LIZ NGONZI

Entrepreneurial Leader, Seasoned Educator, and Strategist in New York

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I am an award-winning entrepreneurial leader, strategist, educator & international speaker, working at the intersections of people, impact & tech, enabling organizations in the private & social sectors to fulfill their missions & individuals to reach their potential.

Most recently, I participated as a Prospective CEO, in the 10.10.10 startup accelerator program in which I developed a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for a monitoring and alert mobile application to enable parents to provide timely mental health interventions to their children.

Until 2018, I served as the turnaround CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North American representative of the South African non-profit, Afrika Tikkun. Afrika Tikkun – one of only four nonprofits worldwide for which President Nelson Mandela volunteered as Patron in Chief – has for 25 years successfully delivered innovative services to disadvantaged children in South Africa. I developed the North American arm into a next-gen nonprofit by drawing on my entrepreneurial approach to social impact, creating strategic multi-sector partnerships, and leveraging digital media.

Prior to that, I founded and spent twelve years leading a boutique consulting firm connecting nonprofit clients with for-profits and the media to meet their strategic objectives.

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.

As an adjunct faculty member at New York University Center for Global Affairs, I develop courses for nonprofit leaders and grant makers worldwide, seeking to leverage technology to more effectively engage with their stakeholders.

As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Cornell University Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, I helped budding entrepreneurs identify and demonstrate their unique value proposition to prospective funders.

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 am a founding member of the United Nations International School Alumni Council.

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

  • Work
    • Entrepreneurial Leader
  • Education
    • Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
    • Syracuse University School of Information Studies
    • United Nations International School