The speakers at Re-Imagining Resilience 2015
Since childhood, Ange M. Muyubira was passionate about art & fashion. She fled to England as a result of B…
Since childhood, Ange M. Muyubira was passionate about art & fashion. She fled to
England as a result of Burundi’s ethnic war in 1993. Ange was fortunate to pursue a degree in interpreting/translating. While studying, she worked for some of the prestigious Fashion Houses in London. This renewed her interest in fashion and helped Ange to realize her talents in design, and her joy in working with people.
After living in London England for 10 years, Ange decided to return to Burundi and contribute to the development of her nation. She found Burundi struggling with poor economic situation and high unemployment rates. So Ange felt compelled to focus her contribution in creating jobs for under privileged and talented people through social-economic value chain.
Ange’s investment was nothing but the human capital which stemmed from her entrepreneurial spirit, her passion and her hard work ethic. So in 2012, Ange founded Kaz’O’zah Art, a social enterprise that gives the opportunity to small artisans, especially women & youth, to use their craftsmanship to become self-sufficient, support their families, and overcome poverty. Burundian artisans have always been skilled, but they struggled to earn an income because they made out-dated products, lacked an understanding of market needs, and had no viable opportunities to compete in business.
Kaz’O’zah Art has targeted those issues by training artisans to produce modern designed items and finding them markets. This has improved the art and craft industry in Burundi and opened doors for artisans in the industry.
The journey over the last 3 years has been challenging in many aspects, but the achievements, coming from a post-conflict and 4th poorest country in the world, are impressive. Kaz’O’zah Art currently works with over 135 Burundian artisans, 30 of whom are full-time employees.
Malou van Nieuwkoop
Malou van Nieuwkoop is community manager at 1%Club. She coaches international crowdfunding campaigns and provides do-good cro…
Malou van Nieuwkoop
Malou van Nieuwkoop is community manager at 1%Club. She coaches international crowdfunding campaigns and provides do-good crowdfunding and crowdsourcing workshops for municipalities, corporates and start-ups.
Jasmijn is a social strategist working for many impact-driven organisations on social innovation and sustainable system chang…
Jasmijn is a social strategist working for many impact-driven organisations on social innovation and sustainable system change. For 1%Club she managed the Cheetah Fund, a matching fund that supported 75 African pioneers with seed money to kick-start or boost their world changing projects.
Is an independent researcher who received her Ph.D. in Software Engineering, M.Sc. Information Systems and Technology, and B.…
Is an independent researcher who received her Ph.D. in Software Engineering, M.Sc. Information Systems and Technology, and B.Sc. Computer Science. Her work experience includes research and teaching posts in the UK and Barbados (1998 – 2005).
Since 2005, she has engaged with several Sudanese higher education institutions as lecturer, supervisor, examiner, and served as consultant for NGOs in Sudan. Kadoda published on software development as well as in interdisciplinary areas, e.g. ICT for development, ethics of appropriate technology, social media and activism. She is author of “Knowledge Production” in Encyclopedia of Case Study Research, is a conference organizer, proceedings editor, gave dozens of conference presentations, and is engaged in collaborative research with global and social perspectives.
She is a committee member of International Network on Appropriate Technology, team member of Paulo Freire Institute (UK), founding member, past president and current head of board of directors of Sudanese Knowledge Society. Kadoda was 2010’s African Scholar Guest of Annual Program at the University of South Africa, on UNICEF’s list of nine innovators to watch in 2014, and received the Sudanese Women in Science Organisation Award in 2015. Currently, she is co-editing a book entitled “Networks of Knowledge Production: Identities, Mobilities, and Technologies”.
CEO of R&D Group, the daughter company of her Dutch based consultancy firm, RBD Consultancy. This proud mother of five …
CEO of R&D Group, the daughter company of her Dutch based consultancy firm, RBD Consultancy. This proud mother of five kids is a social entrepreneur who aims to bring positive impact to young professionals by creating job opportunities, developing their skills and stimulating entrepreneurship. Her areas of focus include: Leadership, Public Private Partnership, Corporate Social Responsibility, Systems/Operations Management, International Business and Strategic Management. She holds an honor MBA degree from the University of Wolverhampton (UK), MSc in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Amsterdam and BA in International Business Management from HAN university of Applied Science in The Netherlands.
Mrs. Boon-Dejene is a pioneer in social entrepreneurship in The Netherlands and has supported the corporate and development aid world in designing strategic CSR-policy, implementing social programs and measuring their Social Return on Investment effectively. In 2009 she partnered with one of her clients, a Dutch software company ORTEC, and created a social venture in Ethiopia, specializing in data entry. This company has since created job opportunities for over a hundred young graduates and has become the biggest analysis center in Africa.
