LIZ NGONZI

USA

I have the honor of serving as the US CEO for Afrika Tikkun, an amazing organization in South Africa building a sustainable future by enabling 19,000 of today's disadvantaged youth to become tomorrow's productive citizens. My role is to build concentric circles that connect people, ideas, cultures, continents, companies, organizations and technologies to enable our team in South Africa to fulfill our mission.

I’m also a recognized authority on leadership, entrepreneurship, philanthropy and technological innovations advancing international development.

Over the last 10 years, I’ve helped major nonprofit organizations, corporations, the media and funders meet their mutually beneficial strategic objectives by identifying their shared relationships and by facilitating ways in which they can creatively and efficiently pursue and meet their common goals.

A frequent public speaker, I’ve keynoted, moderated, presented workshops and served on panels in Europe, the US and Africa, including: speaking in the October 2014 International Fundraising Congress in The Netherlands and May2014 WIE Lagos Symposium in Nigeria; delivering a 2013 TEDx Talk at Cornell University; serving on the 2012 SXSW Africa, Tech & Women panel that I co-organized; keynoting the 2013 Southern Africa Fundraising Awards; and addressing Bank of New York Mellon's new associates and McGraw Hill Financial's WINS women's network.

Since 2009, I’ve taught at NYU Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising-- developing courses for organizations seeking to more effectively participate in the global funding ecosystem. As a 2011-2013 Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Cornell University, I advised aspiring entrepreneurs on how to develop compelling value propositions for funders. Building on my varied professional experiences and completion of numerous professional development seminars, I have also coached hundreds of professionals seeking to identify and realize the purpose of their respective lives.

From 2012 to 2014, I served as Communications Chair of the invitation-only, President's Council of Cornell Women; am a member of the Advisory Board to Syracuse University School of Information Studies; and am an inaugural Board member of Africans in the Diaspora (AiD). Additionally, I’ve served as a juror of the 2014 REBRAND 100(R) Global Awards, and a judge of the 2013 Syracuse University RvD IDEA Awards and the Apps4Africa 2012 Business Challenge.

  • Work
    • Social Entrepreneur
    • Educator
    • Thought Leader
  • Education
    • Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
    • Syracuse University School of Information Studies
    • United Nations International School