

Wamuyu Mahinda

Ashoka Fellow & Independent Consultant

Amadi Nwokocha

Group Controller
Ashoka

Manuela Pastore

Global manager
Social entrepreneurial initiative Making More Health

Dr. Frank Aswani

CEO
Africa Venture Philanthropy Alliance

Dr. Moka Lantum

Founder / CEO
SAGITARIX Ltd

Sawa Nakagawa

Founder & Partner
Three Arrows Impact Partner

Josephine Nzerem

Director, venture and fellowship
Ashoka Africa

Ayodeji Adewunmi

President & Co-CEO
Gokada

Dramane Coulibaly

Chairman
ICON

Danny Mucira

Managing Director East Africa
Trace TV

Alexandra Machado

Founder
Girl Move Academy/Ashoka Fellow

Philomena Dsane

Director
Women Entreprise Development, National Board for Small Scale Industries (Ghana)

Alice Wekesa

Senior Consultant Gender & Inclusion
British Council

Emanuele Santi

Fund Manager
Bamboo Capital

Arielle Molino

Associate Vice President
Intellecap Advisory Services PV LTD / Impact@Africa

Rachael Millson

African Partnerships Director
Social Enterprise Academy

Michael Sudarkasa

CEO
Africa Business / Group Chair Impact@Africa Network

Wanjuhi Njoroge

Founder
People Planet Africa

Thomas Sales

Regional Private Sector Special Advisor
Regional Private Sector Special Advisor

Argent Chuula

Director
African Financial and Technical

Wanja Mwangi

Director of Corporate Affairs
Developing Middle East and Africa, Mars Wrigley

François Améguidé

Board Member
Impact@Africa

Almaz Negash

David Müller

Program Analyst
UNDP Regional Service Centre

Irungu Nyakera

Entrepreneur &
Philanthropist

Stephanie Schmidt

Partnership Lead,International evaluator for Ashoka Fellow selection, Board Member of Ashoka Romania
Ashoka Africa

Clement Ugorji

Director, Public Affairs & Communications
The Coca Cola Company

Falaq Tijani

Manager
SAHEL Capital Partners

Robert Mboya

COO & Co Founder
Cherehani Africa

Yeleka Barrett

Global Community Manager
Making More Health

Irfan Keshavjee

Susannah Farr

James Odero

Executive Assistant to Chairman & MD General Manager
Toyota Kenya

Maryanne Ochola

East African Regional Manager
ANDE Aspen Institute

George Gichingiri Mugweru

Housing Market systems Specialist
Terwilliger Centre for Innovation and Shelter in Europe, Middle East & Africa

Benjamin Barnett

Consultant
ActionAid Denmark

Lukman Jaji

Policy Officer (ICT & Documentation)
African Union Commission

Grace Ngina

Head of Operations and Partnerships
Mantle Africa Limited

Kibret Abebe

Founder and CEO
Tebita Ambulance Pre-Hospital Emergency Services

Sanne Meijboom

Founder
I Like Local & Impact Nomads

Uche Kenneth Udekwe

Founder
NATAL CARES

Stephanie Schmidt

Partnership Lead
Ashoka in Africa

Philip Thigo

Director
Africa for the thunderbird school for Global Management

Mathias Kure

Social Enterprise Program Lead
ActionAid Kenya

Milton Lore

Director
KPMG International Development Advisory Services

Daniela Henrike Klau-panhans

Consultant
IFC

Wilmot Allen

Founder
VentureLift Africa

Kgopotso Ramoroka

Deputy Permanent Secretary
Government of Botswana - Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture

Kate Munuka

Luba Shara

Senior Operations Officer
IFC

Annette McGee Johnson
Global Legal Counsel
Ashoka Africa

Annette McGee Johnson is Global Legal Counsel for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. She is responsible for governance matters, policy, and strategic issues for the global office and the 40 related legal entities around the world. She is also responsible for managing partnerships with external partners in the legal and social impact space.

Annette has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College and obtained her juris doctor degree at the University of Oregon School of Law. Following law school, she clerked with the Honorable Cheryl Albrecht of the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon.

Subsequently, Annette returned to her birth country, Liberia, to bolster post-war peacebuilding efforts. Through the James A.A. Pierre Judicial Institute housed at Liberia’s supreme court, she worked with a research team to support a rule of law initiative, developing instructional texts and materials to train magistrates throughout the country, many of whom lacked formal education.

Annette is the founding director of the government of Liberia’s first Child Justice Section established at the Ministry of Justice, serving as Staff Attorney for Child/Juvenile Justice. In that role she contributed to peacebuilding initiatives in collaboration with the Liberian government, UN agencies, and other international counterparts. She also led the Child Justice Task Force which comprised relevant government and civil society agencies, and international development agencies, with oversight of child justice policies and interventions nationwide. During her tenure, Annette piloted the first juvenile diversion program, channeling children from the formal justice system to community-based interventions. This initiative required close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Juvenile Court, the Ministry of Gender, and the Women’s Protection Section of the Liberia National Police. The program remains alive today and has expanded to several other counties in the country.

Her professional interests include accelerating the number of changemaker lawyers through exposing law students to experiential learning; and bringing a wholistic and ecosystem approach to supporting social entrepreneurs implementing ideas on the African continent. As part of the latter, she hosted more than a dozen interviews with changemakers across the continent, with plans to publish those interviews through a podcast series.

Walid Badawi
Resident Representative
UNDP Kenya

Mr. Walid Badawi was appointed as the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kenya with effect from 4 June 2019.

Mr. Badawi has vast experience in UNDP with 26 years of progressively complex international development and leadership experience. Until his appointment, Mr. Badawi served as the United Nations Resident Representative ad interim for UNDP South Africa and prior to that UNDP Country Director, South Africa (2014 – 2019).

He began his career in UNDP as Programme Officer, UNDP Jakarta, Indonesia (1993 –1999); and Coordination Officer in the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, UN/UNDP Cairo, Egypt (1999 – 2001). He held various positions in the Regional Bureau for Arab States between September (2001 – January 2007) last being the Chief of Staff and Senior policy Advisor to the Regional Bureau Director.

After that he served as Deputy Resident Representative (Programme), in UNDP Iraq, (based in Amman, Jordan) (January 2007 – March 2009). Subsequently he was appointed Deputy Director, Division of Resource Mobilization in UNDP’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) (March 2009 – January 2014).

Mr. Badawi holds a Masters degree in International Management (Finance and Marketing) from the American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird, Campus, Glendale, Arizona and a B.A from Fordham University in Economics.

Mr. Badawi is married and has three children.

Victoria Gathogo
Head of Partnerships and Community engagement
B Lab East Africa

Excited to grow the B movement in East Africa, working with diverse businesses and partners to drive business as a force for good in Africa.

Prior to this role, Victoria worked as operations and business development associate for Voice of the Family in Africa, to provide parental formational programs to the new generation of parents.

She also worked at BDO as an Audit Assistant in their East Africa office. Victoria holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Audencia Business School, Nantes France and a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi. She is also a Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK

Edward Mbucho Mungai
Chief Executive Officer
Kenya Climate Innovation Centre

Mr. Edward Mungai is the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) and the Lead consultant for Impact Africa Consulting Ltd.

He leads the team across focus areas and crafts unconventional strategies to drive innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainable development.

Mr. Mungai has a multifaceted background in business advisory, entrepreneurship, and investment management, having worked with the Danish International Investment Funds (IFU) as an Investment Manager in Copenhagen as well as in Africa where he was the head of the regional office for IFU.

