Dedicated team committed to supporting women
who launch ideas that Innovate and thrive

Our Team

Yareka Mhango

President & CEO

Zambian Born Founder and President of Center for women empowerment and Development (Anakazi Center), which seeks to create and Foster support networks for business development and partnerships, and create networking platforms for African women across the globe including the United States, Zambia, South Africa and Kenya. As part of the organization's advocacy work she hosts the Center's signature radio program "Voices of Anakazi" which has featured numerous trailblazing and accomplished women across the globe. She is currently Chief Financial Officer for the Phoenix Houses of New York.

Patience Sakuringwa

Director, Business Development Specialist

A private sector specialist wih 24 years experience in Small and Medium Enterprise development. She has established and built capacity of Business Associations and Cooperatives in rural and urban areas and has a strong background in Local Economic Empowerment. As well as working with Investment Agencies and Organisations, she is well conversant with Public Sector policy issues related to Business Development.

Nicole McKenzie

Director, Marketing and Public Relations

A New Jersey resident, born and raised in Oklahoma, She has a passion for helping others. Nicole began her professional career as an Engineer in the United States Navy, and branched into Marketing and Business Development, dedicated to delivering transformational Marketing solutions. Nicole comprehends and tracks the trends of the market and direct market penetration plans. Nicole analyzes the competition and reviews the results of market research to steer the company’s marketing strategy accordingly.

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Herta Shikapwashya

Director, Workforce Development & Community Relations
Herta Shikapwashya is a senior level manager who served as Vice President of Workforce Development for a nonprofit organization and as a professional tennis umpire for the International Tennis Association. Her experience in Workforce Development includes identifying deficiencies and potential opportunities, translating conceptual models into specific growth strategies, strategic planning and partnerships, job development, grant writing, developing and implementing program proposals. Her program proposals generated millions of dollars and were recognized by the former Governor of her State who implemented the program Statewide. She also wrote a Workforce Development program embraced by the community and faith-based organizations, corporations, and the education sector. She is a former college tennis player and the only Zambian tennis player to win a college championship title. She is currently an aspiring tennis historiographer.Herta holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Anthropology, and a master’s degree in Public Administration. She is also a certified Career Development Facilitator(CDF) and a huge supporter of tennis programs helping minority populations.

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Sombo M. Chunda

Director, Research Policy & Evaluation MBA,FCCA
Sombo is studying for her Ph.D. in public policy and administration in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her dissertation is focused on entrepreneur training and how it impacts poverty alleviation. Prior, Sombo worked in her native land Zambia as country manager for Diakonia, a Sweden based global nonprofit. She is a chartered accountant, and fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Additionally, she holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University. Sombo is passionate about working around practical solutions to improve people’s livelihoods.


graceful Kamanga

Director, Member Services
Graceful Kamanga is a passionate business woman. Graceful’s passion revolves around working with people and ultimately their satisfaction. Graceful’s grass roots are Hotel and Tourism which sparked her passion for excellent customer service. She spent her formative years working as a College Lecturer at the Hotel & Tourism Training Institute in Lusaka, Zambia. Graceful currently runs a Zambian based Cosmetics business and spends a lot of time conducting informal training with young people, particularly women. She is a firm believer in the ‘what do you have in your hand’ concept to enable start ups and building thriving businesses from little capital.