CEO at Afrika Tikkun USA
Startupbootcamp FinTech New York Mentor
Liz Ngonzi is the CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North America representative of Afrika Tikkun– a cutting-edge South African organization that has for the last 21 years, successfully delivered innovative social development services to disadvantaged communities, and for which Nelson Mandela served as Chief Patron. Ms. Ngonzi leads the organization’s mission to develop into a next-generation non-profit; building strategic partnerships and collaborations across individuals, corporations, non-profits, academia and global organizations. In September 2015, she led Afrika Tikkun’s role as a marketing partner to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Trade Winds Africa mission to South Africa, which included 150+ investors, small businesses and multi-national corporations.
A member of the U.S. Speaker Program at the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Ngonzi is also a global public speaker frequently requested to address audiences about entrepreneurship, leadership, philanthropy, and technological innovations advancing international development. As a 2011-2013 Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Cornell University, she advised aspiring entrepreneurs on how to develop compelling value propositions for funders. Additionally, she has served as a case evaluator for the 2015 Yale University School of Management Africa Business Practicum, a juror of the 2014 REBRAND 100(R) Global Awards, and a judge for the Apps4Africa 2012 Business Challenge.
Ms. Ngonzi has been quoted and/or featured in: Black Enterprise Magazine; CCTV America; Crain’s New York Business; MarketWatch; The Chicago Tribune; The South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC); The New York Times; The Washington Post; and Voice of America’s Africa 54 program. She earned an MMH degree in Services Marketing from Cornell University and a BS in Information Science from Syracuse University.