Africa: Exploring Career Pathways (Virtual)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST
*This event is for Harvard students and alumni. Please register with your Harvard email address.
Join this session to learn from a guest panel of alumni about their work in various African countries. Get ideas for how to begin or expand your job or internship search. Panelists have experience in areas including: agricultural development, governance, forensics, business, entrepreneurship, innovation, international development, mental health, and more!
Moderator: Djibril Rushingabigwi
Sangu Delle’10, MBA’16, JD’16 - CEO of Africa Health Holdings
Zakhona Mvelase, MPA’21, Mason Fellow – Director, Forensic Audit Services at National Treasury
Brian Milder’01, MBA’07 - CEO Aceli Africa and Director, Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF)
Uche Pedro, MPA/MC '20, Mason Fellow - Founder & CEO of BellaNaija, Co-Founder PVCitizen, Nigera
Co-sponsored by the Office of Career Services (OCS), Center for African Studies (CAS), Nigerian Students Association, Harvard South African Society, and Harvard African Students Association. PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND.
Sangu Delle is Managing Director of Africa Health Holdings focused on "building Africa's healthcare future" and Chairman of Golden Palm Investments Corporation. Delle has been named Africa’s “Young Person of the Year”, a 2014 TEDGlobal Fellow, a 2013 Soros Fellow, one of Forbes’ top 30 most promising entrepreneurs in Africa, and one of Euromoney’s “Africa’s Rising Stars”. Sangu is a Trustee of the Peddie School, an Advisory Board member of Harvard University's Center for African Studies, a member of Harvard Medical School’s Global Health Advisory Council and an Elected Director of Harvard University's Alumni Association. Sangu graduated with a BA, a JD, and an MBA from Harvard University. Sangu is the author of "Making Futures: Young Entrepreneurs in a Dynamic Africa" which was published in September 2019. He is a mental health activist with a TED Talk on the stigma of mental health which has garnered over 2 million views. More information: https://alumni.harvard.edu/stories/lifting-stigma.
Zakhona Mvelase is a mid-career Master in Public Administration candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. She is an internationally Certified Fraud Examiner with over a decade experience working in both private and public sectors in the field of governance and forensics. She holds a role of Director: Forensic Audit Services at National Treasury, responsible for conducting forensic investigations in all spheres of government, Public Entities and Constitutional Institutions in South Africa. She has successfully led a number of high profile and complex investigations within various spheres of Public Service in SA. She serves as a regional board member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner (South African Chapter) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting Sciences and a Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Auditing and various certificates in the field. She has a special interest in researching the interface of gender and corruption, and will spend her time at HKS solidifying her expertise in this field. More information: https://africa.harvard.edu/people/zakhona-mvelase.
Brian Milder is the Founder and CEO of Aceli Africa. He envisions a world where social and economic development are fully compatible with environmental stewardship, and where public policy steers capital markets towards these goals. Previously as Chief Innovation Officer for Root Capital, he led the impact and advisory teams and designed impact-linked finance mechanisms to expand lending for new borrowers and support tree crop replanting. He is also a co-founder and serves as Director of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF), an alliance of 16 impact lenders that promote industry standards and best practices for agricultural SME lending globally.
Uche Pedro has spent the last decade in digital entrepreneurship as the Founder of BellaNaija, Africa’s leading lifestyle and advocacy digital media company with a community of over 5 million Africans on the continent and in the diaspora. She co-founded PVCitizen to encourage millennials and Generation Z Nigerians to register, vote, and become active citizens. PVCitizen’s first impact campaign leading up to the 2019 elections in Nigeria achieved a reach of 200 million impressions across social media. In March 2020, Uche was honoured with the Forbes Africa as one of the 50 most powerful women in Africa. She recently completed the Mid-Career Master of Public Administration Edward S. Mason program at the Harvard Kennedy School where she was a fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the recipient of the Josephine S Vernon award. Uche is passionate about the progress of Africa’s emerging generations and works to foster positive change through BellaNaija DoGood initiatives and partnerships with grassroots, local and global impact organizations.
CO-SPONSORS: Office of Career Services (OCS), Center for African Studies (CAS), Nigerian Students Association, Harvard South African Society, and Harvard African Students Association.