LIZ NGONZI

Public Speaker and Nonprofit Org. Executive in New York

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I'm the CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North American representative of Afrika Tikkun---- an award-winning organization that has for the last 22 years, successfully delivered innovative social development services to disadvantaged communities in South Africa and has the distinction of being only one of three organizations worldwide for which the-then President Nelson Mandela volunteered as Patron in Chief.

For two years, I have led the organization’s mission to develop into a next-generation nonprofit-- building strategic partnerships and collaborations across individuals, corporations, nonprofits, academia and global organizations. I led Afrika Tikkun’s role during the June 2016 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, in a high-level ideation session with leading global companies and thought leaders on creating a future NGO model for more efficient, effective and collaborative solutions for social good. In September 2015, I led Afrika Tikkun’s role as a marketing partner to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Trade Winds Africa Mission to South Africa, as a means to connect U.S. investors to Afrika Tikkun’s partnership opportunities to leverage South Africa’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice.

A member of the U.S. Speaker Program at the U.S. Department of State, I am also a global public speaker, who frequently addresses audiences about entrepreneurship, leadership, philanthropy, and technological innovations advancing international development.

I have over 13 years of teaching and training experience. Since 2009, I have been on the adjunct faculty at New York University Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising-- developing courses for NGO leaders and grant makers seeking to leverage technology to more effectively engage with their various stakeholders. Additionally, I developed a Fundraising webinar for Vital Voices Global Partnership’s 300+ women VVLEAD Fellows, worldwide and a self-guided online course on Storytelling for Social Media, for The Foundation Center.

I have been quoted and/or featured in: Black Enterprise Magazine, CCTV America, Crain’s New York Business, The Chicago Tribune, The South African Broadcast Corporation, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

I have served as Communications Chair of the invitation-only President’s Council of Cornell Women; a member of the Advisory Board to the Dean of Syracuse University's iSchool; and on the United Nations International School Alumni Council.

  • Work
    • Social Entrepreneur
  • Education
    • Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
    • Syracuse University School of Information Studies