Yes, the members of Educate!’s board of director, Uganda advisory board and US advisory board are listed below:
Board of Directors
Tim Armour is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Tim served for fifteen years as executive director and later executive vice president of the JASON Foundation for Education, a nonprofit organization committed to improving science and math motivation and performance among middle school students in the US. Tim’s earlier career includes start-up and executive roles in business as well as the senior external relations and fundraising official at Harvard Business School, and fundraising and alumni relations at Amherst College.
Tim earned his BA in Political Science from Amherst College, an MA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, and the MBA from Harvard Business School.
Boris Bulayev (Chairman)
A 2007 alumni of Amherst College, Boris focuses on higher level strategic issues for Educate!. During the summer of 2007, he spearheaded the development of Educate!’s new leadership program and made connections with countless individuals in the government, non-governmental organizations, and schools. Those connections have proven invaluable as we develop, expand, and begin to implement the leadership program. Prior to graduating Amherst, Boris was co-executive director of the organization with Eric.
Boris grew up in San Francisco, California and recently left his job at startup incubator Loeb Enterprises to spend more time on Educate! and pursue other entrepreneurial ventures.
Angela Thieman Dino
Angela received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a cultural anthropologist her research has focused on human rights and youth in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina and on African-American middle-school girls in urban Denver. She has enjoyed integrating her anthropological and human rights interests in local and international work as an educator and community organizer. She has participated in founding several non-profit organizations and has served on the Board of Directors of local and national human rights, human services, and development organizations, including Amnesty International USA and the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center (serving survivors of torture living in Colorado). Angela has served as a longtime mentor to Educate!’s staff and lives in Denver with her husband, Brian, and young children, Dante and Lia.
Eric founded Educate! in 2002 after meeting several refugees in Kyangwali Refugee Settlment, Uganda of his age, 17, that did not have the means to pay for their education. Realizing that an education was the only way for these refugees to solve the challenges facing Kyangwali, Eric decided to help. He founded Educate! soon after he returned home. He graduated from Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado in 2003 and then from Amherst College in 2007.
He now lives between Uganda and the US working to develop both sides of the organization.
Also a graduate of Amherst College, but of another generation from Boris and Eric, John is a long-time professor at Moravian College and ardent supporter of Educate!. John gives constant advice and support to Eric and Boris and provides valuable direction for the organization. John and his wife Emily reside in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Keren grew up in Uganda where she attended school up through Makerere University. After receiving her masters in education policy and curriculum development in Australia in the 1970’s, Keren moved to New York. In New York she has extensive experience teaching students of all levels, most notably at Children’s Storefront, a small private school in the city.
Keren’s background being educated in the Ugandan education system, and her extensive professional experience in education bring a highly valuable perspective to Educate!’s mission and approach.
Rick is currently Chairman and CEO of AIG’s Consumer Finance Group (CFG). Rick joined AIG in January 2007 and was brought in to fix and grow CFG’s businesses, which are the 19 retail banks and consumer finance companies that AIG owns outside the USA. He brings over 20 years of banking and consumer finance experience covering general management, operations, systems and business development. He has recruited senior talent for functional and business roles in NYC and in the field.
Immediately prior to AIG, Rick worked for 6 years as a founding partner of The Ambertek Group (TAG), which provided advisory services to leading international banks and consulting companies on strategies and tactics to globalize financial service operations. TAG also worked with large private equity companies to acquire outsourced services companies that provided customer contact management and back room processing operations to US and UK corporate clients.
Prior to TAG, Rick was ING’s Head of Consumer and Commercial Banking for Asia-Pacific from 1998 through 2000 and was based in Hong Kong. Before that, he worked for 16 years at GE Capital and GE Information Services.
Rick has a B.A. degree from Amherst College and a MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School.
Uganda Advisory Board
Collins Hy Tugumisirize: Collins is the founder and managing director of Afroeducare (www.studyinuganda.com). Afroeducare markets Ugandan educational institutions to East Africa and is currently collaborating with the Ministry of Education to develop a secondary school accreditation system in Uganda.
Irene Mutumba: Irene was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2005 and has been creating “Young Entrepreneur” Clubs in secondary schools across Uganda where students create and run small business projects. She is also training teachers to create a less regimented classroom and recruits volunteers from business and citizen sectors to participate in the management and growth of the clubs. Her organization is called the Private Education Development Network (pedn.org) She is a speaker for the Educate! Mentor Induction Training and a future judge for the Educate! Social Entrepreneurship Club Competition.
James Bulenzibuto: James is the Public Relations Officer of Kyambogo University and has experience in leadership training.
Martin Kisawuzi: Martin founded Busiro Community College School and has developed it into a centerpiece of the community. He is the head of credit at Centenary Rural Development Bank Ltd (www.centenarybank.co.ug).
Tim Kreutter: Tim is the founder and director of Cornerstone (www.cornerstonedevelopment.org), an organization that builds highly effective leadership academies in Uganda and Rwanda. Cornerstone’s innovative curriculum unites people of different religions and tribes based on common principles.
