Beyond Borders Series No. 3: Kumvana Fellows Take the Stage
The year 2020 is already on track to make history in many ways, and for Engineers Without Borders, this year marks our 20 year anniversary of bringing people and ideas together to ignite change. We are steadfast in our mission, and we are celebrating the positive impact EWBers are making in our local and global communities with a new initiative: The Beyond Borders Impact Series. This virtual series is a showcase of the work we do, and a testament to how by working together, even in these trying times, a brighter more equitable future is possible.
The Beyond Borders Impact Series unites us through thought leadership and the exchange of ideas and culture. Through these online discussions we are able to tackle some of the world’s biggest issues and the myriad of challenges we face in a global health crisis.
On June 10, the third installment of the series, EWB Kumvana alumni will discuss how they are pivoting and responding to COVID-19 in their businesses and communities.
The EWB Kumvana Fellowship program is a powerful part of EWB’s programming that provides African innovators, like our panelists, opportunities to develop business and social skills, and broaden their networks in a meaningful way. The Kumvana program has been running for 10 years, selecting 10-15 leaders for this unique fellowship each year.
Learn more about the Kumvana Fellowship program and donate here
The Beyond Borders chat will be hosted by past Kumvana Fellow and youth engagement enthusiast, Herbert Kisara, who manages EWB Fellowship activities in East Africa and is based in Kampala, Uganda.
Our panelists include:
Lilian Baraza: Lilian is a 2018 Kumvana Fellow from the Engineers Without Borders Canada program. Lilian has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Nairobi, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from Kenyatta University. She is a seasoned HR Professional and partner to team leaders at Sanergy.
Mwansa Chalo: Chalo is a Kumvana Fellow alumnus, and is the Co-Founder of Spotless Africa and the Piggy Bank Campaign. Spotless Africa is a cleaning company that specializes in Window and Kitchen Extraction Cleaning. The aim of the business is to rethink, re-imagine and reshape the service industry in Africa. The Piggy Back Campaign is an initiative that helps improve access to education for underprivileged learners in community schools.
Prince Adu-Appiah: Prince is a 2017 Kumvana Fellow, Leadership Consultant, a Social Entrepreneur, and a Youth Activist whose passion is to help eradicate poverty in Africa and to raise leaders. He is the Founder and CEO of 1Billion Africa, a civil society organization and movement that inspires and empowers Africa’s Youth to find problems in their communities and to turn them into projects. 1Billion Africa’s projects and activities have impacted over 12,500 Africans, majority being Youth, Women and Children.
Herbert, Lilian, Chalo and Prince will draw from their personal experiences and share how they are navigating commerce while mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 in their businesses and community overseas.
We are all in this together.
But, what does that look like to the business owners and change-makers in Sub-Saharan Africa?