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ANDE Global Staff

Joshua Adedeji, Fellow, West Africa

Joshua joined the West Africa Chapter of ANDE as a consultant in September 2016 and he is based in Lagos, Nigeria. He has experience working in Africa’s nonprofit and social development sector. Joshua is passionate about international development, and maintains an interest in social entrepreneurship and sustainability. Prior to joining ANDE, Joshua worked as the youth representative of the Mara Foundation, based in Lagos, Nigeria, and as an advocacy lead of CSR-in-Action. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Ilorin and is currently enrolled in Masters of Public and International Affairs (MPIA) Program, University of Lagos.  

 

 

Olatunji Ajani, Regional Chapter Coordinator, West Africa

Olatunji joined ANDE as our West Africa Regional Chapter Coordinator, based in Lagos, Nigeria, in February 2016. His past work spans across business development, management consulting and social development. Prior to joining ANDE, he was a Lead Consultant with Green Insight Solutions and a Business Development Manager for E-Green Services. He also co-founded an online resource portal that helps micro businesses connect with funding opportunities, resources and tools to grow their businesses. He has a BSc from University of Ibadan and is a StartingBloc Fellow. 

 


 Mina Alemzadeh, Senior Program Coordinator

Mina joined ANDE as a Program Coordinator in July 2015. She has experience providing operations, development and casework support to a range of non-profit organizations working to end social injustice. Most recently, she worked at Women Thrive Worldwide, a leading policy and advocacy organization that brings the voices of women and girls to global decision makers. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, with a minor in Studies of Women and Gender.

  


Stephanie Buck, Senior Development and Communications Coordinator

Stephanie joined ANDE in February of 2015 and supports the team’s strategic development and communications efforts. She is passionate about helping organizations and people tell their stories better, especially when it comes to development entrepreneurship. Before joining ANDE, she spent three years supporting program management and communications for a variety of civil society and entrepreneurship projects focused on Latin America. Stephanie has an MSc in International Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in Spanish and Political Science from Texas Christian University. 

 

 

Abigayle Davidson, Research Analyst

Abby joined ANDE in January 2016 and supports the research initiative, with a special focus on the role of accelerators in emerging markets. She served two years with ForgottenSong, a non-profit organization that supports small business as a means of community development in war-torn countries. More recently, she co-founded Hello Cocoa, a bean-to-bar chocolate company based in Arkansas. Abby is passionate about improving the efficiency and effectiveness of international development efforts and has led projects in Belize, Iraq, and Mozambique. She holds a Bachelor’s in International Business and Economics and a Master’s in Economics from the University of Arkansas.  
 

 Susannah Eastham, Senior Membership Manager

Susannah joins ANDE with six years of experience in program management and community engagement in domestic and international start-ups and foundations committed to social good. Susannah’s socially focused career includes connecting a Rwandan village with the social enterprise Indego Africa, and leading ThinkImpact’s Scholars in rural South Africa, using Human Centered Design to partner with local social entrepreneurs and develop successful enterprises. She also lived in Liberia mapping the social enterprise and impact investing landscape. Most recently, she managed a program on public private partnerships in Brazil for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation. Finally, she engaged the community through alumni and volunteer programs for the nonprofit College Summit to increase low-income high school students’ college enrollments. Susannah earned a BA from the University of Virginia, and a MBA focused on Global Development and Social Entrepreneurship from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

 Genevieve Edens, Director, Research and Impact

Genevieve supports ANDE members to measure the social, economic, and environmental impact of small and growing businesses.  Before ANDE, Genevieve spent several years living in Tanzania working for the coffee importer Sustainable Harvest, sourcing coffee from smallholder farmers for specialty coffee markets.  Genevieve also conducted research for ACDI/VOCA on food security and grain markets in Zimbabwe, and conducted research at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University on cultural differences in charitable giving. Genevieve has an MBA from the George Washington University, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. 

