Last month I happily made a trip to Rwanda to work and soak up some of the excitement while the World Economic Forum on Africa was being held in Kigali. While it was a bit hectic traveling literally days before Peter’s and my wedding, it was well worth it for the crazy and productive time with my colleagues in East Africa and to do more exploring in Kigali.
Want to read more about my work with AkilahNet and the Akilah Institute? Check out my blog post here.
1. We have a new sign!
And we’re ready to welcome students, staff and visitors in style
2. We’re Geeking Out
“Akilah Institute for Women 1st year student Faridah Umutoni is transforming access to healthcare for Rwandans, and she’s only 20 years old. Read about her journey to the final round of this year’s Ms Geek competition, and how she plans to develop her big idea to help millions of Rwandans.” (Read More)
3. We’re Growing
4. We’re Supporting East African Women
It was a huge honor for Rwanda to host the World Economic Forum on Africa but it comes as no surprise given Rwanda’s amazing transformation of the past decade. As the first women’s university in the region, I think we can definitely agree that the Akilah Institute is one of Rwanda’s Top 12 Accomplishments. (Read More from the Top 12 list here)
5. We’re HIRING
We’re looking for extraordinary new team members!
Director of Careers and Alumni Affairs (Rwanda based)
The Akilah Director of Careers and Alumnae Affairs (DCAA) will play a critical role in serving as the bridge to students’ future career paths by proactively engaging the Rwanda private sector and building relevant partnerships for internship and employment opportunities. The ideal candidate will have a strategic mind, think critically, be a capable and results-oriented manager of a “pavement pounding” team, and obsessed with social networking and relationship management. This is a job where the details matter, and will require a personal investment by the Director to ensure relationships are properly catalogued and maintained. S/he must be extremely deft at identifying value propositions for why new industries and companies should hire Akilah graduates. S/he must also work effectively with academic and communications departments to ensure messaging is laser-focused and consistent. (Read More)
Director of Capital and Growth (New York based)
We are seeking an experienced, multi-talented development professional or private sector leader to direct our growing development team for the Akilah Institute for Women during a period of rapid transformation and expansion.
You will be responsible for developing a diversified fundraising plan as our annual budget grows from $2.5 million in 2015 to over $5 million in 2017/18. You will also allow us to scale our education model and open campuses throughout East Africa through strategic impact and philanthropic investments. At least 80% of your time will be devoted to growing the Institute’s portfolio of donors and investors.
AkilahNet is also expanding and meeting with employers in Kenya and Uganda. Our platform will open to members in those countries this summer and you will support the opening of a $900,000 seed round of funding to support this growth.
As part of the organization’s Executive Team, you will increase our revenue stream through a creative and innovative fundraising strategy. You will leverage our existing base of influential individuals, family foundations, investors and corporate and institutional partners. You will also identify new funding relationships in order to meet our ambitious goals of enhanced visibility, financial growth, and stability. (Read More)