The 2022 Builders of Africa’s Future cohort comprises 11 entrepreneurs from six countries across the continent: Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Morocco, Tanzania, and Zambia. All participating organizations in the fifth cohort are 100% African-led and owned and represent the following sectors: healthcare, education, agriculture, renewable energy, and menstrual health.
Mr. Justine Nyaruri Abuga is an award winning social impact entrepreneur. He is the CEO and Founder of Ecobora Company, the first green energy company that provides African schools solar cooking stoves and saves them 100% of firewood costs. He uses green energy as a catalyst for poverty alleviation with a mission of building resilient and empowered communities that can thrive. He has 7 years’ experience working in the green energy space and believes in status quo disruption through innovation, technology, and sustainability, with a passion for working with rural and marginalized women and youth.
George Akilimali is a social entrepreneur, technology enthusiast, high-achieving senior executive bringing expertise in business planning, revenue development, and change management. He is a graduate of Mzumbe University with a Bachelor of Science in Information and Communication Technology with Management, offering seven years of leadership in the Education and Technology industry along with an entrepreneurial, forward-thinking mindset, and demonstrated track record of accomplishment. He is also the CEO & Founder of Smartcore Enterprise. He is passionate about various fields including social entrepreneurship, technology innovation, and education. He has worked with various local and international organizations such as Digital Opportunity Trust, YALI, SHONA, Deloitte, and the University of Dodoma.
Victor Boafo is a 23-year old social entrepreneur with a background in banking and finance who spun off to co-found Entofarms, an agricultural base start up, in a bid to create an impact in his community and economy as a whole.
Born and raised in Paris, France, Dr. Hanane Chaibainou graduated recently from the University of Pennsylvania with a Doctorate degree. She is the former Moroccan Ambassador for the first Youth Forum at the UNESCO and a member of the Covid-19 taskforce for the American Moroccan Competencies Network (AMCN). Her passion for social work led her to become the President of Association Nahda for Education and Development in rural Morocco focused on supporting women and children in underserved areas. Dr. Hanane Chaibainou is now the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Biotessia, S.A., based in Casablanca, Morocco. As soon as Dr. Chaibainou is done seeing neurosurgical patients, she is fully dedicated to Biotessia. The company is centered around access to all diagnostic and genetic testing, oncology and biosample collection in rural and underserved populations in Morocco with the vision to make Point-of-Care testing faster, cheaper, and accessible to all patients. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her three daughters, traveling, and partaking in socio economic women empowerment programs.
Caleb Edwards is a self-motivated and success-driven business development manager with 12+ years of experience in solution-selling and new business development across financial services, logistics, fintech, and construction industries. He is a founding member of Wami Agro Limited, an AgTech company with a mission to deliver tech-enabled solutions to secure sustainable sourcing, improve farmer quality of life, and protect the environment. He is a focused senior management executive with exceptional planning and implementation capabilities.
Sr. Jane Frances Kabagaaju belongs to the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus. She has served for 32 years in this congregation and is professionally trained as a Medical Clinical Officer. Sr Jane Frances has served in charge of health facilities for 22 years, particularly those in rural and difficult to reach communities. She was appointed as a Diocesan Health cCoordinator for Hoima Diocese for two years and coordinated health services in faith-based facilities in Hoima, Kibale, Masindi, and Kiryandongo. After coordinating health services in these districts, Sr. Jane Frances was appointed as director of the Public Health Care Department in Virika Hospital for two years. She is currently in charge of Nkuruba Health Centre, located in the rural area of Kabarole District-Uganda and established in 1964. Sr. Jane Frances completed a social entrepreneurship training by the African Management Institute of Kenya.
Jamila Mayanja a certified marketer who started Smart Girls Uganda, a social enterprise that empowers girls and women through trainings that build their life and economical skills. Smart Girls has famous girls and women empowerment programs like the Girls with tools program that socially and economically empower vulnerable girls and young women through models of skills development in male dominated careers and The Solar smart bags for girls innovation project, that is a comprehensive menstrual hygiene kits/back packers with educational programming designed with and for girls in Uganda that was chosen as one of the top ideas on Open Ideo UNFPA youth sexual and reproductive health challenge. Because of her work, she attended the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders’ initiative where President Obama recognized her for curbing youth unemployment.
Sr. Juunza has been a Religious Sister for eighteen years. She leads the Emerging Farmers Initiative and also currently serves as Senior Hospital Administrator at Monze Mission Hospital, where she coordinates and supervises all the non-clinical departments and manages all developmental and income-generating activities of the Hospital. She has served at this facility for the past 14 years. Sr. Juunza is very passionate about Social Entrepreneurship because she is convinced without doubt that it is one sure way of improving and sustaining the life of any community.
Hyasintha Ntuyeko is a social entrepreneur and a registered professional engineer who has challenged the status quo since 12 years ago. In 2013, She founded Kasole Secrets Company which innovates solutions to the Menstrual Health/Hygiene (MHH) challenges through developing and selling embossed bamboo charcoal disposable pads, providing MHH consultation, Training and Education campaigns which includes boys and men alongside girls and women and lastly encourage and support MHH innovation within communities by partnering with Local and International organizations. Social Impact is at the center of everything they do.
Sister Rose Thumitho is the co-founder of Mother Kevin Providence Social Enterprise. As a business manager with great passion and commitment with hands-on technical support, she brings 15 years of experience with expertise in leadership, governance, management, administration, resource mobilization, system-strengthening, networking and communications learned from working in underserved mission hospitals.