 

 Jenny Everett, Managing Director

In her capacity as Deputy Director, Jenny has overseen the launch of Regional Chapters in Brazil, Central America/Mexico, East Africa, East and Southeast Asia, India, South Africa and West Africa and currently manages ANDE’s international team. Jenny has close to twenty years of experience in the private and non-profit sectors. Prior to ANDE, she was the Senior Program Manager, Membership and Individual Donors at Hispanics in Philanthropy. She has also worked with DoubleClick in San Francisco and the Concha y Toro winery in Santiago, Chile. During business school, she worked with Agora Partnerships in Nicaragua, Enterprise Solutions for Poverty in New York, and Investors’ Circle in San Francisco. She currently serves on the Boards of the DC Social Innovation Project and First Access, and is a former Pipeline Fellow. She has an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a BA in Latin American Studies from Davidson College.

Lauren Farello, Senior Membership Coordinator

Lauren joined ANDE as the Membership Program Coordinator in August 2015.  She recently returned from a year abroad teaching English to elementary and high school students near Seville, Spain. Previously, she was at the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District in DC where she worked closely with members as the Project Coordinator, and before as an intern. She has also interned with the Department of State, Women’s Foreign Policy Group, California Assemblymember Betsy Butler, and i-ACT. She graduated summa cum laude in December 2013 with a BA in International Affairs and a minor in Spanish from George Washington University.




Norka Hilario, Finance Manager

Norka joined ANDE in June 2016 to serve as the Finance Manager. She is a Financial Management Specialist with more than 10 years of experience managing International development programs. Before joining ANDE she was a Senior Finance and Contract Analyst at Abt Associates, where she managed financial and contractual operations for a variety of donor funded programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In this role she was responsible for overall program financial management to include budgeting, cost analysis, profit calculation, invoice and revenue reconciliations, as well as subcontract management and negotiations. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the George Washington University.

 

 

Edna Karanja, Program Coordinator, East Africa

Edna Karanja joined ANDE in May 2017 as an East Africa Program Coordinator. Previously, she worked as a finance project officer with the Supporting Access to Justice for Children and Youth in East Africa Project (SAJCEA) funded by the Canadian Bar Association, where she gained extensive experience working with children in conflict with the law and those in need of care and protection. She brings her experience in project management, proposal writing, grants management and network building to the team. She has a Master of Arts in Project Planning & Management and a Bachelor of Art, Sociology & Psychology from the University of Nairobi.



Randall Kempner, Executive Director

Randall Kempner is Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE). As executive director of ANDE, Randall oversees the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program, research and advocacy agenda, including its seven international chapters and multiple grant and challenge competitions that support the entrepreneurship sector. Randall has twenty years of experience in the field of international economic development. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Regional Innovation at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and prior to that was a founder of OTF Group. Randall graduated from the University of Texas with an M.B.A and an M.P.Aff. He earned his bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard College.

 

Khatuchi Khasandi, Senior Program Coordinator, East Africa

Khatuchi Khasandi joined ANDE in May 2016 as an East Africa Chapter Program Coordinator. Previously, she worked as a Program Officer in charge of the development department with the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Kenya. Prior to that, she was a Program Officer at Sustainable Development For All Kenya, and a Program Associate with Village Enterprise in Uganda and Kenya. She brings her experience in program design and management, impact measurement, and operations and partnership management to the team. Khatuchi is passionate about development and sees social entrepreneurship as the means to sustainably address the development issues in the region.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Sociology) and a Minor in Literature from Kenyatta University in Kenya and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the same university.

Brianna Losoya, Impact Analyst

Brianna joined ANDE as an Impact Assessment Analyst in 2016. She is part of the Research and Impact team and supports ANDE members in measuring the social, economic, and environmental impact of small and growing businesses. Prior to ANDE, Brianna worked in Senegal with the UN World Food Programme as a Reports Officer, and with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences as a Program Officer. She also conducted research on neighborhood indicators and affordable housing for the Urban Institute's Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Brianna has a B.A. in Economics and French from Claremont McKenna College.