Edward holds an Executive MBA as well as a Business Management degree from Moi University, Kenya. He has huge interest in corporate sustainability and has been involved in high level discussions of the topic across Africa and the USA. Edward is a 2016 Eisenhower Fellow and a published author of the book “Impact Investing in Africa” by Palgrave Macmillan.

Noluvo ‘Vovo’ Ngcwabe
Head Group Corporate Social Investment, Barloworld Limited

Vovo Ngcwabe has BA Industrial Psychology from UNISA, a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship Programme, a certificate in Leadership Development Programme from GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science).

She is a season executive boasting extensive experience in both private and pubic sectors working as Human Resources Executive and joined Barloworld 9 years ago holding various portfolios within the organisation.  She is also a principal Trustee on both the Barloworld Trust and Barloworld Education Trust responsible for donor funding and bursary funding.

Discovering a passion for assisting entrepreneurs, she championed and spearheaded the development, design and implementation of the recently launched Barloworld Mbewu Programme which is a flagship programme that provides seed funding, access to further finance with Barloworld’s strategic partners and capacity development programme to Social Entrepreneurs in South Africa.

Shalom Ndiku
Legal Programme Manager for Africa
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Shalom is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Legal Programme Manager for Africa, overseeing and managing TrustLaw’s programme in Sub-Saharan Africa with NGOs, social enterprises and lawyers working or interested in the continent.

He facilitates pro bono legal assistance for TrustLaw’s members and supports various research programmes on a cross-section of uniquely African and transregional issues such as social enterprise, criminal justice, health rights (i.e. HIV/AIDS, FGM, etc), human trafficking, women’s rights and legal reform. He has expertise in public, constitutional, extractives and environmental laws, with experience both in private practice and the non-profit sector.

Shalom has a postgraduate law degree (LL.B) from the University of Cape Town and another in Industrial Psychology (B.A) from Helderberg College, both in South Africa.

Iqbal Paroo
Managing Partner Paroo and Associates LLC

Iqbal Paroo has devoted his life to alleviating suffering among the world’s most marginalized populations through improved health care and investment strategies.

Mr. Paroo’s expertise lies in complex health care systems, academic institutions, technology companies, and venture-funded start-ups. He brings his unique expertise in business turnarounds, transition management, market strategy formulation and organization governance to USADF.

He is the Managing Partner of Paroo and Associates and previously led the Omidyar Network as President and CEO.

Moses Anibaba
Regional Director - Sub Saharan Africa
British Council

Moses was appointed Regional Director (Group MD) for British Council’s operations in Sub Saharan Africa in July 2017.

Prior to this, he worked as Director Private Sector Partnership in Africa and the British Council’s global lead for partnerships with the extractive industry from January 2014.

Moses was Country Director Ghana from 2007 and later Cluster Lead West Africa in 2010.

Before his job in Ghana, Moses worked in Romania where he spent 3 years at the British Council first as Deputy Director, and later Director. Between 1999 and 2003, Moses worked in Greece and prior to this engagement worked in Zimbabwe between 1996 and 1999 including stints working on World Bank Projects in Central and Southern Africa.

He has also worked in South Africa (9 months between 1994 & 1995), Ukraine, Yemen and Turkey on shorter assignments and in London.

Moses posses a strong business background, holds an MBA from Durham University and is a fellow of ACCA UK. This is tingled with a strong interest in arts and the role culture plays in community development and cohesion and in breaking down barriers between people. Moses is committed to the empowerment and professional development of young people/professionals. He is a regular speaker at youth related conferences and board member of two organisations specialising entrepreneurship and youth training in Ghana.

Moses has worked extensively in the private sector over the last 17 years, past assignment and projects include SHELL, BP, Barclays, World bank, HESS, Anadarko, Vodafone, De Beers, GSK and TIGO – and many others. He was Director and global lead for the partnership with Tullow Oil since its inception in 2011. Moses is currently studying for an LLM in International Oil and Gas and Energy Law.

Moses was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2013 New Year’s honour list in recognition for the work in brokering partnership with corporate sector in Ghana and other parts of West Africa.

Pape Samb
Global Vice President
Ashoka

Pape Samb serves as the Global Vice President of Ashoka and Executive Director of Ashoka Africa. He is an Adjunct Professor and Executive in Residence at American University’ School of Public Affairs. He founded and serves as Chairman of the Global Youth Innovative Network (GYIN), a youth-run and led network of over 6,000 young leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and farmers in almost 100 countries. As an advocate for social innovation and youth initiatives, he frequently facilitated post-thematic Youth Consultations for the United Nations and international organizations.

Pape Samb is a social entrepreneur specialized in youth and women livelihoods, and social innovation. He has more than 20 years of experience in program and resource development, partnership building, entrepreneurship, strategic planning, training and facilitation, global leadership, and content management. He focuses his energy on educating underserved communities to create livelihoods and social innovation, particularly for women and youth around the world, helping them become self-sufficient and connecting them with the resources they need.

Samb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Masters in Executive Leadership and Public Administration from American University in Washington, D.C.

Adama Kane
Ashoka Fellow. Founder
Jokko Sante

Adama KANE is a telecom engineer passionate by ICT for Social Impact

In February 2015, he launched an ehealth app named JokkoSanté in Senegal to democratize access to good and reliable medicines, especially for vulnerable communities. In 2016, Adama he is elected Ashoka Fellow.

Adama received many prestigious international awards for his work : African Entrepreneurship Award 2015, International Telecommunications Union Recognition of Excellency 2015, France e-Health Grand Prize 2016, United Nations Top12 innovators which could help achieve the SDGs by 2030 (UN STI Forum 2017), USAID Inclusive Health Access Priz (2019).

Christie Peacock
Founder and Executive Chairman of Sidai Africa

Vovo Ngcwabe has BA Industrial Psychology from UNISA, a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship Programme, a certificate in Leadership Development Programme from GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science).

She is a season executive boasting extensive experience in both private and pubic sectors working as Human Resources Executive and joined Barloworld 9 years ago holding various portfolios within the organisation.  She is also a principal Trustee on both the Barloworld Trust and Barloworld Education Trust responsible for donor funding and bursary funding.

Discovering a passion for assisting entrepreneurs, she championed and spearheaded the development, design and implementation of the recently launched Barloworld Mbewu Programme which is a flagship programme that provides seed funding, access to further finance with Barloworld’s strategic partners and capacity development programme to Social Entrepreneurs in South Africa.

Ngu H Morcho
Ashoka Fellow Three Arrows Impact Partner

Ngu has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare business development, strategic marketing, general management.

He is the founder of Yako Healthcare Holdings ltd (Yako), a medical technology solutions platform with a Pan-African focus. Yako Healthcare Holdings connects patients to doctors in the most efficient way possible to increase access and affordability to all people.

Prior to founding Yako, Ngu Morcho served as GM and Project Development Leader GE Healthcare for West & Central Africa.

Ngu also worked at AlphaDev LLC, a healthcare early-stage venture firm in Houston TX, and Pfizer, Inc as a senior hospital account manager.

Born & raised in Cameroon, Central Africa, Ngu Morcho holds an MBA from Rice University, Houston, TX and is also a veteran of the US Military, Navy branch.

He is married to Michelle and they have 3 sons.

Sheena Adams
Global Director of Communications - Accountability Lab

Sheena is a passionate communications expert with more than 18 years of experience in traditional and digital media and communications. Currently the Global Director of

Communications for Accountability Lab based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sheena works with communications officers across 8 country teams on cohesive strategies for the organization’s diverse programs and markets. 

Ngwing Kimani
Executive Director
B Lab East Africa

Ngwing is the Executive Director of B Lab East Africa. A not-for-profit organisation that supports, promotes and certifies for-profit companies using their business as a force for good.

