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Our Vision

To develop job creators, not job seekers, through an intensive design thinking program, mentor-led acceleration process, and by providing access to seed funding to the best business ideas.

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ACT in Africa is a holistic entrepreneurship development program that encompasses entrepreneurial training, mentorship, acceleration, and access to seed funding.

The ACT Entrepreneurship Program was launched in 2014. The curriculum was developed over a 2-year period in collaboration with MBA students from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Zimbabwe, and Africa University.

It integrates global best practices in entrepreneurship training and local experience to provide a unique and relevant Entrepreneurship Program to aspiring entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe.
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Executive
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The ACT team is comprised of diverse and dynamic individuals from around the globe. The team and its advisors have years of experience in Education, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Agriculture.
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Henri
Lambert

Henri Lambert is the founder of Apsara Capital LLP, a venture capital firm focusing on water and agriculture. He is a board member of WaterSmart Software Inc. and on observer on the board of AquaSpy Inc. Henri is part of the UK Water Partnership’s Development and Implementation group, where he is leading the development of a water accelerator in the UK. He is also a founding shareholder of Monkfeet, a web-based platform enabling aspiring entrepreneurs to learn skills from professionals, academics, and other entrepreneurs.

Henri holds a B.A in History and International Relations from Brown University in the USA, a Masters in International Legal Studies from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, a professional certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Stanford University, and was a non-practising member of the bar of England & Wales from 2006 to 2011.

Irene
Chikumbo

Over the past 4 years Irene has been working in the entrepreneurship and innovation space on a number of projects. Her project portfolio includes the Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, Innovation Baraza, Startup Weekend Harare and the Global Startup Battle.

Her postgraduate studies at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden were grounded in the areas of innovation and sustainability. Irene has co-authored two research papers with one focusing on Social Entrepreneurship and another on Innovation Value Chains in the Telecommunications Sector.

Her previous work experience has included time at Ericsson, USADF, Udugu Institute and OK Zimbabwe. Irene is also part of the MWF Regional Advisory Board for USAID.
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Chloe
Mcconnell

Chloe attended Toronto French School in Canada before attending Vassar College in New York, where she majored in English and Media Studies. Following graduation, she landed a position at The New Yorker magazine as a Digital Product Manager, which involved launching New Yorker apps on over 30 digital platforms and devices. In order to grow into a market-savvy Product Manager and innovator in the tech industry, Chloe decided to attend the Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Julián
Garzon

Julián worked for five years in operations consulting in Latin America, where he had the opportunity to live and work on seven different countries, and develop projects on ten different industries, including agribusiness, banking, retail, and manufacturing. Currently pursuing an MBA in UCBerkeley, Julián holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Electronical Engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia.
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Rodrigo Francisco
Calmet

Rodrigo grew up in Peru, where he started his career exporting recycled plastic for a packaging company. Then he worked for 2 years as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company; there he worked in 4 different countries.

Sebastian
Pflumm

Sebastian worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Switzerland prior to pushing his MBA and has advised clients across retail, pharma and chemicals in marketing, operations and organizational topics. He holds a M.A. in Banking and Finance from the University of St.Gallen and s B.Sc in Business Administration from the University of Munich.
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Benjamin Irarrazaval

Benjamin
Irarrazaval

Benjamin holds as Industrial Engineering degree from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Prior to pushing his MBA he worked for 5 years in Larrain Vial a South American regional investment bank. During his time in Larrain Vial he participated in several debt and equity transactions for both private and public companies.
 
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Rukudzo Murapa

Rukudzo
Murapa

Professor Murapa was Vice Chancellor and CEO of Africa University, Zimbabwe, where he more than doubled enrolment, increased demographic diversity; and launched needs-driven academic programs.

Malcolm
Blackie

Malcolm founded the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Zimbabwe where he served as Dean until 1986 and then joined the Rockefeller Foundation to set up and run their agricultural program in Southern Africa until 1999.
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Daniel Sherrard

Daniel
Sherrard

Daniel is the co-founder of EARTH University in Costa Rica, a university recognized globally as a pioneer in the field of agricultural education and entrepreneurship, and currently serves as its Provost.

Matthew
Taggart

Matthew was a founding team member of Ashesi University (Ghana), where he served as Director of Development and member of the University's Executive Team for the past eight years. Helped oversee Ashesi's growth from 30 students to over 550.
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