LIZ NGONZI

Global Speaker, Educator, and Experienced Executive in New York

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I'm an experienced executive, award-winning human rights advocate, and seasoned educator dedicated to enabling youth and women to reach their full potential.

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, an adjunct faculty member at NYU Center for Global Affairs, and a former Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Cornell University Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, I am also a global public speaker who frequently addresses audiences about leadership, entrepreneurship, 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 a founding member of the United Nations International School Alumni Council.

  • Work
    • Global Speaker & Educator
  • Education
    • Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
    • Syracuse University School of Information Studies
    • United Nations International School