2023 Fellows


Aaron Kirunda

Aaron Kirunda is the founder and CEO of enjuba, a Ugandan organization working to catalyze children’s literacy and executive function skills through programs that create a spark to make learning fun.


Abaas Mpindi

Abaas Mpindi is developing the next generation of journalists in Uganda through the youth-driven nonprofit Media Challenge Initiative that provides training, mentorship, and experiential peer-to-peer learning.


Armand Ijimbere

Upon seeing the misery and distress of vulnerable patients in Burundi’s public hospitals, Armand founded Nacham Africa to ensure hospitalization with dignity and socioeconomic stability after discharge.


Delphine Uwamahoro

Delphine is a global health professional whose creativity comes to life through Our Sisters’ Opportunity, a fashion and agribusiness socioeconomic skilling program for girls and women in rural Rwanda.


Jackie Bomboma

A survivor of teenage pregnancy, Jackie used her own experiences to found Young Strong Mothers Foundation—an organization that helps vulnerable girls and young women in Tanzania achieve the dreams that were taken from them by circumstances.


Patience Khembo

Patience’s passion for improving the learning outcomes is embodied as Ladder to Learning, through which students in Malawi can access diverse educational services to complement their academics.

2022 Fellows


Mariam Abdalla

Mariam is the acting executive director of Safari Doctors. She is passionate about breaking down gender barriers and mentoring women in her community.

2021 Fellows


Maria Omare

Award-winning disability inclusion advocate Maria Omare is the founder and executive director of The Action Foundation.

2020 Fellows


Brenda Shuma

Pediatric occupational therapist Brenda Shuma is co-founder and director of the Gabriella Centre in Moshi, Tanzania.


Robert Dolo

Dr. Dolo, founder of New Sight Eye Center, serves as executive director and the head cataract surgeon.

2019 Fellows

2018 Fellows

2017 Fellows


Ange Muyubira

Ange Muyubira is the founder and executive director of Kaz’O’zah Art, an organization that trains and employs over 144 Burundian artisans.


Charles Odhiambo

Charles serves as executive director of Ujima Foundation. He has helped over 2,500 orphaned young people access jobs and achieve self–reliance.


Evans Odhiambo

Evans serves as executive director of Kesho Kenya, advancing access to education and employment for vulnerable young people.


Faraja Nyalandu

Faraja established Shule Direct, providing comprehensive web and mobile educational platforms to over a million in- and out-of-school youth.


Spès Nihangaza

Spès Nihangaza is the co-founder of FVS-AMADE and has also been its executive director since the organization's inception in 1992.


Wendo Aszed

Wendo Aszed is the founder of Dandelion Africa, which works to provide sexual reproductive health and entrepreneurial support for girls, women, and youth.