about me.

 

I’m a Fulbright Scholar and MIT Sloan Fellow who wants to disrupt the way we fund and finance humanitarian and development initiatives. All around us are innovators and inventors building sustainable business models that create social impact. They need investments to grow and scale. On the other hand, businesses can and should strive to operate in more socially-responsible and sustainable ways. I want to bring these two worlds together, and so I plan to lead a Foundation or Impact Investing Fund in 5-10 years.  

That's me (on the left) handing out checks to winners of the Refugee Design Challenge. I'm currently coaching each team as they develop their business models.

 

True impact will come from connecting local innovators to capital and financing.

While working at the UN Refugee Agency, I really enjoyed working in the field on programs that foster bottom-up innovation among displaced populations. But, I feel that true impact will come from connecting local innovators to capital and financing. And so now I’m seeking a career in social impact investing and humanitarian financing.


 

Working with local innovators in Kafue, Zambia.

Bringing together refugees and humanitarians in Uganda for co-creation and design.

At Dadaab refugee camps, working with students as they prepare for an address by Malala Yousafzai.

 

A passion for local innovation and entrepreneurship.

Before joining the UN, I worked in South Africa, traveling around townships in Johannesburg and Cape Town, giving micro-entrepreneurial training and mentorship to asylum-seekers. 


 

Mentoring micro-entrepreneurs in the townships in Johannesburg.

 

It all started when...

My passion for social enterprise/innovation started in grad school at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Public Policy and Management. My team’s capstone project led to the creation of a tool that could calculate the return on US government investment in social innovation.

I'm currently pursuing a career in social impact investing and humanitarian financing. I hope to be able to accelerate and scale community-owned innovations with the potential for large-scale social impact through new approaches to financing in the humanitarian sector.


 

CV at a glance..