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The Foundation’s Executive Director is Tanya Lobel. Tanya has several years of experience in philanthropy and impact investment, having previously worked at Actis and Omidyar Network. At Actis, she led the philanthropic, social impact and community outreach division which focuses on social entrepreneurship, education, and leadership. Tanya started her career as an investment banker and due to her interest in development finance, pursued an MBA, later specialising in microfinance and SME development with the Portland Trust, a foundation which focused on private sector development in Israel and Palestine. From there she joined DFID, designing and launching the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund in Kenya before taking a role with the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm, where she focused on making investments in areas such as financial inclusion, entrepreneurship and education.
Tanya holds an MBA from NYU, Stern School of Business and a BSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and is originally from Zimbabwe.
Malika Laasri joins the foundation from African Leadership University (ALU), Mauritius, where she spent a year developing strategic partnerships with business communities in Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, and Mauritius. Prior to joining ALU, Malika was the CEO of the Education for Employment Foundation in Morocco (EFE Maroc), where she implemented youth employment initiatives in the MENA region in partnership with USAID and MCC. She previously headed the Millennium Challenge Account in Morocco and worked as a Youth Program Officer at UNFPA.
She holds a Bachelor Degree in Finance from the Institut Supérieur du Commerce et d’Administration des Entreprises (ISCAE) in Casablanca, Morocco and an MBA in International Business from Georgia State University.
Simba joins the foundation from African Leadership Group, where he was responsible for driving special projects and communications in the Chairman’s Office. Simba is passionate about social impact in Africa, writing, and the arts. He was previously a media fellow at The Atlantic in Washington DC, where he worked with foundations to bring reporting on social and economic justice to the pages of The Atlantic.
He graduated from Oberlin College, USA with an honors degree in Political Science and International Studies.