She serves on the Advisory Board of Laeteon Wealth Management Services Ltd. A firm she founded in 2009 to support individuals and businesses in achieving their financial and organisational goals. She is currently the Finance Lead on the Board of Value 4 Women; a global advisory firm that helps organizations advance gender inclusion

She is passionate about supporting businesses to succeed in order to create real value and improve livelihoods. She has over 8 years of experience working with businesses in various sectors including: retail, agriculture, mining, technology, insurance, and education.

She is a Certified Insurance Professional of Kenya. As a Commonwealth Scholar, she completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA/ID) from the University of York, UK with a concentration in International Development. She holds a Diploma in Project Management from Ashworth College, USA and a dual Bachelor’s degree with honors, in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, USA.

Simon Manyara
Access to Healthcare Manager at Boehringer Ingelheim

Simon Manyara works with Boehringer Ingelheim sub-Saharan Africa as Access To Healthcare manager, where he is responsible for a variety of projects and initiatives aimed at addressing barriers to healthcare access.

As part of his responsibilities, Simon has oversight over Boehringer Ingelheim’s social business initiatives under the broader Making More Health (MMH) umbrella. Through MMH, Boehringer Ingelheim has partnered with Ashoka to co-create holistic and sustainable solutions to healthcare by working together with social entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim, Simon led the implementation of various projects focusing on access to medicines and affordable healthcare in rural western Kenya.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s degree in Global Health from the University of Edinburgh. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the IE Business School. Simon is passionate about sustainable healthcare delivery and disruptive innovation.

Anthony Annan
Co-founder, CEO and Board Member Impact Capital Advisors

Mr. Anthony Annan is a co-founder, CEO and Board Member of Impact Capital Advisors (ICA), a Private Equity/Venture Capital Fund Management and Investment Advisory firm incorporated in Ghana by likeminded African investment professionals with a common objective to raise and manage PE/VC funds for impact investments in Ghana and Africa under the same umbrella and brand to mutual benefit. Anthony incorporated ICA to invest in SMEs following over 10 years of experience in making equity investments and developing SMEs in Africa.

ICA is currently fundraising for its Industrial Support Fund (ISF), an SME fund to invest in Light Manufacturing and Agro-Processing industries in support of the African Free Trade Agreement (AfCTA) and Regional Integration.

Anthony’s professional experience includes working for among others, The US African Development Foundation’s (US ADF) SME Venture Capital program in Ghana; Liberty Capital as the Group General Manager and Head of Corporate Finance; GroFin Ghana, an SME specialist financing company; The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) as an SME Business Development Services Advisor; The Business Development Fund (BDF) of Rwanda where he developed the Quasi Equity Investment Vehicle for SMEs; The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) where he developed Ethiopia’s Private Sector Engagement Strategy for Climate Finance and supported Rwanda’s Green Climate Fund (FONERWA) for the setup of various Investment Vehicles to deepen FONERWA’s engagement with the private sector for climate action; General Electric (GE Supply) and UTC’s Pratt & Whitney as a Global Manager for General Business Support.

Consulting assignments performed includes among others conducting a Youth & Women Access to Finance for DoT Rwanda/Master Card Foundation and Palladium International Limited/Propcom Markafi, where he developed a strategy for facilitating access to finance for agriculture value chains in Northern Nigeria.

Mr. Annan provides consulting services to the African Development Bank (AfDB) for Expanded Supervision Exercises with focus on evaluating the Financial and Developmental Impact Outcome of AfDB’s investments in Private Equity Funds and Financial Institutions.

Mr. Annan was an adjunct lecture at both Ashesi University and Knutsford University Colleges in Ghana. Courses taught included Entrepreneurship, Principles of Marketing, Strategic Marketing, Service Quality Management and Six Sigma, International Marketing and Supply Chain Management

Anthony Annan holds a BS in Applied Mathematics from Valdosta State University and an MBA with a dual major in Marketing and Information Systems from Georgia State University all in Georgia, USA. In addition, he holds an MS in Management with a major in Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York, USA. Anthony is a Certified Member of the Association of Operations Management (CPIM) and Six Sigma/ACE trained.

Simon Berry
Ashoka Fellow & Freelance Consultant

Simon is an accidental, award-winning innovator, designer and social entrepreneur. He is also an inspirational speaker on access to medicines in developing countries, design and open innovation. Simon is the visionary behind ColaLife that transformed access to the recommended diarrhoea treatment (ORS and Zinc) for children in Zambia. In 2017 he also instigated an effort to get co-packaged ORS and Zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines List (EML). This was achieved in Jul-19.

Simon is now working, through the Diarrhoea Innovations Group, to build on this global EML listing and speed up the adoption of this change by national governments. If all cases of diarrhoea received ORS and Zinc, mortality would be cut by 90% (saving more that 450,000 lives a year). This work will lead to an increased demand for ColaLife’s findings and learning from Zambia which ColaLife shares freely.

Over a 40-year career Simon has been a leader in the voluntary, private and public sectors. He has lived and worked in South America, the Caribbean, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. He graduated in Agriculture (BSc (Hons), Reading) and has a post graduate qualification in Tropical Animal Health (MSc, Edinburgh).

In 2015 Simon was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship of social entrepreneurs.

Yvonne Ofosu
Investment Director Wangara Green Ventures

The visionary behind ColaLife that transformed access to the recommended diarrhoea treatment (ORS and Zinc) for children in Zambia. In 2017 he also instigated an effort to get co-packaged ORS and Zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines List (EML). This was achieved in Jul-19.

Currently working, through the Diarrhoea Innovations Group, to build on this global EML listing and speed up the adoption of this change by national governments. If all cases of diarrhoea received ORS and Zinc, mortality would be cut by 90% (saving more that 450,000 lives a year). This work will lead to an increased demand for ColaLife’s findings and learning from Zambia which ColaLife shares freely.

She has been a leader in the voluntary, private and public sectors. He has lived and worked in South America, the Caribbean, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. He graduated in Agriculture (BSc (Hons), Reading) and has a post graduate qualification in Tropical Animal Health (MSc, Edinburgh).

In 2015 she was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship of social entrepreneurs.

Joseph Nkandu
Ashoka Fellow, Executive Director at NUCAFE

A practicing and professional social entrepreneur that has spearheaded empowerment of over 1.5 million Uganda smallholder coffee farmers in the profitable nodes of the coffee value chain increasing their household income by 250%. Joseph is compassionate leader who has created over 200 rural community based coffee farmers owned enterprises as associations and cooperatives that are business and impact oriented.

Joseph has founded and established two national social enterprises; NUCAFE as Uganda’s coffee industry largest employer and CURAD as Uganda’s largest agribusiness incubator.

Joseph is the innovator of the Farmer ownership model, a model he believes is already liberating farmers from inequality and poverty manifested in agricultural value chains.

Having organized farmers, Joseph successfully championed and influenced Government of Uganda to formulate the first ever Uganda’s National Coffee Policy, which supports farmers to own and add value to their coffee.

Joseph has also facilitated reforms in Makerere University curricula of BSc and MSC Agriculture Degree programs. Joseph is also currently facilitating curriculum reforms as chairman of the Uganda Martyrs University curriculum Review committee.

Joseph has received many national, regional and international awards; notable ones being (i) an Ashoka Fellow 2013, (ii) African Agricultural Role Model, 2013, (iii) Gold Medal winner as a Person of Global Compassion, (iv) Joseph has won NUCAFE many awards including; the National Investor of the Year Award 2016, (v) Best Africa Farmer Organization of the year 2016 in income diversity.

Joseph holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from Makerere University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Catholic University of Milan, Italy.

