Duncan McNicholl (editor) spent nearly five years working in Africa, most of this in Malawi focused on water and sanitation, with Engineers Without Borders Canada. He is now completing a PhD at Cambridge University where he studies institutions managing rural water supply in Ghana, Malawi, India, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, and Bolivia.
Alyssa Lindsay is currently following her own lifelong learning journey. So far this journey has taken her from the world of environmental consulting engineering to spend four years working with Engineers Without Borders in Malawi to strengthen the leadership capacity of local government in the water and sanitation sector. That experience led to her current role with Bridges Social Development helping to unveil the potential of youth and young adults to build strong and vibrant communities in Treaty 7 Territory, Canada.
Fariya Mohiuddin has spent the last five years working in research, advocacy, and project management roles in the governance sector and particularly, the role of taxation in development. Most recently, she spent two years implementing a subnational tax reform project in arguably the most beautiful part of Ghana.
Jennifer Gottesfeld most recently worked in Sierra Leone with Partners in Health as National Social Protection and Ebola Survivor Program Manager. Previously, she worked at Global Health Corps, Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, International Medical Corps and Goldman Sachs. She has done work spanning programme management, service delivery, philanthropy, and communications in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Peru, and Israel.
Mark Brown is a current MBA student at Oxford University, and is the former executive director and co-founder of Kulemela Investments. He started working in agriculture in Zambia in 2008 with Engineers Without Borders, where he consulted for donor-funded projects, small farmer-run societies, and some of Ghana’s largest fruit exporters.
Megan Nieuwoudt initially obtained a journalism degree in 2004 and went on to complete a law degree in 2008. After a stint in the corporate world, she became an attorney for the South African Human Rights Commission in 2011. She then completed a master’s degree in human rights and democratization in Africa, which led her to the United Nations in Ethiopia. After graduating in 2012, Megan worked as a human rights lawyer at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. Her work was initially based in business and human rights but migrated towards criminal justice in South African prisons. Thereafter, she joined the National Prosecuting Authority in 2015 and worked in the Magistrates Court in South Africa. In 2017, she moved into private practice to work continue her work as a lawyer.
Mike Kang is a facilitator, writer, strategist, and coach specializing in addressing systemic challenges. He is the founder of Evolve on Purpose, which works with groups committed to tackling tough, complex social problems find the “rungs on the ladder” towards a solution, helping them build the teams, strategies, and processes they need to take a meaningful stab at systemic change.
Mina Shahid is currently the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Numida Technologies; a financial technology social enterprise that is using cash-flow data to unlock affordable credit for the 22 million African small businesses that need it. He was a 2016 Acumen Global Fellow where he served as interim COO of SiembraViva; an e-commerce company connecting resource-poor Colombian organic farmers with urban consumers. Prior to this, he was a co-founder of Kulemela Investments, a small agribusiness lender in Ghana. He has worked in Zambia, Ghana, and Uganda and is currently based in Medellin, Colombia. He blogs at medium.com/( at ) minashahid and tweets ( at )_minashahid.
Muthi Nhlema is a civil engineer who has never practiced and doesn’t regret it one bit. He is currently working for Water for People-Malawi as a monitoring and communication specialist (among a myriad of other things he can’t, for the life of him, remember). He is an award-winning fiction writer in his spare time and has a three-year-old son who happily drives him and his wife up the wall.
Sam Zeph Atiemo is an entrepreneurship and investment consultant, business coach, author, speaker, facilitator, and investor. He is the founder and chairman of Bufia Holdings Ltd in Ghana. He has consulted for different international organizations, including, but not limited to, USAID, GTZ, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, and the British Council.
Sanchia Jogessar is an optometrist from South Africa. She spent five years in Malawi, developing and establishing the Optometry programme in both Lilongwe and Mzuzu, Malawi. She has also been involved with the Child-Eye Health Programme in Kenya, where she trained practitioners to refract children with severe visual impairment. She is currently based in South Africa where she is studying a master’s in business administration.
Sarah Rawson is the Head of Government Partnerships, Reports and Communications at the World Food Programme, Malawi. She is a former Princeton in Africa Fellow and a graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.
Tamara Baldwin has worked in international development in East Africa over the past decade and now designs international service learning courses at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.