Jordan Hartt - USA
Jordan Hartt is the author of two collections of narrative poems: “Leap” (Tebot Bach, 2015) and “Drifting,” (Tebot Bach, 2018). A third collection, “Paradise,” is forthcoming from Tebot Bach in 2020. Hartt’s lifework is creating experiences where people find the craft immersion to reach for their best artistic and human selves, find the community to connect through the literary arts, and find the ongoing inspiration of the writing life. To do this, he edits Coffee & Oranges; facilitates five annual writing retreats in Poʻipū, Kauaʻi; and gives as a philanthropist to artists and visionaries around the world.
Kudzai Kutukwa – South Africa
Kudzai is the co-founder and CEO of Mobbisurance, a startup that is developing a mobile based crop insurance product and other financial services for smallholder farmers. Through the use and analysis of satellite imagery, Kudzai and his team have been able to drive down costs significantly associated with serving this particular market segment. In addition he also co-founded the Emerging Farmers Exchange, a marketplace that links big buyers of agricultural produce with smallholder farmers that are currently excluded from the agricultural value chain. He is passionate about financial inclusion for the poor and under-served members of our society and he believes that technology can help bridge this divide. Kudzai was also recently named by Fast Company magazine as one of South Africa's top twenty young entrepreneurs under 30. Kudzai is also a 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow and an Obama fellow.
Elizabeth Gichuru - Kenya
Liz is a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist with over 9 years' experience working in an organization that deals with Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) scholarships, training youth and women in financial management, farmers on good agricultural practices and mentoring entrepreneurs. She has worked both in Kenya and Uganda and holds a Bachelor of science degree in Quantitative Economics and a Masters in Business Administration specialized in Project Management.
Mohamed Salat - Kenya
Mohamed is a public sector reforms specialist with a strong Finance background and 8 years extensive experience in grants management, treasury management, development planning, project management, budget formulation, execution, reporting and auditing. He currently serves as a Permanent Secretary Agriculture and Fisheries Development in the County Government of Wajir where he monitors and reports on the implementation of donor funded projects including European Union's Instrument for Devolution Advice and Support (EU-IDEAS), World Food Programmes' Sustainable Food Systems Programmes, World Bank's Agriculture Sector Development Support Programme and Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project among others. He has organized and trained youth and women groups on grant application, financial management, book keeping, value addition opportunities and entrepreneurship. In addition, he has experience in evaluating business proposals from youth groups, conducting pre-award surveys to vet the potential applicants and facilitated access to grants.