Wawuyu Mahinda
Ashoka Fellow & Independent Consultant

Wamuyu was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2010 in recognition of her social innovation, entrepreneurial qualities, and potential to achieve an impact in the area of youth entrepreneurship.

Wamuyu has taken a sabbatical to pursue her doctoral studies. She is researching Team leadership in 22 countries in Africa – examining what kind of interactions and actions embedded in team actions contribute to collaborative value. The study is also exploring how teams organize their activities to ensure they are prepared to exploit opportunities.

Wamuyu holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from United States International University-Africa.

Amadi Nwokocha
Group Controller at Ashoka

Strategic and results-driven Senior Finance Professional with 20+ years of accomplishments in accounting and financial management including, assurance, governance, risk, compliance and operational internal control auditing and consulting.

Strong expertise in financial analysis, risk assessment and remediation, leading, managing and directing financial statement audits, SEC Reporting, SOX 302 and 404 compliance, SOC1 and SOC2, US-GAAP, GAGAS and Yellow Book, business process re-engineering and internal controls reviews. Expertise in formulation and execution of long-term business development strategies.

Consistently entrusted with various leadership roles and responsibilities due to strong work ethics, business acumen, team development and influence. Vastly experienced in leading diverse multi-cultural teams, across diverse regions.

Manuela Pastore
Global manager Social entrepreneurial initiative Making More Health

After achieving a Magister Artium (M.A.) degree Manuela Pastore worked for many years as teacher for adults and interpreter. She spent many months in South Italy in rural areas where she learned about the challenges of missing jobs and low education, poverty, destructive housing /environmental campaigns.

In 1997, she joined the international, family-owned pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim where she focused on digital communications and marketing activities for more than 12 years. She developed and implemented global Internet strategies and gained a huge experience in marketing, digital and community/crowd-based approaches.

In 2013, she became the global lead of Boehringer Ingelheim’s initiative Making More Health (MMH), a long-term initiative launched by Boehringer Ingelheim in partnership with Ashoka. This initiative aims to improve health around the world by supporting social entrepreneurs and change-making ideas that creates win – win situations while linking the social to the business world.

While understanding MMH as an “architect of health focusing on relational entities” she co-creates closely with local stakeholders and NGOs, companies and social entrepreneurs to implement holistic solutions for making more health happen. This includes also a number of awareness and training programs and micro enterprises set-ups for communities at the BoP and the direct involvement of employees and social entrepreneurs.

She has implemented disruptive leadership weeks for high-level managers, “influencers” from different backgrounds, sectors and companies in rural India thus creating a social intrapreneurial movement inside the company that leads to system-changing thinking and acting in the daily business, too. She has represented MMH as a speaker on many national and international conferences and has built a huge network to the NGO/social entrepreneurial sector.

MMH Activities: www.makingmorehealth.com

Dr. Frank Aswani
CEO
Africa Venture Philanthropy Alliance

Dr. Aswani, who is a Kenyan national living in Johannesburg, holds a Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of Nairobi and an MBA from GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Studies), University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is also a certified Design Thinking and Design Sprints Practitioner.

Dr. Frank Aswani is the CEO of the newly established Africa Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA) and has extensive experience in both the private and social sectors.

Before joining AVPA Dr. Aswani held the position of VP and Director of Strategic Relations for six years at the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg, where he led ALA’s corporate partnerships, business development and fundraising activities.

Dr. Aswani also worked for Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) as the Regional Director for Africa and spent fourteen years with Eli Lilly where he worked in Kenya, England, Switzerland and South Africa. His last role at Eli Lilly was Sales Director for South Africa and Regional Director for Sub Sahara Africa.

Dr. Moka Lantum
Founder / CEO
SAGITARIX Ltd

Dr. Lantum is a physician, scientist, and social entrepreneur transforming health care in Africa’s resource-limited settings using m-/e-Health technologies and inclusive business models to improve access to care and medicines solutions.

He is also Managing Director of CheckUp Medical Clinics in Kenya and South Sudan. Dr. Lantum obtained his Doctor of Medicine training at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé, Cameroon; a Diploma in Nutrition and International Child Health, from Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; a Doctorate in Pharmacology, from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. He is a graduate of the Masters in Health Care Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an Ashoka fellow and frequent featured guest speaker on social entrepreneurship.

He is recipient of numerous international awards, including the 2014 Sankalp Award, the 2013 and 2015 GSK-Save the Children Healthcare Innovation Award, and was nominated a Top-100 Global Thinker 2016 by Foreign Policy Magazine alongside Mark Zuckerberg & Hillary Clinton. 

Sawa Nakagawa
Founder & Partner - Three Arrows Impact Partner

Sawa Nakagawa is the Founder & Partner of Three Arrows Impact Partner, a specialized advisory firm focused on impact investing and social innovation. She has over 15 years of financial services experience across impact investing, general management, investment banking, and strategy. Originally from Japan, she has worked in Asia, Europe, Africa, U.S. and Latin America.

Until February 2018, Sawa served as Chief Executive Officer of E2 Investments (Pty) Ltd, an impact investment company with a mission to create jobs and attack poverty in South Africa. E2 is an empowerment partner to Allan Gray (Pty) Ltd, South Africa’s largest privately held investment management company.

Prior to E2, Sawa worked for Barclay Africa’s Equity Investments and Special Projects team where she led complex organic and inorganic projects. Before moving to South Africa, she worked at the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) in Washington D.C. where she was responsible for investing in private hospitals, clinics, schools and universities in emerging markets in a financially, socially, and environmentally sustainable manner. Sawa started her finance career at UBS Investment Bank.

Sawa has extensive experience as a board member and adviser. Currently she serves as non- executive director of Spartan SME Finance, a non-banking financial institution that lends exclusively to SMEs and entrepreneurs in South Africa. She was recently reappointed to serve as an Independent Member on the Board Investment Committee of the National Empowerment Fund, a South African government agency that invests in entrepreneurs from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. She also serves as adviser on the National Social Economy Policy Reference Group, and African Leadership Academy’s Very Young Entrepreneurs’ Fund. Previously, she served as trustee on the board of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, which supports and nurtures entrepreneurial-minded young South Africans.

Sawa holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (Finance & Social Enterprise) and a Masters in International Affairs (Economic & Political Development) from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She is a CFA Charter holder, and the 2019-2020 delegate of the US-Japan Leadership Program.

Josephine Nzerem
Director, venture and fellowship for Ashoka Africa

Josephine Nzerem is a Social Entrepreneur who was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2002 for her innovative work in the protection of women from disinheritance and other socio-economic abuses.

In 2004 she received an award from the Junior Chambers International as the outstanding young person for the year, in the area of contribution to children, world peace and/or human rights. Josephine believes that women’s human rights must be recognized and upheld at all times and in her role as the Executive Director of Human Angle an organization which she co-founded, she advances the socio-economic status of women and their right to own and inherit property.

In 2011, she became the Regional Director of Anglophone West Africa. In this role, she is working towards creating an ‘Everyone A Changemaker’ society by inspiring various communities in Anglophone West Africa to take initiative to solve social problems.

In 2017 she became the Director, venture and fellowship for Ashoka Africa. In this role she is leading Ashoka Africa venture and fellowship team from curating to convening and she is inspiring the Anglophone West Africa team to embody a high standard of excellence, innovation and commitment.

In 2018 Josephine added Talent director for Ashoka Africa to her role. She is ensuring staff have support, are effective and in environments where they thrive. Josephine is a champion of women human rights and continues to advance this cause everywhere she goes. Josephine’s educational background spans the areas of Dramatic Arts, Public and International Affairs and Psychology

Ayodeji Adewunmi
President and Co-CEO
Gokada

Ayodeji Adewunmi is the President and Co-CEO of Gokada and responsible for Operations, Finance, People, and Regulatory Affairs. He was seconded to Gokada from Rise Capital, where he serves as a Director focused on African investments.

