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Our participants are executives and leaders of change from the corporate world, the public sector, and civil society. The program´s participants are pioneers striving for new careers, business, and social impact pathways in society.

Abraham is the country manager for the Austrian Red Cross in Ethiopia. He has worked almost 10 years in the humanitarian sector providing strategic, programmatic direction and oversight to the development and emergency programs.

Abraham Gossaye

Head of Office, Austrian Red Cross

Alice Emasu Seruyange is the founder and Executive Director of The Association for Rehabilitation and Reorientation of women for Development-TERREWODE, and Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital (TWCH) which is dedicated to treatment and management of obstetric fistula and other childbirth injuries. She is an outstanding social entrepreneur.

Alice Emasu

Founder and Executive Director ,TheAssociation for Rehabilitation and Reorientation of women for Development-TERREWOD, Ashoka fellow Uganda

Brother Jonas is the Director of the Institute for Social Transformation –Tangaza University. He is originally from Togo. He has over 17 years of experience in higher learning institutions in Malawi, Zambia and Kenya. Formerly he was deputy principal in Comboni Technical College in Malawi and principal of Chikowa Youth Development Centre in Zambia.

Br. Dr. Jonas Yawovi Dzinekou

Director, Institute for Social Transformation Tangaza University College

Born and bred in Uganda, Clare Wavamunno, is an ASHOKA Fellow for pioneering integrated special education in the country by leading the establishment of Hill Preparatory School in 1988.

Claire Wavamuno

Founder Hill Preparatory School, Ashoka fellow Uganda

Danny Mucira is the Trace eastern Africa managing director. He is an accomplished business leader who is passionate about empowerment, entertainment and the role of creative arts in uplifting African youth in order to enable them stand up and shine.

Danny Mucira

Eastern Africa Managing Director of Trace

Diana is a social change and Inclusion leader, currently serving as the Country Director for Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Tanzania where they support #DOTYouth to become digital ambassadors, social innovators, and community leaders who impact the lives of community members through entrepreneurship, digital, and job skills training, and by launching their own social innovations.

Diana Ninsiima

Country Director, Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)

Diana is the Kenya Program Director at Educate!, a nonprofit social enterprise that prepares African youth to succeed in today's economy. Diana leads Educate!'s operations, programming, and government relations in Kenya, where Educate! is partnering with the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development on the ongoing Competence Based Curriculum Reforms.

Diana Mwai

Program Director at Educate! in Kenya

Dr Zaam Nalule

Father Charles coordinates all Jesuit international development work in Africa. He works to create synergies for greater impact of the Jesuit social ministry in Africa. His office also provides liaison and creates strategic partnerships in matters concerning justice and ecology within and beyond the Jesuit organizations and units.

Father Charles Chilufya

Director of the Justice and Ecology Office of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)

Hanna Ahere is the Special Assistant to the Regional Director at the Ford Foundation office for Eastern Africa. As Special Assistant, Hanna supports the Regional Director to manage internal processes which involve support of the formal management system with administrative and grant-making teams.

Hanna Ahere

Special Assistant, Regional Director, Ford Foundation office, Eastern Africa

Khalila is a multifaceted, multitalented, multisector serial social entrepreneur who believes strongly in power that well-built African socially-minded business (social enterprise) brands have to positively transform the continent.

Khalila Mbowe

Founder and CEO of Unleasehd Africa Social Ventures

Seasoned Humanitarian and human rights specialist with over 20 years working with the UN in diverse situations globally including conflict situations, refugees, IDPs, statelessness and in varying capacities. Lynn also worked as a Senior Regional Global Advisor for Women and Children covering 15 countries in the Great Lakes, Horn of Africa and the East African regions.

Lynn Ngugi

Humanitarian and human rights specialist

Ninon Ndayikengurukiye is joining starting May 2021, CARE USA Impact and Innovation Team, as the Regional Innovation Advisor for East, Central, and Southern Africa. She has 11 years of experience in managing national and regional communication, advocacy and innovation projects and campaigns within multi-cultural and fragile settings.

Ninon Ndayikengurkiye

CARE USA Impact and Innovation Team

Mr. Ojok Okello is a social entrepreneur, community organizer and development manager with graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Makerere University. He has worked on several development initiatives that contributed towards the post-conflict reconstruction of Northern Uganda with organizations such as WarChild UK, Volunteer Efforts for Development Concern (VEDCO) and KATI social venture.

Ojok Okello

Founder and CEO of Okere City

Kayiranga Pascal is an MD, working for Rwanda Red Cross Society as Head of the emergency medical care unit, involved in the establishment of emergency medical technicians in the country. Previously he has been working for diverse government and non-government medical institutions. He likes reading scientific books, walking alone, watching television and does like volunteer work.

Pascal Kayiranga

MD, Rwanda Red Cross Society

Rachael is a development specialist with 15 years’ experience driving growth for social impact causes in international entities such as SOS Kinderdorf International, Oxfam, VSO International, PACT among others. She is a speaker, mentor and recently began her personal journey in social innovation.

Rachel Onyango

Development Specialist

Samuel is an MBA graduate and TVET Coordinator at CARE Tanzania. He’s a community development enthusiast passionate to see young men and women take an active role in business venture development, leveraging on creativity, access to production skills and innovation aided by a supportive business environment.

Samuel Chambi

Coordinator –Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), CARE International in Tanzania

In 2010 Rita graduated from the GITIS Theater Studies Department. In 2014 as a choreographer, she volunteered at the Open Art Theater with actors with Down Syndrome. In 2016 she released there the performance “The Story of a Cinderella” as a director. Immediately after, she founded the inclusive project «Interaction».

Margarita Rebetskaya

Choreographier, Ballet dancer & Performance Director

Sylvia Kaaweis a financial inclusion expert with a passion for Women's Economic Justice. Sylvia manages the Women Economic Empowerment Program at CARE International in Uganda and has an accumulated 21 years of experience in both Development and Humanitarian work in Uganda and South Sudan.

Sylvia Kaawe

Manager, Women Economic Empowerment Program, CARE International in Uganda

Zahra is a young finance professional, and current office manager at Ashoka’s East African regional headquarters. Her direct engagement in various Ashoka projects,i.e., Changemaker Mapping in Kenya, Changemakers United Africa Covid-19 initiative, have contributed to her growing passion for social entrepreneurship, especially in the African context.

Zahra I. Lethome

Office Manager, Ashoka East Africa

Sumita is the Project Manager at the Zero Project. She works on research, management of the Zero Project's network and database, as well as website management.

Sumita Kunashakaran

Project Manager at the Zero Project