With her desire to stimulate public private partnership and innovate the current development aid sector, Mrs. Boon also founded Partners4change in 2011. Together with like-minded young professionals in the Netherlands, she has successfully organized annual events on sustainability issues. In 2013 she was selected by the Ministry of Foreign affairs to provide strategic advice on private sector development and involvement of young professionals to this respect.
In 2014, her passion for social entrepreneurship saw her establish a strategic partnership with Cordaid, a Dutch NGO that works towards building flourishing communities. With this partnership her company and Cordaid are implementing the unique Resilience Business Development Service program designed to support SMEs with growth potential in Ethiopia.
Due to her remarkable works, Mrs. Boon-Dejene has been selected one of the 16 Dutch young sustainable leaders by Earth Charter International, Sustainable young professional of the Year by the Dutch sustainability movement and nominated for Women of Excellence by AWIB-Ethiopia 2011, 2013, 2015 respectively. Fast paced solutions, creative techniques and innovative ideas coupled with her expertise in various areas facilitate her as a fully dedicated and passionate expert.
Is the Program Manager Technoserve-STRYDE Program (Kenya) has worked in Technoserve for 7 years in different capacities and p…
Is the Program Manager Technoserve-STRYDE Program (Kenya) has worked in Technoserve for 7 years in different capacities and programmes. She has strengths in agriculture value chain development, youth workforce development and project management.
She is also a member of the Youth Steering Committee in Technoserve, serves as a secretary to the committee. She holds a degree in Agribusiness Management from Egerton University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Kenyatta University.
As the Recruitment & Program Director at Amani Institute she manages the selection process for the Social Innovation Mana…
As the Recruitment & Program Director at Amani Institute she manages the selection process for the Social Innovation Management Program and is delivering various Amani Institute programs.
From a very early age Caroline had a very strong interest in teaching and (adult) education, but her desire to play a role in social change and having a personal impact was awakened when she joined AIESEC. There she held various national and international leadership positions and also chaired and trained at several conferences across Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Caroline alternated her career between the private and the social sector and is passionate about building bridges and connections between them. She held the position of European Graduate Program Manager for Swiss Re and also worked as a Learning & Development Manager at Deloitte Consulting. Her sabbatical at a grassroots NGO in Kenya led her to teach entrepreneurship skills to unemployed youth.
At Sanergy she developed a leadership development program at a fast scaling social enterprise. Caroline holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Political Science from University of Berne.
Born in the Swiss mountains, Caroline loves outdoor sports, traveling, reading, cooking and having conversations over a good glass of red wine.
Peter Nicholas is a Director at Social Finance UK, where he focuses on developing Impact Bonds in Africa and MENA. Recent in…
Peter Nicholas is a Director at Social Finance UK, where he focuses on developing Impact Bonds in Africa and MENA. Recent initiatives he has contributed to include a proposed job creation Impact Bond in Palestine sponsored by the World Bank, a study on the scope for impact investment in eye health sponsored by the Fred Hollows Foundation, and a potential HIV prevention Impact Bond in South Africa. Peter also has over 25 years of management and project experience at the World Bank, including leading operational teams in Africa, South Asia and Caucasus. He focused on delivering projects with measurable and sustained impact, and on results-based country strategies. He is also a Trustee of BRAC UK. Peter holds an M.Phil. in Economics and a D.Phil. in Philosophy from Oxford University.
Magdalena Kloibhofer has been involved with SEED since 2011 and is responsible for the implementation of the SEED Support to …
Magdalena Kloibhofer has been involved with SEED since 2011 and is responsible for the implementation of the SEED Support to SEED Winners. In her position as Project Manager at Adelphi Research, she works on projects in the area of sustainability entrepreneurship and corporate responsibility. Prior to joining Adelphi, Magdalena supported research and teaching at the Chair of Social Business of EBS Business School and co-authored the Schwab Foundation Manual on Leadership in Social Enterprise.
Previously, she was responsible for the development and management of the Sustainable Development Center at Heliopolis Academy in Egypt, part of the SEKEM initiative for sustainable development. Earlier, she worked with oekom research in the field of corporate responsibility rating. Magdalena Kloibhofer holds an academic degree in Economic Geography from LMU Munich and has completed a post-graduate programme on adult education at the Munich School of Philosophy.
Arielle has over 8 years of international community development experience working with non-profits and for-profit social ent…
Arielle has over 8 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 focuses her time on supporting 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. She is the Africa work stream lead for Sankalp Forum and is based in Kenya. She is also responsible for identifying, onboarding and managing partners for Sankalp Africa and currently manages relationships with donors and investors, large multinational corporations, incubators; and facilitates partnerships between them and the Sankalp Africa enterprises.
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.
