Founding Partners & Global Advisors
Founding Partners & Global Advisors
Irene Pritzker is the founder and President of the IDP Foundation, Inc. The IDP Foundation is dedicated to developing and supporting programs that are sustainable and move away from aid dependent models. She believes a combination of smart philanthropy and investment solutions can be galvanized to make that future a reality, as demonstrated by the success of IDP Rising Schools Program in Ghana. In 2017, IDP became a Founding Partner of Harambeans and launched the Harambeans Global Access Program.
S. GRAHAM AND ASSOCIATES
Stedman Graham is chairman and CEO of S. Graham and Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm. He is the author of 12 books, including two New York Times best sellers and one Wall Street Journal bestseller. As a businessman, educator and speaker, Graham lectures and conducts training programs for corporations and educational organizations worldwide on the topic of Identity Leadership, based on the philosophy that one cannot lead anyone else until you first lead yourself. He has delivered Identity Leadership programs in The Netherlands, Germany, China, Canada, the UK, Bermuda and South Africa. Graham serves on several boards and has received numerous awards. Mr. Graham has facilitated Identity Leadership Sessions with Harambeans.
Michael Hastings CBE, Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick
Lord Dr Michael Hastings is a member of Parliament in the British House of Lords and former Global Head of Citizenship for KPMG International. He currently serves as the Stephen R. Covey Endowed Professor of Leadership at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. He has also served as a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Diversity and Talent, the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Role of Business and joined the WEF Global Agenda Council on Migration. He was previously a non-executive Director of British Telecom (on the Board for Responsible and Sustainable Business) and was a Global Board member of Millennium Promise. In 2017 he was installed as the second Chancellor of Regent’s University London. Lord Hastings is a mentor to several Harambeans and Co-Chair of the Harambeans Global Advisory Board.
Bridget Fury is Founding Director of the Oppenheimer Generations Foundation. The Foundation, an accumulation of the Oppenheimer family’s philanthropic giving across Africa, intersects with Harambeans on its efforts to drive youth development, job creation and ethical leadership. In her previous role, Bridget advised a range of governments, donors, NGOs, corporations and individuals in social and impact investment strategies and structures. Bridget advises and mentors Harambeans.
Flaminia Giovanelli is the retired Under-Secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and as such was recognized as the highest-ranking laywoman in the Roman Curia. Giovanelli is an expert on economics and political science, with a profound knowledge of ethical, work-related, economic, and financial issues and was able to make decisive contributions to the Holy See’s input on questions of integral development, poverty and social cohesion at international institutions such as the UN, the EU, the Council of Europe and the World Labour Organisation. She is author of several children’s books and co-founder and President of O Viveiro Girl School in Mozambique. Giovanelli has been mentoring and welcoming Harambeans to the Vatican since 2011.
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Jeff Hoffman is an award-winning global entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, bestselling author, Hollywood film producer, a producer of a Grammy winning jazz album, and executive producer of an Emmy Award winning television show. In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, he has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and he has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known successful startups, including Priceline.com/Booking.com, uBid.com and more. He is a mentor to Harambeans and frequently shares his knowledge and experience with Harambeans through the Knowledge Transfer Sessions.
Tim Harris is the CEO of Wesgro, the Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape. Tim previously served as Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister of Finance for the Democratic Alliance (DA), the official opposition party in South Africa. He holds a BA in English Literature and a Masters in Economics from the University of Cape Town. Tim currently sits on the board of the Cape Town Film Studios, CapeBPO, and the Atlantis Special Economic Zone. He has begun developing relationships with Harambeans and frequents Harambean events.
MARY DE WYSOCKI
Mary de Wysocki is Senior Director, Corporate Affairs at Cisco where she leads the Global Problem Solving Initiative, committed to positively impacting 1 billion people by 2025. Mary has over a decade of experience leading various corporate social responsibility and education initiatives for Cisco. She is a member of the World Economic Forum and a supporter of numerous Harambean-led ventures in education.
YONAS BESHAWRED H'08
Yonas Beshawred is the founder and CEO of Stackshare, a Silicon Valley startup on a mission to transform the way that all SaaS tools and infrastructure services are bought and sold. He studied Information Systems at University of Maryland, worked at Accenture and joined the inaugural class of Harambeans in 2008. Yonas is a founding member of the Harambe Board of Trustees.
