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.
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.
CRE VENTURE CAPITAL
IYINOLUWA ABOYEJI H’10
ANDELA, FLUTTERWAVE & FUTURE AFRICA
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is a serial entrepreneur, passionate about partnering with missionary talent and capital to build an African future. He spent the last few years as the CEO of Flutterwave, a business building payments technology and infrastructure to connect Africa to the global economy. During that time, he led the company to become one of the fastest growing payments technology businesses of all-time processing over $2 billion across over 50 million transaction with annual revenues of millions of dollars a year. Prior to Flutterwave, he co-founded Andela, Africa’s largest engineering organization with over 1000 software engineers with investment from Mark Zuckerberg and Google Ventures amongst others. Aboyeji became a Harambean in 2010.
YONAS BESHAWRED H'08
RECIPROCUS INTERNATIONAL PTE LTD
OKENDO LEWIS GAYLE
100 WOMEN IN FINANCE
Ms. 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. Ms. Pullinger 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. Ms. Pullinger 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.
Josephine & Jeremiah Gordon support and host Y Combinator Harambeans in Silicon Valley at their residence in San Matteo. Jeremiah 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.
Francesco Tronci is Senior Vice President at Investindustrial, a leading ESG-responsible private equity group based in Switzerland. Tronci 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).Tronci mentors Harambeans and hosts summer seminars for them in Switzerland.
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.
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
CHIEF OF STAFF
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.
Carman has worked with startups and impact projects alongside exceptional entrepreneurs. Previously, having worked as Head of Strategy for a UK digital marketing agency, General Manager at one of SA’s hottest travel startups, and Programme Manager for BNP Paribas SA’s Business Accelerator. A University of Pretoria Alumni, currently completing his Master’s in Business Dynamics.
NELA DUKE EKPENYONG
Malaika & Guild development manager
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.
ADMISSIONS & BRETTON WOODS DIRECTOR
Daniel Boateng is an entrepreneur and the founder of an international education consultancy. He previously worked in admissions and recruitment at Lancaster University Ghana and is an alumnus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.
EXECUTIVE & PROGRAMS ASSISTANT
Before joining the HEA team Franklin worked as office manager and program assistant at SEO Africa. He currently volunteers as a subgroup leader with The Rheumatology Initiative for Autoimmune advocacy, a mentor with the Ahaspora Changing Mindsets mentoring program, and general secretary of The Great Thinkers Club, a social impact organisation. Franklin obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Ghana.
Christiaan Heydenrych is the creative director and founder of Cheymaxim Creative, a branding and omnichannel digital marketing agency based in Cape Town, South Africa. With over 20 years’ experience in the industry he has positioned, developed and marketed a number of national and international brands.