Ayodeji has been working as an Entrepreneur, Operator, and Investor building and backing technology companies

in Sub-Saharan Africa over the last 7 years. Prior to his roles at Rise Capital and Gokada, Ayodeji was the CEO & Co-Founder of Jobberman, the largest online recruitment platform in Sub-Saharan Africa with footprints across East and West Africa, which was acquired by Ringier Group, and which today is part of the largest online classifieds group in Africa, Ringier One Africa Media (ROAM).

Through his work at Jobberman, Ayodeji has directly and indirectly impacted over 10 million people. Ayodeji is also the first seed investor in Kangpe, the largest on demand medical consultation app with over 150,000 clients across Sub-Saharan Africa with operations in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda and gone on to raise institutional financing from world-class investors like Y-Combinator, and Tencent. Earlier in his career Ayodeji worked briefly at Goldman Sachs & Co in London.

Ayodeji was selected to the Choiseul 100 Africa 2017 – the list identifies and ranks young African leaders of 40 years old and under 40 who will play a major role in the continent’s economic development in the near future. Ayodeji also sits on the Selection Committee of The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, a $US100M fund to fuel the dreams of 10,000 entrepreneurs across Africa, and he has also been selected to Forbes 30 Under 30, Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs 2013 and in 2013 was named a New African Magazine 50 African trailblazers under the age of 50.

Ayodeji holds a Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelors of Surgery (M.B. Ch.B) from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria and completed an executive education program at Harvard Business School on Building Businesses in Emerging Markets (BBEM). Ayodeji is a 2016 Eisenhower Fellow, 2015 Archbishop Tutu Fellow, and an active member of YPO, Lagos Chapter.

Dramane Coulibaly
Ashoka Fellow, Chairman board
ICON

Dramane Coulibaly : Chairman board of ICON and Ashoka Fellow from Burkina Faso.

Founding member of ICON (Innovative Cooperation for the Optimization of Nutrition in Africa launched by 16 Ashoka Fellows, spread over 9 countries in Africa launch a cooperative for the optimization of nutrition in Africa

Danny Mucira
Managing Director East Africa
Trace TV

Danny earned his bachelor’s degree in Commerce as a Finance Major the University of Nairobi and is also a Chartered Public Accountant. He has also undertaken a Management Development Program from Wits Business School and Instead School of Business, Paris.         

He is been in various industries for the past 20 years namely Oil and Gas, Telecommunications, Finance and Media and Entertainment. He has worked with some key names in these industries namely Shell & BP, Safaricom Ltd, Old Mutual, Multichoice, Radio Africa and Trace.

He is currently heading the Trace business in East Africa as the Managing Director tasked with rolling out the full suite of Trace products in this critical market. A Highly effective and accomplished business leader with a proven track record in strategic and commercial leadership spanning 20 years. He Excels in orchestrating strategic change, driving organizational behavior and culture and building momentum around business goals that deliver superior results.

He is passionate about entertainment and the role of creative arts in empowering the youth in Africa in order to enable them stand up and shine.

Alexandra Machado
Ashoka Fellow / Founder
Girl Move Academy

Alexandra Machado is the General Manager and Founder of Girl Move Academy. The long-term aim of Girl MOVE Academy, a Portuguese NGO, is to empower a new female generation of young leaders in Mozambique, Girl Movers and support them in becoming powerful changemakers. Alexandra has been nominated as an Ashoka Fellow since May 2018, the only Portuguese women been selected so far. Ashoka is one of the biggest NGOs  that selects the top social entrepreneurs that are promoting the biggest systemic changes in the world.

Alexandra was the General Manager for Nike Portugal, from 2003 till 2012. She was responsible for all functional areas and for the development of Nike business in Portugal, in all formats (Wholesale, Retail and Outlets stores). From 2009 and 2012 she was member of the Board Team of Nike Iberia.

Alexandra Machado is graduated in Business and Administration of Portuguese Catholic University (1990), where she taught as Teaching assistant (1990-1992).

With  more than 20 years of business experience in very different areas from Mass Market, Retail and Telecom, she has  experience in Marketing and Sales areas, both in Private or Company Markets.

Alexandra Machado started her career in Grupo Entreposto (1990- 1994).
She continued her business activity in Jerónimo Martins Group (1994-2001), where among other activities she was responsible for the development of Pingo Doce private label, and was Marketing and Commercial Director of Feira Nova and then Pingo Doce.
After the experience in Retail, she followed the challenge of new technologies. Alexandra joined the start up of Oniway a 3G telecom operator (2001-2002) with the responsibility of Company Market.

Alexandra Machado is married and mother of three boys. Family is her priority. Sports is part of her life , running , climbing and mountain bike.

She is Member of the Board of ACEGE, a Catholic Association that integrates the Catholic Business Leaders of the Portuguese Society.

Philomena Dsane
Director
Women Entreprise Development, National Board for Small Scale Industries (Ghana)

Philomena Dsane is the Acting Director for Women Enterprises Development Department (WEDD) of the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI). Prior to her current position, she held various positions in NBSSI. These include Acting Director for Entrepreneurship Development Department, NBSSI, Acting Director, Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Department, NBSSI, Greater Accra Regional Manager, NBSSI and Senior Business Advisor, Accra Business Advisory Centre, NBSSI.

Philomena Dsane is an expert in Business Development and has experience in the different areas of this field. Having worked over 18 years in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises development, she is excellent in strategy development, project management, business development, business association development and SME financing. She also has a lot of experience in counseling, coaching and mentoring of entrepreneurs, business advisors and service providers.  

She has been a consultant for Oxford Wood Recycling Company in UK, Youth and Social Enterprises Fund/Global Communities/USAID and DANIDA/DFID/USAID – Business Sector Advocacy Fund among others.

Ms. Dsane holds a B.A. (Hons) Economics from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, a Post Graduate Certificate in Management Science from the National Institute for Small Industry and Extension Training, India and an MBA from the Oxford Brookes University, UK. 

Alice Wekesa
Senior Consultant Gender & Inclusion
British Council

Alice Wekesa is a sociologist by training with particular expertise in gender. She has worked extensively in East Africa and specialises in designing and implementing programmes on gender and inclusion, women’s rights, education and sport for development.

She currently works with the British Council as a Senior Consultant Gender and Inclusion; a role that includes providing technical advice to British Council on designing and implementing programmes that address gender inequality and capacity building on gender and inclusion.

Emanuele Santi
Fund Manager
Bamboo Capital

Emanuele Santi, is Fund Manager of the Agri-Business Capital Fund (ABC Fund) for Bamboo Capital Partners.

The ABC Fund is a blended finance vehicle providing loans and equity investments to high impact and commercially viable SMEs, farmers’ organizations, agri-preneurs and rural financial institutions.

Prior to joining Bamboo Capital Partners, Emanuele has worked for 15 years at World Bank and African Development Bank, where he has pioneered new program and instruments to support entrepreneurship and innovation, such as Souk Attanmia, the largest mobilization of partners to support social entrepreneurship in Tunisia in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and Boost Africa, a blended finance vehicle enabling the market emergence of innovative forms of financing in the continent.

He also founded Afrilanthropy a platform connecting African social enterprises with wide variety of venture philanthropists, foundations and impact funds.

He holds a PHD in Development Studies from University of Trieste, MA in Economics from College of Europe in Bruges and a Harvard certificate on Public Financial Management.

