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RareBirds Podcast

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A series of lifestyle, leadership and entrepreneurship podcasts which centres developing economies and emerging markets.
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Episode 150 Africa’s Access to the New Web with Nigerian Awosika Israel Ayodeji, Project Designer of Web3Bridge
Awosika Israel Ayodeji is the project designer and coordinator of Web3Bridge, a blockchain education platform created to onboard developers in Africa into the blockchain ecosystem and in turn creating a blockchain economy in Africa. He is a passionate blockchain evangelist who knows that no single approach is the absolute template for every individual and environment and has remained committed to creating content and learning programs not only aimed at driving adoption of blockchain technology in Africa but also solving native problems and adding value to the environment.
35:32
October 30, 2020
Episode 149 How to Monetise a Craft Business with India-based Juhee Jain, Founder & CEO of Sunshine Crafts
Sunshine is a company committed towards bringing empowerment through employment to the underprivileged men & women. In this journey Juhee has been doing her bit in West Bengal for more than a decade and now in Karnataka she has restarted the journey.
47:27
October 28, 2020
Episode 148 Building the Gambia’s AgroTech Sector with Modou NSZ Njie, Founder of Farm Fresh & Money Farm
Modou NSZ Njie is the Founder of Farm Fresh, the #1 online food store and delivery service in The Gambia, with a focus on promoting local produce and thereby securing income for local farmers and food processors. Farm Fresh has allowed Gambians from the diaspora to easily order fresh and healthy food for their families at home, earning the venture a nomination in the ‘Emerging Businesses in The Gambia’ by the Gambia Chamber of Commerce Business Gala Dinner in 2015. Current growth plans include a regional expansion to Sierra Leone, Senegal and Nigeria, and also a franchise system that would allow expatriates to become shareholders. In 2019 he won the Seedstars Start Up competition in The Gambia where he pitched on behalf of his new startup company called Money Farm.  Money Farm is the Gambia's first agro-tech crowd funding platform linking farmers to investors.  Modou is also a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur and EMPRETECO alumni.  He won the audience award on behalf of his company Farm Fresh at the Future Agro Challenge Global competition held in South Africa in 2019.
31:42
October 21, 2020
Episode 147 Moving Ventures Forward with Jason Kraus Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, Author and Startup Community Builder
Jason Kraus has been described as a "serial entrepreneur" by his friends and family ever since he opened his first business while still in college. He's always been intrigued by how companies got their start and how products that are now household names came to be. This led him to found startup consulting firm Prepare4VC, to cofound an alternative investment group Equity Venture Partners and to later join as a partner on a micro-VC, EQx Fund. To help others who share his passion, Jason is actively involved in Startup Grind and NextGen Summit, two notable startup communities developed to aid entrepreneurs in their endeavors. His passion for business and the knowledge he's accrued has made Jason a sought-after authority by those interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. Over the years, he's been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, All Business Media, Boston Voyager, Radio entrepreneurs and more to share his expertise. His hope is to help new founders get a strong foothold in their industry and increase their chances of success. His book Venture Forward uses stories from well-known entrepreneurs to show these new founders that they can find success through their trials and failures.
54:40
October 19, 2020
Episode 146 Ritah Aliguma in Uganda: Sports Solving Problems in Communities
Ritah is passionate about organizing and developing strategies that are deliverable with a deliberate thinking and design, enthused about the wholesome growth and development of young sports journalist and community empowerment. Ritah Aliguma is seen as one of the few exceptionally passionate sports personalities who joined sports journalism in 2010. In 2011, her enthusiasm was recognized when she was voted as the best young reporter in Uganda, subsequently becoming the first Ugandan to attend the International Sports Press Association(AIPS) young reporters program in 2011 Shenzhen University. Ritah was later invited to attend the second young reporters program from which she was inducted as a Mentor in the Hong-Kong Sports Press Association young reporters program that takes place every year. The Hong-Kong sports reporters training camp is the leading young reporters program in Asia which brings together over 70 journalists from over 18 countries from across the globe, to help them transform to better and professional journalists. During this camp, they cover sporting events in China, Hong Kong and the prestigious Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. In 2014, she was appointed as the first female Vice president of the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) and served two terms in office. Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) was founded in 1970 to bring together all sports journalists operating in Uganda. To date it is the most respected journalists’ organization in Uganda and the region, with close to 200 registered members and the brand USPA stands out. Ritah is also founder of Aliguma Foundation a community based organization that implements projects that focus on empowering women and children through sports in one of the biggest slums in Kampala, Uganda. In 2017 Ritah started Rismile Events Company in a bid to strengthen her business portfolio and create more jobs for Ugandans with skills in decorating and events management. She is passionate about the girl child and media.
54:59
October 14, 2020
Episode 145: The Homecoming with Dr. Ismail D. Badjie, Pharm.D. from The Gambia
Dr. Ismail D. Badjie  was born in Banjul, The Gambia and raised in New York in his early childhood before returning home to complete his schooling at Ndow’s Comprehensive leading up to graduation from Gambia Senior Secondary School in 2003. He retuned to the U.S to continue his education earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry in 2008 from Tennessee State University and then his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D; 2013) from Purdue University (Lafayette, Indiana USA). Dr. Badjie has had over a decade of experience in the pharmacy industry serving in multiple capacities. He holds a Six-Sigma Green Belt in healthcare-focused on increasing efficiencies and outcomes in healthcare organizations. In his most recent role of Pharmacy manager for Community Pharmacy giant Walgreens Co., Dr. Badjie managed a 24-hour community pharmacy with a daily average of over 800 prescriptions, total yearly sales of $16 million dollars, and an inventory size as high as $1 million dollars. His community pharmacy specialization also includes medication therapy management, pharmaceutical compounding, HIV therapy, and Adult Immunizations. Dr. Badjie transitioned to establish his Healthcare solutions company Innovarx Global Health (IGH) in 2015 where he currently serves as Founder and CEO. IGH focusses on bridging the gap in access to quality healthcare solution and are set to open their first franchise in The Gambia. The company plans to usher in a new era of quality healthcare services focused on innovative technological approaches to disease state management, telemedicine, W.O.W (Wellness on Wheels) mobile delivery, point of care testing and overall distribution of quality medications.
1:00:37
October 7, 2020
Episode 144 with Nigerian Juliet Ukpabio Archibong: How Startups Can Position Themselves to Enter New Markets
Juliet Ukpabio Archibong is the quintessential lady on a mission to build a nation where economic and human capital development thrives. A visionary fore-runner who believes in driving development and has spent most of her life expressing her purpose in the various sectors as an entrepreneur by creating businesses driven by purpose to make an impact. Juliet is a certified brand communications manager specializing in international trade promotions and has practical working experience spanning over 10years in retail, experiential marketing, advertising, procurement, supply chain management, export trade and business management. When she is not on the forefront of trading exchange, she is writing and speaking on nation building, purposeful businesses, mindset for global growth as well as consulting for individuals, government and organizations; helping to highlight, package and sell opportunities for economic development.  She is an advocate for Made-In-Nigeria brands and strongly believes in the potential of Africa to sustain itself.  Juliet believes in entrepreneurship for impact and is at the hem of affairs at Adiaha trading Limited, Exclusively Owanbe party services and SLJ services also businesses setup to meet specific needs in their various sectors. Juliet truly means business as she is on a mission to make sure every single being, government, nation all understand their highest potential, are accepting their purpose and are living from the highest version of themselves.
1:02:23
October 1, 2020
Episode 143: Blockchain Beyond Payments with Dare Odumade from Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Chekkit Technologies, Inc
Dare is the Founder and CEO at Chekkit Technologies Inc, he has over 10 years’ experience in software venture building expertise. Trained professionally as a Geologist, further trained at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MBA like program) in Ghana as a Software Entrepreneur and advanced further in Entrepreneurship studies at the SDA Bocconi Business School, Italy. He has founded two companies in the past - StrictlyUI (a social network for the University of Ibadan) where he had his first degree and is still the most active group of the University on Facebook with over 30K students.  The second is a social music streaming and IM platform called sharebunk.io for which he signed a 3 million tracks streaming deal and got an offer from 1 of the top 3 global music record labels but  didn't take it, the startup crashed shortly thereafter. Dare’s company Chekkit develops product distribution chain tracking solutions for consumer goods manufacturers to combat counterfeits and gain consumer insights across their value chain with the aim of saving lives.  
1:05:08
September 23, 2020
Episode 142 Finding Happiness in the Not So Ordinary with Zimbabwean-Zambian Aurra Kawanzaruwa Part I
Aurra is a  multi-potentialite with a very broad portfolio. She is currently the  Headmistress ofSt. Anne's Primary School (est. 1947), Executive Director & Co-Founder of Africa Is Digital and Chairman of Aurra Nicole Group. She is the  2019 Africa Science Week (Next Einstein Forum & Purple Futures Trust) - Appreciation Award recipient.  She received this recognition for her outstanding work and with sincere appreciation for her tireless efforts in using science and technology for the betterment of society. In  2018 she was the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce, Women in Commerce Award Winner in the Social Enterprise category for Little Entrepreneurs.
1:03:02
September 21, 2020
Episode 141 The Willingness to Learn and the Ability to Adapt with Zwede Hewitt Founder of Luhu: A Resource Sharing Application
Zwede Hewitt is a former national 400m Champion, Olympian and Commonwealth Games medalist from Trinidad and Tobago (T & T), and now Founder and CEO of innovative tech startup company LUHU. Zwede excelled at track and field from an early, also while attending one of the most prestigious High Schools (Queen’s Royal College) on the twin islands of T & T, eventually earning a full scholarship to Baylor University. Zwede graduated from Baylor in 2013 with a degree in Speech Communication, while earning 6x all American Honours in NCAA Division 1 Track and Field. He then went on to compete professionally for 4 years while holding a position as operations officer and director in his family operated business started by his father Trevor Hewitt. Taking from his father’s entrepreneurial drive, Zwede began his own efforts creating startups in the sports and event industries. As a firm believer in value contribution, and impact his most recent venture is deemed to be his most impactful yet. Zwede is on a mission to shift the paradigm of social networking and media to one which is more productive and of positive impact.