Antony Maina, Senior Program Coordinator, East Africa

Antony joined ANDE in May 2017 as a senior program coordinator for the East Africa chapter. He previously worked as a regional communications and advocacy officer for the Parenting in Africa Network. Prior to that he was a communications officer for The African Institute for Children Studies. Antony has a long-standing interest in helping the world’s most vulnerable populations and strongly believes that entrepreneurial endeavors can help move people out of poverty. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from Moi University. 

 


Kate McElligott, Director, Strategic Development  

Kate currently serves as the Director of Strategic Development at ANDE where she is responsible for developing partnerships to fuel the growth of the small and growing business (SGB) sector in emerging markets. Kate joined ANDE with ten years of experience in relationship management, business development, and marketing for global development and social enterprise. She previously served as Senior Manager, Thought Leadership and Strategic Partnerships at Grameen Foundation where she worked for five years garnering resources for economic development, mobile technology, and livelihood programs. Early in her career Kate spent a year volunteering in China as part of the Harvard Kennedy School’s WorldTeach program, and ran several capital campaigns as a consultant for CCS Fundraising. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at Prosperity Catalyst, an organization incubating social enterprises in Iraq and Haiti. She's also a Senior Adviser to Hooks Book Events, and Adviser to RESET women's retreats. Kate graduated from the American University with an M.A. in Social Enterprise. She earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science from Providence College.

Mary Mwangi, Senior Regional Chapter Manager, East Africa

Mary joined ANDE in 2012 as the East Africa Chapter Coordinator, and was promoted to Regional Chapter Manager in June 2015. Previously she has worked with the African Venture Capital Association. Mary is passionate about development entrepreneurship and has authored a research paper on the efficacy of tertiary education and business development services in promoting and supporting youth entrepreneurship in Kenya. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from United States International University, Chandaria Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Political Science from the University of Nairobi. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management at Strathmore University.  Mary is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).


Megan Odett, Systems Specialist

Megan joined ANDE in April 2017 as its Systems Specialist to oversee technology and information systems. She has built and managed databases and technology platforms for numerous nonprofits, including her most recent position at Sidwell Friends School. Megan graduated from the “Great Books” program at St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD and has an MFA in Performing Arts Management from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In her free time she enjoys biking with her two small children; to share her joy with other local parents, she founded Washington, D.C.’s chapter of Kidical Mass, the national movement to promote safe and fun family biking.

 

 

 Aditya Pant, Regional Chapter Coordinator, India 

Aditya joined ANDE in 2013 and is based out of New Delhi, India. His past work spans grassroots youth leadership programs in Mumbai to supporting social entrepreneurs across India and connecting them to financial and non-financial resources. His academic training includes history and urban planning. He has co-founded a design collective working in low income communities; an off-grid organic farming community in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand and is always dreaming of his next venture.

 

 

 

Rob Parkinson, Consultant, Brazil

Rob has more than ten years of experience in training, organizational development, and project management. As a co-founder of ANDE's Brazil Chapter in 2010, he helped coordinate the first mapping of the Brazilian Impact Business Ecosystem in 2011. He also designed and implemented training programs for entrepreneurs, professionals, and students while working for ARTEMISIA. Rob has a BA in Economics from the University of Nottingham (UK) and graduate studies in Group Dynamics from SBDG (Brazil). Originally from the UK, has lived in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Thailand, and has been working in Brazil since 2008. He currently resides in Rio de Janeiro.

 

 

 

Rebeca da RochaSenior Regional Chapter Manager, Brazil

Rebeca Rocha has been with ANDE since 2012, when she was hired as the Chapter Coordinator. With experience in marketing, communication and institutional relations in Recife, São Paulo and Egypt, Rebeca worked in a social business start-up focused on developing innovative trading solutions for the agricultural and food markets in Brazil. She was also director of the External Relations of AIESEC in Brazil, global organization focused on developing youth leadership. In addition to that, she also had experiences in corporate communication in the Pernambuco Court of Justice and SEBRAE. She has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Catholic University of Pernambuco and is originally from Recife in northeastern Brazil.



