LIZ NGONZI

Impact Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, and Educator in New York

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I'm Liz, an impact entrepreneur, award-winning human rights advocate, and seasoned educator dedicated to enabling youth worldwide to reach their full potential. Currently as a CEO member of the 10.10.10 startup accelerator program, I am doing so by developing early interventions that remove the barriers preventing them from reaching their full potential, while also enabling them to recognize and tap into what is most important to them, to do so.

Between 2014 and 2018, I served as the turnaround CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North American representative of Afrika Tikkun-- an award-winning organization that for the last 24 years, has successfully delivered innovative social development services to disadvantaged children and their families in South Africa and is one of four organizations worldwide, for which in 1999, the-then President Nelson Mandela volunteered as Patron in Chief. I led the organization’s mission to develop into a next-generation non-profit by building strategic partnerships and collaborations with individuals, corporations, nonprofits, academia and global organizations.

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

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.

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
    • Impact Entrepreneur
  • Education
    • Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
    • Syracuse University School of Information Studies
    • United Nations International School