Educate!'s world-class team has grown to about 60 employees and 100 Mentor Fellows in Uganda as well as a team of four based in the United States.
Educate!'s leaders include:
Co-Founder and Executive Director
A 2007 alumni of Amherst College, Boris has been working on Educate! since the beginning of his sophomore year of college in October 2004. During the summer of 2007, he spearheaded the development of Educate!’s new program and made connections with countless individuals in the government, non-governmental organizations, and schools. After spending the first two years post-college working on Educate! in his free time, Boris jumped back into the organization full time in 2009. In his role as Executive Director, Boris works on fundraising, board development, strategy, monitoring & evaluation, finance and things related to people.
Before jumping into Educate! full time, Boris worked at startup incubator Loeb Enterprises, learning about entrepreneurship and how to start companies. Boris emigrated from Latvia at age 7. He 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 Forbes Top 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur in 2012 and 2013.
Co-Founder and Global Director of Programs
Angelica, who graduated from Middlebury College, brings a creativity and passion to Educate! that is expressed in the curriculum she has designed for the socially responsible leadership course. Her experience designing curricula in Jamaica and the US gave her a foundation. Now, by synthesizing resources and advice from our partner organizations and contacts in Uganda and elsewhere Angelica has put together an innovative, trend setting course that changes the face, and enhances the purpose, of the Ugandan education system.
In her words: “I know firsthand what it means to be literally saved by nonprofit organizations that embody creative solutions to society’s opportunity gaps. At Kyangwali Refugee Camp, Benson Wereje, Bahati and I swapped stories of how we all received “sponsorship” or scholarships to attend university and how it changed our lives forever. I felt such a beautiful solidarity with our students and reaffirmation of the necessity of this work.”
Director of Policy and Partnerships
Maggie Sheahan is the Director of Policy and Partnerships for Educate! and has been working in Uganda since 2009. She is inspired most by Educate!’s proactive approach: “We all know about the problems that challenge our world, most especially Africa. I love Educate! because it empowers young people to think about solutions!” After graduating from Pomona College in 2008 with a degree in Religious Studies, she lived in Denver, Colorado working with homeless youth. There, she discovered the vibrancy and hopefulness that shines from youth.
Her work for Educate! has included writing Transform Uganda, a handbook for our scholars to become Changemakers, launching the Change Makers Association, and providing continued teaching support for our Mentors. She is facilitated the Educate! Teacher Training Course as well as implementing the Educate! program.
Director of External Relations
Loren joined the team at Educate! because she is passionate about creating the greatest impact possible to improve lives across Sub-Saharan Africa. Loren was first inspired by Uganda while working for the United Nations World Food Programme in Kampala in 2009, and again in 2010 when she spent six months designing strategy for a small nonprofit in the western part of the country. She has also spent time in Senegal working for the Millennium Challenge Corporation. In her role as Director of External Relations, Loren loves telling Educate!'s story and sharing its invigorating vision. "I love knowing that every dollar we raise is leveraged to make the biggest difference possible for those who need it most and can use it to really transform their lives, and eventually the world."
Prior to joining Educate!, Loren was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, focused on Credit and Real Estate law. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and a graduate of Stanford Law School and Amherst College, where she first met Boris and co-founder Eric Glustrom.
Uganda Country Director
Sarah is the Uganda Country Director at Educate! She first heard about Educate! from her son who was studying in one of the high schools that Educate! was working with at the time. Sarah is inspired by the attitude and leadership quality of the youth that undergo the Educate!’s Leadership and Entrepreneurship course; they are change makers.
As Country Director at Educate!, Sarah oversees internal and external communications in Uganda. She reviews performance goals and financial operations quarterly, and ensures annual goals are set and achieved. She is currently building an optimized HR structure to handle changes and growth in staff structure related to scaling.
Sarah, formerly the Head of HR at TechnoServe Uganda, is a graduate of Makerere University and Uganda Management Institute. She is a teacher by profession and very passionate about education. She believes in Nelson Mandela’s words “Education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world” and she believes Educate! is doing just that. “Educate! has given me an opportunity to work towards improving the education system in my country and I feel blessed”, she says.
Uganda Program Director
Hawah is from Kampala, Uganda. She started with Educate! as a mentor to over 100 students from 2010 to 2011, before serving as Educate!’s Senior Program Coordinator starting in 2012. As the Regional Manager (2013), Hawah oversaw the implementation of the leadership and entrepreneurship program in Educate!’s newly-formed eastern region.
In 2012, Hawah was certified as a business trainer by the International Labour Organization, and in 2013, Hawah was selected as an Acumen Fellow.
Educate! Managers in Uganda
Christine Nagawa- Administration Manager
Hellen Kibenge Ssenyimba- Human Resources Manager
Desiree Winges- Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Godfrey Luwo- Finance Manager
Marit Blaak- Design and Training Manager
Charlotte Iraguha- Innovation Manager
Diana Mwai- Educate! Experience Manager, Central Region
Richard Luuba- Educate! Experience Manager, Eastern Region
Solomon Kayiwa- National Program Manager