Our Advisory Board

Meet Our Advisers
    • Cynthia Mene
      Co-founder and CEO Inspire Africa

      Cynthia Mene

      Co-founder and CEO Inspire Africa

      Cynthia is a serial social entrepreneur. Her ambitious start-up record includes EverGlow, a successful liquid soap company that filled the niche for a non-toxic, plant-derived and biodegradable dish soap in Nigeria; Kadosh Production Company (KPC), a cassava processing plant that has the potential to revolutionize, the cassava industry in Nigeria, while improving the livelihood of women farmers. Her third venture recently started in 2016, known as Inspire Africa, an organization established to deliver high impact entrepreneurship and leadership education, and expose African youths to an innovative thinking process through the human centered design methodology. Cynthia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Science and Polymer Technology at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Studied Business and Entrepreneurship, at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire USA. She has received awards and accolades from an impressive list of international organizations, including her recognition as President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellow for Young African Leaders, United State African Development Funds Award, Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award, A Global Good Fund Fellow, LEAP Africa (Social Innovators Programme), Global Student Entrepreneurs Award, Innovation Prize for Africans Post prize Awards and Global Innovation through Science and Technology Awards. She was a speaker at the Global Forum for Innovation in Africa and The Global Entrepreneurship summit. Cynthia is a member of the John Maxwell Team and a certified John Maxwell Speaker, Trainer and Coach.

    • Blessing Mene

      Blessing Mene


      Mene Blessing is the CEO and Co-founder of Bold Nutrition Company focused on producing insect protein as an alternative source of protein for fish feed. He has a degree in Chemistry Education at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Mene Blessing is an international award-winning visionary entrepreneur, authentic leader, creative scientist, farm expert and a strong believer in young people. He is the Co-founder of Aleph Tav Limited/UNFIRE organizations that have served thousands of beneficiaries and pioneered sustainable feeds innovation for the livestock sector. He has been honoured locally and globally by Prof. Pat Utomi, Ashoka, International Youth Foundation, University of Cambridge, Global Good Fund, London Business School, University of Washington Foster School of Business, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, University of Witswaterand Wits School of Business and Makerere University Business School amongst others. His greatest obsession is the pursuit of wisdom especially insight related to Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship, Business Innovation and the Prosperity of Nations. He believes in Honor – honoring God, parents, mentors, the government and value-adding friends

    • Fasoranti Damilola
      Founder, Prikkle Academy

      Fasoranti Damilola

      Founder, Prikkle Academy

      Fasoranti disrupts.
      His core professional skills are writing (proposals and creative content creation), storytelling, asset-based community development, fundraising, social media management, public speaking and training.
      The questions that is always on his mind and mouth is, ‘how can we translate ideas into action?’, ‘how can we make learning more desirable and fun?’, ‘how can we connect the potentials within a community for them to empower themselves.

      These kinds of questions made him ditch the usual ‘get-a-certificate, get-a-job and get-married lifestyle’ after he finished his graduate studies in Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Nigeria in 2011. He concludes that there’s more to life than a certificate and an occupation. In 2015, Fasoranti relocated to India on a scholarship to kanthari International, to deepen his knowledge about social entrepreneurship and work with young people in rural Bangalore, India.

      Thereafter, he returned to Nigeria and founded Prikkle Academy (www.prikkleacademy.org) in 2016. He is pro-actively working with an impressive team of young Nigerians to raise about 1,000 creative and innovative young people in the next 5 years to solve community problems across Nigeria. Recently, with 10 rural youths, he created the first Bamboo Solar Lamps in Benue State, Nigeria.

      His vision of creating innovation centers which doubles as a hub for problem-solvers in the rural communities of Africa is inspiring and very useful as a social change program to reshape education and the perception of rural community dwellers. He has a few other experiences and served in some capacities as highlighted below;
      –2017 Fellow, Dalai Lama Fellow, California, US.
      –2017 SIP Fellow, LEAP Africa, Lagos, Nigeria.
      –Catalyst at the Asia Pacific Institute of Coaching, Australia.
      –Volunteer at Voluntary Service Overseas, Global Shapers, One African Child and Development Synergy.
      –Member of several global communities such as AIESEC, Voice of Youth, World Merit, Worldpulse and Ye! Community.
      He publishes some of his thoughts and dreams for the future at www.limitlessfash.com