1:01:29
September 16, 2020
Episode 140 The Caribbean’s First Lending Marketplace with Chad Fraser from Grenada
Chad Fraser is an entrepreneur at heart. With over 15 years of experience in the Information Technology industry, his profession spans ICT solutions development, e-Government consulting, research and advisory, business process re-engineering, change management, IT Strategy, governance and quality assurance. He spent his first 4 working years as Chief Technology Officer at Ameltek a Technology solutions company. He was the lead consultant for the development of a centralised criminal record and law enforcement information system for the Royal Grenada Police Force. Mr Fraser was selected by the Grenada Cabinet to be a member on the national steering committee of the Caribbean Regional Communication Infrastructure Program (CARCIP) and sits on the board of the Grenada Postal Corporation. He started his entrepreneurship journey by establishing Sonover, a Grenada based software company that partners with organizations regionally and Internationally to facilitate their planning, design, development and implementation of digital transformation initiatives. He then went on and established Qualishore a Business Process Outsourcing provider that emphasises the use of technology in its offerings.
1:00:37
September 9, 2020
Episode 139 From Pharmacology to Blockchain with Nigerian Founder of Bitmama, Ruth Iselema
Ruth Iselema is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bitmama. She is a cryptocurrency enthusiast and trader. Her company Bitmama is an exchange where you can buy and sell cryptocurrencies like Bitcoins or Ethereum. Designed to help crypto users leverage on the potentials of the blockchain, the Bitmama website offers easy and fast cryptocurrency trades. Aside from being an exchange, Bitmama is a financial service provider and aims to spread the knowledge of cryptocurrency and blockchain to everyone especially to women and minorities in Africa.
54:23
September 2, 2020
Episode 138 Thoughts on African Centred Innovation. The Future is African with William Chitangala from Zambia
William is the Founder of Chitangala.io, an Africa-centered Innovation Studio. They build and grow tech and culture companies. We strategically co-found through Venture-Building-as-a-Service for enterprise disruptors off and on the continent. William Chitangala is also the co-founder of creative agency Saint-Germain in Frankfurt, Germany. He also sits on the Youth Advisory Board of Brand Africa.  
1:10:34
August 26, 2020
Episode 137 A Collaborative Conversation with Fengjun. Young Chinese Social Entrepreneurs Building Ventures Across Africa. Featuring BinBin, Founder of Dream Building Association
Fengjun and BinBin are both Chinese young people with a global view of the world. They have both traveled and lived outside of their native China and represent a new generation who are moving beyond their country's borders. She plans to promote Chinese culture overseas and enhance the understanding between China and the world. Bin Bin is the Founder of the Dream Building Association, which is a non-profit and also an international volunteer platform. 
51:53
August 19, 2020
Episode 136 Blockchain Advocacy in Nigeria with Chimezie Chuta
Chimezie is an Advisory Board Member at Kinesis Money for West Africa, formerly Regional Director for Africa at Paxful Inc. He is an accomplished tech innovation professional, Drupal Web Application Developer, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Educator, Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP)/ Blockchain Solution Architect, Community organizer, friend of disruptive ideas, and founder/ coordinator of the Blockchain Nigeria User Group. Chimezie serves as the Pro tem Chairman for Organization of Blockchain Technology Users  (OBTU), he acts as the Africa Lead, Technology & Innovation at Blockspace Africa Technologies ltd. and is the CEO of both Techbuild Innovation Partners ltd. and Lagos DrupalVersity. He authored the book, Seizing Opportunities in Blockchain & Digital Currency Revolution: A handbook for Enthusiasts. He is a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and a graduate of Blockchain & Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, the first university in the world to initiate the award of degrees on digital currency. He is regularly featured as a tech commentator and innovation subject matter expert on CNBC Africa, Channels TV and BBC UK.
57:12
August 12, 2020
Episode 135 Carren Williams from Belize. Shifting Thinking: Entrepreneurship for Transformation
Until 2014, Carren was the Principal Information Officer with responsibility for project leadership towards the development of a fully functional National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) for Belize that will enable sharing of spatial data (e.g. GIS data) across all sectors in Belize and contributing to national development and regional and global initiatives to data accessibility. This initiative was included as a component in the current World Bank funded US$30 million project: the Belize Climate Resilience Infrastructure Project (BCRIP). Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to her post as Project Director, BAY Job Creation and Entrepreneurship Development Project.  Carren has a Masters Degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Management with emphasis on Climate Change. Carren is the  current Founder & CEO of Happiness Cleaning and Tiny Homes Development, both located in Belize. 
47:36
August 5, 2020
Episode 134 Lessons from a Stalwart: Culture and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Belize
Yvette is a stalwart and well-seasoned entrepreneur in the Belize ecosystem. She believes she was born with an internal locus pushing her forward to start a business, even as a child she dreamed of starting up a small business venture. She used to come up with some ideas on how to convince her friends and the neighbourhood kids to buy her slightly used toys, comic books and chips.  After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1993 and marrying her husband who is an engineer, she decided to take the plunge and all the risks associated with it, and started a small importing and distribution business in 1995/1996. Her firm Belize National Paper Converters imports and distributes paper, printing products and equipment, medical supplies, chemicals and textile materials. There are two main employees and along with husband they primarily manage the assets.  Her market is the private sector and government.  The use of computer technology has helped her to make the company more efficient in terms of quick communication and response time to orders or inquiries. With the support of her husband and family, she has been able to establish and maintain an extensive network of customers to reach her market. In the first few years the challenges involved how to use formal scientific and management processes to bring about innovation.
48:03
July 29, 2020
Transforming Solid Waste Into Renewable Energy. Episode 133 with Ayfinergy Cofounders Yaa Anima Mensah from Ghana and Marium Ahmad from Bangladesh.
Anima is the Founder of Nani's Creations, a brand with the drive to promote African culture and pride, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment through trendy, handmade jewellery and accessories. We pride ourselves in using authentic fabric from Africa to make products that meet the highest quality standards. She is also the Cofounder of Ayfinergy, a company based in Ghana and Bangladesh, which seeks to help in the fight against environmental pollution by converting waste into energy sources for use. Marium has spent the better part of the last decade studying waste management and treatment technologies. An SCI journal published author, her work on the treatment of pharmaceutical wastewater using advanced treatment technologies reflects her ethos that technology combined with a pinch of empathy for humanity can solve some of mankind’s biggest problems. She’s currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Environmental Engineering, this time delving into the field of environmental catalysis studying the catalytic hydrodeoxygenation of lignin (wrongly considered by many to be waste) into value-added chemicals and their potential uses in synthesizing green agro-chemicals.  As Co-Founder of the tech startup Ayfinergy, she is promoting her project in China, Ghana and Bangladesh, her home country, and has been collaborating with experts from around the world to get this initiative off the ground.  Between academia and entrepreneurship, Marium spends time dabbling in code, educating, moonlighting as a voice-over artist and enjoying the good life.
59:28
July 22, 2020
Storytelling as Business Strategy. Episode 132 with Elena Hutt from Costa Rica
Ele is a breakthrough coach, brand strategist and a storyteller on a mission to enjoy life, eat everything she can, and help others become their own heroes.  After quitting “the perfect job," she got married and started traveling the world.  Unfortunately, what started as a dream come true ended up being a domestically violent relationship but that experience forced her to seek for something beyond happiness... a PURPOSE!  Mixing together her passion for personal development and marketing experience, she created a new path for herself.  Nowadays she uses storytelling to empower others to rewrite their stories and share their talents with the world.
46:40
July 15, 2020
The Road Less Travelled with Elaine Zhou from China, CEO & Founder of CNEW International. Episode 131
Elaine is a serial entrepreneur and currently, she is the CEO of CNEW International.  She is responsible for business development as well as leading teams across the region from different offices in Singapore and China.  Elaine is a seasoned leadership development and personal development trainer, advisor in working with CEOs, senior executives for talent strategies, and executive coaching for C-suite leaders, entrepreneurs and startups.  A trusted and thought leader with more than 10 years with MNCs across Asia Pacific leading teams with consistent success.    Elaine helps clients enhance their skills in talent strategic management, authentic leadership, cross-cultural leadership & management, complex problem solving & decision-making, performance planning & management and more! She has been trained, mentored and advised 350,000 leaders in Asia from Corporates,  Ministries, Governments across South East Asia, the West and the East. She is passionate about the role of women in business and has been regularly featured on Global Times, Asia Entrepreneur Org, FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC talking about female entrepreneurship and raising the awareness of the gender equality and challenges female working professional face in the workplace.  Her specific skills include leadership development, personal resilience, speaking for influence, high-performing team development, cross-cultural management and professional facilitation, the design and delivery of training programs, coaching and speaking. She has designed and delivered hundreds of training programs for community leaders, executive and youth leadership groups, business owners, managers, and volunteers. Her programs are designed to improve operations, business performance and relations within organizations, as well as prepare organization to attract and retain quality businesses. She brings over fifteen years’ experience in business strategy, organization transformation, human capital, multi-cultural, inclusion & diversity, and leadership development. Most of the clients she is working with are Fortune 500 companies, state- owned, educational institutions and ministries. She trains and coaches regionally in China, Singapore, Philippine, South Korea, and Malaysia.  Elaine is a judge for MODEL APEC 2019 - Women and Economy in Capacity Building, Innovation and Technology for Asia- Pacific region, Elaine also serves as a judge and advisor for Hult Prize Challenge 2020 which is supported by Tsinghua University and United Nations.
