7th Annual African Diaspora Awards

Applause Africa presented the seventh annual African Diaspora Awards ceremony at Florence Gould Hall in New York City. These awards recognize significant achievements in social justice, entrepreneurism, arts and humanities by Africans living in diaspora. The event both celebrates the diversity of this inherently multinational gathering, and also the unity that is possible among Africans, regardless of origin and background. As impressive as the individual honorees were—and they were truly impressive—it was equally powerful to see movers and shakers from Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, Kenya, Senegal, Zimbabwe and beyond celebrating one another in a spirit of unity and camaraderie. Indeed, the theme of the 2017 gathering was “Building Unity,” suggesting that for all the unity this unique process has nurtured, the work continues.

This was a glamorous affair, with a nearly packed house of beautifully turned-out attendees, a red carpet reception before hand, and a fast paced stage ceremony that featured introductory speakers for each award, a DJ, two hosts and four live music performances—not to mention the actual honorees, each of whom spoke briefly and movingly.

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Liz Ngonzi, 7th Annual African Diaspora Awards ‘2017 Advocate of the Year’ Awardee

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“I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent.”~ Nelson Mandela

On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the passing of Nelson Mandela, Applause Africa Communications hosted its 7th Annual African Diaspora Awards (ADA) in New York City, during which 15 leaders were recognized for being engines of impact and change to inspire the African community within the U.S. and around the world. Among those recognized was Afrika Tikkun USA’s CEO Elizabeth Ngonzi, who was awarded “Advocate of the Year”.

The ADA Awards is a premier awards ceremony applauding outstanding African leaders who have been engines of impact and change to inspire the African community within the U.S. and around the world.

Emceed by Essence Now host, Makho Ndlovu and acclaimed comedian, NaMÓ, this year’s ADA theme was “building unity”. Building Unity is a larger-than-life theme that helps Africans in the Diaspora celebrate their uniqueness and strengthen ties to each other in the Diaspora.

CEO Backs ‘Future Leaders’ Initiative with LinkedIn, McCann Worldgroup

In collaboration with McCann Worldgroup, Afrika Tikkun USA recently announced its ‘Future Leaders’ initiative, a ground-breaking, social awareness and engagement campaign on LinkedIn.

“All young people have dreams for the future, but not all get the opportunities to make them come true,” said Lee Tan, Executive Creative Director at McCann Worldgroup Europe. “We hope that the ‘Future Leaders’ campaign can highlight this reality and help Afrika Tikkun do more great work with South African youths.”

Overcoming enormous obstacles, yet leveraging the standard LinkedIn profile and account services, 12 students from Afrika Tikkun communities in South Africa – aged 13 to 19 years – boldly state their claims of future career success. While highlighting current high-profile leaders as role models, the students career interests span a variety of industries and sectors, each student having made a compelling appeal on video.

“Steve Collis, I want your job,” Sinesipho Ndonga says speaking confidently and directly into the camera. The 13 year old Mfuleni, Cape Town resident, and “future CEO of AmerisourceBergen,” aims to become a leader in the pharmaceutical industry, “just like Steve Collis,” she says.

Tech Entrepreneur Hosts South Africans During Philly Tech Week

“Loads of gratitude to Steve and Toni for hosting a spectacular function, in their beautiful home, for our Afrika Tikkun future leaders,” Ngonzi said thanking the couple who coordinated the reception with Gosier and Peter Jacobson, Afrika Tikkun USA board of directors vice chairman and CEO of Orion Fleet Intelligence.

Gosier has worked with the world’s most famous recording artists, record labels, and entertainers as the founder of audience measurement and monetization company, AuDigent. He has spent the past decade building a career in data science, private equity, and international business. In that time he has lead an array of data projects as a consultant to Jefferson Health, Nielsen, EMC, Google, FEMA, InQTel, The World Bank, U.S. Department of State, Wounded Warriors, Department of Defense, and Lockheed Martin.

“Jon is a man of action and a data science genius,” said Ahmed Mohamed Maawy, a principal product management specialist at Al Jazeera Media Network. “He understands the technologies out there and how they impact the professional and personal lives of individuals and change the way organizations do business.”

Recognized with awards from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Harvard Initiative for Global Health, and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum, Gosier is an alum of Savannah College of Art & Design and the THNK School of Creative Leadership and Innovation.

Listed in Business Insider’s 2013 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology, the TED Fellow and Knight News Challenge winner “think its important for cross cultural exchange in the Philly tech community,” he said.

Everywhere Wonder Women: Well-Accomplished Cornell Alumnae Snippets

Phenomenal women have studied at Cornell and have proceeded to make waves in our society. Many have become businesswomen, scientists, political figures, and community organizers. We know there is no limit to what Cornell alumnae can accomplish and they know that too.