Arielle Molino
Associate Vice President
Intellecap Advisory Services PV LTD / Impact@Africa

Arielle has over eight years of international community development experience working with non-profits and for-profit social enterprises in Washington, DC in the United States, Nairobi and Kaloleni in Kenya, and Bangalore and Mumbai in India.

She has experience in consulting, fundraising, business development, and capacity development for social enterprises. Currently with Intellecap, she is building out Intellecap’s virtual pre-incubation platform StartupWave for East Africa and supports Intellecap’s enterprise initiatives as well as partnership-building, and investment matchmaking. She has successfully built relevant forward linkages for enterprises through structured mentoring and capacity building program development. Previously with Intellecap, she was the Africa work stream lead for Sankalp Forum where she was responsible for identifying, onboarding and managing partners for Sankalp Africa.

Arielle is also a Board Member of Impact@Africa (www.impactatafrica.org), the pan-African impact investment ecosystem development network. She is based in Kenya and currently manages relationships with donors and investors, large multinational corporations, and incubators. She has an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the Catholic University of America and a certificate in Social Enterprise from the Monterey School of International Studies.

Rachael Millson
African Partnerships Director
Social Enterprise Academy

Rachael Millson is passionate about social justice and environmental sustainability, and has a strong belief in the power of social entrepreneurship to bring long-lasting, systemic change. 

Currently African Partnerships Director for Social Enterprise Academy, Rachael has supported social enterprises in the UK, Europe and Asia before moving to South Africa in 2015 where she launched the Academy hub in Cape Town. Bringing experience, case studies and best practice from around the world the Social Enterprise Academy provides powerful learning and development for people and organisations to support them to bring about change, using financially sustainable models. 

Rachael supports the development and growth of Social Enterprise Academy Hubs in Africa, currently South Africa, Rwanda, Zambia and Malawi and is responsible for the Academy’s replication strategy on the continent.

Michael Sudrakasa
Africa Business Group CEO & Board Chair
Impact@Africa Network

Michael Sudarkasa is the Board Chair of Impact@Africa (www.impactatafrica.org), the pan-African impact investment ecosystem development network. He is also the CEO of Africa Business Group (ABG) (www.abghq.com), a South Africa based continentally active, African economic development company.

Founded in 2005, ABG focuses on three key areas: 1) economic and business development consulting, 2) agriculture and renewable energy/ energy efficiency project development, and 3) capacity development in the areas of private sector development and trade and investment facilitation – within Africa and between Africa and the global business community.

ABG’s sister company, Africa Business Energy (ABE) (www.africabusinessenergy.com), is the vehicle through which the group provides renewable energy and energy efficiency focused: a) training; b) advocacy; c) consulting and c) project design, development, and implementation.

ABE has a particular focus on providing renewable energy solutions for agribusiness and agriculture complex needs, and production, and pre- and post-harvest projects that involve processing, water and waste management, product transformation and value addition, and post-harvest loss reduction related projects.

For young-ish agripreneurs (aged 18-40), ABG also has designed and manages the Global African Agribusiness Accelerator Platform (www.gaaap.biz) as the company’s principal capacity development initiative.

An American commercial attorney by training, Michael has lived in South Africa since 1999 ; travelled, and worked in 50 countries around the world (including 35 in Africa), and is the author of several publications, including: The African Union Commission’s Africa Business Directory: Toward the Facilitation of Growth, Partnership and Global Inclusion (African Union, 2014), A Field Guide to Inclusive Business Finance (UNDP 2012) and Investing in Africa: An Insider’s Guide to the Ultimate Emerging Market (John Wiley & Sons, August 2000).

He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, and he holds a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (High-Honors in History) and he received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Wanjuhi Njoroge
Founder
People Planet Africa

Wanjuhi is the Founder of People Planet Africa, a Social Enterprise involved in Sustainability and Inclusive Development that incorporates rural communities which constitute 70% of Africa’s population.

She has gained extensive experience working with rural communities and assisting government agencies and organizations incorporate sustainability into their businesses thus increasing their positive impact and profit.

Wanjuhi ran one of the biggest campaigns in 2018 dubbed #SaveOurForestsKE which led to a total ban on forest harvesting and policy change. Her work has earned her the prestigious Top 40 under 40 Woman Award in Kenya.

She is a recipient of the prestigious Top 40 under 40 Woman Award and the immediate former Curator for Nairobi Global Shapers an initiative of the World Economic Forum. She is also an international corporate MC and Moderator.

Thomas Sales
Regional Private Sector Special Advisor
UNDP Regional Service Centre Africa

Tomas Sales is financial economist and emerging markets expert with over 25 years of experience in the public, private and development sector in Africa, Europe, Latin America, USA and Asia.

He began his professional career in government as a development diplomat and completed more than a decade of work in international economic cooperation both within bilateral and multilateral organizations. He gained experience as an Investment Specialist on Wall Street and as an executive for international companies, consulting firms and governments.

He is currently the Special Advisor on Private Sector and SDG Financing in the UNDP Finance Sector Hub. He is also the Vice Board Chair of Impact@Africa (www.impactatafrica.org), the pan-African impact investment ecosystem development network, and has been leading the Network’s conceptualisation, development and field

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Wanja Mwangi
Director of Corporate Affairs
Developing Middle East and Africa, Mars Wrigley

Wanja Mwangi leads Corporate Affairs in the Developing Middle East and Africa for Mars Wrigley, within the Global Emerging Markets. She began her career in media, working for Capital Group in the Programs function focusing on research and programs policy.

She later transitioned to the Nation Media Group, the largest media house in East and Central Africa, managing Corporate Communication and Community Engagement projects across Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

She joined Mars Incorporated in 2014, focusing on developing strategies that cover Public Affairs, Government Relations, External Affairs, Business Communication as well as Community Engagement programs for the region.

Through the signature Mars Volunteer Program and the Wrigley Company Foundation, Mars Wrigley has been able to reach thousands of Kenyans and beyond through funds from corporate social investment programs in health and meeting local needs as and when they arise.

She is passionate about Africa’s development and sustainability initiatives delivered through strategic partnerships and government collaboration across markets in Africa and which transform lives.

François Améguidé
Board Member
Impact@Africa

François Améguidé is a Board Member of Impact@Africa (www.impactatafrica.org), the pan-African impact investment ecosystem development network. Until recently, he has also been a Partner at GreenTec Capital and the head of the firm’s Africa Office in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was responsible for identifying and vetting new investments and implementing the firm’s strategy on-the-ground in Africa.

François Améguidé is a private equity and corporate finance veteran bringing more than 14 years’ investment experience and deal-making from many corners of the African continent. Most recently he held the role of Principal Private Equity at Coast2Coast Capital in South Africa, where he was responsible for sourcing and developing investment opportunities across Africa.

François holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in Business Administration at the Maastricht School of Management.

François is very passionate about youth mentoring and leadership as well as the economic development of Africa. He is fluent in French and English.

David Müller
SDG Financing & Private Sector at UNDP

David Mueller is a development professional with extensive work experience in private sector development and engagement, SDG financing, peacebuilding, humanitarian aid and diplomacy in Sub-Saharan Africa and a Master’s degree in African Studies from SOAS, University of London.

He is currently with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where he works as a Programme Analyst for SDG Financing and Private Sector within the Finance Sector Hub (FSH), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In this role, David also provides interim-Secretariat support to Impact@Africa, the pan-African impact investment ecosystem development network.

His previous appointments include a Programme Officer and Special Assistant position for Eastern and Central Africa with the international peacebuilding organisation Interpeace, an engagement with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in New York, a role as Programme Assistant at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Regional Office for the Horn of Africa and an employment with the Embassy of Switzerland in Kenya.

