Amini Kajunju

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Africa-America Institute

In July 2016, Amini Kajunju joined Africa Integras as its director of Strategic Partnerships - a New York City-based private investment firm focused on the development of holistic mixed-use education infrastructure, which includes academic facilities, student hostels, faculty housing, and related commercial and leisure facilities. Her role is to work with African universities to help them enhance and expand their capacity and the network of partnerships with academic, financial, private, nonprofit, and governmental organizations.

Prior, Ms. Kajunju was the first African President and CEO of the Africa-America Institute (AAI) - the oldest non-profit organization of its kind in the US - where she initiated and directed the programs and convenings in higher education and skills training throughout the African continent, including the Future Leaders Legacy Fund, William Tubman AAI Nursing Scholarship, East African Development Bank STEM scholarship fund and the State of Education in Africa conference.

Before joining the AAI, Amini spent 10-years as Executive Director of the New York-based Workshop in Business Opportunities, a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, train and inspire under-resourced entrepreneurs in the Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Amini currently serves on the advisory committee of University of South Africa (UNISA), is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Economics of Innovation Council, a founding member and Vice-President at non-profit AngelAfrica, and a trustee of Walnut Hill School of the Arts. Ms. Kajunju was named one of 20 Young Power Women in Africa by Forbes and “Advocate of the Year” at Applause Africa’s African Diaspora Awards in 2013.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University and a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University.

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