Elizabeth (Liz) Ngonzi, Class of 1998

A graduate of Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, Elizabeth Ngonzi has used her passion for philanthropy and African culture to leverage herself to highlight the positive images of African women. She co-developed the 2012 SXSW Panel: Africa, Tech and Women: The New Faces of Development. In addition, she also shared her story about her life transformation in a November 2013 TEDx CornellU Talk titled: “Want your enterprise to change the world? Start with yourself!”At the moment, she is the CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, a company whose mission is to invest in education, health, and social services for children, youth, and their families through its community Centers of Excellence.

Does Bono Deserve the ‘Glamour’ Award for Global Activism?

Liz Ngonzi is an adjunct faculty at the Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University and CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North American branch of a nonprofit organization that works with rural communities in South Africa. He is the first man to make the list. Bono is best known for his efforts around AIDS/HIV and poverty relief, particularly through his organization, ONE. Is his global activism worth being named Woman of the Year? Liz Ngonzi comments on the issue as well as many others plaguing women of the world, such as poverty and access to resources.

The Eye-Bank Hosts Anniversary Event

The conference’s final session is a fundraising workshop led by Elizabeth Ngonzi, CEO of Afrika Tikkun, USA, and a recognized authority on technological innovations that advance philanthropy. Ms. Ngonzi shared methods for creating a seamless merge between social media and fundraising and demonstrated how nonprofits can use social media outlets such as YouTube and Twitter as catalysts to gain support from mass audiences.

The Eye-Bank extends special thanks to our expert panelists Amanda Hirsch, Debra Dubin, Elizabeth Ngonzi and Glenn Rosenberg for their generous contributions to a successful program.

Smartphones Make it Easier to Give to Charity, But There are Drawbacks

Charitable donations have hit an all time high, with Americans giving more than $358 billion dollars in 2014. This is partially due to the surge in online donations from smart phones and tablets. It is easier than ever to donate; rounding up change at the end of checkout, Kickstarter and GoFundMe accounts, and sharable links on social media. Commenting on the way that non-profit fundraising is changing is Liz Ngonzi, an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, who teaches a course called “Donor Engagement: Online and Mobile Tools.” Non-profits need to change the way that they fundraise to focus on how the most people are donating. Mailing lists may be a thing of the past but email lists are becoming more popular daily.

GIBS Business School South Africa Event Announcement:

GIBS welcomes Ms. Elizabeth Ngonzi, CEO of Afrika Tikkun, USA, lecturer in fundraising at New York City’s Heyman Centre for Philanthropy and Fundraising, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University, for a limited-seat breakfast event that aims to unpack the mysterious art of Fundraising: exploring international trends and new ways of doing things.

Fundraising is a mysterious profession – is it charisma and personal networks that brings money to an organization? Or is it a series of complex processes that govern proposal writing, event and donation management? South Africa’s recent status as a Upper Middle Income Country shows confidence that the country can fund its civil society. But service delivery non-profits are at best subsidized by governments, and our individual and corporate donor base remains small and driven by compliance.

The session will explore:

  • What is happening globally in the world of fundraising?
  • How are these changes going to impact South Africa (if at all?)
  • Introducing technology and fundraising – creating a global base of supporters for your local project
  • What do you need to change? If anything at all?
  • What are your responsibilities to your donors? And your
  • Do we really suffer from a lack of money, or it is a lack of ideas to deliver new approaches to social change?
  • Why is social entrepreneurship touted as a new way for sustainability?

Crowdfunded Moon Mission is Serious About Science

With government budgets for space exploration under strain, a UK consortium has embarked on a project to raise money for a robotic Moon mission by offering the public the chance to stash their memories, or even a hair sample, on the Moon! This project poses wonderful new challenges for the world of fundraising.

Featured in this article is Liz Ngonzi, commenting on how fundraising has been changing and how it can make an impactful difference in the future of science.


International Fundraising Congress (Netherlands) Workshop Presenter Annoucenement

Inspire. Connect. Transform. This year’s IFC programme is themed around creating inspiring connections between fundraisers, and between fundraisers and donors. It reflects the increasingly interconnected world we live in  culturally, politically and technologically. The IFC takes place from 14-17 October 2014 and brings together over 1000 delegates from 60 countries, providing them with the opportunity to network with, and learn from the brightest fundraising minds on the planet.

Featuring over 100 sessions of plenaries, workshops, masterclasses and networking events, the IFC 2014 provides opportunities for learning new fundraising skills and improving leadership skills as well as interacting with international speakers such as Bernard Ross, Liz Ngonzi and Phil Woollam.

Delegates that register before midnight UK time (GMT) on Thursday, 15 May 2014 will receive an early bird discount of £60. Visit resource-alliance.org/ifc to find out more and register today!

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.

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.