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Looking Forward: GMin Board names Elli Suzuki as the new Executive Director
CAMBRIDGE, MA (May 5, 2016) – It is with great pleasure and excitement that the President and Board of Global Minimum Inc. (GMin) names Elli Suzuki as the new Executive Director.
Ms. Suzuki first joined GMin in December 2013 as the Chief Operating Officer (COO). As the COO, she was responsible for the organizational development and program execution of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) initiatives and invention education programs in the K-12 space in Kenya, Sierra Leone and South Africa. Over the last two and a half years, Ms. Suzuki has transformed our organization into a leader for hands-on learning for youth in Africa.
In her new role as the Executive Director, Ms. Suzuki will continue to lead GMin’s partnership development, sponsor cultivation, business strategy, external relations, and program design.
“Elli understands that to transform learning for young people, we also need to work closely with teachers and school administrators. Her goal to develop holistic programs that touch the lives of youth in schools, at their homes and on the playground is something the organization fully supports. We are truly pleased to have Elli lead us into an exciting future for youth learning”, says David Sengeh, President of the Board.
Additionally, Wanjiru Mwenja has been appointed as the new Deputy Director at GMin. In the Deputy Director role, she will be spearheading the local fundraising and partnership efforts in Kenya, and creating an awareness and buy-in around GMin programs in Kenya from local stakeholders. Previously, she was an implementation and process expert at McKesson Corporation and quality manager at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with young people to translate and apply their knowledge and experiences with hands on learning activities to improve their collaboration and critical thinking skills.”
Over the next 5 years, GMin aims to directly support more than 5,000 talented young inventors and entrepreneurs on their journey from igniting their inner creativity to scaling up their inventions. Primarily in Kenya and Sierra Leone, GMin will be developing a curriculum that inspires young people to solve problems in their local communities, strengthening its organizational capacity, and scaling its financially sustainable and scalable model so that more schools and community centers across Africa will be equipped to train the next generation of inventors.