Strathmore Business School in collaboration with Ashoka held the Nairobi Changemaker Summit on Tuesday 20th August 2013 at Strathmore Business School. The aim of the summit is to kick off a series of engagements over the next year that will engage and support the various efforts of the diverse constituent groups in creating an Everyone a Changemaker world.
The summit brought together social innovators, business leaders, philanthropists, young changemakers, policy makers, and educators from the East African region. and was facilitated by design thinking expert Rupa Chaturvedi from Stanford University.
The summit was chaired by Bill Carmichael and the panelists were Bart Weetjens Apopo, Tanzania Kepta Ombati – Akiba Uhaki Foundation, Kenya; Shaka Robert Rockford Harris Group, Uganda; David Mupenzi – Dairy Quality Assurance Limited (DQAL), Rwanda; Irfan Keshavjee – Karibu Homes, Kenya; Joseph Nkandu – NUCAFE – National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises and Josiah Severre – Green Arusha Society, Tanzania.
The participants in the summit got an opportunity to share their stories and insights, draw on their creative problem-solving skills, and collaborate with other leading changemakers.
Ashoka has built a global network of 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs over the last 30 years in an effort to create an Everyone a Changemaker world: a world in which all individuals have the confidence and support to creatively address the challenges around them. These Ashoka Fellows are working in various fields to systematically dislodge and solve the worlds most pressing and entrenched problems. Ashoka, at the center of this network, has gained a deep understanding of the key strategies needed. Given this history, Ashoka East Africa today is able to convene global partners and leading social entrepreneurs around historic opportunities, thus ensuring that system-change solutions take root and transform their respective fields.