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

New York, USA

“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.

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.

Newsroom: African Women’s Leadership Summit

It is the 21st century and most countries allow freedom and opportunity for all races and sexes to achieve any goal they set out for themselves. We see this as women have taken up senior roles within large corporations. But we still have a long way to go, And one Summit that has shed some light on How we can IS: the African Women’s Leadership Summit that took place in Kenya.

Joining us in studio today is international speaker, Elizabeth Ngonzi, who spoke at the summit. Ngonzi is also the CEO of a non-profit organization Afrika Tikkun USA. This organization invests in the development of disadvantaged children from early infancy through young adulthood and into the world of work.

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.


CCTV America Interview: Social Media Helps Nepal Quake Relief

Facebook recently announced its users donated more than $10 million to disaster relief in Nepal. That was in just two-days. The number topped the amount pledged by the U.S. government. This is just the latest example of how social media is making it easier for people to give to charities. CCTV’s Karina Huber filed this report.
Featured in this interview is Elizabeth Ngonzi, NYU Heymen Center Adjunct Professor, explaining how social media can positively impact these social movements and fundraisers.

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!

Voice of America Interview: Technology and Innovations in Africa

Advancements in technology and innovation are in full swing in many African countries and it’s driven largely by women and youth. A few of these trendsetters visited Washington, to talk about their work. VOA’s Ndimyake Mwakalyelye reports and later talks to Richard Seshie, the founder of Vivvus Renewables and Liz Ngonzi, an international entrepreneur, about Africa’s technology and innovations.

Wilson Center Conference Report: African Women and Youth as Agents of Change Through Technology and Innovation

Ms. Liz Ngonzi, Adjunct Professor at the NYU Heyman Center and international entrepreneur, focused her discussion on “paying it forward.” As someone who was born in Uganda and has had mentors guide her in her own life, Ngonzi places high importance on helping future generations of African leaders achieve their own goals, particularly girls. She explained the philosophy of “Ubuntu” – meaning I am because of who we all are – is a necessity when providing support to someone through mentorship, sponsorship, coaching or board membership.

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 Panels: African Women in Tech

Moderator: TMS Ruge Cofounder Project Diaspora


Deborah Ensor – VP, Africa, Health and Humanitarian Media Programs, Internews

Ebele Okobi – Dir, Business Yahoo! Inc

Isis Nyong’o – VP & MD, Africa, InMobi Africa

Liz Ngonzi – Technology Faculty New York University Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising