Sean Mayberry

CEO, StrongMinds

Sean Mayberry is the CEO and founder of StrongMinds. He is a former diplomat and social marketer who believes that treating depression in women in Africa is the most simple and cost-effective way to address systemic poverty. Sean
implemented successful HIV/AIDS and malaria programmes in Africa for years, and saw firsthand how undetected, untreated depression negatively affected people’s lives. As a result, in 2013, Sean founded StrongMinds, a social enterprise with the mission of improving the mental health of African women.

Sean has served as a SOCAP Fellow, a Rainer Arnhold Fellow, a Cordes Foundation Fellow and a GLG Fellow. In addition, in 2020 he won the Humanitarian Award from the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health. StrongMinds’ work has been covered by The Guardian, the BBC and The New York Times. Sean's TEDx Talk, “Solving the Depression Epidemic in Africa”, has been viewed over 3,000 times.

Prior to founding StrongMinds, Sean was the CEO for FXB International, an anti-poverty team active in Africa, and the COO for VisionSpring, which provides eyeglasses to low-income populations. Sean also worked for Population Services International as their Country Director in India and the Congo. Previously, he worked in the corporate sector for the Intel Corporation and for the US Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. Sean holds a degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Emory University.

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