We are excited to have the following guests join us as our keynote speaker and case evaulators for the third-annual Africa Business Practicum.  Our keynote speaker will introduce the case company for the 2016 Practicum and our case evaluators will provide insightful feedback on team presentations.


Keynote Speakers

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Yvette Ondachi

Founder & managing director, Ojay Greene

Yvette Ondachi is the Managing Director and Founder of Ojay Greene. Yvette believes that it's time to change the African narrative. For decades, poverty and squalor have defined the fabric of the African continent, yet Africa is growing rapidly and the changing economic tide brings a wave of immense positive change. Smallholder farmers across the continent stand to benefit immensely from this change. Yvette works to address the many challenges facing smallholder farmers in an effort to increase their incomes and improve their livelihoods.  In 2014, Yvette left her position as a Group Product Manager at GlaxoSmithKline East Africa to focus full-time on Ojay Greene, the company she founded to provide market access and agricultural assistance to smallholder farmers in Kenya. The changes Ojay Greene has seen so far in the lives of these farmers encourages Yvette to stay the course and work to change the African narrative from a continent of scarcity to a continent of plenty.


C.D. Glin

President & Ceo, U.S. African Development Foundation

C.D. Glin is President and CEO of the U.S. African Development Foundation, a U.S. government agency dedicated to supporting African-led, African-driven development solutions. The USADF approach prioritizes African investments and customized local technical assistance to African grassroots communities and enterprises. Prior to joining USADF, C.D. was the Associate Director for Africa for the Rockefeller Foundation. From 2008-2010, Glint previously served as a presidential appointee in the Obama Administration as the first Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Global Partnerships for the U.S. Peace Corps, and played a key role in Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary. Glin worked for the State Department, USAID and the World Bank while living in Ghana and Nigeria.

Glin also served as a volunteer in the first Peace Corps South Africa group during the Presidency of Nelson Mandela. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University; a Master’s in Business Management from Tulane University and Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Oxford’s Saïd Business School. Glin is term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2011, he was designated by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his commitment and contributions to international service and civic participation.


Case Evaluators


Nadim Matta

President, Rapid results institute

Nadim is President and founding Board member of the Rapid Results Institute. He led teams that introduced the Rapid Results Approach in Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Sudan, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe. The Approach involves using highly choreographed 100-day projects to bring about meaningful change in communities and organizations. 

More recently, Nadim shaped and led a program to introduce Rapid Results “100-day challenges” in communities across the USA, to help them accelerate their efforts to end veteran and chronic homelessness. He is also working with several localities in the UK to help them integrate social and health care to their elderly and at-risk populations. Nadim is also a partner at Schaffer Consulting, a boutique change management advisory firm that works with leadership teams of private sector corporations on accelerating strategy execution. He served as managing partner of the firm between 2009 and 2012. Nadim’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In 2012, he was selected by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers. And he served as a Donaldson Fellow at the Yale School of Management in 2012 and 2013. 

Nadim was born and raised in Lebanon. Before he came to the Yale School of Management, he worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development and for Save the Children Federation in Lebanon, where he led the design and implementation of a food assistance program benefiting families that were internally displaced during the civil war. Nadim has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the American University of Beirut. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Joshin raghubar

founder, ikineo & yale world fellow

Joshin Raghubar is an African entrepreneur in the media, marketing, and technology sectors. He is engaged in the evolving role of entrepreneurship, trust and innovation in the ‘good society’. He is the founder of iKineo, a Pan-African customer engagement agency; Sprout, South Africa’s leading digital media performance firm; and Explore Sideways, a leading online purveyor of wine tourism experiences.

Joshin serves as the chairperson of the Bandwidth Barn, Africa’s largest non-profit incubator and accelerator for technology businesses; non-executive director of the Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CITi), the public/private sector agency tasked with development of the region as a technology and innovation cluster; and non-executive director of Enke, a non-profit organization that works to empower youth to develop social innovations in their communities. Joshin also serves as a non-executive director of both the Africa Leadership Initiative (Southern Africa) and the African Leadership Network. He is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Institute’s Global Leaders Network, a fellow of the United States-Southern African Centre for Leadership and Public Values, and a member of the Bertelsmann Foundation’s global Transformation Thinkers program. Joshin has a business science (honors) degree from the University of Cape Town, and a masters in development studies from the University of the Western Cape’s Institute for Social Development.


Frank Rusa Nyakaana

Deputy Manager, Uganda Democratic governance facility & Yale World fellow

Frank Rusa Nyakaana is the Deputy Manager of the Deepening Democracy component of the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) in Uganda. The DGF is the largest multi-donor basket fund in Africa dedicated to supporting state and non-state initiatives to deepen democracy, increase access to justice, protect human rights and promote public accountability. Over the last seven years, working with civil society networks, Frank has spearheaded a wide range of initiatives in the broad areas of civic education, civic engagement, electoral reform, capacity development of civil society in democracy-building and policy advocacy. He also works with political parties to enhance their internal organizational capacities and promote inter-party dialogue processes and works with the Parliament to strengthen its oversight role.

Before joining the development world, Frank served as the head of the Legal Department of the Uganda Electoral Commission, guiding it through two national elections where he distinguished himself as a leading advocate for the Electoral Commissions constitutional independence in an ever-narrowing democratic space. He was a Reagan Fascell fellow at National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and a Draper-Hills fellow at the Center for Development, Democracy and the Rule of law at Stanford University.


Professor Raymond Akwule

Professor Raymond Akwule has more than 30 years of university teaching, research, administration and capacity building experience in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).  He has taught at several US universities, notably at George Mason University where he was for many years a tenured professor of telecommunications and information technology policy.  He was head of the International Telecommunications section of the Master of Arts (MA) in Telecommunications degree program at GMU and taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate Telecommunications, Information Technology and Mass and New Media courses. He retired from GMU in 2005 after 25 years of service but still maintains his affiliation as a Senior Research Fellow at the International Cyber Center (ICC) at GMU. 

From 2008 - 2014, he was the President and CEO of Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), a multi-campus International Institute for ICT capacity building and research, located in Nigeria.  In 2012, he was appointed Chairman of a National Committee to review existing ICT policies and produce a new harmonized National Information and Communications Technology Policy for Nigeria.

Professor Akwule was at the forefront of introducing the Internet into Africa. For example, in the early 1990s, he was a member of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) High Level Committee charged with devising strategies and policies for the successful introduction of the Internet into Africa. In the early 1990s, he led United Nations Development Program (UNDP) technical missions to several African countries (Gambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Ethiopia, Swaziland etc.) to negotiate with the governments the terms and strategies for introduction and/or expansion of the Internet in the countries