44:00
July 7, 2020
Series 6 Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in The Gambia: Entrepreneurship Replaces Migration. Episode 130 with Mbadibba Jammeh & Babucarr Jobe.
Mbadibba is an expert in business management, finance, migration, entrepreneurship, and a trusted trainer.  Her passion to coach and develop emerging business leaders was honed during an impressive fellowship entrepreneurship program “Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Foundation” a program that supports African entrepreneurs through entrepreneurship trainings, and funding.  This is where her business idea was selected as one of the best ideas that can transform Africa’s economy.  She founded an Agrio-business farm, and created employment. Mbadibba has provided her expertise to institutions and supported entrepreneurs in The Gambia to better develop their business ideas. She has been featured, in the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) website and the Gambia daily observer as one of the educated professionals who ventured into agricultural farming for profit. She has provided her migration expertise in many forums, to provide alternatives to irregular migrants.  She received her BA Honors degree from the University of Herefordshire in the United Kingdom, and completed a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nicosia Cyprus.  Mbadibba is chatty, adventurous, and excited about learning from others. Babucarr Jobe, upon finishing his schooling travelled through a journey where he spent almost 4 to 5 years struggling to get into Europe but things fell apart. He couldn’t achieve his dreams of getting into Europe.  He faced many difficulties and life became so frustrated and difficult until he received admission to a skill training course on satellite installations at GTMI (Gambia Telecommunications and Multimedia Institute), under the sponsorship of IOM (International Organisation for Migration). Upon completing the course he was still under the sponsorship of the IOM to pursue entrepreneurship training.  After completing the training he had a business idea called Jobis Connection Services, a local internet provider which works with satellite installation.  He came up with the idea in 2020 after providing internet connection to the uses of routers, which could help the user to have access with the internet at an affordable rate.  It also goes with the installation of satellites, which could enable most local customers-both rural and urban- to have access to the uses of the internet at a low cost.  It is now a fully registered business.
50:12
June 30, 2020
Series 6: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in The Gambia: MaiyaMuna, a Gambian Brand for the World with Maimuna Jahateh! Episode 129
Maimuna Jahateh is the Founder of MaiyaMuna which is a company that makes homemade all natural skin and hair care products and uses these products to do beauty treatments in The Gambia. She holds a Bachelors degree in Biotechnology from Sharda University, India and was a Scientific Officer in the field of Malaria research at the Medical Research Council(MRCG). She is currently studying at the University of The Gambia as a second year Medical Student and also doing an online Diploma in organic skincare formulations. Maimuna does voluntary work as the executive director of Educating for Africa’s Future. She is also involved in health advocacy through the Association for Health Awareness.
46:52
June 23, 2020
Series 6: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in The Gambia: Investing in Youth Skill Development with Ida Faal. Episode 128
Ida Faal is a young Gambian female entrepreneur and auto mechanic engineer. She is the Founder of ClockTvet Foundation that advocates for TVET (Technical Vocational Educational Training) in The Gambia. Ida breaks the stereotype that a female cannot be successful in a male dominated sector. Ida is one of the successful female auto mechanics in The Gambia and she serves as a role model to young females who want to venture into technical or vocational sector. She believes that no country can develop without skillful youths.
49:07
June 17, 2020
Series 6: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in The Gambia with Modou A. Njie. Episode 127
Modou is the Founder of ITalent Recruitment Consultancy firm and Mandy Ice Candy. In August 2018, he was a Final Nominee for the Global Youth Ambassador Hero Award for inspiring young Africans on Youth Skills category organized by the Movement. In In 2017, He was a Co-host in one of the very inspiring motivation shows at Kokoliko FM in Zambia East Africa where he talked about Entrepreneurship and the possibility of making it here in Africa. In March 3rd 2018, He did another podcast interview with a UK based Radio Each Teach Radio where he talks about his works as a Global Youth Ambassador.  He was appointed as the Chapter Director of Startup Grind Banjul which is an educational series events powered by Google for Startups in the US that helps connect up to 1 million entrepreneurs across the world through event hosting.
58:20
June 10, 2020
Episode 126: “Work, Travel, Save, Repeat” In Conversation with Siti Nur, Malaysian CoFounder of travel startup, FunTrip!
Siti Nur Afiqah (溪缇) is from Malaysia and currently studying a Bachelor Degree in Business Management taught in Chinese in University of International Business and Economics. She is an active member of Global Foundation of Young Entrepreneurs, where she has a lead role as the Media and Publicity Director of GFYE since 2018. Apart from that, she is also one of the representatives of Malaysia Student Association in Beijing, the Director of Malaysian Student Ambassador Program which closely consulted by Malaysian Embassy in Beijing and last but not least is the Strategic Head Manager and co-founder of FunTrip (Travel for your Leisure) start-up company also, in Beijing. She is also really passionate about youth innovation and entrepreneurship as she sees that it will help the country itself and the community whether in building or creating better environment for humans to live in and also helps to improve the economy of the world. 
56:25
June 3, 2020
Episode 125: Being Your Own Hero with Tendai Makuku Makaya. Social Entrepreneur from Zimbabwe!
Zimbabwean Tina Tendai Makuku Makaya is an African Themed Jewelry designer based in Beijing.  She is the founder of Chariots-Lionbay and People at Heart foundation. Chariots was created in 2016 after she realized the need to bring an awareness to the world about her African culture and heritage as well as bring women together and share the  love of God. Through her foundation she aims to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children and women through offering educational programs, building early childhood centers and empowerment programs as well as providing a support system for women entrepreneurs.  She believes in creating an equal opportunity for marginalized women and children in her community in Zimbabwe and the world at large.  Tina is a firm believer of building her country and community brick-by-brick. This means that it does not matter one's class or financial status each individual can start helping the next person in different ways.  Her company has built an Early Childhood Education Center and has also started projects that assist marginalized women in starting their own business and taking care of their families.  They have hosted several empowerment workshops and conferences. Moreover, she has worked in several organizations including FedEx International and W.O.V. International. She has graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Purchasing & Materials Management. 
47:10
May 26, 2020
Episode 124 Branding Wisely! In Conversation with Purpose-Driven Brand Strategist, Coach, Speaker and Creative Director Kwame Antwi from Ghana
Purpose-driven Brand Strategist and Creative Director Kwame Antwi is a prolific coach and speaker on the subject of branding and entrepreneurship. He is the co-founder of a branding and web design agency Dephlex Creatives and also the founder of a brand strategy & business coaching consultancy Lens of Kwame.  Kwame’s path into branding wasn’t traditional. He fell into it out of necessity. After suffering from a continuous burn out of trying to chase and grab any project that comes his way for the first 5 years of running his agency, he was forced to take a hard look at the way the agency was run and its brand as a whole. Kwame realized the model of the agency was a race to the bottom and it was just a matter of time for him to quit and close it down. Just as he was about to give up, he discovered Chris Do from the future talk about Core Strategy Framework and also recommended the book The Brand Gap from Marty Neumeier then everything changed. This insight caused him to rethink, get clarity of his brand, reposition and rebrand the agency.  The strategy worked, and within a year the agency turned the corner and rocketed into growth mode.  And in 2018 he launched his brand strategy and business coaching consultancy in addition to his branding & web design agency to focus exclusive on what he does today: help purpose driven entrepreneurs build brands and businesses they love and deserve.  Through his agency and consultancy, Kwame has had the opportunity to work with many entrepreneurs, as well as small-sized businesses, and found that having clarity, positioning and consistency of your brand is all that a business need to grow and succeed. Kwame’s next projects are his podcast called The Brand & Business Lens and a free online hub for all entrepreneurs in China. The podcast launches in January 2020! The Brand & Business Lens is a podcast where Kwame explores what it takes to build a brand & business you love and deserve. You can also visit entrepreneursinchina.com to know when the free online hub launches.
49:03
May 19, 2020
Series 5: New Frontiers of Africa Tech. A collaboration with Heather Li. Episode 123 Wrap Up Panel with Charles Cyril Nettey from Ghana and Noah Namwamba from Kenya
Noah Namwamba is a life coach, motivational speaker, interpreter, new media researcher and events host.   As a mentor, one of his strengths is building and maintaining connections.  Being a polygot fluent in 7 languages, he’s become a global leader and mentor to many, speaking to vast audiences while sharing insights and inspiration.  Currently, he mentors 200+ global citizens across Africa, Europe, and Asia to reach their limitless dreams.  He is also the CEO and Founder of CommSEA - a global mentoring project which connects pros to newbies across various fields.   Noah’s main research areas include: social media, e-commerce, mobile payments, internet privacy and AI.  His personal mantra is: “Elevate, cultivate, motivate.   Charles Cyril Nettey is the CTO & CoFounder of Yumi, a company that lets global brands start selling on WeChat in less 10 minutes and unlock social commerce for Chinese millenials. Yumi is backed by China Accelerator, an SOSV company.  He is a software engineer with 5 years of design and development experience with a demonstrated history of working with web, mobile and cloud environments. Skilled in Software Design and Architecture, Agile Project Management, API Development and Web Applications. He is a strong engineering professional with a Master of Science focused in Applied Informatics from University of Liverpool.  He is the CTO & CoFounder of Yumi. 
1:27:49
May 12, 2020
Series 5: New Frontiers of Africa Tech. A collaboration with Heather Li. Episode 122 featuring Nana Opoku serial entrepreneur from Ghana.
Excited about the church, aviation, technology and agriculture, Nana is a high growth serial entrepreneur who strongly believes in constant learning, building and improving on existing solutions. He's currently working on a tech startup called Asoriba which aims at providing technology to half a billion African Christians. Asoriba is designed to help churches effectively and digitally run their administration, while seamlessly engaging with members through content sharing and enabling easy donation via mobile money and cards. Nana is also the Founder of Grow for Me & My Business Pay.  He was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 and alongside being an entrepreneur is also a pastor, a father and husband.  His startup Asoriba was named the Ghanaian startup of the year 2015 and also won the Innovate Africa Challenge, a business pitching competition for startups in Africa the same year.
