2018-2019 Finalists

Mannie T'Chawi is the co-founder of LayerCake; a social enterprise that promotes financial inclusivity and security in Tanzania. Mannie also works as a consultant on international business development efforts, where he helps to strategize, execute, and build partnerships between U.S. and African organizations. Mannie has over 10 years of experience working with startups, Fortune 100 companies, and NGOs in the United States and Africa.  As a startup member and leader, Mannie is experienced in working with the strategic and tactical team both within and external to organizations.











Hyelni Hassan is the CEO of Sheelda Enterprises Limited and Founder of Sheelda Rural Women Empowerment Initiative. She is an international development operative and a passionate social entrepreneur. As CEO, she manages the overall activities of the enterprise and leads the project team of the Sheelda initiative. Hyelni obtained an MSc in Project Management from Sheffield Hallam University, UK and gained several years of work experience with international non-governmental agencies including International Alert and Mission 21. She is also a member of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), and African Women Entrepreneurship Program-AWEP, where she serves as the head of Cluster for Food Processing in the North Central zone of Nigeria.


Timi Olagunju is a technology lawyer, policy and research expert, and professional speaker(with core capacity in open governance, leadership management, and design thinking). He advises start-ups and policymakers on technology law and policy issues and has advised Facebook, Groundswell EdTech, Global Integrity, and some African start-ups.  Recently, Timi was a Strategy/Policy Fellow at Global Integrity in Washington DC, working on the ‘Africa Integrity Report’ sponsored by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, where he strategized the way in which stakeholders can engage in achieving a more open Africa. He is also a co-founder of Youths in Motion (YIM), which operates actively in Nigeria, Liberia, and New York, as a movement focused on promoting institutional opportunities for young people across Africa and in the diaspora.





Abigail Ndooka is a legal professional currently serving as legal counsel for World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community Harare Hub.  She is interested in fostering intra-country trade within Africa.  Abigail is involved with Open Africa, an initiative of the African Global Shapers Community Hare Club which promotes greater cultural and economic regional integration and improves intra-Africa Trade.





Joel Ikiba is a social entrepreneur leveraging technology to create inclusive and quality teacher education in Nigeria. He currently leads this effort at Collaborative and Creative Innovations Centre, a social enterprise focused on improving learning outcomes in schools through tech-enabled teacher education. In his last three years as Enterprise Guardian, his core responsibilities have been business improvement, project management, curriculum design and training facilitation. Prior to starting COCRIC, Joel gained six years of experience in quality assurance and project management roles at National Engineering and Technical Company, Dietsmann Limited and Daewoo Engineering and Construction Nigeria. Joel has been educated in Human-centered Design Thinking by Inspire Africa, with the support of Dartmouth College’s Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, University of Nigeria; a certification in quality management as well as competencies in project and business management.