Stefanie brings over 8 years of experience in the field of Private Sector Development in Europe, Africa and Asia. Throughout …
Stefanie brings over 8 years of experience in the field of Private Sector Development in Europe, Africa and Asia. Throughout her professional life, she has been engaged in a diversity of projects that aim at fostering innovation for the “Bottom of the Pyramid”. At Intellecap, Stefanie is leading the Africa expansion of the Business Consulting and Research team. She has recently led a research project on the East African Youth Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. Before joining Intellecap, she was leading a Programme for German development agency GIZ on Financing of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in India, where she designed and implemented some of GIZ’s flagship initiatives in the field of impact investing, inclusive business and social entrepreneurship promotion. Stefanie has led a variety of projects with banks, investors, and eco-system players such as incubators and accelerators to address financial and technical gaps in the start-up and MSME eco-system. Before her position in India, Stefanie had different roles within GIZ as Private Sector Development Expert and Advisor to the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). As a visiting faculty, she is teaching Entrepreneurship and Development at University of Bayreuth, Germany. She holds a MSc. degree in Development Management from London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied African Studies. Passionate about innovation and change processes within organizations, she holds a professional degree in Organizational Development.
Issam Chleuh – Co-Founder Impact Hub Bamako & Founder and CEO Africa Impact Group Issam Chleuh is a Thou…
Issam Chleuh – Co-Founder Impact Hub Bamako & Founder and CEO Africa Impact Group
Issam Chleuh is a Thought Leader who pioneered impact investing in Africa. His work has been featured on The Economist, Forbes and CNN, among others.
As the Founder & CEO of Africa Impact Group, Issam is in charge of driving the organization’s vision and mission, developing existing partnerships and creating new ones – influencing the growth of impact investing in startups & Small and Medium Businesses (SMEs) in Africa.
As the co-Founder of Impact Hub Bamako, Issam would like to give back to his native Mali. He believes social entrepreneurship and innovation are the best way to bring Mali out of poverty and put the country back on the path to prosperity and sustainable development. Impact Hub Bamako mission is to tackle the pressing issue of youth unemployment in Bamako by fostering a disruptive entrepreneurship ecosystem, hosting exciting events, offering relevant educational programs and accelerating and incubating the most promising startups and SMEs.
He has been named by Forbes as one of 30 Most Promising Entrepreneurs both in 2014 and 2015, by Take Part magazine as one of 10 Amazing Millennials who are saving the World and by Young People in International Affairs (YPIA) Top 35 Africans Under 35. Take Part magazine named him as one of 10 Amazing Millennials who are saving the world.
Prior to launching Africa Impact Group, Issam worked as an Executive at HarbourVest Partners and Ernst & Young where he structured, advised and invested in private equity transactions globally.
A native of Mali, Issam grew up in Guinea (Conakry), Republic of Congo, Mauritania, Ghana, Morocco, Benin, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Mali and the USA.
Community Lead, m:Lab East Africa She is currently the Interim Director, m:Lab East Africa, a technolo…
Community Lead, m:Lab East Africa
She is currently the Interim Director, m:Lab East Africa, a technology hub and a centre for digital entrepreneurship that offers business incubation, developer training, application testing, and ecosystem building.
A techie by passion and self taught front end developer. She is passionate about mobile for development, entrepreneurship, startup-investor relations, growth hacking and startups dynamics. She is a mentor and a coach to several startups. Quite experienced in pitching having listened to, and coached to over one hundred and fifty pitches from startups across East Africa.
Sheilah also organizes one of the biggest tech event in East Africa: PIVOT East, since 2012. Pivot East is East Africa’s premier mobile startups pitching competition and conference held annually. It is organized to amplify and consolidate the gains of East Africa’s Mobile developer and entrepreneurship ecosystem. She has also coordinated other regional events like ICT4Ag AgriHack Championships 2013 for CTA. M2Work MicroWork 2013 Global Challenge for infoDev and Space Apps Challenge 2013 for NASA.
Zachariah (Zach) George is the founder & CEO of Cactus Advisors - a specialist corporate finance, investment and business…
Zachariah (Zach) George is the founder & CEO of Cactus Advisors - a specialist corporate finance, investment and business advisory firm based in Cape Town, South Africa. In June 2015, Zach was appointed Managing Director for the inaugural Barclays Tech Lab Africa program designed to discover, nurture and empower the next generation of financial services, health technology and health information technology innovators on the African continent.
He concurrently serves as the African Chief Operating Officer for U-Start - a Swiss based global investment advisory firm specializing in direct and indirect venture capital investments in the tech and digital sector for private investors (prominent family offices and high net-worth Individuals) as well as venture capital funds, corporate ventures and wealth management institutions.