46:56
May 3, 2020
Series 5: New Frontiers of Africa Tech. A collaboration with Heather Li. Episode 121 featuring Nyasha from Zimbabwe, Founder of FlexiAfrica
Nyashadzashe Nguwo is a software developer, intellectual property advocate and Co-Founder and CEO of Flexi Africa, a platform that encourages African businesses' to sell their products to the world.  Flexi Africa encourages African-made products to be distributed to consumers all over the world and mainly in Africa. Over the past few years, statistics show that there has been a massive increase in sales on e-commerce platforms within Africa.  Overall, Flexi Africa will be targeting 53 African nations that will help promote and maximise sales for various African businesses.'
42:46
April 28, 2020
Series 5: New Frontiers of Africa Tech. A Collaboration with Heather Li. Episode 120 featuring Tav from Togo, Founder of Sumo Tech and Marketing Agency Bullworks
Tav is a serial entrepreneur, having founded several tech companies in China and Africa, including Meister Allianx, BTN Blockchain AI, ahaa Tech, Miaplenou Technologues and his latest startup fintech, Sumo Tech as well as marketing agency Bullworks. He has been a member of AIESEC for 7 years, working with young leaders around the world. He is also known for his activities in the One Young World community, of which he is an Ambassador. He was initiated to the business world very early by his parents at the age of 11. Tav is passionate about user experience, design and branding. He started his career as a web and graphic designer at the age of 16. In the past he was a consultant for several marketing campaigns for brands such as Pocari, Coca Cola, Budweiser, San Miguel and more.
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April 22, 2020
Series 5: New Frontiers of Africa Tech. A Collaboration with Heather Li. Episode 119 featuring Adeshina Adewumi John from Nigeria, Founder of One Kiosk Africa
 Adeshina Adewumi John is the CEO/Co-founder for One Kiosk Africa, where he focuses on inspiring the team towards achieving a sustainable e-commerce model for Africa. Adeshina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Bowen University and post graduate diploma in Entrepreneurship from the Lagos Business School. He is driven by his commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. He has shown high level of commitment in driving positive change, promoting sustainable development goals and capacity development through various programs in Nigeria, Africa and the Globe. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts UK, a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management; a member of the Institute of Management Consultant and several other associations. He actively participates voluntarily in facilitating courses on innovation and creativity for fresh graduates in partnership with the Knowledge Exchange Center (a Nigerian Nonprofit Organization) focus on bridging the knowledge gap of fresh graduates and creating job opportunities for all. He is also a mentor with the Tony Elumelu Foundation where he supports various emerging entrepreneurs across Africa. Adeshina started his career in 2011 as an intern at Abel Aiyedogbon and Co, where he served as an audit assistant and shortly upon graduation took up other appointments with Stanbic IBTC Asset Management, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Pioneer COO of Proville and now CEO/Cofounder of One Kiosk Africa. Adeshina has engaged on various local and international platforms among which include but not limited to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) 100 African Startup Initiative and Tony Elumelu Foundation.
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April 14, 2020
Series 5: New Frontiers of Africa Tech. A Collaboration with Heather Li. Kickoff Episode 118 with Reginald Nsowah from Ghana, Founder of TicketMiller
Heather Yixuan Li is a native of Beijing and former community manager of TechNode. She graduated from Penn State University with a dual degree in Public Relations and Political Science. She fell in love with the richness of African culture and community and was nominated as “Friend of Africa” last year by Appreciate Africa Network. She’s passionate about technology and its intersection with China-Africa relations, and currently a freelancer in bilingual PR and marketing for cross-border businesses. She’s the founder of Dot Connector, a boutique PR agency aiming to connect the vast opportunities of China and Africa’s tech and startup ecosystems. As a co-host of New Frontiers in African Tech, she hopes to create a platform to spotlight thriving tech startup founders in various African countries, and connect them with investor and support networks in China and beyond. Reginald Nsowah is from Ghana and an aerospace engineering officer in the Ghana Air Force. He is also the co-founder. Ticketmiller is innovatively using Technology to provide ticketing solutions for events, sports and transportation in Ghana. Ticketmiller provides a full ticketing management service that allows organizers to organize events and interact with fans and customers. Since its inception in 2018, Ticketmiller has served over 100 events and counting and is passionate about using technology to improve day to day life in Africa. Reginald is passionate about entrepreneurship and youth unemployment and seeks to help more young people to develop innovate solutions to develop their communities. He is also a Mandela Washington fellow and founder of Future Ready Africa.
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April 7, 2020
Series 4 Men Engage: Transforming the Gender Movement through Schooling. A Conversation with Dr. Paul Hamilton in China. Episode 117
Welcome to the final episode of the Men Engage series.  Dr. Paul Hamilton is currently a high school English teacher at Kang Chiao International School in East China. He holds a PhD in Shakespeare Studies from The University of Birmingham, UK. He is a Shakespeare Fellow at Kingston University, organizes conferences on Shakespeare, and is a member of the Kingston Shakespeare Seminar.
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April 2, 2020
Series 4 Men Engage: The Untapped Potential of Women. A Conversation with Tichaona from Zimbabwe. Episode 116
Tichaona Stanley Mungofa, commonly known as Tich is a Zimbabwean citizen studying International Economic Law in China, in the city of Wenzhou. He is a stern believer in Jesus Christ and loves hanging out with friends.   He loves tech and enjoys spending time with his friends  and believes that despite any difficulty the laughter and joy shared among friends makes life enjoyable.  He loves tech and through his own self study has become an expert.  He likes seeing what’s trending in the industry and gets excited when he sees brands that he admires (like Apple) flourishing.  He also likes to search about individuals who’ve made it in various business fields as well, especially billionaires. Their stories, financial gains and business models excite him.  Tichaona operates a store which deals mainly with retailing devices such as Apple, Huawei and Samsungs! The business is mainly online and ships out packages within our city and beyond China to places like India and Africa.   The shop also specialises in basic and simple repairs of the devices at very affordable prices.  
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March 24, 2020
Series 4 Men Engage: Female Entrepreneurs in Pakistan a Conversation with Ali Qadir. Episode 115
Ali Qadir 李卡 is from Quetta Balochistan, the southwestern province of Pakistan. He is a postgraduate student of Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA). Currently, he is doing his master degree in Applied Economics majoring in International Trade from College of Economics and Management, NUAA. He has been living and studying in Nanjing, Jiangsu since 2014. Since very young age, he has been deeply concerned about the global challenges and he is passionate about taking voluntarily actions on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030. He is the founder of ‘From Compassion To Action (FCTA)’. FCTA is an independent group of international student and expat volunteers, from various countries with different skin colors and diverse languages, but maintaining the same belief, that is, turning compassion into action and contributing to society with love.  Since its inception in 2016, FCTA has been voluntarily organizing several projects on achieving the goals of SDGs 2030 in Nanjing, Jiangsu and Anhui province of China. Besides organizing volunteering projects, Ali Qadir has also done numerous talks on creating the sense of responsibility among people to get concerned about the global challenges and voluntarily start taking actions on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
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March 18, 2020
Series 4 Men Engage: A Conversation with Nigerian Kenneth Adeyemi on Leadership Beyond Gender. Episode 114
Nigerian, Kenneth Adeyemi is a mechanical engineer, the Founder of Omni-Errands Manufacturing Limited; a solid minerals processing company in Nigeria, and a Co-founder of D'revive-Co, a financial services company focused on African development. He is currently undergoing his graduate studies in Wenzhou University, China.
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March 11, 2020
Series 4 Men Engage: A Conversation with Tanzanian George Solomon on Women Leading as Entrepreneurs
Mr. George Solomon is a BSc Holder in Computer Science with a minor in English Linguistic Language. George was born and raised in Dar Es Salaam a city in Tanzania, Eastern Africa. George came to China to persue his education career in 2016; He then opened his startup company Wenzhou Hams Information Technology Co., Ltd at Longwan District, Wenzhou City. George is now the CEO/Founder of Hamster International App a product of Wenzhou Hams Information Technology Co., Ltd. He is also the Manager at the Wenzhou Foreign Entrepreneurship Club Group. George believes in entrepreneurship as a major pathway for both people and company development.
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March 4, 2020
Series 3 -Digital Transformation for Pan African Entrepreneurs. A collaborative series with Kenroy George from Grenada. Episode 112 in Conversation with Johns Beharry from St. Lucia
In this final episode of series 3, a podcast collaboration with Kenroy George on digital transformation you will met Johns Beharry.  Johns is a Software engineer (full stack), with UX, and Project Management experience from running a full service Product Development agency – currently hyper focused on utility, adoption, and scaling of Distributed Ledger Technologies. He is the Founder of and Principal Architect at Peak Shift Limited.   Most of his experience is in product development - so he’s familiar with the entire product life-cycle, I have built REST APIs with Python, Node.js and connected them to Databases like MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Stellar and Single Page Applications using React.js, Vue.js and orchestrated their deployments of Docker images with Swarm or Kubernetes being pushed to various Linux distros.
