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Born in Uganda and “raised” at the United Nations, Liz Ngonzi is an international entrepreneur, educator and speaker who develops strategic partnerships between NGO’s / social enterprises in the US and in Africa and funders. Organizations to which she consults, include those focused on gender rights, public health, youth development, along with educational institutions. Her accomplishments include facilitating multi-stakeholder partnerships between universities in the US and East Africa; training 250+ NGO’s in Africa on how to engage supporters through new media; and developing the ground-breaking SXSW 2012 panel: Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development. One of the accomplishments of which she is proudest is managing the successful July 2012 US launch of the African Medical and Research Foundation’s (AMREF) Stand Up for African Mothers global campaign, which represented the first time a major nonprofit strategically engaged the African diaspora philanthropic community. She is currently working on a book entitled African Woman 2.0, chroncicling the African woman's entrepreneurial and leadership journey over the last 50 years.
Ms. Ngonzi is also on the adjunct faculty of New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising; serves as a 2011-2013 Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Cornell University and is the Africa Adviser to Syracuse University’s iSchool. Additionally, Ms. Ngonzi serves as the communications chair of the President’s Council of Cornell Women; is on the United Nations International School’s Council for Alumni Affairs; and is on the advisory board of the newly launched nonprofit, Africans in the Diaspora (AiD) -- which envisions a self-reliant, socially and economically just Africa. She is a proud member of 85 Broads, Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN) and Womencentric. Media outlets to which Ms. Ngonzi has contributed or in which she has appeared, include: Africa.com; Black Enterprise; Crain’s New York Business; Forbes Woman; Project Diaspora; Silicon Africa; The Chicago Tribune; and The New York Times.
Ms. Ngonzi spent her 10-year corporate career in business consulting, B2B sales and marketing at Arthur Andersen, MICROS Systems, Inc., and Digital Equipment Corporation, respectively. She holds an MMH degree from Cornell University and a BS in Information Systems degree from Syracuse University. Additionally, she graduated from the United Nations International School which she attended from kindergarten through 12th grade.