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Board of Directors

Boris Bulayev, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Educate!

Boris Bulayev is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Educate!. Under his leadership, Educate! has grown to 100 staff and over 150 volunteer youth mentors, reaching over 120,000 youth across 500 schools in Uganda and Rwanda, and advised on integration of skills-based education into Uganda and Rwanda’s national education systems, The organization has received much global acclaim for its work, including the 2015 WISE award, recognition as one of 14 global case studies on scaling education by Brookings Institution, and fellowships from Echoing Green, Ashoka and the Mulago Foundation.

Boris emigrated to the U.S. from Latvia at the age of 7. He considers himself lucky to have attended a great public school in San Francisco that eventually got him into Amherst College. As a refugee himself, Boris believes in giving other young people access to the same educational opportunities he had that have allowed him to get to where he is today.

Before jumping into Educate! full-time, Boris worked at startup incubator Loeb Enterprises, learning about entrepreneurship and how to start companies. Personally, Boris is a Startingbloc fellow, an Empact100 Top Young Entrepreneur of 2011, a recipient of the 2011 Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize, and a two time Forbes Top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur.

Eric Glustrom

Eric Glustrom is the founder of Educate! and Watson University, two organizations spreading mentorship-driven leadership and entrepreneurship education throughout Uganda, the U.S., and beyond through open-source replication. Educate! and Watson University (based in the U.S.) both select students with promising ideas to solve complex global challenges, then provide the mentorship, training and networks to help advance their solutions.

Eric has been recognized as an Ashoka fellow, Echoing Green fellow, and one of Forbes 30 Social Entrepreneurs Under 30. Eric’s work is driven by a simple belief: to solve the toughest challenges facing humanity, the place to start is within the hearts and minds of the next generation.

Nicole Goldin

Dr. Nicole Goldin works at the nexus of economic, political, and social change and security.  She is a global development, youth, international trends and emerging economies policy, strategy, research, communications and impact expert. She heads a boutique consultancy, NRG Advisory, is an affiliated expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and a professorial lecturer at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.

She served in senior advisory positions in the Obama Administration at the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development and received multiple commendations for her work. She has demonstrated success working within and across public, corporate, finance, philanthropic and non-profit sectors with organizations including International Youth Foundation, Hilton Worldwide, Clinton Global Initiative, Gerson Lehrman Group, Chemonics and IFES. Dr. Goldin's academic qualifications include a PhD in Economics, and masters degrees in Development and International Affairs. 

Kevin M. Horan (Chairman)

Kevin M. Horan is a Senior Vice President with Seabury, focused on Human Capital Advisory Services. He is primarily responsible for projects in workforce management, employee relations, and diversity and organizational development, as well as Human Capital activities related to organizational restructuring and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Seabury, Mr. Horan served as Vice President HR and Corporate Services for International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) the world's largest independent commercial aircraft leasing firm. Prior to ILFC, Kevin served as Vice President of Human Resources for TechnoServe, an international non-profit focused on economic development and entrepreneurship initiatives aimed to support the poor in developing countries. He led the development of a global approach to human resources management and streamlined processes in each of the 24 countries in which TechnoServe operates. In addition to his work with global organizations, he has served as an adjunct professor for Global Human Resources in Georgetown University's Master of Professional Studies program.

Mr. Horan's career includes over 25 years in the aviation industry serving in various leadership positions in both Human Resources and Operations for major and regional airlines such as Pan American World Airways, American Airlines, American Eagle, and US Airways. He holds a MBA with a focus in International Human Resources from the University of Dallas and a B.A. from Davidson College.

Lisa Issroff

Together with her husband, Lisa founded and runs the Issrof Family Foundation, which provides support for children and youth across Africa and in New York City, with a focus on education within a context of related services. Having been born and grown up in Johannesburg, Lisa is especially passionate about the nexus that unites youth, education, and empowerment and is focused on providing expertise and tangible support towards developing comprehensive youth-focused organizations and schools primarily in Southern and East Africa. 

Lisa is an involved leader and actively serves on the boards of the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, Educate!, Generation Citizen, Peace for Africa and Economic Development (PAD), the Advisory Board of Afrika Tikkun, and the Executive Advisors Circle of Echoing Green. She is also the New York Chapter Head for the African Leadership Academy. Lisa graduated from Wesleyan University (BA in English) and currently lives in New York City.

Rik Kranenburg

Rik Kranenburg is an information services executive with a unique leadership track record in the digital and global transformation of educational publishing and financial information.  A 30 year veteran of McGraw-Hill, Rik now applies his organizational leadership and analytical skills in the positioning, sale, and integration of information services companies.  He serves as an Industry Partner at DeSilva + Phillips, an investment bank focused on the media and information industry.  He is also an active investor in, and advisor to, a range of education technology companies.  At McGraw-Hill, he served as the Group President for Higher Education, Professional and International Publishing, as the Executive Vice President for Investment Services at Standard & Poor’s, and as the Executive Managing Director for International Business at S&P Ratings. Rik holds an MPA from Princeton University and a BA from UC Berkeley.  

