Founding Principal at Imaginable Futures
Session: Plenary Session: “Financing Africa’s Innovation Ecosystems: New Models, New Instruments”
March 11, 2020
09:30 – 10:30
A Founding Principal at Imaginable Futures, Teresa Mbagaya is responsible for the strategic leadership, management and execution of IF’s investment strategy in education in Africa. Previously as the Education Lead for Microsoft in East and Southern Africa, she led regional teams in the deployment and implementation of learning solutions and innovations across 10 countries. As the Head of Econet Education, Teresa drove the development of Zimbabwe’s first digital education platform.
Her background builds upon a proven career in private and public sector impacting millions through nation-wide initiatives centered on digital education transformation and youth skills development. She has been listed as “30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa” by Forbes, a 2019 Obama Foundation Leader, a nominee for the Future Awards Africa “Young Person of the Year” and a 2015 inductee to the African Leadership Network.
She has served on the 2018 advisory board of Village Capital Communities Africa, as an advisory member on the Global Education Platform, under the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, and a member of Technical Reference Group of the 2017 High Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa. Teresa graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University.