Listening to Girls

Join us for a virtual panel discussion with Asante Africa Foundation, Prince’s Trust International, Teach a Man to Fish, and Social Capital FoundationOur panelists will engage in a lively conversation around creativity and innovation in East Africa. What does innovation look like on the ground from the perspective of organizations and the youth who live there? You will hear stories of unique business ideas, challenges they are facing, and creative solutions in the communities across east Africa.

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Free Virtual Panel Discussion


Thursday, April, 14, 2022

  • 8:30-9:30AM PDT
  • 11:30-12:30PM EDT
  • 6:30-7:30PM EAT


ONLINE! Digital Zoom link will be emailed to participants when you register.

TIMETABLE: 1.5 hrs

10 Minutes – Introductions

60 MinutesAlumni story telling

20 MinutesLive Q&A




Executive Director, Social Capital Foundation

Maria has over 15 years of experience in the feild of economic development. 

She has lived in the UK, Central America and the Middle East and has managed international projects and teams in several countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa. She served as Deputy Director of CODESPA Foundation, international NGO specialized in sustainable povery eradication, leading innovative stategies to increase the impact of economic development projects, and creating systems and actions to generate and share specialized knowledge. She led multiparty partnerships with business, academy and social impact organisations. She has a specialised background in microfinance, inclusive business and private sector emgagement in development. She is author of several papers and research on these topics. 

Her education is in Business and Economics and holds a MSc Degree in Development and Project Planning (UK) with complementary studies at IESE Business School (Spain), INSEAD (France) and Harvard Kennedy School (Boston).

“I believe in putting people at the center of every action and my passion lies in seeing people display thier talent and potential no matter the ir context of starting point.”




Uganda Country Director, Asante Africa Foundation,

Geoffrey is an accomplished Country Program Manager, with experience in philanthropy. He is a skilled negotiator, public speaker, business planner, team manager, and an adroit networker. Academically, he holds a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Information Systems, from the Makerere University, as well as a Master’s of Business Administration in Oil & Gas Management, from Uganda Christian University. He has earned professional certificates from Duke University, SciencesPo, and SDG Academy. Geoffrey served as Operations Manager for import and distribution at Tulsa Investment Limited, as an Entrepreneur Partner at BLK & GK Investments Limited and Abrielle Energy Resources Limited, and as a commercial coffee farmer.
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Grace Mccatty

International Programme Manager | Prince’s Trust International

Grace works for Prince’s Trust International as an International Programme Manager, overseeing the organisation’s work in Kenya. She is an experienced project and programme manager, who is passionate about seeing young people succeed and reach their full potential, particularly those from a challenging background. Prior to working for PTI, Grace spent eight years working in the sports development sector, focusing on using sport as a tool to empower others and generate positive change. Alongside her employment, Grace is studying a PhD part-time at Durham University exploring the use of sport as a tool for development in Zambia, a research project which has stemmed from her passion for international development. Outside of work, Grace is a keen sportswoman, currently competing for Sunderland AFC Ladies in the FA Women’s Championship.

Dorin and her honey business


Digital Transformation Coordinator and Entrepreneur, Asante Africa Foundation

Dorin is a believer in purpose. She is an Asante Africa Alumnus based in Tanzania who is dedicated to ensuring and promoting community welfare. Dorin has volunteered and collaborated with a variety of organizations, including the Asante Africa Foundation, the Family Smile Organization, and the Youth Dream Mapping Organization.

Currently, Dorin is an Asante Africa Digital Transformation Program Coordinator, instructing both students and teachers how to achieve a high-quality educational experience. The program‘s goals are to deliver seamless learning to the younger generation while ensuring quality digital access, despite locality. In addition, she empowers youth by mentoring them in leadership, job readiness, entrepreneurship, and life skills.


Nicholas Kiwalabye

Senior Field Office, Waterloo Project, Uganda, Teach A Man to Fish

Nicholas is a certified business skills trainer with more than 6 years of skills training and project management. He is currently working at Teach A Man To Fish as a Senior Field Officer for Waterloo project geared towards youths’ entrepreneurial skills attainment and poverty eradication.

 His a Teach A Man To Fish Alumni and participated in the program from 2014 to 2015 from Caltec Academy Makerere where he completed his S.6. He has served as a mentor in Educate Uganda, Senior business consultant in Dewy education consultancy. He was also a skills trainer in the holiday better your skills program which was organized by Career Imagination Program. He has also Participated in drafting of the youth tool kit by Peace Corps Uganda.

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