Priscilla Agbeo is currently a senior at Stanford University majoring in African and African American Studies with a minor in Global Studies. She was born in Ghana and migrated to Chicago, IL at the age of nine. In Chicago, she discovered a passion for the development and sustainability of Africa and her community on the South Side. She is particularly interested in poverty alleviation and bottom-up innovations that empower less privileged communities. In the past, she has worked at the Center for Democratic Development in Ghana and MAPSCorps in Chicago. Priscilla enjoys writing poetry, appreciating the allure of nature, and engaging people in stimulating conversations. She hopes to make a positive impact through radical imagination and community building.
Yasmin graduated from Princeton University and is currently attaining her JD from Harvard Law School and MBA from Stanford GSB. She attended Le Cordon Bleu in London and Paris. As a former McKinsey consultant, Yasmin surveyed entrepreneurial opportunities for African women and saw an overwhelming emphasis on thinking small: microfinance, micro-businesses, micro-progress. But she knew smart, dynamic women who wanted to start medium or large businesses. She Leads Africa, which Belo-Osagie co-founded in 2013, has helped nurture hundreds of aspiring, ambitious female entrepreneurs, with support from companies including Intel, Guaranty Trust Bank, Huawei, and Etisalat.
Born in Nairobi, Jason moved to the US in 2005 for college and to pursue his childhood dream of competing in the Olympics. Admitted to Stanford, he made his way onto the swim team in 2008 after his junior year, he fulfilled that childhood dream and became the first swimmer from Kenya to ever qualify for the Olympics. In 2012, he returned to the Olympics and was chosen to carry Kenya's flag during the opening ceremony. Upon retiring from professional athletics, he pursued his passion for sustainability working with a recycling startup and then in the solar industry. During his MBA, he has co-founded Safi Analytics, an energy software start-up in Africa and created the increasingly popular talk show J-Talk Live. Jason also holds a BA in Human Biology, and an MS in Earth Systems, both from Stanford.
Fatima Dicko is a second year MBA student and the Founder & CEO of Jetpack, a company that makes essential consumer products available in real time. Before Stanford, she previously worked as the youngest Senior Engineer on a 5-person technology innovation team at Procter & Gamble developing new-to-the world products 3-10 years away from market. Fatima came to the United States from Mali at a young age and grew up in New York City, receiving her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University.
Namu Hichilo is a first year MBA student at Stanford from Zambia. He spent the last two years in Zambia developing software that gave high schools access to internet content for free and helping small businesses get microfinance loans online. Namu holds a computer science degree from Berea College.
Ahmad is a first year M.B.A student passionate about the impact innovation can have on Africa and the Middle East. Prior to business school, Ahmad worked at Citadel Capital, a leading investment firm in Africa, and the African Development Bank.
Noura is a second year MBA student and serves as the co-president of Africa Buisnes Club. A graduate of the Operations Management Leadership Program at GE, Noura has extensive supply chain and manufacturing experience. Noura hails from Ethiopia and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Systems Engineering from SMU. She spent her summer working for Cepheus Growth Capital Partners, Ethiopia's first native PE fund and is passionate about private sector development and value creation.
Marisa is a senior at Stanford University majoring in Economics. She is excited to learn more about entrepreneurship in the African context and hopes to become a social impact investor in the future.
Tawanda Michael Mahere was VP of Global Growth at Jide Technology, a software startup that pioneered Android PCs, which was acquired by Google in 2017. Previously, he directed Beijing Tech Hive, a startup accelerator investing early-stage venture capital in internationally-minded entrepreneurs. He founded two entrepreneurial ventures in China: a career development program for African graduates with China experience and an English-language training school. He is the former Youth Mayor of the capital city of Zimbabwe. Tawanda holds an Electronic and Information Engineering degree from Beihang University and studied advanced Mandarin at Tianjin University.
Andrew, a CFA Charterholder, is an MBA Candidate at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Before coming to Stanford, Andrew was an Investments Officer at Zimbabwe Asset Management Corporation (ZAMCO), the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s special purpose unit tasked with resolving non-performing bank loans in the Zimbabwean banking sector to ensure the stability of the country’s financial system. Prior to working at ZAMCO, Andrew was an Investment Director and Head of Research at Invictus Capital, and a Fund Manager at Alpha Asset Management in Harare, Zimbabwe. Andrew holds a degree in Finance from the National University of Science and Technology(NUST, Zimbabwe) and is passionate about Machine Learning and its applications to high impact growth areas in Africa.
MD is co-president of the Africa Business Club at Stanford GSB, where he is pursuing a dual degree MBA/ MS in Environment and Resources. MD hails from Cote d’Ivoire and gained extensive experience in financial markets and treasury client solutions in Africa and Latin America, working for Standard Chartered Bank across Africa and as a Development Banker at the International Finance Corporation in Washington, DC. MD is excited about the potential for finance and technology to change the lives of billions of consumers at the bottom of pyramid. His interests are at the intersection of finance, technology, entrepreneurship and economic development in emerging economies.
Robel is a senior from Addis Ababa majoring in Computer Science. He is interested in understanding the context of change in Africa and finds ABF to be a valuable community of change-seekers from whom he can learn a lot.
Nancy holds a Bachelors of Science from Georgetown University and started her career as a Strategy and Operations Consultant in Deloitte’s Design Analytics Studio. She focuses on using design thinking and human centered design to transform data into impactful stories and analytics tools for federal, commercial, and non-profit clients. Nancy co-founded Diversability, a disability awareness organization focused on reshaping conceptions of ability and creating programming that raises disability awareness, and Thrive, an online a community for women pursuing MBAs and careers in business and tech.
Ife was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She studied Economics at Yale University. After Yale, she worked as a Business Analyst at Mckinsey solving complex business problems for Fortune 500 companies across the world. After Mckinsey, she joined Paga, a fintech company in Nigeria, where she led a team to build an innovative payroll product for small and medium sized businesses. She's interested in promoting entrepreneurship in Africa and co-founded Zunde Africa Fund, an entrepreneur-focused venture group that identifies mentors and invests in student led startups across the African continent.
Emily O'Neal is a junior at Stanford University majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Media and Bridging Social and Cultural Barriers. She is passionate about understanding the intersection of technology & psychology and how the universality of media can be used to connect people in novel ways. Emily uses graphic and illustrative design as the practical application of her studies. She previously worked at Code for Cape Town, where she designed and launched the #WhyICode campaign, created to spread inspiring stories of young, black women in tech and to inspire the next generation of coders. In her final years at Stanford and onward, she hopes to continue to understand and create media content for the purpose of inciting social change.
Anthony Wagacha is a second year MBA student at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, an expert in quantitative financial risk and an ardent crusader for Afro-focused digital solutions in Africa. He is an immediate former Investment Banker at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, New York where he worked exclusively on technology, media and telecommunication deals; and a Financial Risk Manager Consultant at KPMG East Africa. He has also worked with entrepreneurs in Africa as a startup co-founder, an investor and mentor.
Graham is a proud MBA1 from South Africa with a love for the country’s nature and wildlife. This love developed from spending many holidays exploring the remote corners of Southern Africa with his family. It is his goal to ensure that the development of Africa is sustainable from an environmental perspective. He believes that clean and renewable energy will play a key role in this and the growth opportunities in Africa also represent an opportunity for Africa to become a world leader in this space. Graham aims to use my strong background in natural resources to realize this vision.