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February 26, 2020
Series 3 -Digital Transformation for Pan African Entrepreneurs. A collaborative series with Kenroy George from Grenada. Episode 111 in Conversation with Melissa Powell from Jamaica
Welcome back to series 3, a podcast collaboration with Kenroy George that brings together various individuals to discuss the fascinating topic of digital transformation. In this episode Kenroy interviews Melissa Powell from Jamaica. Melissa’s passion for people centric businesses led her to become the co-founder and cohost of InvestHuman, a podcast listened to on all continents in 70+ countries, which explores reigniting the human element of work. Melissa is also on a mission to facilitate nation building by zooming in on professional migration and its positive effects on the economics of individuals, companies and countries. This led her to create Pocmi Inc which is an HR and Immigration technology company focused on creating and bringing to light innovative ways to improve the movement of high skilled labor across borders, and co-create Block eM Ledger Consulting Group (BEML), focused on emerging technology solutions for the sustainable development of LAC. The BEML team has been working with institutions in Jamaica to help them understand the value of emerging technologies, predominantly Blockchain and how it can be used to help them to fulfill their purpose.  She has been featured on Virgin.com, SiliconCaribe.com and TheBusinessYear.com. Melissahas previously led panels and given presentations internationally on Personal Branding in the Work Place, Multicultural Diversity, Hiring the Best Teams, How to Prepare International Students for the Local Job Market, Empathy and Leadership in the workplace, as well as presentations and panels on emerging technologies and its potential uses in the  Caribbean. As a Jamaican woman heavily involved in technology and entrepreneurship, she recently co- produced and hosted a podcast series called WE-Speak Caribbean. This podcast was commissioned by the Caribbean Export Development Agency and UN Women Caribbean, with the support of the European Union, to give a voice to Caribbean women in business. Melissa is also a part of the Project Entrepreneur Class of 2018, a Branson Legacy Entrepreneur, a Mentor and Founder Graduate of the Founder Institute. She advocates for peace and progress through supporting and discussing innovation and diversity. She actively participates in close-knit future of work and technology initiatives such as i4j (Innovation 4 Jobs), various women and blockchain groups, digital Identity and various other global emerging technology and entrepreneurial groups, which she also mentors and advises. She uses these avenues to develop solutions for economic and people centric sustainability. She has a master’s degree in international business, an MSc. in Construction Management and a BA. in Architecture, with certifications from reputable organizations such as HBS, IFRS Foundation, USGBC, etc
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February 20, 2020
Series 3 -Digital Transformation for Pan African Entrepreneurs. A Collaboration with Kenroy George from Grenada. Episode 110
Welcome to Series 3, a podcast collaboration with Kenroy George that brings together various individuals to discuss the fascinating topic of digital transformation.  Kenroy brings 20 years of media and tech experience to the table. He currently spends his days as the Founder of Cari, building out infrastructure for a self-sovereign identity and storage ecosystem in the Caribbean and Africa. Working mostly as startups (KIT Digital, Thrillist, The Daily) he has sharpened his entrepreneurial skill set in the means streets of New York. He works with local entrepreneurs through GrenStart to provide a much needed support network and mentorship. In this first episode, 110 you will get to learn more about Kenroy and the work he is doing to push the digital transformation agenda forward. 
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February 12, 2020
Caribbean Entrepolitan: A Haitian Perspective with China-based Marcus Boereau. Episode 109
Marcus Boereau, originally from Port-au-Prince-Haiti, is TV personality in China, fluent in eight languages and the Founder & CEO of IMAR Business Group-a China-based firm that provides a complete range of trading and business facilitation services to help companies and individuals to elevate their network of global partnerships and develop rewarding opportunities. Marcus has been living in China for over 10 years, which has given him first-hand insights into the Chinese culture and society. He is a strong professional with a Master of Science degree of Economics focused in International Trade from Shanghai University, China; and an experienced Director in investment facilitation with a demonstrated history of working in the public administration, skilled in Negotiation and Business Planning Entrepreneurship.
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February 4, 2020
Series 2-Broken World’s Thinking: Startup Ecosystems Across Emerging Markets. Episode 108 with Ethiopian Anteneh Tesfaye
Welcome  to the final episode of series 2 whereby I speak to three young Ethiopian men on topics which require broken worlds thinking.  The third and final interview in this three part series is episode 108 with  Anteneh Tesfaye. Anteneh is an Ethiopian from Addis Abeba who works as country product lead for Africa’s Talking.  Africa's Talking is a Pan-African technology company with operations in dozens of African countries. Africa’s Talking provides communication (SMS, USSD, Voice, Airtime) and Payments (mobile money, bank, card) infrastructure to software developers and businesses’. Essentially the aim is to have businesses’ focus on creating great experiences for their customers without worrying about the infrastructure to deliver these experiences. He is also the founder of Shega.  Shega is an online publication and research platform which focuses on the Ethiopian tech and startup space. Shega also organizes events and tech meetups as well as support and consultation to local and international investors, incubators/accelerators and startups. Anteneh is interested in Innovation and startup ecosystems across emerging markets with a more specific focus on Africa, China and India. His curiosity for emerging technologies also led him to blockchain and crypto, where he spends his free time reading and engaging in the subject area. He is also the community organiser of Digital Asset Ethiopia, together with other enthusiasts. Before Africa’s Talking and Shega, Anteneh worked for Indian Fintech startup, Cred which to date has raised over $100 million. Anteneh is an Alumni of AIESEC, where he volunteered for three years and is a member of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
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January 29, 2020
Series 2 Broken Worlds Thinking: Building a Stable Global Currency. Episode 107 with Ethiopian Mathias Abraham Abdissa
Welcome to series 2 whereby I speak to three young Ethiopian men on topics which require broken worlds thinking.  The second in the three part series is episode 107 with  Mathias Abdissa. Mathias is an entrepreneur, engineer, and product builder with a very solid engineering background, who has lead and built financial, e-commerce, real estate, and educational products.  In the past he founded an e-commerce startup and generated $0.3M in revenue in 16 months and under 4 employees with $0 capital.  He also founded a Saas startup and lead a team of 5-8 engineers to build software applications for hardware components.  He has collaborated with other senior product managers to strategise product releases, bug fixes, marketing and sales materials. He has a global network which spans China, UAE and the Philippines for e-commerce and consulting businesses.'  As an entrepreneur he is very passionate about solving problems by leveraging engineering, product, and business experience.  His current interests are in e-commerce and blockchain/cryptocurrency.  In the crypto space he is fascinated by stable currencies, public and private chains, and remittance applications. Mathias is currently doing business development across the African continent for Reserve, a company building a stable, decentralized currency. 
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January 21, 2020
Series 2 Broken Worlds Thinking: Understanding the Investment Landscape Episode 106 with China-based Ethiopian-American Hiruy Ephrem
Welcome to series 2 whereby I speak to three young Ethiopian men on topics which require broken worlds thinking.  The first in the three part series is episode 106 with  Hiruy Ephrem.   Hiruy shares with us investing basics from his experience of working with investors in the startup ecosystem.  Hiruy is an Ethiopian-American from the Washington D.C. area and is currently based in Shanghai working as an Investment Analyst for Sean O’Sullivan Ventures; also known as SOSV. SOSV is dubbed as "The Accelerator VC" deploying its capital through its network of 7 accelerators around the world. Over the past 20 years the firm has funded well over 600 startups and currently to fund over 150 startups per year. All startups are funded initially through SOSV accelerators and since 2010, SOSV has developed seven key accelerator programs across 3 continents (HAX, IndieBio, RebelBio, Chinaccelerator, FOOD-X, MOX, and dLab).  Hiruy currently serves as an Analyst with Chinaccelerator and MOX.  Chinaccelerator, the first startup accelerator to launch in China, is a mentorship-driven program helping internet startups from around the world cross borders - from the world into China and from China to the world.  MOX, which stands for Mobile Only Accelerator, enables mobile apps and services to reach the next 4 billion mobile-first, mobile-only smartphone users in Southeast Asia and India. Before beginning his new job at SOSV, Hiruy spent the last two years working with Angelvest Group as the Program Manager. AngelVest was launched in 2007 in affiliation with the Asia America MultiTechnology Association of Shanghai. The group’s mission, as one of the first institutionalized angel groups in China, is to enable entrepreneurs in China to raise angel or early-stage capital from accredited angel investors – who can provide not only capital, but also operating expertise and relationships to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. As program manager, Hiruy was responsible for sourcing startups, helping with due diligence, investor relations, and marketing. Hiruy has always been interested in Entrepreneurship and China. He studied in Middlebury College and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Politics & Economics.  As part of the of the degree, he learned Mandarin and studied abroad in Beijing for a semester at Capital Normal University.  After his semester abroad, Hiruy was able to intern as a Marketing Operations Intern at Beijing Niu Technologies; also known as Xiao Niu – an Electric Scooter company based out of Beijing and recently IPO’ed on Nasdaq in 2017. In his free time, Hiruy enjoys traveling and seeing his friends in different parts of the world.   Additionally, he frequents Shanghai’s comedy scene and performs at open mic’s as an amateur comedian.  If you would like to share your thoughts and perspectives with us on this podcast please send us a message here.  If you would like to connect further with Hiruy you can do so via LinkedIn.  You can find out more about Rare Birds via the links below: Website   LinkedIn   Twitter   FaceBook   Instagram
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January 13, 2020
Series 1 Episode 105: Scholarship to Entrepreneurship-African Students Creating Opportunities in China. Meet Fama Jallow from the Gambia
Our final episode, number 105 of this series features Fama, who hails from The Gambia and is currently majoring in Aeronautical engineering at NUAA in Nanjing.  She is passionate about AI, tech and gender equality. She  hopes to bridge the tech and Gender GAP in Africa.  She competes in different tech competitions with her team to help her gain the necessary experience to make an impact when she finally goes back home.  She is currently working alongside her CoFounder Beth, on turning their ideas into companies which can impact young people on the continent.  You can find out more about Fama by connecting with her via LinkedIn. You can find out more about Rare Birds via the links below: Website LinkedIn Twitter FaceBook Instagram
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January 8, 2020
Series 1 Episode 104: Scholarship to Entrepreneurship-African Students Creating Opportunities in China. Meet Neud from Ethiopia
Episode 104 of this series features Neud Tesfay the 22-year old  Ethiopian CoFounder of A to C-Africa to China.  He currently lives in Nanjing, China where he is studying Software Engineering at Nanjing university of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  A to C aims to bridge the gap between the small and medium-sized businesses' in Africa and China. If you would like to share your thoughts and perspectives with us on this podcast please send us a message here.  If you would like to learn more about Neud you can find him via the links below: Company Website Trading Website You can find out more about Rare Birds via the links below: Website LinkedIn Twitter FaceBook Instagram
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December 31, 2019
Series 1 Episode 103: Scholarship to Entrepreneurship-African Students Creating Opportunities in China. Meet Zazu Zungu from South Africa!