NAADIYA MOOSAJEE H'15
Naadiya Moosajee is a serial entrepreneur by passion, an engineer by training, is Co-Founder at WomHub, a boutique incubator supporting females all along the STEM value chain running developing programs for girls as young as 12 to access STEM careers to developing female founders in STEM businesses. She serves as an advisory board member for the University of Cape Town Faculty of Engineering, and was a Global Future Council Member with the World Economic Forum: Gender, Education and the Future of Work. Moosajee is a renowned speaker and was named “Top 20 Young Power Women in Africa” by Forbes Magazine and an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow (2019). She has worked across 24 countries to revolutionize the face of engineering and is passionate about equitable technology, fostering prosperity in emerging economies and engineering better societies. Moosajee is a Harambean who signed the Harambeans Declaration in 2015.
RECIPROCUS INTERNATIONAL PTE LTD
Robert MacPherson is a Junior Partner at Reciprocus International Pte Ltd and Founder of Strathpoint LLC. He is also a researcher for the Centre for African Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and his work on Asia-Africa affairs has been widely published. Robert is a founding member of the Harambe Board of Trustees.
OKENDO LEWIS GAYLE
Okendo Lewis-Gayle is the author of Harambeans and founder of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance. He is the inaugural Schwarzman Founder in Residence at Tsinghua University in China and has served as Africa Advisor to the Vatican, Rhodes Scholars, and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Okendo is a graduate of Harvard University.
UZOMA AYOGU H'20
Uzoma Ayogu is the co-founder of Releaf and a Duke Mechanical Engineering graduate. Releaf works to accelerate agricultural-based industrialization in Nigeria. He has professional experience as a systems engineer working on jet engines at GE Aviation and served on the Duke University Board of Trustees as a full voting member along side the likes of Tim Cook. Ayogu is graduate of Duke University and became a Harambean in 2020.
100 WOMEN IN FINANCE
Amanda Pullinger is the Chief Executive Officer of 100 Women in Finance. The organization, which now has nearly 20,000 registered members in 26 locations, is focused on empowering women in the finance industry and inspiring the next generation of pre-career young women. She is also Chair and Non Executive Director of the Board of FlyPlymouth, based in Plymouth, UK. She also serves on the Boards of the HALO Trust (USA), the American Friends of The National Portrait Gallery (London) Foundation and as a Director on the Oxford University Alumni Board. She is President of the Brasenose Society, Vice Chair of the Women’s Network Forum. Amanda is currently a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is a long time friend of Harambeans and frequents Harambean events.
Jeremiah Gordon joined Google in 2011 and has been the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of CapitalG since its creation. Jeremiah is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Jeremiah and his wife Josephine have hosted a number of Harambeans at their residence in San Matteo during Alliance Silicon Valley treks.
PROFESSOR ANYWHERE SIKOCHI
HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL
Anywhere Sikochi (Siko) is an assistant professor and Berol Corporation Fellow at Harvard Business School, where he teaches the Financial Reporting and Control course in the MBA required curriculum. Before his graduate studies, Professor Sikochi was a consultant at Lexecon and Charles River Associates. Professor Sikochi is the author of the case studies on Harambean venture LULA (a mobility startup in South Africa), and the case study “Harambe: Mobilising Capital in Africa.” He also supports and advises many Harambeans.
CRE VENTURE CAPITAL
Pardon Makumbe is a Founding Partner at CRE Venture Capital. He served as a Principal at EL Rothschild in New York and London and is a graduate of Princeton University and the Wharton School of Business. Pardon is a mentor to Harambeans and, through CRE Venture Capital, has invested in Andela and several other Harambean-led ventures.
ROPES & GRAY
Steven Obiajulu is a lawyer at Ropes & Gray, with a focus on private equity and venture capital transactions. He has advised clients regarding IP and technology issues in corporate transactions (private equity transactions, public company M&A and minority investments) and has represented clients in M&A deals for the acquisition of proprietary software platforms. Steven is a graduate of Harvard Law School (JD 2018) and MIT (SB Mechanical Engineering 2013). Steven supports and mentors several Nigerian-based Harambean companies.
Kai-Uwe Ricke is the Executive Chairman of Delta Partners in Dubai. He served as CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG. Kai’s professional career has been dedicated to the telecoms, media and tech (TMT) industry where he has extensive experience as a senior executive, entrepreneur and private-equity investor. Kai is a mentor and investor in several Harambeans and is a founding member of the Harambe Advisory Board.
