40 0ver 40: Liz Ngonzi Uses her Super Powers to Solve the World’s Problems

Elizabeth Ngonzi has superpowers. She can listen to others and recall even the smallest details. This allows her to be an idea making machine, a force to be reckoned with in the nonprofit industry. She is  the CEO of the North American operations of Afrika Tikkun, a nonprofit that serves underprivileged communities in South Africa. Her work through Afrika Tikkun has revolutionized solutions to the problems that plague the world.

AMREF USA Hosts National Launch of ‘Stand up for Mothers’ Global Campaign

We invite you to join AMREF USA’s national launch of its global campaign: Stand Up for African Mothers. AMREF launched the Stand Up for African Mothers campaign last October to draw attention to the plight of African mothers and to mobilize citizens worldwide to ensure that mothers get the basic medical care they need during pregnancy and childbirth. The basic premise is that no child should be left an orphan due to lack of health care for women. The Stand Up for African Mothers campaign aims to train 15,000 midwives by 2015 and contribute towards reduction of maternal deaths by 25%. Those attending can learn how to use members of the media whose outlets target the African diaspora (African Americans and African immigrants) to learn about the global Stand Up for African Mothers campaign and how they can publicize the campaign to catalyze the African diaspora to support the largest Africa-led organization — African Medical & Research Foundation.


This event is featuring Liz Ngonzi, CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA and Dr. Guerma, Director General of AMREF headquarters in Kenya.

iSchool Helps Create Another Information Studies School in Uganda

Members of Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies are playing a part in bringing information studies to all corners of the globe. Now, this effort has landed in Uganda.

Through meeting with Ugandan officials, Syracuse University was able to help establish an iSchool at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

Liz Ngonzi, an SU alumna from Uganda, caught word of the project and wanted to assist in making it happen.  Ngonzi had connections with prominent Ugandan citizens who could sponser and help fund the project. Liz Ngonzi is a CEO and Founder of multiple organizations such as Liz Ngonzi Transforms, Africka Tukkun USA, and The International Social Impact Institute.

GIBS Business School Interview in South Africa: Elizabeth Ngonzi , CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA

Elizabeth Ngonzi is the CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the US affiliate of Afrika Tikkun, a South African NGO which assists more than 19,000 of today’s disadvantaged youth. Here she advises other NGO’s on how to raise funding and meet their strategic goals.

West Philly celebrates Nelson Mandela Day with youth sports

In recognition of Nelson Mandela International Day, July 18, a collective of area sports coaches and others organized an-all day sports clinic titled, A Celebration of Life, Youth Sports, Parks and Recreation.

Elizabeth Ngonzi, USA CEO of South African based nonprofit Afrika Tikkun, posted on Facebook that she “had the honor of spending the day in West Philadelphia with a group of committed coaches who provided kids with a fun day of sports, as a means to build their self confidence, teach them team work & prepare them for leadership … very much in-line with what we do in South Africa with our young leaders at Afrika Tikkun.


Ugandan American Business Leader Talks Career Transitions and Changing Dialogue on Africa

Meet modern-day revolutionary, Liz Ngonzi, a Ugandan-born international connector and communicator with a master plan to challenge myths about Africa and the diverse people who make up its 55 unique countries. Ngonzi develops online and traditional marketing strategies and training programs for both the U.S. and international nonprofits. She is also the founder / CEO of Amazing Taste LLC and an adjunct faculty member at New York University Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.

NYU Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising Newsletter- Elizabeth Ngonzi’s Africa 2.0: Johannesburg Notebook