Episode 103 of this series features South African Zazu Zungu, a business student at Tongji University in Shanghai. She‘s worked in diverse startup teams as both co-founder and consultant. With China as her base, she founded Manzini - an AI research company centered on machine learning for higher education and ultimately building a machine-led curriculum that seeks to fully digitize education in the classroom. If you would like to share your thoughts and perspectives with us on this podcast please send us a message here.  If you would like to learn more about Zazu you can find her via the link below: LinkedIn You can find out more about Rare Birds via the links below: Website LinkedIn Twitter FaceBook Instagram
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December 24, 2019
Series 1 Episode 102: Scholarship to Entrepreneurship-African Students Creating Opportunities in China. Meet Kizwalo Simbila from Tanzania!
Episode 102 of this series features Tanzanian Kizwalo Simbila, the Founder of SchoolBiz Forums, a growing online student community and social learning platform for schools and universities.  He is also the Founder of iTalk Network, a conferences platform,   KS Visuals, a graphic design studio,  a public speaker, and business student based in Ningbo, China. Listen in to this insightful discussion! If you would like to share your thoughts and perspectives with us on this podcast please send us a message here.  If you would like to learn more about Kizwalo you can find him via the links below: Website LinkedIn Twitter FaceBook Instagram You can find out more about Rare Birds via the links below: Website LinkedIn Twitter FaceBook Instagram
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December 17, 2019
Series 1 Episode 101: Scholarship to Entrepreneurship-African Students Creating Opportunities in China. Meet Gaelle from Cameroon!
In our first interview we speak with Cameroonian Gaelle Patricia Ayamou, the Co-Founder of Duapa Africa, a social enterprise that seeks to contribute to the socio-economic transformation of Africa through developing innovative solutions.  She is also the co-founder and CEO of Think, Share, & Create Hub (TSCHub), a Beijing-based social enterprise dedicated to creating platforms where women and youth from different backgrounds and nationalities can get inspiration, resources and skills needed for their personal and professional growth. If you would like to share your thoughts and perspectives with us on this podcast please send us a message here.  If you would like to learn more about Duapa Afric and TSCHub  you can find details via the links below: Duapa Website TSCHub Website You can find out more about Rare Birds via the links below: Website LinkedIn Twitter FaceBook Instagram
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December 10, 2019
SecretBirds to Rare Birds and a Little in Between
Hello Everyone, Welcome to the Rare Birds Podcast.  I know it has been quite some time since you have heard from me.  My name is Jo-Ann, your big sis and the chief curator behind this podcast.  For those of you who have been with me from the outset, thanks so much for patiently waiting for me to return.  We have come a long way, indeed!  To new friends you're invited to share in the mission.  Our conversations are happy and relaxed. I am animated, therefore you will hear my guffaws, screams and random laughs.  If this sounds like your kind of vibe, then sit back  with your favourite cuppa and listen in.  I am not an expert on anything.  I make no claims!  What I am is curious, adventurous and an amateur conversationalist.  I am still learning how to be a better listener and speaker.  I consider myself a conversationalist in training.   Through this platform I aim to share with you the untold stories of women and young people from emerging markets and developing economies.  They are all early stage entrepreneurs building high impact businesses.'  We discuss topics related to entrepreneurship, lifestyle and leadership.  They all have an interesting perspective and through our dialogue I hope to create shifts and inspire conversation.  SecretBirds to Rare Birds and a Little in Between is a short podcast whereby my dear London-based friend Esme interviews me.  Through this listen you learn a little more about me and the evolution of this platform and me, from SecretBirds to RareBirds.  Follow our hashtag #RareIsChange via the platforms below: Website   LinkedIn   Twitter   FaceBook   Instagram WeChat
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December 4, 2019
Episode 100 with Collette in London. A Clear Strategy to Create a Stellar Business
In this episode Collette and Jo-Ann discuss brands, what they do for us and how they make us feel. We also delve into how a clear strategy can help create a stellar business.
54:33
December 9, 2018
Podcast Episode 99 with Bruno in London. Understanding Business Structures
Bruno and Jo-Ann discuss the various types of business structures available for startups to help you select the one which works best for you.
1:13:55
December 4, 2018
Podcast Episode 98 with Kelechi in London. Getting Used to Hearing & Saying No
In this episode Jo-Ann and Kelechi discuss rejection and setting boundaries. Listen in to learn more.
1:09:38
November 27, 2018
Podcast Episode 97 with Danni in London. Write Your Dream Book with Conscious Dreams Publishing
In this episode Danni shares with us her work, her penchant for books and what is next for her at Conscious Dreams Publishing.
56:23
November 25, 2018
Podcast Episode 96 with Simone in Trinidad: Gerontology-Life, Profession and Business.
In this podcast episode Simone and Jo-Ann discuss Simone's profession, what she does, how she does it and building a business in that field.
1:07:21
November 25, 2018
Podcast Episode 95 with Reyhana from South Africa. Focus Four: What Your Business Needs
In this track Reyhana walks us through the four imperatives every business needs to consider in the early stages of business.
1:04:07
November 17, 2018
Podcast Episode 94 with Monique in Jamaica. Stepping Back So You Can Step Up
In this podcast episode Monique shares with Jo-Ann how anxiety and depression due to a menstrual disorder forced her to step back. We discuss what this means for ambitious women and how it affects them overall.
1:09:25
November 13, 2018
Episode 93 with Bryn in Toronto: Feeling overwhelmed and recognising burnout
In this episode Bryn shares with us practical steps for entrepreneurs to prevent burnout.
1:36:25
November 12, 2018
Episode 92 w/Jennifer in London v Jamaica. Why Entrepreneurs Tend to Not Fit Into the System
In this podcast episode Jennifer discusses how and why entrepreneurs tend to be nonconformist.
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November 10, 2018
Podcast Episode 91 with Alissa and Shari in USA: The Launch: Lessons Learned with Shari & Alissa
In this episode Alissa and Shari share with us their experiences with trying to launch their magazine Shuga N Spice! Listen in.
40:01
November 2, 2018
Episode 90 Natz from South Africa. Power Thoughts: Helping Young People Tap into the Power of Mind
In this episode Natz shares with us how she shifted from a teaching career to an educational consultant. As an edupreneur Natz has built her business: Power Thoughts, where she offers services to parents and kids as young as five.
1:10:02
October 30, 2018
Podcast Episode 89. Margaux in Montpellier. Being a self taught entrepreneur and photographer
In this podcast episode Marguax shares with us how she became a self taught entrepreneur and photographer. She is now five years in and is sharing her story with others.
1:11:21
October 20, 2018
Podcast Episode 88 with Sophie from the Netherlands. Being true to your natural, feminine self
In this episode Sophie shares with us why being true to your natural, feminine self as a woman creates flow, love and abundance in your life :
1:10:50
October 18, 2018
Episode 87 with Lorlett in Jamaica.The Importance of Preserving our Heritage and Culture
In this podcast episode Lorlett shares with us why it is important to preserve one's heritage and culture as they build their business. How does this happen? Listen in.
53:37
October 17, 2018
Episode 86. Chiara in Paris: Led By Her The five year journey from idea to business to moving on!
In this episode Chiara shares with us her journey of building her organisation Led by Her in the past five years from nothing to an industry stalwart to now walking away to pursue other interests.
52:31
October 10, 2018
Podcast Episode 85 w/Tracy in London. Changing Directions
Tracy and our Founder discuss Changing Directions in life and business.
1:09:23
October 6, 2018
Podcast Episode 84 w/Ashanti Bentil-Dhue in London. Emotional Baggage & Managing Disappointments
In this podcast episode Ashanti shares with our Founder & CEO Emotional Baggage and how to manage disappointments as one builds their business.
1:00:30
October 2, 2018
Margaret in the USA. Podcast Episode 83. Starting a business and transformation!
In this podcast episode we discuss: · Starting a business at age 25 vs. age 50 · Transforming misfortune into a new business opportunity · How a change of place can change your life Listen in!
57:51
September 24, 2018
Podcast Episode 82. Crystal in Tobago. Using Emotional Intelligence to Build Your Business
In this podcast Dr. Crystal shares with us how women entrepreneurs can use emotional intelligence to build their business. Listen In!
1:09:37
September 16, 2018
Podcast Episode 81 From Frustration to Innovation with Andrea in London via Jamaica
In this episode Andrea shares with us how she went from being the frustrated parent to an innovative entrepreneur.
52:58
September 12, 2018
Podcast Episode 80 with Sandra from Honduras. Transitioning from a Corporate Job to an Entrepreneur
In this podcast episode Sandra shares with us her journey from Honduras to the USA. She also discusses how she shifted from being a trailblazing corporate woman to an entrepreneur.
1:14:48
August 14, 2018
Episode 79 with Candice in London. Women of Colour Entering the $3.7 Trillion Wellness Industry
In this episode Candice discusses her business, building it as a woman of colour and a black woman. She also shares her thoughts on other women of colour entering the wellness business and the various opportunities and challenges available to them.
49:18
August 14, 2018
Episode 78 with Axelle in Guadeloupe. Creating a Vision for Women Empowerment in the Caribbean
In this episode Axelle shares with us her vision for women empowerment throughout the Caribbean region. Are Caribbean women empowered? How do we define the empowered woman?
