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The East Africa Program

The Ashoka East Africa Visionary Program kicked off in December 2020 with a diverse group of leaders drawn from private and public sectors, NGOs, Foundations, and leading Social Entrepreneurs. The program draws its participants from the East Africa Countries of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania with strong interest from applicants in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Sudan (North and South), and West Africa

In anticipation of the program, we launched a series of virtual meet-ups within Ashoka East Africa’s “Changemaker Baraza” and “pre-module engagement” series. These provide an opportunity for participants and potential participants to connect, get a sense of Ashoka, the Visionary Program in East Africa, and an introduction to Ashoka’s Everyone a Changemaker movement. On some occasions, participants met future faculty (international and local) members and identified guest speakers for the various modules.

Modules Dates of the 7 modules
(January – August 2024)
1 12-13 January 2024 (Nairobi)
2  16-17 February 2024 (Online)
3 22-23 March 2024 (Online)
4 26-27 April 2024 (Nairobi)
5 14-15 June 2024 (Online)
6 12-13 July 2024 (Online)
7 16-17 August 2024 (Nairobi)
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This Visionary Program in East Africa is designed to equip participants with Ashoka tools, resources, and knowledge on how to identify and solve societal problems in an entrepreneurial way. Previous participants have left the program with practical how-to’s, and ideas of how they and their organizations can make an important contribution to the much-needed change in our society.

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Meet the Team

Vincent Otieno OdhiamboRegional Director, Ashoka East Africa
Vincent Otieno Odhiambo is East Africa’s Regional Director at Ashoka overseeing Ashoka’s strategy to grow the network of leading social entrepreneurs, young changemakers, and like-minded institutions towards an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ World. He has worked with the private sector to create and champion development models that combine positive social impact with market-facing enterprise with a bias on education. He is one of the strategic advisors to INASP (International Network for Advancing Science and Policy). With a remarkable career spanning diverse sectors, Vincent has assumed leadership positions at local, regional, and continental levels. He has also worked with Ashoka’s global partnerships team. His skills and passion for forging transformative partnerships and fostering collaborative impact have become the driving force in his career. Vincent believes that by connecting individuals and organizations in a joint pursuit of tackling the world’s most pressing challenges, we can accelerate the movement toward a brighter, more inclusive future where solutions outmatch challenges. Through his leadership, Ashoka’s impact in the field of social entrepreneurship and changemaking continues to grow across the East Africa region.
Ruth Soi East Africa Coordinator, Ashoka Visionary Program and Fellow Engagement Lead
Ruth Soi, currently serving as the Ashoka East Africa Fellowship Manager and Visionary Program Lead, is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Ruth is also the Project Manager for the “Improving Livelihood for Farmers” project, a collaborative initiative in partnership with the Mott Foundation.

In her current role, Ruth’s primary focus is working closely with social innovators and entrepreneurs across East Africa, fostering collaboration and ensuring seamless engagement with Ashoka. Her strategic alignment efforts involves building strong connections with entrepreneurs, changemakers, and key ecosystem stakeholders, all in pursuit of the overarching goal of creating an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ World. Additionally, Ruth oversees the Visionary Program, a part-time leadership program enabling leaders from the business, public, and not-for-profit sectors to transform into entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs who accelerate social initiatives and address grassroots-level societal challenges.

The international Team