Irungu Nyakera
Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Mr. Nyakera holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Science and Engineering (Financial Analysis and Decision Engineering) from Stanford University, CA, USA and was awarded the Dean’s Award for Exceptional Academic Achievement at the university. He is a Certified public Accountant in Kenya and had previously pursued a Post Graduate Program at Deerfield Academy, MA, USA and also graduated from the Kenya Institute of Management with a di[ploma in Management Information Systems. Mr. Nyakera is an alumni of Starehe Boys’ Centre and school.

Mr. Nyakera was PS transport and PS planning from 2015-2018. Between 2014 and 2015 before joining government, Mr. Nyakera was the Managing Director Equity Investment Bank, Subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings. He was spearheading Equity Group’s entry into investment banking where he created 4 key divisions within the first 6 months: Corporate Finance, Asset & Wealth, Brokerage Service and Business Advisory.

In his tenure as MD, he spearheaded Corporate Finance closing Centum Investments KES 6.0bn Commercial Bond, Acquisition of ProCredit Bank Congo by Equity Group Holdings, Cross-listing Equity Group Holdings on the Rwanda Stock Exchange, Advising Lamu Coal on fundraising for their $450mn equity piece, among other projects. Asset & Wealth Management launched money markets and balance funds and managed to acquire assets under management of KES 1.2bn in 6 weeks and later launched managed accounts and built in assets under management of KES600mn. The Brokerage Services ranked 3rd in terms of market share at the Nairobi Securities Exchange within 1 year.

He was previously Regional Director, East and Southern Africa of GuarantCo (a USD 215mn fund jointly owned by DfID, SECO, FMO and SIDA), who are the Frontier Markets Fund Managers where he was responsible with spearheading GuarantCo’s regional mandate to provide infrastructure funding across the East, Central and South African Countries based out of London.

Prior to that, Mr. Nyakera was the Managing Director at NIC Capital where he was responsible for spearheading NIC Capital operations in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania which he attained after serving as Senior Associate, Deputy General Manager, and General Manager within the same institution.

He also worked at Citigroup Global Markets, as a Financial Analyst in Emerging Markets under the Investment Banking Team, London, UK.

Mr. Nyakera is currently the founder and Patron of Irungu Nyakera Foundation. He began this foundation to give back to the society. The foundation focuses on the less privileged in the society and runs 5 programs namely; Education, Sports and talent development, Poverty eradication, Agriculture and Health. These programs are registered to run across Murang’a, Nairobi, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Machakos and Mombasa Counties.

Mr. Irungu is also currently the Deputy Party Leader of the Democratic Party of Kenya.

Clem Ugorji
Public Affairs & Communications Director for the West Africa Business Unit

Clem Ugorji is the Public Affairs & Communications Director for the West Africa Business Unit responsible for leading the Company’s sustainability agenda and stakeholder management to grow corporate trust and enable sustainable business growth.

Clem was previously the Public Affairs & Communications Director for Coca-Cola Nigeria Franchise. In this role, he successfully positioned Coca-Cola as an active citizen and one of the most respected companies in the country. An active advocate for B2B collaboration for social good, Clem led the formation of the Food & Beverage Recycling Alliance – a coalition of leading F&B companies to promote the recovery and recycling of packaging waste. He was also a leading member of the steering committee for the formation of the Nigerian Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola as Communications Manager for Nigeria and Equatorial Africa in 2006, Clem had more than ten years of management level experience in the Banking and ICT sectors with roles of increasing responsibility spanning Executive Support, Business Strategy, Brand Development and Corporate Communications.

Clem holds an honors degree in Political Science from the University of Abuja, Nigeria and a Master’s degree in International Relations & Strategic Studies.

Falaq Tijani
Manager at SAHEL Consulting

Falaq is a Manager at Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Limited.

She has worked with development organizations, private organizations and government agencies on strategic assessment and planning, market analysis, national and regional policy analysis and entry strategies to inform investments in the African Agricultural sector.

She has worked on the downstream and upstream sectors across various value chains focusing on several countries in West Africa including Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria.

Falaq holds a BSc in Business Economics (First Class Honors) from the Anglia Ruskin University, England. She is proficient in French and English.

Robert Mboya
COO & Co-Founder, Cherehani Africa

Robert is the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Cherehani Africa. He is a trained lawyer with a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Nairobi and a keen interest in commercial law and corporate governance.

He has a background in software development and human centered design. Robert oversees Cherehani’s technology roadmap and is responsible for day-to-day business operations.

Robert also leads cross-functional teams from product conception to product launch.

James Odero
Executive Assistant to Chairman & MD General Manager
B2B Energy Business Development CFAO Kenya Limited

Over 11 years’ experience in entrepreneurship, business development & Investment deal sourcing.

Entrepreneur: 2008 – 2014: Founder of e-manamba, the pioneer of online booking for long distance buses in East Africa.

Business Development & Investment: 2006 – 2014: As project Manager in charge of overseas trading, I spearheaded business expansion for Century Corporation Japan to the new territories of Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam & Kenya. 2014 – Date: New Business Development Role In CFAO Kenya (former Toyota Tsusho East Africa) where; conducted deal sourcing and investment for the CSV Africa Fund (investment in 3 portfolios) conducted deal sourcing and investment by Toyota Tsusho main-stream business (investment in 2 local start-ups in the logistics and drone space) Successfully introduced new product of low horse power tractor targeting small scale farmers. Heading business portfolio diversification to the Utility energy space for domestic and industrial use

Education Background: Doctorate in Architecture and Urban Planning from Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan

Hobby: Watching rugby and ardent fun of the African Rhumba music and the country music

Maryanne Ochola
East Africa Regional Chapter Manager for the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), The Aspen Institute

Maryanne is the Regional Chapter Manager for the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) in East Africa. 

She is an impact investment professional with experience supporting early stage social enterprises in seven African countries in investor readiness. She has also served as a Markets Advisor for Non-Profit Organizations in East Africa. Prior to that she spent nine years in commercial banking, including as a turnaround manager of a distressed SME portfolio. She is also a trained financial journalist passionate about fueling economic growth in Africa through data driven journalism.

Maryanne holds an MBA from IE Business School.

George Gichingiri Mugweru
Housing Market systems Specialist at Habitat's Terwilliger Centre for Innovation and Shelter

George Mugweru is a Specialist, Housing Market Systems at Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter (TCIS). He is responsible for supporting design, coordination, implementation and sharing lessons and emerging best practices in inclusive Housing Market Systems Development. In this role, George is supporting implementation of the ShelterTech Accelerator Programme in Kenya

George previously worked as a Housing Microfinance and Housing Support Services Lead in Habitat for Humanity Kenya as a housing microfinance expert for the “Building Assets, Unlocking Access” project, in Kenya and Uganda implemented by TCIS.

George has over 13 years of experience as an accomplished financial services expert. His work has included implementation of projects focusing on improving financial capability and literacy to low-income households, market research and financial service product design. He has consulting experience in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

George has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and specialized certifications from MicroSave, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in Germany and Market Systems Development from Springfield.

Benjamin Barnett
Cosultant at ActionAid Denmark

Benjamin Barnett is a consultant working for ActionAid International Kenya on the SDG Ambassadors Program. In the SDG Ambassadors Program, ActionAid, and International NGO, work with 7 Social Enterprises from around Kenya to help them maximise their impact and help address the challenges they face.

Benjamin’s past experience spans the fields of social enterprise and NGOs. Before ActionAid, he worked as Head of Business Development and sustainable finance social enterprise ‘Util’, as well as ‘Openwell’, a Social Impact Investment Consultancy.

He is also currently studying for his MSc in Global Development from the University of Copenhagen.’