Rodolfo Sagahon, Regional Chapter Manager, Mexico

Rodolfo joined ANDE in April 2017. For the past 10 years, Rodolfo has worked to spark positive changes in sustainability from the government, private sector and international organizations. Prior to joining ANDE, Rodolfo was the Director of the UN Global Compact Local Network in Mexico, columnist in the newspaper El Economista, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility in Grupo Xcaret and visiting lecturer at IPADE Business School, Universidad Iberoamericana and Universidad Anáhuac. Rodolfo graduated with a Master of Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School, San Francisco.

 


Lisa Shipley, Director of Operations and Talent

Lisa joined ANDE in April 2017 bringing 20 years of program management and operations expertise. Lisa works closely with the ANDE executive team to ensure delivery on key strategic priorities, programmatic areas and grant deliverables as well as the design and implementation of a robust talent management strategy.  Prior to joining ANDE, Lisa was the Deputy Managing Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Water program. Lisa graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

 

 


Devyani Singh, Program Coordinator, India 

Devyani joined ANDE in 2016 as a Program Coordinator based in India. Her past work spans across social impact consulting, research, and impact evaluation. Prior to joining ANDE, she was at Ennovent, leading a nationwide social enterprise survey. She has also worked with the Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) on urban sanitation and ed-tech related studies in rural India. She is interested in the interaction between public policy and social innovation, holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics, and is a StartingBloc Fellow.

 

 


Rosario Uriarte, Senior Program Coordinator, Central America and Mexico

Rosario joined ANDE in July 2015 with six years of experience in entrepreneurship, leadership and economic development. Previously, Rosario worked in the Interactive Museum of Economics in Mexico City, where she created and coordinated an entrepreneurship program focused on innovation. In 2013, she worked at Yo Emprendedor in Costa Rica, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship in Central America. Before that, she was part of AIESEC for six years, an international organization that promotes youth leadership development, where she was National Talent Management Director of in Mexico in 2012. While there, she attended some international conferences in topics like entrepreneurship, leadership and social impact in Spain, Italy, Chile, Brazil, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Egypt. She also has experience in entrepreneurship with children, coordinating the project “My first company”, which was promoted by Autonomous University of Sinaloa in Mexico, where she earned her BA in International Affairs.

Lisa Van Eck, Regional Chapter Coordinator, South Africa

Lisa joined ANDE in 2014. Her passion for South Africa's socio-economic development led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics at Rhodes University in South Africa. She went on to obtain an MSc in Economics from the University of Siena in Italy, after being awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. Her academic research centered on development alternatives for South Africa, and comparative case studies included Brazil and the East Asian ‘tiger’ economies. During an internship at Genesis Analytics, a leading development economics consultancy in Johannesburg she assisted a team commissioned to design a foundation for a top South African insurer. Her focus on social enterprise has been complementary to ANDE's efforts to strengthen the Small and Growing Business ecosystem in South Africa.

 

Michelle Yorke, Regional Development Manager, South Africa

Michelle joined ANDE in July 2016 to assist with Strategic Development of the South African chapter. She has more than 15 years of experience in strategy, consulting and advising in the social investment space. She has spent the past 13 years specifically dedicated to Corporate Social Investment (CSI), during which she founded CSI Solutions, a specialist CSI consultancy. Michelle developed The CSR Library, a resource platform for CSR practitioners, predominantly in Southern Africa. She also initiated and led CSI Connect, a network for developing CSI knowledge and sharing best practices and case studies among practitioners in Africa. Her experience spans from setting up CSI processes, procedures, and strategies to evaluating project impact. She has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Pretoria and an MBA from Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).