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa! My two weeks here this month have been filled with great opportunities to connect with leaders shaping the African continent’s entrepreneurial future; protecting its most vulnerable people and wildlife, and preparing its young people to become well-rounded and ethical future leaders.
While most people see the African continent as one of lost hope, the experiences I’ve had during this trip in my continent of origin (I’m originally from Uganda), along with research I’ve read, reinforce my belief that Africa is experiencing a great renaissance filled with terrific promise.
The first one of those experiences was a conference hosted by the 10th Biennial Convention of the Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising, where I shared the latest online and mobile fundraising trends and strategies. One trend I shared was the 2011 Kenyans4Kenya initiative, which raised $2.3 million over three months that year via mobile technologies to help victims of local drought and famine. I also shared how 240,000 Kenyans raised $1 million in one week using their cellphones using the M-PESA platform. It was a fundraising drive that dramatically demonstrated the increased ability that mobile technology makes possible to catalyze fundraising among people previously thought only to be aid recipients.
I also had the privilege of keynoting the inaugural Southern Africa Fundraising Awards, which honored South African organizations and individuals for their leadership, including: the Kafue Gospel & Community Development Organization in Zambia, for producing a big idea with a small budget; the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation in South Africa, for developing an innovative fundraising campaign, and the OASIS Organization, for social enterprise. Louise Driver the CEO of Children’s Hospital Trust in South Africa, was named Southern Africa Fundraiser of the Year, and Kathryn Torres of Shine Centre was named Volunteer of the Year. Hearing all of their stories of accomplishment amid the global economic meltdown that impacted South Africa significantly was proof that no matter how bad things may get, there will always be those who find ways to do more with less and create innovation out of challenge.
Another highlight of my trip was my time spent as an Expert in Residence at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg. Its goal is to develop the next generation of African leaders by providing them with an exceptional education, “preparing them for life on an ever-changing global stage.” ALA’s two-year intensive, pre-university program goes beyond traditional curricula by incorporating courses of entrepreneurial leadership and African studies, producing students accepted into the top universities worldwide and catalyzing more than 15 student-funded enterprises now thriving in 10 countries across Africa. I spoke to some of this year’s students about how to curate their digital brands for career excellence.
I look forward to further sharing their stories at the Heyman Center as an inspiration to all!

iSchool’s It Girls Retreat Shows High school Girls Possibility of Careers in Technology

It’s Monday afternoon, Nov. 12, and the main hallway of the iSchool is filled with unusual activity—approximately 92 high school girls from across the country, along with several of their parents, are getting ready to showcase their final projects as part of a two-day program called It Girls.

The It Girls Overnight Retreat is a slumber-party-meets-hack-a-thon organized and hosted by the iSchool. The event was introduced and kicked off by iSchool Dean Elizabeth Liddy and an inspiring keynote speech by new iSchool board member Liz Ngonzi, an expert in women and minorities in entrepreneurship, technology and leadership.

Syracuse University iSchool Event Ennouncement – BLISTS Alumni Reunion Event Features Ngonzi ’92, on Africa, Tech, and Women”

“Africa, Tech and Women: The New Faces of Development,” is the topic of this year’s keynote presentation for the School of Information Studies’ (iSchool) Orange Central/BLISTS Annual Alumni Reunion event.

Slated for Friday, November 9, the day of speakers, panel programs, and alumni-student networking features a diverse group of iSchool graduates who are visiting to share their wealth of knowledge and experience.

“Alumni bring a diverse and valuable perspective from applying their degrees in the real world and sharing how the skills and knowledge gained at the School have played out in their various careers,” noted Barbara Settel, director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.

The event also allows alumni the opportunity to become updated on what current students are experiencing and how far the school has come, she said. Settel noted that many alumni attended the iSchool when it existed without its current home in Hinds Hall, and without newer programs such as studies in data science, entrepreneurship and social media. “To come here and see how the school is functioning on the cutting edge, to hear students talk about their startups and attending Spring Break in Silicon Valley, you can’t put a price on that,” she acknowledged. “This event keeps alumni connected to the school, and as we extend the reputation of the school, that extends the reputation of every graduate’s degree. Being here helps them appreciate where they’ve come from, where they’ve gone to, and the value of their degree,” Settel observed.

Presenting the day’s keynote address is Elizabeth “Liz” Ngonzi (IST, B.S.,’92), who will discuss the myriad ways African women now are applying technology (including the use of social media, mobile advertising, internet connectivity and digital advocacy) to advance the continent’s development.

As founder and CEO of Amazing Taste, a values-led consulting firm, Ngonzi is an international expert on technology and development and a recognized authority on women/minorities in entrepreneurship and leadership, and how technological innovations advance causes and empower disenfranchised people.

Through her consultancy, she connects nonprofits, corporations and philanthropists to jointly achieve their strategic objectives. The firm has advised domestic and international educational institutions, gender rights organizations, healthcare foundations, political campaigns and youth development organizations, and works frequently with NGOs to advance the status of African women and girls and to improve their communities. Ngonzi also is the 2011-2012 Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, and teaches fundraising technology at New York University’s George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. Originally from Uganda, she spent 10 years in corporate marketing, sales and business consulting management, working at Digital Equipment Corporation, MICROS Systems, Inc., and Arthur Andersen.

