Meet the team
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.
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.
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 is the Operations Director for the ACT Entrepreneurship Program. Over the past 5 years Irene has been working in the entrepreneurship and innovation space on a number of projects. Her project portfolio has included 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. She is also a Mandela Washington Fellow that was based at Northwestern University in Chicago
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 was part of the MWF Regional Advisory Board for USAID and is currently on the UNISA YALI Regional Leadership Center Advisory Board.