    • Carrie Rich
      CEO & Co-Founder, Global Good Fund

      Carrie Rich

      CEO & Co-Founder, Global Good Fund

      Carrie Rich is the co-founder and CEO of The Global Good Fund. Built by and for social entrepreneurs, The Global Good Fund was created in 2012 based on the belief that growing leaders is the best strategy for solving complex social problems and achieving global good. Carrie tested the theory behind The Global Good Fund while working as Senior Director of Vision Translation at Inova Health System and teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University. There she co-authored, Sustainability for Healthcare Management: A Leadership Imperative, a Handelsblatt’s Top 5 Business Book.
      Carrie is the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year, recipient of the POLITICO Women Who Rule Award, Washington Business Journal 40 under 40, Entrepreneur.com Top 30 Start-ups to Watch, Stevie Award for Women in Business, Asian Social Innovation CEO of the Year, Social Enterprise Alliance 50 under 40, and Empact100. Carrie has been published in media outlets such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, HuffingtonPost, The Founder Institute, Under30CEO, and Philanthropy News Digest. She sits on the boards of Rezon8Capital, Women in Business, Ibasho, and Halcyon Incubator. Carrie serves on the faculty at George Washington University and the Amani Institute in Kenya. She is also the Mentor in Residence at George Washington University where she mentors emerging young social entrepreneurs.
      Carrie volunteers, enjoys photography, other people’s cooking, and voluntary running.

    • Amy Newcomb
      Senior Programs Officer| Academic Director, YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship, Dickey Center for International Understanding Dartmouth College

      Amy Newcomb

      Senior Programs Officer| Academic Director, YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship, Dickey Center for International Understanding Dartmouth College
      Amy Newcomb is the Senior Programs Officer at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. She also spearheads Dartmouth’s engagement with the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), serving as Academic Director for the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship and coordinating learning partnerships between Dartmouth and YALI-linked partners across sub-Saharan Africa. She also oversees The Dickey Center’s post-graduate fellowship program and the university’s International Studies minor.
      Amy holds an M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Education Administration and Service-Learning from the University of Idaho and a B.F.A. in Art and Design from Frostburg State University. She finds designing globally-focused education programs is the perfect synergy of her interests in the arts, intercultural learning, and experiential education.  Amy is also an avid baker, loves to get creative (clay, found objects, and textiles mostly), and spends a great deal of time enjoying outdoor adventures near her home in Vermont.

      B.F.A. Frostburg State University
      M.S. University of Idaho

    • Gary Mastro
      Corporate Vice President, Brand and Product Marketing, UPS

      Gary Mastro

      Corporate Vice President, Brand and Product Marketing, UPS

      As the former Corporate Vice President of Brand and Product Marketing, Gary was responsible for marketing communications, event marketing, customer relationship management and the UPS product portfolio. He had responsibility for product performance, new product integration, advertising, brand strategy and sales support through training and technology.

      Under Gary’s direction, UPS launched its most aggressive advertising campaign in its 100 year history. The “What can BROWN do for you?” campaign. As well as the largest re-branding effort in corporate history.

      During his 38 years with UPS, Gary has been involved in projects ranging from the introduction of UPS Next Day Air® to developing import and export services on a global basis and establishing UPS’s Sales and Marketing organization outside the U.S..

      Gary began his career with UPS in 1968 as a part-time loader in Camden, New Jersey.

      Gary holds a B.A. in Social Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

      He is the Managing Director of a marketing consulting firm, Marketing Solutions Group, and for the last six years has been engaged with a number of small and mid-size firms.

      He currently serves as an advisory member of the local SCORE, (Society of Retired Executives), Leadership Group, and Business mentor with Micro Mentor, a global non-profit organization for small and mid-sized companies as well as start-ups.

      Mastro is also the EVP of the Number One Group, in Milton Georgia, specializing in the entertainment industry with divisions in books, music and video.

      He and his wife, Linda, have three children and eight grandchildren and live in Vero Beach Fl.

    • Gabriel Prosper

      Gabriel Prosper


      Pastor Gabriel Prosper, fondly called Pastor Gee, is the founding and senior pastor of Streams of Grace Global Ministries: a multiracial and multicultural ministry with the vision of IMPACTING THE WORLD WITH FIRE.
      Pastor Gee has, since His Supernatural encounter with Jesus Christ which birthed this vision, seen great waves of Signs, Wonders and Miracles over the last decade. He is happily married to his beloved and lifetime companion, Pastor Eden. And from their home in Delta state, Nigeria, they administrate SGGM Churches across the country and Impact the world with FIRE.