National Girlfriends’ Networking Day Women’s Leadership Event

National Girlfriends Networking Day is a nationwide celebration of the power of building connections.

Join thousands of women around the country by attending interactive, networking events. We’ll feature a panel of renowned, diverse women leaders discussing how to plan your career path, and then taking questions via social media from nationwide participants. Featuring Liz Ngonzi, CEO of Amazing Taste LLC and NYU Adjunct Professor.

Liz Ngonzi on Embracing New Media Tools to Amplify Global Voices

“Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story.” ~ Ewe-Mina (African) Proverb

Young people’s access to new media worldwide brings new and in some peoples opinions, authentic voices into the global conversation about the issues that affect all of us the most, such as: climate change, conflict, economic crisis, education disparity, access to healthcare, and food security.

While traditional media and development agencies are able to provide the world with visibility into these issues, they are only able to do so through specific lenses colored by the interests of their leadership – in the case of the media– keeping advertisers happy and maintaining ratings and with development agencies – satisfying donors requirements.  The result being that the people whose lives are most affected by the issues, have traditionally been left out of the conversation, leading to policy decisions and development projects that in some instances solve the wrong problems, and ultimately do more harm than good, for those they are intended to assist.

Local Climate, Global Change : Development Communication in a Social Media Landscape

Social media has flattened the information landscape, allowing more communities to have access to information and increasingly more voices to be heard, especially youth from the global South.

Connect4Climate, the global online community that cares about climate change, hosts a session bringing together social media experts, journalists, academics and other communicators to debate how best to engage the widest audience from all corners of the world and raise the bar on climate change discourse and action.

With more than a quarter million followers, Connect4Climate shows that young people everywhere are hungry for information and eager to get involved.

How can this online energy and engagement be put to best use? How can we leverage the tools available to harness more collective intelligence? What is the role of citizen journalism? How can local climate experiences best contribute to global change?

SXSW 2012: Women Influencing Africa’s Tech Scene

Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development” panelists TMS Ruge and Liz Ngonzi discuss the role of women in Africa’s tech space.

Led by Project Diaspora co-founder TMS Ruge, the hour-long discussion shed a different light on the role of women on the continent. The panel featured other notable figures as  Vice President of InMobi Africa Isis Nyong’o and Ebele Okobi of Yahoo!.

iSchool Grad on Africa, Tech and Women Panel at SXSW

A School of Information Studies (iSchool) graduate who applies her iSchool background to help African women and girls empower themselves through technology is presenting on “Africa, Tech & Women – The New Faces of Development” at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, TX, on Monday, March 12.

Elizabeth “Liz” Ngonzi (IST, B.S.,’92) described the panel as offering “a rare glimpse into the multitude of ways African women are applying technology to advance Africa’s development.” The presentation aims to dispel myths about African women as “needy,” and will illustrate how they are working to effect change through digital technology, social media, mobile advertising, and internet connectivity, she said. Panelists will discuss how increased access to information is altering the role of women in African society, will cite contributions of African women in the technology field, and will provide insights into how, using the latest technologies, a variety of advocates raise awareness about, mobilize campaigns against and address human rights violations.


SXSW 2012 Forecast: Let’s Hear It For The Girls

This panel provides a rare glimpse into the multitude of ways African women are applying technology to advance Africa’s development. The panel aims to dispel the myths about African women as breeders and victims — incapable of participating in their own continent’s development, by showcasing contributions they are making in the technology field and providing insights into how they are using technology to raise awareness about, mobilize campaigns against and address human rights violations.

Speakers: Deborah Ensor, Ebele Okobi, Isis Nyong’o, Liz Ngonzi, TMS Ruge

NYU Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising Newsletter: Elizabeth Ngonzi Faculty Spotlight

One might say that Elizabeth Ngonzi was fated to have a career as a global fundraising consultant to good causes. Ngonzi, who is teaching a course for the Center this summer on the use of smartphones and wireless technologies in fundraising, was born in Uganda, the daughter of a diplomat in the Ugandan Mission to the United Nations.