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Elizabeth Ngonzi Biographical Sketch

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I am an award-winning entrepreneurial leader, strategist, educator and international speaker, working at the intersections of people, impact and tech, enabling multi-sector organizations to fulfill their missions and individuals to reach their potential.
Updated July 2nd, 2019

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Elizabeth Ngonzi Biographical Sketch

  1. 1. Biographical Sketch: Elizabeth (Liz) Ngonzi Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter Elizabeth Ngonzi is an award-winning entrepreneurial leader, strategist, educator and international speaker, working at the intersections of people, impact and tech, enabling multi-sector organizations to fulfill their missions and individuals to reach their potential. Most recently, she participated as a Prospective CEO in the 10.10.10 startup accelerator program, which aims to develop market-based solutions to the world's “Wicked Problems”. While in the program, she developed a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for a monitoring and alert mobile application to enable parents to provide timely mental health interventions to their children. Until 2018, Ms. Ngonzi served as the turnaround CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North American representative of the South African nonprofit, Afrika Tikkun (AT). AT is one of only three nonprofits worldwide for which then President Nelson Mandela volunteered to be Patron in Chief, in 1999 – which has for more than 25 years successfully delivered services to disadvantaged children in South Africa. She developed the North American arm into a next-gen nonprofit by drawing on her entrepreneurial approach to social impact, creating strategic multi-sector partnerships, and leveraging digital media. Prior to that, she founded and spent 12 years leading a boutique consulting firm enabling multi-sector organizations to meet their mutually beneficial strategic objectives by identifying their shared relationships and facilitating ways in which they could creatively and efficiently pursue and meet their common goals. A member of the U.S. Speaker Program at the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Ngonzi is also an international public speaker who frequently addresses audiences about entrepreneurship, leadership, philanthropy, and digital innovations advancing development. As an adjunct faculty member at The Center for Global Affairs at NYU, she develops courses for nonprofit leaders and grant-makers worldwide, enabling them to leverage digital platforms to more effectively engage with their stakeholders. As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Cornell University, Ms. Ngonzi helped budding entrepreneurs identify and demonstrate their unique value propositions to prospective funders. She has served as Communications Chair of the invitation-only President’s Council of Cornell Women; a member of the Advisory Board to the Dean of Syracuse University's iSchool; and was a founding member of the United Nations International School Alumni Council. She has been quoted and/or featured by Black Enterprise Magazine, CCTV America, CNBC, Crain’s NY Business, Forbes Woman, MarketWatch, NPR, South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) News, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. A 2017 recipient of the African Diaspora Awards “Advocate of the Year” Award, Ms. Ngonzi was also featured in 2016 by WeWork’s Creator Magazine as one of its “40 Over 40” leaders and listed in 2015 by BRANDfog as one of the “25 Smartest Women on Twitter”. Ms. Ngonzi has served as Communications Chair of the invitation-only President’s Council of Cornell Women; a member of the Advisory Board to the Dean of Syracuse University's iSchool; and was a founding member of the United Nations International School Alumni Council. Ms. Ngonzi previously worked in high-tech marketing, B2B sales and business consulting with Digital Equipment Corporation, MICROS Systems, Inc. and Arthur Andersen, respectively. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Syracuse University; an MMH degree in Services Marketing from Cornell University; and a High School Diploma from the United Nations International School, which she attended for primary and secondary school.

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