Okendo Lewis-Gayle

Founder & Executive Chairman

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.

Opheley Salihu

Admissions Manager

Opheley Salihu completed her Masters in International Relations – Human Rights. She was selected to be an Education Pioneer Fellow at the NYC Department of Education and has experience as a program coordinator at the University of Akron and Ashesi University.

Ryan Lee

Director of Technology and Communication

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.

Mary Eshun

Programs and Admin Assistant

Based in Accra, Ghana, Mary Eshun has a Bachelors in Business Administration from the Ashesi University, and has interned at Global Media Alliance, Multimedia Group as well as completed the Ashesi University National Service.

Advisors & Trustees

Dr. Michael Hastings CBE,
Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick

Lord Michael Hastings is KPMG International’s Global Head of Corporate Citizenship and a crossbencher in the British House of Lords. Lord Hastings is a member of the World Economic Forum and a trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation. Lord Hastings is a mentor to several Harambeans and a founding member of the Harambe Advisory Board.

Flaminia Giovanelli

Flaminia Giovanelli is the Under-Secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and as such is recognized as the highest-ranking laywoman in the Roman Curia. She is author of several children books and co-founder and President of O Viveiro Girl School in Mozambique. Flaminia has been mentoring and welcoming Harambeans to the Vatican since 2011.

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.

Josephine & Jeremiah Gordon

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.

Obiageli Ezekwesili

Obiageli Ezekwesili is a co-founder of Transparency International and a senior economic advisor for Open Society. She served as Africa Vice-President at the World Bank and Minister of Education in Nigeria. She is on the boards of Bharti Airtel, World Wildlife Fund and the School of Public Policy of Central European University. Obiageli is a mentor to several Harambeans in Nigeria and a founding member of the Harambe Advisory Board.

Pardon Makumbe

Pardon 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.

Alyne Kemunto Cistone

Alyne Kemunto Cistone is a management consultant at the Maine-based law firm, Eaton Peabody. She is a Trustee of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and a member the Law Society of Kenya. Alyne and her family reside on Mount Desert Island, where she regularly welcomes Harambeans working on ventures related to climate change.

Kai-Uwe Ricke

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.

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.

Robert MacPherson

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.

Matthias Reichwald

Matthias Reichwald is a lead designer at BrandComms. He has worked with Interbrand and Pentagram in London and contributed articles to Design Indaba. Matthias served as Harambe’s Director of Design and is a founding member of the Harambe Board of Trustees.

Robin Roberts

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.

David Law

David Law is the Managing Director of the Standard Charter Bank. He served as Head of Financial Sponsors Group of Morgan Stanley since July 2005 and as its Chairman of Investment Banking for Middle East and North Africa Business until August 2009. David is a mentor and investor in several Harambeans and a founding member of the Harambe Advisory Board.