Radhika Malpani

Radhika Malpani is an Engineering Director at Google, where she was responsible for building Google Image Search, amongst other things. An alumnus of University of California, Berkeley, Radhika has worked at Google since 2000 and before that at  leading technology firms like Hewlett Packard and Siemens. In addition to technology, Radhika is very interested in education, especially for girls, and rural development, in particular with respect to income generation and access to clean water. In addition to advising startups, she is on the boards of the India Community Centre, The School Fund, and is a founding member of Progressive Women of Silicon Valley, an organization committed to advancing women's causes.

Dzingai Mutumbuka

Dzingai Mutumbuka previously served as Chair of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) for nine years. Although he no longer Chairs the ADEA, he still works with them. Prior to his Chairmanship of the ADEA, Dzingai held various senior management positions in the education sector at the World Bank from 1990-2007. He also served as the Minister of Education for nine years in Zimbabwe, after having participated in the country’s freedom struggle and being elected to parliament.

He also served as the Chairman of the Zimbabwe National Commission of UNESCO since Zimbabwe joined UNESCO in 1980. Before Zimbabwe’s independence, Dzingai served as Secretary for Education and Culture in the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front from 1975 to 1980, and in that capacity was responsible for the education of all Zimbabweans in refugee camps in Mozambique.

Dzingai sits on a number of boards involved with education, including Friends of FAWE Forum for African Women Educationalists, Results for Development Institute, and UNESCO's International Institute of Education Planning.

He studied at university in both Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom, and holds a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Sussex.

Spencer Ton

Spencer is Executive Director of the Cordes Foundation. In this role he oversees the foundation's strategy in building out a more safe and secure world through the advancement of the foundation’s philanthropic, impact investing, and field building work around women and girls empowerment and poverty alleviation through social enterprise. Prior to this role, Spencer served as Associate Director of the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific, a research and social enterprise hub for the advancement of social entrepreneurship leadership and education. He also co-founded Fashion4Freedom, a social enterprise and design incubator that creates products and processes that lead to ethical and alternative supply chains, which ultimately end environmental and labor exploitation in the fashion industry. Spencer has traveled extensively in development markets working on asset creation programs for small and medium enterprises.  Spencer currently serves on the boards of Design Capital, Educate!, and the Millennium Campus Network.

Derek Wittenberg (Treasurer) 

Derek is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of Ion Partners. He advises growth companies primarily in the technology and telecom industries. He is experienced in mergers & acquisitions and capital-raising transactions. He has completed transactions for emerging companies such as ReserveAmerica, Engineering Dynamics, Indigo, and BookFinder.com as well as Fortune 500 clients such as Alltel, Computer Associates, and Pacific Telesis.

Prior to co-founding Ion Partners, Derek worked at national and boutique investment banks KeyBanc Capital Markets and MediaTech Capital Partners, respectively. Derek began his investment banking career at Lehman Brothers in 1992 in the telecom and technology groups.

Derek earned his B.A. in Economics from Amherst College. He graduated from the Yale School of Management with a Masters in Public and Private Management focusing on Finance and Strategy. He has also served on the Evaluation Committee for the Yale SOM/Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership for Non-Profit Ventures.


U.S. ADVISORY BOARD

EDWIN BARBER III - Former Head,  U.S. Treasury Office of African Nations

GRETCHEN DYKSTRA - Former President, 9/11 Memorial Foundation, Times Square Alliance

DEBORAH FARRINGTON - Founder and General Partner, StarVest Partners

SUE KUNZ - Entrepreneur and CEO, BioVantage

ANTHONY MARX - President,  New York Public Library

JOHN MCDERMOTT - Retired Professor, Moravian College

ROBERT NELSON - Author and Consultant, UN’s International Labour Organisation

SCOTT SHERMAN - Executive Director, Transformative Action Institute

JIM SMITH - Hedge Fund Manager

KARTI SUBRAMANIAN - Partner,  Vera Solutions

ANN VENEMAN - Former Executive Director, UNICEF

AMBASSADOR OLIVER WONEKHA- Uganda's Ambassador to the United States

UGANDA ADVISORY BOARD

ALLEN AYEBARE - Chief Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Centenary Bank

HERBERT BARYAYEBWA - Director, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development

H.E. BONNEY KATATUMBA - Pakistani Consul to Uganda

JAMES BULENZIBUTO - Founding Member, Elimu Trust and Public Relations Officer, Kyambogo University

MULINDWA ISMAIL - Commissioner, Ministry of Education

ERIC KREUTTER - Administrative Director and CFO, Cornerstone

ARAMANZAN MADANDA - Lecturer in Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University and Founding Member, Mt. Masaba High School (Educate! partner school)

MARGARET MADANDA - Lecturer, Makerere University

WILLIAM MATOVU - Country Director, Heifer International

CYNTHIA N. MPANGA - Head of Corporate Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank

PAUL MUGAMBWA - Founder, Motion Gardeners

IRENE MUTUMBA - Founder/Executive Director, Private Education Development Network; Ashoka Fellow

PETER NYEKO - CEO, Kampala Diplomatic School

AERO LILLIAN OLOK - Founder, Generate for Generations

EDWARD SSEBUKYU - Assistant Commissioner of Private Secondary Schools, Ministry of Education of the Government of Uganda

COLLINS HY TUGUMISIRIZE - Founder & Executive Director, Afroeducare

BEN WAIRA - Associate Governor, East Africa Rotary

JONAH WALUSIMBI - Head Teacher, Greenhill Academy (Educate! partner school)