Zach was formerly an Asst Vice President at two of the largest bulge bracket Wall Street firms in New York - Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital - where he worked as an investment banker covering Mergers and Acquisitions, IPOs, Risk Management and Strategic Corporate Finance. In May 2010, he voluntarily left the global financial sector and moved to Africa where he spent a year consulting to micro-finance organizations and impact-driven venture capital enterprises, including a 6-month stint as a Professor of Finance for an Ashoka award winning Social Entrepreneurship MBA program in Nairobi. Since August 2011, Zach has been based in Cape Town where he is a specialist business consultant and financial advisor to senior management teams at corporations, banks, financial institutions, impact investment funds and enterprise development institutions. In 2014, Zach was recognized as a Certified Business Adviser at the Institute of Business Advisers for Business Advising Excellence.
Prior to his Wall Street career, at the age of 22, Zach got his Master’s degree in Management Science from Stanford University, California specializing in Corporate Finance. During the course of his degree, he was invited by the United Nations Secretariat to work on U.N. projects for the Department of Management and Procurement in New York. Zach is a Mechanical Engineer from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology.
He has lived and worked in the Middle East, California, New York, India, South Africa and Kenya. Outside of his professional life, Zach is a long-time singer and acoustic guitarist, loves adventure and the outdoors, and is passionate about art, theater and volunteering. Zach, his wife and three children live in the coastal town of Kommetjie in the southern peninsula of Cape Town.
Special Advisor – Office of the President, Republic of Mali & Co-Founder of Impact Hub Bamako Kad…
Special Advisor – Office of the President, Republic of Mali & Co-Founder of
Impact Hub Bamako
Kadidia Konare is currently the Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of Mali, overseeing Investment and Major Projects at the national and regional level. Prior to becoming an advisor, she was a Senior Investment Officer in the Asia Infrastructure & Natural Resources Industry Group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), based in Beijing, China. Ms. Konare has extensive experience in infrastructure investments (debt, equity, mezzanine) and advisory transactions in the emerging markets. She has diverse geographical exposure with transaction experience in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Kadidia started her career at the World Bank as a Young Professional in 2006, before moving to the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked in research at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). She has experience in both the private and public fields of accounting. She worked as an Auditor for a big six accounting firm and as a Project Accountant for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Ms. Konare is a passionate social entrepreneur who aspires to bring prosperity to the African continent through entrepreneurship. She is a co-founder of the Impact Hub Bamako. She is also a member of the African Leadership Network, an invitation-only community of the most dynamic and influential young African leaders working to create change in Africa.
Kadidia holds an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard University - Kennedy School; MS in Agricultural Economics and a BA in Accounting from Michigan State University. Her main areas of interest are entrepreneurship, infrastructure for regional integration, and innovative financing mechanisms for development, energy, and agribusiness.
Claudia is a social entrepreneur passionate about making a difference in our world. She is the co-founder and director of Imp…
Claudia is a social entrepreneur passionate about making a difference in our world. She is the co-founder and director of Impact Hub Caracas, an Impact Hub Global Association Board Member and an Impact Hub Africa Seed and Resilience Program Associate.
She has more than 14 years of experience in the financial sector in Latin America (Citi NY, Citi Venezuela, Banesco); the last eight years have been dedicated to microfinance in Venezuela (Banca Comunitaria Banesco). Claudia has more than 20 years experience in developing social innovation programs and initiatives within the public, private and third sector (NGOs) in favoring the low-income families and the less fortunate segments of our society.
Claudia was the recipient of the “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2010 in Venezuela by the Schwab Foundation, the World Economic Forum and Fundación Venezuela Sin Límites. She also received the “Outstanding Social Entrepreneur award in Venezuela” in 2011 from the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the World Economic Forum. In 2011, she received the “World Young Leader” award from the BMW Foundation, and was nominated as one of the Top 100 most Successful Managers in Venezuela by Gerente Magazine in 2012 and 2008, among other awards.
She has a Systems Engineering degree from Universidad Metropolitana, an MBA from Loyola University Chicago, a Masters in Finance from IESA and is an alumni of the Creative Leadership Program at THNK School of Creative Leadership, Amsterdam. She has completed executive courses in Microfinance, Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility at Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, INCAE and INSEAD Business School. If you ask Claudia what is the impact that she would like to create in the world, she will answer without hesitation: to defeat poverty!
Mugethi is a creative techie. She works to build and engage the technology community in Nairobi as the iHub Community Manager…
Mugethi is a creative techie. She works to build and engage the technology community in Nairobi as the iHub Community Manager. A people's person, she enjoys linking the techies with each other, investors/corporates, academics and other stakeholders. She is passionate about helping innovators become entrepreneurs and build sustainable businesses that scale.
She shares her thoughts and opinions on tech and gadgets on hergeekyness.com. She also writes fiction and poetry on missmugethi.com. A designer, she likes to create beautiful graphics to help businesses tell their stories. She has for a long time dreamt that Kenyans techies will innovate their own devices and gadgets and people all over the world will buy them. And use them. And she is excited that this is coming true.