1:11:08
August 11, 2018
Podcast Episode 77 with Crystal in Canada. Why You Should Focus on the Customer Experience
In this episode Crystal D'Cunha shares with us why customer experience is vital to building our businesses.' Do you know the difference between customer experience and customer service? Listen in to find out more.
43:24
August 11, 2018
Podcast Episode 76 with Luvena in Bangalore, India. Diversity, Inclusion & Unconscious Bias
In this episode Luvena shares with us conscious and unconscious bias and stereotypes that we all carry. Creating a business/ industry that is inclusive and the connection to personal business values. She also shares her own personal journey and her business the Curvy Yogi.
1:14:10
August 4, 2018
Podcast Episode 75 with Candace from Trinidad. Charting a Life as a Culture Maker
In this podcast episode Candace discusses how she became a culture maker. Her thoughts on the commodification of culture, creatives as entrepreneurs and much more.
1:07:54
August 1, 2018
Podcast Episode 74 with Victoria Preville from St. Lucia. 3 Steps to Make an Idea Innovative
In this podcast episode Victoria shares with us her three steps to for making an idea innovative. Reverse mode, park mode and go mode. Listen in!
44:45
August 1, 2018
SecretBirdsHQ Episode 73 with Charl via Cuba/Jamaica in London. Moving from Blogger to Entrepreneur
In this podcast episode Charl shares with us her journey as a food blogger and transitioning from blogger to entrepreneur.
58:26
July 29, 2018
SBHQ Podcast Episode 72 with Taribba in St. Lucia. Designing in a Small Economy Whilst Growing
In this podcast episode Taribba based in St. Lucia, shares with us the limitations of being a designer in a small economy whilst trying to compete internationally.
57:46
July 29, 2018
SecretBIrdsHQ Episode 71. Psyche Southwell from St. Kitts. Building Your Brand in a Digital World
In this podcast episode Psyche shares with us the importance of building a personal brand. Why everyone should consider their personal brand. What a brand influencer is and how we can all get started.
59:19
July 19, 2018
SecretBirdsHQ Episode 70 with Adanna in Trinidad. Not Letting Perfection Keep You Back from Success
In this episode Adanna shares with us why perfectionism is not your friend. Are you a perfectionist or a procrastinator? Adanna says most perfections are procrastinator. Remember job done is better than perfect.
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July 19, 2018
SceretBirdsHQ Podcast Episode 69 with Terrieann in Grenada. Self Motivation & Being Reslient
In this episode Terrieann shares with us her story of challenges. Why she decided to create a platform for women and how she remains motivated and resilient as she continues to build her business. Now in year 3 Tailored by Terrieann is growing from strength to strength.
1:01:10
July 19, 2018
SBHQ Episode 68 w/ Georgie-Ann in USA via Jamaica. Being a Black Caribbean Woman in Tech & Entrep.
In this podcast episode Georgie-Ann discussed her journey as an immigrant to the USA at age 7, her development as an entrepreneur and her experience as a black, female, caribbean, young, immigrant in the tech and entrepreneurship space.
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July 19, 2018
SceretBirdsHQ Podcast 67 w/ Anila from Pakistan. Social Enterprise as a Tool to Empower Women
In this podcast episode Anila shares with us her social enterprise which she has developed with her sister. She also delves into her struggles as a woman and those of other women in her native Pakistan and how it led her to where she is now. Listen in to find out how you too can use social entrepreneurship as a tool to empower women.
1:01:56
July 18, 2018
SecretBirdsHQ Podcast Episode 66 with Harsha in India. The Game of Wealth Creation
In this podcast episode Harsha shares with us the importance of building wealth. Are you becoming income or wealth? Learn the 3Ws of wealth from the Wealth Gym Founder and get ready to exercise your wealth muscle.
1:03:17
July 18, 2018
Episode 65 w/ Shinese from Guyana. Grab Your Girls. Why Holidaying Is Important for Entrepreneurs.
In this episode Shinese shares us with her holiday trip with her girlfriends to the Essence festival. This conversation centres why it is important to maintain friendships with your female friends as you build your business.
50:21
July 17, 2018
SecretBirdsHQ Podcast Ep 64 w/ Cassia in Trinidad: Branding/Outsourcing From Strategy to Presence
In this podcast episode Cassia shares with us her advice on how to go from strategy to presence when building your business.
1:05:11
July 17, 2018
SecretBirdsHQ Pod. Ep. 63 Vumile Msweli in S. Africa. Why Coaching is Important in African Workplace
In this podcast Vumile based in Joburg, South Africa shares with
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July 14, 2018
Podcast Episode 62 with Shenal in Texas. When science and spirituality converge, miracles happen
In this podcast episode Shenal shares with us her personal journey and transformation as well as insight into when science and spirituality converge, how miracles can happen! Listen to how to transform your life now.
1:27:20
June 27, 2018
SecretBirdsHQ Podcast Episode 61. Vayjayanti in Kolkata. Creating India's 1st Kidopreneur Summit
In this episode Vayjayanti discusses why and how she went about creating India's first Entrepreneur Summit dedicated to Kids.
44:53
June 25, 2018
Podcast Episode 60 with Vaneese in San Francisco. Stepping into your Bold, Big & Bad
In this podcast episode Vaneese discusses stepping into your bold, big and bad. How do you go from shrinking violet to blossoming rose? How do you maintain it? What does it mean to be authentic and why is it important for you to be the real you.
1:02:14
June 22, 2018
Episode 59 with Nydia from St. Lucia. Why you should use natural skin care products.
In this episode Nydia discusses the creation of her business Choiselle. She also shares with us why we should all be using natural skin care products, her native St. Lucia and how her business supports her country.
59:00
June 22, 2018
Episode 58 with Senela in Sri Lanka. Empowering Women
In this episode Senela shares her story with us as well as what it means to be an empowered woman.
1:10:14
June 18, 2018
Episode 57 w/ Santiago from Chile. You Want to Build Your Business in China?
Santiago Villamil Oddone is a Shanghai- based Argentinian solicitor working as a partner at China In Law Partners. China Law focuses on foreign related legal services. They help Chinese companies go abroad and invest in foreign countries and conversely, they help overseas companies invest in China, and benefit from the economic growth in the country.
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June 12, 2018
Episode 56 with Michelle in Guyana. A Platform for Caribbean Designers
In this episode Michelle shares with us why she chose to dedicate her platform to Caribbean designers as well as her aspirations and dreams for the future of her very popular With Love from Guyana.
52:55
June 11, 2018
Episode 55 with Roz in London. Supporting Women to Excel
In this episode Roz and I discuss how her personal life experiences led her create a life dedicated to supporting women to excel in confidence, careers, finance and health.
55:11
June 7, 2018
Episode 54 with Juliette in French Guiana. Being Yourself As An Entrepreneur
In this episode Juiliette shares with us the importance of being yourself as you build your business. She also opens up about, her past, the future, her training in Nantes and her first trip to Haiti.
44:29
June 7, 2018
Podcast Episode 53 with Charlotte in South Africa. Impostor Syndrome & Confidence
In this podcast episode Charlotte shares her struggle with impostor syndrome and maintaining your confidence as you build your process.
1:03:51
June 4, 2018
Podcast Episode 52 With Ruby in Switzerland : Continuous Education
In this episode Ruby shares with us the importance of continuous education through her acronym E D U C A T I O N. Listen to hear more and to be inspired to be your best.
50:06
June 4, 2018
Podcast Episode 51 w Kavitha Prakash in India: Choices
In this podcast episode Kavitha shares her own story as well as her thoughts on choices.
53:40
June 3, 2018
Podcast Episode 50 w/ Evelyn Kasina in Nairobi: Digital Literacy
In this podcast episode Evelyn discusses with us how she started a business at the young age of 23 which provides digital security services. She also goes into detail about why digital literacy is important particularly for children and the parents who are raising them.
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June 3, 2018
Podcast Episode 49 with Professor Michael Goldberg: Beyond Silicon Valley
In this episode Professor Goldberg shares with us his work as the creator of the online MOOC Beyond Silicon Valley and the subsequent book bearing the sane name. Learn more about him and his work and why it matters that we support entrepreneurs in developing economies.
51:25
May 23, 2018
Episode 48 with Iva Schubart. Law of Attraction and Self Love in Life & Business
In this episode Iva thinks shares with us her story which started in Egypt and ended in the Netherlands, where she is currently based. She discusses her expertise in the areas of Law of Attraction and Self Love.
1:04:33
May 23, 2018
Podcast Episode 47 with Regine in Haiti. Building a Business in a Developing Country
In this episode Regine shares with us how to go about building a business in a developing country with little to no info to start.
37:53
May 13, 2018
Podcast Episode 46 with Nerissa Golden in Montserrat. Writing and Women Entrepreneurs
In this episode Nerissa shares with us her journey as a woman entrepreneur in the Caribbean and how she uses her writing as a tool to empower Caribbean women entrepreneurs.
50:36
May 11, 2018
Podcast Episode 45 Jahna Agard Motherhood & Mental Health
In this episode Jahan discusses her challenges balancing mental helath and motherhood.
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May 9, 2018
Podcast Episode 44 Danica M. David Surviving as a Visual Artist in the Caribbean
In this track Danica David, Artist, Educator, Entrepreneur and much more discusses how she went from an artist straight out of university to a business owner.
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May 5, 2018
Podcast Episode 43 w/ Nedgine Paul Deroly: Bldg a Movement of Civic Leaders
In this Podcast Episode we speak with Nedgine Paul Deroly, based in Haiti as she shares with us building a movement of civic leaders, rooted in appreciation of culture, customs & community.
