CEO Imagine We Rwanda
Dominique Uwase Alonga is a young lady passionate about the intellectual growth and skills improvement of her fellow Africans. She is currently the founder and chief executive officer of Imagine We Rwanda, a social enterprise and publishing house with the aim of empowering the reading and creative writing culture in Rwanda. In this role, she focuses on book donations to schools and communities, training potential authors, and book publishing.
She believes that her organization will spread beautiful African stories around the world. Dominique also volunteers her time talking to young girls with the aim of boosting their self-esteem. She trains young people on project development and work ethic through the History Makers Project. Dominique holds a Bachelors Degree in Media Studies from Jain University, India.
Dominique plans to strengthen her entrepreneurial and business skills to improve the lives of young people in Rwanda and Africa through sustainable ventures and projects.
CEO Vava Coffee Limited
In 2009, Vava Angwenyi started VAVA COFFEE – a social enterprise whose main aim is to contribute to better future prospects for local communities and the coffee industry as a whole. The company ensures sustainable livelihoods for the people and communities in which it works. Rather than give handouts, Vava Coffee gives hope for a better tomorrow to those it works with as well as their families by giving them a chance to earn a living and get out of poverty by engaging them in work activities they are skilled in performing. Vava Coffee not only works with small holder farmers in different coffee growing regions within Kenya but also has its coffee gift bags made by groups of women in the informal settlements surrounding Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
Vava is a CQI trained and qualified Q grader - course and exam taken October 2016 at ATLAS COFFEE SEATTLE. Ms. Vava Angwenyi was part of the 2015 African Women's Entrepreneurship Program, a prestigious Department of State-sponsored program coordinated in conjunction with African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) and International Visitors Leadership Program. Ms. Vava Angwenyi has created a sustainable and ethical coffee brand that sources coffee from farmers in Kenya and around the region. and most recently she has gained recognition from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Young Innovators in Agribusiness, and the UNDP's Business Call to Action.
Vava holds a Master’s degree-MSc in International Finance and Management from University of Groningen as well as Certificate in Global Asset Management from Warrington College of Business, University of Florida and a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics & Actuarial Science from University of Western Ontario- CANADA. Vava’s vision is to challenge the status quo and promote positive social disruption within the Coffee industry.
This vision comes from an inborn Kenyan passion for coffee and a drive to promote the sustainable production of coffee within Kenya’s and the wider East African region by tracing the production of high quality coffee beans to the independent smallholder coffee farmer, who works day in and day out, against major obstacles and with meagre resources to produce some of the world’s best tasting coffees, often without an understanding or appreciation of the final fruits of their labour.
Director Paukwa StoryHouse
Mwihaki Muraguri is an experienced Kenyan professional who has built a career in the areas of health, development and philanthropy. With a personal philosophy of excellence, integrity and pursuing social justice, Mwihaki’s professional pursuits strongly mirror her personal attributes. As a recipient of several scholarships that enabled her to pursue her graduate studies, she continues to support girl’s education in Kenya through various avenues.
Throughout her career Mwihaki has had the opportunity to serve in a number of blue chip institutions across the private and non-profit sector including AMREF, KCB Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation which helped build strong competencies in planning and project management, strategy, communications and team management. An excellent communicator and insightful professional, Mwihaki has represented her various institutions in several regional and international fora.
Mwihaki currently runs Paukwa Storyhouse, a firm dedicated to bringing to using the art of storytelling to celebrate and spotlight the positive aspects of Kenyan history and contemporary life. Additionally, her favourite and life-long role is bringing up three young Kenyans and being married to a successful entrepreneurial techie.
Founder & Chair Afrika Youth Movement
Aya Chebbi is an award-winning Pan-African activist and renowned blogger. Her blogs were published at Al-Jazeera, OpenDemocracy, and Foresight-Africa among other media outlets. Beside her prominent online presence, she is the co-founder of the Voice of Women Initiative (feminist collective) and founding Chair of Afrika Youth Movement, building one of Africa's largest movements fighting for peace and social justice and bridging North Africa with the rest of the continent.
She supported and worked with hundreds of movement leaders, feminist groups, artists and activists in over 20 African countries on peace-building, civil resistance, blogging and mobilization. As the Programs Director at World Peace Initiative Foundation, Aya founded and run multiple peace projects such as Amani Fellowship, Amandla Fellowship and Heya Fellowship for Women where she organized and directed about 15 retreats that trained hundreds of young people from some 40 countries to become peace agents and also introduced mindfulness practice and non-violent communication to over 5000 people across Africa and the Middle east.
She currently sits at the Board of Directors of CIVICUS, the Board of Africans Rising Movement chaired by Kumi Naidoo and joined the Advisory Committee of FRIDA Young Feminist Fund. She is also the youngest Councillor at World Refugee Council chaired by honorable Lloyd Axworthy. In 2012, she was a Fulbright scholar at Georgia Southern University and 2015 Mo Ibrahim Scholar for her Masters in African Politics at SOAS, University of London.
In recognition to her achievements, Aya was named among 2013 Africa's most Outstanding Young Women leaders and appeared on top lists of people to watch; at the Huffington Post as well as 100 under 40 Most Influential Africans. She is also 2016 Inspirational Woman of the Year Award winner by Women4Africa UK.
Founder & CEO Golden Palm Investments Corporation
Sangu Delle is an Entrepreneur, Author, Clean Water Activist, Soros Fellow and TED Global Fellow. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Palm Investments Corporation ("GPI"); an investment holding and advisory company focused on building world class companies in Africa.
GPI operates companies in high growth industries and funds promising start-ups that can have social impact and generate jobs. GPI has backed start-ups such as Andela, mPharma and Flutterwave. Sangu is the co-founder of Cleanacwa, which is a non-profit working in underdeveloped communities in Ghana to make sure that water and sanitation, basic human rights, are provided.
Sangu is a Trustee of the Peddie School, an Advisory Board member of Harvard University's Centre for African Studies, an Elected Director of Harvard University's Alumni Association and a member of the West Africa Advisory Group for the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University. Sangu graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Highest Honours) in African Studies and Economics from Harvard College, a Doctor of Law from Harvard Law School, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Founder Kajeno Media & Orenda Arts Collective Non-Profit
Dube combines her experience and knowledge of the traditional advertising into the work she does within the arts sector on an ecclectic mix of projects including her own literacy campaigning entities such as #longstorySHORT and Tjo!StoryFest.
Kgauhelo is part of a wide array of projects from festival management to acting as strategic and content consultant to varied artists, cultural foundations and corporations such as Exclusive Books. She was 2015 nominee for Mbokodo Women in Arts award in the category of “Promotion of Arts and Culture in the Media”.