Aramanzan Madanda: Aramanzan is a lecturer and coordinator of the Information and Communication Technology Program in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Makerere University. Madanda serves on the board and is a founding member of Mt. Masaba HS in Mbale, Educate!’s primary pilot school. Listen to an interview with Madanda about Educate! that aired on KGNU.
Peter Kasenene: As the Minister of Privatization of the government of Uganda, Peter Kasenene helped oversee the rapid spread of microfinance in Uganda. He has experience as a professor in numerous institutions around the world and now runs the Thomas More Leadership Institute in Kampala, Uganda.
Leslie Weighill: Leslie, a Canadian, is the founder and director of The Real Uganda (www.therealuganda.com), a successful grass-roots volunteer placement organization she started in 2005 that partners with deserving local NGO’s. Her understanding of the Ugandan context as a Westerner who has lived in Uganda is invaluable to Educate!.
Ben Waira: Ben is the administrative manager for MBW Consulting Engineers and is an associate governor of East Africa Rotary.
Jonah Walusimbi: Jonah is an entrepreneur and deputy headmaster of Greenhill Academy, one of Educate!’s partner schools. Greenhill Academy provides a holistic education with a focus on entrepreneurial thinking.
Margaret Wokuri: Margaret is a columnist for the Daily Monitor and is currently on the staff at ACFODE (www.acfode.org), an organization working to promote gender equality in Uganda. In addition, Margaret serves on the board and is a founding member of Mt. Masaba High School.
US Advisory Board
Anthony Marx: Anthony Marx, the president of Amherst College, has long believed in the mission, programs, and people behind Educate!. He has encouraged Amherst students to participate in the Educate! internship each summer and worked with the Educate! student club at Amherst. When younger, President Marx helped start Khanya College, a path-breaking school in South Africa designed to serve as a bridge for black students from apartheid K-12 schools into the best universities. He brings a depth of experience to Educate!.
Before coming to Amherst in 2003, President Marx served for 13 years on the faculty at Columbia University, where he was professor and director of undergraduate studies of political science. He is author of three books on nation-building, and has concentrated on South Africa.
Jim Smith: Jim is a Dallas based hedge fund manager who has provided valuable guidance to Educate! since 2005. In addition, he manages Educate!’s Ward Watson Endowment and has connected us with many individuals such as our pro-bono tax consultant.
Edwin Barber III: Ed Barber is Senior Advisor for African Development at GoodWorks International, and has given Educate! great advice on its future growth and development. At Goodworks, he is responsible for working on policy development and analysis, client representation (especially of government clients), business development, and financing issues.
Prior to joining GWI, Ed had a 43 year career with the United States Government. He spent 17 years in the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, and 25 years at the U.S Department of Treasury, including 13 years as head of the Office of African Nations. In that position he was responsible for shaping U.S. economic and financial policies on issues such as debt relief, trade and investment, International Financial Institutions programs, technical assistance issues, and macroeconomic and development policy dialogue at the highest levels of government. He has also played a key role in extended visits to Africa by three successive United States Secretaries of the Treasury.
Trevor Price: Trevor is an accomplished entrepreneur and is currently a partner at GenXL, a venture capital fund. He has been a key mentor for Educate! and his critical insights have led to various improvements in Educate!’s model. Prior to GenXL, Trevor was CEO of Nature Technologies, an outdoor product company. In addition, he has been President and COO of VIE Financial and CEO of Pagoda Corporation.
Beth Heckel: Beth has been a strong supporter of Educate!. After being inspired by several Educate! students to start Project Meds and Nets in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, she subsequently started her own umbrella non-profit organization called Think Humanity to help the refugees of Kyangwali. She has traveled to Uganda twice and is strongly dedicated to helping the people there.
John Rovegno: John Rovegno was one of the founding employees of Synapse Group, a direct marketing company that sold to Time Warner for a reported $700 million in 2001. John held various roles at the company, including CIO, and was key to the growth of the business. After Synapes, John worked at Loeb Enterprises. He provides valuable advice about various operational and management issues to Educate!’s team.
Jim Heckel: Jim has been a strong supporter of Educate! since September, 2006. In addition to providing valuable advice and direction regarding the structure of the organization, his experience with and ideas on leadership will prove invaluable as Educate! develops our new leadership programs. Jim works with Agilent technologies in Loveland, Colorado. Jim is also on the board of Think Humanity, a non-profit organization working in Kyangwali.
Laura Koch: Laura graciously helped get Educate!’s accounting system set up in 2006 and has reorganized and streamlined the process. In addition, she provides valuable advice from her experience with non-profits and understanding of IRS regulations.
Jim Ellman: Jim, an attorney, has been giving generous pro-bono legal and other advice to Educate! since 2008. Jim is also responsible for introducing members of the Educate! staff to the joy of hiking and running on the beautiful Boulder mountain trails under the stars (allegedly including once in hurricane force winds).