Francesco Tronci is Senior Vice President at Investindustrial, a leading ESG-responsible private equity group based in Switzerland. He is a long-time officer for the NOVA-MBA Association (uniting thousands of Italian MBAs abroad), a volunteer/supporter of Mentors4u (pro-bono mentoring network for university students) and a co-founder of Sardinia in Business and Finance (bringing executives to teach pro-bono to students on the island). Francesco mentors Harambeans and hosts summer seminars for them in Switzerland.
Robin Roberts is the founder of Rehearse it! and was previously the senior partner for the global executive search firm Egon Zehnder. He commissioned with 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards as a regular officer. Robin is a mentor and investor in several Harambeans and is a founding member of the Harambe Advisory Board.
Jules Walker leads the business development efforts for KPMG’s Emerging Giants Practice in the United States. His team of professionals focuses on creating and expanding relationships with PE & VC-backed technology companies in a variety of industries doing business domestically and abroad. In addition to his 10+ years at KPMG, Jules has spent his professional career in financial services working for companies such as Bank of America, Robert Half and Textron Financial. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut and his MBA from Middlebury College. He supports Harambeans approaching IPO by providing consulting services to help get them to their next level of growth.
Oscar Adelman is the Founder and CEO of Remi, a direct-to-consumer sleep and wellness company backed by Foundation Capital. He served as an investor at Sinai Ventures where he sourced several investments including Grow Mobility (50x markup), Swiftmile (lead investor), Skyryse, Doorport (lead investor) and Esusu (lead investor). In addition to sourcing and diligence, he supported the fund’s operations including running their quarterly and annual LP reporting process. Previously, he was a leading young professional at Young Venture Capitalists Association, an analyst intern at BMWi Ventures and OurCrowd. Oscar is a graduate of the New York University Stern School of Business and serves on the Budget & Audit Committee of Harambeans.
ELIZABETH MASIYIWA, H'18
YASMIN KUMI, H'16
AFRICA FORESIGHT GROUP
Yasmin Kumi is the founder of Africa Foresight Group, an African-owned and managed firm that provides locally accessible, world-class insights and advisory services to grow local companies into global champions. Their services include research, strategy development, implementation support and stakeholder engagement. Kumi became a Harambean in 2016.
MELVYN LUBEGA, H'16
Melvyn Lubega is the co-founder and director of the GO1 team in South Africa. After honing his skills with the Boston Consulting Group, he joined GO1, an established leader in online learning and education, working alongside some of the largest companies in the world covering a wide range of industries and regions. GO1 empowers organisations to offer world-class training and invest in their most important asset – their people. Lubega became a Harambean in 2016.
MAYA HORGAN-FAMODU, H'17
Maya Horgan-Famodu is a Nigerian-American entrepreneur, founder and partner at Ingressive, a firm that provides market entry, technology research and market operations services for firms and businesses expanding into Africa. She also founded Ingressive Capital, a venture capital fund investing in Africa-based technology companies. Horgan-Famodu became a Harambean in 2017.
CHRISTIAN OKOYE, H'13
SIDEWALK INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERS
Christian Okoye is a Partner at Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, a Palo Alto firm responsible for origination, diligence, and execution of technology-enabled infrastructure transactions. Prior to this he was an Investment Manager at Emerson Collective where he managed late stage VC and growth equity investments in emerging market energy access and sustainable infrastructure. Mr. Okoye holds an MBA and MS in Energy Resources from Stanford University and became a Harambean in 2013.
NELA DUKE EKPENYONG
CHIEF OF STAFF
Nela Ekpenyong a development enthusiast and conservationist. Ekpenyong has worked in the development sector for 8 years in Geneva, London and Lagos. Prior to joining the Alliance, she was the Program Officer at African Philanthropy Forum – a global network of strategic philanthropists and social investors committed to sustainable change in Africa. Ekpenyong is a Loughborough University Alumni where she obtained her BA in International Relations, she is currently completing an MBA.
Director of Operations
Ryan Lee is a graduate of Harvard University with a passion for integrating emerging tech solutions in areas of greatest need. He co-founded two edtech startups involving virtual reality and served as co-director of the Harvard Vatican Leadership Summit.
GUILD & VENTURE PARTNER
Clive Pawakwenyewa has a strong interest in youth agency in the areas of business, governance and the environment. Before joining the Alliance, he worked for the Jesuit Province of Southern Africa as Regional Youth Office Director. Mr. Pawakwenyewa works with UNCTAD Youth Hub to amplify the voices of young people on trade issues and the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA). He is the holder of a degree in Sociology from the University of Zimbabwe and he is studying Law with the University of South Africa.