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April 12, 2018
Podcast Episode 42 Marketing Hacks to Get Started with Carla Williams
In this episode Carli is back in preparation for our #RareBirdChat to teach us all what we need to do to get started with our marketing.
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March 25, 2018
Podcast Episode 41 with Carey-Lee Mentorships & Communities for Millennial Women
In this episode Carey-Lee shares with us her experience of building communities for millennial women and why mentoring is important.
52:08
March 18, 2018
Podcast Episode 40 with Stephany Building Impactful Communities
In this episode Stephany shares with us her thoughts and ideas on how to go about building impactful women centred communities.
53:21
March 18, 2018
Podcast Episode 39. Jasmine on Comfort Zones & Honouring One's Purpose
In this episode Jasmine shares with us her take on comfort zones and honouring one's purpose through the following: 1. Work and career 2. Relationships 3. Spirituality (in terms of development)
46:38
March 18, 2018
Podcast Episode 38: Rachel Smets on Business Collaboration Across Cultures
In this episode Rachel offers tips on how to collaborate and communicate effectively across cultures.
31:25
March 15, 2018
Episode 37 with Makisa Taking Flight & Pursuing Purpose
In this episode Makisa shares with us her entrepreneurial story and how she decided to pursue her passion. She discusses taking flight and not looking back.
53:50
March 14, 2018
Podcast Episode 36 with Isake Tom: Women's Empowerment & Faith
In this episode the Founder of Island Muse, share with us her spiritual journey and her thoughts on Women's Empowerment and Faith. Listen in and share your views.
1:08:55
March 11, 2018
Podcast Episode 35 with Divya Growing Up Indian in Grenada
In this episode Divya shares with us her experience growing up Indian in Grenada.
1:09:45
March 6, 2018
Podcast Episode 34 with Corinne Female Entrepreneurs in Haiti
In this podcast episode Corinne, the Founder of Askanya Chocolate discusses female entrepreneurs in Haiti and her journey to starting her business.
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March 6, 2018
Podcast Episode 33: Abi Begho in St. Kitts. Embrace Change in Business
In this episode Abi shares with her us how she transitioned her business from the UK to the Caribbean island of Nevis.
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February 22, 2018
Podcast Ep. 32 featuring Dominique LeScott in Nevis. The Sexualisation of Women
In this episode Dominique shares her experiences of leaving her career behind to follow her entrepreneurial dreams. This also included relocation from Birmingham to the Caribbean island of Nevis. Danielle talks candidly about feeling sexualised and how she plans to use her newly created platform to affect change.
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February 22, 2018
Podcast Episode 31. Melisa Boutin from St. Kitts: Personal finance for Millennial Caribbean Women
In this episode Melisa shares with us her expert advise and knowledge on millennial finance for Caribbean women.
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February 8, 2018
Podcast Episode 30. Le'Nise Brothers. Health, Hormones & Barriers
In this episode Le'Nise discusses various aspects of her work: health, hormones and barriers as they relate to women. She discusses a multitude of topics such as why women think PMS is normal, knowing one's body, being confident whilst visiting doctors and much more.
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February 3, 2018
Podcast Episode 29. Mikelah Rose in NY via Jamaica. From Blogger to Brand Expert
In this track, Mikelah discusses her journey as a blogger and shares knowledge on how to go from a blogger to a brand ambassador.
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January 29, 2018
Podcast Episode 28. Ann Davis in Colombia. Life is too short to not have it all
In this episode Ann discusses how her battle with brain cancer, led to her starting her global business, which empowers travelers through volunteerism.
26:17
January 25, 2018
Podcast Episode 27. Ain Earle in Trinidad. Branding & Fashion in the Caribbean
In this episode Ain shares the challenges and accomplishments of up and coming Caribbean designers. She discusses how designers can overcome and how and why Caribbean designers can build global brands.
58:52
January 21, 2018
Podcast Episode 26. Alice Gbelia from Ivory Coast. Building a Biz & Working Full Time
In this Episode, Alice discusses her business and of course the challenges and rewards of building a business from scratch whilst working a full time.
56:33
December 16, 2017
Podcast Episode 25 with Hilary Strobel in the USA. Impact Investing, Human Life & The Economy
In this episode Hillary Strobel, the Founder of The Flyways speaks about Impact Investing, what it is, how it works and why it is important for women.
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December 16, 2017
Podcast Episode 24: Sian Cuffy-Young in Trinidad. Environmentalism in the Caribbean
In this episode Sian shares her entrepreneurial journey with us. She also discusses her thoughts on the environmental movement in the Caribbean.
52:36
December 6, 2017
Podcast Episode 23: Roxana Radulescu in Romania. How Soft Skills Manage Change
In this podcast episode Roxana shares with us, how our soft skills muscles, can help us manage change in our daily lives.
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November 27, 2017
Podcast Episode 22 Azza Adel in Egypt. A Glass Designer and Her Business
Azza is an entrepreneur based in Egypt. In this episode she discusses her art form and what it is like to build a business in this field.
42:15
November 5, 2017
Episode 20: Chantal Ross in Trinidad. On Becoming One's Self.
Chantal discusses on becoming one's true self through health and fitness.
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October 29, 2017
Episode 19: Sheila Kripalani-in India. Home Ownership and Entrepreneurship
Sheila discusses her role as head of Habitat Indian Build for Women as well as why entrepreneurship is the women's new movement.
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September 27, 2017
Podcast 18: Alize Utteryn in French Guiana: Going Beyond Boundaries
In this podcast Alize shares with us her journey from French Guiana to Paris and now NYC, where she resides and is building a global magazine brand. We delve into the cultural, colonial and historical aspects that divide the Caribbean and our hope for unity! Listen to find out more.
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September 3, 2017
Podcast Episode 17. Carla Williams-Johnson in Trinidad: Challenges & Courage
In this podcast, Carla shares how her challenges helped her to become the woman and entrepreneur she is today!
40:20
July 26, 2017
Podcast Episode 16. Monique Mayer in Canada. Beyond Fear
Monique discusses the sexy ways, in which we allow fear to prevent us from pursuing our dreams.
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July 23, 2017
Podcast Episode 15. Bhavini Mehta in India. Indie publishing. Are you ready?
In this episode Bhavini shares her journey from Banker to Entrepreneur and what led her there. She discusses her two businesses and focuses on her publishing company and the future of independent publishing.
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July 17, 2017
Podcast Episode 14. Sana Afouaiz in Morocco. Women Entrepreneurs changing MENA
In this episode Sana discussed empowerment through entrepreneurship and the challenges and changes occurring in the MENA region.
51:36
July 17, 2017
Podcast Episode 13. Anu Vittal in Canada. Applying Creativity
Anu Vittal in Canada. She is an Entrepreneur, Marketing Specialist, Community Leader, Six Sigma Specialist,Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award Winner 2009 and Visual Artist. Anu Vittal is the CEO of AVC Inc and believes in empowering people to create, connect and celebrate. With over 23 years of corporate experience in the fields of marketing & supply chain she brings expertise in process improvement as a certified Six Sigma Specialist and ISO-9001 Auditor. Her greatest strength lies in being a successful entrepreneur who has built and sold businesses. As a practising artist and arts administrator she believes that artists directly benefit the eco-cultural balance of a country.
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July 9, 2017
Podcast Episode 12. Kuiljeit Uppaal in India. Entrepreneurship & introspection.
Living life as a multipotential. This dynamic ‘Polymath’ wears many Hats! Kuiljeit Uppaal is a Pilot, a CEO and Entrepreneur, an Image Scientist, Creative Director, an Author and an Educationist amongst other hats that she wears.
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July 9, 2017
Podcast Episode 11. Tisha Jack. On jumping first & letting the rest work out.
In this episode Tisha shares how she left her corporate career without a back up plan or strategy to start her own business.
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July 4, 2017
Podcast Episode 10. Anna Letitia in France. Entrepreneurs Know Who You are
In this episode Anna shares with us why knowing who you are is key to building a business.
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June 23, 2017
SecretBirds HQ Podcast Episode 9. Ruqya Khan in UAE. Entrepreneurship, Gratitude & Acceptance
Are you using gratitude and acceptance to build your business?
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June 21, 2017
Podcast Episode 8. Kitawa Wemo in Kenya: Building a Sustainable Business Model
In this episode, Wemo, shares with us the importance if developing sustainable business models.
1:11:40
June 20, 2017
Podcast Episode 7 : Ameniki Omotola. Building a Business With A Long term Illness
Ameniki discusses how she manages her long term illness and builds her business.
46:50
June 19, 2017
Podcast Episode 6 : Tonya Fitzpatrick in the USA. The transformative power of travel.
Tonya shares with us the transformative power of travel and how it can help entrepreneurs to build their businesses.
1:00:20
June 19, 2017
Podcast Episode 5 : Melanie Mackie how to use social media to build your business.
Learn how and why you should use social media to build your business.
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June 16, 2017
Podcast Episode 4:Pat Duckworth. Am I too old to be an entrepreneur?
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June 8, 2017
Podcast Episode 3: Vayjayanti Pugalia: Am I too creative?
In this SecretBirdsHQ Podcast Episode 3 Vayjayanti Pugalia, Founder of Sonalis Cubo and The Tailored Table talks to us about creativity and entrepreneurship.
44:42
June 7, 2017
Podcast Episode 2: Jigna Shah on becoming a fashion designer
In this SecretBirdsHQ Podcast Episode 2 Jigna Shah, Fashion Designer, shares with us her story as she became a fashion designer.
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June 5, 2017
Podcast Episode 1: Elaine Slatter: From High Flying Corporate CEO to Entrepreneur
In this SecretBirdsHQ Podcast Episode 1 Elaine Slatter, Founder of XL Consulting and the Fabulous Fempreneurship Community, Author and Mentor shares with us her story as she shifted from CEO to Entrepreneur.
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June 1, 2017