Lukman Olawale Jaji
Policy Expert for ICT at African Union

Mr. Lukman Jaji is an award winning Information Systems Expert/Software Developer with specialty in developing web, desktop and mobile applications using the Java programming language and open source database management tools.

 In September 2016, he was appointed as the Policy Officer for ICT and EMIS at the Pan African Institute for Education for Development (IPED), a specialized technical institution of the African Union. He currently oversees the establishment of a continental EMIS platform. He leads technical engagements with partners on strengthening education data collection, transportation, storage and for policy formulation.

Since August 2016, Mr Lukman works with the African Union as a Policy Expert for ICT in the field of EMIS.

Adama Kane
Head of Operations and Partnerships
Mantle Africa Ltd

My Name is Grace Ngina Ndung’u. I am the Head of Operations and Partnerships at Mantle Africa Ltd a company that offers 100% bodaboda financing.

I have worked in different capacities at Mantle for over a period of 8 years, that is, since it’s inception.

My role at Mantle generally entails customer acquisition and retention and liaising and maintaining key partners for the company.

I am a graduate at the University of Nairobi with a double major in Political Science and Communication.

Kibret Abebe
Founder and CEO of Tebita Ambulance Pre-Hospital Emergency Service

Kibret Abebe is a founder and CEO of Tebita Ambulance Pre-Hospital Emergency Service. Tebita ambulance is the first private ambulance service and emergency training provider in Ethiopia.

Tebita ambulance provides a number of services that will ultimately decrease death and disability for the community at large. Tebita ambulance considers itself as one of the social enterprises that bother about impact, sustainability, equity and quality in the health sector.

Tebita ambulance is working on the emergency medical service (EMS) system of Ethiopia and East Africa. In Ethiopia the EMS is very poor and not synchronized. We are working with the government and other stockholders to have an EMS system that can potentially address the entire citizen regardless of the income status, education and geographical area.

Our way of doing things are innovative on the way that this important service should be done from equity and quality point of view and the project should be sustainable by generating profit so that we are making both impact and profit. As a social entrepreneur we are filling the gap we saw, and we are crafting a workable business modal to sustain the project.

If we take only road traffic injury Ethiopia is on the top in the global list of road traffic injury >100 deaths/10,000 licensed vehicles and from these victims only 4% of these victims came to the hospital with ambulance and the rest 96% are coming with taxi and personal car without any life saving measure. I think this explains the importance of what we are doing in Ethiopia

Kibret Abebe, studied Anaesthesia in Addis Ababa University and employed as an Anaesthetist in one of the renowned teaching and referral hospital, Tikur Anbesa and also have received a bachelor’s degree in Management from Addis Ababa University and attended leadership training at Acumen 2015.  

Sanne Meijboom
Founder
I Like Local

Sanne Meijboom, founder of I Like Local, is a passionate entrepreneur who believes that organizations need to make a shift from profit maximization to the right balance in profit making and social & environmental value creation.

With her two companies “I Like Local” and “Impact Nomads”, she is trying to contribute to this. I Like Local is a social venture that aims to offer unique experiences for travelers and financial support for locals in Asia and Africa. More and more travelers want to avoid feeling like a tourist and seek authentic local travel experiences that make an impact, yet they don’t know how to find them.

At the same time, locals hardly benefit from tourism in their own countries. Founded in 2014, I Like Local provides local people with a source of income, prevents them from engaging in activities that are harmful to themselves or their environment, plus facilitates cultural understanding and exchange.

Uche Kenneth Udekwe
Founder
NATAL CARES

Uche Kenneth Udekwe is a SDG Health Advocate, Social Entrepreneur and Founder of NATAL CARES. Mr Uche is a graduate of Project Management from the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA). He is an EDC (Enterprise Development Center) and YALI Alumni and an Ashoka CHANGEMAKERS Fellow.

Uche runs NATAL CARES, A social enterprise that primarily focuses on providing health care, medical monitoring and emergency services to at-risk pregnant women, reaching them in their hometowns and villages and advocating for better access to healthcare at primary healthcare centers.

Uche has an excellent Human Relation and communication skills, he can speak SIX major Nigerian languages (English, Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Pidgin and Sign Language) fluently.

He is very passionate about ICT especially using ICT for social good. In recognition of his outstanding impacts through NATAL CARES, He was awarded the prestigious: FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA 2018 on HEALTH ADVOCACY. He is also a recipient of the first ever 2018 YALI Leadership Award in Health and Well- Being. An African 35.35 Award Winner and a nominee for the 2019 Future Awards Africa Young person of the year.

Stephanie Schmidt
Partnership Lead
Ashoka

Stephanie Schmidt is Partnership Lead with Ashoka in Africa, International evaluator for Ashoka Fellow selection and Board Member of Ashoka Romania. She brings over 15 years of experience in social innovation, social entrepreneurship and collaborative models.

Stéphanie joined the Africa team in September 2017 in Johannesburg, after working 13 years with Ashoka on different continents, from the Global Headquarters in the US, Mexico City and Paris. Stephanie is leading partnerships in Africa and launching the “Changemaker Company” initiative to create more bridges between the corporate world and social entrepreneurs and engage businesses in developing their full changemaker potential.

Stephanie started her career in management consulting, with Deloitte in Paris, and in Boston, before joining World Relief Rwanda for 2 years as program director where she helped launch of Ikirezi, a social enterprise producing essential oils with rural. Stephanie was born and raised in France and holds a Master degree from ESSEC Business School in Paris. She is a mother of 3.

Mathias Kure
Social Enterprise Program Lead
ActionAid Kenya

Mathias Kure currently serves as the Social Enterprise Program Lead for ActionAid Kenya. He is also the SDG Ambassadors Program Manager.

Having studied a BSc in Political Science followed by a Masters in Global Development at the University of Copenhagen, Mathias joined ActionAid in 2017 whilst gaining advanced insight into social entrepreneurship from Copenhagen Business School.

At ActionAid, he conceptualised and built the SDG Ambassadors from idea stage to where it is now. Mathias is passionate about co-creating sustainable, impactful and scalable solutions to achieve the SDGs.

Milton Lore
Director
KPMG International Development Advisory Services Nairobi, Kenya

For over 20 years, Milton has positively contributed towards risk capital and philanthropic investment as well as innovation management, commercial enterprise operations, and public policy engagement across agriculture, clean technology, financial services and healthcare in Africa and internationally.

At KPMG International Development Advisory Services, he leads the fund management team for the Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity – a $50 million catalytic funding facility focused on increasing access to affordable credit, insurance solutions, digital payment transactions and savings accounts by rural, agricultural-centred communities across sub-Saharan Africa.

Milton, a Kenyan national, previously served as Managing Director for the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) and as an investment committee member for the global impact investing group Acumen.

He holds a graduate degree in intellectual property law and management from Queen Mary – University of London, which he attended as a Chevening Scholar, and studied chemical sciences at the University of Nairobi.

Daniela Henrike Klau-Panhans
Consultant, IFC

Henrike is a Consultant working for the IFC FCS Africa Unit. Her work focuses on private sector solutions in refugee hosting areas in East Africa. The Dutch Partnership and the Kakuma Kalobeyei Challenge Fund are two examples of her engagement. Henrike is one of the two authors of the Kakuma as a Marketplace report.

Before Henrike was seconded from KfW as a Senior Operations Officer to the Fragility, Conflict and Violence Unit of the World Bank acting as a liaison person for the IFC.

Henrike has more than 15 years of working experience in the private sector as well as in fragile environments. A banker by profession she worked for the German Savings Bank, the German Development Bank KfW as well as the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin and Afghanistan and managed projects in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

She holds a master of business administration from Bayreuth University, Germany with a concentration on Finance and Management and was trained as a banker at the German Savings Bank in Detmold.